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Who We Are
Who We Are
Posted on 03/23/2018

 We are Educators:Entering a new classroom at a young age while not being able to communicate with your teacher and your peers can be frightening. Cassie Meacham is dedicated to helping diminish their fears and teach students the English language.  Table with two students
 Skype Trip

 We are Innovative: Students at Shaw Road Elementary in Nicole Sykes class had the opportunity to learn about geology, mountains, and volcanoes from an expert in her field- all while in their own classroom. On the afternoon of February 27 students got the chance to learn more about Mount Rainier.

We are Kind: “Provide quality support with care and kindness.” That is the promise of the Puyallup School District’s Special Services and Programs Department. Visiting a different school each month, Executive Director of Special Education Karen Mool, Directors of Special Services Kelly Carrick, Kim Leger, Karen VanWieringen, Sunday Ferris along with special guest Superintendent Dr. Tim Yeomans regularly acknowledge staff members who have exhibited extraordinary care and kindness.
 Care and kindness
 Carson Kindness Challenge  We are Kind: In the month of January, students at Carson Elementary returned from winter break to the Kindness Challenge throughout the school. Teachers wore shirts with quotes such as "choose kind" and classes worked individually on various kindness projects that can be seen throughout the halls as well as in the interactions with each other.

We are Educators
Teresa Johnson serves as the Firgrove Elementary School Support Paraeducator. Her day begins by supervising students as they arrive to school on the bus.

Teresa Johnson

Power of labels

We are Kind: 
Students at Ridgecrest Elementary spent the month of February focusing on the power of labels, and as a result, students are seeing the changes in the halls as well as in their interactions with their peers. 
We are EducatorsStudents and staff at Karshner Elementary are proud to have a National Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) instructor in their midst. Sixth grade teacher Nancy Ellis learned last November she had been selected to teach on a national level after receiving a recommendation and endorsement from AVID directors and the Western Division Program Manager.

 Nancy Ellis
Emerald Ridge Art Students
We are Artists: Emerald Ridge students visited the UW Tacoma on January 24 to present their art and discuss the project with education classes. The "Celebrate the Masters" art show was held at Emerald Ridge on December 12.              
We are AthletesWith an enrollment of nearly 23,000 students, almost one out of every four students participate in athletics in the Puyallup School District.  In the 2016-17 school year, 5,100 students from grades seven through 12 dedicated their time to one sports season or more in addition to their studies.   Wrestling Tournament