Friday, June 08, 2018

Friday Open Thread

Update: OSPI is looking for members for the Washington State Dyslexia Advisory Council. Deadline is July 12th.

It's been a tough week for celebrity deaths and, for the purposes of this blog, the school-aged children they left behind.  News came earlier this week that fashion designer, Kate Spade, who was an inspiration to many women for her work and her person, killed herself.  Today we learn that world-class chef and traveler, Anthony Bourdain, has also killed himself.  Both leave behind daughters.

Please, talk about suicide with your children.  Doesn't have to be super heavy or dwell on details but let them know that life, well, with all it's ups and downs, IS beautiful.  And, there IS help and light at the end of the tunnel. 

Suicide Hotline
King County Resources

And, today is a Call to Action at Franklin High School in memory of senior, Ryan Dela Cruz, who was killed in a Seattle park last week.  I'll be participating in the events.

Director community meetings on Saturday:
Director Rick Burke - 4:00-5:30 pm at Greenwood Library

I'll have updated info soon on the use of Naviance.

What's on your mind?


Anonymous said...

More hyperbole from HCC AC:

" Anonymous said...
That is exactly my concern. Having been on the committee since the first splits, because of the splits, I have seen the watering down of HCC rigor and continued splits. I also applaud our group for getting out against staff's attempt to eliminate pathways and not even considering LHS as an option. Big win.

Having received multiple reassurances that the HCS AC will maintain its advocacy role I am willing to give this new formation a chance. Candidly, Stephen Martin has done a good job. He has had to work really hard to do it. And what was said at the last meeting it really is the synergy of the parents, teachers and AL lead that has allowed us to really shape the program against the senior staff's hostile policies.

The committee has slowed in it's advocacy in my opinion. There was a promise of a thorough review of honors for all. We are now in our second year and not a peep. Madison Middle School should have never come on line with 30 potential students. The HCS AC has always said 3 classes were a minimum cohort size. Changing the appeals test threshold that will probably mean less 2e students into HCC. This was done and not responded to by HCS AC. Why? Because it was done in the middle of the pathways issues. And it was done candidly because of race as more whites were appealing, and that looked bad.

What I am watching for is the third ALTF in ten years stumbling across MTSS means no more need for self contained classes. Duh?!?! Who will be surprised by this?

I am also interested in who was/will be put on the ALTF. It turns out Director Burke was on the committee so that to me is really great news.

My thought is if the reassurances fall short, and HCS AC becomes a senior staff tool a HC PTSA will be necessary.

-23 kid years in HCC"

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Anonymous said...

Congrats to all the middle school students who were honored in last night's Science and Engineering Fair at the Museum of Flight. Great work!

--D's Mom

Anonymous said...

The Washington State Supreme Court issued its final ruling in the McCleary suit on Thursday by lifting the contempt order and relinquishing its jurisdiction over the case, effectively ending the lawsuit.


Anonymous said...

Hello SPS Community,

If you know a current Garfield High School student or an incoming ninth grader who is interested in marketing, business, social media, programming, or engineering, please let them know that Garfield Robotics will be holding an open house this Tuesday, June 12.

When: Tuesday, June 12, 4:30-7:30 p.m.
Where: Garfield High School, Room 115a
Why: Learn about competitive robotics and how you can join our team!

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at contact@garfieldrobotics.com.

- GHS Robotics

Anonymous said...

Sr. WMS band has a concert so that will reduce 9th graders.


Anonymous said...

So awesome! Years and years of lawsuit, complaints, etc. And we finally have our great education - meeting the legal eagle requirements of ample funding. And gee, we all get to enjoy are ever increasing property taxes to cover those greatly increased funds. Way to go Seattle!


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