BOTHELL — For the past several months the Northshore School District has solicited input from community members, students, and staff and after careful review, the Elementary #21 Naming Committee has whittled the number of selections to fewer than a dozen.
“We received more than 700 submissions,” said Northshore School District PIO Lisa Youngblood Hall. “The committee has narrowed the selection down to 11 names and we are asking for public input to help in further narrow the choices.”
The name selection by the Committee was guided by Northshore School District Policy 9250, which was approved by the School Board in 2017 and sets clear criteria and guidelines for school names.
The name should be known and significant to the Northshore community, or identify the geographic area of the community served by the school, or honor a prominent individual, known locally or nationally, who has made a long-term contribution to the education of children.
“If a person’s name is selected for Elementary #21, then, in keeping with the Board’s desire for inclusion and equitable recognition, it will be named after an individual who is a part of a minoritized community,” said Youngblood Hall.
Based on those guidelines, the Committee selected the following 11 school names:
• Ruby Bridges Elem.: First African American student to integrate an elementary school in the South.
• Bridges Elem.: Represents Ruby Bridges, as well as the importance of building bridges within the school and community.
• Ruth Bader Ginsburg Elem.: Second woman to serve as United States Supreme Court Justice.
• Cecile Hansen Elem.: Elected chairwoman of the Duwamish Tribe since 1975 who has committed herself to gain tribal recognition by the government.
• Vi taqʷšəblu Hilbert Elem.: Member of the Upper Skagit Tribe and preservationist of Lushootseed culture and language.
•Dorothy Johnson Elem.: Helped implement the C.P. Johnson Humanitarian Award in the Northshore School District.
• Katherine Johnson Elem.: Instrumental at NASA with her expertise in mathematics and physics, which led to John Glenn’s successful flight.
• Audre Lorde Elem.: Former K-12 librarian, a founding member of an organization that raised concerns about women under apartheid.
• Michelle Obama Elem.: Former First Lady of the United States and advocate for education, poverty awareness, nutrition, physical activity, and healthy eating.
• Cecilia Payne Elementary: Astronomer who discovered what the sun was made of, but was never given credit.
• Sonia Sotomayor Elem.: First Latina to serve on the United States Supreme Court.
Another round of the survey Youngblood Hall said will ask individuals to choose from the list of 11.
“We encourage students, staff, families and community members to once again submit their feedback from the 11 names listed. At the same time, we also will collect feedback from focus groups made up of students who will attend the new elementary. Survey responses may be submitted through Friday, November 15.
“Once the feedback window closes, the Committee will meet to review the feedback and finalize three to five recommended names for the School Board. At their December 9 meeting, the School Board will select, approve and announce the name of our newest elementary school.”
Elementary #21 is under construction and is on schedule to open in the Fall of 2020.