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Construction begins soon on new building to house Hazel Wolf K-8

Construction is scheduled to begin shortly on a replacement for the 1950s-era Pinehurst building at 11530 12th Avenue NE. The new building will house the Hazel Wolf K-8 program (formerly the Jane Addams K-8 program) and is scheduled to open in September 2016.

The new 83,000-square-foot building will have classrooms clustered around a shared learning area and space for art, music, science labs, childcare, a library and gymnasium. Learn more at

Dec. 19, 2014 | Communications Office | Phone: (206) 252-0200

Next session of Family Connectors University starts Jan. 12

These short videos offer a great run-down of what you'll learn in our Family Connectors University program.

Also read our story about the program: Family Connectors University teaches families how to advocate for their students and communities
Learn more and register here.

Dec. 19, 2014 | Communications Office | Phone: (206) 252-0200

New school menus site offers detailed descriptions, nutrition information

Seattle Public Schools Nutrition Services just launched a new school menus website that is easier to use and full of information. Features include:

  • More information about menu items, including detailed descriptions and nutrition information
  • FREE app for iPhone and Android, School Lunch by Nutrislice
  • Feedback option on menu items
  • Email sign up for new menu information

Get info and sign up at:

Dec. 18, 2014 | Communications Office | Phone: (206) 252-0200

School Beat TV: Healthy and Active Students

Catch the newest episode of School Beat TV, which focuses on healthy and active students. Host Enrique Cerna explores how health, nutrition, physical education and athletics in Seattle Schools support the whole child, so that every student in every school is healthy, safe, engaged, supported, and challenged.

Seattle Public Schools guests include Wendy Weyer, Director of Nutrition Services; Lori Dunn, Program Manager for Physical Education and Health Literacy; and Eric McCurdy, Executive Director of Athletics.
The program will air on channel 26 beginning December 18, 2014 at the following times:

Sundays at 8:30 a.m.
Tuesdays at 1:00 p.m.
Wednesdays at 6:00 p.m.
Fridays at 7:30 p.m.
“School Beat TV: Healthy and Active Students”  is also available anytime on the web:

Dec. 18, 2014 | Communications Office | Phone: (206) 252-0200

Seattle School Board selects Dr. Larry Nyland as permanent Superintendent

The Seattle School Board has selected Dr. Larry Nyland as the permanent superintendent for Seattle Public Schools. Nyland has held the interim role since last summer.

The 5-2 vote at tonight's Special Meeting of the Board allows Board President Sherry Carr to negotiate a new contract with Nyland, which the board will vote on January 7, 2015. If approved, Nyland’s contract would be extended through June 2017, and his position would switch from interim to permanent once a contract is approved by the Board.
“I have chosen to evaluate Dr. Nyland not only on his last 17 weeks in Seattle Public Schools, but his past 40 years in education,” said Sherry Carr, Seattle School Board President, applauding his career successes and need for stability in the district. 
“We have a lot of work to do to support systems, and to better support students," said Interim Superintendent Dr. Larry Nyland. “I look forward to working with (staff and stakeholders). Thank you.” 

Dec. 10, 2014 | Communications Office | Phone: (206) 252-0200

SUPERINTENDENT'S MESSAGE: Update on Special Education Services delivery

Dear Seattle Public Schools families,

This is an update on our effort to improve delivery of special education services to our students and families. As a district, we have a focus on closing the opportunity gap and ensuring equity for all of our students. Our students with special needs are an important part of this effort and deserve the very best we can offer.

This update focuses on four major issues in Special Education: our error in releasing student records, our state and federal compliance work, efforts to improve services and communications, and our departmental leadership.


Dec. 10, 2014 | Communications Office | Phone: (206) 252-0200

Engineer tells students computer science can save the world

James Whittaker let students in on the secret to getting  rich and solving the world’s problems at the same time: coding.

“The new lower classes are going to be the people who can’t code,” Whittaker told a Java class at Ingraham High School on Dec. 8 to kick off Computer Science Education Week. Whittaker is a Distinguished Engineer at Microsoft.

Many students at all grade levels in Seattle Public Schools are participating in the Hour of Code, initiated last year by Seattle-based as a way to encourage all students to spend at least one hour learning coding language during Computer Science Education Week.


Dec. 9, 2014 | Communications Office | Phone: (206) 252-0200

Sealth teacher finalist for $1 million teaching prize

ZeichnerNoah Zeichner, who teaches Global Leadership, American Government and Theory of Knowledge at Chief Sealth International High School, is one of only 50 teachers worldwide named a finalist for the Global Teacher Prize. The prize recognizes “one exceptional teacher who has made an outstanding contribution to the profession” and comes with a $1 million award.

