The Center School families who have questions may attend a meeting at the school at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, October 30, with Pegi McEvoy, Assistant Superintendent of Operations, Jon Halfaker, Executive Director of Schools for the Northwest Region and Interim Principal BiHoa Caldwell.
The district is proud of the quick action taken by both students and staff during the incident. At Seattle Public Schools, safety is a top priority, and we appreciate the care and efficiency demonstrated Monday morning at The Center School.
The district says this may not be permanent change in principal but cannot discuss personnel matters.
The Bell Times Taskforce is looking for a West Seattle rep (via Director McLaren):
The district is convening a task force to study the benefits and challenges
of this change, and we need representation from the South West region. Our
region has unique characteristics and it's important that a person with some
knowledge about West Seattle and its schools has a voice on the Task Force.
Meetings will be from 4:30 to 6:30 PM on a week day, generally once per
month, with two meetings planned before winter break.
I hope you'll consider volunteering to join in this vital work. For
information, email firstname.lastname@example.org, call or email Joan
Dingfield, email@example.com or visit the website.
From the Seattle Council PTSA, an update on the WSPTA Legislative Assembly last weekend on legislative priorities:
Below is a list of the titles of our priority issues (for more detailed information on these issues, please visit the Engage page on our website at http://cqrcengage.com/npta2wa/PTAHOME.
WSPTA’s priorities for the 2015 and 2016 legislative sessions:
1. Funding McCleary
2. Create Positive School Climates Through Social Emotional Learning
3. Increasing Capital Funding
4. Increased Access to Higher Education
5. Breakfast After the Bell
Also supported (listed alphabetically):
- Access, Equity & Opportunity for Students with Disabilities and Special Needs
- Closing Opportunity Gaps
- Equal Access for ELL Students
- Family and Community Engagement
- Inclusive Special Education
- Increase Playground Safety
- Investing in Teacher Professional Learning (CTWG Implementation)
- Regulating Child Restraint and Isolation in Schools
We will soon be making updates to the website to reflect these changes. In addition, we are working to provide materials to begin working to advocate for this platform with legislators.
There were 221 members in attendance for the WSPTA Legislative Assembly and Advocacy Training to set the Top Five priorities and supported platform for the 2015-2016 legislative session. Many PTA leaders were in attendance to educate and train our members on advocacy. In addition, 50 outside presenters provided information spanning: Early Learning, Health and Human Services, Funding, Social Media and more. WSPTA advocates learned a great deal from all trainers and from the issue presenters during our first attempt at "Issue Speed Geeking."