Seattle Schools Updates

 A story from KPLU about the Rainier Beach High School's new IB program.  It's a good one.

From SPS:

Seattle Public Schools is seeking applicants for a newly formed Native American Advisory Committee.

The committee will advise Superintendent José Banda on implementing Native American Education in Seattle Public Schools. It will be composed of Native families, Native community representatives, Native SPS staff, Native higher education representatives and Native students who represent the diverse Native American population of Seattle Public Schools.

The initial committee term is April 2013 to June 2015.  Nomination forms are available here.

Nominations can be mailed to:
P.O. Box 34164
Mailstop 32156
Seattle, WA, 98124

Nominations can also be emailed to

The deadline for submission is Monday, April 15, 2013. Those selected will be notified by Monday, April 22, and the first meeting will be held Monday, April 29 at a location still to be determined.

Note:  this is a TWO-year commitment.  I hope the district is as committed to this committee and its work because that certainly has not been the case in the past.

John Muir's 'Bookettes' won the Global Reading Challenge Final held April 2 at the Seattle Public Library central branch.

There were four teams (out of the 10 at the City Final) that tied for second place:
• Thurgood Marshall “Fire Breathing Chickens”
• Hawthorne “Huskies”
• Orca “Rise of the Readers”
• John Hay “Smart Mustaches

The Global Reading Challenge is a Battle of the Books program for 4th- and 5th-graders enrolled in Seattle Public Schools. The program encourages children to have fun and enjoy reading. After reading 10 books, children participate in semi-final and city final rounds of a "Quiz Bowl" game to determine Seattle's champion team. 

A total of 45 schools from Seattle Public Schools participated in the reading challenge.

The Global Reading Challenge is made possible by funding from Target, The Seattle Public Library Foundation, Suzanne Hittman, Northwest Literacy Foundation, and the Ballard Rotary.

Wondering if your child’s school bus is running late?

A new feature on the Seattle Public Schools Transportation website provides parents with updated information about any bus routes that may be delayed.

Clicking this link – – takes visitors to the “Late Bus Alerts” page, which is updated throughout the day whenever a bus route is running more than 10 minutes behind schedule.

The new Web-based tool supplements existing automated notifications that are sent out via the “School Messenger” system for any routes that are running more than 15 minutes late.


Trixie said…
My child's bus is late every single morning (she is the 2nd stop on the route). On days she has a sub driver, the bus is early. In the evening the bus is anywhere from 20 minutes early to 10 minutes late. It makes me crazy. I am happy about this new site though. It will be helpful.
mirmac1 said…
How many years has it been since the district had an audit finding that it did not have the federally-mandated Native-American education advisory committee...? 4? 5?

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