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Cedar Park School: First meeting

On December 15, Cedar Park Elementary will hold its first community meeting after being designated an option school. Please come join us 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Cedar Park to learn more about the next steps on this exciting journey.

Date and Time: Thurs., Dec. 15, 6:30 p.m.

Location: Cedar Park Elementary
13224 37th Ave. NE
Seattle, WA 98125

Happy Hour fund raiser

Lake City’s Hellbent Brewing company is having a happy hour fundraiser to benefit our school.

On Wednesday, November 16th, from 5-9pm, $1 of every pint will be donated to Olympic Hills Elementary PTA.

We use these funds primarily to subsidize scholarships for after-school programs for families who otherwise cannot afford after-school enrichment programs.

See you at the brewery!  13035 Lake City Way NE

Cedar Park: Racial Equity?

For the last year and a half, the Olympic Hills school community (in interim at Cedar Park) has pushed hard for SPS to revisit the proposed Cedar Park boundary due to major concerns about equity and safety.

Last week, SPS pell_overlay_cpublished its recommendation to the school board’s operations committee, and unfortunately, the proposal addresses capacity, but not equity.  We are very frustrated, and disappointed with the SPS proposal.

The SPS recommendation is especially troubling because a taskforce (including teachers and parents, myself included) met with SPS staff to attempt to use the SPS racial equity “toolkit” to analyze the boundary, yet the final decision making (which did not include teachers or parents) was based on capacity, not equity.

Have a look at the numbers and compare for yourself.

First, the Cedar Park numbers from the current, board-approved boundaries for 2017-18.  Remember, these are the numbers that caused the initial equity concerns that led to community meetings and the taskforce:

  • 38.6% English language learners (ELL)
  • 65.3% free/reduced lunch (FRL)
  • 72.2% historically underserved

Then, the Cedar Park numbers for the proposed amendment.

  • 43.8% English language learners (ELL)
  • 69.0% free/reduced lunch (FRL)
  • 76.2% historically underserved

All along, our community’s desire has been to reduce the concentration of historically underserved students in Cedar Park.  However, because the proposed solution is based on capacity rather than equity, the percentages for all the categories actually increase.

If you have concerns or comments on this recommendation, let the SPS staff know by writing to growthboundaries@seattleschools.org and also write to the School Board at schoolboard@seattleschools.org.  The School Board will have the final decision on the boundaries.

There will also be upcoming community meetings where SPS will share these decisions:

  • Sept 28, 6:30pm, Olympic Hills  Meeting (at Cedar Park)
  • Oct 5, 6:30pm, John Rogers Meeting (at John Rogers)

Please come and share your thoughts.


Source: 2016-09-15 Operations Committee Agenda, Appendix C, Cedar Park Racial Equity Analysis Tool, Scenario A (Table 1) & Scenario F (Table 2).

KING5 news covers coding camp

Over the winter school break, the PTA partnered to offer a FREE computer coding camp, and KING5 news covered it.  Watch the video and read the full story on KING5 (video starts with an advertisement).

Special thanks to Creative Coding 4 Kids who are running the camps, and the sponsor of the event, UW Alumni Katherine A. Hitchcock, whose recently released memoir, Atypical Girl Geek, describes her career as a programmer.

OH staff, parents speak at school board meeting

The OH community is very concerned about the race and equity issues created by the proposed boundaries for the Cedar Park building, scheduled to be open in 2017 as a neighborhood school.

Last night OH staff and families gave public testimony at the Seattle School Board meeting sharing concerns about the proposed boundary for the Cedar Park building.

After the public testimony, the school board directors each have an opportunity to share some comments and/or responses to the public testimony.   During the board comments, directors Peaslee, Peters and Carr all expressed support for addressing the equity concerns we raised.  Hopefully they can bring up the issues with school district staff for discussion soon.

For reference, the maps we presented to the board are included here, as well as the Proposed Board Motion for adjusting the boundaries.

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First PTA general meeting: Thursday, September 24th at 6:00 pm

The first PTA general meeting will be next week on Sept. 24th. There will be a potluck dinner beginning at 6:00pm (bring a dish to share if you like), and the meeting will begin at 6:30pm.  Childcare is provided.

It’s a great opportunity to learn more about the PTA, meet other parents and staff, and learn how we can work together to make OHE a great school for our students.