- AgWest Grant
- Education Cyber Threats
- Dolly Parton Book Program
- McTee Music Lesson Scholarship Winners
- EHS Job Fair
- Eatonville WAHSET Team
- McTee Music Lesson Scholarship
- Eatonville High School Spotlight
- Bodie Turner Archery Recognition
- Nick Birklid EES Principal Annoucement
- Sally Keeley Director of Teaching and Learning Announcement
- Timothy Leipold EMS Principal Announcement
- 2022 Daffodil Parade
- Krista Heersink Business Manager Announcement
- Jay Cash Assistant Principal Annoucement
$44,200 Check Received from AgWest Grant
Eatonville School District, thanks to Eatonville resident Caleb Boettcher, had the opportunity to apply for an AgWest grant that would support school programs. Lucy Fountain, then Interim Superintendent, applied for a grant to fund commercial grade refrigerators that would support the needs of the food service program as it provides fresh vegetables for the salad bars offered at every school. Eatonville joined Enumclaw and a school in Alaska as recipients of grants. Eatonville was awarded a total of $44,200. The district is very appreciative of this support from AgWest. The refrigeration units have been ordered.
Pictured is Sheila Hammond, Eatonville School District Accountant, Lucy Fountain and Jay Brower, Current Superintendent. Superintendent Brower gratefully accepts the money on behalf of the district.
Eatonville Business Association (EBA) partnered with the Eatonville School Board to host their first ever Job Fair. The event took place May 22, 2023, at the Eatonville High School Commons. The Job Fair was an opportunity for 30 local businesses to connect with over 200 high school students looking for summer employment or a career opportunity upon graduation.
The EBA is a non-profit organization that aims to promote and support local businesses in the Eatonville area. The organization has been working closely with the Eatonville School District to create a platform for businesses to showcase their job openings and for students to learn about the various career opportunities available in the area.
"The very best thing about this job fair is that it was student driven. Mayor Baublits and I, spent two days in March presenting to all EHS Juniors, Seniors and Leadership classes, about the value of student voice in town and school district civic issues. It was there that senior, Matthew Moran, told us that EHS had hosted college fairs, but that was not what he or his friends needed. He needed a job fair that would help him retain a job as soon as he graduated and wanted to know why that had never been done. His idea became a reality, thanks to the outstanding community support of Eatonville Business Association, local businesses, trade unions and town and state agencies.", said Eatonville School Board Director, Ronda Litzenberger.
Becky Crocker, Eatonville Business Association President stated, “The Eatonville Business Association would like to thank the local businesses who came out to support our EHS students with their job opportunities. It was inspiring to watch students connecting and engaging with employers. Employers were taking student resumes, scheduling interviews, and even interviewing and hiring on the spot. We’d also like to thank the Eatonville School district for partnering to provide this opportunity for both local businesses and students.”
The Job Fair was met with tremendous support from a diverse range of employers from different industries that came ready to hire. Students came armed with resumes (thanks to Mrs. Powell) and polished interview skills; some left with scheduled job interviews.
The Job Fair is just one of the many initiatives that the EBA has planned to support local businesses and promote economic growth in the Eatonville area. They would like to thank the following companies and agencies for partnering in this event that amplified student voice and helped fill the need of employers and students alike.
Equestrian State Qualifiers
We are so proud of the Cruiser Equestrian Team!
Jaida Green has qualified in 5 events (showmanship, trail, dressage, stockseat, and versatility)
Jenna Edmondson has qualified in 4 events (barrels, Figure 8, poles, & versatility)
Kaylee Bernt has qualified in versatility
Ava Weaver has qualified in versatility
We are waiting to hear final call ups for the following:
Hallie Ames and Jenna Edmondson for bi-rangle
Hallie Ames for keyhole and flags
Cheley Loudin for poles
Jenna Edmondson for flags & steer daubing
Kaylin Rietz, Hallie Ames, Hadley Noble, & Jenna Edmondson for Canadian flags
(we could have some other qualifying based on the 10% rule, too)
Jenna and Jaida are both in the running for District 2 overall high point award.
Music Lesson Scholarships Available
Current 6th-11th grade students are encouraged to apply for a McTee Music Lesson Scholarship by May 5th.
