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Seattle Public Schools Newsletter

January 4, 2023

School Board Wins National Award

President Hersey attended the ceremony in December 

The Council of Urban Boards of Education (CUBE) awarded the Seattle School Board for excellence in school governance.  

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Strategic Goal: College & Career Readiness 

Cracking the Code

Dozens of SPS schools participated in Week of Code with the help of Amazon and Google volunteers.

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School News

Strategic Goal: College & Career Readiness 

Representation in Careers Students in the WHOLE Mentoring Program traveled to the Microsoft campus for a lesson in career exploration and the benefits of mentorship. 

Hot Wheels Hawthorne Elementary will receive $18,000 as part of the All Kids Bike Initiative, which teaches kindergarteners how to ride a bike. 

SPS Shout Outs We are SPS, and we want everybody to know what makes our school district unique. We’re putting YOU in the spotlight! 

A Helping Hand for Teachers The SPS Consulting Teacher Program has been awarded a $7,000 grant to support new teachers. 

Millions for Maritime Training Seattle Skills Center and Sound Experience have been awarded a $1.3 million grant to partner with maritime industry employers. 


Get Ready for First Bell The district’s newsletter will shift to a once-a-month delivery as SPS launches a new TV broadcast. 

New Student Enrollment is Open! New student registration is now open for the 2023-24 school year. All registration is online. 

School Year Calendar Feedback Survey We want to hear from you! Please provide feedback on school year dates and religious accommodations guidance by Friday, Jan. 13. 

Deadline for AP Accommodations Approaching The request for AP exam accommodations must be submitted by Thursday, Jan. 18, to the College Board. 

FAFSA is Open Applications for federal and state financial aid (FAFSA and WASFA) are open. 

Know Your Options SPS will host an admissions fair for neighborhood and option schools on Saturday, Jan. 28. 

Honoring MLK The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Had a dream to end racism and discrimination. In honor of his legacy, all schools and the central office will be closed on Monday, Jan. 16. 

A Promising Future The Seattle Promise Scholarship increases access to college for students, particularly those from underrepresented groups. Join an upcoming workshop to learn more. 

Low to No-Cost Internet Access Students and families in need of affordable internet access can apply to the Affordable Connectivity Program. 

Tips for Staying Healthy During the colder months, we encourage our school community to take steps to limit the spread of respiratory illnesses. 

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