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HIGH SCHOOL AND ED FUNDING PANEL DISCUSSION – Thursday 2/2/2017

SPS Ed Panel Feb 2 2017 HIGH SCHOOL AND ED FUNDING PANEL DISCUSSION – Thursday 2/2/2017 Sponsored by the Ballard High School PTSA Want to know more about Ed Funding, the SPS District budget  shortfall and the McCleary decision? Curious about the new 24-credit graduation requirements, the longer day, Lincoln HS/boundaries and Career & Technical Education requirements? Have other questions? Attend our

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School Times in 2016-17 to be 9:35 to 4:05 – Blaine Remains Tier 3

Catharine Blaine received this letter from Seattle Public Schools Assistant Superintendent of Operations Pegi McEvoy. The school start times for 2016-2017 will be 9:35 am to 4:05 pm for all grade levels. May 31, 2016 Dear Catharine Blaine Families and School Communities: With the adoption of new bell times for the 2016-2017 school year, the Superintendent was authorized to make bell time adjustments during

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Info on Bell Times, Survey, from Heather Johnson

Dear Family Members: As you may be aware, the School Board adopted new bell times for the 2016-17 school year.  Along with the adoption of new bell, the Superintendent has been authorized to make bell time adjustments for those schools remaining in 3rd Tier start/end times that may have a preference for an earlier tier.  Although it is anticipated that only a

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Concerned about Capacity? SIGN THE PETITION

Think Catharine Blaine needs more room to grow? SIGN THE PETITION TO INCREASE CAPACITY TODAY On November 4th the Seattle School Board will vote on the BTA IV Capital Levy proposal. This levy funds small renovations and major maintenance projects, as well as technology, academic and athletic initiatives at Seattle Public Schools. The current proposal includes $20 million for the Magnolia Elementary

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Late Start Times Featured on KING5 News

Parent opposition to the school district’s plan to start school later next year was featured on KING5 News.

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Course Available for Parents to Learn to Navigate the School System

The Department of School Family Partnerships is teaching a 10 week course for parents on how to navigate the school system and effectively advocate for their child. Classes began this week but families can enroll until Thursday October 8. Please see the attached flyer for details.

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Make-Up Days Being Finalized

REVISED 2015-16 school calendar from SPS: The following makeup days for a revised school calendar have now been finalized with our SEA partners, pending approval by the Board of Directors on October 7. They are: Friday, October 9 Friday, January 29 Wednesday, February 17, Thursday, February 18, and Friday, February 19. This is a shortened mid-winter break. Friday, June 24

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A Note from PTA President

Hello there, Blaine community! My name is Jenna Sylvester and I am serving as the Catharine Blaine K-8 PTA president for 2015-16. Usually, this note would be a cheerful message to say “welcome back” and encouraging new and old families to engage with the PTA. I, and I’m sure almost everyone receiving this letter, wish that were the case. Instead, we are

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Letter from Blaine Teachers and Staff Regarding Strike

Dear Blaine Families, If you haven’t heard, the Seattle Education Association (SEA) representing our teachers and staff has been bargaining for a new contract all summer long. SEA has presented multiple thoughtful and researched-based proposals that are intended to improve student learning and engagement which will in turn help close the achievement gap. In July, the state legislature released $40 million to

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Letter from Principal Heather Johnson

Years ago I came across an ad for Gatorade: “You have a choice. You can throw in the towel, or you can use it to wipe the sweat off your face.” Fortunately as a long-time athlete and runner I typically opt for the latter option, and we are definitely wiping the sweat off our face.  Part of the work of the summer

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Urgent School Board Action Alert

We received this from the Seattle Council PTSA. They are requesting we share this with you, our PTA members, to encourage you to contact the school board director before the board votes Wednesday on the Seattle Preschool Program Alignment Action until there is clarification on how K-12 funding will be protected under this alignment. The email address for the school board is

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Blaine Awarded as a School of Distinction!

Blaine was one of eleven Seattle schools to win the 2014 School of Distinction award, which recognizes schools with the highest sustained improvements in reading and math over the previous five years. The award recognizes schools in the top 5 percent of improvement for their levels. This is the eighth year of the School of Distinction award, which is awarded by the

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McClure Middle School General Meeting to Examine Common Core

A message from the McClure Middle School PTSA  Please join the McClure Middle School PTSA at our first General Meeting of the 2014-2015 school year. The PTSA, in partnership with McClure Middle School, is pleased to welcome Kathleen Vasquez presenting: Getting Smarter about the Smarter Balanced Assessment (SBAC) Date: Tuesday, October 28th Time: 6:30 Social; 6:45 PTSA meeting start; 7 – 8:30Presentation

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Superintendent Meet and Greet Opportunities

Hello Seattle Families, Dr. Larry Nyland, who was appointed by the School Board in June to serve as Interim Superintendent, has outlined several opportunities this fall to meet with community members. These informal gatherings will include a few short remarks from Dr. Nyland, followed by time for an open question and answer period. “I look forward to continuing to get to know

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African American Family Gathering on September 23

Seattle Public Schools Central and Southeast Regions will be hosting an African American Family Gathering on September 23 from 6 to 8 pm at John Muir Elementary School Library, 3301 S Horton St, Seattle, WA 98144. The goals are to improve education for African American students and improve school and family partnerships! Please join us in a powerful evening sharing ideas to

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Crossing Guard Position Still Open!

Seattle Public Schools Transportation DepartmentEmployment OpportunitiesHourly Adult Crossing Guards Essential Functions:Safely crossing students to and from school at locations thathave been identified as hazardous or complicated to crosswithout the assistance of an adultStanding for extended periods of time(in all types of weather) at intersections and roads Qualifications:High School diploma or GED equivalent.Criminal Justice Fingerprint or Background CheckLove Children Pick up Application:2445 3rd

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Principal Returning to Blaine – Welcome Back Heather Johnson (formerly Swanson)

Seattle Public Schools Superintendent José Banda announced Heather Johnson’s return to Blaine in this email on Monday, July 14. Dear Catharine Blaine K–8 Community, I am pleased to announce the appointment of a familiar face as your new principal. Ms. Heather Johnson (formerly Swanson) will return to serve as your new principal. Your current principal, Ms. Julie Cox, will be Principal at

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Superintendent José Banda a finalist for Superintendent of the Sacramento City Unified School District

Dear Seattle Public Schools staff, families and community, We just learned that Superintendent José Banda is a finalist for Superintendent of the Sacramento City Unified School District (see his attached letter). We certainly understand why they would seek him out to lead their district. Mr. Banda stepped into his role in Seattle at a very difficult time. He pulled us together, he

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