Click this link for more information: https://docs.google.com/.../19T_NM0vmm2FaWya.../edit
During the January 11th, 2023 School Board Meeting, Principal Amy Sturdivant, from Eatonville High School presented to the school board directors. The Eatonville High School Culinary Arts students prepared refreshments for the board members and audience including a charcuterie board and a variety of pastries.
In her presentation to the board, Mrs. Sturdivant explained the annual goals and the action steps they have identified in order to reach those goals. Student learning, behavioral and social-emotional data was presented, along with a highlight of student work. The presentation included:
Brain dissection -
Alana Nelson, Jason Campbell, Kevin Johnson and Ava Toulouse, four student scientists who are currently enrolled in the Human Body Systems course, led school board members and other volunteers through a dissection of a sheep brain. Students explained the different parts of their brain, including their location and function and highlighted the differences between the human brain and the sheep brain.
The Health Science Pathway is one of 10 CTE pathway options available to students at EHS. The Health Science pathway includes the Biomedical Science course and the Human Body Systems course. Both are full year courses that give students the opportunity to develop a deep understanding of human anatomy and physiology.
EHS staff encourage each student to engage in a 2-year sequence of courses that allow them hands-on experiences in areas that interest them. The CTE pathways are:
Agriculture and Natural Resources
Architecture and Construction
Arts, Technology, and Communication
Business Management and Administration
Education and Training
Hospitality and Tourism
STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math)
Current Washington State Graduation requirements include the following linked here.
2022 Graduation Rate 98.3 % - The staff at Eatonville High School believe wholeheartedly in their K-12 system and do everything in their power to ensure that each student is successful. However, they recognize that a small percentage of students struggle within the traditional system due to life circumstances, individual aptitude, or preference. Their goal is to work with each student to be sure they find a pathway to a diploma and beyond. They work closely with students and families to identify and remove barriers within their system throughout all 4 years. In addition, they have a variety of safety nets for students that continue to struggle, including alternative programs for students that allow them to earn their diploma.
Continued training for teachers in best instructional practices, including Open Up math training, Teachers Development Group training for math teachers, Universal Design for Learning for all teachers.
Content area Professional Learning Communities meet weekly to focus on improved instructional practices and problem solving related to student learning.
Increased academic achievement overall. They are especially proud of the 9th graders for such a strong start to their high school experience. The most recent data shows that 90% of 9th grade students are passing their math class. The graph below shows the improved academic performance of all students in English language arts (ELA) and math.
During Tuesday's Pierce County Council Meeting, Eatonville High School's Bodie Turner received special recognition as a World Champion Archer.
A Resolution of the Pierce County Council Recognizing and Congratulating Bodie for his extraordinary achievements in Competitive Archery, Recently Winning the Compound Open Championship Title at the Vegas Shoot, the World's Largest and Most Prestigious Indoor Archery Tournament.
The room was filled with audience members in support of Bodie's incredible accomplishments.
We are pleased to announce, Mr. Nick Birklid has been hired as the new Principal of Eatonville Elementary School.
Please enjoy learning more about Principal Birklid:
"I grew up in the Sumner/Bonney Lake area and attended Sumner High School growing up. After graduating I attended Washington State University where I majored in Social Studies Education. After that I taught for 7 years in Sumner and Federal Way. I then became the Dean of Students at Todd Beamer High School in Federal Way for 2 years. During this time I also coached Football at several High Schools. I then became the Assistant Principal at Komachin Middle School for North Thurston Public Schools for 5 years. Then I had the opportunity to be a Principal for several schools including Mountain View Middle School in Bremerton, Winolequa Learning Academy, and Winlock Miller Elementary in Winlock. Now I have the pleasure of coming to Eatonville Elementary.
I am married to my wife Callie, who is a Social Studies teacher at River Ridge High School, and I have two daughters, Raylie (13) and Hadley (10). My free time is mainly taken up watching my daughters play Softball. When we are not running to all of their events I like to trail run, golf, and watch WSU sports, the Seahawks, and Mariners. My parents lived in Eatonville for about 10 years after I graduated from college and I enjoyed visiting. I really like the community. I also like the ability of getting to know everyone in the school and community."
