Friday Open Thread

From SPS Communications:

Students from Ballard, Roosevelt and Garfield high schools won top  honors in the prestigious Washington State Solo and Ensemble Contest held April 26-27 at Central Washington University. Students from Ballard, Roosevelt and Garfield high schools took first place in their categories.

I note that these schools (and I include Chief Sealth Int'l which also won an award) won a large number of awards, both group and individual.  Congrats to all the students, teachers and parents!

Also, Roosevelt student Benjamin Briggs was a semifinalist at the English-Speaking Union National Shakespeare Competition in NYC in April. 

The public is invited to the Naramore Art Show's closing reception and awards ceremony May 10 at the Seattle Arts Museum. The show, which ends May 12, features the artwork of about 200 young artists from Seattle Public Schools' middle and high schools. naramore poster

The event will start at 6 p.m. as the organizers honor all participants for their amazing creativity. The closing reception will be followed by Seattle Art Museum’s Teen Night Out.

The Naramore Art Show is a time-honored tradition that is named for Floyd J. Naramore, an architect who designed local public schools from 1919 to 1941.  

Threads to come; Assessment Taskforce makes recommendations, Common Core series, Charter Commission meeting review (as I predicted and tweeted, Steve Sundquist is chair) and Arts update.

What's on your mind?


mirmac1 said…
Well, I'm gratified to see parents' concerns re: training of principals and special education teachers around issues of compliance, discipline, and PBIS. Now, if it would only include general ed teachers as well. THAT IS CRITICAL!

Update in response to concerns expressed by the School Board regarding the
Comprehensive Professional Development Plan Executive Summary
mirmac1 said…
I am also gratified that the OSPI corrective action plan requires "a standardized special education service delivery model, and fiscal accountability through a transparent decision making process." (emphasis added)

Central Staff update
Anonymous said…
Article on Crosscut blaming the woes of Seattle schools and the Police Department on unions. The guy claims to be a union supporter but I don't buy it. And if the union is not there to support the teacher when unfairly attacked, then who is there for the teacher?

Anonymous said…

The cast put on a hilarious performance at their opening night last night. Come be entertained by a very talented cast, and support the arts in SPS!

All remaining performances are at 7:30 PM in the Nathan Hale Performing Arts Center, 10750 30th Ave NE:

Friday, May 3, 7:30
Saturday, May 4, 7:30
Thursday, May 9, 7:30
Friday, May 10, 7:30
Saturday, May 11, 7:30

Tickets are $15 for adults, $8 for students/seniors. They can be purchased at the door or online at

-A Hale Parent

Anonymous said…

Wow, amazing story about how art can turn a school around.

-art works

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