SEATTLE SCHOOL NEWS AND UPDATES
2020 High School Graduation Ceremonies To Be Held Online
The scheduled June graduation ceremonies for the Class of 2020 will all be virtual/online.
Thank you to the many seniors who shared their input about this year's graduation ceremonies. More details will come from your school's principal.
The Washington Department of Health recently published guidelines and considerations for schools and districts to consider: Guidance for Graduation Ceremonies during the COVID-19 Pandemic Health Department.
Please check our COVID-19 Class of 2020 faq for updates for high school seniors during the school closures.
The 2020 graduations will be broadcast on YouTube as well as by SPSTV to provide both television and online options for viewing by students, families, and staff. Beginning June 20, SPSTV will rebroadcast the graduations through July 4.
Below are dates for Seattle Public Schools high schools graduation ceremonies.
Please speak with your student's school for details and resources.
Ballard High School
Tuesday, June 16, 5:30 p.m.
Monday, June 15, 5:30 p.m.
Cleveland High School
Wednesday, June 17, 4 p.m.
Franklin High School
Thursday, June 18, 5:30 p.m.
Garfield High School
Wednesday, June 17, 5:30 p.m.
Nathan Hale High School
Tuesday, June 16, 8:30 p.m.
Ingraham High School
Wednesday, June 17, 7 p.m.
Friday, June 19, 7 p.m.
Friday, June 19, 8:30 p.m.
Nova High School
Monday, June 15, 7 p.m.
Rainier Beach High School
Tuesday, June 16, 7 p.m.
Roosevelt High School
Thursday, June 18, 8:30 p.m.
Chief Sealth International High School
Wednesday, June 17, 8:30 p.m.
Seattle World School
Monday, June 15, 8:30 p.m.
South Lake High School
Friday, June 19, 5:30 p.m.
West Seattle High School
Thursday, June 18, 7 p.m.
Update! Seattle Public Schools Letter To Families - May 21st
We know the transition from classrooms to at-home learning has been challenging for students, educators, and families across the globe; and we are proud to be part of a community that has risen to the challenge.
While we had hoped to return to our traditional in-person summer learning program, it has become clear we will not be able to do so. The current situation presents a unique opportunity to think about school differently, beginning this summer. We are pleased to expand our successful summer learning program and invite all current students to participate in The Summer of Learning.
If your student would benefit from a consistent structured schedule or needs to sharpen their academic skills for next school year, we encourage them to enroll. The summer learning program will take place from July 6 – August 7. Applications for The Summer of Learning will open and be communicated to families on Tuesday, May 26.
All enrolled students will have access to summer learning opportunities and enrichment provided by community partners. In addition, teachers will help identify students who might need more personalized academic support. Instruction will be focused on the content covered this last school year and the skills and concepts students need to make a successful transition to the next grade.
Grades K - 8
Students currently in grades kindergarten – 8 who are at or near grade level proficiency will have access to 25 on-demand grade level lessons in English language arts and math, and elementary students will also be offered lessons in social emotional wellness. Materials, including a recorded video lesson, will be delivered online. This will be a self-paced option where students will be assigned an SPS teacher.
Students identified as needing more personalized support will access the same 25 lessons and will be assigned a learning coach. The learning coach will provide one-on-one learning sessions and class meetings. Students may also receive supplemental materials sent to their home in support of ongoing learning. Your child's teacher will reach out to you directly if your child is recommended for these enhanced services. If you think your child is a good candidate, please reach out directly to your child's teacher or teachers.
High School Students
Students currently in grades 9-12 who need credit recovery for a course they previously did not pass or who have received an "Incomplete" during the school building closures will have the opportunity to recover up to 1.0 credits (two 0.5 credit courses) this summer from the available courses. Students will have access to the online learning system, Apex Learning, and will be assigned a teacher who will provide live instruction and one-on-one sessions.
During The Summer of Learning we are also providing a bridge course for fifth grade students entering middle school next year and for eighth grade students entering high school next year. These Bridge courses will focus on developing the skills and mindset necessary for a successful transition.
For families of students receiving special education services, please know that you can register your student for summer learning when registration opens on Tuesday. We will be explaining some of the differences between this summer learning opportunity and our annual Extended School Year (ESY) services in tomorrow's family communication regarding special education.
To learn more and see which program is right for your child, visit The Summer of Learning webpages.
As a reminder, SPS will be closed on Monday in observance of Memorial Day. The next email from Public Affairs will be sent on Tuesday, May 26.
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