Mark Perry, the long-time principal at Nova High School, was honored by the Alliance for Education's Thomas B. Foster Award for Excellence as a distinguished principal. Perry will receive a $50,000 cash grant for his school. He has been principal at Nova for 16 years.
The district arranged a fake fire alarm in order to get Perry and the students outside their building where he was surprised by a crowd there to congratulate him. I'm told the ruse worked well and there were many parents and past students in attendance.
Congrats to Principal Perry! He is the heart and soul of Nova and Nova saves lives like almost no other school.
The fourth and fifth graders at Bagley Elementary was the grand prize winners in a drawing from the Water for South Sudan's Iron Giraffe Challenge. According to the district, the students and their families raised about $6,000 for WFSS to help them drill more wells for clean drinking water for families in the Sudan. The head of WSS, Salva Dut, will be visiting Bagley sometime in the future. Great job, kids!
The Interagency Academy is working with Fare Start to give their students skills in the art of cooking.
Every eight weeks, students from the district's Interagency Academy trade in their more traditional classroom instruction for julienning shallots, chiffonading basil, and dicing carrots inside the kitchen at non-profit, culinary organization, FareStart.News
The district is looking for volunteers to serve on the district's Preschool Task Force. Details here.
The deadline is Wednesday, May 14th.
According to the FYI Guy column in the Seattle Times this morning, Seattle Schools is fifth in the nation for the widest gap between white and black student outcomes for grades 3-8. Number one is Washington, D.C.
White students in SPS are performing about two grade levels above the national average. But black students are testing about a grade level and-a-half below the national average and three and a-half-times below at the district level. (District-wide, Hispanic students are testing two and-a-half times below.) This information comes from Stanford University's Center for Education Policy Analysis and their study, The Geography of Racial/Ethnic Test Scores.
Interestingly, the Times interviewed the former head of Race and Equity for SPS, Caprice Hollins. Her job ended when the district got rid of that department. She was something of a flamethrower but she is right that things have come full circle and now the district is making more of the specific efforts that she had advocated for.
But she throws this out there,
And white parents might start to say 'what about my kids?' They're not recognizing that their kids already have what they need," she said. "But just having this conversation becomes a very sensitive, political thing."I wish the Times had asked her what she meant by "what they need" because it is unclear if she means at home or academically or both.