- Seattle Public Schools’ elementary and K-8 schools will be closed from Monday, November 23 through Wednesday, November 25 for Parent-Teacher Conferences. This is the first year that all elementary and K-8 schools will be closed Districtwide for parent-teacher conferences. The new schedule will be less disruptive to student learning while also providing greater consistency and predictability for families.
- The High School Proficiency Exam (HSPE, formerly the WASL) for Science will be given this year for high school students on one day for 125 minutes. (This from the science alignement presentation to the Board.)
- Seattle Public Schools was awarded the Environmental Protection Agency’s “Tools for Schools” Indoor Air Quality Leadership Award for its commitment and use of resources to address indoor air-quality concerns and issues in schools. SPS was recognized for its prompt and consistent action when an indoor air-quality concern was discovered or brought to its attention.
- A total of 82 schools earned up to $2,925 each to be used for resource conservation projects as part of the Shared Savings Program. Now in its third year, the program rewards schools for reaching conservation goals and/or reducing their use of energy, water, and waste. Also, 58 schools reduced energy use in 2008-09 compared to the previous year, and 41 schools reduced water use.
- Explorations in Math is hosting a special outreach event called MathFest 2009 on November 12. The event is the organization's third annual celebration of elementary students and math, and is designed to celebrate the thousands of children with whom it has worked over the past six years, which includes hundreds of Seattle Public Schools students. Held in a carnival-like atmosphere, more than 750 students, teachers, parents and community members “play math” at MathFest. Students build their confidence in and enthusiasm for math, and see that the community supports their achievements. The event is free. Click here for registration or call 206-325-0774 for more information.
Thursday, November 12
Rainier Community Center
4600 38th Ave. S.