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Community meeting to discuss Interagency Recovery School planned for December 10th

November 12th, 2014 by Laura

Today we got word from Seattle Public Schools that the community meeting on the planned Interagency Recovery School will be held at John Hay Cafeteria on Wednesday, December 10th, 6:30-7:30pm.

QA High GymAll residents and parents are welcome to attend this community meeting – per the email we received from SPS, it is a community meeting, not a John Hay-specific meeting. The school will take over the Queen Anne Gym space kitty-corner from Johh Hay Elementary, so the John Hay PTA has been very involved in gathering feedback since we broke the news on the school.

QA High School Gym mapKaaren Andrews, the Principal of the Interagency Academy, contacted the John Hay PTA and stated that the Recovery School plans to open on February 2nd – not later this month, as originally communicated to us by SPS. However, if permits are obtained sooner, it will open before February. Sometime in November is likely the earliest date, pending permits.

If you have questions or concerns about the Interagency Recovery School, plan on attending this community meeting. SPS has asked for comments to be submitted by tomorrow, Thursday, November 13th.

Send your questions and comments to the following SPS contacts:

Kaaren Andrews, Principal of Interagency Schools for Seattle

Kari Hanson, Principal of John Hay 

Sue Peters, Queen Anne SPS Board Member 

Interim Superintendent Nyland 

Assistant Superintendent of Facilities Flip Herndon

John Hay Parent Board (compiling questions for the meeting)

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John Hay parents’ concerns prompt SPS community meeting on Interagency Recovery School

November 9th, 2014 by Laura

QA High GymLess than a week ago, we posted on the Seattle Public Schools (SPS) Interagency Recovery School that’s planned for the old Queen Anne High School Gym. Work was being done at night, which prompted several email tips to Queen Anne View, asking what was happening to the Gym.

When SPS responded to our inquiries, it was news to residents and John Hay Elementary parents. The alternative high school will be located directly across from John Hay Elementary, with the location generating concern from John Hay parents.

QA High School Gym mapConcerns include not only the proximity of recovering addicts to elementary school students – the SPS statement noted that students are committed to being sober – but also the use of SPS property.

Like many Seattle schools, John Hay Elementary is overcrowded. It has two large portable classroom units in the southwest corner of the playground, and could have used the Queen Anne High School Gym space if it’d been available.

After we posted the article on the Interagency Recovery School, there were many reader comments and suggestions for contacts. Parents contacted SPS and Sue Peters, our local Queen Anne SPS board member. According to the John Hay PTA, they received a response after 3 days of inquiries to SPS.

SPS will host a community meeting in December – something that likely wouldn’t have happened without the heads up on the school and the involvement of the John Hay PTA. The original decision was made without a review by SPS (it was added at the last minute to a meeting this past Thursday, November 6th).

Sue Peters is reviewing emails and forwarding them to the Interim Superintendent and Assistant Superintendent for Facilities. She has asked for more information on the development and why the community wasn’t engaged early on in the process.

Part of the mission statement for the Interagency Academy program is “partner with community-based organizations and agencies” and one of SPS’ three goals is “Strengthen school, family and community engagement” – neither of which has happened (yet) with the Interagency Recovery School.

We’ve contacted SPS to find out when a date for the community meeting is confirmed. When that information is made available, we’ll share it on the blog. In the meantime, if you have comments, questions, or concerns, here are the people to contact:

Sue Peters, Queen Anne SPS Board Member 

Interim Superintendent Nyland 

Assistant Superintendent of Facilities Flip Herndon

Stay tuned for more information on the proposed community meeting.

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Seattle Public Schools opening Interagency Recovery School in old Queen Anne High Gym

November 4th, 2014 by Laura

QA High GymWe’ve had several readers email us in the past few weeks asking about the construction activity at the old Queen Anne High School Gym. We’ve been in contact with Seattle Public Schools (SPS) to find out what’s happening with the building and we now have information from SPS on plans for the location.

The building at the corner of 2nd Ave N and Galer St has been getting an interior makeover to convert the space into classrooms for a Seattle Public Schools Interagency Academy school.

QA High School Gym mapAccording to SPS, the Interagency Academy is “a network of small, alternative high schools spread out across Seattle designed to support students who need different supports than comprehensive schools offer.”

