About Our School
Schmitz Park is an inclusive school where every child can grow with curiosity, confidence and broad competence. Each and every Schmitz Park student is taught to learn without limit, independently and collaboratively.
Our vision at Schmitz Park Elementary School is “Building a High Performance Learning Community, Together!” We are committed to providing a school where every child can grow with curiosity, confidence and competence. Schmitz Park School is consistently characterized by its warm climate, a strong academic program that focuses on communication, foundational skills and holistic learning, and a strong connection with parents and the community.
Our School History
Schmitz Park Elementary is a Seattle Public School located on the southeast corner of land donated to the City of Seattle by the Schmitz Family at the turn of the last century. Between 1908 and 1912, Ferdinand and Emma Schmitz donated the forest land that today is Schmitz Park. A portion of the property was later given for Schmitz Park Elementary School.
Nestled on 50th Avenue SW between SW Spokane and SW Hinds streets, Schmitz Park School opened in 1953 with a utility building and portables. On November 16, 1962, a formal dedication ceremony welcomed Schmitz Park Elementary. The school is an inviting single story building that sits adjacent to the only piece of old growth forest remaining in the city, a legacy left to us by the Schmitz family.
Schmitz Park Old Growth Forest
Schmitz Preserve was donated to the city in pieces between 1908 and 1912. The most generous chunk came from a German immigrant/pioneer/banker/realtor named Ferdinand Schmitz, who served on the park commission during those years. It was Schmitz's idea, as he saw how rapidly the great forest was disappearing, to preserve part of it in its natural state.
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Our School Mascot – Red Foxes
Where Red Foxes Live
Perhaps you've seen a red fox in your neighborhood. You may have noticed its beautiful long bushy tail or its intelligent face. Red foxes can live in forests or in open country. But they usually live on the edges of woods and on farmlands. Lately, more and more red foxes have moved near towns and cities. No one knows exactly why.
Red foxes are found naturally on the continents of North American, Asia, Europe, and Africa. Red foxes also live in Australia, but humans brought them there.
What Red Foxes Eat
Red foxes will eat almost anything they can find! They eat the remains of dead animals. And they catch and eat small animals such as mice, frogs, gophers, lizards, rabbits insects, worms, squirrels, and birds. Red foxes also eat birds' eggs, berries, fruits, and grasses.
Red foxes have good night vision. They usually hunt for food in the dark. Red foxes also have a sharp sense of hearing. They can hear a gopher moving underground. They can even hear an earthworm rubbing against the grass. A fox can pinpoint a worm's location and pull it right out of the earth! Red foxes also have a keen sense of smell. In cities, red foxes can smell garbage cans and garbage dumps. When they find them, they have a feast.
Some scientists report that red foxes do tricks to help them catch their prey -- the animal they want to eat. When near a group of rabbits or a flock of birds, a fox may do somersaults, bounce up and down, or chase its tail in a circle. All the while, the fox is moving closer to the prey. While watching the fox, the prey forgets the danger until it is too late.
Fascinating Facts About Red Foxes
Red foxes are quiet animals. But they can make noises similar to the noises dogs make. Red foxes can bark, cry, growl, howl, whine, yap, squeal, and scream. A fox makes noise when it is trying to attract another fox's attention. Mother foxes also use sounds to "talk" to their young, called cubs. A wheezing bark, for example, means that the mother wants the cubs to hide. A low growl means that the mother wants the cubs to stop playing with her tail.