Next Generation Science Curriculum – Raise the Paddle!

If you were unable to attend the auction, check out this video to learn more about our proposed science curriculum.

You can also learn more about our plan by visiting this page.

If you are still looking at ways to support Genesee Hill kids, this is a tangible way you can directly help create the very best learning environment possible for our kids!

 

 

 

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Registration for Spring Enrichment Classes and Study Club

Spring 2017 Enrichment (April 3 – June 16, 2017): Online registration for Spring enrichment classes will open on Tuesday, March 7th at 7:00 PM and close on March 12th at 5:00 PM. Class descriptions, days/times and fees are now available on the Course Descriptions page. Register here (link available March 7, 2017).

Spring 2017 Study Club (April 3 – June 26, 2017):  Online registration for the Spring session of Study Club will open on Wednesday, March 8th at 9:00 AM. Study Club will also be offered for early dismissal on May 10, during the gap week from June 19 – 23, and on June 26 (new last day of school).  Registrations will be accepted until all spots are filled. Register here (link available March 8, 2017).

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3rd & 4th Grade Parents – Help Decide Your Student’s Future Math Curriculum

Seattle Public Schools is beginning the process for evaluating instructional materials for grades 6 – 8 mathematics. An adoption committee will be formed, and its work will begin in March 2017 with the goal of having new instructional materials in use during the 2018-19 school year.

Apply now to Join the Grades 6 – 8 Mathematics Instructional Materials Adoption Committee

The committee will carry out the board-approved adoption process and come to a consensus in order to make a recommendation for instructional materials based upon objective evidence gathered during the process in accordance with Seattle Public Schools Board Policy. The goal is to select an adoption committee that represents the diverse perspectives and experiences of Seattle Public schools, students and families. The committee will be comprised of teachers and principals representing a range of buildings and programs, parents/guardians, community members, and the Seattle Public Schools Adoption Committee coordinators.

Responsibilities of Family/Community Representative(s)

  • Attend ALL scheduled meetings
  • Assist in reviewing prospective materials
  • Communicate to school community
  • Serve as a representative of your school community

Tentative Committee Meeting Dates

  • Round 1: March 21, April 18, May 2, May 16, May 30 (8:30-3:30 p.m.), June 13 (8:30 a.m. to noon)
  • Round 2: November-December meeting dates (TBD) ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

For more information

To learn more about the Grade 6 – 8 Mathematics Instructional Materials Adoption Committee or apply for adoption committee membership, please visit the adoption web page at: https://www.seattleschools.org/cms/One.aspx?portalId=627&pageId=17753733

All applications must be received by 9:00 a.m. on March 14, 2017.

To submit your application:

Applications may be:

  • Saved and emailed to ambox@seattleschools.org
  • Mailed to: Seattle Public Schools, Attn: Anna, Box MS-32-156, PO Box 34156, Seattle, WA 98124-1165
  • Or faxed to: 206-252-0179 – Attn: Anna Box

Thank you for your interest!

MS Math Adoption Application for FAMILY.pdf

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Outreach to Neighboring School Districts for Funding Advocacy

Do you have friends outside of Seattle who care about funding for public education? Please share the following information and actions they can take to support their schools.

Background:

The budget for 2017-18 school year is upon us and we don’t have the money to pay for the status quo because local levy dollars expire this year. We’re hit hard here in Seattle – but our legislators are already supportive. School districts throughout Washington state face MILLIONS of dollars in cuts next year if we don’t immediately pass SHB 1059 to let them use levies for one more year. The legislature is working on a comprehensive package to fund education in 2018 and beyond, but it won’t happen in time to avoid layoffs for next year! SHB 1059 has already passed in the house with bipartisan support, but is stuck in the Senate Ways and Means committee. We must usher this bill through to protect our kids education for Next Year. Budgets are due now, and schools are scrambling to make up the difference. Please send the information below to your friends and family that may be impacted. Tell them we need SHB 1059 passed NOW – to fund education for next year!

Want to spread the word and build support for strong school funding?

Please post the data above on your Facebook page and share with your friends and family. Seattle is set to finalize their budget for next year in March – if we don’t have a funding mechanism in place, we will lose librarians, nurses, specialists, teachers, and assistant principals. The broader education funding debate is underway – also on a deadline, also very important – and we’d like to work on that too. However, if SHB 1059 doesn’t pass by the end of March, independent of the bigger picture, we’re left with the broader debate solution on timing that will be too late (and super disruptive) for this next school year’s budgets… and contracts… and cuts.

If you’d like to continue with assisting our effort to fully fund education in Washington for all students, please email: angelacough@gmail.com

Time is of the essence. Thank you!

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2017 Red Carpet Gala & Auction – Cohort Packages

As we get ready for the biggest party of the year and the well-deserved celebration of our community, the Auction Committee needs your help!

