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Monarch News
Picture Day, Wednesday, October 8

Picture Day is Wednesday, October 8, 2014. Watch for information to come home in September. Individual student pictures will be taken as well as class group pictures. Students are not permitted to wear hats, spaghetti straps, or costumes.

Retakes for individual pictures will be Thursday, November 13.  SMILE !

Parent VOLUNTEERS ARE NEEDED on both dates.  If you are available for a morning shift on October 8 or November 13, or the afternoon on October 8, please email helpatmaple@gmail.com


Parent University for Math in Focus

Seattle Public Schools is excited to announce a terrific opportunity for busy families to learn more about our new elementary math program, Math in Focus.

Math in Focus trainers will

 share the framework for the Singapore approach, the basis for the Math in Focus program.

 provide strategies families may use at home to support students in their learning.

When:

Thursday, October 9, 6:30 – 8 p.m.

Where:

 Eckstein Middle School Auditorium

 Washington Middle School Lunchroom

 West Seattle High School Auditorium

 Whitman Middle School Auditorium

 Van Asselt Elementary School Auditorium

5 locations around the district

Meet Superintendent Dr. Larry Nyland

Seattle Public Schools Interim Superintendent Dr. Larry Nyland to host meet and greet opportunities for families, students, staff and the community

Dr. Larry Nyland, who was appointed by the School Board in June to serve as Interim Superintendent, has outlined several opportunities this fall to meet with community members.
These informal gatherings will include a few short remarks from Dr. Nyland, followed by time for an open question and answer period.
“I look forward to continuing to get to know our students, families, staff and community members,” Dr. Nyland said. “I want to hear from our school communities about what’s going well in our schools, where we can improve and how I can best serve this school district’s mission of ensuring every student graduates prepared for college, career and life.”

The following one-hour informal meetings are open to the public:
·         Monday, September 29 from 6-7 p.m. at Neighborhood House 6400 Sylvan Way SW Seattle, WA 98126 (Spanish, Somali, Vietnamese interpreters will be available)
·         Tuesday, September 30 from 6-7 p.m. at New Holly Community Center, 7054 32nd Ave S Seattle, WA 98118 (Spanish, Somali, Vietnamese, Tagalog interpreters will be available)
·         Wednesday, October 1 from 8:30-9:30 a.m. at John Muir Elementary, 3301 S. Hornton St., Seattle WA 98144 (Spanish, Somali, Vietnamese interpreters will be available)
·         Monday, October 27 from 6-7 p.m. at Yesler Community Center, 917 E Yesler Way Seattle, WA  98122 (Spanish, Somali, Vietnamese, Tagalog, Tigrigna interpreters will be available)
·         Tuesday, October 28 from 6-7 p.m. at Northgate Community Center, 10510 5th Ave NE Seattle, WA 98125 (Spanish and Somali interpreters will be available)

For American Sign Language, please send an email 72 hours in advance to Bernardo Ruiz bjruiz@seattleschools.org


New Principal at Maple Elementary

Dear Maple Elementary School community,
 
Today I am excited to announce that Elena Sanchez has been appointed as the new interim principal at Maple Elementary. She replaces your current principal, Pat Hunter, who will be retiring on August 31st.
 
For the past two years, Ms. Sanchez has been the assistant principal at Maple Elementary. Prior to that, she was a teacher and mentor teacher at Maple since 2006. As evident in her eight years at Maple, Ms. Sanchez has demonstrated great commitment to the Maple community. She considers herself truly privileged to be a part of the Maple family and to have served the Maple community as a teacher and assistant principal. And now, she is looking forward to serving Maple families and staff as interim principal.
 
Ms. Sanchez received her Bachelor’s Degree from Western Washington University. She received her Master’s Degree in Education from Seattle University. She then received her principal certification from the Danforth Program at the University of Washington. As is our practice with an interim appointment, the Maple staff and community will have an opportunity to provide feedback on Ms. Sanchez’s work this coming year. In January/February, we will decide if a search needs to be conducted for a permanent principal, or if Ms. Sanchez will be converted to permanent status. Elena Sanchez mentored under Pat Hunter, who served as the principal at Maple Elementary for the past 14 years.
 
Ms. Pat Hunter has served students, staff and families in the Seattle Public Schools for the past 25 years, beginning her career as a Samoan tutor and as PTSA president at the old Whitworth Elementary School. Ms. Hunter taught at Madrona for eight years and was the head teacher at Graham Hill. Just before coming to Maple, she stepped in as interim principal at John Muir elementary school. Ms. Hunter is so proud to have committed her career serving the community in which she lives, and we wish her all the best in her retirement.
 
Maple Elementary is a Level 5 school – our highest performing level - thanks to the hard work and commitment of the staff, students and families. Maple Elementary is also a Level 5 school thanks to the strong advocacy and determined leadership of Ms. Hunter over the past 14 years. Under
Ms. Sanchez’s leadership moving forward, I am confident that Maple will continue in the “Maple Way,” with all students performing at the highest levels. Seattle Public Schools is as great as it is due to the passion and excellence of leaders like Ms. Hunter and Ms. Sanchez.
 
Please join me in applauding Ms. Hunter for her 25 years of service to the Seattle Public Schools, and join me in welcoming Ms. Sanchez as the new principal for Maple Elementary!
 
Sincerely,
 
Dr. Larry Nyland
Superintendent
Seattle Public Schools




Congratulations Maple School !

413 Schools Win State’s Highest Honor
Washington Achievement Award combines state’s Accountability Index and federal accountability criteria
 
OLYMPIA —A total of 413 schools are 2013 Washington Achievement Award winners. Winners were notified Monday via email from State Superintendent Randy Dorn and State Board of Education Chair Dr. Kristina Mayer.
 
The Washington Achievement Award is sponsored by the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction and the State Board of Education. Award winners are selected using the state’s Accountability Index and the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) Flexibility Waiver.
 
“It is important that we use the revised Achievement Index to not only provide feedback to schools and districts on their progress, but also to identify schools with exemplary student performance,” said Mayer. “These awards shine the light on what is working well in schools across Washington.”
 
Schools are recognized as top performers in one of six categories:
 
  • Overall Excellence
  • High Progress
  • Reading Growth
  • Math Growth
  • Extended Graduation Rate (awarded to high schools and comprehensive schools only)
  • English Language Acquisition
 
Dorn supports this collaboration. “So many schools in our state are doing good work to make a difference for kids,” he said. “These awards represent some of the best. It’s an honor to recognize them and celebrate their success.”
                                         
The award-winning schools will be honored at a ceremony on April 24 at Timberline High School in Lacey.
 
More information
·         WAA criteria and list of winners: http://www.k12.wa.us/EducationAwards/WashingtonAchievement
 
About OSPI                 
The Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) is the primary agency charged with overseeing K–12 education in Washington state. Led by State School Superintendent Randy Dorn, OSPI works with the state’s 295 school districts and nine educational service districts to administer basic education programs and implement education reform on behalf of more than one million public school students.
 
OSPI provides equal access to all programs and services without discrimination based on sex, race, creed, religion, color, national origin, age, honorably discharged veteran or military status, sexual orientation, gender expression or identity, the presence of any sensory, mental, or physical disability, or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal by a person with a disability. Questions and complaints of alleged discrimination should be directed to the Equity and Civil Rights Director at (360) 725-6162 or P.O. Box 47200, Olympia, WA 98504-7200.




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