Choir Concert – Love of My Soul

May 30, 2018 Leave a comment


Choir Concert – Frostiana

May 29, 2018 Leave a comment


Tarzan grabs 11 Nominations for 5th Ave Theatre Awards

May 24, 2018 Leave a comment

Tahoma Drama’s production of Tarzan received 11 nominations and 2 honorable mentions for the 5th Avenue Theatre Awards, including Outstanding Overall Production which means the kids will get to perform at the awards on June 11th.


Nominations include:

Outstanding Overall Production

Outstanding Direction

Outstanding Musical Direction

Outstanding Choreography

Outstanding Orchestra

Outstanding Stage Crew

Outstanding Set Design

Outstanding Hair and Makeup Design

Outstanding Lighting Design

Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role (Lexie Love as Kala)

Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble Group (The Apes)

Outstading Costume Design – Honorable Mention

Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Non-Singing Role – Honorable Mention (Jake Bennett as Clayton)

2018-2019 Dance Team Tryouts

May 23, 2018 2 comments

Interested in trying out for the 2018/19 Tahoma High School Dance Team? Watch this video for more information!


School Board Selects Next Superintendent

May 22, 2018 Leave a comment

Giurado asks a student in Kelly Minniti’s first grade class about his work.

The Tahoma School Board voted 5-0 Tuesday, May 22, to offer Tony Giurado a contract to become the next superintendent of schools.

 Giurado, Chief Academic Officer of the Mesa County Valley School District in Grand Junction, Colo., and Doug Hostetter, Executive Director of Secondary Education for Tacoma Public Schools, were finalists for the position. The board made its decision after meeting in executive session for four hours Tuesday to evaluate and discuss the candidates. The board convened in a special open session at noon to vote.

 “The whole process was rigorous,” Board Member Val Paganelli said. “We invited two candidates who prompted us to think hard.”

 Board Member Tami Henkel agreed. “It was not an easy decision. But, with all the input and discussion, I am excited to offer (the job) to Tony.”

 “This is one of the most serious and important decisions we have made as a board,” President Mary Jane Glaser said. She also noted that Giurado’s emphasis on placing students at the center of all decisions fits well with Tahoma’s core beliefs.

 The board spent Monday learning more about the two finalists in a series of meetings and presentations that concluded with a public forum in the Tahoma High School Performing Arts Center. The previous Saturday, May 19, the school board interviewed six semifinalists from a field of 33 applicants for the superintendent position, which became available after Superintendent Rob Morrow announced that he will retire on June 30. After interviewing the semifinalists, the board decided to invite Giurado and Hostetter for Monday’s final interviews. The board had originally planned to invite as many as three candidates on Monday but decided that Giurado and Hostetter were the clear favorites and chose not to include a third candidate.

 The two finalists toured the school district Monday morning, each accompanied by two school board members. They then spent the rest of the morning and early afternoon with two interview panels: Panel One included community members, teachers, staff, parents, students, community leaders, and school board members; Panel Two was comprised of school principals, board members and administrators. The two panels made notes of their impressions and presented them to the school board Monday afternoon.

Monday evening, the finalists completed the interview process in a public forum held at the Performing Arts Center, where about 60 people listened as the candidates answered questions submitted in advance by the public. Audience members were encouraged to jot down comments about the candidates and leave them with the school board in order to be included as part of the decision-making process.

 During Tuesday’s announcement, Glaser said the board read each comment from Monday’s forum. She and other board members offered their thanks to everyone who participated in the selection process.

 If you missed our post introducing the finalists over the weekend, click here.

Graduation Video Orders are Open!

May 21, 2018 Leave a comment


Pre-order your digital download of the 2018 Tahoma High School Graduation Ceremony and Senior Highlight Video now. For just $20 you will receive a copy of the Graduation Ceremony AND the Senior Highlight Video! Don’t miss your chance to capture this memory and have it forever.

On June 14th the Tahoma High School Video Production Program will film the ceremony. In the day’s following they will work to create the finished products and the Digital Download. An email containing a link to downloads will be sent to you by Friday June 20th.

Click this link (OnlinePayment) to be taken to the schools online payment site where you will be able to pre-order your video today. You will need to utilize your Skyward Family Access User Name and Password and have the email address that you would like the download link sent to. Once signed in go to choose your Senior and under Categories you will see the “2018 Grad Video”. Add it to your cart and upon checkout it will ask you to enter an email. That is the email address that the link will be sent to.

If the online system does not work for you, please feel free to pre-order directly from the cashier. The Cashier will accept cash or a check made out to Tahoma High School..

Questions? Email Mr. Haag at

Community invited to public session with superintendent finalists May 21

May 17, 2018 Leave a comment


A full day of interviews and meetings for two superintendent finalists concludes with a public session in the Tahoma High School performing arts center, beginning at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, May 21. Candidates will answer questions submitted by staff and community members.

The School Board on Saturday interviewed six candidates for the position of superintendent, and selected two finalists who will move forward in the process. The finalists are Tony Giurado and Dr. Doug Hostetter. The national search brought in 33 applicants.

Giurado has been the Chief Academic Officer of the Mesa County Valley School District in Grand Junction, Colorado since 2014. Student enrollment in that district is about 22,000. Giurado formerly served in the positions of executive director of School Effectiveness, community superintendent, and executive director of School Management for Jeffco Public Schools in Golden, Colorado from 2006-2014. He started as an elementary music teacher in 1991 before moving into the roles of assistant principal and principal until 2006.

Hostetter has been the Executive Director of Secondary Education for Tacoma Public Schools in Tacoma since 2015. Student enrollment in Tacoma is about 29,000. Before assuming his current role, Hostetter served as director of High School Education in Tacoma from 2013-2015. He began his career as a science teacher in 1986 before serving as a dean of students in the Kent School District, an assistant principal in the Auburn School District and principal of Kentwood High School in Covington.

On Monday, the two candidates are invited to take part in an all-day interview process with interview panels made up of parents, students, staff, community leaders, administrators and School Board members. Candidates will have the chance to tour the school district, and will wrap up their day with a public meeting at 6:30 p.m. on Monday in the performing arts center at Tahoma High School. Giurado and Hostetter will answer questions that were submitted by members of the public. Those who attend may fill out comments cards, which the School Board will review before beginning to deliberate.

The School Board will consider all the feedback from the panelists and community members who attend the public session, as well as the answers that candidates gave during interviews today. The board is expected to make a final decision by May 24, if not sooner. Current Superintendent Rob Morrow retires on June 30.

Apprenticeship 101 – May 30th

May 17, 2018 Leave a comment

Apprenticeship 101 5.30.18