Tim Owens Joins WFFE Board

We are pleased to announce that our history teacher, Tim Owens, has joined the Board of Directors for the Washington Foundation for the Environment (WFFE). This organization supports environmental education and innovative projects focused on environmental awareness. Tim is looking forward to being a contributor to an organization that focuses on environmental education. He is one of two educators on the Board – the other is a retired elementary school teacher.

Explorer West at 2013 Environmental Slam.

Tim was selected due to our school’s participation (and leadership) with the Environmental Issues Slam. The Board appreciated the feedback he offered and wants assistance in recruiting other schools specifically for the Environmental Issues Slam. He has no doubt that the majority of his work and input will be around making this program better in the region. Specifically, he will be tasked on how to reach out to high schools and more middle schools.


Find out more about WFFE at: http://www.wffe.org

Congratulations Tim!

Book Fair – December 12

Join us at Barnes & Noble on December 12, 4:00-5:30pm for the 2nd annual Explorer West Book Fair.

Please support the expansion of the Explorer West Middle School library by purchasing books the day of the book fair or anytime in store from 12/12-12/16 (online until 12/17 – http://www.barnesandnoble.com/bookfairs/) by using the voucher number: 11484193.

In addition, during the book fair we will also be providing gift wrapping at B & N to benefit the 8th grade Rome trip. We will be recruiting parent volunteers for the gift wrapping table.

This is a wonderful opportunity to get your holiday shopping done and support Explorer West.

More information available here.

EW 2014 Bookfair Flyer

Thank you!

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 amymfrench@hotmail.com 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!