Partnership creates extended-day learning program
Peace Community Center won a five-year, 21st Century Community Learning Center grant to provide academic enrichment opportunities for students at McCarver Elementary School in Tacoma's Hilltop neighborhood. Peace Community Center is bringing together local non-profit organizations to deliver a mix of academic and enrichment activities for students attending after-school programs at McCarver. We believe strong partnerships with organizations dedicated to empowering students will improve student outcomes and build better communities. View photo gallery.
A road trip along the career path
For Lincoln High School shop teacher Fred Hall, getting students on a career or college path is his most important task. Hall and 22 Career and Technical Education (CTE) students from Lincoln embarked on a one-day whirlwind tour of what might lie ahead after graduation. Their eastern Washington trip included site visits to Central Washington University’s Construction Management and Technology Education classes, The International Union of Operating Engineers Regional Training Facility, and Wild Horse Wind and Solar Facility. View photo gallery.
When learning about power becomes powerful learning
Linking classroom lessons to real world experience creates memorable educational moments. For Lister Elementary students, answering the simple question, “How does water make electricity?” evolved into lessons in science, engineering, math, literacy and a visit to a hydroelectric project. View photo gallery.
We Day Tacoma: Empowering youth to make a difference
Making change was the focus for more than 2,000 Tacoma School Public Schools seventh-graders at the We Day Tacoma event held Thursday, Oct. 3 at Life Center. Stadium High School photo students captured the day's events. View photo gallery.
Day one: A photo diary
The first day of school for many students is a rite of passage. Enjoy our day-in-the-life photographic sojourn across our district. View photo gallery.
Reengaging students: A new school opens its doors
Tacoma Public Schools recently opened the doors to its newest school, the Reengagement Center. The center provides a unique, personalized educational experience, which helps students reengage and rediscover their educational path to graduation. View photo gallery.
Teaching the Black Male Learner
Our district is attacking the achievement gap by phasing in a Teaching Black Male Learners program. In June 2013, a week before school ended, about 60 students, along with parents and educators, took a study trip to the University of Puget Sound. For most of the students, the trip marked their first visit to a college campus. View photo gallery.
Igniting student mentors to make a difference
In conjunction with non-profit organization Ignite Nation, Mount Tahoma High School has begun an innovative, student-led mentoring program intended to help freshmen students excel during their first year of high school. See images of students learning to be mentors during a unique summer training event. View photo gallery.
Lincoln Tree Farm
First Creek Middle School students spend a week learning about the outdoors, including a visit to a horse ranch where many of them see a horse close-up for the first time. View photo gallery.
TEACH 253: Building our future
Students from Mount Tahoma and Lincoln high schools participated in a teaching academy held at Pacific Lutheran University in Parkland, Wash. TEACH 253 Summer Academy is a first-ever summer program designed specifically for Tacoma Public Schools to help promote the teaching profession to underrepresented populations. View photo gallery.
Stafford Students at STARBASE
Stafford Elementary School students attend Evergreen STARBASE at d Field as part of a science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) summer school program. The program is designed to introduce STEM to elementary-aged students. View photo gallery.
Three Graduates, Three Mentors. Foss High School stories.
Our students don't always have easy lives. Sometimes, focusing on school seems like a luxury. Hear three students describe how nurturing mentors helped them navigate life's challenges... and get to the finish line. View video.
Global Tech Company Partners with Lincoln Center
Center STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) Club students
completed six weeks of training with Concur employees learning basic
coding and software development for mobile devices, tablet computers and
smart phones. Concur, a Redmond-based global tech company, held a
student competition for the best student-designed mobile app. View photo gallery.