Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Odds and Ends

Spoke with Pegi McEvoy, assistant superintendent for Operations, and guess what?  Roosevelt is finally getting its security cameras by the end of the summer.   Cross that one off my "to-do" list.

I knew RHS had been put on the BTA III list for the cameras and had advocated for them to get moved up the list (the $80-90k cost and the time it would take was a complete drop in the bucket for the district under BTA).  Kay Smith-Blum had even asked for this at an Operations Committee but former head of Facilities, Bill Martin said they had a schedule and Peter Maier backed him up. 

I think Pegi might have gone to bat on this one (she's the former head of SPS Security) so I owe her. 

From the Seattle Council PTSA:
This Tuesday, June 28, the Washington State Supreme Court hears oral arguments in the McCleary v. State of Washington case.  The plaintiff is arguing the State of Washington is not meeting its constitutional responsibility to fully fund basic education. 

This is, obviously, today.  I believe they stream this live via the UW channel.  It starts at 1:30 p.m.

From SPS:
Thursday, June 30 from 4:00 to 5:30 p.m.
The John Stanford Center for Educational Excellence Auditorium
2445 3rd Avenue South, Seattle, WA 98134

The Family Connectors is an innovative Family Engagement initiative that we would like to implement for the 2011-2012 school year to better support our students, their families and our schools. I am very interested in hearing your thoughts and valuable input about what the best role would be for the Family Connectors next school year. I am also interested in hearing from you what kind of training and support these family volunteers will need from the School District to be successful.
Bernardo Ruiz, bjruiz@seattleschools.org or 252-0693

College Bound Scholarships - Deadline is Thursday, June 30th

The College Bound Scholarship program provides hope and incentive for students and families who otherwise might not consider college as an option because of its cost.

The amount of the scholarship will be based on tuition rates at Washington public colleges and universities and will cover the amount of tuition and fees (plus $500 for books) not covered by other state financial aid awards.

Low-income 7th and 8th grade students who sign a pledge by June 30th of their 8th grade year are eligible. Students promise to graduate from high school, demonstrate good citizenship and to seek admission to a college or university. Family income will be re-checked and college admission confirmed after the student graduates from high school.

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