Public Charter School Forum

Hosted by Washington State PTA Region 6

Wednesday 2/29/12, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Washington Middle School in Seattle.

Hear pro, con and ask your questions.

This event includes a review of national and state PTA positions on charter schools. ALL regions are welcome. Please, come hear what pro and con advocates have to say and what pro and con speakers from the academic world have to say.

Moderated by C.R. Douglas, Political Analyst, Q13 Fox News

PTA positions reviewed by Ramona Hattendorf, Government Relations Coordinator, Washington State PTA.

Panelists

·          Olga Addae: President, Seattle Education Association, (Teacher’s Union). Con Speaker

·          Rosalund Jenkins: Director, Black Education Strategy Roundtable (League of Education Voters project), Pro Speaker

·          Dr. Wayne Au: Assistant Professor, Education Program, UW- Bothell, Editor, Rethinking Schools, Con Speaker

·          Robin Lake: Associate Director, Center for Reinventing Education, UW Bothell, Pro Speaker

 

WHEN & WHERE

Wednesday, Feb. 29, 2012, from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Washington Middle School Cafeteria

2101 S. Jackson St, Seattle 98144

 

DIRECTIONS

From S. Jackson Street go south on 20th Ave South, take first left onto S. Weller St, (going around the Franz Bakery). At 20th Place South, parking lot is on your right, school entrance is to the left.

Questions: contact Heidi Bennett, WA State PTA Region 6 Legislative Chair

heidi@bennettdirect.net

REGION 6:

Seattle, Shoreline, Northshore & Vashon Island

Legislative updates as of February 24, 2012

As always, please remember to contact your elected legislators with your input on these important issues. Find your legislators at: http://apps.leg.wa.gov/DistrictFinder/Default.aspx

ESSB 5895 Certified Employee Evaluations

This bill has now passed out of the House Education Committee and it passed the Senate last week, 46-3.  It is scheduled for public hearing in the House Committee on Ways & Means at 1:30 p.m. today.

Bill analysis at:

http://apps.leg.wa.gov/documents/billdocs/2011-12/Pdf/Bill%20Reports/House/5895-S.E%20HBA%20ED%2012.pdf

SB5896 Implementing revised teacher and principal evaluation systems

Senate Bill Report  http://apps.leg.wa.gov/documents/billdocs/2011-12/Pdf/Bill%20Reports/Senate/5896%20SBR%20WM%2012.pdf

According to the Wa state PTA Government Relations Coordinator: These 2 bills (5895 & 5896) could work in conjunction or separately, so if you’re tracking either, you may want to track both. SSB 5895 essentially codifies recommendations for implementation, allows for a three-year phase in and designates funds for evaluation training. SSB 5896 addresses using the evaluations to ensure staff assignments support the learning needs for all the students in the district, giving specific attention to high-need schools and classrooms (per state law); requires educators to be proficient or distinguished before being granted “continuing contract status” (what some think of as “tenure”); and moves more aggressively to exit the few poor performing teachers from the system. (If experienced teachers or principals get two unsatisfactory ratings in a row, they would lose continuing contract status. This means they could be fired at will. Provisional employees, currently those in their first three years of employment, can be fired at will. There are no requirements other than length of service for moving out of provisional status.)

PSHB 2127 First draft of 2012 supplemental operating budget from the House Ways and Means budget writers, released this week.   There was a public hearing on 2/21.  No status update yet.  Use this link to track this bill.

Highlights:

  • No additional cuts to basic education
  • $400 million “delay” in school payments and levy equalization payments
  • Some cuts to education reform programs, mostly to reductions in bonuses for National Board Certification
  • $222.4 million in reductions in health care and human service programs

Related Links:

Press conference  http://www.tvw.org/index.php?option=com_tvwplayer&eventID=2012020162

TVW blog: http://www.tvw.org/capitolrecord/index.php/2012/02/house-democrats-release-supplemental-budget/

Striking amendment: http://leap.leg.wa.gov/leap/Budget/Detail/2012/HOBillStriker0221A.pdf

Summary re striking amendment: http://leap.leg.wa.gov/leap/Budget/Detail/2012/HOoverview0221A.pdf

Agency detail: http://leap.leg.wa.gov/leap/Budget/Detail/2012/HOAgencyDetail0221A.pdf

 

Race to the Top – Early Learning Challenge

Our state is one of the grant recipients. This grant focuses on improving early learning and development programs for young children by supporting states’ efforts to:

  • Increase the number and percentage of low-income and disadvantaged children in each age group of infants, toddlers, and preschoolers who are enrolled in high-quality early learning programs;
  • Design and implement an integrated system of high-quality early learning programs and services; and
  • Ensure that any use of assessments conforms with the recommendations of the National Research Council’s reports on early childhood.

