Public Schools

Open enrollment dates for the Seattle Public Schools 2009-2010 school year begin Monday, March 2 and run through Tuesday, March 31.

Due to the capacity management/building closure process, the enrollment calendar for this year was adjusted from its January – February timeframe to March to ensure that families have time to consider options and to prepare registration and application materials prior to the rescheduled open enrollment period.

Tours in the northwest area of the city include:

Adams: 6110 28th Ave. N.W., (206) 252-1300
March 18 from 9:15 to 11:15.
Saturday Open House March 7 from 10 to 11:30 a.m.

Loyal Heights: 2511 N.W. 80th St., (206) 252-1500
Feb. 25 and March 4, 11, 18, 25 from 9:15 to 11:30 a.m.
Kindergarten Curriculum Night Wednesday, March 25 from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m.

West Woodland: 5601 4th Ave. N.W., (206) 252-1600
March 11, 19 from 9 to 11 a.m., March 5 at 7 p.m. (no childcare)

Whittier: 1320 N.W. 75th St., (206) 252-1650
March 3, 5, 10, 12, 17, 19 from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.


Krista Nelson, 18, received the 2008-2009 Boys and Girls Clubs of King County’s Ballard Youth of the Year Award and spoke to a crowd of 350 at Benaroya Hall Feb. 10 about the personal growth she experienced as a club member.

The Ballard High School senior has taken a leadership role with the school’s chapter of the National Honors Society. She also brought girls lacrosse to the school. Nelson volunteers Thanksgivings feeding the homeless at the New Horizon Ministries downtown, and last summer worked with a 7 year-old boy with Downs Syndrome.

“The summer flew by with challenges and successes with this boy,” said Nelson in her speech. “When it was all over, I thought that was it, that he was going to just be a reference to my work experience…That wasn’t the case. A week before the new school year started, Paul, his mother and father came to see me at work at Zeek’s. To see Paul’s face light up when he saw me making his pizza brought joy to my eyes. I realized (working with him) wasn’t just another job.”

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Steve Shay

Ballard High School senior, Krista Nelson, was one of 11 finalists for the 2008- 2009 Boys and Girls Clubs of King County Youth of the Year Award competition.

Fighting against the mistreatment of dogs in Washington’s puppy mills, Theresa Edwards and Audrey Long, two seventh-graders from Whitman Middle School have spent two years getting involved in Washington’s legislature to create a bill to protect these neglected animals.

Edwards first wrote to Senator Jeanne Kohl-Welles and other 36th District legislators two years ago regarding the issue of puppy mills in Washington State.

As of late January the Seattle Times reported nearly 600 dogs in Snohomish and Skagit counties were seized in raids. The dogs were sick, matted, standing in their own feces and left without food and water. They were deemed to be in need of immediate medical care.

According to the Humane Society, “Puppy mills are breeding facilities that produce purebred puppies in large numbers. Often puppies are sold directly to the public via the Internet, newspaper ads, or at the mill itself. In other cases they are sold to brokers and pet shops across the country.”


Two Chief Sealth High students, along with four others from Seattle Public Schools, has been selected to attend the National Academy Foundation’s Annual Gala in New York City on Feb. 24 through 26.

The prestigious event will be held at the Waldorf-Astoria, with a concert by the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra taking place at Carnegie Hall as part of the gala. Each student was recommended by their Academy teachers because of their leadership, academic success, and being highly involved in their programs.

Mohamed Mohamed, a junior at the Chief Sealth Academy of Hospitality and Tourism and Michelle Tran, also junior at Sealth's Academy of Finance program were selected

Mohamed entered the academy as a junior, taking both the INTRO and the 11th grade classes to complete the requirements.  He is one of the top students in the 11th grade Academy of Hospitality and Tourism.

Tran joined the Academy of Finance because business is one of her top options for majors in college.


Rachel Dejneka, a junior at Ballard High School, along with five other Seattle Public School students, has been selected to attend the National Academy Foundation’s Annual Gala in New York City on Feb. 24 through 26.

The prestigious event will be held at the Waldorf-Astoria, with a concert by the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra taking place at Carnegie Hall as part of the gala. Each student was recommended by their Academy teachers because of their leadership, academic success, and being highly involved in their programs.

Dejneka was selected by her teachers to represent Ballard at the Gala because of her enthusiasm and her commitment to Ballard's Academy of Finance program, according to the district.

“I want to congratulate these students for their hard work, their leadership and their outstanding accomplishments,” said Superintendent Maria Goodloe-Johnson. “Our academy programs challenge students to meet high academic standards in all subjects, including math and science, while equipping them with knowledge and skills that will serve them well in college, career and life."