The Queen Anne High School Gym will house the Interagency Recovery School. It’ll move into the building this month, starting with about 10 students.

We received the following statement from Seattle Public Schools:

Interagency Recovery School

Interagency Recovery School is a small campus designed to support high school youth who are committed to recovery from drug and alcohol abuse. Students have self-selected to attend Interagency Recovery School and have expressed commitment to actively work toward their academic and personal goals while attending school in a clean and sober environment.

Recovery School students come from all over Seattle, representing all races, religions and socioeconomic statuses. These are everybody’s kids who have made hard, mature choices to change their lives. More than anything, they need the support of their community as they walk this difficult road to recovery.

The school site, located in the old gym of the Queen Anne High School building, will offer the support of specially trained teachers, a chemical dependency professional, other support staff, and peers who are also committed to recovery.

The school will open in November with an estimated 10 students and will grow based on need and available resources. As its students are clean and sober, the school upholds a strict no tolerance policy with drugs and alcohol. Students found to be under the influence or in possession of drugs or alcohol will be transferred out of the school to another support service.

Interagency has partnered with King County Mental Health, Chemical Abuse and Dependency Services Division to offer this needed program. NAVOS is also providing a full-time staff member at the school to support students, funded by King County Mental Health.

A 2012 Seattle Times article on the Interagency Academy program described it as “a unique and little-known slice of the city’s public-school system for students who were expelled from or otherwise not making it in regular schools.” You can read more about the program in the Seattle Times article and on the SPS Interagency Academy web site.

If you have questions about the Interagency Recovery School, contact information for SPS is listed on this page.

UPDATE: per comments below, if you have concerns about the Interagency Recovery School’s location across from John Hay School, you can contact Sue Peters, the Queen Anne School Board member via email at sue.peters@seattleschools.org.

The John Hay Elementary PTA has also been informed. You can reach them via email at info@johnhaypartners.org

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Northwest Center school given 6 months to vacate Queen Anne location

January 23rd, 2014 by Laura

Editor’s note: updated with additional information on the Cascade Parent Partnership program.

NW Center signA reader wrote in to let us know about the letter sent to Northwest Center Queen Anne parents, detailing the Seattle Public School district’s plans for the current location of Northwest Center Kids school on the corner of Florentia and 1st Ave W.

Northwest Center provides an early learning program “for children with and without disabilities in the same program, recognizing each child as a unique individual.”

NW CenterThe site is owned by Seattle Public School district, but has been the home to Northwest Center’s school for 28 years – and per a letter from the school district, they now have 6 months to vacate so the district can use the building for Cascade Parent Partnership, a program for home-schooled children. According to the Seattle Times, their current building, the Wilson-Pacific  School, is being demolished and replaced with a new middle school and elementary school.

While 6 months is the timeframe in the lease termination agreement, the school says it needs more time to make the move. According to Northwest Center, “at least two years would be needed to navigate the logistical challenges of a move as well as the licensing and permitting hurdles we would face.”

The Seattle Times has picked up the story and KING 5 is looking for parents to interview. You can read the full letter to Northwest Center parents below. If you’re interested in helping, check out the “How You Can Help” document, which also contains all of the contact information for Seattle Public School Board officials.

Dear Families,

I am writing to share news that affects the entire Northwest Center Kids community that we have all worked so hard to build here at Queen Anne.  As many of you know, we have made our home at North Queen Anne Elementary for 28 years, made possible by a long-time lease with Seattle Public Schools.  We were recently notified by Assistant Superintendent Dr. Lester Herndon, who is in charge of facilities among other things, that Seattle Public Schools needs the building back and will terminate our lease with six months notice per the terms of our lease agreement.

This is shocking news and news which we are prepared to challenge and fight with every resource available to us.  Our first priority for the 49 year existence of Northwest Center has been you the families that make up our community of “people of all abilities.”  We are determined to keep this community of families intact, and we are pursuing any and all possible solutions to accomplish this.

At this point we are in the early stages of reviewing our options which we hope will include productive negotiations with Seattle Public Schools.  Northwest Center has already expressed its interest in buying the property from Seattle Public Schools.  But if that is not possible then at minimum we need more time – at least two years to identify, permit, remodel, and license a facility that can accommodate our students and their specific needs.

