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    What is a PAC?

    The Parent Advisory Committee, Title VII (PAC), advises the Seattle School district in regards to the Native Education Title VII Indian Education Grant. The PAC is part of the approval process for the grants application, purposed budget, and amendments (changes) to the application. Being essential stakeholders members of the PAC represent those who directly benefit from the programming of the Title VII grant. The Parent Committee must assist in development and approve the annual grant proposal in order for our district to receive federal funding.

    Meetings are held the 2nd Thursday of each month from 5:00-6:30pm and are open to the public.

    *Please check the homepage calendar to confirm meeting dates and times.
    First 2017 Meeting will be September 14th at Meany Middle School

    Parent FAQs

    Why do you want me to sign a 506 form for my child?
    Who do I contact, and for what services?
    Where are Huchoosedah's after school programs located?
    Can you help my student with credit retrieval?
    Do you have any classes or informational events for parents?
    What is Since Time Immemorial, and how does it help my child?
    I have an event! How do I get it on your calendar?
    How do I volunteer?
    Tell me more about the SPS Native Ed Parent Advisory Committee.





    Why do you want me to sign a 506 form for my child?
    • Send us your 506 form! These forms are part of the Title VII federal program that ensures the government is providing quality education for Native students as required by Tribal treaties. Every form increases funding for our program and helps all Native students get academic support and cultural programming. These forms are kept confidential within the Native Ed department and your information will not be shared with outside parties. You only need to fill out this form once if you stay in SPS schools. It doesn’t hurt to turn it in again if you are not sure about your program enrollment! Print and turn into your school front office.



    Who do I contact, and for what services?

      If you are not sure or your question does not fall in these categories please call 206-252-0948 and we will be sure to direct you to who can best serve you.



      Where are Huchoosedah's after school programs located?
      • To participate in Huchoosedah after school homework help, please contact Jenny Miller to enroll. No transportation is provided. We hope to provide more sites in the future to serve all regions of the district as interest demands. We currently have two sites:

        - Highland Park from 3:00-4:30pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

        - TBD Mondays and Wednesdays.

       



      Can you help my student with credit retrieval?
      • Please contact Richard Summers to discuss credit retrieval options. We provide as much financial support and summer school programming for credit retrieval with World School as our budget allows. Our goal is to provide the most opportunities for students to reach graduation knowing that every students need is different. Please contact us for help and resources.

       



      Do you have any classes or informational events for parents?
      • Come to our monthly Culture Nights and PAC meetings. It is a great place to network and share information. Please check our website home page calendar for upcoming parent and family events. We try to provide a series of 4 parent classes a year that focus on family advocacy in education. We can direct you to resources within the district like Family Connectors University and SPS community partner events. Please let us know of ideas for classes you would like to see provided to better advocate for your child.

       



      What is Since Time Immemorial, and how does it help my child?
      • Since Time Immemorial is a state mandated Tribal history and culture curriculum in which all schools in the state must utilize. All 29 Washington tribes have endorsed its importance and use.

      The online curriculum houses resources, materials, lessons, and entire units to support the teaching of tribal sovereignty, tribal history, and current tribal issues within the context of OSPI recommended units for Washington and US history in the elementary and middle school levels, also US history and Contemporary World Issues in the high school level. Each unit is aligned with National Common Core State Standards, state standards and builds toward the successful completion of a Content-Based Assessment, or CBA. This curriculum builds a more accurate view of American history for all students as well as enriching the engagement experience of Native students.

      This website is run and managed by the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) for Washington state, http://www.indian-ed.org/.

       



      I have an event! How do I get it on your calendar?
      • To have events posted within the SPS Native Education website we ask you first become part of the SPS Community Partner Data Base; for information click here.  Once you have completed their application process please let us know. We will do our best to promote events to the SPS community that align with our PAC by-laws and responsibilities. Contact Gail Morris, our program manager with request.




      How do I volunteer?

      • Please fill out an volunteer application and return it to either your school site or a liaison with the SPS Native Education department. For the safety of all students volunteers must go through a background check (WATCH system), be fingerprinted and have a valid form of picture ID. Please note that while all volunteers must be screened through the background check (WATCH system), criminal history does not automatically disqualify one from volunteering in the schools.

       



      More about the SPS Native Ed Parent Advisory Committee.

      The PAC should be comprised of no more than 15 voting members. Other parents can attend and have input, but they will be represented as Members at Large (non-voting). Meetings are open to the public and minutes are recorded then posted on the website for all of the public to access.
      • The PAC responsibilities are:
      • The PAC can not:
      • View confidential 506 forms or individual student information.
      • Set policies and procedures for the Native Education Manager.
      • Develop by-laws that are not consistent or approved of by Seattle Public Schools and/or the Native Ed Manager.
      • Hire, fire, or supervise the Native Ed Manager or their staff. Obligate or commit funds to the Native Ed Manager.
      • Directly administer projects or leverage the program for self-benefit.

      Click here to view the Office of Indian Education's document on Title VII District and Parent Advisory Committee Roles and Responsibilities