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One-hour early dismissal today

Nov. 26, 2014 | Communications Office | Phone: (206) 252-0200

Kindergarten Enrollment Nights coming to 10 elementaries

On Wednesday, Dec. 3, Seattle Public Schools will hold the first of 10 Kindergarten Enrollment Nights at Dearborn Park Elementary School. These early enrollment events were created to get kids excited about kindergarten and help families through the enrollment process. Enrollment specialists and interpreters will be on hand, and families will get the chance to meet a kindergarten teacher and visit a kindergarten classroom. Flyers with a full listing of all 10 events are available at

Enrollment forms and a listing of required documents are on the SPS Enrollment Page.

Nov. 25, 2014 | Communications Office | Phone: (206) 252-0200

Ferguson Response

We want to acknowledge the participation of some of our students in peaceful protests today related to the decision by a grand jury not to indict a police officer in the shooting of an unarmed teenager in Ferguson, Missouri. About 1,000 students walked out of Garfield High School, and about 300 students walked out of Roosevelt High school today to peacefully protest the decision. Seattle police were made aware of the walkouts and have accompanied the students.

We know that our students are personalizing this issue and experiencing a broad range of emotions, and we want to honor their voices. These walkouts, however, are not sanctioned by Seattle Public Schools, and safety is a concern. Students have the right to demonstrate peacefully but not to create a disturbance. School administrators may choose to issue unexcused absences if students do not provide parent or guardian permission.

In advance of the grand jury announcement Monday, Seattle Public Schools posted guidelines for teachers and administrators to help students navigate this emotional issue. Click here to read that message.

Please know that we continue to monitor this situation with our students.

Nov. 25, 2014 | Communications Office | Phone: (206) 252-0200

SUPERINTENDENT'S MESSAGE: Released student information destroyed

Dear Seattle Public Schools families,

As indicated in our last letter addressing the inadvertent release of student information by our now former law firm, Seattle Public Schools obtained a court order to recover the records from the one individual who received them.

We received confirmation yesterday that the individual provided the court with certification that the documents have been deleted and the individual possess no copies, electronic or otherwise. The court certification confirmed the documents were not distributed, electronically or hard copy, to any other individual or party except for a KING 5 News reporter who was permitted to view the files on the individual’s computer. KING 5 has confirmed they did not keep copies of the data.


Nov. 25, 2014 | Communications Office | Phone: (206) 252-0200

District prepares for Ferguson verdict

Seattle Public Schools sent a message to all principals on the afternoon of Nov. 24, shortly before the Ferguson grand jury verdict was scheduled to be announced. The message provides guidance on potential safety issues as well as tips for helping students through an emotional issue.

Nov. 24, 2014 | Communications Office | Phone: (206) 252-0200

Hit print, get a 3-D Lego man

Recreating a Lego man in 3-D, down to every precisely measured ridge and notch, is remarkably complex. “It looks easy, but once you start measuring every little thing you realize that it’s more complicated,” says Nicolas Pham, a sophomore at Cleveland High School.

Because he’s a student at Cleveland, Nicolas gets to test out the computer models he made by printing out all of the pieces on the school’s 3-D printer. Cleveland bought the 3-D printer in 2007 and is one of several middle and high schools in the district to own one.
The printer is far more than just a whiz-bang piece of technology. “This is how they make things now,” says teacher Doug Hartley.

Nov. 20, 2014 | Communications Office | Phone: (206) 252-0200

Sealth film wins gold at Social Justice Film Festival

"Riffing on the Dream," the provocative film created by Chief Sealth International High School's Black Student Union, won the Gold Jury Prize for Youth Visions at the third annual Social Justice Film Festival. Read more.

Nov. 19, 2014 | Communications Office | Phone: (206) 252-0200

Dunlap Elementary students at State of the District

Four students from Dunlap Elementary School closed out the State of the District with an impressive recitation of the poem "Why Did You Come to School Today?" by Julia Ansley. See how great they were!

Nov. 18, 2014 | Communications Office | Phone: (206) 252-0200

Soda can in recycling, apple core in compost, but what about the yarn?

