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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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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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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Gay Parent Magazine

Every Wednesday, PSCS Affinity Groups meet for an hour in solidarity, support, and fun. Ally groups meet in solidarity, but also to further our understanding of our various privileges and biases—and practice integrating accountability with action.

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You Can Always Be Stronger

Make Tiny Films was on one of several PSCS 2013 Fall Term block class offerings (other 2-week block courses this term: All About the Wall, Crashing Cymbals, Poetry Workshop, and Mindfulness/Neuroscience). Taught by PSCS teaching staff member Nic Warmenhoven, MTF is a two week block class designed to lead students through planning, filming, and editing short…

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PSCS in the Huffington Post

A Timely Interview With Jon Ramer About Creating Collective Compassion (Part 2) Huffington Post …“There’s a genius educator in Seattle who runs The Puget Sound Community School, and he’s been teaching kindness for years. He takes kids out and they perform random acts of kindness. For example, they go to the library and randomly put…

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Positive Psychology

Last Friday, school director Andy Smallman hosted a session at school designed for students and adults interested in learning about something called positive psychology AND how PSCS is using the concepts of it. It was a great session and it began with Andy showing a 5 minute video for context purposes. The video, called “Positive…

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Olympic Hike

Eight PSCS students along with staff members Scobie and Tanya and fearless volunteer Duncan Moore spent last Friday on an ambitious hike deep into the Olympic Mountains. Starting in the dark hours of the morning, the 11 hikers took the ferry to the Olympic Peninsula and drove up the Deer Park Road through the cloud…

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Let the Games Begin!

PSCS is thrilled to be included as a local organization supporting the upcoming Compassion Games, a Seattle-based initiative designed to promote a friendlier city that begin on Friday, September 21st and run through October 21st. On top of that, school director Andy Smallman has been recruited to lead a kindness activity as part of the…

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How About THEM Apples!?

On Wednesday this week four students led by teachers Nic and Scobie broke away for an afternoon of service work, heading up to the Danny Woo Garden, a nearby terraced hillside that serves International District residents by allowing them sunny space and healthy soil to grow traditional crops from their native countries. They spent a…

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