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    Juneau's Journal April 19
    Posted on 04/19/2019

    From the Bus Stop to the Board Room

    I want to personally thank each and every one of you that made it out to State of the District: Equity and Excellence this last Tuesday, April 16. We had a packed house at the Broadway Performance Hall at Seattle Central College and I feel fortunate to be in a community that truly values public education and the continued success and growth of our district.

    The evening was a celebration of student voice, an opportunity to honor our community partners, recognize staff, and boldly confront our challenges and lay out a new vision for the district – to unapologetically work towards educational justice. Thank you to the incredible students who made the night memorable: Leschi Elementary School’s Student Race and Equity Team and Rising Sons representatives; the Rainier Beach String Quartet and Flute Trio; Student Advisory Board representatives – Myhanh Wong and Angelina Riley; and the awesome Nathan Hale Jazz Choir. It is because of our students’ wisdom and courage that I can confidentially state the future of the district is optimistic and poised for great things.

    While we celebrated success for many of our students on Tuesday, we have a long way to go before we can truly celebrate great educational outcomes for EVERY student. We must push ourselves to be better and do better. We must transform the district to meet the needs of students furthest away from educational justice.

    I ask you to join us as we make Seattle Public Schools a national leader in racial equity and excellence. It will take courage, but I know in Seattle we have the knowledge, resources, and abilities to provide each and every student the education and future they deserve. From the bus stop to the board room, it is up to all of us to make sure our young people can realize their hopes and dreams.

    We can do it. Together.

    If you weren't able to attend this year's event, you can watch via the link below including videos of individuals, organizations, and community partners honored at State of the District.

    Thank you to Seattle Central College President, Sheila Edwards Lange for hosting us, the Alliance for Education for sponsoring the event, and City Year for making the event so welcoming. We couldn’t have done it without you!

     

    Louisa Boren STEM K-8

    Superintendent Juneau talks with a teacher in a classroomSchool visits this week took me to the West side of the city. Walking the halls of Louisa Boren STEM K-8, you will notice immediately the evidence of project-based learning as a key focus for the school community. Technology educator, Ms. Schmick, modeled the student lab after Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) media lab; complete with student access to coding, engineering, media arts, and so much more.

    Fairmount Park Elementary

    A student writes at a whiteboard in a classroomFairmount Park was completed thanks to the support of Seattle voters (BEX IV project) and was such a pleasure to visit. While at the school, I learned about ways educators are supporting students in making gains in reading. Partnering with parents, reading at home is highly valued as a lever for student success. At the school, students are making gains through reading interventions, making on average a year's worth of growth. Outstanding! Way to go Fairmount!

    West Seattle Elementary

    Superintendent Juneau talks with a student in a school hallwayI was honored to meet with ten student leaders who shared the highlights of their school experience at West Seattle Elementary. When asked about their favorite part of the school, scholars spoke about their appreciation of their teachers, the welcoming culture and inclusive environment, and the diversity of the school's population. Hearing from West Seattle educators, it was evident that teacher collaboration is a strong aspect of creating the community that students spoke so highly of.

    Denise Juneau

    Corny jokes of the week: Did you hear about that new restaurant called "Karma"? There's no menu - you just get what you deserve.