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Seattle Public Schools Newsletter

March 6, 2024

Who Are You? 

Thornton Creek’s Artifact Day Helps Build Intergenerational Community  

Students share their family histories through storytelling and cultural artifacts. 

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Building Connections 

John Muir Elementary and Orca K-8 bring Black families to campus for food, fun, and fellowship in honor of National African American Parent Involvement Day. 

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School News

The Future Looks Bright Counselors at B.F. Day Elementary help students explore their possibilities with their annual Career Week. 

Funding Our Future SPS is committed to hearing your voice. The conversation continues this spring with community meetings about the district’s budget plan and creating well-resourced schools.  

They’ve Got Spirit! Yes, They Do! We’re looking for the district’s most spirited teacher! Nominate the one teacher whom you feel best represents your school in the most positive way! Submit nominations by March 31! 

Generous Donation The Seattle Schools Scholarship Fund received a gift of $5 million, allowing the district to expand both the number and amount of student scholarships.  

Meet the Candidates The Seattle School Board is appointing new directors to fill District 2 and District 4 vacancies. Review information about the appointment process and view the candidate profiles. 


Hello Sunshine! It’s time to spring ahead. Daylight Saving Time begins Sunday, March 10. Mark your calendar to move clocks ahead one hour.   

Be Prepared for State Assessments State Summative Assessments are currently underway at SPS! Visit the website to learn more information and get tips on how to prepare. 

Important FAFSA updates Changes to this year's Federal Student Aid application are causing longer processing times. Don't get discouraged! Applying for aid is essential to getting money for college or career training. 

School Year Skills Center Application is Open The Seattle Skills Center application for the 2024-25 school year is now open. Find a wide range of courses designed to prepare students for college, career and life! 

Quest for Success Amazon’s Career Quest is a paid, two-week computer science and career exploration experience for SPS high school students. The application is open for rising 9th, 10th, and 11th graders.

Guides for High School Class Registration Find details you need to know to help your student choose the right courses for the 2024-25 school year and plan for their future. 

Student Leaders Wanted Students entering their junior or senior year are eligible to apply for a one-year term as a School Board member. Applications open March 11. Learn more about the position. 

Preschool Program Application Opening Soon Applications for the 2024-25 Seattle Preschool Program will be available beginning March 15.  

Early Entrance to Kindergarten Applications for Early Entrance to Kindergarten are now open to any child who will turn five between Sept. 1 and Oct. 31.  The deadline to apply is March 21. 

Save the Date It’s never too early to start planning for graduation. View the commencement ceremony dates for the Class of 2024.   

Get Inspired, Get Started Seattle Colleges – North, Central, and South – are hosting six open house events March 11-16. Tour a campus while learning about the admissions process.  

Last Call for Stim Bullitt Seniors, the last day for submissions for the Stim Bullitt Civic Courage Scholarship is March 15. Don’t miss out on this scholarship opportunity! 

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