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    Juneau's Journal Jan. 25
    Posted on 01/25/2019

    School Board Recognition Month

    At the January 23 School Board meeting, I had the honor of recognizing and celebrating our seven School Board Directors in observance of School Board Recognition Month. Public education is the bedrock of a healthy community and our democratic society. I am grateful that these dedicated individuals have committed their wisdom and time to making sure Seattle Public Schools is governed well and that we are continually improving our supports for students, families, and the greater community. I cannot think of a more noble way to serve the Seattle community. Join me in celebrating our board directors and thanking them for their service.

    Read Governor Jay Inslee's Proclamation.

    In an exciting action at the same board meeting, directors approved the academic calendar for 2019-20. District staff worked in collaboration with community partners to see where significant religious holidays are observed in major religions and considered these in relation to important dates in the school calendar, with the goal to have a more inclusive calendar for all students and families. Read the 2019-20 calendar.

    Superintendent Juneau with studentsThe highlight of the week for me was being witness to a group of young scholars at Wing Luke Elementary School reciting the poem, “Hey Black Child.” A powerful message of encouragement for young black children, the poem inspires pride and celebration. When students are affirmed in their own identities in schools, our community thrives. Once again, I am in awe of the brilliance and strength of our young people and am continually inspired by their limitless potential for greatness.

    I want to personally thank the Seattle Education Association (SEA), Center for Racial Equity, and our staff for their leadership and I'd like to honor the commitment of our educators. For the third year in a row, SEA and many of our educators will be engaged in a week of focus to advance racial equity and positive outcomes for our students. I am incredibly proud to lead in a district where so many of our educators have personally committed to educational justice. Educators have been thoughtfully preparing for Black Lives Matter at School week, Feb. 4-8. Additional information about Black Lives Matter Week can be found on the SEA website.

    As we wind down the district’s levies meetings, I want to thank you for your dedication to public education by participating in community engagement opportunities. As you know, Seattle Public Schools will be asking voters to approve two critical levies on the upcoming February 12 ballot, the Educational Programs and Operations Levy (EP&O) and the Building Excellence V Capital Levy (BEX V).

    If you haven’t already had the chance, I encourage you to watch the short films featuring schools that would be modernized or replaced through BEX V. Thank you for your support of public education and our students.

    Corny joke of the week: I’m looking for some good fish jokes. If you know any, let minnow.