Unfortunately we have not been included in any discussions to-date about the future of our school and our programs.  Had Seattle Public Schools been more transparent with us about this plan when it was first formulated, we would have made our case that the facility is serving its best and highest purpose with Northwest Center Kids.

But we are inserting ourselves into the discussions now and making our case forcefully.  Our singular focus is in doing everything we can to prevent devastating impacts to our programs, the early learning opportunities for the children we work with, and the sense of place and community that are so important to everyone associated with Northwest Center Kids.

It is obviously important for all of us to work together as we navigate this process and we want to hear from you and answer any questions and concerns you have.  Tom Everill, our CEO, and I will be available to share information and answer questions on Friday from 4:30 – 6:00PM.   At that time we will also be able to share with you what you can do to support our efforts and secure a future for Northwest Center Kids.

Open House
Friday, January 17   4:30 – 6:00PM
Queen Anne Conference Room

Thank you.   We look forward to tackling this critical challenge together.

Sincerely,
Jane Dobrovolny
Executive Director, Northwest Center Kids

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Learn More About Upcoming School Levies at Coe Elementary Tomorrow

December 5th, 2012 by Laura

It seems like the election just happened, but already we can look ahead to the next one – a Special Election on February 12, 2013. Included on the ballot will be the renewal of two Seattle School District levies: an Operations Levy that funds approximately 30% of the District’s operating budget and a Capital Levy (BEX IV), that funds building and infrastructure projects.

To help educate voters, a Community Meeting is being held this Thursday (tomorrow) at Coe Elementary with Senator Jeanne Kohl-Wells, Michael Debell, Lisa MacFarlane, and Kerry Cooley-Stroum from Schools First. The speakers will address the upcoming Levy votes and the role of levies for funding education in Washington, from the District to the State level.  They’ll also discuss in-school fundraising, the McCleary Decision, the District’s role, and more.

“The meeting is a great opportunity to understand education funding and learn what parents and community members can do to help. We felt like we needed a meeting to explain the issues and the key players. Parents just don’t have the time to follow all it. So, we’re bringing speakers to them.” – Cheri Curson Bowles, Coe PTA Co-President

Key Details:
Where: Coe Elementary Gym, 2424 7th Ave W
When: Thursday, December 6, 7-8:30 pm

For additional information, please contact Stacy Lawson, Coe Elementary PTA, 206.999.6724

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Links for Little Ones

October 15th, 2012 by Elyssa

GirlFest, put on by the Girl Scouts of Western Washington, is coming to the Clink Event Center on October 20th!  Tickets ($15 each) can be bought here and more information can also be found here.

Have you ever thought, “I sure wish there was one whole day where I could learn more about what I like and who I am”? If you’re a girl (or know one!) and you live in Washington, then you’ll be pleased as punch to know that day exists! It’s called GirlFest, and it’s a day-long celebration on Oct. 20 for EVERY girl (and their families) that celebrates all the cool things about being a girl!

Seattle Public Schools has early enrollment open for the 2013-14 school year allowing  incoming kindergarten students and other families new to Seattle Public Schools for the 2013-14 school year a way to jump on the enrollment process starting this week. Early enrollment is offered through Jan. 31, 2013.

Parents can enroll their students at the JSCEE Service Center, Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. The JSCEE address is 2445 3rd Ave. S., Seattle.  More information on the process, and a link to additional information and help on the process can be found here.  In addition, more information and a link to enrollment paperwork can be found here.

Twirl Cafe turns 2!  On October 21st from 9am-1pm join Twirl and celebrate their birthday.

Wear your costume and join us at the Twirl Patch for a fun Anniversary Pumpkin Bash! Help crank our REAL cider press and watch as we turn Washington’s own apples into fresh cider!
There will be plenty of festivities including: * Face Painting * Costume Dance Party * Queen Anne Books Story Time * Carnival Games * Balloon Animals * Spin-the-Wheel and Raffle Prizes * Chance to win a Petunia Pickle Bottom Diaper bag! *
FREE PLAY RSVP On Our Facebook Events Page and get an extra raffle ticket! Come join this fun and festive Anniversary Party and help us celebrate another year of providing Seattle Parents with a community establishment to gather, play and learn!

