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April 5, 2014 at 9:54 AM

Saturday Memo: What life was like in Steelhead Haven … Shop class makes a comeback … Sounders take on Timbers

What was the good life like in Steelhead Haven?  Reporter Nancy Bartley takes a look back at life in that little neighborhood through the memories of those whose homes are gone, but survived the mudslide because they just happened to be away that morning. From Bartley’s story: “For many years there was a weathered…


0 Comments | More in Morning Memo | Topics: Seattle Public Schools, Sounders, Steelhead Haven

March 19, 2014 at 7:07 PM

Seattle school board starts the clock on later start times for teens

The Seattle school board took the first official step Wednesday on a long journey toward later school start times for teens. But the changes won’t happen until the fall of 2016, if they happen at all. The board directed district staff to analyze the costs, logistics and potential disruptions around starting school later for middle and high school students,…


0 Comments | More in Education, General news | Topics: Seattle Public Schools, Seattle School Board

March 5, 2014 at 4:13 PM

Northwest Center preschool parents rally to ‘stop the clock’

Parents from the Northwest Center Kids preschool, who are upset over having to find a new home, plan to rally today at a Seattle School Board meeting. They want the district to “stop the clock” on its plans to take back the former North Queen Anne Elementary building on First Avenue West, which the Northwest Center has leased since…


0 Comments | Topics: Northwest Center, Seattle Public Schools

February 27, 2014 at 9:36 PM

Seattle school-bus drivers reach agreement with private contractor

After a daylong negotiation, the union representing about 450 bus drivers for Seattle Public Schools has reached a fully recommended tentative settlement with First Student, a private contractor that provides busing for the district. The agreement means that bus service will continue uninterrupted. Details of the agreement won’t be released until the full membership can set…


0 Comments | More in Business/Technology, Education, Traffic & Transit | Topics: Seattle Public Schools, Teamsters

February 5, 2014 at 8:18 PM

Seattle School Board approves plan to save $3M in busing costs

The Seattle School Board Wednesday night streamlined the bus schedule for next year so that buses will arrive at schools at one of three times in the morning. The board approved the changes as part of a one-year plan that will trim about $3 million in transportation costs. Buses will arrive at most high schools and middle…


0 Comments | More in Education | Topics: Seattle Public Schools, Seattle School Board

February 4, 2014 at 2:38 PM

Seattle schools: Principals may OK absences for Seahawks parade

Seattle Public Schools superintendent Jose Banda notified the district’s principals Tuesday afternoon that it will be up to them to decide whether to grant excused absences for students who attend the Seahawks victory parade on Wednesday.

Banda wrote in an email:

 I want you to have the flexibility to do what you feel is best for your school community. Under state regulation, you do have the discretion to decide if students who miss school tomorrow for the parade will be considered unexcused or excused. I will support your decision.


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February 3, 2014 at 10:49 AM

Seattle schools won’t close or dismiss early for Seahawks parade

Seattle Public Schools won’t close for the Seahawks victory parade on Wednesday, according to the district, which released a statement late Monday afternoon from superintendent José Banda: Parents who wish to take their students out of school can, but per state regulation, it will be treated as an unexcused absence. While we support the team,…


0 Comments | More in Education | Topics: Seattle Public Schools, Seattle Seahawks

January 29, 2014 at 5:55 PM

Top this, Denver kids: Seattle first-graders make video for Seahawks

First-grade teacher Crystalyn Burke’s students kicked their 12th Kid spirit into high gear with a Super Bowl video they made last week, set to Frank Sinatra’s “New York, New York.” In the video, made with music teacher Melyssa Stone, kids race onto the playground, waving the “Super Bound” front page of The Seattle Times. They show their love for Seahawks…


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January 22, 2014 at 2:48 PM

Parents at Northwest Center say it needs more time to relocate

Since 1982, the Northwest Center’s child development program has leased the former North Queen Anne Elementary School from the Seattle school district. The district closed the school on First Avenue West in 1981 because of low enrollment, but now wants the building back to house a program that helps children who are home schooled. The Northwest…


0 Comments | Topics: North Queen Ann Elementary School, Northwest Center Kids, Seattle Public Schools

December 17, 2013 at 4:54 PM

Washington tops country with new national board-certified teachers

Washington state produced the largest number of new national board-certified teachers in the country this year. The state added 516 and now has the fourth largest number of board-certified teachers in the country at 7,333,  according to figures released today by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards. Seattle’s national ranking among districts is 5th or 6th, depending on…


0 Comments | More in Education | Topics: Highline Public Schools, National Board Certified Teacher, National Board for Professional Teaching Standards

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