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    Juneau's Journal Oct 12
    Posted on 10/12/2018
    Superintendent Juneau with two students smile for a picture

    Taking Care of Others and Ourselves

    October 10 marked the world’s observation of Mental Health Day. This year’s global focus was on young people and mental health in a changing world. This is a good reminder to look after our own mental health and to assist peers, families, and educators in supporting young people.

    Seattle Public Schools is fortunate to have 25 school-based health centers, thanks in part to support from the City of Seattle and partners like King County Health. Health centers provide comprehensive medical care including mental health supports. Operated by community health agencies, centers are typically staffed with coordinators, nurses, and mental health counselors.

    Adolescents are more likely to reach out for mental health support if it is provided in school. I am grateful to all those who invest in student health, providing our young people with the resources they need to be successful, ensuring there is support for each and every student.

    This Week's Highlights

    I stopped by Cleveland High School’s Health Center earlier this week to learn about the amazing services offered to students and met two student leaders, Xiao and Xue, who steered their school’s HPV prevention campaign. Thanks to their efforts, student vaccinations increased school-wide from 50 percent to 88 percent.

    Touring Franklin High School, I learned about the rich history of civic engagement from Principal Wiley. The school produces such leaders as former Seattle City Council member and educator Cheryl Chow, former U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gary Locke, and Seattle historian Bill Speidel. During my visit, I was lucky enough to run into Ashleen, student body president and Gabi, vice president. (See featured photo above)

    John Muir classroomAt John Muir Elementary, the community uses components of social emotional learning to check-in and reinforce that they take care of themselves, each other, and their school. In visual arts specialist Julie Trout’s classroom, students explored watercolor techniques learning about indigenous art forms, plant life, and people to make connections across cultures.

    This week, schools across the district participated in the DiscoverU campaign to lead fun college and career exploration activities. At Washington Middle School, I witnessed students across the campus diving into research for possible career and college paths, charting the courses for their future.Superintendent Juneau in Washington classroom

    This is it! The last regional town hall meeting, co-hosted by the Roosevelt PTA, will be on Mon., Oct. 15 at Roosevelt High School. Check out more details on the Listening and Learning Session webpage.

    Corny joke of the week: What building in Seattle has the most stories? The public library!