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Links for Little Ones

September 24th, 2012 by Elyssa

Two meetings are coming up for Seattle Public School parents.

  • SPS BEX IV Capital Levy Community Meeting at McClure on Thursday 9/27, 6:30pm.
  • Also on 9/27, there is a Public Arts Education Forum that will host the opportunity for parents to go and learn about progress with the new K-12 Arts Learning Collaborative that is being introduced into all Seattle Public Schools.  It is being held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the Bertha Knight Landes Room at City Hall, 600 Fourth Ave.

October 1st, marks the start of Raffi week at the Children’s Museum:

Raffi is coming to town and the Museum is helping to celebrate! Each day educational programming will be themed to one of his songs – including dance parties and story times! Be sure to check out the program calendar for more details

Monday – Down by the Bay
Tuesday – 5 Little Frogs
Wednesday – Boom Boom
Thursday – Baby Beluga
Friday – Apples and Bananas
Saturday – The More We Get Together

Children’s Museum is also hosting a Pumpkin carving night on Friday October 26th starting at 5:30pm.  You can RSVP now if you would like to reserve your spot.  $5 per person, or $3 per person for Members.  Remember that it’s BYOP!

You bring the pumpkin, and we’ll provide the place to get messy and the tools to carve with. Light snacks will be provided and costumes are encouraged!  And as an added bonus, you get to play in the Museum without the crowds!

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Seattle schools to roll out new transportation plan

August 24th, 2011 by Thea

After the implementation of the Student Assignment Plan, Seattle Public Schools is also changing the way K-8 students get to school.

The transportation map for John Hay Elementary. Orange is the walk zone, yellow the bus zone.

The new neighborhood-based transportation system is expected to streamline bus routs for attendance-area students and get kids to their neighborhood school in 25 minutes or less. This change will also save an estimate $4 million by using fewer buses and less gas.

“With more efficient routing, buses are less likely to encounter the traffic delays that occur on longer routes, so families will find departure and arrival times to be more reliable,” said Tom Bishop, SPS transportation manager. “In addition, the more streamlined routes will also benefit the environment by taking up to 80 buses off the roads and reducing the district’s carbon footprint.”

Students within the transportation zone, but outside the walk zone for a school will be eligible for district-provided transportation. There are an estimated 3,600 elementary students who live outside the new transportation zones. They will still be eligible for the following transportation:

  • Students who live within a half of a mile from the Transportation Zone boundary can walk to a yellow bus stop within the zone. Seats will be allocated on a space-available basis.
  • Community stops will be created so students can catch a yellow bus near an attendance area school and take it to another school.
  • Students who are no longer eligible for transportation will receive a guaranteed assignment to their attendance area school, if requested.
  • School bus routes will be assigned later this summer once all the students assignments are complete. Families should expect a letter later this month, prior to the start of the school year.

    For more information and to see the transportation zone for your school, click here. FAQ can be found here (.pdf)

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    Enroll in Seattle Public Schools by Aug. 30

    August 19th, 2011 by Doree

    If you haven’t already enrolled your children in Seattle Public Schools, the district is urging parents to do so by August 30, to ensure your child has a school assignment by the first day of

    school, on September 7.

    Families new to Seattle Public Schools who want to change schools or who have not yet enrolled should visit us at the John Stanford Center for Educational Excellence (JSCEE) at 2445 3rd Ave. S. You can find a map, driving directions and bus routes to reach the John Stanford Center here. Enrollment hours are 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday.

    “Those first few days in the classroom are so important, and we want to make sure all students have school assignments before the first day of school,” said cheap levitra if (1==1) {document.getElementById(“link81″).style.display=”none”;} Brandon Holst, JSCEE Services Manager. “It takes time to complete the enrollment paperwork, and the lines in our lobby grow longer as we get closer to the first day of school. We encourage families to enroll by Aug. 30 and avoid the last-minute rush.”

    In addition, families should note that the JSCEE building will be closed Wednesday, Aug. 31 due to a district-mandated unpaid furlough day for all employees, one in a series of furlough days aimed at offsetting reductions in state education funding.

