Thursday, October 29, 2009

APP Advisory Committee requests comments on split

The APP Advisory Committee is meeting on Tuesday, Nov 3 to discuss the APP split, "what is working well, what needs addressing, [and] questions."

They have asked for "your thoughts about the split regarding elementary schools" including "good things, questions, concerns, matters to work on, etc."

For Lowell, e-mail your comments to Geeta Teredesai (

For Thurgood Marshall, e-mail your comments to Rachel Miller (

A copy of the APP Advisory Committee request for comments is below:
The next APP Advisory Committee meeting is scheduled for

* Tuesday, November 3*
* Thurgood Marshall Elementary (2401 S. Irving St., Seattle, 98144)**
* 6:30pm* (note NEW time!)
Following last month's meeting on middle and high school issues, this meeting will focus on the APP program at the elementary school level at both Lowell and Thurgood Marshall (what is working well, what needs addressing, questions).

Your thoughts about the split regarding elementary schools are requested: good things, questions, concerns, matters to work on, etc. In order to include them in the meeting agenda, please email them to:
  • Lowell Elementary Parent Representative, *Geeta Teredesai*
  • Thurgood Marshall Elementary Parent Representative, *Rachel Miller*
All emails will be kept confidential.

The meeting will also include a presentation on *Twice Exceptional* students (students who are gifted and also have a disability). If you have a child in APP who has a Special Ed IEP, a 504 plan, or struggles with a medical, physical, emotional, ADHD, or learning issues and might need more help, please attend. Support, information, and advocacy groups are being formed. If you are interested in Twice Exceptional issues, contact *Stephanie Bower*

Parents of APP elementary students will also have the opportunity to speak informally with each other and with APP AC members from 6:00-6:30pm.

Resuming this blog

At Andrew's invitation, I am going to resume this blog. If anyone else is interested in being an author on Discuss APP, please contact me or Andrew.

Monday, October 19, 2009

The Future of this Blog

Last Spring, after the initial burst of energy related to the splitting of the APP elementary schools, I was drawn away from the blog by a series of other obligations and life changes. I had assumed that the blog would die a natural death as the issues on which I had posted slipped into history.

Well, I should have never underestimated the energy of this community. Throughout the summer and into the fall, I received a number of emails from folks who were still hanging around here, asking for more content. Several of those email offered to take over the blog, but in the end, no one followed through.

I think there is a desire for an APP Elementary School Discussion space and am happy to hand this blog over to someone with the time and the desire to maintain it. I am also happy to shut the blog down and allow someone else to create a new and different online discussion space for APP Elementary issues. If you would be interested in taking over this blog, joining this blog, or starting a new APP discussion blog, please email me at If I don't here from anyone interested in assuming one of those roles in the next month or so, I will take this blog down sometime around Thanksgiving to avoid giving occasional visitors the misimpression that I am actively managing it. For those of you still listening, thanks for checking in.