News and Events
The agenda for this brief informational session is as follows:
"Moving Forward: 14-15 at Lowell"
- Context Matters (Rhetoric vs. Realities)
- Overview: Advanced Learning- Spectrum
- PK-5 Teaching + Learning Framework and Professional Development: Writing, Inquiry, Collaboration and Reading (WIC-R)
- School-wide Discipline Practice: Responsive Classrooms
The Lowell Elementary School Spectrum approach is guided by and will be implemented to address the following:
1. Provide a rigorous curriculum.
2. Provide an accelerated curriculum that focuses on student proficiency in grade-level expectations and one grade level beyond or more in reading and mathematics.
3. Bring district-identified academically-gifted or academically highly gifted students together through cluster-grouping strategies to form classroom rosters.
The Lowell Elementary School Spectrum approach will build heavily on the existing school-based Advanced Learning Opportunity (ALO) instructional framework and will incorporate the research-driven and evidenced-based WIC-R (Writing, Inquiry, Collaboration and Reading) methodology to accelerate and target student learning in math and literacy.
. Quickwrite Discussions / Intro to "Sociological Imagination"
· Reciprocal Teaching
Sponsored by Seattle Music Partners, the Carpe Diem String Quartet will perform a special in-house concert for the Lowell community on Friday, February 28, 2014, at 10:30am.
One of the most unique and sought-after chamber ensembles on the concert stage today, the Carpe Diem String Quartet performed over 90 concerts in 33 states across the USA in the 2011-12 season, most recently playing for an audience of over 4000 at the Redlands Bowl in southern California. Carpe Diem is a boundary-breaking ensemble that has earned widespread critical and audience acclaim for its innovative programming and electrifying performances. With programming that reflects its passions for Gypsy, tango, folk, pop, rock, and jazz-inspired music alongside the traditional string quartet repertoire, Carpe Diem has defied easy classification while quickly becoming one of America’s premier “indie” string quartets.
For more information on enrollment services, visit www.seattleschools.org/enrollment.
Message from Dr. Smith:
It has been quite interesting observing the Lowell and greater Seattle community get into the spirit these last few weeks celebrating the Seahawks season and Super Bowl win.
Needless to say, there is a lot of excitement in schools this week around the big parade on Wednesday, Feb. 5th. As you know, school will be in session and instruction will go on as usual. At the same time, we recognize that the Super Bowl win is a monumental event for Seattleites; as a result, school leaders have elected to excuse student absences tomorrow as a "parent approved activity." This change in plan is a direct result of discussion at a district leaders' meeting this morning about school leaders having the ability to excuse student absences based on State Law that provides for some flexibility for unusual circumstances. Please be sure to notify the office (206.252.3020) ASAP, if your family has made plans around the parade.
For those at Lowell on Feb. 5th, we will have our own celebration. I'm sure Seahawks-infused learning will be taking place throughout the building. In addition, starting at 11:00am the parade will be streamed live and displayed on our big screen during lunches and recess.
Lastly, please be aware that we have been informed that afternoon bus transportation may be delayed up to 1 hour at certain schools on this day due to unprecedented crowds expected to participate in the celebration festivities.
The Lowell community was excited to welcome Captain Mike Edwards of Seattle Police Department’s East Precinct to our school this week. Captain Mike has graciously offered to volunteer on the last Monday of each month to visit classrooms and to read to (and with) our students. This past Monday, January 27, 2014, Captain Mike, read to both kindergarten classes as well as to students in our special education classes. Captain Mike read the story, The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywald which spoke about working together. We look forward to having Captain Mike on campus each month.
The holiday break is a great time to give your child extra time to work on ST Math, the software program that uses visual games to teach math concepts. As part of the program’s homework feature, students can access specially selected educational games from home; the break gives students extra time to reach their current progress goal of 35%. Let's go JiJi!
Registration for all classes and activities will begin December 18th! Please remember to register early!
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On December 4, 2013, our very own Rania B. (2nd grade student) was Principal-for-The-Day. Among the many events (classroom observations, chatting with students, lunch supervision and selecting the next Dragon Allstars), Rania stated that a highlight was touring the Stanford Center where she was able to sit and meet with Superintendent Jose Banda.
The Lowell Elementary boundary will be expanded, including some students now assigned to John Hay in 2014-15. New boundaries apply to incoming kindergarten students and new residents to the attendance area. Students currently attending John Hay are grandfathered to remain, but will be assigned to Lowell if they apply during Open Enrollment through Sept. 30.
