Skip To ContentSkip To Content
    Juneau's Journal Oct. 19
    Posted on 10/19/2018
    Pictured with Northgate Elementary Principal Dedy Fauntleroy (c.) and school nutrition superheroes Michelle Thompson (l.) and Theamanda Bekris (r.)

    Supporting the Whole Child

    With about 53,000 students, Seattle Public Schools teaches not just to the student, but to the whole person. To educate the whole child, we celebrate that each student is unique; arriving to school each day with their own backgrounds, interests, strengths, and challenges.

    On Oct. 15, e-commerce company Amazon announced that it would be donating $2 million dollars to the nonprofit Alliance for Education to support improved learning for students in Seattle Public Schools. The grant will create the "Right Now Needs Fund" and will support our young scholars' basic needs, including providing funds for items like school supplies and food. Funds will be distributed to all schools with higher investments to Title I schools. I am thankful for the tremendous support of our community partners in actively working to eliminate opportunity gaps for students across the district.

    I'd also like to shine a spotlight on our fabulous school nutrition staff during National School Lunch Week (Oct. 15-19). Each day, Seattle Public Schools' School Nutrition team serves over 17,250 student lunches and 6,400 breakfasts! As my grandmother was a school cook for 28 years, I recognize the critical role that nutrition staff play in the health of students. Staff not only ensure kids have access to delicious and nutritious food in school, they are integral in creating truly welcoming environments; knowing students by story, strength, and need.

    This Week's Highlights

    Schools across the district joined more than 1 million Washington residents in practicing their earthquake readiness on Thursday, Oct. 18 during the Great Washington ShakeOut. I visited Ballard High School during part of the nation's largest earthquake exercise, observing students during the duck and cover, classroom checks, and practice evacuation.

    During my school visits this week to Northgate Elementary, Broadview Thompson K8, and Ballard High School, I appreciated the evidence of strong core instruction, social emotional learning, and the integration of student voice into school culture.

    We're winding down the Listen and Learn tour! Thank you to all who have taken time out of your busy schedules to share your priorities for Seattle Public Schools at regional town halls, cultural and language specific meetings, and online through the ThoughtExchange dialogue. I'm looking forward to the next stop at Daybreak Star Cultural Center for the Native American Listening Session on Nov. 15, co-hosted by United Indians of All Tribes Foundation, Muckleshoot Indian Tribe, and the Native Action Network.

    Corny joke of the week: Why did the clock in the cafeteria run slow? It always went back four seconds.