Upcoming and Important Information

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Other Information: Information on State Testing (HSPE, EOC, etc), Academic Support (The Hub)Connecting to TSD Wifi, Office 365 for studentsGraduation

Tahoma Future Ready Skills: Exemplary Performance Award

April 16, 2015 1 comment

Class of 2015,

In 2011, the Tahoma School District Board of Directors directed the development of a recognition system to honor exceptional students who excel in demonstrating the Tahoma Future Ready Skills. The board wanted to recognize the importance of the 21st century skills captured in the Future Ready Skills and make the exceptional performance many of our students demonstrate public and visible in a meaningful way at graduation. Students earning this award will wear a special cord at graduation and the honor will be indicated by the student’s name in the graduation program.

The intention of the award is to recognize contributions to the community that ordinarily would go unnoticed. Students must identify an activity that meets two of the District Outcomes and demonstrate exemplary performance. Students must meet the May 8th deadline to be eligible for the award.

Apply using this form: Application for Exemplary Performance Award

From Stage Crew to Bakery Apprentice Partnership inspired by THS Footloose the Musical

April 13, 2015 Leave a comment

An upcoming stage production of Footloose the Musical at Tahoma High School is the inspiration behind a new partnership between CJs Bakery in Black Diamond and Tahoma Performing Arts Boosters.  CJ’s owner Jim Storer has been mentoring a Tahoma High School student, Ella Weiner, in the craft of baking and producing a signature treat that will be sold as a specially featured item at CJ’s Bakery as well as at the concessions table during the play. 

Ella&Jimphoto2“We are excited for this unique partnership with CJ’s Bakery which allows us to offer a youth development opportunity to one of the Footloose crew members. Now, not only is Ella working and learning behind the scenes of theater work, she is through the generosity of Jim Storer and CJ’s, gaining exposure to her planned career and gaining job skills. Building and growing youth across a variety of areas is key to our work overall with the program. We can’t thank Jim and CJ’s enough and Ella too for all the great work being done,” says David Downing, President of Tahoma Performing Arts Boosters.

Ella Weiner, who has a dream to own her own bakery, quickly took full advantage of the opportunity to gain relevant job experience and training in the baking industry. A sophomore at Tahoma High, she has long been baking on her own, experimenting with recipes and producing treats for family and friends. She had previously won 1st Place in the Maple Valley Farmer’s Market Pie Baking Contest youth division with an entry she and a friend put together – Raspberry Lemonade Two-Bite Pies.

For this new challenge, Weiner came to her first meeting with CJ’s owner Jim Storer, prepared with three ideas for her signature Footloose themed treat. Storer advised her on how to make the items, offering up his bakery as Ella’s laboratory and guiding her in selection of recipes and methods to produce the treats in a commercial bakery.

Under Storer’s mentorship, Weiner prepared samples of all three items. She created comment cards for taste testing with two focus groups: the Footloose cast at a rehearsal, and the Tahoma High School staff and faculty in their break room. Tasters filled out comment cards and Weiner used them to select the featured theme item to sell.

The ‘Bomont Blue Ribbon Caramel Apple Pie’ was the most popular, with her ‘Maple ‘Kevin Bacon’ Cupcakes’ a close second. Ella Weiner adjusted her tasty confection based on feedback she received — the caramel apple turnover treat will be larger than the ones we used for the sampling because the feedback was to put more apple in the pastry which will be accomplished by making them larger.

20150318_163844Weiner will work with Storer to produce them in his bakery and keep them in stock through the run of Footloose. The apple treats will sell for $2 each and are available at CJ’s Bakery beginning April 14 through May 16, and at the concessions table during intermissions at Tahoma High School’s production of Footloose the musical, May 8, 9, 14, 15, 16th.

Jim Storer, owner of CJ’s Bakery, has generously donated his time, bakery, and ingredients to mentor Ella Weiner, and is donating proceeds from sales of the Bomont Caramel Apple Pie turnovers to Tahoma Performing Arts Boosters to fund further educational opportunities for young people.

“It’s an awesome youth development opportunity and the direction I’ve been wanting us to go more with Tahoma Performing Arts, growing the program to reach more youth and helping them have life preparing experiences. Given that our program works with high school youth, I’m hoping for us to find more ways for things like this to happen,” says Downing. 

CJ’s Bakery is a 3rd generation family-owned and operated bakery since 1995, located at 30800 3rd Ave (Hwy 169), Black Diamond. Open Tues-Sat, 4 am to 6 pm.

