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    Juneau's Journal March 22
    Posted on 03/22/2019

    State of the District: Excellence and Equity

    Mark your calendars for this year's State of the District: Excellence and Equity event, set for Tues., April 16 at the Broadway Performance Hall of Seattle Central College from 5:30 until 7 p.m. The program will highlight our awesome students, as the district shares progress and plans for the future.

    I will also recognize and celebrate individuals, partners, and our community's leaders who have been champions for Seattle Public Schools' students and families. A reception will be held at 5:30 p.m., with light refreshments and entertainment from the Rainier Beach High School jazz quartet. The one-hour program will begin at 6 p.m. and close with Nathan Hale High School’s choir. For questions or requests for interpretation, individuals are invited to contact the Office of Public Affairs at publicaffairs@seattleschools.org. Thank you to The Alliance for Education for partnering with us to showcase student and district achievements.A teacher in a classroom at Denny

    Denny International Middle School

    On Thurs., March 21, also known as World Poetry Day, I visited Denny International Middle School where I witnessed students immersed in Spanish dual language learning. In Ms. Olsen's classroom, students are treated to a weekly visit from local poet and educator Raul Sanchez. This Thursday, Sanchez led the young scholars in a poetry lesson on best practices to deepen and enrich their poetic language.

    Pathfinder K-8 School

    Superintendent Juneau with studentsHattie, Galazy, Cooper, and Xavion toured me through the halls of their school, Pathfinder K-8, sharing highlights about what makes their school a welcoming environment. In my classroom visits, I noted how educators teach to the whole child, incorporating social and emotional learning in their instruction.

     

    Arbor Heights Elementary School

    Superintendent Juneau with studentRounding out my weekly visits at Arbor Heights, Ms. Bill's fourth graders greeted me at the entrance of the school, presenting their well-written persuasion pieces on such topics as "Why umbrellas should be allowed on the playground" and "Why cats are the best pets." Truly excellent arguments for both. In Ms. Waldron’s Science Lab, kindergarten students were integrating science, technology, engineering, math, and art to craft games of their own design.

    Denise Juneau

    Corny joke of the week: Why was Pavlov's hair so soft? Because he conditioned it.