Events Update

Another event this week: Washington Student Achievement Council Public Forum, on Wed Feb 20, 5–6:30pm, Broadway Performance Hall, Seattle Central Community College, 1625 Broadway, free.

The Washington Student Achievement Council is conducting on a statewide Listening Tour to inform the development of a 10-Year Roadmap to increase Washington’s educational attainment level. We want to hear and learn from local communities about what’s working, what we need to pay attention to, and how we can work together to create the integrated, effective education system we need for all Washingtonians. To read recaps of the listening tour sessions and give feedback to the Council, please visit

Also, a reminder of the Michelle Rhee talk tonight at 7 p.m. at TownHall.  There will be a protest at 6 p.m. so please try to come.  (Anyone staying to hear her talk?  I just can't - I think I might say something uncivil and that would not be good.)  The moderator is...the Chief Community Officer of Starbucks, Blair Taylor.  Wonder what that's about?  And some of the sponsors are truly the usual suspects like Stand for Children and the Washington Policy Center.  

More on Ms. Rhee's activities.

From SPS on Black History Month:


In honor of the ancestors who had the courage to seek freedom. Take a trip back in time and understand the insurmountable odds African Americans have overcome. Having the courage and faith to plant mustard seeds of change, during the harsh climate of racism and fear. Blacks have planted a positive landscape of love, out of hate and discrimination. Take part in social/environmentally conscious art, poetry, books, movies and quilting. Understand the humble to the horrific history of building a global economic structure from the interdependence of land and hands out of Africa. Plant- ing the seeds of change starts one generation at a time.

The "Strange Fruit" exhibit by Sabree Franklin at the Cascade Commons Room. There's a Poet Tea Lounge and all are invited to stop by daily between noon and 2 p.m.m to share poetry, listen to music and enjoy a cup of tea.

Middle School and High School classrooms are using the exhibit as an extension of studies of the Civil Rights movements. Elementary classrooms are focusing studies on the Underground Railroad, Famous African American writers and artists. They will be using the Poet Tea Café as a venue to share their own writings and stories.

Cascade Parent Partnership Program is a Seattle Schools Alternative Learning Program with over 205 students and their families attending. Cascade’s community is extremely diverse and represents diversity in culture, socioeconomics and religion. Since families are on campus with students daily and as they play a central role in their student’s education, we have a unique opportunity to discuss issues from a variety of perspectives. Cascade individualizes each student’s education through a combination of onsite classes, community activities, parent facilitated learning and teacher/parent partnership.

Cascade is in the Wilson-Pacific building, 1330 N 90th Street Bldg 200.

Shout-Out to Hamilton Int'l Middle School.  For the second straight year, they won the state competition for the Youth Art Month flag sponsored by the Washington Art Education Association.   The design will be made into a flag which, along with other Hamilton students' artwork, will travel to a national convention in early March.  It will then end up on display at our state's capital building.  Good job, kids!


Eric B said…
Seattle Symphony is at Ingraham tonight at 7:30 for a free concert. I believe that they are at Sealth and one other school in coming weeks.

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