Monday, April 30, 2018

HCS Advisory Committee Meeting Tomorrow

May meeting of the Highly Capable Services Advisory Committee will take place tomorrow TuesdayMay 1, 6:30 - 8:00 pm - at the John Stanford Center, Room 2700. You can check in at the Security Window for access to the 2nd Floor.

The agenda will include:

- Update from Advanced Learning Office
- Update on the new Advanced Learning Task Force being formed
- Capacity concerns at Robert Eagle Staff Middle School

The final meeting this year will take place:

June 5, Madison Middle School, Library

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Advanced Learning Task Force being formed

The Advanced Learning Task Force provides a District-recognized forum for the parent community and agencies that support children’s advanced learning needs, including Highly Capable.

Role of the Task Force

The primary responsibility of the Advanced Learning Task Force is to provide Seattle Public Schools with parental and community agency perspectives on Advanced Learning and Highly Capable services, including current operation and management, policies, proposed changes, future plans, and goals.
The Advanced Learning Task Force will present its findings, recommendations, and opinions in a final report to the Superintendent. The final report will include a review of all projects and activities, as well as all recommendations of the task force.

Family and Community Representation

The task force will include up to 20 members appointed by the superintendent or his designee.

A minimum of one-third of the members will be parents of children currently designated as advanced learner or highly capable (HC) and/or parents of children who hold the designation of advanced learner or highly capable.

The balance of the council will include: parents of non-advanced learners and non-highly capable children, students, staff representatives, agency personnel, civic groups, and college or university personnel who have an interest in advanced learning and highly capable services for students in Seattle Public Schools.

Expected Timeline

Advanced Learning Task Force is established as a task force to run for one full year. Term of office for members is set at one calendar year (May-May).

Applications are due by April 27, 2018. [Update: this is being pushed back.]

Official Link:

Lincoln High School Planning Team

There was a meeting on the design of Lincoln H.S. and announcements of several of the design team members. I don't see anyone representing Mathematics so I assume there will be some more folks named in the future.

  • John Fox  (ELA)
  • Jen Fox (Science)
  • Daniel Noyes (SS)
  • Michaela Peterson (Science)
  • Stephanie Taylor (ELA)
  • Katie Hathaway (Spanish)

I wasn't able to attend the in person meeting so if anyone who was there wants to offer up their impressions that would most appreciated.

Monday, April 23, 2018

SENG conferences coming up this Spring

We wanted to be sure you let your blog followers know about the upcoming SENG regional conference in Seattle (this is a first!  a great opportunity for families who can't travel to the annual SENG conference).  Also, we are putting on another workshop for parents of gifted children this June.  Thanks so much for helping to get the word out to all who might benefit.  Below are links, and I've also attached flyers if that's easier for you.


May 5Saturday:  SENG comes to Seattle!  Come learn and connect at this 1-Day SENG mini-conference right here in Seattle:

June 9,  Saturday:  Gifted Together hosts a half-day parenting workshop for parents of gifted and twice-exceptional children:  

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

School Assignment Results Available

The district has updated the school assignment lookup tool with the results of open enrollment:

If you haven't received notification of the results and you have your student id in hand you can check it here.

The overall waitlists are up as well:

Offhand: the waitlist at Ingraham is quite short so it looks like the district did expand the quota (or less people applied than normal) and there are some odd at least to me waitlists at Fairmount Park. I wouldn't expect that many non West Seattle families to have applied there.

[Update: I missed the AL notification that FP was full and some West Seattle families would be assinged to TM which explains the waitlist numbers there.]

Monday, April 2, 2018

April '18 Open Thread

The big news for the week and really the year as a whole is the pending announcement of the new superintendent.

HCSAC Meeeting

The April meeting of the Highly Capable Services Advisory Committee will take place tomorrow - TuesdayApril 3, 6:30 - 8:00 pm - at the John Stanford Center, Room 2700. You can check in at the Security Window for access to the 2nd Floor.

Remaining meetings this year will take place:

May 1, JSCEE, Room 2700
June 5, Madison Middle School, Library

College Accceptance Success Stories

I just heard from a friend that some of this year's IHS seniors have been accepted to Harvard, Yale, Stanford, Dartmouth, Penn and MIT.  Congratulations to all of these seniors.

[I'll add any other school/acceptance info that people post/send my way.]

Transportation Letter Snafu
If you've received a letter indicating your child was not eligible for bus service next year its probably in error and the transportation department will be sending out an update in the mail.

What's on your minds?