Thursday, May 3, 2012

Another open thread

What else is on your mind, APP parents?


juicygoofy said...

SPS website has posted enrollment waiting list information which shows a few students on the APP waiting list for Lowell (and Hamilton.) How is that possible? I thought APP enrollment was guaranteed.

(See enrollment/registration page and click on "waiting list information".)

lendlees said...

Most likely a Washington Middle School service area student OR someone who registered AFTER the deadline.

Anonymous said...

They could be assgined at TM or WMS and want to go to Lowell or HIMS.

Anonymous said...

It's probably one of two things.

1. parents turned in paperwork after the enrollment deadline


2. families from the TM or WMS area who prefer Lowell or Hamilton

L@L parent

Anonymous said...

I know a family of an APP qualified child who did not enroll her into L@L because the child protested. Now, the child is agreeing, so, they turned they form in to register, but open enrollment is closed, so, they are wait listed.

Anonymous said...

WMS has two waitlisted 6th grade APP kids -- Hamilton has three waitlisted APP kids -- why don't they just switch them out so the first two on the waitlist get in?

-simple enough :)

Anonymous said...

Sign the transportation petition:

Anonymous said...

hi there,

i don't follow these blogs or forums so this might be redundant: what is the location plan for the APP program at Lowell going forward? does the district have something solid in mind for these kids or is it a wait-see?

also, is it true that APP at Lowell is going to experiential learning soon? can anyone elaborate?


ChristineBee said...

Hello, we try to organize meet ups for incoming TM families living in West Seattle over the summer. If you are interested, add yourself to the thread in the WSB Forum under schools and we will keep you posted.

We haven't set up a group yet and we won't get any contact data from the school, so this seems to work best for now.

Lori said...

The latest proposal is that L@L would stay at Lincoln thru 2017 and move into the new Wilson-Pacific building when it's built. Of course, this depends on the BEXIV levy passing. And, on enrollment sort of stabilizing because if current growth rates were to continue, by 2017, I supposed it's possible that we wouldn't fit into that building and would need to be split again. The latest number for next year is 530 kids (versus 430 this year).

The school has been piloting project-based learning in several classes. Not sure if that's what the writer meant by "experiential learning" or not. My child's teacher piloted a science unit that went over really well this year. My child came home several days bursting with excitement, sharing with me what was going on, and saying things like, "I can't wait to go back to school Monday and work on my project." Seriously, that is so *not* her typical banter at home about school! So I have been really excited about it.

The goal is to integrate more PBL into the curriculum moving forward. Notably, when this was presented by the teachers at the last PTA general membership meeting, one long-time parent spoke up about how wonderful this is because it seems that elementary APP is getting back to its roots. After the split, the eviction, growth, etc, it feels like we are finally getting some of the stability we need. We have a group of really enthusiastic teachers who work well together and want to try new (or should I say "old"!) teaching methods that work for our population.

There's a lot of doom and gloom on this blog sometimes. But I don't see it or feel it. I'm really enthused about the program, and I see it only getting better in the years ahead if we stay on this path.

Anonymous said...

thanks, lori; lowell APP sounds much better after reading your note.

we are at jane addams and they are excited to support APP learners in their building so we are staying put for the time being.

thanks for your positive insight!