First Meeting of the Year – January 13

Come to the Chief Sealth IHS PTSA Meeting on Tuesday, January 13 at 7PM in the Confucius Center to learn the recent history of the “blended” honors program. We’ve also asked the administration to let us know whether we are retaining students in honors, increasing academic performance for students and preparing them for the rigors of their Junior and Senior years and college. We also intend to find out what academic support is in place for honors students in or out of the classroom. Some demographics should be available as well.

You’ll also want to attend if your student is in (or plans to participate in) the International Baccalaureate (IB) Program. Many recent changes in the operation of the program are giving us this opportunity to ask questions about the direction of IB at Sealth. IB carries with it, increased costs for certification, use of IB Texts (expensive) and additional staff and scheduling requirements. In the past, many of these costs have been funded by grants – grants which have expired. We are looking for answers regarding the district’s commitment to the program, through funding and program support. We have also requested information on ethnic and economic diversity within the program. Finally, we are asking if any strategies are in place to increase program participation.

Parents at Chief Sealth International High School have been concerned for some time about the declining participation in Honors and Advanced Learning programs, including the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Program at school.

Students participating in Honors have reported that while there is extra honors-level work assigned, it is a challenge to differentiate instruction in the classroom to support that additional work. This leaves students to find resources outside the classroom to get support.

The concern regarding IB is that while it is advertised as an option in Advanced Learning, it is underfunded at the district level and hugely reliant on grants and unsustainable funding sources. Efforts have been made to have the increased costs of the IB program taken into account in the Weighted Staffing Standard (WSS) formula currently being investigated by the Seattle Public Schools (SPS) Leadership and which will lead to budget priorities for next year and beyond.

The District and our Director McLaren face huge choices in economics and funding and your attention and assistance are much appreciated to make sure that programs at CSIHS offered are transparent, with parental and community input, of quality, and funded sustainably.

District Board Representative Marty McLaren sent us this 01-07-15:

The challenges faced by IB staff and students have been on my radar for at least a couple of years, and I’m very invested in supporting IB more fully. On the other hand, realistically speaking, SPS is overextended in the sense that we can’t support all of our programs well, and we may need to make hard choices. Given that McCleary funding by the Legislature is a mystery at the moment, I suspect our strategy will be to delay cuts, as much as possible, in the hope that funding will be more adequate going forward. We’re pledged to use the Equity Lens in evaluating possible changes of any kind, district-wide.

CSIHS – Class of ’15 Grad Night! Tickets on sale now

Your Grad Night party only happens once and EVERYONE will be there…DON’T MISS IT!

Don’t be boring and end up doing the usual stuff you can do anytime. Come experience unique entertainment and activities that you might not ever get the chance to experience again on a once-in-a-lifetime night with ALL of your friends!

This is your once-in-a-lifetime chance to party like you never have before!

Buy your tickets before Spring Break before the ticket prices go up!

Tickets are $100

 

Purchase your tickets online:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/csihs-class-of-2015-grad-night-registration-14329179963

- OR -

Buy tickets at the ASB office:
LUNCHTIME TICKET SALES WILL RESUME ON FRIDAY, JANUARY 23RD @ THE END OF 1ST LUNCH AND THROUGH 2ND LUNCH.
A Grad Night volunteer will also be available to assist with online ticket ordering or cash purchases at Home Basketball Games starting Fri. 1/23.
For scholarship ticket info. please contact Ms. Syvertsen or Cathy Jimenez.

For more information about Grad Night and how you can help, please email cathyjimenez3@gmail.com.

PTSA General Meeting November 12

Next meeting is at the Confucius Center at 7:30 PM

 

The Sixth Annual School Auction is Saturday November 1st at 5:30pm

It’s going to be October soon! … then it will be November … then it will be Auction Time!

We need you!

Join us for our 6th Annual Passport to Excellence Dinner and Auction to support Chief Sealth;

Saturday, November 1st at The Brockey Center on the campus of South Seattle Community College.

Doors open at 5:30pm.

This event is co-sponsored by the Chief Sealth PTSA, the Athletics Program, and Denny-Sealth Performing Arts.

 

Where we need your help:

1.   Buy tickets to the event!

            Early bird pricing is available until October 13th, $50.00 per ticket, so get your tickets today, on-line at:

            http://chiefsealthptsa.schoolauction.net/auction2014

            or complete the form attached/ Passport to Excellence and send into school.

Please contact Ted Reed with questions about ticket sales.

tedreed@outlook.com

2.   Donate an item or service to be included in our silent or live auction.

            Goods, services, and experiences- all unique and practical are welcome.

            You can submit your donation on-line at:

            http://chiefsealthptsa.schoolauction.net/auction2014

            or complete the attached form/ Sealth Procurement and send it into the school.

Please contact Kirstin Moe with questions, ideas or have your donation picked up.

kirstinmoe@comcast.net

The deadline for donations is October 22nd!

3.   Consider the opportunity to Sponsor the event!

            Sponsorship offers the opportunity for local businesses to enjoy visibility at the Auction.

            Please see the attached Sponsorship Opportunities information sheet.

