News Blog for Seattle's Wedgwood and View Ridge Neighborhoods


Wedgwood, View Ridge, Bryant elementaries to start later

June 2nd, 2012 by Support Staff

Six Seattle public schools will start later next year, including Wedgwood, View Ridge and Bryant

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Update: Wedgwood appears to win Small and Simple grant for school safety

July 19th, 2011 by hillaryu

Update July 20: The post below focuses on the next round of Small and Simple grants from the city. Now the Wedgwood Community Council is announcing the neighborhood will apparently win a $20,000 grant from the previous round after modifications are made to its proposal.

In May the Wedgwood Elementary PTA applied for a grant to make traffic safety improvements around the school, including building out curbs around the crosswalks on Northeast 85th Street and in front of the school

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Wedgwood teacher headed to summer camp

May 16th, 2011 by hillaryu

Wedgwood Elementary teacher Ashley Cox will be heading to the Mickelson ExxonMobil Teachers Academy in New Jersey this summer. Cox, along with Laurelhurst Elementary teacher Grace Dublin, will join about 200 third- through fifth-grade teachers from around the country.

A little about the academy from Seattle Public Schools:

The Teachers Academy

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Neighborhood schools score high marks

November 9th, 2010 by hillaryu

When Seattle Public Schools released a new ranking of all schools in the district this morning, 3 of the top 12 ended up being right here in the neighborhood.

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Adding to the gardens at Wedgwood Elementary

September 14th, 2010 by hillaryu

For those of you who may not know, Wedgwood Elementary has some amazing gardens on its campus.

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School renovation projects almost complete

August 9th, 2010 by hillaryu

Construction crews are still working to wrap up summer renovation projects at both Wedgwood Elementary and View Ridge Elementary.

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Wedgwood Elementary gets new principal

July 26th, 2010 by hillaryu

Wedgwood Elementary has traded its principal to Eckstein Middle School for its assistant principal.

It wasn’t exactly a “trade,” a la a couple of sports team, but sort of worked out that way. Denise Espania, who had been Wedgwood principal for two years, announced at the end of the school year that she would be moving on and looking for a new job that allowed her more time to spend with her family.

She’s apparently found that as assistant principal at Eckstein Middle School. She’ll take the job of Chris Cronas, who takes over for Espania as Wedgwood’s principal.

The moves were announced over the weekend in a letter to parents from Seattle Schools superintendent Maria L. Goodloe-Johnson. Her letter can be found on the Wedgwood Elementary Web site.

Goodloe-Johnson praises Cronas’ background as a classroom teacher, instructional coach and two years of administrative experience as assistant middle school principal. She says Cronas’ “student-centered approach means that he works for the success of all students at every level; he exhibits personal integrity and an ability to foster positive change.”

A few other details about Cronas: Prior to his assistant principal role, he was a house administrator, an instruction and curriculum coach, and taught overseas in Japan for four years. He is fluent in Japanese. His professional preparation includes a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature and English Education from Ithaca College and Master of Education from the Danforth Educational Leadership Program at the University of Washington.

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