In my original thread, I mentioned that "several" staffers are to go on a trip to Toronto for an Asian American Alliance. Now I get a press release - again, on info from the earlier thread - about who is going to the White House to represent SPS for a discussion about SPS' PE programs. It's Superintendent Nyland.
It seems the invitation was just for superintendents from districts who have programs that are working well to share ideas (SPS' being PE). I'm sure that despite the Superintendent being so new that staff will have him well-prepped for questions and, of course, he may come back with many good ideas from other districts.
As well, on the story of a student getting hit by a car in Wallingford today:
- it is a 7th grader
- he was being treated and would be released today
From SPS Communications:
There were also new flashing lights installed within the past week on 43rd/Stone as another safe crossing option for students. This came at the request of parents. This (incident) is on the other side of the schools, opposite of the accident intersection.
End of updates
From last Friday's "Friday Memo" from the Superintendent
Here's something interesting from the press conference with the Mayor that included Superintendent Nyland. The Superintendent referenced a "taskforce" about African-American student outcomes. I was a bit puzzled but the Friday memo from the Superintendent has the "African-American Think Tank" as working on these issues. What's troubling is that the Superintendent has stated that test scores are going up except for AA males and Native American students. Why is there not a "Native American Think Tank" just for academic issues?
Didn't know but a thank you to Office Depot that provided 1,000 "sackpacks" (slimmer backpacks) with school supplies to SPS.
Meeting with the Mayor: Sharon, Betty, Charles and I met with the Mayor and his Chief of Staff last week to discuss the many areas of common interest that we share between the City and the District. The Mayor responded with details regarding our partnership and how we can continue to develop that relationship.
Clover Codd checked again on our waiver request with the US Department of Education. They confirmed that they have not yet said NO and are still reviewing requests.
The White House has invited Seattle to be one of about two dozen physical education programs to be recognized in Washington DC on September 15th. Good job, PE teachers and staff. I wonder if the district will send a teacher or a staffer.
Asian American Alliance: I don’t have quite the right name yet for this organization. Seattle has been part of a global alliance for the past several years – one of the passions of Karen Kodama and Michael DeBell. This is a year of transition for us. Their fall meeting is in Toronto. Kelly Aramaki, along with several others, will represent us. I am unable to attend but, after talking with Sharon, am hopeful that Stephan Blanford may be able to attend. Seattle is a leader in focusing on 21st century skills needed for students to survive and thrive in a global world.
I'm sorry but just like the preschool junket, I do not understand why the district cannot be represented by just one staff member and just one Board member. Wonder where the money is coming from for this trip so "several others" can attend.
Nominations to School-Family Partnerships Advisory Committee are open
Seattle Public Schools is accepting nominations to its School-Family Partnerships Advisory Committee (SFPAC) to the Superintendent. The SFPAC will consist of up to 35 parents/guardians and family members representing the diverse population of the District. To be considered for the SFPAC, those interested should complete and submit the nomination form (below) by Friday, September 19, 2014.
From the Mayor's Office:
Middle and High School students (ages 13-19 year olds): Seattle Youth Commission
The Seattle Youth Commission is a group of 25 Seattleites aged 13-19 from all over the city who are appointed by the Mayor and City Council to connect youth to their elected officials.
Youth Commission Information and Application. Deadline to apply is September 15th