Weekly Update 10/13/11 (keep scrolling- lots of info!)

Bienvenidos ! Welcome to Andres Alcain, an exchange student from Guatemala! Andres is staying with Sky’s family until December.  He gave a wonderful presentation about Guatemala today and he’s a joy to have around. Be sure to say hello to him!

Upcoming Events and Other Important Dates:

Friday, October 14– Teacher in-service- no school for students

Tuesday, October 18– Field study to Center for Urban Waters- tour of their LEED certified building and an introduction to Commencement Bay water studies (Students will be working with UWT scientist testing the water for mircoplastics and other toxins.)

Friday, October 21– Field study to Port of Tacoma- Tour of Port with education director

Tuesday, October 25– Field study to Foss Waterway Seaport- focus on history of Tacoma and the seaport

October 27-28- Parent/ Teacher Conferences- No School for Students-Contact Mr. G to schedule your conference

Tuesday, November 8th, 5:00- Students to attend City Council meeting and present their ideas for Walk the Waterfront. * See message below!

Thursday, November 10, 6:45- Book Club Students to attend the play Flowers for Algernon at Charles Wright Academy *See note in Friday Folder

Wednesday, November 23 Early Release-MS students out at 11:30

Thursday and Friday- November 24-25- No School- Thanksgiving Break!

8th Grade Families: Hard to believe it’s that time already that time, but high school applications are beginning to appear. Please remember to submit all forms to Halley. She will give them to teachers to fill out their portions and keep them organized.  Please submit all paperwork two weeks before you need it, using this form.

 *Seabury Middle School Students to City Council meeting- November 8th – 5:00 p.m.

Clear your students’ calendars for this impactful learning opportunity. After attending the public Foss Waterway Workshops and having a chance to voice their ideas of what they wished to waterfront to look like, the students have been most excited about the ideas behind the organization Walk the Waterfront. http://walkthewaterfront.org/

“Tacoma has 7 miles of sea level shoreline between the Dome-Museum-UWT-Convention Center district and Point Defiance Park and Zoo. Much of this waterfront has public access … but it is not continuous. There are missing links along our waterfront. Extending Ruston Way’s Urban Conservancy S-6 shoreline zoning will help fill the gap between Thea Foss boardwalks and Ruston Way’s sidewalks. To improve livability, provide mobility and sustainable transportation solutions, increase opportunities for healthy recreation and celebrate the natural resource of     our Commencement Bay shoreline, the Thea Foss and Ruston Way walkways need to be connected. Give us ADA accessible, family-friendly walkways and safe, wheel-friendly bike lanes.”

The students have already submitted letters to Mayor Strickland and members of the City Council in support of this plan.  The president of Walk the Waterfront, Lara Hermann, contacted me and they are thrilled at our students’ initiative.  They have invited them to speak on this cause at next month’s city council meeting. The students are doing research and collecting the data about the money, work and time (60 years) that has already been invested in cleaning up Thea Foss and Asarco superfund sites. Students will collect examples of other cities which have successfully transformed their waterfronts from industrial to people-friendly.  They will then write essays and design presentations for City Council’s November 8th Citizen’s Forum.

This project integrates; language arts, research, writng, public speaking, problem solving, technology, government and most importantly, empowers them to have a voice in their community.

That day we’ll order some dinner here and head over before 5:00. The public forum is at 5:45. Once they release the agenda we’ll have a better idea of when they will be finished. Look for details as we get closer to the event.

Check out the Walk the Waterfront site http://walkthewaterfront.org , and if you agree with getting a continuous walkable waterfront from the Dome to Defiance, then write your own letter or and let other people know!

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