Saturday, April 10, 2010

Open thread

Discuss what you like!

12 comments :

Shannon said...

A VERY SHORT, HAPPY NOTE FROM MR. KING!
The school district has restored $45,322 dollars to our discretionary budget which allows us to hire both a .50 counselor and a .50 math specialist for next year. Thank you for all your letters and emails of support to school board members on our behalf.

Anonymous said...

Excellent news! Does anyone have an update on whether TM had funds restored?

Anonymous said...

Went to a parent gathering last night and it may have been just a fluke but a lot of the parents that showed up were single kid house holds. Any one know if APP tends to have no sibling students?

agibean said...

Most of my daughter's classmates have one or more siblings. I know of only one close friend she has who's a single. In the two years in APP we've seen tons of families with several kids but overall I don't know what the family populations are like.

On aother topic, the other board has a thread about the school board meeting the other night and reports that two APP families spoke up, very upset with Dr. Vaughan. Neither are native to this country. That's all she reported and no one filled in the details. Does anyone know about this, which school and why?

Anonymous said...

The 4/21 school board meeting is now posted on SPS TV.

ArchStanton said...

The 4/21 board meeting video is already up on the Seattle Channel (if the link works)

The two speakers agibean refers to are between 40:00 and 45:00 minutes in.

agibean said...

Thank you-the link worked fine!

hschinske said...

I thought the policy of making kids who'd taken early entrance repeat a grade had been abandoned. I'm quite disappointed to hear that it still goes on.

Helen Schinske

agibean said...

Our daughter was in the last group allowed in without repeating a grade if you were early entrance,(last year) according to Dr. Vaughan. I don't recall exactly what he said, but it was along the lines of kids being with age peers and maturity.

Our daughter was an early entrance kid and we've talked to parents whose kids DID repeat the year and others who didn't, with mixed reviews. We also heard of at least one early entrance child who went on to middle school and requested to repeat 5th grade as he did not consider himself ready. So I guess "it depends" is the real answer.

I can imagine the parents' frustration if they'd thought they'd be in one grade and learned they would not be.

hschinske said...

So they've brought the old policy *back* -- I see. I think that's just silly, especially as if anything the degree of accelerated curriculum in APP is less than when the policy was previously in force.

Naturally there are always going to be a few cases where a student is better off repeating a grade for whatever reason, but that's absolutely NOT something there should be a blanket policy about. If ever there were a situation that called for careful individualization, this sounds like it.

They used to strongly recommend that late-summer-born babies repeat a year, though I don't think they were ever able to enforce that; has anyone run into that attitude recently?

Helen Schinske

Anonymous said...

Well, upon our arriving in APP, it was suggested by our daughter`s teacher (4th grade) [hat because of her age we move her back to her age grade. We refused but as I said in my other post we were not the only early starters who`d run into that. BTW I am agibean but can`[ seem to use Open ID on my phone to post.

Shannon said...

My son is a late summer birthday and started 3rd grade last year. I asked staff and the tour about doing 2nd grade again (he had done well but was not in an academic program) and they were very clear: children who were in the calendar year for their grade should not repeat a grade. However, if you 'held them back' at K that is fine to 'make' them older for their grade.