Monday, Feb. 8th
Curriculum&Instruction Policy Committee meeting at JSCEE, from 4:30-6:30 pm. Agenda
I note from the minutes of the last C&I meeting that there are now 21 Racial Equity teams. It would be interesting to hear more about what these teams are doing and how much variation there is by school.
I also see that the district is asking for a waiver of the 180-day school year requirement of three days so that elementaries and K-8s can have parent-teacher conferences. This is nothing new but the one thing that caught my eye is that the district saves about $120K by not operating buses to elementary schools on those three days. Wonder what they do with that savings?
Looking thru the documentation, I see a document from the Alliance for Education that the district is accepting a grant via the Nesholm Family Foundation for services at three middle schools up to $531,655. This is great but then I checked out what it pays for.
Aki Kurose Middle School - middle school assistant principal, up to $142,313
Asa Mercer Middle School - middle school assistant principal, up to $141,000
Denny Middle School - middle school assistant principal, up to $148,156
Each school also gets a sub teacher for professional development time
This really worries me. I can absolutely believe that these schools need this staffing but I think - just like with PTA - that it is a very bad thing to fund staff from grants.
Each school has put forth charts (start on page 38) about how they are doing with 6th grade reading and math. (I believe Denny's is charted wrongly because it appears Denny has been doing better on 6th grade reading for the last two years than overall Washington state but it says "-2.4" not "+2.4." Denny also seems to be doing worse for 6th grade math but I wonder could that be the new SBAC?)
I couldn't even examine the other schools' documentation because it too so long to load. Aki seemed to be the problem. I can only wonder how hard this is for Board directors to try to read thru material that is so varied. All the charts about school data should be in the same format. No one should have to try to compare formatting from different schools.
Tuesday, Feb. 9th
Election day for Seattle Schools' two levies for Operations and Capital. Get your ballot in.
Good piece from KUOW on the levies.
Seattle voters have approved every levy in the last 20 years. But there's widespread frustration that the district is not transparent with its plans and doesn't work with the community on controversial issues.I'm not sure who gave them that last comment but I think many parents DO try very hard to wrap their arms around the situation. And, I think the district barely takes community input very seriously. It's the rare project that has changed because of public input.
District officials have said they do take community input into consideration -- but that the public doesn't always appreciate the complexity of the decision-making process.
Wednesday, Feb. 10th
School Choice forms available online, starting today.
In an effort to reduce wait times at the district's Admissions Center, Admissions is pleased to announce that we will accept early submission of choice forms online.
- All forms received between February 10 and February 16 will receive a date stamp marked February 17, 2016.
- We will only be accepting early choice forms online.
- Walk-in submissions will be accepted starting February 17 at the Admissions counter.
You can choose to apply for another attendance area school, including K-8 schools; an option school; or programs such as Montessori, Spectrum, and Highly Capable Cohort.
Board Work Session, agenda
Part One: Teaching and Learning: Special Education. Of interest is the benchmarking.
Part Two: Math in Focus update, starts on page 22.
Friday, Feb. 12th
BEX Oversight Committee Meeting, from 8:30-10:30 am at JSCEE, room 2750. No agenda yet available.
There are no Board director community meetings on Saturday, the 13th.