Programs & Activities
Programs and Activities Supported and Funded by PTA
- Bear Beans
- Passive Fundraising
- Family and Community Engagement (FACE)
- Powder Puff Football - Fresh/Soph and Jr/Sr
- Cinderella Project
- Scholarships for Senior Students
- Father-Daughter Ball
- Senior Art Award
- Grad Night Celebration
- Golden Acorn & Outstanding Educator Awards
Bear Beans is located in the Tahoma High School Commons. Baristas are volunteer PTA
members and students. The stand is open before school M-F and during lunches
M-Th. Volunteers are needed throughout the year and no experience is necessary.
We provide all training and you'll learn to make all of our drinks, made with
or without coffee. Students must apply and interview for the position. This
role offers great work experience (cash management, customer service, drink
making) for your resume, and helps build references. Proceeds from the stand
support PTA scholarships awarded to seniors every year.
Hours of Operations
Mornings M-F: 7:00-7:40 AM
Lunches M-Th: 10:25-11:25 PM
Looking for the perfect gift for a THS staff member?
Bear Beans offers Gift Cards!
Gift Cards make great stocking stuffers or teacher appreciation gifts.
- They are offered in $3 (single drink) or $10 options.
- Cards are available in the Bear Beans stand, or email firstname.lastname@example.org for other options.
Non-Coffee Beverages - $2.00
Steamer (steamed milk w/flavor)
*Additional flavor serving add $.50
Hot & Iced Beverages - $2.50
Chai Tea (with steamed milk)
*Adding shots (Dirty Chai) add $.50
Specialty Beverages Hot & Iced - $3 or $4
Italian Soda (no caffeine)
Black & White (Chocolate & White Chocolate)
Milky Way (Caramel & Chocolate)
Chunky Monkey (Banana & Chocolate)
S’more (Marshmallow & Chocolate)
PB&C (Peanut Butter & Chocolate)
Big Train - Blended with or w/o coffee (Caramel, Chocolate, Milky Way, Vanilla)
*Additional flavor serving add $.50
Almond, Banana, Blue Raspberry, Caramel, Chocolate, English Toffee, Hazelnut, Orange, Peanut Butter, Peppermint, Peppermint Paddy*, Raspberry, Pumpkin Spice*, Root Beer, Salted Caramel*, Strawberry, Toasted Marshmallow, Vanilla, Watermelon, White Chocolate, Sugar Free Caramel, Sugar Free Vanilla,
**We use 2% milk in our beverage....
**Soy milk available upon request add $.50
We are proud to serve locally roasted Java Java Coffee.
Did you know that when you go to any THS sports activity at THS gym or stadium that the concession stand is operated by THS PTA?
We stock the concession stand year round, maintain the health permit, maintain all of the equipment.
For the fall football home games, PTA volunteers staff the concession stand during games and the proceeds go directly to the PTA.
For the remaining winter and spring sport seasons, the PTA has Tahoma-related clubs operate the stand and the PTA splits the profits with the clubs.
If your Tahoma HS-affiliated club is interested in working the concession stand to raise funds for your club, please email TahomaHSPTA@gmail.com.
In today's economy it is harder and harder to raise monies to help our schools. The good news is that there are ways you can help with no extra money spent on your part!
The monies raised allow the PTA to support THS in a variety of ways from Grad Night, College Scholarships, Powder Puff, and much more. To find out more about how you can help support our schools, see the options outlined below. Thanks for your support!!
- You can help Tahoma High School PTA earn donations by shopping with your Fred Meyer Rewards Card!
Fred Meyer is donating $2.5 million per year to non-profits in Alaska, Idaho, Oregon and Washington. Here’s how the program works:
Sign up for the Community Rewards program by linking your Fred Meyer Rewards Card to THS PTA at www.fredmeyer.com/communityrewards. You can search for us by our name or by our non-profit number 91454. Then, every time you shop and use your Rewards Card, you are helping THS PTA earn a donation! You still earn your Rewards Points, Fuel Points, and Rebates, just as you do today. If you do not have a Rewards Card, they are available at the Customer Service desk of any Fred Meyer store.
- The Maple Valley Grocery Outlet is generously donating 5% of your purchase to Tahoma High School PTA. All you have to do is mention that you would like your 5% to go to THS PTA and they'll scan a card that will record that. If you'd like your own card, please contact us and we'll mail you a card. Maple Valley Grocery Outlet is located at 26525 Maple Valley Black Diamond Road in Maple Valley. See their website for more details on location and hours.
