Tag Archives: Rainier Beach High School

YA Novel ‘Places to Be’ Takes Youth to the Columbia City Library and Beyond

by Amanda Ong


In March, local Seattle author Alvin Horn released his first young adult novel — Places to Be. The story is set in Seattle and follows a young Black teen and star basketball player, Marley. Though he is a good student, Marley falls in with a group of friends who get him into trouble, and when he flunks history, his mother puts him on house arrest for the summer. But what starts as punishment becomes a summer of maturity.

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The Morning Update Show — 3/1

The Morning Update Show — hosted by Trae Holiday and The Big O (Omari Salisbury) — is the only weekday news and information livestream that delivers culturally relevant content to the Pacific Northwest’s urban audience. Omari and Trae analyze the day’s local and national headlines as well as melanin magic in our community. Watch live every weekday at 11 a.m. on any of the following channels, hosted by Converge Media: YouTube, Twitch, Facebook, Periscope, and whereweconverge.com.

We also post the Morning Update Show here on the Emerald each day after it airs, so you can catch up any time of day while you peruse our latest posts.

Morning Update Show — March 1

Rainier Beach Basketball and the WIAA | LIVE — John Arnold of Vertical Life | Yusuf Abdikadir, student Rainier Beach High School | Are Our Youth Being Taken Advantage of by the WIAA? | March is Women’s History Month

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Rainier Beach High School Basketball Players Allege Tournament Seeding Is Unfair

by M. Anthony Davis


A group of student-athletes from Rainier Beach High School, joined by concerned supporters from the community, held a press conference Wednesday, Feb. 23, outside Washington Interscholastic Activities Association (WIAA) headquarters in Renton, Washington, to voice concerns for Rainier Beach men’s basketball seeding in the upcoming 3A State Basketball Tournament. The athletes claimed that their ranking seems lower than it should be based on their record, and that some private schools in the area have higher rankings than they should.

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NEWS GLEAMS: Youth Opportunities in Blogging & Maritime, Zoning Survey for RBHS

curated by Emerald Staff

A round-up of news and announcements we don’t want to get lost in the fast-churning news cycle!


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Latinos in Tech Seeking Youth Bloggers!

Latinos in Tech, an initiative by the Latino Community Fund that provides networking opportunities for Latino professionals and students in the technology industry, is seeking high schoolers interested in learning how to blog for their Youth Inspired Blogger Bootcamp!

From Latinos in Tech: “This project aims to share the stories of Latinx & BIPOC folks in STEM in order to make these fields more accessible to our community. This will be an opportunity for youth to network with professionals and gain experience writing for publication.”

The deadline to apply is Oct. 6 at 11:59 p.m. This is a paid position.

To apply for the Youth Inspired Blogger Bootcamp, complete the online form. For more information about the program, contact jlira@latinocommunityfund.org.

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Student Activists Reflect on Long Overdue Rainier Beach High School Rebuild

by Ari Robin McKenna


For decades, the Rainier Beach community watched as other better-resourced high schools got major building renovations, waiting for their turn. Yet as various Seattle Public Schools’ (SPS) building levies passed them by, many members of the student population at Rainier Beach High School (RBHS) — which is currently 97% students of color — began to speak out.

From within a building built in 1961, students have been mounting pressure on the district for more than a decade. Finally, in 2019, the school board approved a replacement building as part of the Building Excellence (BEX) V Capital Levy. With RBHS set for a rebuild beginning next summer, the Emerald spoke to four students who were active in different waves of the push to make that happen.

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The Morning Update Show — 7/1/21

The Morning Update Show — hosted by Trae Holiday and The Big O (Omari Salisbury) — is the only weekday news and information livestream that delivers culturally relevant content to the Pacific Northwest’s urban audience. Omari and Trae analyze the day’s local and national headlines as well as melanin magic in our community. Watch live every weekday at 11 a.m. on any of the following channels, hosted by Converge Media: YouTube, Twitch, Facebook, Periscope, and whereweconverge.com.

We also post the Morning Update Show here on the Emerald each day after it airs, so you can catch up any time of day while you peruse our latest posts.

Morning Update Show — Thursday, July 1

Live From Rainier Beach High School | LIVE — Coach Mike Bethea | LIVE — Betty Patu | LIVE — Virginia Owens | LIVE — Patrick McGlothlin | LIVE — Rick Dimmer

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Wealthy Families Fundraising for Public Schools Poses Troubling Equity Issues

by Neal Morton, The Hechinger Report

(This story about PTAs was produced by The Hechinger Report, a nonprofit, independent news organization focused on inequality and innovation in education. Sign up for the Hechinger newsletter.)


In 2013, families at a Seattle high school raked in more than $100,000 for a raffle to win a Tesla Model S.

The year before, the parent teacher association at Garfield High School cleared $40,000 in raffle tickets for a Nissan Leaf. Other schools in this tech-boom city rely on lavish galas to raise as much as $422,000 in a single night, and some spend almost as much as they haul in.

During the pandemic, parents at the John Stanford International School spent $249,999 — one dollar less than the school district allows before the board steps in to review such spending — on teaching assistants for a dual language program. This year, the Green Lake Parent Teacher Association (PTA) paid about half that much to cover the cost of the elementary school’s vocal teacher and a portion of a full-time counselor’s salary, among other supports for students.

Meanwhile, in the South End, parents at Rising Star Elementary celebrate when they can cobble together even $300.

“That’s in a good year,” said Leticia Bazemore, former PTA vice president at Rising Star.

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Vaccine Pop-Ups Open to All Seattle Public Middle Schools and High Schools

by Emerald Staff


Now that all people ages 12 and older are eligible to receive the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine, the City of Seattle, in partnership with Seattle Public Schools (SPS) and the Seattle Fire Department, today announced an ambitious program to offer free no-appointment vaccinations at 52 in-school locations as well as pop-up vaccine clinics aimed at 20 private schools. 

“Offering the vaccine to our younger students provides families with peace of mind that their children will be safe from catching and spreading the virus,” Mayor Jenny Durkan said in an email announcement on Tuesday, May 18. “Vaccinating our students is also an issue of educational justice: We know that virtual learning does not serve families who face historic inequities. Getting kids back in school safely is critical to ensuring our youth have access to true and lasting opportunity.”

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Friday Night Sights: High School Football’s Return Weekend in the South End

by M. Anthony Davis


High school football is back. Last weekend marked the beginning of the Metro League football season, and the opening weekend featured an inner-city rivalry with Rainier Beach playing Garfield. Typically, the stands would be packed for this matchup but, due to COVID-19 restrictions, no fans were allowed to attend. 

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