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    Juneau's Journal Sept. 28
    Posted on 09/28/2018
    Superintendent Juneau with Mayor Durken and Mia Williams

    Together, We're Building a Longer Table

    Wow! I cannot believe September is almost over. I am so thankful for the students, families, and community partners who have taken time out of their busy schedules to meet and share their stories about Seattle Public Schools. I appreciate our community's commitment to making our schools a positive, nurturing, and rigorous learning environment for all students.

    During my first 90 days as superintendent, I have had the distinct honor of meeting so many members of our vibrant Seattle community. I have met with our partners at the City of Seattle including public libraries, the arts, and housing to discuss the strengths of coming together to pave a positive path for the next generation. Mayor Jenny Durkan and I celebrated the launch of sea.citi (Seattle's initiative through technology and innovation) with Aki Kurose Middle School principal, Dr. Mia Williams. I have also met with organizations that directly serve our students, such as City Year, the Alliance for Education, and United Way to learn how our partnerships serve students.

    Superintendent with community groupIn addition, I have had the privilege to meet with many community groups. I was warmly welcomed at a Somali Mother's Night Out event, shared a meal with the African American Family Gathering, listened and learned at an event focused on raising the voices of people of color hosted by Southeast Seattle Education Coalition and Asian Counseling Referral Services. I also met with the Muckleshoot Tribal Council and tribal education department to discuss their work with tribal youth and strengthening community. I look forward to continuing these important community conversations about Seattle Public Schools. Thank you for sharing your perspectives with me!

    Superintendent in a classroomAs of this week, I have visited sixteen of our schools and have loved meeting with our incredible administrators, educators, staff, and students. From Beacon Hill International Elementary, a dual language school with immersion in Spanish and Mandarin, to Kimball Elementary, a diverse multilingual building with a strong social-emotional learning program for students, I have seen the passion and commitment to teaching and learning that will continue to propel this district forward.

    In an effort to build a longer table here at Seattle Public Schools and to raise young people's voices, the application for my Student Advisory Board is now open! This advisory board will be formed of student representatives from each high school and will provide me and the district with unique perspectives, reflective of the district's diversity. Learn more about the Student Advisory Board.

    I would also like to extend a "Thank you!" to:

    • Seattle voters and our community for supporting the re-opening two newly updated schools: Loyal Heights Elementary and Roxhill Elementary at EC Hughes.
    • Our wonderful educators, the Seattle Education Association (SEA), and the Seattle Public Schools' joint bargaining team for coming together on a contract agreement. I am so appreciative of the work you all did together on behalf of students.

    I hope you'll join me at Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute next Tuesday, October 2nd for my next Listening and Learning session. This session will have a youth focused group meeting from 5:30-6:10 pm., and then a full community session from 6:30-8 pm. I look forward to continuing our work together to build a longer table, making sure community perspectives inform my thinking and decisions.

    For a full list of meetings, including language specific opportunities, read the Listening and Learning Session announcement.

    Corny joke of the week: Why was the broom late? It over swept.