- When shopping at Office Depot, just let the cashier know you support THS and Office Depot gives THS 5% of the purchase amount! To see a list of qualifying products, go here. THS Office Depot Id number is: 70106786.
Volunteer Hours, Tahoma and YOU!
Sharing your free time is a valuable resource these days and many companies know that and support their employees endeavors! Does your company provide a volunteer program that supports 501c3 organizations? Check with your employer and see if they do.
Then use your volunteer hours at Tahoma to support one of our many programs such as PTA, Grad night or Scholarship program.
YOU can truly make a difference!
FAMILY AND COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT (FACE)
Research continues to show when families are involved with their child's education, students achieve higher academic success regardless of socio-economic status, ethnicity, or disability.
Would you like to get involved, but not sure how? Want to help your student reach their highest potential?
THS PTA has created a Family and Community Engagement (FACE) Committee to partner with families and Tahoma High School to help support all students.
Does your student receive ELL services, special education or 504 support, have social, emotional, behavioral needs, or experiencing economic struggles?
Join us to find new ways to get connected!
Questions? Contact us at: email@example.com
Link to Washington State Outreach Program
POWDER PUFF FOOTBALL
Our Powder Puff football season starts in September and culminates with a final game day in late October or early November.
On Game Day, the players play at the THS football stadium with an announcer, refs, and music. Freshmen and Sophomore girls play against each other, and the Junior and Senior girls play against each other
We need volunteer coaches and PTA members to monitor practices, which occur twice a week at the high school.
More information will come closer to the Powder Puff season.
"We help make dreams come true!”
Looking for a beautiful dress for homecoming or Prom? The Cinderella Project has gorgeous dresses and shoes free to rent for any Tahoma student.
Cinderella Project is always on the lookout for more gently used, clean formal wear. If you have a homecoming or prom dress you would like to donate, they can be dropped off in the Tahoma High School main office.
2019 Try-On Dates
September 17 & 18, 24 & 25, and October 1 & 2 during Power Hour in the PAC Dressing Room.
We're excited to announce our 2020 THS Reflections Winners! Their submissions now go to State!
K. Corona - Literature Winner - "The Story of a Evergreen Tree"
P. Chien - Visual Arts 2D Winner - "Colors of After"
E. Brestle - Visual Arts 3D Winner - "The Link Between Us"
C. Fruge - Film Winner - "Spite"
Tahoma's Awards night is TBD.
2020 submissions were due by the end of the calendar year.
*2D/3D visual art- 3 photos of artwork-JPEG, JPG, and PNG file format
*Dance Choreography-AVI and MP4 file format
*Film Production-AVI and MP4 file format
*Literature-PDF file format
*Music Compostion-MP3 and WAV format
*Photography- JPEG, JPG, and PNG format
Official Reflections rules can be found here https://www.wastatepta.org/events-programs/reflections/
If you have questions about Reflections or need assistance with the virtual submission, email TahomaHSPTA@gmail.com, with the subject line Reflections.
Reflections is a National PTA arts recognition program that helps students explore their own thoughts, feelings and ideas, develop artistic literacy, increase confidence, and find a love for learning that will help them become more successful not only in school, but in life: www.wastatepta.org.
The purpose of the Reflections program is to provide an opportunity for students to use their creative talents by expressing themselves through their own original works. A student may submit entries in any of six arts areas. Only original works of art are accepted. The six art areas are: Visual Arts, Photography, Literature, Music Composition, Dance Choreography, and Film Production.
SCHOLARSHIPS FOR SENIOR STUDENTS
The PTA Community Partner Scholarship is a program which provides scholarship opportunities for graduating seniors. The committee includes Tahoma School District parents, community leaders, business owners, THS administrators, and THS counselors who work together to strengthen the program. The focus is to honor all paths students may have planned after graduation and as such offer scholarship opportunities for ALL.
This is accomplished through fundraising, collaboration with community, businesses, companies, corporations, individuals, clubs, and organizations. Scholarship recipients are based on future-ready skills, academic testing, grade point average, volunteerism, activities, personal interests, essay writing, job experience, personal recommendations, and honoring varied pathways of individuals.
The Tahoma Community Partner Scholarship application portal will be open to seniors starting Monday, February 1st at 3pm and will close Friday, March 19th at 5pm. The application program has an automatic timer and is exact for Pacific Standard Time. Absolutely no late applications will be processed. Applications can be accessed here. Contact Kristyn Rock with any questions at firstname.lastname@example.org with subject line Scholarship Question.
