Interview with PSCS co-founder Andy Smallman

Celebrating the 30th Anniversary of Community-centered Education

Puget Sound Community School (PSCS) was founded in fall of 1994, by Andy Smallman and Melinda Shaw, along with a group of 11 families interested in their educational vision. As PSCS celebrates 30 years, our intern, Lucy Ingram, started a retrospective process into how it this all began. On Friday last week, Lucy had the opportunity to chat with Andy about his perspective on this little school’s creation and early foundations.

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Connecting through quilting

In honor of Black History Month, everyone at PSCS—students, administrators, interns, and teachers—completed an individual project, researching a person, event, or movement in celebration of Black culture, contribution, creativity, and activism.

The result was many individual art pieces in the form of a cardstock square, a smaller block of what’s to become a large paper quilt in the entrance of the school.

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Adam’s Blessings—Community Engagement at PSCS

On Tuesday, Feb 6, Student Leadership at Puget Sound Community School (PSCS) led us in an all-school compassion project, based on an idea offered by a PSCS alumni parent seeking to transform still very raw tragedy into meaning. Adam Reeder was an artist and designer, brother, son, and friend, who passed away in March of…

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A Little Light

Last Tuesday, PSCS participated in Giving Tuesday, a curious movement created by the nonprofit sector, for nonprofits, meant as a tonic to the consumerism of Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Thanks to so many generous supporters we raised almost $14K in one day for tuition access—which is a massive benefit to us all. As the…

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Saturday Math Academy at PSCS

Saturday Math Academy is a program Akin and his wife Marilyn started 14 years ago as a resource for elementary school students (K-5), in the hopes young people without a lot of access might find joy in math and build lasting affinity outside the traditional classroom setting. P

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Emergency Protocol Discussions & Drills @PSCS

The gun violence in CA over the past days reinforces our collective need to discuss what we can do if we find ourselves faced with such a terrible reality. Research shows young people know that gun violence is a threat to us all, and failing to confront this reality adds to their anxiety. Research also…

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Puget Sound Community School (PSCS) alum parent and Crosscut staff reporter, Knute Berger, recently wrote  “On ‘zealous’ parents and corrupt college admissions,” his comments on the college entrance scandal.

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PSCS Life – The “Why” Behind Annual Giving

You’ve probably heard that annual giving is pretty important to the PSCS community. But, what is most often misunderstood, is that we expect everyone in our community to contribute to our annual fundraising efforts, each year—board members (we already have 100% from this group), staff (we already have 100% from this group), and all our…

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PSCS Founder on Awakin Calls

PSCS founder and director, Andy Smallman, will be the featured speaker on Awkin Calls (8/19, 9am), a weekly conference call that anyone from around the world can dial into. It is completely free, without any ads or solicitation. Each call features a unique theme and an inspiring guest speaker, with the simple hope of spreading…

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’17 Senior Graduation

Saturday, June 10 at North Seattle College. Join us at 10am for senior speeches, commencement ceremonies, community wide appreciations of our graduates, and luncheon.

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