District News and Announcements
Seattle Public Schools is seeking parent, staff and student volunteers to serve on a 24-Credit Graduation Requirement Task Force that would address how the district can implement the state’s increasing credit requirements for graduation. The task force will be asked to research and analyze options, and then make a recommendation regarding high school schedules, graduation policy and credit-hour requirements.
The district received a waiver to delay the new requirement in Seattle Public Schools because of the challenges of fitting 24-credits into current high school schedules. Community members, staff or students interested in serving on the task force should send an email expressing interest by Feb. 20, 2015, to Erin Stoen, Director of College & Career Readiness, at email@example.com.
As of this month, every single school has state-of-the-art wireless network services – and the project is a year ahead of schedule.
The installation of wireless network services across the district was made possible by Seattle voter approval of the BEX IV Capital Levy in February 2013.
Now that installation is complete, you may see district staff in your schools double-checking to make sure all of the 3,000 or so access devices are working the way they’re supposed to.
“How Do I… ?” feature added to District website
Welcome to Seattle Public Schools! We are a diverse learning community of 52,000 students and 6,500 employees.
That’s a large number of people and we know our system can be difficult to navigate, especially for our new parents, families and staff.
We want to help! As part of Superintendent Dr. Larry Nyland’s 100-Day Plan for Customer Service, we’ve created a quick and easy list of the most Frequently Asked Questions.
Each department across Seattle Public Schools has identified and provided the answers to your most pressing questions.
Some of the most Frequently Asked Questions include:
- I’ve just moved into the Seattle School District. How do I sign up my child for school?
- How do I find out if my child qualifies for gifted education?
- And, our favorite: What is the process for getting started as a volunteer in Seattle Public Schools?
To view the Most Frequently Asked Questions and learn more about our departments, please visit the new “How Do I… ?” tab at the top of our website. We have also started to add "How do I... ?" buttons to our most frequently visited department pages, with the department's top questions and answers. We will add "How do I... ?" lists to more departments over the coming weeks.
Thank you and we look forward to assisting you!
It is open house season in Seattle Public Schools. Each school plans its own open house and/or school tours. Most occur in late January or February.
You can find information on individual school websites, all of which you can find in our School Directory.
Most cases of the flu occur in January or February, and the flu season continues into the spring. Read up on our "Tips for Staying Healthy During Flu and Cold Season," which includes information about how to reduce your children’s risk of catching the flu and when to keep your child home.
Ron McGlone has a sign just outside his office at the John Stanford Center for Educational Excellence that reads: “There’s Not a Complaint I Don’t Appreciate!”
As the district ombudsman, Ron helps families get answers to their questions and to resolve problems with things like bullying complaints, enrollment issues, transportation and whatever else families bring his way. He was recently tapped by Superintendent Dr. Larry Nyland to co-lead a 100-day plan to improve customer service and communication between the district and families.
Last October, Ron was joined by a new Ombudsman for Special Education, Margo Siegenthaler, who will act as an impartial consultant for families and community members when they have questions or concerns about Special Education Services.
What do you love about your school? A great teacher? An awesome program? The best principal in the world? Tell us about it on our Facebook page at www.bitly.com/ILoveMySPS. The schools with the most comments will get a special valentine.
Seattle Public Schools' Kindergarten Enrollment Nights continue in January and February. Next up:
- Thurs., Jan. 22, 5:30 to 7 p.m. at Bailey Gatzert Elementary, 1301 Yesler Way
- Tues., Jan. 27, 5:30 to 7 p.m. at Northgate Elementary, 11725 1st Ave N.E.
- Thurs., Feb. 5, 5:30 to 7 p.m. at Hawthorne Elementary, 4100 39th Ave S.
Parents of next year’s kindergartners, and other students who will be new to the district next year, can register their children to start school in fall 2015 anytime between now and September. You can register in person or by mail using the forms and instructions on the Enrollment webpages, or you can attend one of the kindergarten enrollment events for information and assistance. Children must be age 5 on or before August 31, 2015, to enter kindergarten in September 2015.
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