Started sunny, ending rainy - another Seattle week gone by.
Five Seattle schools named "Schools of Distinction" for academic improvements in math and reading that put them in the top five percent of improving schools in the state. Drum roll -
- Alki Elementary
- Hamilton Int'l Middle
- Madison Middle
- Mercer Middle
- Orca K-8
Madison has won for the last four years - good for them. Likewise Mercer and Orca have won for three straight years. Hamilton, no slouch, this is their second year in a row to win this honor.
There were 99 schools statewide earning this honor. The selection is through a group of educational entities; Center for Educational Effectiveness, Association of Educational Service Districts, Assn. of WA State Principals, Phi Delta Kappa-Washington Chapter, WA Assn. of School Administrators, WA State ASCA and WA State School Directors' Assn.
More honors - two of our elementary PE teachers were honored last week and they are Chuck Millsap from Bagley Elementary and Jennifer Shaw from View Ridge Elementary. Mr. Millsap was selected as the 2011 WA State Elementary PE Teacher of the Year and Ms. Shaw was honored for her work raising awareness about fighting heart disease and stroke.
Update: I did want to add the letter (and explanation) from the JSIS principal, Jesely Alvarez, over the pledge of allegiance issue at their school. (I've also read the e-mails from some parents - pro and con - over this issue.)
My reading of this is that the decision was principal-driven and that some parents weren't happy when the pledge suddenly appeared and that's what propelled this discussion. It was part of a BLT discussion but it does not appear that the policy got out to the greater community before the pledge started being said at Monday morning announcements. The principal states that the pledge will be said during the Monday morning announcements (and at all evening events "where students, staff and families are present"). She does include a history of the pledge and what families and students can do if they choose not to say the pledge. I would say that it is a more difficult thing for a K-5 student to opt out than a middle school or high school students but they can opt out of it.
Saturday, Oct. 22
- Dream Project Scholarship Kickoff event. This is to help seniors (and juniors) who are applying for national scholarships with early deadlines learn how to write essays, apply for multiple scholarships and more. Lunch, snacks, computers and printing provided. This is at Mary Gates Hall on the UW campus from 9 am-4 pm. More info at Lily Ly (firstname.lastname@example.org).
-Director Martin-Morris Community meeting from 9:30 am-11:30 am, Diva Espresso at 80th and Lake City Way NE
- Director Maier Community meeting from 10:30-noon at the Lake City Library, 12501 28th Ave NE
What's on your mind?