Eckstein Middle School briefly locked down after dog attack

We’ve been updating the story over at Roosiehood. Click the picture below to read it in full.

The short version is: Dogs loose, bus driver bit, dogs captured by police, no students injured or involved.

New Year forecast: A flurry of high school information meetings and tours

“The days are long, but the years are short.”

Some of Roosevelt High School’s Class of 2011 | Photo by Roosevelt Neighborhood Blog. Used with permission.

First, there’s the wait list for preschool. Then, before you know it, you’re taking the kid off to kindergarten.

Parents of current eighth graders: It’s time to choose a high school.

The following list of high school information nights was taken from today’s Eckstein Middle School Bulletin for Responsible Scholars:

Roosevelt High School 2012 High School Information Night: Thursday, February 2, 2012
1410 Northeast 66th Street

This event will give potential 9th grade families and other families new to the RHS community a chance to listen to a student panel talk about life at Roosevelt, to meet with department heads about curriculum, tour the school, and visit with club and sports representatives. The event will start at 7 PM in the Roosevelt Theatre. Contact the Counseling Office (206-252-4827) or the Main Office (206-252-4810) with questions.

Nathan Hale High School Information Evening: Tuesday, February 7, 2012
10750 30TH Avenue NE

For students and parents/guardians

6:00-7:00 PM – Table Fair in Performing Arts Entry will include information about activities & parent groups
6:30-7:00 PM – Building Tours (meet in the Performing Arts Entry)
7:00-8:30 PM – NHHS Presentation and Q&A in the Performing Arts Center.

Garfield High School Prospective Tours and Evening Tour: Monday, January 9 and Tuesday, January 10, 8 AM-noon
400 23rd Avenue

Contact Kelley Butler ( Space is limited; mail to reserve a spot if interested. Open House (evening tour) is on Thursday, January 12, 6-7:30 PM for any parent/guardian and students that are considering Garfield High School.

Cleveland High School School Tours
5511 15th Avenue S

Wednesday mornings on 12/14, 1/18, 2/15, and 3/21. All tours will start at 8 AM and end at 10 AM, and begin in the main office. Contact Tina Camero at to reserve your space.

Ingraham High School Open House Information
1819 North 135th Street

No need to RSVP. Questions? 206-252-3888

Wednesday, February 1, 7 PM – Open House for parents and students
Wednesday, February 8, 7 PM – IB Information Night for parents and students
Wednesday, February 15, 8:15-9:45 AM – Daytime tour for parents and students
Wednesday, March 7, 8:15-9:45 AM – Daytime tour for parents and students

Your Busy Weekend in the Ravenna Neighborhood (updated)

Here is a smattering of events happening today (Saturday) and next week.

Saturday, October 1

  • Help out our neighborhood and its community organization by delivering copies of the Ravenna-Bryant Community Association’s Fall 2011 Newsletter to your part of the neighborhood. No delivery area too small. Please contact RBCA Land Use Committee Chair Andrew Miller for more information.
  • Ad partner UW Medicine is holding an open house at their new Ravenna Clinic location (4915 25th Ave NE #300) from 1-4 PM. Tour the new facilities, listen to and meet members of the UW Husky Marching Band (from 1-1:30 PM), meet UW mascot Harry the Husky (1-2 PM), enter to win gift certificates to University Village, and more. More information about this new UW Medicine primary care clinic and today’s open house can be found here.
  • Ravenna Community Garden hosts a Harvest celebration dinner this Saturday Oct. 1 from 5:30-7:00 PM at the Ravenna Eckstein Community Center (6535 Ravenna Ave NE). Pasta, salad bread and dessert on the menu. Donations happily accepted: $5.00 individual, $10.00 family.
  • Candy Cane Lane holds its annual yard sale (weather permitting) on Saturday, October 1, from 8AM-1PM, at 2132 Park Rd (the corner house at the bend on Ravenna Blvd, closest to the Ravenna playground and parking lot). It is a multi-family sale put together by the Candy Cane Lane families, and we use the proceeds to buy all the paint, plywood, lights, decorations, etc for the yearly holiday display, as well as to pay the electric bill to run the revolving carousel. This year we will have some furniture, including two children’s rolltop desks, some outdoor items, plus lots of toys, books, children’s clothing, baby items, kitchen items, and household goods such as lamps, curtains, rugs, etc. We never know what the neighbors bring out until the day of the sale, and every year we have some lovely treasures.