“It is an incredible honor to be nominated for the Global Teacher Prize," Zeichner said. "I know that I am representing many colleagues that have also gone above and beyond for their students and for the teaching profession.”


Dec. 9, 2014 | Communications Office | Phone: (206) 252-0200

College Goal Washington 2015 Financial Aid Events for Seniors

Seattle Public Schools would like to invite all seniors to attend one of the many College Goal Washington Financial Aid Nights happening in January. Financial aid experts and trained volunteers will be on hand at each event to walk students through the FAFSA process. The FAFSA is the first step in accessing college financial aid.  It is required for most scholarships, grants and loans. College Bound Scholarship seniors must complete their FAFSA by February 1st in order to meet the priority funding date.

College Goal Washington Event dates and locations are:

  • Thursday, January 8th (6:00-8:30pm) @ Roosevelt HS
  • Monday, January 12th (5-7:30pm) at Franklin HS
  • Tuesday, January 13th (2:30-6:30pm) @ Cleveland HS
  • Thursday, January 15th (6:30-8:30pm) @ Chief Sealth HS
  • Thursday, January 15th (6-8pm) @ Nathan Hale HS
  • Tuesday, January 20th (6:30-8:30pm) @ West Seattle HS
  • Wednesday, January 21st (6-8pm) @ Garfield HS
  • Thursday, January 22nd (3-7pm) @ Rainier Beach HS

These events are open to all seniors in the district. For additional details and a list of what to bring, visit

Dec. 5, 2014 | Career and College Readiness | Phone: (206) 252-0075

Ballard High journalists make news in D.C.

The Ballard High School Talisman newspaper was named a finalist for the prestigious Pacemaker award, sometimes refered to as the Pulitzer Prize of scholastic journalism.

A team of 12 journalists from the Ballard program learned about this and other awards last month at the Journalism Education Association/National Scholastic Press Association convention in Washington, D.C, attended by more than 6,000 students from around the country.

The crew from Ballard got to tour one of the most storied newspapers in the country, The Washington Post. And five select students were treated to a special tour of The White House's West Wing, which they chronicled for the Talisman.


Dec. 4, 2014 | Communications Office | Phone: (206) 252-0200

Broadview-Thomson teacher named regional Middle School P.E. Teacher of Year

The seventh-graders in Shelly Ellis’ physical education class at Broadview-Thomson K-8 are being tested, but you’d never know it. To see what students remember from sixth-grade nutrition lessons, Ellis cues up her playlist of pop songs, hands pairs of kids a clipboard, and sends them to “stations” around the gym where Ellis has posted a question and an activity (e.g. “What kind of carbohydrate is in an apple?” and “Do one minute of bicep curls”).

“They have fun, but they are learning,” Ellis says of the pre-assessment as students move to Pharrell Williams’ “Happy.”

It’s that sort of commitment to rigorous learning standards and student engagement that helped Ellis earn recognition as SHAPE America’s Northwest District Middle School Physical Education Teacher of the Year.


Dec. 4, 2014 | Communications Office | Phone: (206) 252-0200

Registration Open for 2015-16 School Year

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.


Dec. 4, 2014 | Enrollment Services | Phone: (206) 252-0760

What's your vision for technology and education?

Do you have a vision for how technology can enable teaching and learning at Seattle Public Schools and how it can support “A Day in the Life of a Seattle Public School Student”?

Are you willing to share and discuss that vision with instructors, principals, district leaders, community partners, students and ed-tech visionaries from Microsoft, Google, Apple, Dell, Cisco, HP, Blackboard, Intel and other leading technology companies?

If your answer is “yes,” we encourage you to register for the Seattle Public Schools Teaching & Learning Technology Vision Summit to be held at Cleveland High School on Saturday, January 24. This is NOT a taskforce, and you will not simply be a spectator. You will be involved, and your voice will be heard.  Attendance is limited. Learn more and register for the Summit at

Dec. 3, 2014 | Department of Technology Services | Phone: (206) 252-0305

TOPIC: Volunteering at Seattle Public Schools

Seattle Public Schools is grateful for each parent and community member who contributes to the success of students. We have thousands of volunteers who work in a variety of capacities in Seattle Public Schools.

If you are interested in volunteering visit, "
Volunteering at SPS" to read the Volunteer Handbook and access the required online course, along with other forms.

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