From the Desk of Pat Larson -
Fall has been an exciting time for the staff and students at Foster. We have been busy with football, soccer, tennis and volleyball. Our Homecoming week was fun-filled with assemblies and class competitions throughout the week and ending with the Cultural Assembly. Mr. Kraght and his Leadership students did an amazing job keeping the excitement and momentum going in spite of the sorrow everyone was feeling with the loss of the Evergreen football player the week before. The football stadium was packed with spectators for the Homecoming game and of course, winning just made the week all that much better. The dance on Saturday was a big success with 400 students attending.
The hard work and success of the teachers and their students is a source of pride for everyone at Foster. Mr. Lewis’ success with his AP Calculus students and their AP scores is being celebrated in a big way. The Seattle Times will be writing an article about Mr. Lewis who tells the story of amazing young mathematicians and how he keeps them focused and motivated to be the best they can be. If you want to read about our successes, the article “Foster High’s graduation rate skyrockets with Culture of “Yes, you can!” says it all. This is the link to the article on the Tukwila School District website. http://www.tukwila.wednet.edu/index.php?option=com_content&&task=view&id=1500&Itemid=558
October 14 was another opportunity for students to access college entrance by taking the PSAT and SAT. The entire school was involved, with the seniors testing in the gym and grades 9-11 testing in Advisory classes. This was definitely a team effort to get snacks to all students across campus and keep within the parameters of the test. We had a visit from College Board, the test creators, who continue to champion our efforts to increase access and equity. Without the schoolwide testing day, this test would not be accessible to many of our students and would be a barrier to college access. Our College and Career Counselor, Jenni Standard and the building assessment coordinator, Jessica Stewart, are the reason this is such a successful day.
“Other schools have to bring the world to their students. At Foster, the world is our school” quoted from Robert Pohl, technology manager, was used to kick off the House Education Committee’s recent visit to Foster. The student panel shared their personal experiences and the successes and challenges they have getting to post-secondary opportunities. One student stated, “We want and seek the same opportunities that other students have in other schools, we are just under resourced”. It was definitely a proud principal moment to have our students articulate their needs so eloquently.
Several of our fall sports teams made it to the playoffs. Volleyball, football and members of the golf team all participated in post-season play. Elijah Ruhl, our first year football coach, was named Seamount League Coach of the year and will be sharing this honor with a retiring coach from another school. November is a busy time, filled with the start of state testing and student-led conferences followed by the Thanksgiving break. We have so much to be thankful for at Foster, including a dedicated staff and our wonderful students.
It’s a Great Day to be a Bulldog!