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Dear Tukwila School District Community,
I am writing to you with great enthusiasm and a deep sense of commitment as the newly appointed Principal of Foster High School. I am honored to serve this vibrant community I hold dear to my heart.
Allow me to introduce myself. My name is LaTanya Parker, and I come to this role as a highly collaborative, equity-driven leader of color. As a mother of three sons and a wife, family is at the core of my values. I am a proud graduate of the University of Washington's Danforth Educational Leadership Program, and my journey in education spans over 16 years. During this time, I have had the privilege of serving scholars and families in K-8, elementary, and high schools within the Southeast Seattle communities.
Having been a former resident of Tukwila, I intimately understand the special and unique qualities that define this diverse community. This understanding has been a driving force behind my decision to serve here for the past three years, first as the assistant principal and now as the principal of Foster High School.
My passion and dedication revolve around ensuring that all scholars, especially those furthest from educational justice, receive an enjoyable and equitable learning experience. I am committed to highlighting the genius and brilliance of our scholars and families in the classroom and woven throughout the district in our instruction, curriculum, decisions, and actions.
As a first-generation college graduate, I deeply understand the significance of how representation, identity, sense of belonging, and belief from educators play a crucial role in determining whether scholars show up to school, contribute their genius, and feel genuinely seen, which can impact their academic success.
My vision for every scholar who graduates from Foster High School is for them to feel confident in their abilities and equipped with the knowledge and skills needed to implement their post-secondary plans. I want them to leave Foster not as mere student ID numbers, grades, or transcripts but as change agents, knowing that regardless of how they entered Foster, our educators genuinely care and believe in their ability to succeed in life.
I envision every Foster Bulldog walking with purpose, heads held high, and entering their next phase of life reflecting on the empowering words of James Baldwin, "Your crown has been bought and paid for. Put it on your head and wear it."
In partnership with you, the families, and the Foster High School community, I look forward to fostering an environment where each scholar's potential is recognized, celebrated, and nourished.
Thank you for your warm welcome, and I am excited to continue this journey with you.
Principal LaTanya Parker
In a dazzling display of cultural richness and unity, Foster High School recently hosted a Multicultural Assembly, providing students with a platform to showcase their diverse talents. The event, held in December, brought together a tapestry of traditions, highlighting the unique cultural heritage within our school community.
The assembly was a testament to the vibrant tapestry that makes up the Foster High School family. From captivating dance performances to soul-stirring musical renditions, students poured their hearts into sharing the beauty of their backgrounds. This celebration not only honored the diverse roots of our student body but also fostered a deeper sense of understanding and appreciation among peers.
Beyond the colorful performances, the Multicultural Assembly served as a reminder that our differences are a source of strength, contributing to the rich fabric of our school community. As we look back on this event, we celebrate the talents, traditions, and the unity that define Foster High School, where every voice is heard, and every culture is embraced.
This multicultural showcase not only added a burst of energy and joy to our school halls but also reinforced the importance of fostering an inclusive environment where every student feels seen and celebrated. We look forward to more events that celebrate our diversity and strengthen the bonds that make Foster High School a truly special place.
We are thrilled to share a momentous occasion that not only celebrates individual achievements but also serves as a source of inspiration for our entire community. Foster High School takes immense pride in announcing the induction of one of our distinguished alumni, Mycal Ford, into the esteemed Wall of Fame.
- Date: December 7th
- Time: 5:00 pm
- Venue: Foster High School
Mycal Ford's journey from the halls of Foster High to making meaningful contributions to our community and beyond is a testament to the power of dedication, resilience, and the pursuit of excellence. His achievements exemplify the impact that individuals from our area can have on the wider world.
This event is not just about honoring past achievements; it's about fostering inspiration among our current students. Seeing the community gather in support of one of their own sends a powerful message about the values we hold dear in Tukwila.
We extend a warm invitation to all members of the Tukwila community to join us in this celebration. Your presence will not only enrich this event but also reaffirm our commitment to nurturing and celebrating the achievements of those who have their roots in our community.
As we come together on December 7th, let's make this evening memorable for Mycal Ford and create an inspiring experience for everyone in attendance. This is more than a ceremony; it's a celebration of our shared values and the heights we can achieve together.
We express our gratitude to everyone who has been part of our community's journey towards excellence. Your support is invaluable, and we look forward to celebrating this special occasion with you.
Leave your bags at home, Foster High School students are taking a trip around the world to explore diverse cultures and cuisines with celebrity chefs right from the comfort of the school cafeteria.
Tukwila, WA — October 2023– For many students, the school cafeteria is their first opportunity to taste and learn about foods from cultures beyond their own family's recipes. In partnership with food service provider Chartwells K12, Foster High School has introduced an exciting new program, "Global Eats," designed to bring the world's flavors to the cafeteria. The program offers students an educational and culinary journey through countries like China, India, Italy, and Mexico.
On October 17th, Global Eats landed in the school cafeteria, offering students a unique opportunity to explore the rich and authentic tastes of Indian cuisine. This experience allowed them to broaden their cultural horizons and savor India's magical flavors, all within their school's familiar setting. Students delighted in sampling a refreshing mango lassi smoothie and flavorful basil-curried chickpeas. These mouthwatering dishes, created in collaboration with renowned celebrity Chef Aarti Sequeira, winner of the sixth season of The Next Food Network Star, left a lasting impression on the students.
"Growing up in Dubai, all my friends were from all over the world, which meant when I went over to their homes for dinner, I got to learn and understand their culture and heritage in an active, fun, and delicious way! I'm so excited about Global Eats! We get to offer that same experience to the next generation, which is vital because I firmly believe that when we break bread together, we knit our spirits together too," said Chef Aarti Sequeira.
We are looking forward to visiting more countries this school year through our Global Eats program.
About Chartwells K12: Chartwells K12 is committed to enhancing the school dining experience and promoting healthy, diverse, and exciting food options for students. With years of culinary and educational expertise, Chartwells K12 delivers customized dining programs to all sizes and types of schools.
On September 29th, students from various high schools attended the Green Jobs Green Futures Summit, an eye-opening event held at the Fremont Foundry in Seattle. This unique summit was hosted by King County and featured a Green Industry Showcase that allowed students to explore the promising world of green economy industry sectors.
The Green Industry Showcase was a highlight of the event, featuring immersive and interactive demo stations where students could get hands-on experience with cutting-edge technologies. They engaged in various activities and had the opportunity to meet with industry professionals to learn about future career prospects and to ask questions.
One delightful surprise of the day was the availability of free ice cream, adding to the fun and excitement of the summit. The event saw a significant turnout, with Foster High School (FHS) being the largest group in attendance, bringing a total of 51 enthusiastic students.
Apart from the valuable experiences gained, students walked away with gift bags and business cards, building connections with professionals in the field. This event provided our students with a new perspective on green jobs and the exciting opportunities available in our region's growing green economy.
We extend our gratitude to all who made this field trip a success, giving our students a chance to explore, learn, and connect in the dynamic world of green jobs and industries.