And into Next Week

  • Join other Eckstein Middle School parents at a gardening work party
    in the raised beds in the back courtyard every Monday and Wednesday from 9-10 AM (weather permitting). Please bring gloves and weeding tools if you have them. For more information or to make a donation please contact Gretchen Bauer at
  • Ravenna-Bryant Community Association’s fall community-wide meeting takes place next Tuesday night, October 4th, at the Ravenna Eckstein Community Center (6535 Ravenna Ave NE), from 7-9 PM. Agenda and more information available here.


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Tour your local schools in February and March

Been meaning to check out the local public school offerings? You’re in luck: February and March are chock-full of opportunities to tour our local institutions of compulsory education.

From the Seattle Public Schools’ School Tours page:

Bryant Elementary (K-5), 3311 NE 60th Street, 252-5200

  • Day Tour: Feb 10 – 9:30-11:00 a.m.
  • Evening Tour: Feb 17 – 7:00-8:30 p.m. Childcare will not be available.

Wedgwood Elementary (K-5), 2720 NE 85th Street, 252-5670

  • Day Tours: March 7 – 9:30-10:30a.m.; March 16 – 1:40-2:40 p.m. Meet in the Cafeteria for welcome from the Principal followed by tours with Parent Guides
  • Evening Tour: Feb 15 – 6:30-8:00 p.m. This program will include a Q & A with the Principal and parent volunteers from 7:30-8:00 p.m. in the Cafeteria.

Eckstein Middle School (6-8), 3003 NE 75th Street, 252-5010

  • Tours: Jan 7, Feb 16, March 4 – 8:30-10:00 a.m
  • Informational Night: March 10 – 6:00-7:00 p.m.

As for the local high school option, the tour listed for Roosevelt High School on the Seattle Public School’s site was for January; however, I found another tour date in this week’s North Seattle Herald-Outlook:

Roosevelt High School (9-12), 1410 NE 66th Street, 252-4810

  • Daytime tour: Feb. 15, 9 a.m.

Not sure which school(s) you should be checking out for your student(s) at home? Head over to the New School Assignment Plan address lookup page.

Various and sundry updates, and other news Ravenna can use

SEO be darned. Sometimes, you just gotta cram a lot of different stuff in one post.

Crime update:

Meeting updates:

Miscellaneous tidbits:

On November 20th, Eckstein will launch Saturday School, a new intervention program for students who have four or more missing assignments and a grade of D or E in a class. Teachers will refer students to Saturday School and counselors will call the student’s home to let families know that the student is expected to attend from 8:30 – 11:30 am.  Students who successfully turn in all missing work by Thursday afternoon after being referred to Saturday School will be excused from attending. The purpose of this intervention is to encourage students to take responsibility for their work and to give them additional time and support if they are stuggling to complete it.

There’s also a request for volunteer tutors during those same dates and times (November 20, and December 4 and 18). To volunteer or ask questions about Saturday School, contact Eckstein Volunteer Coordinator LauraLeigh Young at

Report cards are out, for the schools themselves

Seattle Public Schools released reports on 82 of its schools this morning, and the four main schools that serve Ravenna all scored well.

This is the first time that Seattle Public Schools has issued School Reports for individual schools.

From the Seattle Public School’s School Reports page:

“You can read about your school’s academic growth, student climate, accountability, family and staff engagement, and overall school performance. We hope you also take time to read the narrative page, where each school documents the steps it’s taking to ensure every student is achieving.”

Here’s how our children’s neighborhood public schools fared (a Level of 5 being the highest ranking):

Clicking on each individual school above will take you to the full report for that school.

Explanations for the various measurements taken are here.

And a Frequently Asked Questions page is here.

There are meetings planned throughout the city to discuss these new reports.  The first is being held at our very own Roosevelt High School (1410 NE 66th St.) on November 29th, from 7-8:30 pm.

Volunteer opportunities aplenty at Eckstein Middle School

Interested in volunteering in a local school, but not sure where to start?

LauraLeigh Young, the Volunteer Coordinator at Eckstein Middle School (3003 NE 75th Street) has a LONG list of opportunities you can plug yourself into.

Peruse her list of EMS November Volunteer Opportunities, then contact LauraLeigh for more information (llyoung [at]


Tutors and Reading Mentors

You don’t need to be a “math whiz” or have special teaching skills to help an Eckstein student to be more successful in school this year!  Here are some specific ways volunteers are currently needed to work with Eckstein students:

1) Listen to and support a student as he or she reads aloud one hour per week
Mondays for a one-hour period between 9:00 am and 2:30 pm

2) Help a student practice basic math facts
Tues, Wed or Thursday for a 30-minute period between 10:35 am and 2:35 pm

3) Help as an in-class music tutor working with students in small groups (any instrumental or vocal music experience is helpful)
Mon, Tues, Wed, Thurs or Friday for a one-hour class period

