SCPTSA President Discusses Upcoming Levies on Seattle Channel

SCPTSA President Cassandra Johnston was recently featured on The Seattle Channel’s City Inside / Out segment to discusses the importance of supporting the school levies and appealing to our legislators to fully fund basic education.  

2016 WSPTA Focus Day is February 3

If we ever hope to see the full funding of basic education, legislators need to see and hear from us. Please join the collective voices of PTA members from across the state in Olympia on Wednesday, February 3. 

2015-16 PTA Reflections Contest: Entries Due November 23

The National PTA Reflections Program provides an opportunity for students of all ages and abilities to use their creative talents. The theme for this year’s Reflections is “Let Your Imagination Fly.” Learn more information about how to participate here

Call to Action to Families and Communities to Advocate for All Children

SCPTSA President Cassandra Johnston urges every PTA member to advocate for all students, our teachers and the District by demanding the legislature comply with the WA State Supreme Courts ruling to adequately fund education per the McCleary decision.

Guidance for PTAs during Strikes 

Here is a list of National PTA guidelines, resources and information for PTA groups during a strike. 

Smarter Balance Testing Update

Smarter Balance testing has started in our district. We encourage you to review information about SBAC and consult with your school’s administrators about questions you may have concerning the assessment. We have compiled key information, resources and local news coverage here.

SCPTSA Hosts Backpack Summit

SCPTSA is partnering with the Seattle Food Committee’s Food for Schools Program to address the needs of Seattle children experiencing weekend hunger. Currently, Food for Schools provides approximately 2,300 students weekend food backpacks; however, we know there are many more students in need of support. 

Town Hall on Education Funding

Don’t forget: Townhall on education funding is Saturday at 10 a.m. on March 21 at Nathan Hale High School. More details and event flyer here.

Brief Re-Cap of SPS Challenges

While there are many good things happening in our schools, there are still many challenges. Here’s a recap of some of the concerns that parents and community members voiced at the school board meeting on November 19.

The Seattle Channel Airs Segment on Seattle Public Schools

The Seattle Channel recently aired a segment on Seattle Schools that looks at some of the greatest challenges the District faces this  year including multiple leadership changes, a new law to reduce class sizes and pressure to split limited resources with local charter schools. Watch video here.

SPS Task Forces and Committees

Seattle Public Schools has a number of task forces and committees created to address specific issues, programs and School Board priorities. Many of these task forces and committees include Seattle Public School parents and community members. View a list of current task forces and committees here.

SPS Transportation 101

During the Seattle Council PTSA general meeting on October 20 at 7:00 p.m., Seattle Public School transportation leaders spoke about how busing works in our district.  View information they shared here.

Growth Boundaries Maps Attendance Area Changes 2015-2016

Seattle Public Schools is implementing school boundary changes for the 2015-16 school year. Here is more information, a list of Frequently Ask Questions and maps of the planned attendance area boundaries for the 2015-2016 school year.