Seattle Schools News and Updates

From SPS Communications:

Symetra and the Seattle Seahawks honored Nathan Hale High School teacher Doug Edelstein as a “Symetra Hero in the Classroom” on Sept. 18, during a classroom presentation. Edelstein is a Social Studies instructor for Grades 10–11.
heroes in the classroom logo“Doug Edelstein is a remarkable individual and educator, who is celebrating his 20th year as a teacher. He has given his heart and soul to students at Rainier Beach High School, Cleveland High School and now Nathan Hale High School. I have had the pleasure of working with him since 1999 and consider him a mentor and a role model,” said Jessica Torvik, a teaching colleague. 

Edelstein is one of 16 K–12 teachers across the Puget Sound area who will be honored for educational excellence in the Symetra "Heroes in the Classroom" program during the 2013 NFL season. Teachers are recognized in front of their students and peers at surprise in-school presentations, and they receive a $1,000 donation for classroom books and supplies.

In addition, they receive tickets to a Seahawks home game and are acknowledged during an on-field presentation at CenturyLink Field. Edelstein will be recognized at the Sept. 22 game when the Seahawks take on the Jacksonville Jaguars.

My son had Mr. Edelstein and he is indeed a fine teacher.  

Seattle Public Schools is seeking nominations for its Positive Climate and Discipline Advisory Committee to the Superintendent. The committee advises the Superintendent specifically on matters related to positive school climate and student discipline at SPS.

School Beat interview by School Beat host, Enrique Cerna, of Superintendent Banda.   This program will begin airing on Channel 26 and streaming on the Web at 11 a.m.,  Monday, Sept. 23.

More Nathan Hale news:
Radio station KNHC C89.5 FM, operated primarily by students at Nathan Hale High School, won the Crystal Trophy for "Best Dance Station" in the country during a national radio conference last month.

KNHC C89.5 won the prestigous award over entries from major commercial stations, including stations in the Clear Channel group and Sirrius XM. KNHC had been nominated several times over the years, but never had won until this year.

Congratulations to Jon McDaniel, Program Director, and the student music staff at C89.5!

Fun fact: the mighty KNHC played Lady Gaga before she was the next big thing and I believe she even visited the studio.

New salad bars at North Beach Elementary and Wedgwood:
Students at North Beach and Wedgwood elementary schools opened the school year with its Salad Bars to Schools campaign. The event officially marked the transition of schools from using “prepacked” fruits and vegetables at lunchtime to offering students a full salad bar.

The department plans to transition at least 12 additional schools this school year from the use of prepacked fruits and vegetables to a salad bar.

The transition was made possible by a grant secured by Nutrition Services.


Maia LeDoux said…
I am very curious how the salad bars are going over for kids. Personally I think that the lunch lines in elementary school already take up far too much time of the short lunch period and I am curious how fast a line would move through a salad bar. I'd love to hear more!

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