Additional information and FAQs will be posted online as information is updated to reflect Board decisions.
Click on the school name below to see the new boundary map:
• Fairmount Park (new!)
• Schmitz Park
• Green Lake
• John Hay
IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT “GRANDFATHERING”
(1) continues as long as the services the student needs are available at the school;
(2) does not apply to students in special education preschool classes since they do not automatically roll up to K at the current school; and
(3) applies to resident students only. Grandfathering does not apply for attendance-area middle school students.
On Tuesday, November 12, 2013, Superintendent Jose Banda issued the State of the District Address, which included the release of approved individual School Reports and Continuous School Improvement Plans (C-SIP). A copy of these documents will be available in the main office and sent home with families in the next Friday Flyer (November 15th).
In addition, you may access the School Report and C-SIP on our school website in the “Additional Links” section. Having these documents is a great tool for each of us to have discussions about where we stand now, where we plan to be in the future and how we plan to get there.
It has been communicated to the Lowell school community that for the first time, testing data reported for Lowell does not include data from APP Lincoln—an advanced learning program previously affiliated with the building— (as was the practice in all previous years to date). As a result, this is the first year in which Lowell has an accurate snapshot of our students and their learning, based on state benchmarks. This is also the first year in which data for Lowell looks dramatically different than in the past. This shift in data and demographics has fueled a myriad of conversations and dialogue in the community. Nevertheless, this baseline data served as the foundation upon which student growth goals and school improvement plans were developed. We as a school community have positioned ourselves well to meet the goals we have for our children! We look forward to your support and collaboartion as we continue this collective journey.
We offer a variety of classes & activities for grades K-5.
Chess club has been added to the program.
Extended day pick-up is now offered.
Please see brochure for complete details.
We’ve been registered, now it’s time to GET FIT!
If you still have your order envelope at home, please return it to the office no later than Friday, Oct 18.
Thanks everyone for helping make this fundraiser a big success!
We are very close to reaching our goal of selling one book per student!
Lowell PTA's popular Chinook Book sale is happening now. Chinook Book contains hundreds of coupons for great discounts at local businesses and services. The time to buy your 2013-14 book is ending soon.Save money at Bartells, PCC, Cupcake Royale, Children's Museum, Pacific Science Center, Molly Moons Ice Cream, Woodland Park Zoo, EMP, ACT Theater, and hundreds of other local businesses, services and restaurants.Half of the sale proceeds go to Lowell, helping us pay for field trips, our Seattle Children's Theater drama program, technology equipment like iPads in our classrooms, an adapted music program for our special ed students, library books, classroom supplies, musical instruments and more.Books cost $20, smartphone aps are $15, or you can buy both for $30.
Printable order form available here.Order forms and payments must be returned to school by Monday October 14th. Checks should be made payable to PALS PTA.
Great Businesses, great discounts, and great programs for our school: what could be better?Thanks for supporting our kids and teachers through Lowell PTA!
Additional information on the Growth Boundaries Project, including maps of the draft revisions, data and Frequently Asked Questions, will be posted on the School Board website and also on the Growth Boundaries website http://bit.ly/GrowthBoundaries by Wednesday, Sept.18.
Ways to provide input and suggestions include:
* Attend a community meeting (session listed below).
* Comments and questions can be emailed to GrowthBoundaries@seattleschools.org. All comments will be reviewed, provided to board members and summarized. New questions will be added to the Frequently Asked Questions section of the Growth Boundaries website.
* Participate in the “Walk the Boundaries” project. Information and instructions are available on the district website.
There will be a Community Meeting on Monday, September 30, 2013, at 6:30-8pm at the Meany Building Lunchroom (300 20th Avenue East). Plan to attend, if your schedule permits to be part of this important dialogue and hear first-hand, and to share your thinking, about proposed Growth Boundary plans.
Why is this important for us at Lowell?
Proposed plans for Lowell:
· Implement a Spectrum program on campus
· Boundaries would extend west to both waterfronts
A complete review of the proposed Growth Boundaries presentation may be found here:
Curriculum Night is scheduled for Thursday, October 3, from 6:00-7:30 p.m. At this event, teachers will share with families an overview of their class, instruction, and priorities for the school year. Individual conferences will not take place during this time. Curriculum Night is for teachers to showcase what is happening in the classroom and to share their plans for the school year.
