Ballard High School could win $100k for improved library technology

Ballard High School could receive a $100,000 grant to help improve the school’s library and technology. BHS teacher TuesD Chambers, who applied for the grant, is one of the 15 finalists for Farmer’s Insurance’s “Thank America’s Teachers” contest. The finalist who receives the most votes by October 31 will receive the funding. (To vote, click here)

“Our library has a bank of outdated computers that damper collaboration and stifle any flexibility. The $100,000 Farmer’s Grant would change our school and community by having students interact with one another and interact with people in the world,” Chambers says in her video about her plans for the grant.

“That would mean taking the space and making it light-filled. It means taking out the furniture that is making it so that students can’t collaborate,” she says. “In this day and age we have to teach our students to be digital citizens, but also how to be digital leaders.”

To learn more about the grant and other finalists, click here. You can vote as many times as you’d like, but you can only vote for the same finalist once a day.

 

Public meeting: city seeks input for Soundview Playfield renovation

Soundview Playfield will be renovated, and Seattle Parks and Recreation is asking for community input on the new design. There will be a meeting on Wednesday, October 4 from 6 to 7:30 pm at the Whitman Middle School Library (9201 15th Ave NW) with the Seattle Parks and Recreation’s planner, project manager, and design consultants.

The proposed project for the playfield includes an installation of synthetic field surfacing, lighting, ADA access and site improvements, funding for which will come from the Seattle Park District. The lower playfield will receive synthetic turf and lighting; with enough funding, the upper playfield will also be renovated with turf. The Parks department says the lower playfield and some of the adjacent park facilities will not be accessible during construction.

For information about a June 3rd open house about the renovation, click here.

Ballard film students nominated for National Student Production Awards

The Ballard High School film production team has been nominated for four National Student Production Awards from the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS). They were selected from 1,500 entries produced by students across the country, and the results will be announced today (Tuesday) at noon on a live stream from the Los Angeles campus of Emerson College, hosted by television personality Tom Bergeron, star and host of AVC’s Dancing with the Stars.

9066 (documentary) from Ballard HS Digital Film Program on Vimeo.

From BHS:

Nominated for best Long Form Non-Fiction is 9066, a documentary about the internment of US citizens of Japanese ancestry during WWII by Maya Konz, Bailey Wall, Kajsa Woolford and Nolan Baker.  Nominated for best Short-Form Fiction, best Writer, and best Audio/Sound is Comeback by Skala Leake, Aaron Miller, Cameron Miller & Avery Davis. Comeback is a story of a soccer player coping with a life-altering setback.  The nominated productions can be viewed on the BHS Digital Filmmaking Program’s vimeo page atwww.vimeo.com/bhsfilmprogram.

 

 

 

Ballard residents report cougar sighting near Shilshole

A cougar may have been sighted in Ballard in the wee hours of the morning near Shilshole. The Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) hasn’t had any confirmed reports of a cougar in Seattle, but that’s it’s not unheard of for a cougar to make its way into the city. The reports originated on the Nextdoor.com forum.

Michelle Picinich from the WDFW said that anyone who believes they’ve seen a cougar should attempt to take a photo (if it’s safe to do so) and send it to the department. However, she said it’s fairly common that people mistake other animals for a cougar, such as a large housecat or even a coyote.

If a cougar is indeed wandering through our neighborhood, officers will do what they can to usher it out of the city. Picinich said that cougars are so active that even if the cougar was spotted at 3am, it would likely be miles away by midday. Occasionally they’ll use dogs to help chase it out. “It sends a message to the cougar that this is not a fun place to be, and don’t come back,” Picinich said.

If you have a wildlife observation to report, call WDFW at 425-775-1311. You can also add observations to this interactive map.  To learn more about cougars, visit this informational page from WDFW.

Development Update October 2: revised rowhouse application

Today’s development update includes a revised application for a eight-unit, three-story rowhouse with eight surface-level parking spots. The information comes from the city’s bi-weekly Land Use Information Bulletin.

Revised Application:

6251 8TH AVE NW

A Land Use Application has been revised to allow a three-story, eight-unit rowhouse building. Eight surface parking spaces will be located on the site. Existing structure to be demolished.

