I will be taking a short break for a few days as my family will be happily attending the graduation of my youngest son from his university. We are very proud that he was accepted to the Evans School of Public Affairs at UW to work on his Master's.
I am disappointed to report that teacher Jesse Hagopian narrowly lost to Jonathan Knapp for president of the SEA. The vote difference was 45 votes out of 1,342 cast. About 54% of the SEA members voted which was apparently nearly twice what they have had in past elections. There is to be a runoff for the treasurer's spot between Jennifer Matter (Knapp slate) and Dan Troccoli (Hagopian slate).
According to OSPI, Rainier Beach High School will continue to receive a federal grant to help improve academic outcomes.
Ballard High School students won two awards for short films at the National Film Festival for Talented Youth (NFFTY). Song for Anna by Lucy Harstrick, Isaiah Hoban-Halvorsen, Josh Vredevoogd and Kiana Wyld won the Audience Award of the Musical Masterpiece program. Just Plane Lucky took 2nd prize in the 48-Hour Film Off competition produced by Jonny Cechony, Will Erstad, Simon Gibson-Penrose, Elizabeth Rosario and Raven Two Feathers.
Garfield and Roosevelt are at the Essentially Ellington's Jazz competition this weekend in NYC. Best of luck to both bands and thanks for upholding the powerhouse tradition that both your school bands have worked to achieve. You can see it streamed live or keep up with the latest on the EE Facebook page.
Another thoughtful take from a school board director, Mary Fertakis, in the Washington Post's, The Answer Sheet, on the loss of the NCLB waiver.
Two director community meetings on Saturday with Director Carr and Director Martin-Morris.
Happy Mother's Day to all the mothers who encourage and support their children.
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