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    State of the District: Equity and Excellence
    Posted on 04/04/2019
    Graphic for event with photo of Superintendent Juneau and text "Equity and Excellence"

    State of the District: Equity and Excellence

    Tues., April 16, 5:30-7 p.m.

    Seattle Central College
    Broadway Performance Hall
    1625 Broadway, Seattle, WA 98122

    Seattle Public Schools Superintendent Denise Juneau invites you to a student-centered celebration of district progress and plans for our future. Evening celebrations will include recognition of schools, community partners, and individuals who have partnered with the district to support students in achieving their dreams.​

    Reception will begin at 5:30 p.m. Doors will open to the auditorium at 5:50 p.m. and the 1-hour program will begin at 6 p.m. The event will include performances by Rainier Beach High School String Quartet and Nathan Hale High School Vocal Jazz Choir.

    Event hosted in partnership with the Alliance for Education.


    Superintendent Juneau will honor those in our community and schools who have paved the way for the next phase of our work.

    Mercer Middle School for their high-quality teaching and learning.

    Seattle Teacher Residency for their efforts to diversify the educator workforce.

    Marcus Mosby, Hawthorne Elementary School cafeteria manager, for his commitment to student success.

    Bounma Thongdymanyvong, head custodial inspector and specialist, for his dedication to strong districtwide operations.

    Community partners and individuals who hosted Listening and Learning Tour sessions, strategic plan engagements, and participated on the Strategic Plan Advisory Committee, for their commitment to partnership and building a longer table.

    Marcus Mosby – Cafeteria Manager at Hawthorne

    Marcus Mosby, better known as “Mr. Marcus,” is the cafeteria manager at Hawthorne Elementary. Described by colleagues as the “life of the cafeteria,” Marcus knows all of the students and keeps them in line, but always has a smile. When students walk into the cafeteria, there’s always music playing (students will give him a hard time if there isn’t any music, especially if the Disney music isn’t playing during breakfast). While making the rounds at lunch, Principal Scott noticed a student with his shoes off. She asked why his shoes were off, and the student remarked, “that food was so good, I had to take my shoes off.” When asked what meals the students liked the most, there were many options: spaghetti and meatballs, nachos, BBQ chicken, pancakes, mashed potatoes, and burritos were some of the responses. Marcus said, “The food is just as important as the education – you have to eat to learn.” He said that the reason he comes to work is to continue the great work of his late mother (who also worked in the cafeteria at Hawthorne Elementary) and for the students. Thank you, Marcus!

    Bounma Thongdymanyvong– Head Custodial Engineer

    Originally from Laos, Bounma Thongdymanyvong will be celebrating 19 years with Seattle Public Schools this September. In between his office at the John Stanford Center and providing custodial assistance to the 102 schools in the district, Bounma keeps plenty busy – sometimes working a 14-hour day. His duties include staffing and assisting with school custodial work at night, filling in for custodians when needed, and visiting schools for maintenance and custodial needs when additional support is requested. Despite his busy schedule, Bounma says working for Seattle Public Schools is the perfect job for him. “I like to help the kids have a good place to learn,” he says with a smile. As he walks through the halls, he is greeted and thanked by students, especially in the lunchroom. Bounma’s work is greatly appreciated and honored here at the district. Thank you, Bounma!

    Community Partners

    Since Superintendent Denise Juneau’s start with Seattle Public Schools (SPS) in July of 2018, she has committed to building a longer table and working directly with parents, students, staff, and community partners to chart the district’s course. In fall of 2018, she worked closely with community partners to host an extensive Listening and Learning Tour. Superintendent Juneau met with over 2,500 people and participated in 21 community listening and learning sessions. Community organizations and individual representatives designed key aspects of the Listening and Learning tour, supporting authentic and deep engagement with Superintendent Juneau. Partners who regularly work with the district set up culturally responsive meeting spaces and structures, provided translation services, and ensured that culturally-specific food was provided. Partners also advocated for representation on the Strategic Plan Steering Committee bridging the Listening and Learning tour and creation of the district’s draft strategic plan. Once the draft was completed, it was brought back out into many of the same communities for refinement. On April 3, 2019, the Seattle School Board unanimously approved a bold plan that reflects the values of our community, families, and partners. SPS honors everyone who participated in this crucial work and for their commitment to partnership, educational justice, and building a longer table.

    Seattle Teacher Residency

    The Seattle Teacher Residency (STR) is an innovative teacher preparation program and partnership between the University of Washington Department of Education, Seattle Public Schools, the Alliance for Education, and the Seattle Education Association. Founded in 2012, STR provides new educators a full year of preparation to teach in high poverty schools in Seattle with a strong focus on “in field” learning. With 101 alumni and counting, STR provides a strong teacher pipeline for our city’s schools. STR’s intentional focus and support of diverse teacher candidates directly aligns with the district’s strategic goals and students’ requests for educators that “look like them” and have similar lived experiences. As the work to diversify the teacher workforce becomes even more critical to student success, STR is needed now more than ever. Thank you to Seattle Education Association, the University of Washington, and the Alliance for Education for your collaboration and partnership!

    Asa Mercer International Middle School

    The moment you step through the doors at Asa Mercer International Middle School, you see awards and recognitions that the school has received over the years. Once you step into a classroom, it’s easy to see why the school has been so highly decorated and celebrated. Asa Mercer reflects the best of Seattle. The student body mirrors the rich diversity of the city and is home to students from over 27 countries and 37 languages. Equity and inclusion center everything taking place in the school. There are books piled high on shelves that are as diverse as the student body, students are seen working in collaboration, and teachers are providing support – even to students that they don’t have in their classes. “It’s a collaborative atmosphere and energy between teachers – we love to work together!” said Mrs. Haber, a 7th grade English language arts teacher. No matter who you talk to, Principal Carter is brought up in conversation. From his support of teachers and their professional development, to his focus on equity and inclusion, to his unfailing belief in success for every student, Principal Carter fosters the exceptional teaching and learning that occurs at Asa Mercer. As a teacher at Asa Mercer for 6 years and a principal for 7, Principal Carter says that he has a “moral obligation to set students up for success – we believe in all kids, and we get to know all kids.” He is inspired by the passion that students have for learning once they’re set up to succeed. Thank you, Principal Carter, and the entire staff at Asa Mercer International Middle School for your leadership and exceptional example for all schools.