Friday memos, the gift that keeps on giving.
The Superintendent's letter mentioned the report card conferences at Garfield. He wrote: "Through asking questions, volunteers assisted
students in self-reflecting, self-advocating, and setting goals". So I guess he thinks the adults were volunteers rather than visitors.
The District will offer NOVA as a service school next year. This way students will have more opportunity to transfer to the school than they have under the enrollment rules for option schools.
There was some progress on the implementation of MTSS. As you know, the District is now in year five of the three-year MTSS implementation process with only six years to go. "A cross-departmental group of leaders gathered for two days this week to collaborate on the
creation of key resources and tools for Multi-Tiered System of Support (MTSS) implementation
in schools". Woo-hoo, they discussed making plans for developing tools. It only took them five years to reach this point. I continue to be optimistic that they will get this done in just another eight years.
Great news everyone! The district staff have finally agreed to conduct the review of advanced learning programs that policy requires annually but they have never done. They say that this review should only take them two or three years. And, to emphasize their sincerity, they provided a detailed timetable.
More advanced learning news came in a sort of progress report on the HCC/General Ed combined Social Studies at Thurgood Marshall. According the Friday memo, grade level teams got together and "Each team has developed a baseline
assessment to measure each grade level’s initial understanding of their social studies
grade level standards". First, how was this not already in existence? Second, are the standards for HCC the same as the general education standards? Right now this effort appears to be more about learning for the teachers than the students.
There's a report on Close the Gap spending. It includes $368,379 for 3.0 FTE in the Race and Equity office. That's an average of more than $122,500 per person. Nice work if you can get it, but there's better. The Eliminating Gaps job is allocated $145,000 for one person. Teachers get $2,000 in incentive pay to work at Title I schools.
There was some talk of siting the former Pinehurst now Licton Springs school at Cedar Park instead of putting it inside the Robert Eagle Staff building. Inside REMS, there is only space for 150 Licton Springs students while the school wants 300 seats. Licton Springs would have the amount of space it wants at Cedar Park, but not the location it desires. Discuss.
There is call for the restoration of Indian Heritage High School also within REMS. And, of course, the District wants to place HCC at REMS. Here's some historical data about Indian Heritage. There are numerous students looking to crowd into every space.
Except at Madrona K-8, where the District has plans to return the school to a K-5 elementary since it has so few middle school enrollees.