Reason #10 on why I hate the SPS website - the main calendar does NOT reflect all the meetings. Sitting at the Curriculum&Instruction meeting yesterday, I learned of a regional Sped meeting with district staff that will be held tonight at West Seattle High from 6-7 pm for parents.
It's important for parents/public to be able to have ONE place to know about any and all meetings that they may want/need to attend. I'm not sure I get why this cannot happen.
There are a couple of moms who have started a Facebook page - The Thirteen Thousand Dollar Question - about what their school could do with Superintendent Nyland's proposed raise. They are looking for letters to him explaining the needs out there (see example). They will be on display at the next Board meeting where the Board will vote on the raise/contract extension.
#nylandsraise #donateitall #letters2larry
Great article from NPR about Special Education teachers - finding and keeping them. (More on Sped as it was discussed at the Curriculum&Instruction Ctm meeting yesterday. Despite progress around meeting OSPI mandates, I am still hearing from desperate parents and teachers that things are just not working in the classroom.
As you may be aware, Mayor Murray and King County Ex Dow Constantine recently declared a state of emergency over the issue of homelessness in King County. Story here from Waterland Blog that the Des Moines City Council passed a city rule that homeless encampments cannot be within 1,000 feet from any school (which means many churches cannot house encampments.) The irony?
Lathrop said the one in 20 students in the Highline School District are homeless.
Let's talk about sex. In two stories on sex and sexuality and teens. This one from Connections.Mic is one dad's post on Reddit, a letter he wrote to his kids about being ready for sex. It's pretty good. The other story is from the NY Times about one high school in colorado where at least 100 student had been trading between 300-400 naked photos of themselves. The youngest child involved was an eighth grader.
The revelation has left parents outraged, administrators searching for
missed clues, and the police and the district attorney’s office debating
whether to file child pornography charges — including felony charges —
against some of the participants.
He added that he was not interested in arresting hundreds of children and would “use discretion” if he decided to file charges.
Members of the high school football team, the Cañon City Tigers, were at the center of the sexting ring, Mr. Welsh said. Students at the school described a competitive point system that classmates used to accrue photographs.
The photo-sharing, some of which took place in school, was done largely on cellphone applications called “vault apps”
that look innocent enough — some look like calculators — but are really
secret troves of photographs accessible after entering a password.
Parents, on both counts - sex and sexting - talk to your children. My feeling, from reading many of these stories is that many students are being bullied/coerced into these photos. Again, talking to your children about the old-fashioned notion about privacy and the right to be private might be a good idea.