4) Volunteer as an in-class tutor/classroom assistant to help a struggling student focus and complete classwork
Mon, Tues, Wed or Thurs from 1:40 – 2:35 pm

5) Work after school with a student who needs help with math homework
Mon, Tues, Wed or Thurs between 2:45 and 4:45 pm

6) Help a student as a one-on-one tutor in a Language Arts/Social Studies class
Mon, Tues, Wed, Thurs or Fri between 1:40 and 2:35 pm

7)  Volunteer as an in-class math tutor to work with small groups of students
Mon, Tues or Fri for a one-hour period between 8:00 and 11:00 am

8th Grade Dinner Volunteers

Eckstein’s 8th Grade Dinner is a school tradition and will take place on Tuesday, November 9th from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm.  The dinner provides 8th graders and their families with an opportunity to share a meal and some conversation together at the start of their final year at Eckstein.

You can volunteer for:

Setup from 3:00 – 4:00 pm
Door and Serving from 5:45 – 7:00 pm
Cleanup from 7:30 – 8:15 pm

Gameroom Volunteers

If you love games, we’d love to have your help for one hour a week in Eckstein’s lunchtime game room!

Lunchtime Volunteers

Volunteers are needed to supervise and interact with Eckstein students during lunchtime.  We need adults who are willing to be a visible presence and keep kids safe, as well as connecting and engaging with students in the lunchroom, in the hallways, on the athletic fields or in the gameroom.

Lunchtime hours are:

Mon, Wed, Fri:  11:05 -12:35
Tues, Thurs:  10:35 – 12:05

Author Eoin Colfer (Artemis Fowl) reading and signing at Eckstein MS next Tuesday

Eoin Colfer's latest, "Artemis Foul and the Atlantis Complex"

Author Eoin Colfer is coming to Northeast Seattle in support of the latest book in his Artemis Fowl series.

Colfer will be at the Eckstein Middle School Auditorium (3003 NE 75th St) on Tuesday, September 21 at 6:30pm, for a reading and book signing session.

From the University Book Store September Events page:

In the world of Inter/Supernatural crime, there’s no villain quite like teenage criminal mastermind Artemis Fowl. So, why has he suddenly committed his fortune to saving the planet? Could it be that his attempts to use fairy magic have made him susceptible to a condition that usually only affects fairies, the dreaded Atlantis Complex? Follow Captain Holly Short as she tries to discover the truth.


No tickets are required, and Mr. Colfer will not only personalize up to three of your books, you can take pictures from the signing line, too. “Signing guidelines are subject to change,” says the University Book Store information on the event, but you always have to say that, just in case.

Seattle Schools “Welcome Back” meeting for NE Seattle families next Monday

As a part of Superintendent Maria L. Goodloe-Johnson’s engagement plan for the school year (Listening, Learning, and Responding), Seattle Public School families are invited to “Welcome Back” Regional Meetings being held throughout the city this month.

The meeting for Northeast Seattle families is being held on Monday, September 20 from 6:30-8pm at Eckstein Middle School (3003 NE 75th St).

In addition to Superintendent Goodloe-Johnson, Chief Academic Officer Dr. Susan Enfield will be in attendance.  The Executive Director for Schools in our region (Phil Brockman, former principal of Ballard High School, for the Northeast) and representatives of schools in the region fill out the roll sheet.

This regional structure is new to the school district this year and will be the subject of a brief presentation by the leadership team at the meeting. “The majority of the meeting will be devoted to informal interactions between families and district and school leaders,” says the news release from Monday, September 13.

Light refreshments will be served, and there will be books and drawing supplies (but no childcare) for the kiddies. Interpretive services at the Northeast meeting include Somali and Spanish.

You can see the full release from Seattle Public Schools about these regional meetings here.

Volunteers Needed September 8-9 at Eckstein Middle School

If you’re an Eckstein Middle School parent or guardian, Volunteer Coordinator LauraLeigh Young needs your help (emphasis mine):

YOU can help Eckstein students get off to a great start this year by spending just a few hours at school this Wednesday or Thursday!  Volunteers are needed to welcome and direct students in the morning and at lunch on the first two days of school — no experience required and don’t worry, you don’t need to already know your way around the building!

The school is looking for help during the following times:

  • Wed, Sept 8 — 7:45 to 10:15 and 10:15 to 1:45
  • Thurs, Sept 9 — 7:35 to 8:15 and 10:25 to 12:15

If you’re available during any of those four times and would like to help, contact Laura at llyoung [at]

Nathan Eckstein Middle School is located at 3003 NE 75th Street.