Math Adoption – Call to Action!

The PTA was unanimous that Schmitz Park continues our Singapore Math program and not change math curriculum this September. Whether that will be an option is unknown. Members of the School Board, families and our own staff are in favor of allowing schools like Schmitz Park to keep their Singapore Math-based curriculum. But is that enough? Attend a critical community meeting with Marty McClaren on Saturday May 31st 10AM-12PM at Southwest Branch Seattle Public Library, 9010 35th SW.

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At this point, with a Board vote pending on June 4th, our best route forward will be to urge the District to implement a dual adoption where schools can choose envision or Math in Focus (Singapore Math-based program). Advocating for all students in all schools to have the opportunity to use Singapore Math gives everyone access to a math program we know teaches kids math. However, we need a contingency plan to preserve the commitment to our math legacy at Schmitz Park. Our waiver for the past 3 years expires in June and there is no sign from the District that they will allow us another one. Families should voice their concerns about what they believe is best for their students by emailing our school leaders. We ask that they support our choice and respect our investment.

Those leaders are:

Marty McClaren (Seattle School Board) martha.mclaren@seattleschools.org

Shauna Heath (Executive Director, Curriculum and Instructional Support) slheath@seattleschools.org

Michael Tolley (Assistant Superintendent for Teaching & Learning) mftolley@seattleschools.org

Please contact Emily Giaquinta at capacity@schmitzparkpta.org with questions or comments on how you can further advocate for our school.

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