McDonald Int'l All Parents Meeting - TONIGHT, Nov 18, 6pm

Join other McDonald Int'l familes at this second all-school Parent Meeting (sponsored by the PTA) of the 2014-15 school year. Hear Principal Golosman's update on the school, take the opportunity to make your voice heard, ask questions, get answers, socialize!

Our special guest speaker will be Jo Langford-Fuchs, McDonald Int'l parent and sex educator.  He'll walk us through how to create family contracts for safety online, and address some of the social networking apps and info around pornography, sexting, and cyberbullying issues.

You don't have to be a PTA member to attend, Parent Meetings are intended for all McDonald Int'l current families, prospective families, and community members. Everyone is welcome! 

Click here to sign up for childcare (provided) and for the full event details.

Nov 18

New Student Progress Report Format

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Dear Seattle Public Schools family:
 
When you attend elementary conferences next week, you may notice some changes to the progress reports that families receive each trimester. The progress reports have been revised to reflect our College and Career Readiness Standards (known as Common Core). Like all districts in the state, Seattle Public Schools has been training teachers on these standards and preparing for the new statewide tests that will be given this spring to students in grades 3 to 8 and 11. Those tests, known as Smarter Balanced, will cover standards in English Language Arts and Math. The state will continue to test students in Science using the Measurements of Student Progress, administered in grades 5 and 8.
 
To reflect these new English Language Arts and Math standards, the district has revised its Elementary Progress Report for all grade levels. Families will see updated standards in the areas of English Language Arts, Math and Learning Behaviors. Because Common Core covers only English Language Arts and Math, standards in other subject areas – such as Science –  are not changing on our progress reports.
 
Please view the following brief video to learn more about these changes:  http://vimeo.com/110191805. You may also view the video, read a scoring guide (with translations in five languages), and find links to standards and testing information on our Academics page. Just go to www.seattleschools.org, click "Students," then "Academics." Your student’s classroom teacher will review the progress report with you and answer questions during your conference.
 
Best,
Shauna Heath
Executive Director of Curriculum & Instruction for Seattle Public Schools

 

 
Nov 17

Help Interview Teacher Candidates

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Principal Golosman is looking for parents who would be interested in joining the interview team to interview potential candidates for open teaching positions at the school.  If you are interested in serving on the interview team, please email Principal Golosman to let him know. 

If you are interested but do not have the training, please plan to attend one of the Interview training sessions. Training sessions occur once a month at the John Stanford Center for Educational Excellence (2445 Third Ave S, Seattle, WA 98124) from 4pm-5pm.  To register, please contact Debbie Brady at SEA@washingtonea.org or (206) 283-8443. To ensure space for everyone, pre-registration is required.

The scheduled sessions are:

  • December 9 (Tues)
  • January 8, 2015 (Thurs)
  • February 10 (Tues)
  • March 12 (Thurs)
  • April 7 (Tues)
  • May 14 (Thurs)
  • June 9 (Tues)
  • June 23 (Tues)

If you have any questions, please contact PTA Co-President, Jennifer Monahan deMella.

 
Nov 17

McDonald Int'l Family Movies This Weekend

 

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