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    Juneau's Journal Jan. 18
    Posted on 01/18/2019

    The Time is Always Right to Do What's Right

    On Mon., Jan. 21, the nation will celebrate the legacy and life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Our schools will be closed, and many throughout Seattle and this country will be spending their time in service of others to honor the vision of Dr. King. A profound figure in the United States and across the world, he is remembered most for his integral role in the modern civil rights movement and his work to end racial segregation and discrimination in America.

    I continue to be inspired by the vision put forth by Dr. King, and the countless men and women who stood beside him in solidarity and in hope for a better future, particularly for the youngest among us. I know that Seattle Public Schools is poised for greatness, in part because of the commitment to and solidarity for racial justice and equity in this community. As we remember Dr. King, let us not forget that “the time is always right to do what is right.”

    School Visits

    School visits this week included trips to Middle College at Seattle University, Montlake Elementary, and Stevens Elementary.

    Superintendent Juneau in classroom at Middle CollegeMiddle College High School

    With three separate locations, Middle College provides high school students with a small learning environment, a college focus, and a bridge between college and high school. At the Seattle University location, I appreciated the chance to hear from young scholars about how their needs were served in this unique setting. Senior Erin, graduating in two weeks, shared that Middle College was a great fit for her because it gave her the space to think about her studies through real-world application from a social justice perspective. Families can learn more about Middle College this Saturday, Jan. 19 at the Admissions Fair.

    Student artMontlake Elementary School

    Principal Pearson led me around Montlake Elementary School, where I noted the out-of-this-world visual impact of art educator Jennifer Lundgren. The hallways and classrooms were full of students’ artwork and their creative interpretations of the world and themselves. I was also fortunate to see during this visit the (fun fact) second oldest boiler in the entire city. If you haven’t already seen the levies informational video featuring Montlake’s historic boiler, I highly encourage you to watch it and meet Lan Duong, the incredible custodial engineer who keeps the school safe and warm all winter long.

    Stevens Elementary School

    I received a warm welcome from 5th grader, Lily, at Stevens Elementary School at the last stop of the tour. Listening to Principal Fitch talk about the Stevens school community, it is evident that the neighborhood school has an active community of dedicated families and educators that are passionate about making sure that students’ needs are being met.

    In other news, next Tues., Jan. 22 will be the last broad community information meeting for the upcoming 2019 levies. It will be at Rainier Beach High School from 7-8 p.m. We will continue to provide school-specific presentations through the beginning of February. Additionally, there are still opportunities to share your feedback in-person and online for the 2019 Strategic Planning process. Read more about the community meetings and feedback opportunities.

    The success of our district can only be achieved in partnership with you. I truly appreciate and have treasured the ongoing opportunities to learn in a community that places such value on excellent educational experiences for all students.

    Denise Juneau

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