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    Juneau's Journal Oct. 5
    Posted on 10/05/2018

    Getting students to and from school is top of mind for me. Like many of you, I am frustrated that the start of school hasn’t been smooth for all of our students and families. Our students deserve timely, safe, and predictable transportation to and from school. In May of this year, the Transportation Task Force was convened to update the Transportation Service Standards and recommendations to OSPI. I want to personally thank our current Transportation Task Force for working hard on possible solutions. They have been helping to identify things we can do right now to strengthen our current systems.

    I also want to invite innovators from various industries into the conversation to help us disrupt a system that isn’t working for all Seattle students. In the coming months, I will be inviting thought leaders to help us identify creative solutions, implications, and possible next steps.

    The Superintendent’s Transportation Think Tank will launch Winter 2019. Look for more information soon!

    Teacher and students in a classroom This Week's Highlights

    Each week, I spend a day touring schools, witnessing educational excellence in action. This week, I had the privilege to visit Dunlap, Graham Hill, and Hawthorne elementary schools.

    At Dunlap Elementary 2nd grade educator Ms. Metz led her young learners in math exercises.

    "Woosh!" Students at Graham Hill Elementary showed off how they add sound words to their writing.

    Superintendent with student in classroomMr. Heath's 5th graders at Hawthorne Elementary invited me to test out my multiplication skills in an exciting math board game.

    Applications opened this week for the BEX and BTA Oversight Committee. Individuals selected will oversee the planning and implementation of the capital levies and make recommendations on the progress of both the BEX and BTA capital programs.

    The district launched a mobile app in both the App Store and Google Play. In the app, you can subscribe to your school(s) website calendar and announcements; find quick links to popular resources such as school staff directories and lunch menus; view attendance and secondary student grades on the Source; and more. I hope you'll check out this new awesome resource for Seattle Public Schools families and staff!

    As we draw closer to the end of my official Listening & Learning Tour, please join me at my next Town Hall meeting at Youngstown Cultural Center, Wednesday, Oct. 10. See the schedule for the final sessions on the Listening and Learning Session webpage.

    Denise Juneau

    *Corny joke of the week: Why can't you play cards in the jungle? There are too many cheetahs.

    *Brought to you by Ms. Metz, second grade teacher at Dunlap Elementary School