School Beat 10-06-11

Oct. 6, 2011
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Around the Schools
Around the Community
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Be Here Get There announcement at Denny International
From left: Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn, former UW basketball player Will Conroy and NBA player Jamal Crawford speak at the student attendance campaign launch at Denny International Middle School.


'Be Here Get There' student attendance campaign launched

Seattle Public Schools - with the city of Seattle, the Alliance for Education and Get Schooled - launched the 'Be Here Get There" campaign at Denny International. The organizations will work to make student attendance a priority for the school year.


Alki principal appointed Director of Teacher Incentive Fund
District News


SPS to host Family Symposium Oct. 15 at Garfield High School

Early enrollment  begins this month through Jan. 31

Student Celebrations
Whitman video: Love's not just a walk in the park
Love's not just a walk in the park

"Love's not just a walk in the park," an animated video about two shoes falling in love - produced by Whitman Middle School 8th-graders Mara Hollenback and Stephanie Shao - is among the winners at the 35th Annual Young People's Film & Video Festival.


Staff Celebrations
Around the Schools

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Walk-to-school month celebration at Bagley
Daniel Bagley Elementary students help celebrate Walk-to-School events this month


Seattle students participate in Walk-to-School events in October 

Thirteen elementary schools are celebrating International Walk-to-School Month in October, with activities such as scavenger hunts, frequent walker punch cards and "walking school buses."


Roosevelt High Jazz Band to open at Earshot Jazz Festival

Greenwood Elementary helps celebrate Harvest of the Month

Franklin High kicks off yearlong centennial celebration

Roxhill students write, record song with acclaimed hip hop artist

Triple amputee inspires Center School students with message

HistoryMakers encourage Garfield students to commit to education

Reflections art program seeks student entries

Leschi Elementary crossing guard a beloved fixture (outside link)

Around the Community

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7th-, 8th-graders invited to enter Biomedical Essay Contest

Seattle University initiative helps Bailey Gatzert Elementary

School's Out Washington Bridge Conference set for Oct. 17-18


Upcoming Events

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SPS sets 3 meetings for feedback on Capacity Management plans

Info session on World Languages credits set for Oct. 6 and 8

PE Community Forum Showcase set for Oct. 18 at JSCEE

2011 LGBT Families Dinner scheduled for Nov. 3 at Nova/SBOC


School and District Events Calendar
If you would like to know about current special school activities, fund-raisers or other District events, visit the online District Events Calendar where you can see what's going on monthly at Seattle Public Schools. You can also search for specific events by date, school and type. 
We need your ideas
The Communications Office is always looking for stories on interesting classroom projects, inspirational people or events in our schools to share with the greater Seattle community. We often highlight stories submitted by school staff for potential media coverage as well as District and community publications. For examples of stories we have published in the past, please visit this link. We would like to hear from you. If you have a unique story to share, please send your ideas directly to
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