Bothell up next in double-elimination tournament

The Ballard High School boys basketball team lost their first ever KingCo 4A playoff game to Issaquah High School Feb. 17.

The sixth-seeded Beavers lost to third-seeded Issaquah 60-41, but are still alive in the double-elimination playoffs. The team will face Bothell High School in a loser-out game at 3 p.m Feb. 20 at Juanita High School.

Ballard was able to stay close early against Issaquah, down by one point at the close of the first quarter and by eight at the end of the half.

The Beavers hung in for the third quarter, but couldn't close the gap, and Issaquah was able to put the game away in the final quarter.

Ballard moves on to face Bothell, who finished the regular season with an 8-8 conference record (9-11 overall), and lost to Inglemoor in the first game of the playoffs.

Bothell and Ballard split their regular season games, with Bothell winning 45-42 Jan. 9 and the Beavers exacting revenge with a 61-39 drubbing of Bothell Feb. 9.

This is the first season the Ballard boys basketball team has made the playoffs since moving from the Metro league to KingCo 4A.

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The Seattle School District is inviting students, staff, families, and community members to review and comment on Grades 9 through 11 core and advanced math materials being considered for use in classrooms next school year.

The set of materials will be available for review through Feb. 27 at the John Stanford Center library. In-class student focus groups will also be held at several high schools.

The district aims to have an “aligned curriculum,” which means that students in any one grade are held to the same expectations so learning builds as students advance from one grade level to the next, according to the district.

In 2006, Seattle Public Schools adopted the CMPII math curriculum for all middle schools and Everyday Math, augmented with Singapore Practice, in 2007 for elementary schools.

The adoption committees have been meeting since December 2008 to screen math materials. Committees are composed primarily of high school math teachers, representatives from English Language Learning, Special Education and Advanced Learning, a high school administrator, a college math professor and three family/community representatives.


The Whitman Middle School girls basketball team, undefeated through the regular season and the playoffs, was trounced by Meany Middle School in the city championship game Feb. 7.

The Meany Jaguars outran and out-shot the Wildcats on the way to an impressive 61-39 victory.

Whitman coach Mary Williams said she is proud of the hard work and effort her players put into the season.

"The girls are happy with their season and I'm proud of them," she said. "They are disappointed of course because they came out here to win."
Whitman fell into an early 8-0 hole after the Meany defense forced a number of steals and prevented the Wildcats from getting anywhere near the basket.

Imani Bender got Whitman on the board with a lay-up and would go on to have a monster first half, scoring 10 of Whitman's 20 first-half points and contributing more than a couple huge rebounds.

Bender was named player of the game for Whitman.

The Wildcats found themselves behind by 11 at the half and would never pull closer than 10 for the rest of the game.

Williams said her team had a hard time keeping up with Meany on their fast breaks, covering their outside shooters and rebounding.

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Michael Harthorne

A HUGE EFFORT: The Whitman Wildcats lost in the championship to Meany Middle School, but Imani Bender, looking to score in the first half, had a monster game and was named player of the game for Whitman.

The girls and boys basketball teams at Whitman Middle School each completed a perfect season with wins Feb. 2.

The playoffs started Tuesday and both teams entered as number-one seeds.

"I'm expecting to go the championship," girls coach Mary Williams said. "I can say that with confidence."

Michael Johnson, coach of the boys team, said he expects good things for the team in the playoffs as long as the players can stay poised and focused, something that can occasionally be difficult for eighth-graders.

"The only team that can beat us at this point is us," Johnson said.

Success is not new for the Wildcat girls, usually placing first or second according to Williams.

She said the girls team is doing well this season because it has a lot of experience due to the excellent development of basic skills in community leagues, but also because the players bonded and work well together.

"We make sure that even though they come from different groups in the school, they play well together," Williams said.

Williams said she prides herself on her defenses, and it is the team's defense that has helped it win games.

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Michael Harthorne

Whitman Middle School player Jalen McGruder looks for the hoop while driving against Washington Middle School Jan. 29.

The Whitman girls basketball team defeated Washington Middle School 38-22 Feb. 5 and will move on to play Meany Middle School for the city championship.

In the second game of the playoffs, the Whitman Wildcats started slowly and were stymied by Washington's zone defense, but were able to pull away in the second half, coach Mary Williams said.

"Once we turned on our defense and started rebounding, it made a big difference," she said.

The undefeated Whitman girls play the championship game at noon Feb. 7 at Franklin High School.

The boys team did not fare as well in their second-round playoff game and fell to Hamilton Middle School 60-55 in a close, intense match-up.
It was the first loss of the season for the boys.

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