The following approvals are required:

SEPA Environmental Determination (This project is subject to the Optional DNS Process (WAC 197-11-355) and Early DNS Process (SMC 25.05.355). This comment period may be the only opportunity to comment on the environmental impacts of this proposal.

Other permits that may be needed which are not included in this application: Building Permit, Demolition Permit

Comments may be submitted through 10/16/2017.

 

This week in sports at BHS

Good luck to the Beavers in their games this week!

Monday, October 2, 2017

  • Boys Golf Varsity: Ballard vs Roosevelt at Jackson Park Golf Course, 3:30 pm
  • Volleyball C-Team: Chief Sealth vs Ballard at Ballard High School, 5:30 pm
  • Volleyball Junior Varsity: Chief Sealth vs Ballard at Ballard High School, 5:30 pm
  • Volleyball Varsity: Chief Sealth vs Ballard at Ballard High School, 7:00 pm
  • Girls Golf Varsity: Ballard vs Roosevelt at Jackson Park Golf Course, 3:30 pm

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

  • Girls Soccer Varsity: Rainier Beach vs Ballard at Memorial Stadium, 4:30 pm
  • Boys Ultimate Frisbee Varsity: Chief Sealth vs Ballard, 4:30 pm

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

  • Boys Golf Varsity: Ballard vs Bainbridge at Wingpoint Golf Course, 3:30 pm
  • Volleyball C-Team: Ballard vs Roosevelt at Roosevelt High School, 5:30 pm
  • Volleyball Junior Varsity: Ballard vs Roosevelt at Roosevelt High School, 5:30 pm
  • Volleyball Varsity: Ballard vs Roosevelt at Roosevelt High School, 7:00 pm
  • Girls Soccer C-Team: Ballard vs Roosevelt at Magnusson Park, 4:15 pm
  • Girls Golf Varsity: Ballard vs Bainbridge at Wingpoint Golf Course, 3:30 pm
  • Boys Ultimate Frisbee Junior Varsity: Nathan Hale vs Ballard at Interbay, 4:00 pm

Thursday, October 5, 2017

  • Boys Cross Country Varsity at Magnusson Park from 1pm
  • Boys Golf Varsity: Cleveland vs Ballard at Jefferson Park Golf Course, 3:30 pm
  • Girls Soccer Junior Varsity: Holy Names Academy vs Ballard at Ballard High School, 4:30 pm
  • Girls Soccer Varsity: Ballard vs Holy Names Academy at Miller Playfield, 4:00 pm
  • Girls Golf Junior Varsity: Rainier Beach vs Ballard at Jefferson Park Golf Course, 3:30 pm
  • Girls Golf Varsity: Cleveland vs Ballard at Jefferson Park Golf Course, 3:30 pm
  • Girls Cross Country Varsity: Ballard vs Holy Names Academy at Magnusson Park from 1pm
  • Boys Ultimate Frisbee Varsity: Ballard vs West Seattle, 4:00 pm

Friday, October 6, 2017

  • Football Varsity: Ballard vs Bishop Blanchet at Bishop Blanchet High School, 7:00 pm
  • Girls Soccer C-Team: Garfield vs Ballard at Loyal Heights, 4:15 pm
  • Girls Swim Varsity: Ballard vs Lakeside at Evans Pool, from 2pm

Saturday, October 7, 2017

  • Football Frosh: Ballard vs Bishop Blanchet at Bishop Blanchet High School, 10:00 am
  • Volleyball C-Team vs Bothell at  Bothell High School

 

 

Graffiti showing up on front steps of Ballard homes

Graffiti has been appearing on the front steps of several Ballard homes in the form of two white circles. My Ballard reader Paul Steele says he found the graffiti a few mornings ago at his home on 10th Ave NW. Walking around the neighborhood, he says he found several other homes that had the same tag on the east side of 10th Ave NW block between 70th and 73rd.

Steele says he reported the graffiti to police. He said he and his neighbors discussed that it may be correlated to newspaper delivery subscriptions.

If you’ve noticed the tags at your home or have any information about the meaning behind them, email us at tips@myballard.com.