Visit the following link for more information. http://www.del.wa.gov/government/racetotop/

 

HB 2448 Creating the high-quality early learning act

This one is still working its way through the legislature. The bill analysis can be found at http://apps.leg.wa.gov/documents/billdocs/2011-12/Pdf/Bill%20Reports/House/2448%20HBA%20ELHS%2012.pdf

Visit the following for more information including links to TVW videos:
http://apps.leg.wa.gov/billinfo/summary.aspx?bill=2448&year=2011

 

Related Washington State PTA positions

If any of the links below don’t work, please visit the following link for more information about the state PTA’s legislative positions. http://www.wastatepta.org/advocacy/index.html

2012 legislative platform, No. 1:

Improving basic education – This includes implementing and funding a new definition that emphasizes and supports college and career readiness and that improves the system of delivery, as laid out in ESHB 2261 (passed 2009), and SHB 2776 and E2SSB 6696 (passed in 2010)

2012 legislative platform, No. 4:

Changing layoff policies to include more than just seniority

2012 legislative platform, supported:

Adopt strategies to eliminate achievement gaps and improve educational opportunities

Long-term legislative principle, Public Education Policies:

Washington State PTA shall identify and initiate education and action on public policy that will strengthen public education for our state’s children and youth, including:

o   Continued support for education reform efforts

o   Reducing the achievement gap

o   Reduction of high school dropout rates

 

Resolution, EXCELLENCE IN OUR EDUCATION SYSTEM 4.3, Adopted, 1983

Resolved, That the Washington State PTA work together with other members of the education community to recommend improvements for evaluative procedures and/or changes in policies, where needed, that will enable the schools to encourage and reward those educators who upgrade their skills and work effectively in the schools and to provide counseling for those who need to become more skilled or those who need to consider other employment; and be it further

Resolved, That the Washington State PTA encourage local units and councils to provide information to members of their school communities on procedures for expressing concerns about staff members.

Upcoming dates you may be interested in and links for more information

The Charter School forum has been rescheduled to February 29th, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. at Washington Middle School. The following link contains the agenda and address. http://www.wastatepta.org/advocacy/headlines/PTA_Public_Charter_School_Forum.pdf

February 20th is the PTSA Legislative Focus Day. You can join other PTSA members to show your support for the issues that matter to you. There will be a rally and other activities  in Olympia. While you are there you can stop in to visit your elected representatives.

The following link has the information for this event.  (sounds very kid friendly if you have children who are too young to be in school that day) http://www.wastatepta.org/meetings/focus_day/index.html

Your legislators and their location at the Capitol can be found at the following link. http://www.leg.wa.gov/pages/home.aspx

The following link contains the state PTA’s legislative priorities for 2011 and 2012 as well as an update from the 2011 session. http://www.wastatepta.org/advocacy/archives/session_2011/2011_Focus_On_Schools.pdf

For information about the current status of the PTA’s legislative priorities go to: http://www.wastatepta.org/advocacy/session_2012/index.html

Roosevelt High School 2012 High School Information Night:
Feb. 2, 2012

2012 High School Information Night, is taking place at Roosevelt on February 2, 2012. This event will give potential 9th grade families and other families new to the RHS community a chance to listen to a student panel talk about life at Roosevelt, to meet with department heads about curriculum, tour the school, and visit with club and sports representatives. The event will start at 7:00 p.m. in the Roosevelt Theatre. Contact the Counseling Office, 206-252-4827 or the Main Office, 206-252-4810, with questions.

