Superintendent Maria L. Goodloe-Johnson, Ph.D. and the Seattle Council PTSA invite parents, guardians and family members to attend a regional meeting to discuss School Reports, which along with the second annual District Scorecard were released November 9.
DETAILS FOR SOUTHEAST SEATTLE MEETING:
- Event: Southeast Seattle Regional Community Meeting on School Reports
- Related schools: STEM@Cleveland, Rainier Beach, Interagency, South Lake, Aki Kurose, Mercer, Orca (K-8), South Shore (K-8), Beacon Hill Int’l, Dearborn Park, Dunlap, Emerson, Graham Hill, Hawthorne, Kimball, Maple, Martin Luther King Jr., Van Asselt, Wing Luke
- Date: Tuesday, November 30, 2010
- Time: 7:00 – 8:30 pm
- Location: South Lake High School (8601 Rainier Ave S, Seattle, WA 98118)
School Reports provide detailed information on how each school is performing and the progress being made. Factors include academic growth and student outcomes; student/family engagement; and school leadership, instruction and environment. The reports also provide an overview of what each school, with district support, is doing to increase academic performance and close the achievement gap.
Publication of School Reports means that the district is taking another step towards delivering on a promise made to the community as part of the strategic plan – to be transparent about and accountable for school and Districtwide achievement.
“These town hall-style meetings will kick off a discussion about this data, and how we can work together on building a cohesive strategy to improve our schools,” said Dr. Goodloe-Johnson. “We are at the beginning of the third year of implementing our five-year strategic plan, Excellence for All. The work we’ve done over the past two years has put in place the foundation on which student achievement can accelerate. We have made progress, but many persistent challenges remain and improvement takes time. To succeed, we must work together as a community. We’re listening, and we want to hear what you have to say about the school reports and ways to improve learning for all students in our schools.”
At these meetings families will have the opportunity to talk with district leaders, including principals and the Executive Director of Schools for the region, as well as leaders of the Parent Teacher Association of Seattle.
“We hope these meetings kick start a series of conversations – not just between the district and parents, but among neighbors and teachers, volunteers and civic leaders,” said Ramona Hattendorf, president of the Seattle Council PTSA, an association of non-profits that advocate for and support students. “We want every child to reach his or her potential, and we’re hoping to identify specific steps each of us can take to make that happen.”
Interpretation services will be provided at each of the meetings (see below), and light refreshments will be served. Child care will not be available, but books, drawing and coloring supplies will be provided.
Additional information about School Reports is available at www.seattleschools.org
Review the full press release and schedule of meetings here:
Regional Meetings School Reports Press Release
Highlight: South Lake High School is a beautiful building in the heart of the Rainier Beach neighborhood.
Most controversial: The Superintendant was not there.
Most suprising thing: That presentations by district officials dealt primarily with what was occuring inside the building. We all know by now they can’t do it alone, very little reference was made to how the community can help fill the gap.
New learning: That the whole story of what is occuring in a school building is not revealed through the report cards. Inspite of what the reports reveal there are fantastic students, teachers administrators and community partnes – this other picture needs to be revealed.
Possibilities for our Rainier Beach neighborhood: There are many, many people interested in pulling together to fill the gap state underfunding leaves. It’s said in Mercer Island and the north end when $100K is needed folk come together and raise it. But in the south end we can only raise $3K. I believe we can do better particularly when we take into account the fabulous work our CBO’s, churches and young entreprenuers do when raising capital. I believe we will do better from this point on, by being wholistic, inclusive and take advantage of the urgency and passion that exist.