School boundary vote happening Wednesday

The Seattle Public School Board will be voting this Wednesday, November 2, on amendments to the 2017-2018 growth boundaries proposal. Some of these amendments, including 5a and 5b, affect Olympic Hills and Cedar Park communities.

Amendment 5A – Approval of this item would amend the proposed 2017-18 Implementation Amendments to the 2013-20 Growth Boundaries plan in order to open the new Cedar Park Elementary site as an option school, rather than an attendance area school, establish a geozone for Cedar Park, retain area 88 in the attendance area for Olympic Hills, retain area 95 in the attendance area for John Rogers, provide focused district support for new school visioning and community engagement prior to and during the open enrollment process, and place a high priority on mitigation spending for the new Cedar Park Elementary until the earlier of the first two years of operation are completed or until enrollment reached 80% of capacity. (Directors Burke, Geary, Pinkham)

Amendment 5B – Approval of this item would amend the proposed 2017-18 Implementation Amendments to the 2013-20 Growth Boundaries plan in order to open the new Cedar Park Elementary site as a Kindergarten roll-up attendance area school, allowing current students at John Rogers and Olympic Hills to remain at those schools, and direct staff to initiate a community planning process to determine a curricular focus for an option school at Cedar Park Elementary starting in the 2018-19 school year and provide the Board recommendations by September 2017 for this transition. (Directors Burke, Geary, Pinkham)

See the entire agenda here: https://www.seattleschools.org/cms/one.aspx…

If you would like to voice your thoughts, and we need them, please email OlympicHillsPTA@gmail.com. CONFUSED? We’re working on translating this into something people can understand – stay tuned!

OH PTA statement on 2017 boundaries and Cedar Park

The OH PTA membership approved this letter last night at the 10/25 PTA meeting. It was sent to the school board on 10/26.

 

Dear Seattle School Board Directors:

The Olympic Hills Elementary Parent Teacher Association stands together to express its grave concern regarding the 2017-2018 growth boundary adjustments for Olympic Hills and the future Cedar Park. The plan creates a high poverty school with a large historically underserved population within a substandard and too-small building.

We stand with our fellow North Seattle school communities in recommending a stop to growth boundary changes for the next year. The boundary changes were drawn in response to projected growth that never materialized and continuing with the plan as is will drastically decrease diversity across the north end, concentrating the majority of our historically underserved population at Olympic Hills and Cedar Park. Moving forward with needless changes will also disrupt the education and established communities of more than 800 students throughout North Seattle.

In addition we request a reevaluation of Cedar Park as a neighborhood assignment school. Our 400 students are currently housed in this building while the new Olympic Hills is being built. A makeshift library in a single classroom, a computer lab on the stage, no plumbing in the eight portables, pull out spaces set up in the hallway, and teachers working in glorified broom closets may be workable for an interim school, but is not acceptable for opening a neighborhood school with some of the largest projected FRL and ELL percentages in the district.

The new Olympic Hills is designed to serve these families. With a health clinic, designated pull-out spaces, preschool, and before and after school childcare spaces, the new building will provide educational supports and programs to specifically address the needs of our community. Should Cedar Park open as a neighborhood attendance school in 2017, the boundary change will remove our highest needs population from the school designed with them in mind.

During the summer, several of our parents participated in the Cedar Park Race and Equity Analysis Team. The final scenario was one that kept Cedar Park as a neighborhood attendance area school and increased the percentages of FRL, ELL, and historically underserved students from even the original proposed scenario. The parent representatives agree that in this instance, the application of the Race and Equity Toolkit failed.

In light of the increased inequity and unnecessary splitting of communities across North Seattle, the Olympic Hills PTA respectfully requests the board reevaluate the 2017 growth boundary plan, and specifically reconsider opening Cedar Park as a neighborhood school.

Sincerely,

The Olympic Hills PTA Board and Membership

Printable Letter Here

Olympic Hills, We’ll Shout Loudly!

Olympic Hills’ status as a Top Puget Sound-area elementary school made it into the Puget Sound Business Journal.

“This list aims to identify schools that have found success with students from a variety of backgrounds. It’s easy to see how schools like Medina Elementary and Blackwell Elementary, both with fewer than 2 percent of students receiving free and reduced lunch, rank high on lists of top schools. These are students whose parents are actively involved in their education, who read to them every night, who help them with their homework.

It’s rare to see these schools mixed in with schools like Olympic Hills Elementary and Van Asselt Elementary, both in Seattle, where three-quarters or more of the students qualify for free or reduced lunch.”

Read the whole thing here

Bell times might change again…

…and here’s your opportunity to provide input.
Seattle Public Schools is seeking input on 2017-18 School Schedule Changes
 
As part of the Collective Bargaining Agreement process SEA and SPS agreed to add 20 minutes to the school day in 2017-18 and provide one hour per week of teacher collaboration time.
 
As the district plans to make this schedule adjustment, we want to hear from families and stakeholders on how the additional time should be added and how and when to schedule the collaboration time. Click here for more information and to take the survey:
https://www.seattleschools.org/cms/One.aspx?portalId=627&pageId=14396503

Give your input on traffic safety around Cedar Park

How would you improve traffic safety?
SDOT is currently gathering community feedback about traffic safety around our current location at Cedar Park. They hope to identify safety problems that face our kids (and their adults) and generate ideas for improvements such as speed controls, new sidewalks, signs, and safer places for families to walk and bike to school. Check out the project website at http://www.seattle.gov/transportation/SafeRoutesCedarPark.htm

Here are three ways that you can help inform these decisions:
1. Take a brief survey.  Help us identify traffic safety problems and possible solutions. The survey is available near the main office or online at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/MYSSRRG

     2. Pinpoint problems on a map. Share your comments on the map across from the main office at the school.
     3. Attend a community open house. Share your opinions with SDOT staff. Thursday October 20. 6:00 – 8:00 PM. Lake City Presbyterian Church (3841 NE 123rd Street).

Questions?  Stephanie Frans   steffeff@gmail.com    206-794-8335