 

Nathan Hale High School Informational Evening for Prospective Families:
Tuesday, February 7th 6:00 – 7:00PM

  • Table Fair in the Commons area will include information about student activities and parent groups.
  • Building tours will leave from the Commons area
  • NHHS Presentation at 7:00 – 8:30PM, Questions & Answers in the Performing Arts Center
  • Note – changes from previous years: This event is not the “Rigor and Relevance Night” format of previous years with the panel of teachers. The format this year is similar to what our day tours have been in the past – tours of the building then a presentation by Jill followed by a student panel for questions and answers.
  • We will not be doing a day tour this year. With the new student assignment plan, a number of schools have moved away from scheduling day tours.

Tina Tudor, 9th grade coordinator. Her contact info is tmtudor@seattleschools.org and 252-3706.

 

Ingraham High School Open House Information:

Open House 2012
February 1st – 7:00 PM – Ingraham Auditorium

IB Information Night
February 8th – 7:00 PM – Ingraham Library

APP Information Night
February 15th – 7:00 PM – Ingraham Library

Daytime Tours
February 15th – 8:15 AM – 9:45 AM
March 7th – 8:15 AM – 9:45 AM
Daytime tours begin in the school Auditorium.

Questions? Call the Main Office #206-252-3888.
All Tours and Open Houses are for parents and students. There is no need to RSVP for tours or the night open houses.

 

Tours at Cleveland High School:

The school tour on February 15th has been postponed. More information will be posted when available.
The March 21st tour has been rescheduled for March 6th (Tuesday) because the Open Enrollment form is due to the district on March 9, 2012.

Interested families should email Tina Camero to reserve a spot on the tour. Families must arrive by 8am and check in with the main office where a student representative will escort them to room 1201. There is a brief presentation and then proceed with a tour of both academies, School of Life Science and School of Engineering & Design. There will be plenty of opportunities to ask questions.

 

Chief Sealth International High School Prospective Student Open House:
Thursday, February 9, 2012
5:45 – 8:00 p.m. / main entrance
2600 SW Thistle Ave, Seattle WA 98126 / (206) 252-8550
http://chiefsealthhs.seattleschools.org/

You are officially invited to our annual open house for prospective students and families. Attendees will have the opportunity to hear from administration, teachers, parents and students. Activities include:

  • Entertainment by the CSIHS Marching Band
  • An information session on the International Baccalaureate program
  • Building tours
  • Desserts and beverages provided by the PTSA and YMCA
  • Surprise student performances

In addition, interested families will have the opportunity participate in a series of school-day tours.

  • NEW DATE! Tuesday, February 14 - 10:00-11:30am (Madison & Pathfinder students)
  • Tuesday, February 7 – 10:00-11:30am (Private schools and other middle schools)
  • TBD – Denny Middle School Tours
  • Shadow Day – current 8th graders can shadow a 9th grade student for the first 3 classes of the day: Monday, February 13, 8:15-11:30am. Parents of interested students should email Laura Robb at lkrobb@seattleschools.org.

 

STEM @ Cleveland High School, Campus Tours:

Middle school students and their families are welcome to visit Cleveland High School. We will visit classrooms to observe, to ask questions and to participate! Tours begin at 8am in the school auditorium and end at 10am. Please email Tina Camero at ticamero@seattleschools.org to reserve your tour date. Cleveland High School | 5511 15th Ave. S.| 206.252.7800

Plus receive more information on:

  • School of Engineering & Design – February 15th
  • School of Life Sciences – March 21st

Click here to download the March 2011 edition of the Eckstein Ecko as a pdf.

Click here to download the January 2011 edition of the Eckstein Ecko as a pdf.

Based on nominations from Eckstein parents, the Golden Acorn committee has chosen Kathy Briggs as the 2010 Eckstein
PTSA Golden Acorn Award winner. Congratulations, and thanks to Kathy  for her nearly decade-long contributions to Eckstein!

Other nominees this year:

(more…)

don’t establish the
boundaries
first,
the squares, triangles,
boxes
of preconceived
possibility,
and then
pour
life into them, trimming
off left-over edges,
ending potential:

A.R. Ammons

Dear Colleagues and Families~

Closings are always bittersweet and today I write with great affection for you and our community.   The work we have done this year was single mindedly focused on our children and it makes me proud to be a part of this community.

It is in the midst of a tinge of sadness that we send you off with the hope of a joy filled summer. Please take time to rejuvenate yourselves.  I know for some of you this means being with friends and family, while for others it will be climbing mountains and biking through Europe.  The time will fly.

