It is very pleasing to see different high schools do well with programs at their schools. Ballard excels with video production, Roosevelt and Garfield with jazz bands and now Ingraham is doing great with their Rocket Club.
Last Saturday, Ingraham participated in the Team America Rocketry Challenge in Virginia, coming in third. Over 700 teams competed.
There were three Ingraham teams with Foxtrot winning 3rd and $1,000 for the school. Each team had to create and build an under-two pound rocket by themselves. They were judged on how close they came to their predicted trajectory and landing their rocket in less than 60 seconds. Foxtrot was just one foot off the 800-foot target and landed about 48 seconds after liftoff.
Team Foxtrot's first score of 1.0 was the best single flight score in the history of the competition.
Speaking of Ballard filmmakers, SPS Communications is reporting that Ballard was the ONLY school to win the top prize twice at the National Film Festival for Talented Youth (NFFTY) in April. The students who took first place received a $1500 prize for their digital filmmaking program. And, three Ballard productions will be screened at international film festivals during May.
The public is invited to view the work of Ballard High School's award-winning student filmmakers. The films will be screened at the Ballard Film Festival at 7 p.m. June 5.Sobering News
The last day of school for seniors is Tuesday, June 9th. The last day of school for all other students is Tuesday, June 16th. However, I still don't know if some seniors will have to go to school an extra day somewhere in-between now and June 9th.
I was told that the Amplify contract did get moved out of the Curriculum&Instruction Committee for consideration by the full Board. (Note: if something gets moved out of committee for "consideration" rather than "approval," it means the committee found issues with the item that the entire Board should review.)
Again, I believe it quite troubling that staff finds SBAC so wanting that they want Amplify. They aren't saying that SBAC is for one purpose and Amplify assessments are for another purpose. They said SBAC has limitations and gaps that Amplify must fill. Why wouldn't the Board consider Peters and Patu's resolution to hit the pause button on SBAC if staff is so concerned?
As well, the Times is reporting that Superintendent Randy Dorn wants to pause as well on using SBAC test scores under NCLB. He wants a year waiver because of the newest of SBAC and issues around giving and taking it by teachers and students, respectively. About 25 districts, including Seattle, signed the letter Dorn sent to the feds.
Given the new standards and assessments, I don't know how we could defend professionally using this year's test data to (indicate) progress or lack of progress," wrote Raymond School District Superintendent Stephen Holland.Naturally, this seems an odd time to even consider using SBAC or PARCC for NCLB when the law is being overhauled as we speak.