Cohort packages you can get excited about

Every year, the cohorts raise money to seed a package for the live auction. This year’s packages are below, followed by their corresponding PayPal link :

  • Kinder: Great Wolf Lodge – Donate
  • 1st Grade: SIFF Red Carpet Experience – Donate
    (SIFF is the Seattle International Film Festival)
  • 2nd Grade: Seabrook Cottage – Donate
  • 3rd Grade: Vegas Weekend – Donate
  • 4th Grade: Instant Wine Cellar – Donate
  • 5th Grade: Raffle Cash Prize – Donate

Which Cohort will rally the biggest support this year?

Teachers: The Real Stars of the Show

I think everyone would agree that at the center of our success is our teachers and staff. Among the ways that we thank them for their commitment is to cover the cost of their tickets to this event. This year, money raised to support the cohort packages will also go towards covering the cost of staff tickets.

Success = Participation

If going to the auction isn’t your thing, donating toward the cohort package is a another way to contribute to our biggest fundraiser of the year. An average of $10 for each of their student will raise enough money to make a real difference for our community. If your situation allows you to help a little more, please know that your donation empowers to the PTA to make every child’s educational experience better!

Tickets

The secret to our success has always been our people, but it’s not really a secret. It’s our parents, educators and everyone else who comes together to make our school great. This year, we have intentionally shifted the focus to more party, and a little less auction. We will succeed with our fundraising goal by having more people there enjoying each other’s company. Tickets are still available here: Tickets

Donate an Item to the Auction

Do you or your business or someone you know have a valuable item to contribute to the auction? We are still in need of a few more things and would love to hear from you! Please email procurement@geneseehillpta.org or enter the item here: Donate an Item

Thank you!

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Take 5 minutes! Advocacy Needed Today: Levy Cliff Extension

We need your help, and it takes just 5 minutes!

We have moved quickly as parents to address the impending gap on funding available to Seattle Public Schools currently filled by existing levy funds. These funds are set to expire and if not extended, will leave our district short of funds to move forward with existing staffing levels next year. Earlier this week, the House passed Bill 1059 to extend the existing Levy authority one additional year to align with the State’s obligation to fully fund education by September, 2018. Now we need to encourage the Senate to do the same. We need to impress upon them the urgency and importance of doing so quickly, to avoid layoffs and program cuts across the State.

Please take 5 minutes to do one (or both!) of the following:

  • The legislature responds to numbers. Email legislators outside of the 34th district. Our legislators are already on board with the extension. We need to educate and inform those outside of this area, especially those materially impacted by the loss of levy funds if the Senate doesn’t approve this bill.
  • Legislators respond to voters. Forward, email, share this with anyone you know that lives in the districts below, especially if they have kids in schools that will be affected. Suggested script below.

Below, you will find contact info for the legislators we most need to reach. Together we can bridge the gap in funding until the legislature does their job to fully Fund Education for ALL Students in Washington. Thanks!

Key Senators to focus on, along with what they will lose:

  • Senator Zeiger (Puyallup will lose nearly $9M)
  • Senator Rossi (Bellevue will lose $10M, Lake Washington $4M, Redmond $4M)
  • Senator Miloscia (Federal Way $8M, Auburn $7M)

Script for contacting your friends outside of the 34th:
As a fellow parent of a public school kid, I’m reaching out to you for help. The pending Levy Cliff that impacts your local school district’s ability to raise funds to pay teachers is expiring and will result in a loss of [$$$$$] to your school district if not extended one year. This extension has been passed through the House already; without Senate approval, local districts will have to cut staff to bridge this gap in funding. The first to go will be nurses, librarians, support staff and counselors. These people are vital to our children’s success in school, and we urge you and your fellow parents to reach out to your Senator, [INSERT SENATOR NAME] to ask for their support in a one-year extension on this levy, so that we can continue to teach our kids in a supportive environment.

You can contact your senator by email: [INSERT EMAIL] phone [INSERT PHONE] or via direct email: [INSERT LINK VIA WA.GOV SITE] ask them to move forward with House Bill 1059 and Senate Bill 5023.

For more on the bill: http://app.leg.wa.gov/billsummary?BillNumber=5023&Year=2017

Thanks!

A list of senators and their contact information.

Hans Zeiger
25th: includes Puyallup, Fife
360.786.7648
hans.zeiger@leg.wa.gov

Jan Angel
26th LD: includes Bremerton, Port Orchard, Gig Harbor, Lakebay, Purdy
360 786-7650
jan.angel@leg.wa.gov

Dino Rossi
45th LD: includes Redmond, Kirkland, Sammamish, Woodinville, Duvall
360 786-7672
dino.rossi@leg.wa.gov

Maureen Walsh
16th LD: includes Walla Walla, Prosser, Horse Heaven
360 786-7630
maureen.walsh@leg.wa.gov

Mark Schoesler
9th LD: includes Ritzville, Pullman, Colfax, St. John, Asotin
360 786-7620
mark.schoesler@leg.wa.gov

Phil Fortunato
31st LD: includes Enumclaw, Buckley, Bonney Lake, Auburn, Sumner, Edgewood, South Prairie, Wilkeson and Carbonado
360 786-7660
phil.fortunato@leg.wa.gov

Brad Hawkins
12th LD: includes Wenatchee, East Wenatchee, Twisp, Winthrop, Leavenworth
360 786-7622
brad.hawkins@leg.wa.gov

