Community grand opening of the new Olympic Middle School set for Oct. 15

  • Friday, September 20, 2019 2:24pm
  • News
Kathelynn Nguyen. COURTESY PHOTO

Kathelynn Nguyen. COURTESY PHOTO

The Auburn School District celebrates the new Olympic Middle School with a community grand opening at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 15.

The new school is at 839 21st St. SE.

The celebration will feature guest speakers, refreshments and tours. Community members are invited to attend.

In the fall of 2016, the Auburn community passed a $456 million bond to rebuild six schools and build two new elementary schools. Olympic is the first school completed as part of the Building for Learning bond. More than 900 students are attending the new school.


Kathelynn Nguyen of Auburn recently earned the SPS Technologies Scholarship.

Nguyen, a 2017 Auburn Mountainview High School graduate, is majoring in human centered design at the University of Washington.

She is the daughter Nguyen of Thanh and Chuc Nguyen.


The Auburn School District Board of Directors recognizes Rosanna Frerichs, para-educator at Gildo Rey Elementary, for being an outstanding staff member at 7 p.m. Monday in the James P. Fugate Administration building.

Frerichs found her work home at Gildo Rey 25 years ago. She has been a para-educator in the Title I/LAP program and in the library. She also is the building technology coordinator.

Frerichs loves the students and families at Gildo Rey. She views all Gildo Rey students as her kids.

“The greatest part is when students come back to visit me,” she said.

Gildo Rey teacher Allison MacGurn said, “Rosanna has a huge heart and comes to work every day to do what is best for kids. She has high expectations for students and always pushes them to do their very best. She is truly one of the best educators I know.”

On Monday, the school board also recognizes Ava Mitchell, an eighth-grader at Mt. Baker Middle School, for being an outstanding student.

Mitchell stands out not only as a great person, but as a leader in her school. She is kind to all, a hard worker, actively involved in and out of school, and someone you can always count on.

Bulldog Crew leader, Bruce Vatne said, “Ava was selected as a Bulldog Crew member because of her positive leadership skills. Ava was an instrumental part of our Sixth Grade Orientation Day. She made an immediate, positive connection with sixth grade students in her group. They loved working with her.”

Mitchell also is an athlete. She participates in school volleyball and gymnastics. She also plays club volleyball for Lake Tapps Volleyball and is a cheerleader with the Auburn Youth Ravens football and cheer program.

Even with all of her extra-curricular activities, Mitchell is an exceptional student and takes her education seriously. She has a 3.6 GPA. She is a T.A. in the attendance office this year, again helping to support students and welcoming guests as they arrive at school.

Principal Greg Brown said, “To have a student like Ava as the person that welcomes students and guests into our school each morning is a principal’s dream! She represents herself and our school in the best way possible – with kindness and integrity. It makes me proud to watch Ava working hard every day to make herself and our school the best!”

Mitchell wants to attend the University of Washington, where she plans to become an optometrist.


Auburn Riverside students Kyra Brandt and Faith Nehren are semifinalists for the 2020 National Merit Scholarship Program. Academically talented high school seniors have an opportunity to continue in the competition for some 7,600 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $31 million that will be off ered next spring.

Talk to us

Please share your story tips by emailing

To share your opinion for publication, submit a letter through our website Include your name, address and daytime phone number. (We’ll only publish your name and hometown.) Please keep letters to 300 words or less.

More in News

King County could be in Phase 2 in two weeks

The county is also hoping the state lets them reopen several businesses by Friday.

File photo
Misbehaving woman banned from Auburn gas station | Police blotter

Following is a sample from the Auburn police log.

Screenshot from a YouTube video posted Monday by the City of Auburn with a message from Mayor Nancy Backus and other city officials.
Looting hits Auburn mall and nearby stores; mayor imposes 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. curfew

Auburn is among the King County cities seeing protests over the death… Continue reading

Screenshot of the city’s Facebook page.
Auburn enacts curfew in response to protests and looting

Mayor Nancy Backus declared a state of emergency for the city of… Continue reading

Looters break into 26 Tukwila businesses Sunday night; 9 arrests made

‘What happened in Tukwila was not a protest, it was coordinated looting,’ police say

South King County area police respond to Seattle protests

The responding officers are members of the multi-agency Valley Civil Disturbance Unit, officials say.

Kabal Gill, owner of East India Grill in Federal Way, wears gloves to hand over take-out orders at his restaurant on March 23. File photo
New guidelines for Phase 2 reopenings in King County

All workers will need to wear masks as restaurants, retail shops and other businesses reopen.

This undated file photo provided by U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows CDC’s laboratory test kit for the new coronavirus. Courtesy photo
Inslee wants nursing home residents and staff tested by June 12

Governor says state will pay for test kits and personal protective equipment.

Stock image
Campgrounds to reopen in 22 Washington counties

Campgrounds in counties actively in Phase 2 of the reopening plan will begin to welcome visitors June 1, state says.

Most Read