- Apr 24 – Mr. Tahoma Pageant, 7:30pm
- Apr 27 – Evergreen Beauty College, APP, Career Center
- Apr 27 – Military Service Academies Informational Event, 3 – 5 pm, THS Commons
- May 8-16 – Spring Musical: Footloose
The Tahoma Automotive Program is offering a 0.5 credit summer school class! This is an enrichment class, not a remedial class, and is designed for both current and new automotive students. This will be a project-based, hands-on class, including a day trip to the LeMay Car Museum in Tacoma. Class meets June 18th to July 8th, from 8am to 3pm. See Mr. Thompson or your counselor for registration information. Tahoma Auto Tech SUMMER 2015 – Registration Form
At the regional competition last month, Dylon Maertins, Melissa Anthony, Malise Yun, Alex Link, Jon Gort and Rhiana Martin qualified for the State competition by winning 1st, 2nd and 3rd place in their respective categories.
Three of the students competed at the Washington State Math Council State Competition on Saturday, April 18, at Central Washington University.
Senior Alexander Link, Junior Jon Gort, and Sophomore Rhiana Martin.
These three students competed in Topical Problems with approximately 200 students from around the state for top positions. Our team won 3rd place in a very competitive field!
The next competition is Nationals in Salt Lake City in July. Rhiana Martin, Dylon Maertins, Melissa Anthony, Jon Gort, Jennifer Peng, and Sam Stevens will represent Tahoma High School at the national level for the 5 day competition.
Photo left to right: Jon Gort, Rhiana Martin, Alexander Link
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
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.
“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.
Weiner 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
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
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 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.