Note that Cleveland will be there. This comes before any Open Houses so if you are interested in any of these schools, it might worth attending.
Start the New Year off right by attending the next Madison PTSA meeting, to be held on Wednesday, January 13, 2010. We will be holding a panel for parents, guardians and students called “High School Choices for Your Tween.” At this PTSA meeting from 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm, come and hear from various high schools in the areas about their school and the programs it has to offer. High schools who will be attending thus far include: West Seattle, Cleveland, and Chief Sealth. There will also be time at the end for Q & A (questions and answers)! The PTSA is looking forward to seeing you and your child at this meeting!
We’ll also have time to discuss the early dismissals and its impact on this school year 2009-2010, as well as next year’s schedule & early dismissals for 2010-2011! If you have questions or concerns, feel free to contact Kim Early at firstname.lastname@example.org or 206-328-9335.
Also kudos to Madison for at least having a discussion about early dismissals (I'm assuming these are school-based, not district-based).
From the West Seattle PTSA newsletter (this is just an excerpt):
By 2015, the Seattle Schools Estimates Enrollment at WSHS to Drop to 756. As of October 2009, WSHS’s enrollment was 1,137 and Madison Middle School had 906 students. The Student Assignment Plan estimates that by 2015, WSHS’s enrollment to be 34% less than it is today, and
Madison’s enrollment will be 27% lower. If accurate, both schools will have the largest unfilled capacity in the District for the grade levels they serve.
The loss of enrollment at a school equates to a smaller operating budget, fewer staff, fewer class offerings, and curriculum upheaval - to name a few. Parents are justifiably concerned about a precipitous loss of students and staff at West Seattle and Madison over the next several years.
Meanwhile by 2015, Denny is projected to be at 100% capacity and Sealth at 90% capacity. With the new maps, six elementary schools feed into Denny/Sealth, whereas only four feed into Madison/WSHS.
That's a big change for one area.They were seeking a change to the SAP based on this projection but I don't believe it came through. Anyone?
They also note that MAP testing is occurring again in January. Has your child taken another MAP test yet?