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Two Queen Anne student-athletes advance to swimming Districts

February 23rd, 2013 by Laura Fonda

From our sister site My Ballard – congratulations to Queen Anne residents Josh Pehrson and Ian Rice!

Ballard Student-Athletes Advance to Regionals and State
By Bucky Beaver, Posted by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin on February 18th, 2013

Ballard High School had all five of its winter programs make the playoffs for the first time since the mid 90’s. In addition to boys and girls basketball a number of student-athletes from wrestling, boys swimming, and gymnastics advanced to regionals and on to the state competition in their respective sports.

Photo Courtesy of BHS Athletics

The following boys swimmers advanced to districts at the University of Washington: seniors Kyle Garrity, Duncan Fowler, Elijah Lancey, and Nathan Powell, juniors Josh Pehrson, Tim Porter, Kellen Reeder, sophomore Andrew Stevens, and freshmen Rory Carlson, Ian Rice, and Nate O’Leary.  Junior diver Evan Arends also qualified.  The 200 relay team consisting of Garrity, Stevens, Pehrson, and Carlson, as well as Pehrson in the 100 breaststroke advanced from districts and qualified for state as did diver Arends.

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John Hay raises $2,900 for disaster relief in Japan

May 31st, 2011 by Thea

The weekend before last, on Saturday, May 21, John Hay students and parent volunteers put on a rummage sale and bake sale to raise money for disaster relief for victims of the earthquake and tsunami in Japan. That rummage sale turned out to be a huge success, raising a total of $400 from the bake sale portion and $2,500 from the rummage sale.

The school says all proceeds from the rummage/bake sale will go directly to people in need in Japan, while any left-over items not sold at the event will go toward helping needy families here in the Seattle area.

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John Hay student rummage sale for Japan Saturday

May 19th, 2011 by Thea

Students from John Hay Elementary will be hosting a rummage sale from 9 a.m. to noon this Saturday, May 21 at the school to raise money for disaster relief in Japan. A variety of items, including clothing, toys, books, and small appliances, will be available at the sale. Two classes of John Hay 2nd graders will also be selling baked goods and coffee at the event, the proceeds of which will also go toward the relief effort.

Can’t make it to the sale but want to lend a hand? Volunteers are needed to help sort items and set up for the sale on Friday, May 20 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Those interested in volunteering their time should contact

All proceeds from the rummage and bake sale will be going directly to the Iwate Bank in Japan, which will use the funds for relief efforts in the areas affected by the recent earthquake and tsunami.

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Upcoming SSIA events in the community

January 5th, 2010 by Thea

Successful Schools in Action, an educational non-profit organization in Queen Anne dedicated to the grassroots effort of improving neighborhood schools, has a number of community events coming up in the next couple of weeks.

On Tuesday, January 12 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at McClure Middle School SSIA and Schools First board member Lisa Macfarlane are hosting “SCHOOL LEVIES – Everything You Need to Know,” to discuss the February school levies.

Every Thursday beginning January 14 through February 11 from 7 to 9 p.m., SSIA will host a Writer’s Workshop for parents led by Blaine principal Heather Swanson and McClure principal Sarah Pritchett. The 5-week course is designed to put parents in the shoes of their students and experience what the writing process feels like.

The SSIA Fall Debate Tournament will be held on Saturday, January 16 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at John Hay Elementary. 4th and 5th grade students from Hay, Blaine, Coe, and Lawton will tackle the topic “Public schools should require school uniforms.” More information on current debate classes here.

SSIA has received financial support from many local organizations, including the Bank of America and the McClure PTSA, who both donated $5,000 in the second half of 2009. This funding provides one-on-one tutoring for students and extensive training programs for teachers, among other things. For more information on current and upcoming programs and events, see the SSIA website.

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