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Goodbye to the Seattle Bilingual Orientation Center

May 18th, 2009 by Miss Kitty

The Friends of the Seattle Bilingual Orientation Center (the school district’s newcomer school for immigrant and refugee students) are planning a Thank You and Goodbye party as the school leaves the old John Hay on Queen Anne and moves to Meany on Capitol Hill.  Pizza and ice cream, student art, ethnic dances, and a big thank you to the Queen Anne community. 

The party will be held Saturday, May 30th from 1:00pm to 4:00 pm at 411 Boston (Old John Hay).  All are welcome!  

For 10 years the school has been housed in the Old John Hay school on Queen Anne.  In September 2009 it will move into the former Meany Middle School on Capitol Hill.  SBOC will share that building with NOVA, an alternative high school. This decision to co-locate the program has been very controversial given the lack of best practices demonstrating benefits of co-location with an alternative program with very different goals and student population.  Friends have struggled with the Superintendent’s decision and board action to implement this change to the SBOC program. 

It is with great regret that the SBOC leaves the Queen Anne neighborhood.  Staff, students, and volunteers have appreciated community support, especially from the Friends of Old Hay. This neighborhood group worked for many years to create an outdoor learning center, basketball court, and pedestrian safety improvements on the site.

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