Feel free to contact Susan Hamilton for more information at:

sahamilton@Q.com

 4.   Volunteer!

                Thanks to the folks who have already signed up to help; we are still looking for the following:

  • Procurement: Follow-up on ideas and pick-up items from donors.
  • Day of the event volunteers: Set-up activities in the afternoon and evening. (such as closing the silent auction, running games/raffles, registration/check out, recording bids at live auction, etc.)
  • Committee Support: Be a go-to volunteer for small/short tasks as needed

Thank you for supporting our amazing school.

Please contact us with ideas, support and donations!

Your Auction Co-Chairs

Kirstin Moe, Lea Brown, and Susan Hamilton

Next PTSA meeting is Tuesday, October 14th at 7pm

Our third annual Community Partners Meeting is being featured at the next PTSA meeting on Tuesday October 14th at 7pm.

This meeting will be held in the library and highlights the people, groups and clubs from the Sealth community who work  with the students at Chief Sealth.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Sarah Kelly, president and the PTSA Board

The next PTSA meeting is Tuesday September 9th, 2014 at 7pm.

Please join us at the school’s Confucius Center – meet the current PTSA board and hear about plans for the coming school year

Senior Grad Night 2014

Senior Grad Night tickets are on sale now!  

A few Grad Night 2014 Tickets remain; sales are continuing until Friday June 6th at lunch time. You can purchase your ticket at the Galleria.

Tickets are still available at the full price of $100.

The Grad Night committee would like to thank all the seniors who have purchased tickets and filled this fun evening to full capacity.

Remember that immediately after the graduation ceremony and reception,seniors will check-in and prepare for a night of fun and surprises before returning to the school at 5 AM.

If paying by check, please make it out to the CSI PTSA.

Tickets are no longer available online.

THE 6TH ANNUAL SCHOOL AUCTION IS SATURDAY NOVEMBER 1ST AT 5:30PM

It’s going to be October soon! … then it will be November … then it will be Auction Time!

We need you!

Join us for our 6th Annual Passport to Excellence Dinner and Auction to support Chief Sealth;

Saturday, November 1st at The Brockey Center on the campus of South Seattle Community College.

Doors open at 5:30pm.

This event is co-sponsored by the Chief Sealth PTSA, the Athletics Program, and Denny-Sealth Performing Arts.

 

Where we need your help:

1.   Buy tickets to the event!

            Early bird pricing is available until October 13th, $50.00 per ticket, so get your tickets today, on-line at:

            http://chiefsealthptsa.schoolauction.net/auction2014

            or complete the form attached/ Passport to Excellence and send into school.

Please contact Ted Reed with questions about ticket sales.

tedreed@outlook.com

2.   Donate an item or service to be included in our silent or live auction.

            Goods, services, and experiences- all unique and practical are welcome.

            You can submit your donation on-line at:

            http://chiefsealthptsa.schoolauction.net/auction2014

            or complete the attached form/ Sealth Procurement and send it into the school.

Please contact Kirstin Moe with questions, ideas or have your donation picked up.

kirstinmoe@comcast.net

The deadline for donations is October 22nd!

3.   Consider the opportunity to Sponsor the event!

            Sponsorship offers the opportunity for local businesses to enjoy visibility at the Auction.

            Please see the attached Sponsorship Opportunities information sheet.

Feel free to contact Susan Hamilton for more information at:

sahamilton@Q.com

 4.   Volunteer!

                Thanks to the folks who have already signed up to help; we are still looking for the following:

  • Procurement: Follow-up on ideas and pick-up items from donors.
  • Day of the event volunteers: Set-up activities in the afternoon and evening. (such as closing the silent auction, running games/raffles, registration/check out, recording bids at live auction, etc.)
  • Committee Support: Be a go-to volunteer for small/short tasks as needed

Thank you for supporting our amazing school.

Please contact us with ideas, support and donations!

Your Auction Co-Chairs

Kirstin Moe, Lea Brown, and Susan Hamilton

 

PTSA General Meeting April 22nd 2014

 

CSIHS PTSA Meeting

Tuesday, April 22nd 2014

7-8:30pm

High Point Neighborhood House

6400 Sylvan Way SW Seattle, WA 98126

http://www.nhwa.org/high-point

For the first time, the PTSA at Chief Sealth Int’l High School is going mobile with its general meeting.

It will be held at the High Point Neighborhood House .

Principal Aida Fraser-Hammer will be reviewing the school budget.

It’s a process the community has requested more information about.

As an initial proposal from the school district – to its final version approved by the teaching staff – 

the  Chief Sealth annual budget is a work-in-progress throughout the year.

Principal Aida Fraser-Hammer will outline the process of bringing the school budget to completion.

She will also detail the budget for the upcoming school year.

For a very brief review of the process, please click here:

http://www.kplu.org/post/seattle-teachers-vote-down-school-building-budgets-protest-looming-staff-cuts

 Bring your questions!

 

Marty McLaren, Seattle School Board Director, will be discussing topics of interest to the Chief Sealth community.

She will begin with the State Court’s decision to “fully” fund education in Washington. 

What funds have been freed up and define her understanding of this process.

If there is an eventual windfall from the State, does have the District have a plan for its use?

                        http://www.seattleschools.org/modules/cms/pages.phtml?pageid=255745

Thanks for your support!

The CSIHS PTSA Leadership Team

http://www.chiefsealthptsa.org

 

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