Wednesday, May 28, 2014

This and That

The Times is reporting that the City will be installing speed cameras at five more school zones this summer.  They are Roxhill Elementary (WS), Dearborn Park Elementary (Beacon Hill), Bailey-Gatzert Elementary (Central) and Eckstein Middle (NE).  They will be used starting Sep. 2nd.  For the first 30 days, you'll get a warning and then the ticket is $189.  They will be used one hour in the morning and one hour in the afternoon most of the time.

The Times is also reporting that the Bellingham School district is installing a panic button in every school office in their district using a grant from OSPI.  (As I previously reported, SPS also received money from this grant but I am unsure what it will be used for in our district.)

The UW's Computer Science and Engineering Department recently honored 57 teachers in our region for being "Inspirational" teachers.  They include Assegid Derseh from Chief Sealth International High School and John Boucher from Ingraham High School.

The West Seattle blog reports on Denny International Middle School's week of college prep that included an LA lesson at the college level, presentations from City Year, financing college lesson and a field trip to either Seattle Central CC, South Seattle CC or UW.  Good for Denny.

Fun fact I learned from the Times; in 2012 the enrollment of school-aged children in private schools in Seattle was 22%.  That's lower than San Francisco's at 28% but higher than Portland/Minneapolis/Boston/Denver (all around 12%).  So for all those who bandy about these wild figures of 30, 40% - it's not true.  And, that number has been steady for many years.  


UW CSE invites our undergraduates to nominate their most inspirational teachers from middle school, upper school, or community college.  We host these teachers, their partners, and the students who nominated them at a dinner in the spring. - See more at: http://news.cs.washington.edu/2014/05/27/uw-cse-honors-inspirational-teachers/#sthash.OOWBFqph.ubqIaFnG.dpufv
UW CSE invites our undergraduates to nominate their most inspirational teachers from middle school, upper school, or community college.  We host these teachers, their partners, and the students who nominated them at a dinner in the spring. - See more at: http://news.cs.washington.edu/2014/05/27/uw-cse-honors-inspirational-teachers/#sthash.OOWBFqph.ubqIaFnG.dpuf
UW CSE invites our undergraduates to nominate their most inspirational teachers from middle school, upper school, or community college.  We host these teachers, their partners, and the students who nominated them at a dinner in the spring. - See more at: http://news.cs.washington.edu/2014/05/27/uw-cse-honors-inspirational-teachers/#sthash.OOWBFqph.ubqIaFnG.dpuf





4 comments:

Anonymous said...

So, you're telling me that we only have about 65k school aged kids in Seattle, Total? And about 50k of them attend public schools, with only 15k in private schools? That doesn't sound right to me. WSDWG

Anonymous said...

How do we find out if SPS will use the OSPI grant for panic buttons in our schools (sounds like a great idea) or what they actually will use the funds for. Safety is a big issue for a large urban district like this so we need to make sure it utilizes these funds effectively.

safety conscious

Anonymous said...

WSDWG - That 65K could be right according to the census data on Seattle:
Population, 2012 estimate, 634,535
Persons under 5 years, 5.3%
Persons under 18 years 15.4%

If the 5.3% of people under 5 is rolled into the 15.4% of people under 18, then 65K is about spot on.
http://quickfacts.census.gov/qfd/states/53/5363000.html

-datalady

Anonymous said...

According to the annual report for home-based instruction, 438 Seattle students are registered as homeschoolers for 2013-14 (around 18,000 statewide), with 67 of them categorized as part-time attendance. The numbers don't include those under 8, for whom a Declaration of Intent is not yet required for homeschooling.

http://www.k12.wa.us/PrivateEd/HomeBasedEd/AnnualReports.aspx

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