Friday, October 26, 2018

Friday Open Thread

 Congrats to Hawthorne Elementary:

For the fourth consecutive year, Hawthorne Elementary received the nationally prestigious John Hopkins University’s National Network of Partnerships Schools (NNPS) Award. The Hawthorne community is being recognized for their notable achievements in applying research-based approaches to strengthening and sustaining family and community engagement. 

NNPS commended Hawthorne Elementary as an “emerging national leader on partnership program development” based on their submissions of documented school-wide activities and engagement plans aimed at closing the achievement gap. 

Eight years ago, Hawthorne’s school enrollment numbers were low, and the school was designated for school improvement by the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI), the state education agency for Washington. Schools identified in this way receive additional support from the state to enhance academic achievement and school culture. 

Hawthorne school business officer and head teacher Eileen Gray remembers that time well. “Because we were under a school improvement grant, we had to do things differently. We couldn’t just take a template and plop it on.” With the new vision to improve school culture and academic achievement, Hawthorne assembled a design team of staff, parents, and local community members. The top priorities of the team included strengthening family partnerships through the transformation of communication. Families received language specific notifications through robocalls, text reminders, hallway communication, school bulletins, and word of mouth.
The SPS Annual LGBTQ Families Dinner is Tuesday, Nov. 8 at Meany Middle School from 6-8 pm. 
To reserve space at this popular event, please RSVP with the number of people in your party to Brennon Ham in the Health Education Office at 206-743-3564 or brham@seattleschools.org .
Superintendent Juneau had this to say in her most recent journal entry (partial):
Seattle Public Schools serves a diverse school community. We are dedicated to creating welcoming environments where each student feels safe and their differences are celebrated. Seattle Public Schools has a long history of supporting and advocating for LGBTQ students, staff, and families. 

We thank all those standing by us in our commitment to the success of every student in every classroom, every day. Our strength lies in the beauty of our diversity and we will continue to uphold our values of respect and dignity for everyone. 

To every transgender and gender-expansive youth, you are loved and supported. We see you and stand with you.
Horrific article from Crosscut about the rape of a student who attended Skyline High in Issaquah by two football players in 2014. While that act was terrible, what came over the next year was almost as bad.  It's hard to believe a school and a district that would allow sports to trump decency and common sense.  I hope the family wins big because there should be a huge smackdown for this kind of conscience behavior from people who work with teens.

The Washington State Supreme Court ruled yesterday to uphold the charter school law I predicted that would be the case but I'll have more to say in a separate post. 

Director community meetings
Director Betty Patu, Saturday at Raconteur, 5041 Wilson Ave S, from 9 am-11 am.
Director Scott Pinkham on Sunday at NE Seattle Public Library from 3:00-4:30 pm

What's on your mind?


Anonymous said...

GLBTQ youth are some of the highest "at risk" students. I have read alarming stats regarding rates of both homelessless amongst youth (approx 50% homeless youth identify as GLBTQ), as well as some of the highest teen suicide rates.

In this era where districts are tracking students race, ethnicity, gender F&R lunch/SES status etc I am wondering why the school districts do not also collect GLBTQ data as well.

Anecdotally there seem to be many GLBTQ youth enrolled at certain high schools, as well as in certain programs such as HCC. I have no idea why HCC, but we had noticed a larger number of students identifying as GLBTQ in the HCC middle school cohort pathway school, as opposed to the "neighborhood school". It would be beneficial be able to better target intervention programs etc.

Data needed

Anonymous said...

Does anyone know whether/when students who opted in are using Naviance?


Anonymous said...

Thank you Clueless, I asked this on a recent open thread and received zero response. If it is live it is bloody well hidden and I'm peeved about it. Supposedly available 9/24 and after the big preamble.... still nothing yet and not a peep of explanation.


Eric B said...

I have seen several mentions in the school bulletin of Naviance help meetings with counselors. I don't know how well attended they are though.

Anonymous said...

I wonder whether there were a large number of students opting out and they can't figure out how to implement it. I was hoping for it to be covered during advisory.

I agree, FNH, "not a peep of explanation".


Melissa Westbrook said...

I will inquire about Naviance; I had assumed it was happening.

Anonymous said...

Path a no show this morning, a scheduling error?

Anonymous said...


McCleary 2 said...

Seattle Public Schools will try and pass a levy that violates state law!

SPS's levy proposal would provide nearly $140 million more a year in revenues than the state’s new law allows. For 2020, the rate would be much higher, ignoring the state limit — $1.05 per $1,000 in assessed value.

This is a state issue and the board should tell the state to fully fund education.

Will the board be complicit in breaking the law, set the stage for McCleary 2 and contribute to inequities through-out the state?


Anonymous said...

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