(Continued from "Community Update" on the "Home" page): Mr. Potter also highlighted that the board may be in violation of Shoreline school board policies 3130/3130P (Attendance Areas) and 1710 (Responsibilities of the Board). He also offered "middle ground" suggestions: 1) keeping the magnet Hi Cap services at Ridgecrest, in addition to adding one kindergarten class; 2) "grandfathering" the existing magnet students at Ridgecrest while "pressing pause" on the consolidation to address the complying with policies 3130 and 1710, and vacating the 11/4/18 board vote. Mr. Potter's messages will be entered into the meeting's records and minutes. We hope to learn of "next steps" by our school administration in the near future. A parent meeting with Superintendent Rebecca Miner may be scheduled during the week of 11/25/19. More updates to follow!
Starting in January of this year, I started tuning into more podcasts on my iphone. The news wasn't fulfilling and I wanted to keep learning. (If you are new to podcasts and want to learn how to listen to them click here.) Here's some of my favorites about parenting my kids:
1) Quiet: The Power of Introverts with Susan Cain
Based on her book about introverts, this podcast really takes you into how we can better see our kids through a different lens. Many gifted children are introverted and it was helpful to see this personality type as a strength.
2) TILT Parenting: Atypical |2E |Gifted |ADHD |SPDC |Asperger's
As the name implies this podcast is for parents raising "differently-wired" or neurologically atypical kids. When I was listening to this podcast I really felt like someone understood that some kids are different or struggle in their own quirky ways and that's ok. I learned how to parent better to help my kids thrive. This podcast also comes from her neurologically atypical son, too. It was fascinating to hear his perspective!
3) Gifted Education Podcast - The Prufrock Press Blog
This podcast gives a great snapshot of the different learning opportunities for gifted students such as homeschooling, online learning, accelerated classes, etc. There only three podcasts but they also speak to the pros of ability grouping and differentiated learning techniques.
4) Peace Out - Relaxation and mindfulness stories for kids
I'm not an advocate for devices before bedtime but these short, guided imagination-meditations have really helped to calm my kids busy minds at the end of the day. Learning these techniques is a life skill.
Do you have some podcasts that you like? Please comment below and let us know about them!
On the one hand we welcome the change of pace – perhaps a less hectic schedule, an increase in family time, maybe a camping trip or two planned… But let’s be honest, summer can also mean a scramble to keep our kids occupied, engaged and learning! We wanted to share a few ideas for events, camps and outings that may help you fill the coming weeks ahead.
ACE Aerospace Camp Experience at the Museum of Flight
Aerospace Camp Experience (ACE) is an American Camp Association accredited and award-winning day camp for any child who is excited about scientific pursuits.
Check here for the list of camps
STEAM Powered Summer Camp at Soundview School
Summer programs are designed to be hands-on, inquiry-based learning experiences that engage students in exploration, discovery, and innovation. The summer program extends learning beyond the school year. It keeps children engaged in creative, cooperative, and innovative thinking as they make art, explore nature, and take on science. Programs are set up as week-long units of inquiry into diverse concepts with regular field trips to connect learning with real, relevant experience.
Open to students from the ages of 3 to 13.
To learn more click here
Nature Camp with Seattle Audubon
Explore and discover nature and science through fun hands-on activities, art, and field trips at Seattle Audubon Nature Camp!
Location: Magnuson Park
Weeklong sessions M-F 9:00am - 3:30pm
Sessions offered for kids entering 1-3rd grades, 4-6 grades and 7-9th grade
Click here to learn more and register.
UW Robinson Center for Young Scholars
This is a great option for older students. The Robinson Center’s Summer Program provides an intensive, inspirational and in-depth learning experience for students who are ready and prepared to take on the challenge. We offer a rich variety of math, science, literature, philosophy, and writing classes. Class size is small, with a faculty who are experienced teachers and specialists in their fields.
Summer Challenge, for current 5th-6th graders, emphasizes hands-on learning, field trips and activities
Summer Stretch, for current 7th-10th graders, is more academic in nature, providing an accelerated, rigorous learning experience. Both programs are characterized by high-level thinking, intellectual adventure, and pursuit of understanding.
