SPS School Beat Stories of Interest

From the SPS School Beat:

Applicants Needed:
The Instructional Services science staff is planning for an anticipated adoption process for high school physical science, physics and chemistry instructional materials. The process will start in late spring 2010 and end in spring 2011. Applications to become a member of this Instructional Materials Adoption Committee will be accepted from March 16 to April 16. The time commitment for each Instructional Materials Adoption Committee member is approximately:
• one meeting in late spring 2010, approximately three hours
• five six-hour days, approximately one per month in the first seven months of the school year
• three after-school meetings, approximately three hours each
District educators and community members are encouraged to apply. Seattle Public Schools teachers will be provided with substitute release or extra hours for their time. Community members will participate on a volunteer basis. Please look for the announcement and application on the District’s Curriculum Alignment page on the District's Web site: http://www.seattleschools.org/area/curriculumalign/s_adoption_index.html

Beacon Hill Chosen
The Hanban-Asia Society of Confucius Classrooms Network has selected Beacon Hill International School as one of 20 pioneer schools to participate in a network to develop and enhance Chinese language programs nationwide. Officials with the Confucius Classrooms Network hope to expand to 100 sites across the United States in the next three years. As part of the three-year agreement, Beacon Hill will receive some resources to support its growing program, including $10,000 a year for technology, possible funding for a new local Chinese teacher for next year, development of a sister-school relationship with an elementary school in China, professional development for Chinese-language teachers, and instructional materials. Read more.

Social Studies Textbook Finalists Available for Review
The Washington State History Materials Adoption Committee has completed its review of textbooks and has selected two finalists for fourth-grade social studies and two finalists for eighth-grade social studies. The invitation for families and community members to review these choices and provide comments to support the final selection can be accessed at the following link. http://www.seattleschools.org/area/curriculumalign/ssadoption_index.html
Viewing dates - February 22 to March 5
Eighth-grade locations:
Washington Middle - 2101 S. Jackson St.
Aki Kurose – 3928 S. Graham S.
Madison – 3429 45th S.W. St.
Eckstein – 3003 N.E. 75th St.

Fourth-grade locations:
Gatzert Elementary - 1301 E. Yesler Way
Dunlap – 4525 S. Cloverdale
Concord – 723 S. Concord St.Salmon Bay – 1810 N.W. 65th St.

Transportation Department Looking for Safe Routes to School Projects
The Washington State Department of Transportation is looking for projects for Safe Routes to School Funding. Projects may include engineering improvements, education and encouragement activities, or enforcement efforts. The goals of the Safe Routes to Schools grants are to get more K-5 and K-8 students to safely walk and bike to school. Proposals are due by May 3.


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