- Mayor McGinn didn't get his levy ballot in on-time (some kind of mix-up or put in the wrong box). So his vote never registered. Big whoops on his part.
- Peter Maier has his monthly community meeting tomorrow, the 13th, from 10:30-noon at the Bethany Community Church at 1156 N. 80th.
- Lawton has a new principal (yet another mid-year principal change). From the Magnolia Voice blog:
"Beverly Raines has taken a family leave of absence for the remainder of the school year. Kathy Bledsoe started this week as interim principal and will remain at the school for the rest of the year. Bledsoe is no stranger to Magnolia, having been the principal at Blaine for seven years. She retired from the Seattle School District two years ago. This was Raines first year at Lawton and prior to coming to the school she filed a lawsuit against Seattle Public Schools, accusing the district of discrimination based on age and sex."
- The district has announced the date for the Family and Community Engagement Symposium they started last year. It's on April 24th so save the date (no other details available).
- From SPS School Beat: Twelve Seattle Public School students from four high schools have been accepted to participate in the first phase of Washington Aerospace Scholars for 2009-10. The students are among 247 juniors from across the state who have been accepted into program. Very exciting stuff; these students do a distance learning project with NASA-designed curriculum and then some of the students will go to a summer residency session to work with engineers and scientists.
- More good news: Highland Park Elementary students raised over $1,000 in 4 days for Hatiti earthquake relief (80% of the Highland Park students are free/reduced lunch students). Good for them.
- Championship yo-yo players will compete on Saturday, Feb. 20th at Seattle Center, Center House Main State from 11 am to 6 pm. Might be something to take the kids to over the Winter Break.
- The Alliance for Education has found a new director. She is Sara Morris, a former director of Marketing and P.R. for the OVP Venture Partners. She also served as a consultant for SPS by "leading large-scale, interdisciplinary projects that moved diverse groups of people toward common objectives." No idea what that means or when she did it. She is also Board President for the Technology Access Foundation. She will start on March 1. They are also having their annual community breakfast on April 28. Want to see all the movers and shakers in one place? This is it.
- I don't know about Hale but the Roosevelt Language Arts department has been mandated by the district to offer an Advanced Placement course in LA. (They currently offer none.) They are trying to figure out how to integrate an AP course, either Composition or Literature, into their existing LA program. They are expected to enact the change for next school year.