Chief Leschi Schools

Preparing Our Students to Walk Successfully in "Two Worlds"

  • Chief Leschi Schools 2023 U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools

    Chief Leschi Schools earned national recognition receiving the U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon School District Sustainability Award. This award honors our innovative efforts to teach students how to care for the planet, reduce environmental impact and utility costs, improve health and wellness, and ensure effective sustainability practices.

    Across the country, 26 schools, 11 school districts, and four postsecondary institutions are being honored as 2023 Green Ribbon Schools, District Sustainability Awardees, and Postsecondary Sustainability Awardees. Chief Leschi Schools (CLS) is Washington’s first state-tribal education compact (STEC) school to be selected as a Green Ribbon School District.

    Chief Leschi Schools was nominated by the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI), based upon CLS implementation of components identified in Pillar Three: offering effective environmental and sustainability education, including civic learning, green careers, and STEM connections.

    Chief Leschi’s environmental and sustainability achievements include restoration work at Lake Leschi, the on-campus wetlands, to create a powerful outdoor learning space that inspires students and helps them see their connection to the land. Students themselves completed much of the restoration work, so they can apply the environmental and sustainability concepts they learn in the classroom. Connecting the classroom to the environment and careers encourages students to continue to steward the land. Chief Leschi Schools also offers students access to an indigenous culinary garden and a miniature salmon hatchery.

    “This well-deserved recognition is a reminder that anyone can play a role in making communities sustainable,” said Governor Jay Inslee. “Schools are where young people prepare for their future, and that includes getting the knowledge necessary to support the environment and increase sustainability. Future generations are already learning the importance of being good stewards and the breadth of what that work entails.”

Below is U.S. Department of Education’s Secratary Cardona's announcement of this year’s winners.

  • The Seattle Times CLS Article

    The Seattle Times featured Chief Leschi Schools on their front page recognizing our U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools Award! 

  • Golden Apple Award
    Congratulations to our secondary language arts teacher, David Plastrik, on winning the 2023 Golden Apple Award for outstanding achievements in education in Washington State!
    Many students in David’s classroom are the first in their families to earn college credit, and showing them that they are capable of college-level work is a powerful tool for cultivating student efficacy that will carry them into their post-secondary life.
    State broadcasting organization, KCTS9, recognized David and his efforts in continuously providing valuable lessons and teachings to our next generation of community members.

"In the Eyes of Our Children"

  • "In the Eyes of Our Children" is a video collaboration between Chief Leschi Schools students and University of Washington Seattle graduate students. This was a CLS/UW student-based project. You will see these videos focus on our canoe journey, song and dance, and our language. These videos express our philosophy; we have always been. We've always been musicians, canoers, artists, scientists, and environmentalists, as were our ancestors.

    Click this link to see more CLS/UW Videos!


  • Career & Technical Education

    Chief Leschi offers Career and Technical Education in five areas. These classes connect the classroom to careers, helping students see relevance in their learning. Elementary and middle school students explore all five areas through Schoolwide Enrichment so they can make informed choices when they select high school classes.

    Learn about the five pathways in our CTE magazine below!

    CTE Magazine 2023.pdf

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  • Hazel Health Sign-Up

    Don't forget about Chief Leschi School's partnership with Hazel Health for Warrior families.

    It is important that all parents and guardians sign the consent form. With consent, our onsite LPN can initiate a video visit with a Hazel health care provider while your child is at school. School counselors can initiate virtual visits for mental health therapy sessions as well.

    Health visits and mental health therapy sessions are provided in a safe space that are private and confidential.

    Link to the form 


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