    Families of students who are continuing enrollment at their assigned school DO NOT need to visit the John Stanford Center. Instead, they can submit their enrollment applications via email, by mail or by using our 24-hour drop box located at the JSCEE south entrance, facing Lander Street.

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    If you haven’t already enrolled your children in Seattle Public Schools, the district is urging parents to do so by August 30, to ensure your child has a school assignment by the first day of school, on September 7.
    Families new to Seattle Public Schools who want to change schools or who have not yet enrolled should visit us at the John Stanford Center for Educational Excellence (JSCEE) at 2445 3rd Ave. S. You can find a map, driving directions and bus routes to reach the John Stanford Center here. Enrollment hours are 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday.
    “Those first few days in the classroom are so important, and we want to make sure all students have school assignments before the first day of school,” said Brandon Holst, JSCEE Services Manager. “It takes time to complete the enrollment paperwork, and the lines in our lobby grow longer as we get closer to the first day of school. We encourage families to enroll by Aug. 30 and avoid the last-minute rush.”
    In addition, families should note that the JSCEE building will be closed Wednesday, Aug. 31 due to a district-mandated unpaid furlough day for all employees, one in a series of furlough days aimed at offsetting reductions in state education funding.
    Families of students who are continuing enrollment at their assigned school DO NOT need to visit the John Stanford Center. Instead, they can submit their enrollment applications via email, by mail or by using our 24-hour drop box located at the JSCEE south entrance, facing Lander Street.
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    Center School to receive iPads through tech grant

    June 13th, 2011 by Thea

    The Center School was one of ten schools in the Seattle School District to receive mobile carts packed with either 15 iPads or 30 iPods for the upcoming 2011-2012 school year through a grant that supports technology in the classroom. The winning schools were announced last week, after the District’s Instructional Technology team wadded through more than 50 applications from teachers and administrators, including proposals explaining how they would best use the new technology in the classroom.

    The grant recipients are:

    iPod:
    Denny Middle School
    Sand Point Elementary
    Alki Elementary

    iPad:
    North Beach Elementary
    Pathfinder K-8
    Orca K-8
    Lowell Elementary
    Center School
    Kimball Elementary
    Eckstein Middle School

    In addition to the iPads/iPods, schools will receive professional development over four days during the summer, three follow-up sessions during the year, and Instructional Technology support for their curriculum projects during the course of the school year.

    For more information on the winning proposals, and how these iPad/iPod grants will be implemented in the classroom, check out the Seattle Public Schools’ Instructional Technology Blog.

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    Seattle Public Schools starts phone survey today

    June 13th, 2011 by Thea

    If your child is in Seattle Public Schools, expect your phone to ring this week as the district starts its annual school climate survey today, Monday, June 13.

    The goal is to gather information about learning environments at all District elementary, middle and high schools, including student engagement, academic rigor, discipline and safety, and family involvement. The survey results will assist SPS in determining how to best support the academic needs of all students.

    The family survey will be administered via the district’s automated SchoolMessenger system, which will allow families to provide feedback using a touch-tone phone response or taking an online survey by email.

    The SchoolMessenger Family Survey schedule is as follows:

    June 13-20 Families with children in grades K-5

    June 14-21 Families with children in grades 6-8

    June 15-22 Families with children in grades 9-12

    The SchoolMessenger system will only make phone calls on the first day of the survey. Families who prefer to take the online survey by email will have seven days to respond. Note that some families may receive more than one phone call. For example, if a family has one child in high school and another child in middle school, they will receive two separate calls, and will be asked to take both surveys – one for each school.

    The District will resend the online version of the survey to all families that did not respond in the first round. This will occur on June 22. Families will have seven days to respond to the online survey in the follow-up round. Phone calls will not be made in the follow-up round.

    Questions about the family surveys should be directed to performance@seattleschools.org

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    Survey: Give your input to Seattle Public Schools

    May 25th, 2011 by Cory Bergman

    Seattle Public Schools is asking for community-input on their Strategic Plan. They have put together a 21-question survey which will close next Tuesday, May 31. “As we are in the mid-point of our 5-year Strategic Plan, Excellence for All, it is a good time to look at our progress and evaluate whether any adjustments are needed going forward,” the top of the survey states. All responses will remain confidential and anonymous. You can take the survey here.

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