Rally to support Teachers! Sept. 2nd 4 – 6:30pm

Rally for Teachers:

Sept. 2nd from 4-6:30 Chief Sealth International High School.

Wear Red for Ed!

We’ve been chatting with some of our wonderful teachers and the negotiations with the district for the up coming contract doesn’t look good. If you’d like to show your support for the Teachers please join us at the rally. Want your students to start school on time and not be finishing the school year at the end of June. Please let your district know your thoughts!

Contact information:
Mailing address:
Office of the Superintendent
MS: 32-150
P.O. Box 34165
Seattle, WA

Phone: (206) 252-0180
Email: superintendent@
Fax: (206) 252-0209

Please remember to keep correspondence respectful!


Unofficial Supply List

Unofficial Supply List: High school is tricky for supply lists as most teachers have different items needed. Below is a list that was compiled last year, but it’s definitely not “official” as individual teachers may require additional items depending on their curriculum. You may want to use this as a suggestion to be able to take advantage of sales happening now.

Supplies Needed for Ninth Grade (this is an unofficial list)

Most Used Items                                 Needed For:
Pencils (many)                                         Mathematics, Language Arts
Pens (many)                                              All subjects
Lined Paper (loose-leaf)                         All subjects
Composition Books (3 total)                 Mathematics, World History, Science
Flash Drive (1)                                          All subjects
Notebook/Binder/Folders/Organizational System
(1 or more) and Dividers (or separate sections) All subjects
Notebooks (1 per class)                          All subjects
White t-shirt                                             P.E.
Athletic shorts or pants                          P.E.
Tennis shoes and socks (Shoes should be well-fitted with laces, and comfortable to run in.)        P.E

Sweat shirt (for cold days)                   P.E.

Recommended Items                               Needed For:
Graphing Calculator (TI-84 Plus)*              Mathematics, Science
Sharpies                                                             All subjects
Highlighters                                                      All subjects
Colored Pencils                                                All subjects
Ruler (metric)                                                  Science, Mathematics
Tape                                                                   Science, Mathematics
Graph Paper                                                     Mathematics, Science
Erasers                                                              All subjects
Box of Tissues                                                  We always need them!

*Note: The GRAPHING CALCULATOR is highly recommended. It is expensive (about $100). It is worth the investment, because students will have it for all four years of high school, and will use it often in mathematics and science courses. We have some graphing calculators to use at school, but not enough for everyone, and it is extremely helpful to have access to the graphing calculator at home.

Updates and information for the first week of school

Cancelled: 8/26 Fall Sports Parent meeting.  Rescheduling, date and time TBD. Coaches will be avaialble at Welcome Back Day 9/8 for more information for Freshmen /New Students looking to sign up for Fall Sports

Accepting donations of dessert items for a Welcome Back gathering of CSIHS staff.  Please drop off donations on Thursday, 8/27, at 3:15.  If you can help set up for this event please come to the Galleria at 3:00.
CSIHS is a closed campus for all 9th graders.  There is a change in procedure and expectations for 10th-12th graders who want to leave campus for lunch.  Beginning this year, 10th – 12th graders will have to obtain an Off Campus Lunch Pass in order to leave campus for lunch. Please fill out and return Off Campus Lunch Pass Application and turn in on Sept. 8th to the main office.
Important Dates for the start of the 2015-16 school year.
9/5  Saturday, Football CSIHS vs. Garfield @ 7pm

The Chief Sealth Seahawks football team has an away non-conference game @ Garfield

9/8 Tuesday, Welcome Back Seahawks Day

Pictures- through Yuen Lui, ASB, Lunch passes, Schedules (Spirit Bundles available, ASB endorsement, yearbook, spirit shirt and drawstring bag for $75.)

10-11:00am  Freshmen

11-12:00pm  Sophomores

12-1:00pm    Juniors

1-2:00pm      Seniors

9/9 1st Day of School

8:40am-12:10pm     9th grade orientation

11:10am-12:10pm    NEW student (10th – 12th Grades) orientation

12:10-12:40pm         Lunch

12:45-3:10               All students, Periods 1-6

9/11, Friday, Football CSIHS vs. King’s Way Christian/Seton, 7pm

The Chief Sealth Seahawks football team has an away game at King’s Way Christian in Vancouver, WA.


First PTSA General Meeting of the year!

Please join us, Tuesday, September 15th at 7:00pm in the Confucius Center (follow the signs) for our first Chief Sealth PTSA General Meeting of the 2015-16 school year.  Looking forward to meeting you.


Next PTSA Meeting

The next PTSA Meeting will be in September, after school starts.
Watch here for information, or sign in for “Google Groups” on this website’s home page.


** REVISED ** Next PTSA General Meeting – Wednesday, May 20, 2015

The PTSA meeting has been changed to Wednesday May 20, 7pm so it doesn’t interfere with the Teacher Walk-Out on the 19th.

Join us for our last PTSA Meeting of the year.

We will be electing new officers and voting on our budget for next year, as well as hearing reports from Principal Fraser-Hammer and the new IB Coordinator Teresa Cairns.

All are welcome! Come make your voice heard!

Wednesday, May 20, 2015


Chief Sealth Confucius Room

First Meeting of the Year – January 13, 2015

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:

– OR –

Buy tickets at the ASB office:
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


PTSA meeting – 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