Welcome, Principal Birklid!
We are pleased to announce, Sally Keeley has been hired as our new Director of Teaching and Learning upon Board approval at the June 22nd, 2022 Board Meeting. Please enjoy learning more about her by reading her introduction statement:
"I am currently the Special Services/ECE Director in the Bethel School District. I have experience with developing programs and implementing new programs like transitional kindergarten, and reading and math intervention programming for K-12. Prior to that, I taught in the Eatonville, Bellevue, and White River School districts. I have worked as a building administrator, director and elementary and middle school teacher.
I earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education K-8 and Reading K-12 at Washington State University and a Master’s degree in Educational Leadership with principal certification at Pacific Lutheran University. The reason I pursued a career in education is based on a handful of teachers who had made a difference in my childhood and were key influencers and advocates for students, and I realized I'd like to play that role for students.
My “why” for working in education: To ensure that every student counts and has the academic and social capacity to build a happy and healthy future. I have high regard for building connections with students, staff and community. A favorite quote by Jackie Mutcheson, "It takes each of us to make a difference for all of us." speaks to my values of teamwork and collaboration.
When I am not at work, I enjoy traveling. I have visited many different countries and have lived in a number of different states, growing up as a military kid. When not traveling, I enjoy spending my time with family, friends, as well as reading and hiking.
As the new Director of Teaching and Learning, I'm looking forward to being a part of the Eatonville School District Team again, as well having the opportunity where I can inspire teaching and learning endeavors, while renewing relationships with staff and community."
Mr. Timothy Leipold has been named the official Principal of Eatonville Middle School, effective July 1st, 2022.
Congratulations to Mr. Leipold, who has been the Principal of Eatonville Elementary since October 2020. He has over two decades of experience working at the middle school level. His extensive experience will serve the students and staff of Eatonville Middle School well.
Mr. Leipold stated, “I am honored to become the Principal of Eatonville Middle School. I am grateful to continue working with the Eatonville community and the staff that have supported me since I first was hired in Eatonville in 2020.”
The Eatonville Elementary Principal position will be posted in the coming days.
2022 Daffodil Parade
Cruise Control Dance Team
Daffodil Float: The UP theme proved popular with the crowd. A huge shout out to Eatonville Lions member Ernie Wolf for taking his job as Mr. Fredrickson very seriously. He powered through all 4 parades with a smile on his face (when he wasn’t grimacing for the camera). We also want to acknowledge “Dug” (the sweet and well-behaved dog we borrowed from Annie Datillo). He was perfection and a crowd favorite!
Thanks to all who helped make this happen: Everyone you see in these pix plus the Town of Eatonville, Eatonville Lions Club, EHS ASB, Arrow Lumber, Dogwood Garden Club, Krystal Benham, and many other private donors. Huge thanks also to EHS band and dance parents for the delicious hot meal and Ms. Rodrigues’s mom Monica for providing warm cover and a real bathroom at the end of the day (much appreciated). We look forward to growing this tradition and gathering more community members for 2023 so stay tuned!
During a July 22nd, 2021 special School Board Meeting, Krista Heersink was approved as the district's new Business Manager. Krista has worked in the district as the Accountant since 2017. In a recent statement Krista said, "I'm pleased to be selected as the next Business Manager to carry on the same level of work Kim Knight led in her time in this role. I plan to meet the needs of students and staff while being fiscally responsible. I appreciate the community, staff, students and Board of Directors and wish everyone a successful 2021-2022 school year!"
Mr. Jay Cash will complete his Principal Internship at Eatonville Middle School during the 2021-2022 school year as the Assistant Principal and Athletic Director for Eatonville Middle School. He will have all of the responsibilities of a traditional Assistant Principal. Eatonville School District supports a “grow your own” philosophy by encouraging internships in building. Mr. Cash says, ‘I am very honored to be asked to help on the Admin team this year and look forward to helping with another year of stability at the middle school. I hope I can live up to the proven high standards established by the staff and students at EMS. Warrior PRIDE!”
During Spring 2022 the official Assistant Principal and Athletic Director position will be posted for applicants.