Letters to the Editor

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Tag: Foss High School

Feb.
10th

TACOMA: Think outside the box on Foss

The closure of Foss High School can be prevented by busing students from the other schools to Foss and equalize enrollment at all high schools rather than having overcrowded classrooms by shuttling students en masse from Foss. This keeps the Foss community intact.

The Tacoma School Board should consider closing all schools from Thanksgiving break through New Year’s break. This approach will reduce district costs for heating, lights and bus transportation when it is colder. Athletic events could continue as scheduled because they have separate facilities.

Another consideration is to use a trimester schedule, extend seasonal breaks, and

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Feb.
2nd

TACOMA: Closure plan reflects leadership gap

Re: Tacoma School Superintendent Art Jarvis’ Viewpoint (TNT, 2-1).

I first would like to acknowledge that being a superintendent for a large urban district is by no means an easy feat. However, I cannot help but question the effectiveness of Jarvis’ leadership in managing the Tacoma Public School’s budget.

It is not shocking that the district is obligated to make budget cuts in a time of financial crisis. However, it is very disturbing that a comprehensive high school that serves more than 1,000 students could be subject to close.

It is completely ridiculous to expect the community to

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Jan.
31st

TACOMA: Don’t take Foss away from students

Hopefully somebody will understand the value of Foss and the students.

We send people to educate in other countries and we take away school from here?

Foss has been a good school. Kids are to be valued the same as their school. Taking away Foss will be robbing the kids of their home. Schools are the place of stability for children, with so many other difficulties they have.

Consider anything else, but not the youth and our future.

Jan.
27th

TACOMA: Foss is a community treasure

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?

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Jan.
27th

TACOMA: Sacrificing children isn’t the answer

Re: Proposed closure of Foss High School.

My concern and what should be the concern of this entire city is that 1,000-plus high school students would be spread out into the surrounding schools. Unfortunately, kids can be extremely cruel at this age and many will be alienated at other schools as they make this difficult transition.

We are moving some kids when all they have is the relationships/activities they have built at Foss. If this is the only stability in their young adult lives, taking them out of this environment is going to have adverse effects across the city.

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Jan.
26th

TACOMA: Foss is unique and worth saving

Foss High School has been my family since 1986. I have been fortunate to have taught every grade level there, as well as special education and the International Baccalaureate Program during my tenure.

Since my retirement, I supervise the IB testing and the community service program for IB. I also sub at Foss – only at Foss. I have never found a school like Foss. Our Foss family is welcoming, we embrace diversity and encourage critical thinking. We teach respect for all members of our “family.” We respect our students and model that behavior.

There truly has been a

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Jan.
26th

TACOMA: High school is more than a building

A high school is more than a mere edifice where the contents can be shuffled and emitted back out in another repository. A person’s high school becomes a huge part of their very foundation for a lifetime.

We hold high school reunions because that time of our life is the most indelible of all our experiences. High school is the formula that creates our dearest friends, our sharpest memories and our grandest dreams. A student goes to elementary schools and middles schools, but they become their high school.

Closing Henry Foss High School might save a sum of money in

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Jan.
26th

TACOMA: School district throws away taxpayer dollars

Re: “Schools could absorb Foss closure” (letter, 1-26).

The Tacoma School District’s response to my letter to the editor (1-24), claims “corrected” enrollment numbers are updated to show still undefined numbers of students enrolled. This paid spokesman says the district believes many upcoming students will choose alternatives. Clearly, these alternative schools, which serve a small percentage of our most affluent families, are supported at the cost of our public comprehensive high schools.

After spending millions of dollars remodeling Foss, primarily to move students out of the portables and into actual classrooms, our school district suggests Foss students attend classes in

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