On Nov. 6, the cafeteria floor at Stevens Elementary turned into a garbage dump. It was intentional.

Students from Jose Perez’s 4th grade class were taking part in a “waste audit,” designed to help students identify ways to reduce waste and recycle more at school. Parents brought in big blue tarps, students pulled on blue latex gloves, and volunteers from the Stevens Green Team helped dump the garbage on the floor. Students dug in and started sorting the waste into recyclables, compostables and garbage.

Over the past six years, Seattle Public Schools' Resource Conservation program has resulted in a 15 percent drop in school water use, 20 percent drop in refuse and 20 percent increase in recycling.
Read more.

Stevens Waste Audit November 6, 2014 from SPSMOC on Vimeo.

Nov. 13, 2014 | Resource Conservation | Phone: (206) 252-0599

A Conversation with the Superintendent

Dr. Nyland and host on setThe Seattle Public Schools Media Operations Center presents "A Conversation with the Superintendent."

Join host Jacques Pugh in a candid conversation with Dr. Larry Nyland as they discuss District priorities, challenges, accomplishments and more. The program airs on Channel 26 in the Seattle area and is available online.

Broadcast schedule: (beginning Thursday, 11/6/14)
Thursdays @ 11:30 AM
Sundays @ 5:30 PM
Wednesdays @ 7:30 PM

Viewers are invited to submit questions for the Superintendent by emailing  (please put “Conversation” in the subject line) or tweet @seapubschools #conversation.

Nov. 6, 2014 | Communications Office | Phone: (206) 252-0200

Family Connectors University teaches families how to advocate for their students and communities

students in Family Connectors University classA Roosevelt High School mom who wants to help fellow native Spanish speakers connect with their children’s schools.

A UW visiting professor from Korea who wants to better understand the Seattle Public Schools system his children are now attending.

A STEM Liaison for Bellevue College who wants to enhance her work with high school students in the Running Start program.

These are the kinds of family and community members who enroll in Family Connectors University, a 10-week series of classes offered by Seattle Public Schools. The idea is to empower families with information on how to navigate the school system, how to create a college-going culture, and how to support children’s academic success. Participants become “connectors” between their schools, their students and the larger community.


Nov. 5, 2014 | School Family Partnerships | Phone: (206) 252-0996 

SPS Task Force for Prevention and Response to Sexual Harrassment formed

The Seattle Public Schools Task Force for Prevention and Response to Sexual Harassment has officially formed and scheduled its first meeting to begin conducting a comprehensive review of the district’s policy and procedures to prevent and respond to instances of sexual harassment (including sexual assault).

The current task force members are:

  • Rebecca Milliman
  • Kelly Kajumulo
  • Kelly Davis
  • David Bilides
  • Jennifer Perevodchikov
  • Jennifer Mackley
  • Plus, two SPS students

The task force was designed with openings for two teachers, two principals, two classified employees, two parents, two students, two individuals with expertise in prevention and response to sexual harassment in a public school or college environment, and one district staff person. Ideally, the district would like a minimum of 10 positions filled to begin meeting.

Since announcing the task force in September, 8 people have applied to participate. Not wanting to delay any further, the district is moving forward with the task force’s meetings and review of the district’s policy and procedures to prevent and respond to instances of sexual harassment (including sexual assault).

At the same time, we are still seeking four more members, especially principals and teachers. If you are interested in participating in this important task force, please fill out the nomination form and send to Please put “TASK FORCE” in the subject line.

Nov. 4, 2014 | Communications Office | Phone: (206) 252-0200

TOPIC: Volunteering at Seattle Public Schools

Seattle Public Schools is grateful for each parent and community member who contributes to the success of students. We have thousands of volunteers who work in a variety of capacities in Seattle Public Schools.

If you are interested in volunteering visit, "
Volunteering at SPS" to read the Volunteer Handbook and access the required online course, along with other forms.

Past stories are posted in the News Story and News Release Archive

A selection of news articles and online coverage featuring Seattle Public Schools are posted in the News Coverage Archive

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