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    Juneau's Journal June 14
    Posted on 06/14/2019

    A Message for our Graduates

    Photo of graduation diplomaJune 13 marked the beginning of Seattle Public Schools 2019 graduations. It is such an exciting and emotional time. High school graduation is the closure of one life chapter and the start of a new one. My high school graduation certificate hangs proudly in my office. It is much more than a piece of paper — it is a visible reminder of how important high school graduation is to life success.

    2019 Seattle Public Schools graduates, I wish you well. All the hard work, perseverance, and dedication has led to this moment. On behalf of Seattle Public Schools, I want to express how proud I am of you and your achievements.

    As you embark on the next step of your journey, I hope you take time to celebrate your accomplishments. This is your moment and you have earned it. As I have shared before, I am in awe of Seattle’s students. I am humbled by your bravery, your wisdom, and unwavering commitment to social justice and fairness. Remember, you can and will do amazing things. As you enter the next phase of your life, continue to use your voices and strengths to make this world a better place. I wish you all the best, know that you are remarkable, and always keep your dreams big. Congratulations!

    I also want to extend my congratulations to the families, community, and educators who have walked alongside these amazing young people. Your contributions to their educational journeys have mattered and are celebrated. You have contributed to their success, as well as our success as a district.

    Last week, I finished visiting all 102 schools. I also had the opportunity to celebrate our students at two events — The Seattle Alliance of Black School Educators (SABSE) End of Year Scholarship and Recognition Awards Reception and Huchoosedah’s End of Year Student K-12 Graduation and Student Recognition Supper.

    Huchoosedah’s End of Year Student K-12 Graduation and Student Recognition Supper

    Photo of some of the attendees at Huchoosedah eventOn Thursday, June 6, kindergarten through 12th grade Native American and Alaskan Native students from throughout the district were invited, along with their families, to a celebration supper at Daybreak Star Indian Cultural Center. Students were gifted beaded necklaces which featured carved paddles designed by Louie Gong, Nooksack, and a certificate to acknowledge their accomplishments. Graduating seniors were also gifted hand drums.

    The necklaces and hand drums were made over the previous month by Seattle Public Schools Native Education staff, Native Education Parent Advisory Committee members, parents, students, family, and friends during their weekly Culture Nights. This annual event sends seniors off on their new chapter in life knowing how proud their community is of them. Younger students were also lifted up and celebrated as they move on to the next grade.

    The Seattle Alliance of Black School Educators End of Year Scholarship and Recognition Awards Reception

    Photo of Superintendent Juneau in front of a muralOn Friday, June 7, I stopped by the Northwest African American Museum where the Seattle Alliance of Black School Educators (SABSE) were celebrating their End of the Year Scholarship and Recognition Awards Reception.

    The theme for the evening was "Education is a Civil Right" and they recognized retirees, teachers, principals, and organizations who made great accomplishments in the learning lives of children. They also celebrated their students who were awarded scholarships. It was so great to see such a caring community who continues to empower our students. Thank you for the great evening, SABSE!

    Dunlap Joke Book

    This week I also got a special gift from Dunlap Elementary School, room 211. A fully illustrated joke book! Thank you to all of the students in room 211 for this really thoughtful gift. It will keep me laughing all summer long!

    Photo of a page from the joke book Denise Juneau

    Corny joke of the week: What building has the most stories? A library! (From Dunlap Elementary School, Room 211 "Best Joke Book Ever"!)

    Photo of the cover of the joke book