From the Desk of Pat Larson -
Spring has been an especially busy time at Foster. After seven months of planning with an alumni committee, the Centennial Celebration was held on March 21. It was a big success with about 1500 alumni, faculty, family and friends attending. Attendees toured the school, reminisced looking at historical artifacts, enjoyed food and conversation, and were entertained with a formal program. A slideshow connected us with the past and performances by Foster cultural clubs connected the audience with the present. It was a wonderful celebration, one that will not be soon forgotten by those who came.
College and Career Readiness continue to be a major focus for our students. Prior to spring break, juniors attended an SAT Test Prep day where they learned how the test was constructed, learned test taking strategies and took practice tests. Following spring break, all juniors took the SAT test for the first time. The students take this test very seriously because it benefits them in two ways. With a high enough score, the SAT fulfills state test requirements for graduation and also opens doors entrance into colleges.
The 2nd Annual FHS Career Fair was held in late April. The City of Tukwila Parks and Recreation Department partnered with Foster’s College and Career Counselor to plan this big event. Students took the Career Cruising inventory which provided students with their interests and aptitudes aligned with different career choices. The planning committee then used this data to align speakers with student’s interests and to create the various breakout sessions. Over 40 speakers attended, including several Foster alumni. Students were excited about the changes that had been made and the alignment of speakers with their interests. Their voices had been heard and their choices honored.
It feels like we are now in one of the busiest assessment seasons in school history! The Smarter Balance English Language tests began the last week in April and will be followed by three weeks of AP testing. Smarter Balance Math tests follow AP testing, then we have the state required End of Course exams the last week in May into June. And then we have two weeks until graduation. Whew! That’s a lot of testing for students and interrupted teaching and learning time for students and teachers. Hopefully, by next year the transition from past assessments to the new assessment systems will be complete and we can get back some teaching and learning time for students.
Our seniors received their caps and gowns on Friday and the excitement for graduation is mounting. The Senior AVID class celebrated College Decision Day on Friday, May 1. A power point with their pictures and their selected colleges was running on a loop while students donned their caps and gowns for pictures. The smiles on their faces were priceless. For the next six weeks, the faculty has their job cut out for them, keeping the seniors feet on the grounds and focused on finishing strong until their Centennial Graduation on June 12. Not an easy task but we can do it!