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    Juneau's Journal June 28
    Posted on 06/28/2019

    School's out, summer programs are here!

    We did it! We’ve crossed the finish line of our first school year together. We’ve made incredible strides over the past nine months, and this week was no different.

    I’m proud to share that on Wednesday night, the Seattle School Board adopted Since Time Immemorial (STI): Tribal Sovereignty in Washington State. Due to a long history of institutional racism in education, the accomplishments, affairs, and contemporary experience of the First Peoples of Washington state have been consistently omitted from public school curricula.

    The adoption of STI will provide all Seattle Public Schools students with an education on the background and current affairs of the 29 sovereign nations within the boundaries of Washington. Learn more about the STI curriculum.

     A group photo from the STI adoption board meeting

    On Tuesday, I joined 3rd grade students at John Muir Elementary as they learned to build a robot in just one hour. The event kicked-off a partnership with Amazon and FIRST Washington, an organization providing mentor-based science and technology programs, to bring computer science and robotics programs to up to 30 of our Title I schools. Read more about this partnership.

    Educational opportunities like these help our students dream big and chart their future.

    Students cheer while working together to build a robot Superintendent Juneau talks with students in a classroom


    Summer Programs

    A group of 2,400 kindergarten through 4th grade students will participate in Summer Staircase, a high-quality reading and math program focused on making sure students are ready for next school year. Read more about Summer Staircase.

    A teenager and young student read together while laying on the floorIn partnership with Summer Staircase, Team Read will provide trained high school tutors to encourage our youngest readers – supporting them in their reading skills and helping to grow their confidence. This partnership, which has grown over the last five years, helps us provide students a full-day summer camp experience at three school locations. Learn more about Team Read.

    Our district’s newest scholars will have the opportunity to participate in Jump Start, a free, week-long experience for kindergartners to learn all about school. Last year, 2,000 children participated in the program, helping them make a strong transition into kindergarten. Visit our Jump Start webpage to find out if your child’s school is participating.

    For 9th through 12th grade students, free, hands-on classes in real-world career fields are available through the Summer Skills Center Program in locations across the district. It is not too late to sign up! July 3 is the last day to register for the Summer Skills Center. Take advantage of this great program by registering your student online on our Skills Center website.

    These high-quality programs offer a unique opportunity to keep our students engaged throughout the summer, and I am proud of the work our staff, teachers, and students put in year-round.

    New school year, new campuses

    Exterior view of Queen AnneI’m so excited about the opening of two new schools—Magnolia Elementary School and Lincoln High School. Over the summer, construction work funded by voter-approved capital levies will continue to get Magnolia and Lincoln ready for the first day of school this September.

    Projects are also underway at Queen Anne Elementary and Ingraham High School. Students, staff, and teachers at Queen Anne will return from their interim location at John Marshall School to occupy an expanded school with a newly built addition housing classrooms, a gym, and administration spaces, plus an expanded lunchroom.

    Thank you to the Seattle voters for supporting the capital levies that made these projects possible. Your vote helped ensure every Seattle Public Schools student has what they need for college, career, and community participation. Read more about our progress in school construction.

    Denise Juneau

    Corny joke of the week: Why did the bicycle fall over? Because it was two tired.