Learn more here
WSU Academic Outreach and Innovation Summer Reading Program
Offered at several locations in the greater Seattle area WSU offers summer reading programs for children and adults aimed at increasing skills, building confidence and teaching the lifelong benefits of reading. To learn more about programs aimed at specific age groups, click here.
Summer Jazz and Art Camps – Shoreline and Lake Forest Park Arts Council
The Shoreline and lake Forest Park Arts Council offers a unique selection of camps focused on jazz, theater and a diverse selection of visual arts classes. *After care and scholarships available!
To learn more, click here.
Connections through the Museum of Flight
Educational membership program designed for students ages 5-18. This program guides participants through many exciting aerospace and aviation learning opportunities offered at the Museum and comes with a variety of benefits including:
Seattle Astronomical Society
Seattle Astronomical Society is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting all aspects of amateur astronomy for the benefit of its members and the general public.
Events include monthly Star Parties! Star parties are held at Green Lake and Paramount Park and are free and open to the public. People of all ages and background, including children, are welcome. These events offer to all the opportunity for telescopic viewing of sky objects as well as educational interaction of experienced, knowledgeable astronomers with each other and with participants who may have limited or minimal understanding of astronomy.
Next Star Party at Green Lake – June 3rd!
To learn more and become a member click here.
Maplewood Rock and Gem Club
Located in Edmonds, the Maplewood Rock and Gen Club encourages the exploration of lapidary arts and appreciation of the earth sciences of geology, fossils, minerals, and gem stones. Members explore new avenues of learning through field trips, lectures, seminars, craft workshops, special shows and events.
Maplewood welcomes adults, youth and junior members. To learn more, see the list of events and join, click here.
Noon Concert Series
Sponsored by the City of Shoreline
Tuesdays at 12:00 at different Shoreline park locations
Schedule and locations
2017 Evening Summer Concerts in the Park
Sponsored by the Shoreline and Lake Forest Park Arts Council.
FREE: Wednesday’s at 6:30pm
Check here for the list of shows and locations.
Celebrate Shoreline - August 15th -20th
Schedule of Events
Red Tricycle list of summer events
A great go to list of activities all summer long in the greater Seattle area. Red Tricycle.
*** For an expanded list of camps and activities throughout Washington and beyond for gifted children, please see this list or summer opportunities compiled by the Northwest Gifted Child Association - www.nwgca.org
Here's to a great summer full of fun and learning. See you in the Fall!
The Washington State Constitution states: “It is the paramount duty of the state to make ample provision for the education of all children residing within its borders.” It also requires that the system be uniform across the state and funded through regular and dependable sources. in 2007 The McCleary lawsuit was brought forward against the state for its failure to fulfill its paramount duty, and the State Supreme Court ruled in 2012 in favor of the plaintiffs, finding that the state was not meeting its educational obligation to the more than 1 million public school children in Washington.
A central issue in the court’s McCleary decision is the unconstitutional reliance on local levies, which are neither regular nor dependable, to fund basic education. As advocates for the highly capable students of Washington, we are working for full funding of the Highly Capable Program. The Legislature must pass a plan by the end of this session to comply with the State Supreme Court’s order.
Senate Republicans have offered one plan, SB 5607. House Democrats have just released their plan, HB 1843. Our initial readings of each plan finds that each falls short of ample funding for highly capable services. Each relies on an old, insufficient, and somewhat arbitrary formula for establishing eligibility for highly capable funding. We recommend the state follow the recommendations of the 2010 Highly Capable Program Technical Work Group and fund highly capable services for 5% of a district’s enrolled population, an amount close to historical levels of students served in Washington, and one that aligns with the recommendations of the National Association for Gifted Children
The Robinson Center is excited to bring together guest speakers from across the UW, state and nation to take on the topic of access and equity on gifted education. From Dr. Gary Cohn, our state’s new Superintendent of the Year, Renè Islas, Executive Director of the National Association for Gifted Children, to Dr. Jean Gubbins, Associate Director of the National Center for Research on Gifted Education, join us in welcoming our many collaborators!
Preview our speakers’ biographies and abstracts, the event’s schedule and more:
EQUITY SUMMIT on GIFTED EDUCATION
DATE: February 9 – 10, 2017
LOCATION: University of Washington – Haggett Hall, Cascade Ballroom
**RSVP at: https://robinsoncenter.uw.edu/events/equity-summit-gifted-education/