District News and Announcements
All Seattle Public School students in grades K–12 will be able to access their personal email accounts from District computers beginning this fall. This change comes at the request of District principals with approval of senior leadership.
Seattle Public Schools created the Superintendent’s Equity and Race Advisory Committee to address educational equity practices in our schools and central office. This committee is a commitment to transforming our current practices at a systemic level to eliminate disproportionality in education and in all aspects of its administration. These efforts require a long-term commitment from our advisors that includes both making recommendations and staying engaged as work progresses over time.
The Superintendent will appoint members to this committee. Nominations will be sought until Monday, September 15, 2014.
Seattle Public Schools recently sent letters to parents/guardians at Title I schools telling them their school has failed to meet the requirements of the federal No Child Left Behind Act of 2001. While this news may raise concerns, it does not mean these schools have suddenly had a change in performance. In fact, most schools continue to show improvement in percentage of students meeting the standards in reading and math for their grades.
Seattle Schools Community:
The incident reported after a 2012 Garfield High School field trip is of concern to us all. We would each be deeply shaken if our child was involved in such an incident. While we cannot undo that event, we can learn from it and take steps to increase the safety for our students.
Passing a ball using only their feet, rowing a “boat” across the Garfield High School gym floor, and other team-building exercises were just what Seattle Public Schools leaders needed after a long week of planning.
Principals and some teacher leaders spent a week in mid-August attending the District’s School Leadership Institute at Garfield. They are gearing up for the start of school on Sept. 3.
For most of the week, the primary focus was assessments. Washington begins new state tests in reading, writing and math this spring, with Smarter Balanced tests replacing the Measurements of Student Progress (MSP) tests in grades 3-8. Eleventh-graders also will take the Smarter Balanced tests. ...
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.
During the week of August 18-22, forty-six Seattle elementary schools will offer new Kindergarten students a chance to learn about their new school and get comfortable with teachers and peers. Some schools will be offering breakfast and lunch; others will provide a snack. Click here for Jump Start registration forms and flyers, which list participating schools. Return forms to your child’s school as soon as possible or take the forms to school along with your child, on Mon. August 18.
Please note: Transportation is not provided during Jump Start.
The Seattle School Board named longtime educator Dr. Larry Nyland during a special meeting July 18 as Interim Superintendent to replace Superintendent José Banda. The Board will conduct a full search with community engagement this fall for a permanent Superintendent. Nyland retired in June 2013 after nine years as the Marysville School District Superintendent.
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• Free summer 'Jump Start' transition help for kindergartners August 18-22
• Seattle Public Schools is now on Facebook
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