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    Juneau's Journal Sept 14 2018
    Posted on 09/14/2018
    Superintendent Juneau with a teacher and students in the classroom

    Showcasing Our Schools: Aki Kurose, Emerson, and Rainier View

    This week I started my official weekly visits to the incredible schools in our district.

    Stop one: Aki Kurose Middle School Academy

    I had a great visit at Aki Kurose, home of the Peace Cranes, where students speak over 20 different languages. Poking my head into Mrs. Mayer’s algebra class, I found young scholars communicating about their learning, collaborating, and expanding their thinking.

    Fun fact #1: Aki Kurose, an internationally recognized, award-winning educator and education activist, taught for the district as an elementary school teacher for 25 years. In 2000, the Casper W. Sharples Junior High was renamed Aki Kurose Middle School Academy and became the first Seattle school named after an Asian American woman.

    Fun fact #2: Aki Kurose is one of our middle schools leading the state in the percentage of African American students meeting standard in math.

    Stop two: Emerson Elementary

    “Together is Better.” Emerson Elementary’s motto was exemplified as soon as I entered the building, joining a meeting of school leaders, learning and sharing together - keeping their skills sharpened. I’m so thankful for our incredibly hard-working educators who continue to challenge themselves and strive for growth in their own practice.

    Superintendent Juneau with teachersTeacher in the classroom

    Fun fact: Emerson, designated a Seattle landmark, opened the first public kindergarten in Seattle in 1914.

    Stop three: Rainier View Elementary

    The small school that can. With just under 250 students, Rainier View Principal Anitra Jones takes pride in the academic community built through knowing students by name and need. Her commitment was evident when she shared that, “no matter students’ zip code or school assignment, we’ll provide a quality educational experience.”

     Superintendent with teacher and students in classroom

    Touring the halls, there was abundant evidence of the laser focus on literacy and math by the entire school community. In Mrs. Magelssen’s second grade classroom, students were engaged in a lesson on place value and symbols in math.

    Pop quiz! In a far away galaxy, there are 2,968,351,472 stars. What does the digit 3 represent in this problem?

    A) three hundred thousands
    B) three hundreds
    C) three hundred trillions
    D) three hundred millions

    I look forward to seeing the amazing work happening in classrooms and in schools throughout the district on my weekly school visits. I encourage you to join me at my next town hall meeting at North Seattle College, hosted in partnership with the university, on the evening of Mon., Sep 24. For a full list of meetings, including language specific opportunities, visit the Listening and Learning Session webpage.

    Corny joke of the week: What do you call the security guards who work at the Samsung store? Guardians of the Galaxy.