From the Desk of Pat Larson -
Spring has arrived in full force, with warming temperatures, lots of sunshine and a week off to get everyone rested and relaxed before heading into the homestretch to finish the year. A team of our seniors spent their spring break painting the backdrop and getting ready for their big graduation day on June 10th. The class of 2016 has some very creative and talented students and it shows in their beautiful artwork on that backdrop. It’s all done and just waiting to go up on June 9th.
Foster has been in the news once again after being named to the prestigious Gaston Caperton Honor Roll by the College Board. Foster and the Tukwila School District were recognized for creating opportunities for traditionally underrepresented students. We have been recognized for providing student with rigorous academic offerings and innovative college-preparation programs. Schools and Districts on the honor roll demonstrate significant and consistent growth in the number of traditionally underrepresented students and low-income students taking college-level courses, and applying to four or more colleges. It is an honor to have been selected as one of the 130 high schools and districts in the U.S. to be selected for this honor. It is definitely a proud principal moment!
After the bond passed in February, the planning process for the renovation at Foster quickly began. The contract for the architect will be going the school board for approval on April 12 and from that moment on, the architect will be working very closely with the FHS and district level staff to begin the educational specification process. Faculty, students and families will be involved in this collaborative process as we think “out of the box” and develop a learning environment that will be flexible enough to meet the educational needs of our future students, without knowing what that future looks like. Recently, several staff members traveled with district office personnel to visit High Tech High School in San Diego to get an idea of innovative teaching and learning can look like in the 21st Century. Visits to Denver to see Creative Learning Labs and to Garfield High School in Seattle have also occurred. At the April 12th board meeting the process we have started with the FHS staff will be shared including next steps in the process. This is an exciting time at Foster and I am hoping that many of you will want to participate in our planning process, your support and input is essential in creating a learning space that meets the needs of our students and our families.
Thank you again for your continued support! It’s a Great Day to be a Bulldog!