Randi Becker
2nd LD: includes Eatonville, Yelm, Orting, Graham, Roy, Rainier
360 786-7602 305
randi.becker@leg.wa.gov

Lynda Wilson
17th LD: includes Brush Prairie, Orchards, Cascade Park East (Clark County)
360 786-7632
lynda.wilson@leg.wa.gov

Curtis King
14th LD: includes Stevenson, White Salmon, Naches, Goldendale, Tieton, Roosevelt
360 786-7626
curtis.king@leg.wa.gov

Barbara Bailey
10th LD: includes Stanwood, Camamo Island, Whidbey Island, Oak Harbor, La Connor
360 786-7618
barbara.bailey@leg.wa.gov

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TOPS Chess Fest – February 25, 2017 – 10 AM

Does your child love to play chess? Join other Genesee Hill chess players to form a team to compete in the TOPS Chess Fest on February 25, 2017 at TOPS School @ Seward (2500 Franklin Ave E, Seattle, 98102). Sending a team makes the event more fun, plus it qualifies Genesee Hill to potentially home a school trophy!  Entry fee is $16/player  (scholarships available) and the early registration deadline is February 15th.  Please contact Chau Pho Tung to register for the tournament.  More details available on the Chessmates website.

TOPS Chess Tournament flyer

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2017 Red Carpet Gala and Auction

Time to secure your ticket to the most anticipated event of the year! Walk the red carpet, celebrate our community, and support our kids! And at this year’s event – which regularly sells out – we’re raising the bar with a new, swanky venue, a champagne toast, and food provided by West Seattle’s own Tuxedos & Tennis Shoes. We also have terrific new items and experiences to throw your hat in on. You’re going to want to be here!

March 18th, 2017 5:00pm
Seattle Design Center
Catering by Tuxedos & Tennis Shoes

Bring your friends and make sure to invite someone to join in the party! Your support is tremendously appreciated. Remember, it’s for the kids!

BUY YOUR TICKETS NOW

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2017-2018 Start Times As Early as 7:45 a.m. – Tell SPS Board Your Thoughts NOW

We need your help once more.

In October 2016, Seattle Public Schools surveyed families to gather feedback surrounding yet another amendment to bell times. This change go into effect next year (2017-2018) and would include adding 20 minutes to the instructional day four days per week, and releasing early one day a week to allow for more teacher collaboration.

In order to adopt these time changes, transportation routes must be modified and, therefore, start and end times across all tiers are affected. Genesee Hill is a Tier 1 school – early start, early leave. 11,108 responses were received – the results are attached as well as a summary of findings below.

The school board took over the recommendation process; the resulting proposal was to start school 10 minutes early, end 10 minutes later and leave early every Wednesday. The proposed solution however, doesn’t appear to reflect the feedback received from so many families that will be impacted by these bell time changes.They are also trying to figure out how to cover a 2-tier transportation option, but it results in additional cost that the district cannot cover, yet.

We need you to advocate directly to the Seattle School Board – tell them what you think about their Bell Time Plan for the 2017-2018 school year. What you recommend to them is up to you. As a Tier 1 school, starting earlier (7:40 AM arrival, 7:45 AM start) may be difficult for our student community. An early dismissal mid-week may be difficult for working parents to accommodate; a Friday early dismissal may be more doable. We are again bound by budget constraints, as a two-tier bus system would be preferable, but the district can’t afford to pay for it – at least not right now, but may have some potential solutions that would allow for a 2-tier system to be implemented.

There isn’t going to be a single solution that meets everyone’s needs, but there is STILL TIME to communicate your suggestions to the Board. Thank you once again for your advocacy!

EMAIL THE BOARD & LESLIE HARRIS
Tell them how their recommended solution, a 20 minute split (10 minutes earlier, 10 minutes later) with an early dismissal on Wednesday (every week) would impact your family. Make a suggestion on an option that may work better, see the survey for options presented originally.

SCHOOL BOARD: schoolboard@seattleschools.org
West Seattle Director: leslie.harris@seattleschools.org

SURVEY RESULTS (click here)

SURVEY RESULTS SUMMARIZED
Family Results 11,108 responses

Tier 1 Families (5,683) – These are the EARLY Start Schools Currently with a 7:55 AM start

  • 86.5% add time to the end of the day
  • 8.2% split the time
  • 5.3% add time to the beginning of the day

Tier 2 and 3 Schools (5,209)

  • 47.8% (2,488) of Tier 2 and 3 families prefer adding time to the beginning of the day
  • 24% prefer adding it to the end of the day
  • 28.4% prefer a time split

IN SUMMARY:

  • 301 Tier 1 Families want time added to beginning of the day v. 4,915 families who want it added to the end of the day
  • 2,488 Tier 2/3 families want the time added to the beginning of the day v. 1,250 who want it added to the end of the day
  • 6,165 families across all three tiers want time added to the end of the day v. 2,801 who want it added to the beginning of the day

That’s a 2 to 1 margin who want the time added to the end of the day – according to the SPS school survey results.

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