A lot to catch up on so here we go.
The latest interactive map on our geographically challenged city is out from Seattle’s Office of Emergency Management. Check your home, office and especially, your child's school. This is not a scare tactic but to get people to think about and get prepared for a natural disaster in our area.
Uh oh, the Times is reporting that Washington is one of 12 states whose test-participation rate was lower than 95% and the state could face federal sanctions because of it. Washington had about a 91% test rate, mostly because of high school juniors (grades 3-8 were fine.) Among the sanctions, schools and districts have to prove a plan on how they will get those rates up.
One of the districts with a high refusal rate was Seattle Public
Schools, where 43 percent of juniors opted out of the English-language
arts test, and 44 percent opted out of the math test. Other nearby
districts had even higher rates — preliminary data showed more than
three-quarters of juniors in the Bainbridge Island, Issaquah, Enumclaw
and Snoqualmie Valley school districts refused to take the tests.
First Lady Michelle Obama has launched a college resource website called BetterMakeRoom.org. From ABC News:
BetterMakeRoom.org will be a place for
students ages 14-19 to get information on such matters as signing up for
the SAT and ACT exams, filling out federal financial aid forms and
applying to college, aides said. Students will also be able to share
stories about their goals, their progress and what’s inspiring them to
go to college.
From Diverse - Issues in Higher Education - comes word of a "scorecard" for U.S. cities for working to improve education and life outcomes for black men and boys. Oakland, Detroit and Washington, D.C. come out on top. Seattle is in the bottom third.
Seattle's Red Tricycle blog has several ideas for New Year's Eve activities with kids. Speaking of, here are "28 Pictures that prove 2015 wasn't a completely terrible year." Very heart-warming - show the kids.
One other idea for a peaceful, clearing-of-the-mind activity for the new year - walk the Labyrinth at St. Mark's. I've done this and it's quite the beautiful experience. (I do not recommend this for kids unless they are able to be extra quiet and mindful of their surroundings and what other participants are trying to achieve.)
What's on your mind?