I would like to take just a moment before we all depart for the summer to both reflect on this year and look forward to the fall.

The work we did this year provided opportunities to increase the support and collaboration we have among our staff members.  Our Professional Learning Communities (PLC’s) provide us a framework for looking at four essential questions of teaching and learning:

  • What do we want kids to know and be able to do?
  • How will we know if they’ve learned it?
  • What do we do if they haven’t learned it?
  • What do we do with students who already know it?

Our focus next year will be to continue to learn more about the processes for strong professional learning communities and specifically, common formative assessments and our response to interventions.  We are a staff who looks at kids and responds to their needs.  We don’t put them in preconceived squares and triangles. We should all be proud of how far we’ve come in such a short amount of time.

To facilitate our continued work in professional learning communities for next year we agreed on Schedule option “B”.  From now on we’ll just call it the 2010-2011 professional development calendar.  This provides one two-hour early release day a month.  Every other Wednesday we will devote our meeting time to working in PLC’s.  I am attaching a copy of the calendar so you can have it for your planning.

The other decision we had to make for next year was the bell schedule.  Providing students and teachers with two fifty-minute blocks of Homeroom time this year opened up a number of opportunities.  Students were able to use the time to make up assignments and labs as well as get additional help from their teachers.  More importantly, we were able to continue our Cohort homeroom for 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students.  We just started to scratch the surface of more interventions for students.  The Math Mentor Program is only one example of this.  I know that by continuing to provide time we will develop more interventions for students who are struggling in school. With this in mind, we will continue to offer two, fifty-minute study hall periods on Tuesdays and Thursdays.  The bell schedule for next year is included below.

BELL SCHEDULE AND HOMEROOM/STUDY HALL:

2010-2011 Bell Schedule

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
1st:

(8:05 – 9:00)

1st:

(8:05 – 8:50)

1st:

(8:05 – 9:00)

1st:

(8:05 – 8:50)

1st:

(8:05 – 9:00)

2nd:

(9:05-10:00)

2nd:

(8:55-9:40)

2nd:

(9:05-10:00)

2nd:

(8:55-9:40)

2nd:

(9:05-10:00)

3rd:

(10:05 – 11:00)

3rd:

(9:45 – 10:30)

3rd:

(10:05 – 11:00)

3rd:

(9:45 – 10:30)

3rd:

(10:05 – 11:00)

4th and Lunch

(11:05 – 12:35)

Study-Hall and Lunch

(10:35 – 12:05)

4th and Lunch

(11:05 – 12:35)

Study-Hall and Lunch

10:35 – 12:05

4th and Lunch

(11:05 – 12:35)

4th:

(12:10 – 12:55)

4th:

(12:10 – 12:55)

5th:

(12:40 – 1:35)

5th:

(1:00 – 1:45)

5th:

(12:40 – 1:35)

5th:

(1:00 – 1:45)

5th:

(12:40 – 1:35)

6th:

(1:40 – 2:35)

6th:

(1:50 – 2:35)

6th:

(1:40 – 2:35)

6th:

(1:50 – 2:35)

6th:

(1:40 – 2:35)

Classes on Monday, Wednesday and Fridays are 55 minutes long.  Classes on Tuesday and Thursdays are 45 minutes long.  The study halls are 50 minutes each. The study hall time will be used for cohort, the math mentoring program, silent sustained reading, ASB, assemblies and activities.  We will also be able to have grade level lunches on Tuesday and Thursday.

We will continue to evaluate schedules and calendars in the upcoming months.  All changes will have opportunities and challenges and it’s up to us to evaluate and maximize the strengths. What I am sure of is that we will work together to make things work for our kids.

We will have some staffing changes for next year and this means the loss of some wonderful teachers and friends.  Below are the staff members who are moving on:

Carl Chew – Science

Orleen Baugh – LA

Kimberly Reagan – LA

Dianne Siasoco – SS

Kristie Fowler – LA

Paul Cavendar – LA

Clayton Townley – Music

We have had the opportunity to hire two teachers for next year.  Please join me in welcoming Sara Hoofnagle and Al George to Eckstein.  Ms. Hoofnagle will be joining the 6th grade science team.  Al George will be a new PE/Health teacher at Eckstein.  Both were teachers at Summit K-12 and are excited to be at Eckstein next year.

