Category Archives: Education


The most important 6-1/2 hours of a child’s day


Submitted by James Leet, Lakewood’s Choice

As you may know a school day is about 6 1/2 hours long, depending on the grade. What you may not know is what needs students have and what resources are available to them. For our November CHOICE coalition meeting on November 2 (1 pm) , administrators, school resource officers and others from the school community will share what they know best.

Lakewood's Choice

The location of the meeting has changed to the Clover Park School District Administration building, room 6B.

Students, Clover Park District officials meet over safety concerns


LAKEWOOD, Wash. — After student protests and a ‘no confidence’ vote, the superintendent of Clover Park Schools finally sat down with student leaders at a closed-door session Friday. This all comes following a KOMO News investigation uncovering unsafe conditions for the students.

Read more: Students, Clover Park District officials meet over safety concerns

U.S. News & World Report Names Lakes High One of the Best in WA


A nationally renowned publication has ranked our own Lakes High School as one of the best in the State of Washington when it comes to preparing them for the next stages of their lives.

In its annual list of “Best High Schools” that was published this week, U.S. News & World Reportevaluated data from 21,500 public high schools from across the country to determine which prepared them for college and beyond.

Lakes High School – located at 10320 Farwest Dr. SW – was the second-highest ranked Pierce County school on the list (1,928 nationally and 40th in Washington).

The rankings were based on a matrix of factors, including test scores, enrollment, diversity, free and reduced lunch and, for the first time, graduation rates.

The City of Lakewood would like to congratulate teachers and staff at Lakes High and the Clover Park School District.

Wanted: Friendly families to host international students


Pierce College is seeking caring, English-speaking families to host international students who have traveled from around the world to attend classes and experience American culture.

Families wishing to be hosts must begin the application process immediately.

homestay_2799-300x213Students have basic to advanced English language skills and take classes at both Puyallup and Fort Steilacoom campuses. Most students are college-age but may be older or younger. And, while students may come from all over the globe, most are from Asia. They look to their host families to help them learn American culture.

“Hosting is a life-changing experience for the host and the student,” said George Scheffe, Pierce College international housing manager. “You, the host, can help influence and shape the destiny of a student, simply by sharing life together. The student will enrich and change your world view of their country and ours.”

Host families should live within a 45-minute public bus ride, with no more than one transfer, to the Fort Steilacoom or Puyallup campus.

Students pay hosts $600 a month to offset expenses. In exchange, host families provide each student:
– A private, furnished room, including a bed, bedding, desk, lamp, closet or drawer space;
– Three meals a day, including a home-prepared dinner that the host eats with the student;
– Use of a washer and dryer; and
– A friendly welcoming atmosphere.

Family members must also pass a background check, arrange for a home visit, provide a list of references and attend an orientation session.

“We welcome you to become a part of our international community,” Scheffe said.

To learn more, call George Scheffe at (253) 964-6593 or email