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TACOMA: Foss is a community treasure

Letter by Elly Claus-McGahan, Tacoma on Jan. 27, 2011 at 2:12 pm with 1 Comment »
January 27, 2011 2:12 pm

Foss High School closing? Not a good idea. It has more than 30 years of history supporting students and sending them off to college with Foss scholarships.

Its IB program has been around for almost 30 years, producing students who become leaders. It has a diverse student body and a culture of inclusion. It has excellent facilities; the only true girl’s wrestling team; a math team that was first in the state last year; the best boy’s diving team in the district; and many active clubs, teams and academic support programs. Foss is a community treasure.

Other options? Co-locate SAMI at Foss similar to Lincoln Center at Lincoln. Snake Lake and China Lake Nature Preserves are both close for science activities. Or close Wilson High School. Wilson students would have three school choices with very similar academic programs supporting AP classes or Foss.

The IB program cannot be simply moved unless the whole IB staff and its students are relocated to one building; an AP class just needs one teacher. The pre-IB program from Hunt did not move when Hunt closed; Giaudrone is not yet certified as pre IB.

It’s bad to uproot juniors who will have to scramble to keep their futures on track instead of getting support from a trusted environment. It’s worse for juniors invested in a program they were using to gain college credit based on exams that are not replaceable with AP exams.

Which students are first? Now let’s think of more options.

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  1. Markusariliu says:

    So, I know this is an old article, but I am wondering when was the last time the author WENT to Foss. The last time I went I was visiting with my sister. The classes she had were deplorable excuses for the names they had.

    In the Science class they had a project putting together cars made of mouse traps that were better suited for elementary children. The teacher was even amazed I could put a spring back on a mouse trap after it was taken off, and sent a message to my mother to that effect. Or, I assume it was to that effect since my mother told me he thought I was brilliant when I got home, and the only other thing I had done was help the students put together their projects.

    In the math class the kids learned more about texting and 1337 speak than math, and it wasn’t because they were hiding it from the teacher. What I remember as a supposed English class was more of a shouting match between the kids and the teacher. In another class that I do not remember the subject to there was a pile of broken desk parts in front of one of the two entrances to the classroom and dried paint spilled here and there on the floor.

    All in all I felt at the end of the day that I deserved a medal. I felt I had survived something. I no longer wondered why my sister felt it was OK to skip classes there. Which was the whole reason for me going with her.

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