New Math Curriculum
This school year we have an opportunity to utilize a Common Core-aligned math curriculum, My Math (McGraw-Hill), as we deepen our teaching practices to address the rigors and complexity of Common Core State Standards. All K-5 classes will receive resources and professional development throughout the year from Jenny Arlt from McGraw-Hill School Education. Learn more about My Math at https://www.mheonline.com/mhmymath
To ensure an uninterrupted block of time for math instruction, we have implemented the following school-wide schedule for math:
· Grades K-2: 12:45-1:45pm (60 minutes)
· Grades 3-5: 1:00-2:00pm (60 minutes)
After reviewing diagnostic My Math assessments and coordinating with colleagues, grades K-2 teachers will facilitate math instruction in a centers-based instructional model; grade 3-5 teachers will facilitate math instruction based on a “Walk-to-Math” model, with supports being provided by a math specialist (Mr. D.) or special educational generalist (Ms. Janie). More information on the “Walk-To” model, as part of our Advanced Learning Opportunities (ALO) Plan, will be communicated in a future Friday Flyer.
Friday, September 27, 2013, the Lowell community will have the honor and privilege to participate in The HistoryMakers project. A presentation is scheduled for grade 3-5 students (but is open to the entire school community) and will begin at 10:30am in the cafeteria. Our featured guest will be business consultant, business professor and poet, Dr. Gloria Burgess
The HistoryMakers is a not-for-profit organization whose central mission is to conduct video oral histories of 5,000 HistoryMakers over the next five years and to establish an archive of unparalleled importance. With Back to School with The HistoryMakers, African American leaders go to local schools to share their lived experiences in order to provide instruction and inspiration to students. Many of our nation’s youth are forced to succumb to school districts that fail to address the issues of apathy, underachievement, and delinquency in schools. The values of education have always been at the core of The HistoryMakers’ mission, and it is their mission to engage the HistoryMakers to inspire young people across the nation. As a result, throughout the year HistoryMakers visit local school communities and classrooms across the country to provide a living example for today’s youth.
More information about The HistoryMakers is available here:http://www.thehistorymakers.com/
See detailed class and registration information for Fall 2013.
See detailed class and registration information for Fall 2013.
Moving forward, we are working to review and finalize class assignments as needed, based on updated enrollment information received from PowerSchools. Thank you for your patience in this process. Be advised that all students enrolled prior to July 1, 2013, were assigned a class and received notification via postal mail of their assignment along with a Welcome Letter from their teacher.
When: Thursday, August 29, 2013 (6-8pm)
As announced in last week's Friday Flyer, Miller Community Center will be operating after-school programs at Lowell during the 2013-14 school year. We have heard some questions about this exciting new partnership, and would like to clear up some key points:
- Miller will operate the classes on site at Lowell Elementary.
- Current plans call for two classes each afternoon, Monday-Friday; one from 3:45-4:45 p.m., the other from 4:45-5:45 p.m.
- Fall quarter classes will begin the first day of school -- Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2013.
- Class topics have not yet been decided, but more information will be released over the summer.
- Exact prices have yet to be set, but signing up for all classes (i.e., two hours a day five days a week) is expected to cost approximately $250 a month, with part-time options at approximately $125 a month -- both subject to change.
- At this time, we do not know if programs from this year, such as Professor Watermelon's creative writing class, will be part of the Miller-run program lineup.
- Registration for Miller's fall programs will begin on July 22; details will be released this summer via the Lowell website, mailings and other means.
- Miller will not provide before-school programs; however, the PTA plans to continue offering some before-school enrichment classes including martial arts and foreign language.
If you have more questions, please contact Miller Community Center at 206-684-4753 or the PTA at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Preschool- Medically Fragile: Barbara Lynn
Preschool- Developmental: Bonnie Light
Preschool Extended Day: Kate Westerlund
Kindergarten: Pia Dixon, Rae Richardson
Grade 1: Autumn Mittelstaedt, Toni O'Neal
Grade 2: Jenn Radder
Grade 2/3: Carly Mauer
Grade 3: Kelly Lusnia
Grade 4: CJ Martin
Grade 5: Brent Hinson
Visual Arts: Robyn Jordan
General Music: Michael Anderson
PE: Kyle Hoffman
Math Specialist: Jeff Delissio
Special Education Specialist: Janie Cantwell
Special Education- Medically Fragile: Lyndsey Henderson
Special Education- EBD: John Conom
Special Education K-2: Amy Forhan-Stocks
Special Education 3-5: Marc Nelson