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Nestled in the valley where the White River flows into the Puyallup River, the City of Sumner is combining the best of the past with a visionary future. Settled in 1853 by pioneers, the City was built on agriculture, especially daffodils, rhubarb, hops, berries, vegetables and turf grasses. In fact, it is still known as the Rhubarb Pie Capital of the World!

It has retained its small-town charm even though it is now a city of 9400 residents. The historic Downtown is home to a variety of shops and businesses and hosts many community events including the Daffodil Parade, Wine Walks and Music Off Main. The East Main Street business district is a newer, vibrant business community with restaurants, shopping, services and the largest YMCA in the State of Washington, opened in 2015. And, the industrial north is home to many warehouses and industries that enjoy easy freeway access and other amenities suited to manufacturing.

With two major highways intersecting in this city and a commuter station for the Sounder train, it’s easy to get to and from. With stellar schools, beautiful parks and small town charm, it’s hard to leave.

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Access to Tacoma, Puyallup, Seattle and more by the Sounder train and the 578 Express.  Sound Transit also offers a shuttle to and from the Bonney Lake Park & Ride during train arrivals and departures. To learn more about commuting,visit Sound Transit.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 7.62 square miles (19.74 km2), of which, 7.51 square miles (19.45 km2) is land and 0.11 square miles (0.28 km2) is water.[1]



The SSD is in the business of educating students, helping them graduate and guiding them onto career or college. Like any business, we need goals and a plan to achieve them. VISION 2020 is the district’s four-year strategic plan and roadmap to success with set priorities, leading to real-time data and measurable results.

New recess program builds social and emotional skills

This school year, our elementary schools are implementing a new recess program that creates a place for every student on the playground to feel included, be active and build valuable social and emotional skills.

The SSD has partnered with Playworks, a national non-profit, to ensure that all of its elementary schools continue to offer safe, fun and healthy play with a focus on positive student engagement and reduced negative incidences.

So, what’s different? School recess teams, who’ve been trained in how to lead this new program, will choose from hundreds of games that promote inclusion while applying group management techniques that teach students how to play well together, resolve conflicts and develop leadership skills. Students will enjoy the familiarity of traditional games such as 4 Square, Tag and Jump Rope, but with variations designed to create inclusive and positive experiences.

The District chose to implement this new recess program based on research and data showing that positive and active play helps:

  • Improve students’ behavior and attitude toward school
  • Foster more empathetic kids
  • Develop more engaged and productive citizens

While this new recess program is a valuable experience for students, we recognize it might not be a fit for everyone. We will continue to offer options for play outside of organized activities.


In addition, the City sends a weekly e-newsletter with more time-sensitive information.  You can sign up to receive these e-newsletters HERE You can cancel the service at any time.  You can also look up past issues in the e-news archive.