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Seattle Public Schools Interim Superintendent Dr. Larry Nyland to host meet and greet opportunities for families, students, staff and the community
Dr. Larry Nyland, who was appointed by the School Board in June to serve as Interim Superintendent, has outlined several opportunities this fall to meet with community members.
These informal gatherings will include a few short remarks from Dr. Nyland, followed by time for an open question and answer period.
“I look forward to continuing to get to know our students, families, staff and community members,” Dr. Nyland said. “I want to hear from our school communities about what’s going well in our schools, where we can improve and how I can best serve this school district’s mission of ensuring every student graduates prepared for college, career and life.”
The following one-hour informal meetings are open to the public:
- Tuesday, September 30 from 6-7 p.m. at New Holly Community Center, 7054 32nd Ave S Seattle, WA 98118 (Spanish, Somali, Vietnamese, Tagalog interpreters will be available)
- Wednesday, October 1 from 8:30-9:30 a.m. at John Muir Elementary, 3301 S. Hornton St., Seattle WA 98144 (Spanish, Somali, Vietnamese interpreters will be available)
- Monday, October 27 from 6-7 p.m. at Yesler Community Center, 917 E Yesler Way Seattle, WA 98122 (Spanish, Somali, Vietnamese, Tagalog, Tigrigna interpreters will be available)
- Tuesday, October 28 from 6-7 p.m. at Northgate Community Center, 10510 5th Ave NE Seattle, WA 98125 (Spanish and Somali interpreters will be available)
For American Sign Language, please send an email 72 hours in advance to Bernardo Ruiz email@example.com
Dear Leschi Families,
Welcome back to the 2014-15 school year! I am so excited to begin our second year together.
We are working to fill our open staffing positions. Ms. Jamillah Bomani has joined us as the new Office Assistant, please introduce yourself and welcome Ms. Bomani to the Leschi community. Mr. Merhatsion Haile will be our Custodial Engineer and he starts at Leschi on Wednesday, September 24.
We are excited to continue our work with the Seattle Teacher Residency Program. This is our second year to participate in this initiative. It is a partnership with the University of Washington, the Alliance for Education, and SPS. The Seattle Teacher Residency follows the model of urban teacher residency programs in cities such as Boston, Chicago, and Denver. Residency programs successfully apply the medical residency model to teacher preparation. By blending classroom apprenticeship with aligned graduate-level course work and an intensive resident/mentor partnership, residencies aim to accelerate student achievement through the training, support and retention of excellent teachers. Please welcome the following Residents to Leschi:
Megan Isakson working with Mrs. Trudel
Zoe Kunkel- Patterson working with Mrs. Gardner
Samantha Lowe working with Ms. Chin
Marisol Morales working with Mrs. Savage
Jacob Schmitt working with Mrs. Diaz and Mrs. Snyder
Danny Stark working with Mrs. Guzman
Mary Suazo working with Mrs. Diaz and Mrs. Snyder
Sarah Trapp working with Ms. Staab
We are also excited to be starting a partnership with Therapeutic Health Services (THS) this year. We have a mental health counselor, Ms. Keya Drechsel, on site Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. She will work with Mr. Donaldson to support students on social, emotional, and behavioral skills. They are in the process of organizing social skills small group services for approximately 60 students at Leschi. We are looking forward to partnering with THS to help all of students establish skills that will help them be academically successful at Leschi. Ms. Drechsel is also available to work with families and students on an individual basis. These services will only occur if we contact and receive permission from the families, or if families are interested they can initiate services through Mr. Donaldson or Ms. Drechsel.
Additionally, all of our classrooms have developed their classroom charters as part of our social and emotional intelligence learning program called RULER implementation.
Ruler is an acronym that stands for:
Recognizing emotions to obtain valuable information about themselves and their environment
Understanding the causes and consequences of emotions to predict behavior
Labeling emotions to describe feelings precisely
Expressing emotions to communicate effectively and in socially appropriate ways
Regulating emotions to promote learning and personal growth, including healthy relationships
In order to write classroom charters we asked students the following three questions:
How do we want to feel in our classroom?
What actions will we take to help ourselves and others feel those feelings?
How will we solve conflicts?
These charters will guide class meetings throughout the year. Additionally, we will teach students how to identify the emotions they are experiencing by utilizing a tool called the Mood Meter.
Please remember to ask your child about his/her classroom charter.
We will continue to share information about the Common Core Standards and our new assessment system, Smarter Balanced.
Here is some quick information about the new Smarter Balanced assessment:
The Smarter Balanced tests are aligned to Common Core career and college readiness standards.
These are required by the state and replace the state’s Measurements of Student Progress (MSPs) in Grades 3-8 for reading, writing and math, but not the science MSPs. Those stay in place for Grades 5 and 8 for now.
Each Smarter Balanced assessment includes a “performance task,” or a longer prompt designed to reflect real life that requires a multi-step solution with written support.
• The Smarter Balanced tests will be given in late spring.
For more information go to www.smarterbalanced.org, where you can view sample prompts and take practice tests.
Additionally, at Leschi we are participating in the mClass Beacon interim benchmarks to prepare for the Smarter Balanced assessment. Here is some information about that assessment:
There are three brief benchmarks – in September, November and February – will be offered for reading, writing, and mathematics. We are currently completing our first round of this assessment.
Each benchmark will take only about an hour.
No preparation from home is required except to do your best to ensure your student attends.
• The benchmarks will replace MAP tests this year in order to alleviate overtesting.
I look forward to partnering with staff, students, and families to make this a great school year for every student!
Volunteering at Leschi
Seattle Public Schools is grateful for each parent and community member who contributes to the success of students. We have thousands of volunteers who work in a variety of capacities in Seattle Public Schools. There many ways to volunteer. Seattle Public Schools Policy No. 5630 recognizes the valuable contribution by volunteers. In order to provide students with a safe environment and allow for a variety of opportunities for volunteering.
All volunteer work must be done under the direction of an assigned teacher, site volunteer coordinator, principal or vice principal.
For the 2014-2015 school year, Seattle Public Schools is now requiring the following for all Volunteers at Leschi Elementary:
** All volunteers are required by Seattle Public Schools to do the following:
Volunteering Check List: Complete these first.
- Volunteer Application
- Background check (WATCH)Screening Form
The background check must be approved by administration before being allowed to participate.