We will keep you updated on any additional hiring that occurs this summer.

Have a wonderful summer and we’ll see you in the fall.

Best,

KW

EAC Funding Summary  -  2010/11 School Year
Description Department/Person Requesting 10/11 Budget Approved 10/11 Comments
Academic Staff Support
Library Assistant Kim Whitworth, Rebecca Wynkoop.  Admin + Library 5,400
Tech support, website costs, supplies Eric Miller, Tech. Committee 9,750
Main Office Assistant/Volunteer Coordinator 8,000
Academic Supplies/Equipment
Science supplies, including Brain Pop account Science Department, Emilie Mosko, Chair 3,000
Interactive Whiteboards Matt Brewer, Science and Jodi Gedansky, Special Ed. 2,240
Library – Replace books, Supplies, Discovery Education (online subscription) Rebecca Wynkoop, Library 7,500
HP LaserJet P2050 printer for mobile computer lab Eric Miller, Tech. Committee 550
Printer Cartridges Kim Whitworth, Admin 1,500
Classroom Supplies Kim Whitworth, Admin 5,000
Art Supplies Erin Shafkind and Mary Wellehan, Art 2,000
SS texts Josh Hanson, 6th grade SS teacher 1,000
Tools and seeds for EH garden Josh Hanson, 6th grade SS teacher 500
Readers and Writers Workshop LA Department, Tammy Clark, Chair 11,000
People on the Move (7th Grade) Grade Level Administrators 1,000
Eastern Hemisphere Museum (6th Grade) Grade Level Administrators 1,000
Building Needs
Music – Band/Orchestra Instruments, Repairs, Text Moc Escobedo, Music 4,000
Auditorium – projector, storage shelves and cabinets, microphones Moc Escobedo, Music 5,500
Counseling Center A/C R.A. Ziadeh, Counseling Center 436 This will be funded from 09-10 funds
Staff microwave Ann Peterson, et al., Main office 150 this will be funded from 09-10 funds
Electric Pencil Sharpeners Ann Peterson, et al., Main office 50 this will be funded from 09-10 funds
Miscellaneous
EAC Discretionary Fund All amounts rolling over from 09-10 in excess of $30K plus all amounts raised in 10-11 in excess of $72K will go to this fund.  In approximately January 2011, the EAC committee will decide how to allocate these amounts and whether to solicit mid-year requests for additional funding.
Principal’s Discretionary Fund Kim Whitworth, Admin 2,000
Emergency Supplies/Safety Committee Sharon Prueitt, Safety Comm 2,000
EAC Expenses
Postage, Paper, Printing 1,000
Rolling Budget to start Following School Year 30,000
Total for 2010-11 $103,940
Beginning Balance $30,992
Funds to be Raised $72,948

May 25, 2010

Dear Eckstein Middle School students and families:

I am writing to you today with important information about how Eckstein places student and staff safety as our top priority, and how we ensure a safe learning environment.

There have been reports in the media related to student offenders who attend schools across the State of Washington. It has been reported that one student sex offender attends our school.  That information is correct.

Seattle Public Schools complies with all laws and statutes that govern the enrollment of student offenders, including laws related to notification.

When the juvenile rehabilitation system has determined it is time for a student offender to continue his or her education within a school setting, then Seattle Public Schools develops a comprehensive plan to ensure a safe learning environment for all students.

SPS works very closely with the justice system, probation officers, the student, the school and parents/guardians to create an educational and safety plan including a behavioral contract. The behavior contract includes a commitment to attendance, academic and behavior goals. It could include restrictions that students must follow and is closely monitored. If the student is out of compliance, we work with family members, the student, probation officers and other community supports to correct the issue.

As the school leader, I also want to share with you that state laws determine who should and can be notified when a student offender enrolls in a school. In general, notification is prohibited. The exception is that principals have discretion to inform certain staff within the school for safety purposes. The extent of notification is established in the law. That means SPS is specifically prohibited by law from notifying other students, family or community members.

I am very proud that Eckstein has a safe and welcoming environment focused on student learning.  That environment has been created due to the dedication and commitment of everyone in our community.  Thank you for your on-going involvement in and support for Eckstein and for our students.

Please let me know if you wish to discuss this matter further.

Sincerely,

Kim Whitworth, Principal

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