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    Juneau's Journal May 17
    Posted on 05/17/2019

    Let's go ride a bike!

    This month, the central office is focused on self-care with the May Move-a-Thon. I am encouraging our entire SPS family and supporters to join in! Whether you are doing yoga, walking, kayaking, or mowing the lawn - any activity counts. Make sure to tag us @SeaPubSchools on Twitter and Instagram so we can see what you are up to.

    Many of our elementary students are moving in May too! Thank you to Cascade Bike Club, Seattle Department of Transportation, and Outdoors for All for helping us offer the “Let’s Go” bike and pedestrian safety program to all 3rd through 5th grade students. The "Let’s Go" program is delivered in all 3rd -5th grade physical education classes and eight fleets of bikes are rotated through our elementary schools. This is a great complement to schools’ participation in Bike to School Month. Last May, Greenwood Elementary won the Golden Pedal Award, where a full 30% of students participated in the biking challenge.

    I also want to thank the Seattle Art Museum, a community cornerstone, for once again hosting Naramore, the district’s secondary student visual art show and awards ceremony. I want to congratulate all the 2019 artists and award winners! You still have a chance to see the amazing exhibit at Seattle Art Museum until May 26.

    While most students attend their neighborhood school, the district also provides the opportunity to enroll at several option schools across the city. This week I visited three options schools in addition to Loyal Heights Elementary, a Ballard neighborhood school.

    Salmon Bay K-8Superintendent Juneau at Salmon Bay

    My first visit for the week was with Principal Gerrans at Salmon Bay K-8. Salmon Bay K-8 is an option school in the heart of Ballard. Principal Gerrans’ enthusiasm and pride in the school is contagious. He shared about the rich art programs at the school as well as how the 8th graders have K buddies that they mentor.


    TOPS K-8Superintendent Juneau talks with a student in a classroom

    Another stop this week was TOPS K-8, the most diverse option school in the district.The entire school is focused on high quality teaching and learning and themes of social justice and compassionate citizenship. In the classrooms I visited, K-3rd grade students were working hard on reading and students in grades 4-8 were focused on problem solving in math. I also got to check in with students doing research for their animal research projects and their favorite facts.

    Thornton Creek ElementarySuperintendent Juneau talks with a student in a classroom

    At Thornton Creek Elementary, my tour was led by the student leadership team. The northeast option school emphasizes the importance of building students’ social skills and ensuring emotional safety and a sense of belonging all within the context of expeditionary learning. Students shared that they really like the learning approach at the school, the teachers, and their friends. They also shared their favorite things to do in Seattle and things I might want to try, including a bike ride on the Burke Gilman train, skiing at Snoqualmie Pass, and eating at the Crab Pot and Masala. During my visit it was fun to see everyone from the principal, to staff, and the students dressed as their favorite book characters.

    Loyal Heights ElementarySuperintendent Juneau talks with a student in a classroom

    At Loyal Heights Elementary I was escorted around the school by members of the student council and Principal Guerrero. The students I visited with had lots of thoughtful questions. My favorite student question was, “Do you get to have fun or is it all business?” I shared that visiting schools is my fun. It is the best part of my week, spending time with the wise and curious students in SPS. I also got to chat with kindergarten students about their isopods. We shared facts about isopods and then explored how many legs they have.

    Denise Juneau

    Corny joke of the week: What do you call a worm in hot weather? Warm! (Submitted by Julian, 2nd grader at Broadview-Thomson K-8)