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

Light Rail, Community Center, Superintendent meetings (and more!)

Ah, autumn: The crisp air, the bright colored foliage, the opportunity to keep warm by huddling together with your neighbors at community meetings (many of which include snacks).

Here is a list of community meetings being held in the first half of November. As always, we recommend attending them all. However, if you can only choose one, we’d steer you toward the Advisory Council/Community Meeting at the Ravenna-Eckstein Community Center. Your input into the future of center operations — prior to the big budget decisions happening in City Hall in November — is vital.

  • Tuesday, November 1: Ravenna-Bryant Community Association Board Meeting, Ravenna-Eckstein Community Center (6535 Ravenna Ave NE), 7-9 PM. All neighbors are welcome to attend. Agenda to come.
  • Tuesday, November 1: Mayor’s Town Hall, Nathan Hale High School (10750 30th Ave NE), 5:30-8 PM. Mayor Mike McGinn, City Departments & Community Groups will answer your questions and hear what’s on your mind.
    (5:30-6:30 Meet and Greet: City Departments and local community organizations have information tables, answer questions and offer volunteer opportunities; 6:30-6:40 Youth performance- 6:40-8:00 Open question and answer session with the Mayor)
  • Thursday, November 3: North Link Light Rail Roosevelt Station Open House, Roosevelt High School Commons (1410 NE 66th Street), 6-8:30 PM (presentation starts at 6:30 PM). The open house will focus on the nuts and bolts of construction plans (NOT station design plans) at Roosevelt Station.
  • Wednesday, November 9: Advisory Council/Community Meeting, Ravenna-Eckstein Community Center (6535 Ravenna Ave NE), 6:30-8:30 PM. Input sought from community members about future use and operating hours of the RECC in 2012. Staff present from the RECC and the new Northeast Geographic team, as well as members of Parks and Recreation leadership, talking about how well parks is meeting our needs in the Ravenna-Eckstein community. Child care and light refreshments available.
  • Monday, November 14: Community Meeting on the Permanent Superintendent of Seattle Public Schools, Roosevelt High School (1410 NE 66th Street), 7-8:30 PM. National search for a new Superintendent, or hire Interim Superintendent Dr. Susan Enfield? Input sought from members of the public. (Survey available in mid-November as well.) Childcare and light snacks will be available starting at 6:30 PM. Hosted by the Seattle Council PTSA.
  • Wednesday, November 16: North Link Light Rail Brooklyn Station Open House, Neptune Theatre (1303 NE 45th St), 6-8:30 PM (presentation starts at 6:30 PM). The November open house will focus on the nuts and bolts of construction plans at Brooklyn Station.


If we’re missing any other community meetings in early November on this list, do let us know. We’re happy to add them.

Third Annual Education Town Hall at Nathan Hale, Tuesday night

State Senator Scott White, representing the 46th Legislative District, his holding his 3rd Annual Education Town Hall on Tuesday, September 13th, from 6-8PM, in Nathan Hale High School’s Performing Arts Center (10750 30th Ave NE).

Special guest panelists include:

  • Randy Dorn, WA Supt. of Public Instruction
  • Susan Enfield, Interim Supt., Seattle Public Schools
  • Lauren McGuire, President, Seattle PTSA


From the release:

Please join parents, teachers, and neighbors for a Town Hall discussion on the challenges and opportunities facing public education in Seattle, and across Washington.

You can view the full flyer (with map and directions) here.

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.

School closure links and info, at Roosiehood

Looking for one-stop shopping for school closure links and information, with a side of humor?  Roosiehood’s got you covered with the latest post: Seattle Schools Snow and Inclement Weather Information.

As a SPECIAL BONUS, included in this post/guide are forecasts for your child’s emotional state depending on which school closure announcement is given by the school district.

For example:

No Delays/On Time: If schools operate on time, then transportation will operate on time (in which case, no announcement will be made).
Emotional Forecast: Children are unhappy. They get to see snow, but not play in it. You frantically check Cliff Mass’ weather blog to see if snow will dump in the afternoon, requiring a special trip back to the school to pick them up.

More at the site!

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

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.

Chat with Seattle Schools Superintendent Maria L. Goodloe-Johnson on October 12

On Tuesday of this week, Superintendent Maria L. Goodloe-Johnson announced that she’ll be hosting a series of Community Coffee Chats in October and November for all parents, grandparents and caregivers of Seattle Public Schools students.

The chat for NE Seattle is scheduled for Tuesday, October 12 from 8:10-9:10am 9-10am at Jane Addams K-8 (11051 34th Ave NE).

Yeah, you read that right: 8AM.

You may need some coffee before you head out for that coffee.

Here’s the pdf of the announcement, which includes the dates and locations of the other four Community Coffee Chats as well.


UPDATE: I have since learned that the meeting at Jane Addams K-8 is from 9-10am, NOT 8:10-9:10am as the pdf previously stated (it has since been fixed).

Thank you to Dorothy at for the notice about the time correction.

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.