This summer Ballard-ites can grab an opportunity to host one of 15 Japanese junior high school students and in exchange share with them the American culture while at the same time learn about Japan and its way of living.
The students will be staying in Ballard from July 14 through Aug. 3.
“We’re looking for families in the Ballard area who are interested in hosting a Japanese student for three week this July,” said Kristen Ramirez, resident of Ballard and coordinator of Compass USA. “These students are traveling from their homes in Japan to learn about American customs and culture by staying with a Ballard-area family.”
Compass USA has been around for 19 years and is based out of Colorado, Ramirez said. They’ve brought a lot of international students to the Puget Sound and this will be the first time they’ve hosted students in Ballard, she said.
Grants totaling roughly $9 million from local and national foundations were announced for Seattle Public Schools today.
The grants will go toward college readiness, staff development, and data and performance management in support of the district's five-year strategic plan.
The plan, Excellence for All, aims to raise achievement of all students by providing students and teachers with the resources they need to succeed, such as college ready work and stronger professional development opportunities.
The grants come from:
$7.2 million from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
$1.2 million from the Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation
$308,000 from the Boeing Company
$254,000 from the Stuart Foundation
The goal is to set measurable targets for improving academic performance and closing the education gap, including increasing the college-ready graduation rate, according to the district. Today, fewer than one in five graduates of Seattle Public Schools meet the requirements to enroll in a four-year college.
The Seattle School District is considering changing school-start times district-wide that would be made effective this September.
A presentation was made to the School Board on March 4 regarding the potential changes.
Pending board approval, K-8 schools, middle schools and high schools would all start at 8 a.m.; and elementary schools would start at 9:15 a.m. Other changes are also recommended that would shorten ride times for many students.
A School Board vote on transportation standards is planned for March 18. Further study of start times and customer satisfaction with transportation services will be undertaken by a Transportation Services Task Force.
Last year, Seattle Public Schools requested an external review of transportation services in order to receive feedback on what is working well and what needs to be improved. Among other findings, the reviewers noted that school districts across the nation coordinate start times to maximize effectiveness of transportation services and to provide consistent service to students and families.
They recommended that Seattle Public Schools consider this change, according to the district.
The Ballard High School drama department will be performing "Grease" as its spring musical beginning March 12.
The show begins at 7 p.m. March 12, 13, 14, 19, 20 and 21. Tickets are $12.
Click the above photo for more images from a dress rehearsal of the musical.
The sports landscape this spring at Ballard High School is going to look very different from 2008. Four teams have new head coaches and one senior took it upon herself to found girls lacrosse at Ballard.
Senior Krista Nelson decided to form a lacrosse team at the school for her senior project because the project is supposed to be something the student is passionate about, she said.
Along with a few other Ballard students, Nelson played high school lacrosse at Roosevelt until this season.
Nelson said there seemed to be a lot of interest at the school, and 25 girls showed up for the first team meeting.
Coach Lise Martin has 14 years of playing experience and more than seven years of coaching experience. Ballard is the fourth brand new team she has been involved in founding.
Martin said she is not surprised there was such a showing of interest at Ballard because lacrosse is the fastest-growing sport in the counry.
There is a lot of experience and work ethic on the team, and being new can help the team, she said.
Seattle Public Schools will hold its quarterly community meetings to discuss updates on the district's Strategic Plan, high school math materials adoption, Student Assignment Plan, and other issues.
The community meetings will provide updates on progress of the Strategic Plan and an opportunity to discuss key topics with the community. Included will be updates on high school math materials adoption and development of the new Student Assignment Plan.
All staff, families and community members are welcome. Interpreters will be available. Dates, times and locations are as follows:
Saturday, March 21, from 10 a.m. to noon , John Stanford Center, Auditorium , 2445 3rd Ave. S.
Tuesday, March 24, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Urban Impact, Main Office, 7728 Rainier Ave. S.
Thursday, March 26, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Ballard High School, Library 1418 N.W. 65th St.
Presentations, handouts, feedback and other information from previous community meetings are available under the Engagement section of the Strategic Plan Web page.
Thursday, March 12 the Chief Sealth High School Parent Teacher Student Association will host a "Multicultural Night," with doors opening at 5:45 p.m.
President Leslie Menstell made the announcement recently and said the event will include a buffet-style dinner of "ethnic dishes"
Some groups scheduled to perform are breakdancing, Filipino, krump/stomp, Latino Dance, poetry, Polynesian, Mariachi, Vietnamese. There will be a silent auction and cash raffle.
Native or cultural attire is suggested. Also, learn about international programs for students. Tickets are $7 per person and free for Chief Sealth students, families and children under 7. Tickets are limited and cost $10 at the door.
Chief Sealth is located at 5950 Delridge Way S.W.
Call the ticket hotline at 1-800-838-3006. For more information email email@example.com.
Both Concord Elementary School and Denny Middle School celebrated their diverse student bodies and new international curriculum at Concord this morning.
At 10 a.m. first grade students, both native Spanish-speakers and those new to the language, took a math class entirely taught in Spanish, as a part of the school’s dual-language immersion program. Meanwhile, upstairs in Concord’s media center elementary students enjoyed watching Denny Middle School’s steel drum band and saw their own class mates perform a native Cuban dance.
Superintendent Maria Goodloe-Johnson and West Seattle School Board director Steve Sundquist were on hand to offer their congratulations to both Denny and Concord.
“We are committed to making ‘Excellence for All’ the standard across the district,” said Goodloe-Johnson. “It is important to understand cultural diversity so that our students might graduate to be competitive globally.”
Denny and Concord will both see changes in their curriculum this fall.
After the Seattle School Board voted to approve the final recommendations for capacity management and effectively close schools across the city, design teams are now being formed as part of the next steps of the district's Capacity Management Plan.
A Programmatic Design Team is being formed for each site directly impacted by the proposed closures and program relocations. Additional teams will support the students and staff at the programs that are discontinued.
In West Seattle this includes Cooper Elementary School, which will be closed, and Pathfinder K-8, which will be relocated to the Cooper building.
The school district began to address imbalances in classroom capacity across the city as it faced a $24 million deficit.
Third graders at Westside Elementary School have been carving this totem since September.
Celina DeJong (pictured above), and her classmates have been studying Native American culture with Teacher Joe Tutch, and the totem was designed to reflect the traditional Northwest Native American story “Raven Steals the Sun.” The artwork will be sold at Westside’s Annual auction on March 7 to benefit the school.