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.

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

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

 

PTSA General Meeting – Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Join us on Wednesday, October 16,  at 7pm in the school library/resource center for our next general meeting.

Principal Aida Fraser-Hammer will present us with the latest developments and happenings at the school.         She will then be available for any questions.

This General Meeting of the PTSA  will be centered on the school’s community partners.

They will all be discussing their involvement and contributions to the students.

Community partners:

Ken Gollersrud, Teen Librarian at the High Point Public Library

Kerry Sutton, Director, Education and Leadership, YMCA CSIHS

Leti Bravo, Student Services Specialist, TRIO Talent Search – South Seattle C0mmunity College

Sebastian Myrick, President, WA State TRIO Association

Alison Enochs, School Nurse

Staff of NeighborCare Teen Health Center:  Lisa Krogman; Katie Hara, MHT; Lib Kratz, RN; Tisha Satow

Susan Mitchell, CAN/College Access Now

The CSIHS PTSA Board is looking forward to seeing you there.

 

 

 

Thank You!

Thanks to all those who attended our meetings this year.  Enjoy the summer and stay tuned for PTSA meeting schedule for the 2013-14 school year coming in the fall!

PTSA Meeting: Thursday March 14

Join us on Thursday, March 14 at 7pm in the Library for our next general meeting.

This is the first of three meetings devoted to MAP testing and the standardized testing that our students participate in.

Join us Thursday for the first meeting, which is an information session addressing the pros and cons of MAP testing. Staff who have given the MAP will present their experience with the test and relate how it connects to student learning.

One hour before, the computer lab will be open for six parents/ guardians to take the MAP test with some staff from the Math Dept. This will give some of the community a direct experience which will be helpful for the conversation & lead everyone to a better understanding.

If you are interested in taking the MAP test, please contact Ted:  tedreed02@gmail.com.

We are looking forward to the families at Chief Sealth communicating with staff to ensure that standardized testing is useful & appropriate for our students.

The detailed agenda for the night includes:

Welcome/ Introductions (5 minutes)

–          PTSA Board Members

–          Translators will not be attending

–          Introduce yourself to 1-2 people you don’t already know

–          Agenda review

–          Reminder about PTSA membership, volunteer opportunities.

PTSA Business

–          Review of Budget

–          Survey Monkey: midyear survey responses being compiled.

–          Calendar Events:

  • Water Week          March 18 – 22nd
  • A Million Bones      Wrap-up week March 18th
  • MultiCultural Night  Wednesday, March 20th 6pm
  • Big Band Dinner    Saturday, March 23rd

Questions and Answers from Mr. Kinsey/School Update (30 minutes)

–          Mr. Kinsey – opening comments and questions/answers

–          Andra Maughan – plans for a Parent/Guardian Engagement & Education event

Discussion of MAP Testing

 Wrap Up Comments (5 minutes)

–          Thank you for coming, hope to see many of you around often this year.

 

 

General Meeting Notes Now Available

Thanks to all who attended the general meeting on January 9th.  Detailed meeting notes are now available - click here!  Stay tuned for date & details for the next meeting.

PTSA General Meeting – Wednesday January 9

Join us for our next general meeting on Wednesday January 9th at 7pm in the Library. The agenda will include the following:

  • Principal Kinsey will bring the group up-to-date on CSIHS and answer questions
  • BEX IV Levy information and impacts will be presented by Kerry Cooley-Strom
  • Two speakers to present programs on Teenage Suicide Prevention
  • Stone Soup Theater Group will present its after-school program
  • The Auction Co-chairs present a wrap up of this year’s auction and discuss importance of sustainability
  • Nancy Swenson (Treasurer) and Lynn Ogdon-Perrine (Treasurer-in-Training) will review the PTSA budget

Read the minutes from October’s meeting here.