Family Resource – Seattle App Academy

An Explorer West 6th grade parent, Kevin Brown, has founded Seattle App Academy with the mission to: help kids acquire 21st century skills. They offer classes for middle school aged students that we thought might be of interest to our school community.

Program information:

Seattle App Academy is an independent, all-volunteer organization that is focused on helping our kids develop 21st century skills. We have a state-of-the-art computer lab and teaching facility in West Seattle. We “coach” kids by offering after-school and Saturday classes that cover a variety of topics in three primary areas: Computer Programming, Robotics/Electronics, and Entrepreneurship. We start at a basic level (starting with 4th through 8th graders) and grow to more advanced levels over time.


Next session – Session start date is 12/1/14 and enrollment is open now. 

Open House – The next Open House is November 11, 2014 at 7PM – 4700 42nd Ave. SW, Suite 467 (Jefferson Square above Bartell Drugs)

Please check out their website or contact Kevin for more information:

Kevin Brown, Head Coach, , 206-465-1047

Fall Open Houses

Please join us to “Try Out” Explorer West Middle School during one of our upcoming Open House events:

Oct. 15, 2014 6:30-8:00pm
Nov. 15, 2014 10:00-11:30am 
Dec. 9, 2014 6:30-8:00DSC_6782pm

School Calendar 2014-2015

Calendar 2014-2015

Student Supply List 2014-2015

Student Supply List 2014-15

Summer Reading List

Summer Reading List

Supper Circle-EW Families Connect


Families gather to play a group game.

Families gather to play a group game. 

Several Explorer West families gathered last weekend for the last Supper Circle of the year. This was one of the largest gatherings so far at a single home. This lively, fun community event included a delicious potluck meal and an interactive game with parents and kids all playing together.

Supper Circles are small, organized dinner groups of 3-6 families that are held in the home of one of the families. When parents volunteer to be involved, they sign up to be either a guest or host family. The dinners are potluck style with the host providing the main dish. This is a wonderful way for families from different grades to get to know each other, share information about parenting middle schoolers, and and foster a supportive parent community at Explorer West.

Casual time to get to know each other outside of school.

Casual time to get to know each other outside of school.


We will be organizing these gatherings next year as well, so please look for information about Supper Circles in the weekly bulletin. The Parent Community Network is looking for a new coordinator for Supper Circles for the 2014-15 school year, so please let know if you are interested. 




2014-2015 Student Registration Forms

April 2014 letter to new families

April letter to returning families

Authorization for Administration of Oral Medication

Certficate of Immunization Status

Concussion Information and Acknowledgement

Consent to Take and Use Photographs

Driver Acknowledgement

Emergency Data and Release Form – Student Information

Field Trip and School Program Permission

Outdoor Education Program

Physical Exam

Rome Payment Plan 6th grade

Rome Payment Plan 7th grade

Student-Parent Handbook 2014-2015


Environmental Slam – Earth Day Competition

Three student teams and Explorer West support staff waiting for the results!

Three student teams and Explorer West support staff waiting for the results!

Ten Explorer West Middle School students on three teams competed on Earth Day (4/22) in The Washington Foundation for the Environment’s 4th Annual Environmental Slam.

In March, seven peer teams competed in a school slam and three teams received the votes needed to move on to the citywide competition. All of these presentations were student generated topics with original scripts and graphics. The presentations were:

Event Poster with presentations and schools listed.

Event Poster with presentations and schools listed.

Explorer West team with moderator, Ashley Ahearn, the environment reporter at KUOW.

Explorer West team with moderator, Ashley Ahearn, the environment reporter at KUOW.

“The Duwami is Swampy”
“Frantic Fossil Fuels”
“Packaged Planet”
“Puget Sound: The Silent Killer”
“Salmon: A Journey Up the Stream”
“The State of Pollution”
“Trash Islands”

All of the Explorer West students were incredibly poised and gave entertaining, as well as informative presentations. Ultimately, they didn’t get the majority of the votes to win the slam, but we are so impressed and proud of how they represented themselves and Explorer West’s Sustainability programs!

Thank you to all of the community members who attended to provide their support!

The teams plus friends and teachers who came to support!

The teams plus friends and teachers who came to support!

Mosaic of Rome – 1,500 Bottle Caps Collected for Art Projects

Last summer, Explorer West students were asked by their art teacher, Sarah, to collect used bottle caps. When school started in September, the number collect FAR exceeded expectations — 1,500 caps!

Her goal was to create some recycled art pieces. The first project  is in process (a Roma map mosaic) and each grade will be making something out of them over the next month. So, thus far, four projects in process/planned. There will still be A LOT left over and the students will continue to make things with them over the next couple of years, until they are used up.

Here are a few images of the work done to date, including:

  • Planning stages, projecting and drawing the map of Rome onto the board.
  • Collecting caps from the big bin (1,500 caps were collected).
  • Gluing the caps on!

We will post final photos of the mosaic when it is completed in a couple of weeks!

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Parent/Teen Education Night – Healthy Communication on Drugs/Alcohol

To follow up our recent parent survey, we have secured a speaker who could provide parents and caregivers with some educational insights on Drug and Alcohol Use in Teens (the highest rated topic).

Explorer West’s Parent Community Network is excited to announce that Dr. Kevin Haggerty from the Social Development Research Group of the University of Washington Department of Social Work will speak to our community on the topic,“Teens, Marijuana, Alcohol, and Reality… Setting the Framework for Healthy Communication.”

Event Details:

Parent Education Night – April 29th at 6:30 PM

Explorer West Middle School, 10015 28th Avenue SW, Seattle, WA 98146

 Focus of the presentation:

  • Find out about the recent research on drugs, alcohol and marijuana use in teens and learn about the impact of alcohol on the teenage brain.
  • Learn about ways to prevent the use and abuse of drugs and alcohol by teens.
Dr. Kevin Haggerty

Dr. Kevin Haggerty

About Dr. Haggerty:

For more than 25 years, Dr. Kevin Haggerty and his colleagues at the Social Development Research Group of the University of Washington have been developing methods to organize the scientific knowledge base for prevention so that parents, communities and schools can identify, assess and prioritize approaches that meet their needs. Dr. Haggerty is an international trainer and speaker in the areas of substance abuse and delinquency prevention and has written extensively in the field.

Please invite other parents and teen (middle school aged and older) community members to this event.