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January 31, 2024

A young girl reads to a black dog in the Reading with Rover program

Paw-sitive Reinforcement

Reading with Rover program helps kids discover the joy of reading 

Students at Wedgwood Elementary improve their skills and grow in their confidence by practicing reading to assistance dogs. 

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Teacher Sarah Martin displays her favorite school gear.

Can’t Hide Her Chief Sealth Pride 

School spirit goes beyond cheering on your favorite team. Chief Sealth International High School teacher Sarah Martin has worn the school’s colors every day for the past 11 years.  

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School News

John Rogers Elementary student raises arms in excitement.

Celebrations and Service Schools honored Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with assemblies, parades, and school campus beautification projects. 

SPS Kicks Off Black History Month The district will celebrate the start of Black History Month with the Pan African flag raising ceremony on Monday, Feb. 5. 

Ingraham Latino Student Union students at the state capitol

SPS Shout Outs A round of applause for students and staff who are flying high in the classroom and making a difference around the district. 


You’ve Got Options Enrollment for 2024-25 School Choice opens Feb. 1 for students who are interested in attending a school outside their assigned neighborhood.  

Mid-Winter Break Approaching All schools will be closed Feb. 19-23 for Mid-Winter Break. The district office will be closed Feb. 19, for Presidents Day. School will resume Feb. 26.   

2024-25 Course Catalog Now Available If you are unsure about graduation requirements and class descriptions, the SPS Introduction to High School Course Registration has what you need to help students make informed decisions. 

Protect Yourself During Flu Season Getting vaccines is optimal for staying healthy throughout the school year. Upcoming clinics offer free vaccinations for students including COVID-19, flu, and required childhood vaccines. 

Last Call for Seattle Promise Applications The last day to apply for the scholarship is Feb. 16. More scholarship opportunities and information for seniors is also available. 

Check It Out Several SPS schools are offering tours for families to explore their campus and meet the staff. Find a list of locations, dates, and times. 

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Be Smart with Firearm Safety Explore the resources to learn how you can play a role in preventing firearm-related injuries in our communities. 

Well-Resourced Schools Planning The superintendent will present a plan to the School Board this spring on the vision for a system of well-resourced schools. Learn more about community engagement and well-resourced schools planning.  

Save the Dates The 2024-25 school year calendar dates have been approved by the School Board and are available for viewing. 

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