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Hit print, get a 3-D Lego man

Recreating a Lego man in 3-D, down to every precisely measured ridge and notch, is remarkably complex. “It looks easy, but once you start measuring every little thing you realize that it’s more complicated,” says Nicolas Pham, a sophomore at Cleveland High School.

Because he’s a student at Cleveland, Nicolas gets to test out the computer models he made by printing out all of the pieces on the school’s 3-D printer. Cleveland bought the 3-D printer in 2007 and is one of several middle and high schools in the district to own one.
The printer is far more than just a whiz-bang piece of technology. “This is how they make things now,” says teacher Doug Hartley.

Nov. 20, 2014 | Communications Office | Phone: (206) 252-0200

Sealth film wins gold at Social Justice Film Festival

"Riffing on the Dream," the provocative film created by Chief Sealth International High School's Black Student Union, won the Gold Jury Prize for Youth Visions at the third annual Social Justice Film Festival. Read more.

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

STATE OF THE DISTRICT: Great successes in student learning; great challenges and opportunities

Seattle Public Schools has achieved significant improvements in student learning during the past five years, with reading, math, and science scores consistently above state averages. High school graduation rates rose ten points over the past five years. And, the number of schools designated as “high performing” has grown significantly.

At the same time, the district faces great challenges – particularly in improving systems to support learning and closing the achievement gap. In the coming year, Seattle Public Schools will refocus efforts on four key priorities identified by staff and the Seattle School Board, seizing the opportunity to create a strong foundation for success.


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

Dunlap Elementary students at State of the District

Four students from Dunlap Elementary School closed out the State of the District with an impressive recitation of the poem "Why Did You Come to School Today?" by Julia Ansley. See how great they were!

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

SUPERINTENDENT'S MESSAGE: Release of student information

Dear SPS families,

A few days ago I notified you of the inappropriate release of student information through our law firm and I promised to let you know when we had more information.  

The student information that was given to a parent by mistake includes directory information on over 7,400 students, including date of birth, grade and school assignment. The files also include student identification numbers, special education assignments, disability categories and special education transportation information. We believe this information includes substantially all of the special education students in the district.

In addition, some data on Roosevelt High School students was released. That information, for smaller numbers of students, includes discipline data, test results, service models and scholarship information. At this time, we are not aware that any information was disclosed about general education students who do not attend Roosevelt. The district continues to review all files disclosed by the law firm.

Release of this information is of great concern. We have severed our relationship with the law firm in the handling of this case. Although we don’t believe the information been given to anyone other than the one individual parent, we are taking legal steps to insure that the student record information is returned. 

On behalf of the district, I apologize for this breach of privacy. Our goal is to contain any further disclosure of this information and have the data returned to the district and any potential additional copies destroyed as soon as possible.

We will continue to update our families as we have additional information.


Dr. Larry Nyland
Interim Superintendent

Nov. 15, 2014 | Communications Office | Phone: (206) 252-0200

Soda can in recycling, apple core in compost, but what about the yarn?

On Nov. 6, the cafeteria floor at Stevens Elementary turned into a garbage dump. It was intentional.

Students from Jose Perez’s 4th grade class were taking part in a “waste audit,” designed to help students identify ways to reduce waste and recycle more at school. Parents brought in big blue tarps, students pulled on blue latex gloves, and volunteers from the Stevens Green Team helped dump the garbage on the floor. Students dug in and started sorting the waste into recyclables, compostables and garbage.

Over the past six years, Seattle Public Schools' Resource Conservation program has resulted in a 15 percent drop in school water use, 20 percent drop in refuse and 20 percent increase in recycling.
Read more.

Stevens Waste Audit November 6, 2014 from SPSMOC on Vimeo.

Nov. 13, 2014 | Resource Conservation | Phone: (206) 252-0599

A Conversation with the Superintendent

Dr. Nyland and host on setThe Seattle Public Schools Media Operations Center presents "A Conversation with the Superintendent."

Join host Jacques Pugh in a candid conversation with Dr. Larry Nyland as they discuss District priorities, challenges, accomplishments and more. The program airs on Channel 26 in the Seattle area and is available online.

Broadcast schedule: (beginning Thursday, 11/6/14)
Thursdays @ 11:30 AM
Sundays @ 5:30 PM
Wednesdays @ 7:30 PM

Viewers are invited to submit questions for the Superintendent by emailing  (please put “Conversation” in the subject line) or tweet @seapubschools #conversation.

Nov. 6, 2014 | Communications Office | Phone: (206) 252-0200

Family Connectors University teaches families how to advocate for their students and communities

students in Family Connectors University classA Roosevelt High School mom who wants to help fellow native Spanish speakers connect with their children’s schools.

A UW visiting professor from Korea who wants to better understand the Seattle Public Schools system his children are now attending.

A STEM Liaison for Bellevue College who wants to enhance her work with high school students in the Running Start program.

These are the kinds of family and community members who enroll in Family Connectors University, a 10-week series of classes offered by Seattle Public Schools. The idea is to empower families with information on how to navigate the school system, how to create a college-going culture, and how to support children’s academic success. Participants become “connectors” between their schools, their students and the larger community.


Nov. 5, 2014 | School Family Partnerships | Phone: (206) 252-0996 

SPS Task Force for Prevention and Response to Sexual Harrassment formed

The Seattle Public Schools Task Force for Prevention and Response to Sexual Harassment has officially formed and scheduled its first meeting to begin conducting a comprehensive review of the district’s policy and procedures to prevent and respond to instances of sexual harassment (including sexual assault).

The current task force members are:

  • Rebecca Milliman
  • Kelly Kajumulo
  • Kelly Davis
  • David Bilides
  • Jennifer Perevodchikov
  • Jennifer Mackley
  • Plus, two SPS students

The task force was designed with openings for two teachers, two principals, two classified employees, two parents, two students, two individuals with expertise in prevention and response to sexual harassment in a public school or college environment, and one district staff person. Ideally, the district would like a minimum of 10 positions filled to begin meeting.

Since announcing the task force in September, 8 people have applied to participate. Not wanting to delay any further, the district is moving forward with the task force’s meetings and review of the district’s policy and procedures to prevent and respond to instances of sexual harassment (including sexual assault).

At the same time, we are still seeking four more members, especially principals and teachers. If you are interested in participating in this important task force, please fill out the nomination form and send to Please put “TASK FORCE” in the subject line.

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

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.

Past stories are posted in the News Story and News Release Archive

A selection of news articles and online coverage featuring Seattle Public Schools are posted in the News Coverage Archive

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