Monday, November 5, 2018

November '18 Open Thread

I'm copying this announcement over for this month:

"Due to increasing enrollment and growth in the northwest region, the Robert Eagle Staff Middle School and Licton Springs K-8 campus is unable to accommodate the number of students assigned in future years. Two classroom portables were already added for the 2018-19 school year, and student enrollment is expected to increase. 
In addition to serving neighborhood students, Robert Eagle Staff is a Highly Capable Cohort (HCC) pathway school, serving students who live in the Robert Eagle Staff and Whitman middle school service areas. This cohort of students is also growing.
Student enrollment growth in the region and growth of the HCC population has resulted in building capacity constraints that need to be addressed. District staff have been exploring options to address these capacity challenges. 
Potential options will be shared with families at two upcoming community meetings. No decisions have been made. Staff will share scenarios being considered, answer questions, and listen to your feedback. 
Potential options:
*Create an additional Highly Capable pathway at Whitman Middle School and assign students receiving Highly Capable (HC) services to Robert Eagle Staff Middle School and Whitman Middle School based on where students live. HC eligible students living in the Whitman attendance area would receive HC services at Whitman, and students living in the Robert Eagle Staff attendance area would continue to receive HC services at Robert Eagle Staff. 
*Move Licton Springs K-8 school to the Webster School building in Fall 2020. As a result of this move, both Licton Springs and Robert Eagle Staff would have their own buildings rather than be co-located. 
*Make Licton Springs a K-5 school given the lower enrollment at grades 6-8. 
*Adjust Olympic View Elementary feeder pattern so that all Olympic View students would be assigned to Jane Addams Middle School rather than the current split of Olympic View between Robert Eagle Staff and Jane Addams Middle School. 
The same information will be presented at both meetings. 
Wed., Nov. 7, 2018
6:30–7:30 p.m.
Robert Eagle Staff Middle School Commons
1330 N. 90th Street, Seattle 
Tues., Nov. 13 2018
6:30–7:30 p.m.
Whitman Middle School Library
9201 15th Avenue NW, Seattle 
Any changes will take effect in school year 2019-20 if approved by the Seattle School Board. If you have any questions, please email"

What's on your minds?


Anonymous said...

Why are they so intent upon moving or splitting HCC, when they could just as easily adjust the size of the neighborhood school boundaries, as everyone suggested they were going to need to do when they decided to add Licton Springs to the RESMS building that was already slated to be both a neighborhood school and an HCC pathway?

Typical Monday

Megan Hazen said...

I believe this is a good opportunity for us to advocate for what HC students need:

1. a cohort to ensure availability of classes and peer interactions
2. a specific description of what HC service means, including class progressions and differentiated goals
3. a consistent implementation of that description - this will mean the district must step back from principal autonomy to ensure that every school with an HC program offers the same service

Valeri Makam said...

Just came back from the meeting at REMS today, I think the board and decision makers will look at other options. Keeping LS at the REMs site was heard loud and clear as well as having other options on the table, some that came up were

1. Whitman as HCC
2. Moving Greenwood elementary to WMS and Olympic View to JAMS
3. Moving LS to Cascadia and then having some Cascadia zoned kids to Decatur
4. Dealing with the space issues for another year until Webster opens up and moving Cascadia there
5. Fixing the space usage at REMS today for short term fixes to address the lack of LS class rooms -not close to this but apparently there is wasted space right now.
6. Cascadia 1-6

Benjamin Leis said...

Some capacity context: Webster will house up to 450 students once renovated.

Cascadia has capacity for 600ish depending on configuration.
Decatur has capacity for 340 based on the official estimates before the split occurred (That seemed a bit crowded at the time since 13 home rooms * 25 = 325 but its a starting point)

LS K-8 Size: 175
Cascadia ES Size: 512
Decatur ES Size: 246