Tahoma High School’s Footloose the Musical plays May 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, at 7 pm. Saturday matinees are May 9 and 16 at 2 pm. Tickets at the door one hour before showtime. $10 adults, $7 Students. Tahoma Middle School Theatre, 24425 SE 216, Maple Valley. More info at www.TahomaDrama.org

Spring Musical 2015: Footloose

April 13, 2015 Leave a comment


Directed by Melissa Bean
Musically Directed by Ken Riggs
Choreographed by Indeah Harris

May 8th, 9th, 14th, 15th, and 16th at 7 pm
May 9th and 16th at 2 pm

Tickets available at the door one hour before show time.
$10 adults, $7 students/seniors, $5 youth under 5

At the Tahoma Middle School Theatre
24425 SE 216th Street, Maple Valley

Bear Metal moves on to World Championships and Advisor Darren Collins wins award!

April 10, 2015 2 comments

Tahoma’s Robotics Team, Bear Metal, competed in District Championships at Eastern Washington University in Cheney, WA.   Bear Metal competed with 64 other teams from Washington and Oregon.   Despite being ranked 17/64 teams, they were not selected to go to compete in final matches.  However, due to the way district rankings work, the team qualified to go on to World Championships in St. Louis! 

In addition to our invitation to attend World Championships, there is additional exciting news.  Darren Collins, the Robotics Lead Coach, won the prestigious Woodie Flowers Finalist Award.  He accepted this award during District Championships, in front of thousands of people.  This award recognizes an individual who has done an outstanding job motivating students as well as guiding students through the process of engineering and design.  It is important to mention that this award is won based off of voluntary student essays recommending their coach and evaluated by former Woodie Flower Award winners.  Darren was the only mentor in Washington and Oregon selected for this award out of hundreds of mentors.  Tahoma School District and Bear Metal are proud to have Darren as our lead robotics coach.

Please congratulate Darren and the members of the robotics team for their success.

THS Bear Computers is taking registrations for refurbished computers

April 1, 2015 Leave a comment

THS Bear Computers is Tahoma High School’s computer program designed to help students and families in the Tahoma School District, whose access to computers is limited when they are not in school, by giving away FREE refurbished Netbooks and Desktops.  Parents and Guardians, Please register on our website, link: http://goo.gl/bpyuN.  You can also contact: Jill Jolk at Tahoma High School, 425‐413‐6204 to register you.  We will contact you after you register and you are welcome to come to Tahoma High School on BLUE Days between 8am and 10am to pick up a Netbook or Desktop computer.

Choir students exceed standards

March 27, 2015 Leave a comment


Yesterday was the choir regional choir contest (with choirs from Kent, Auburn, Enumclaw, White River, and Tahoma).  Each choir is scored by 3 different judges – all experts in the field.  The detailed rubric is based on a 100 point scale, with 100 being perfect (something no choir will really ever achieve).  Most advanced high school choirs score in the 60-80 point range, with really good ones scoring as much as 85 or even approaching 90.  The THS Chamber Choir’s scores from the 3 judges were: 93, 92, 96 .  Our students were outstanding both on and off the stage.  After the performance, they had a 20-minute workshop with one of the judges.  The attached picture is from the end of this time with clinician Amy Boers.

If you would like to see the Chamber Choir in action, they will be performing at our spring concert along with our Concert Choir and Treble Choir on Tuesday at 7pm at Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church (23855 SE 216th St.) near TMS.

Vote for Rick Bergum, nominated for Janitor of year!

March 24, 2015 Leave a comment

Rick Bergum 1Tahoma High School’s head custodian, Rick Bergum, is a finalist for a nationwide Janitor of the Year contest. Sponsored by Cintas Corporation, the contest aims to recognize the best-of-the-best. Bergum is one of 10 finalists competing for a $2,500 cash prize along with $2,500 in Cintas products and services for his or her school.

Bergum has worked for Tahoma 16 years and takes great pride in doing his part for students by ensuring that the building is clean, warm and safe. Bergum was nominated for the contest by a former student.

The online contest will run until May 1, with the top vote-getter being honored as Janitor of the Year. Last year’s winner, from Nevada, attracted more than 30,000 votes. To cast your vote for Bergum or to read more about the other nine finalists, please visit www.cintas.com/janitoroftheyear.

Math Team takes 9th at Mu Alpha Theta State Math Comp

March 23, 2015 Leave a comment

Last Saturday, the Mu Alpha Theta State Math Competition was held at Thomas Jefferson HS in Federal Way.

Tahoma took a team of 10 students and the  following were recognized for outstanding mathematics with 600+ competitors:

  • Preston Fowler: 4th in Open Statistics
  • Alex Link: 3rd Mu Speed Math; 3rd Open Statistics; 9th Open Probability
  • Rhiana Martin: 6th Pre-Calculus Mental Math; 5th Pre-Calculus Analytic Geometry; 3rd Open Game Theory; 20th Pre-Calculus Individual
  • Kristen Ward:  8th  Calculus Mental Math
  • Jon Gort:  9th Calculus Limits & Derivatives; 9th Open Game Theory

The Tahoma Mu Alpha Theta Team placed 9th OVERALL. 

Congratulations to these hard working individuals for representing our school!


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