Scholarship Applications are due on or before Friday, March 19th, 2021 at 5:00 PM PST. No late applications will be accepted.
Again: the Application Portal can be accessed at http://scholarships.tahomapta.com only after 3:00 PM PST on Monday, February 1st.
The application process will show which sections have been completed and what still needs to be done. Due to letters of recommendation getting spammed or sent to other folders in some emails, we strongly suggest you be attentive to the person you have requested and email them directly if your letter has not returned to your profile for submission. Remember you will not see the letter itself, but you will receive a check mark next to the progress of recommendation in your profile.
February 7 - finish all basic application information AND send out recommendation requests
February 14 - begin all required essays
February 28 - follow up on recommendation requests AND finish all essays
March 6 - verify requests were returned, recheck all progress and finalize any incomplete items
March 15 - portal closes at the end of this week, no exceptions. Make all final follow-ups
March 19 - if not already submitted, make sure everything is complete and submit applications by 5:00 PM
Senior awardee announcements will be made at Senior Awards Night.
You are cordially invited to the annual THS Father-Daughter Ball!
Our theme this year is TBD.
Your night includes dancing, 5x7 photograph, keepsake, special memories, and light snacks.
Location: Tahoma High School (23499 SE Tahoma Way, Maple Valley)
Mail checks/payments with your registration form (to the left of this page) to
THS PTA, PO Box 74, Maple Valley, WA 98038
Register and pay online
Pre-Registration fee: $40 for 1 parent/guardian with 1 daughter and $15 for each additional daughter
Registration at the Door: $50 for 1 parent/guardian with 1 daughter and $15 for each additional daughter
Daddies, Uncles, Grandfathers, and Godfathers, please join us in creating magic in your girl's heart by attending the annual Maple Valley Father-Daughter Ball.
The Ball is presented by Tahoma High School PTA and the proceeds benefit the THS PTA Scholarship Fund.
Email Questions to: email@example.com
SENIOR ART AWARD
Seniors, do you paint, draw, take photos, sculpt or make ceramics? Talented seniors will be chosen by a panel of PTA and community members (no teachers) for their best artwork submission. This contest is open to all Tahoma High School 2020 Graduating Seniors. Artwork is to have been completed during the 9th through 12th grades, completed in an art class or done independently. Artwork must be G-rated.
Deadline: April 24, 2020. All entries to be delivered to Ms. McCoy's Art Room, along with registration form.
You may submit one piece per category: Photography – Drawing—Painting—Digital Graphics—3-D Sculpture/Ceramics. A winner will be chosen from each category based on the rubric (which can be found on the left side of this website along with the registration form). Each category winner receives a $50 award and a Grand Prize winner receives $250. Winners will be announced at the Senior Awards Night in May.
NOTE: Tahoma High School PTA reserves the right to award the Visual Art Award at its discretion.
GRAD NIGHT CELEBRATION
Grad Night is not planned for the 2020-2021 school year due to COVID-19 restrictions.
The spirit of Grad Night has spread throughout the United States. Grad Night, Project Graduation, Sober Grad, Project Grad, Project Prom and Post Prom Celebrations are provided by a committed group of parents joining together with community members to provide their young people a safe, sober, and spectacular celebration.
The philosophy and ideals behind the Grad Night movement are interlinked with providing an event that is safe, sober, and spectacularly fun. More than “just a party,” this is a commitment by parents, school and the community to conduct a great, “once in a lifetime” celebration. Grad Night is a unique and spectacular celebration that is alcohol and drug free. It builds a spirit of togetherness among the graduates as they celebrate with friends and classmates. A sense of community is developed as everyone works to keep the students and graduates entertained and safe on potentially, the most dangerous night of their lives.
Grad Night celebrations are succeeding because of the commitment of parents, the backing of school and local governments, and the generous support of their communities. The graduates like celebrating all night with their friends and at many schools, this has become the only way to celebrate this special occasion.
The Grad Night celebration is organized each year by the PTA, and offers an event that is “safe, sober and spectacularly fun.” Volunteers work each year to plan a “once-in-a-lifetime” celebration.
The Tahoma High School PTA is in urgent need of Grad Night Volunteers - chaperones, especially.
In order to volunteer, you must be a THS PTA member and obtain TSD clearance. Join THS PTA online at https://www.memberplanet.com/packetview/tahomahspta/membership.
Fees paid for PTA will be applied to the 2019-2020 school year and will go directly to help fund PTA programs - such as Grad Night. Memberships will expire in Oct. 2020 and renewals will be sent out for the 2020-2021 school year.
TSD Volunteer Registration: https://tahomavolunteers.hrmplus.net
Parents of seniors, juniors, sophomores and freshmen are all welcome; volunteers need to be THS PTA members and be cleared as a volunteer with the Tahoma School District.
The price for Grad Night in 2019 was $145 through April 30; from May 1 through the night of graduation, the cost was $165. Scholarships are available via applications in the counseling office or at firstname.lastname@example.org. To purchase tickets, you can buy them at Brown Paper Tickets; please also fill out the Grad Night Agreement for 2020 to the left of this page.
Please email email@example.com if you are interested in volunteering to help the committee.
Our committee is looking to fill the following positions:
- Prizes & Gifts Lead
- Fundraising Lead
- Snack Lead
- Chaperone Lead - a total of 12-15 would be optimal
If you are interested in being a lead or another position, please contact PTA via email at TahomaHSPTA@gmail.com.
$135 until Nov. 15th, 2019
$145 Nov. 16, 2019 - Apr. 30th, 2020
$165 May 1st, 2020 until the night of graduation
**Note, if paying online with a credit or debit card, a service fee will be added.
You must print off the Grad Night Agreement form to the left, indicate that you paid through brown paper tickets and mail to: Tahoma HS PTA, PO Box 74, Maple Valley, WA 98038 or drop off in the main office during the 2019/2020 school year.
To pay by check or money order, print off the Grad Night Agreement to the left and mail to: Tahoma HS PTA, PO Box 74, Maple Valley, WA 98038 or drop off in the main office when they open back up.
Scholarships are available. Applications will be in the counseling office when school is in session or you can e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Graduation is Friday, June 11, 2021.
GOLDEN ACORN & OUTSTANDING EDUCATOR AWARDS
The Outstanding Educator Award was created by PTAs to recognize individuals who have provided outstanding educational opportunities for children and youth, beyond the normal scope of their jobs. An educator can be, but is not limited to, a teacher, including specialists, support staff, administrators, or community members.
For the 2019-2020 Outstanding Educator Award, Tahoma HS PTA recognizes Jami Suhoversnik and Jared Avelis!
* Jami has demonstrated an outstanding personal commitment to improving the lives of children and youth in the following ways: Ms. Suhoversnik has shown dedication to her students beyond what is expected of a teacher. She is available to provide math assistance before school, after school, and during the entire power hour. She dedicates her life to her students, putting their needs before her own. She makes class funny and entertaining, while still teaching her students the content that they need to know. Ms. Suhoversnik is the teacher that every student needs as they move forward in their life. A teacher that will not only support you academically but personally too. Ms. Suhoversnik is willing to help any student that is in need, regardless of if they are actually in any of her classes. Ms. Suhoversnik works at 100% capacity all day, engaging her classes with her positive attitude. Ms. Suhoversnik is one of the reasons that I love math. She makes me eager to come to her class each day to learn and to experience her incredible commitment to her students. She has been a coach for the school bowling team (a non-paid position), service district-wide to the school's community, T.E.A Representative, Ms. Suhoversnik is so incredible!
* Jared has demonstrated an outstanding personal commitment to improving the lives of children and youth in the following ways: Mr. Avelis has consistently shown his care and love for students on a day to day basis. He always is willing to meet students more than halfway and do whatever he can to accompany their needs. I’ve never met a teacher so devoted to every single person that they meet until I met him. He makes every kid want to show up and learn every day. He always wants to support kids following their dreams and living up to their highest potential. Not to mention, he has only been a teacher at Tahoma for 2 years and has already made an enormous impact. This is his last year teaching as he is leaving to live his dream life, yet still wants to be involved in students' lives as much as he can. He has participated with PTA Service, and been a school volunteer (non-PTA).
It is that time of the year when the Golden Acorn and Outstanding Educator Committee begins their quest to find those outstanding people that make an amazing difference with our students and schools.
A Golden Acorn Award is presented to a volunteer in recognition of his/her dedication and service to all children in the school community. It is to recognize volunteer service “above and beyond” a particular job description. A contribution in the name of the recipient is made by the honoring PTA to the Washington State PTA Scholarship Program. The form is listed on the left of this page.
The Outstanding Educator Award recognizes individuals who rise above the normal expectations of their jobs to make the learning environment fun, beneficial, and challenging. The educator that may come to mind when you read this is one who goes beyond the norm to help your student understand concepts, overcome struggles or gets them excited to learn.
We welcome nominations from parents, students, TSD employees, and our community.