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Washington State 2014 Healthy Youth Survey
Our district is participating in the Washington State 2014 Healthy Youth Survey during the week of October 13th – 17th. The Healthy Youth survey includes questions related to physical activity and diet, unintentional and intentional injury, substance use, risk and protective factors, access to school-based services, and sexual behaviors, abuse and orientation. Survey results are used by schools, communities and state agencies to plan programs to support our youth and reduce their risks.  The Healthy Youth Survey is given to students in grades 6, 8, 10 and 12 across Washington State.  Participation in the survey is voluntary and the students’ answers are anonymous.  Please read the Parent and Student information flyer for more information about the Healthy Youth Survey.  

Family Connectors University class at North Seattle College
Seattle Public School Families are invited to earn college credits while gaining new skills to enhance your children’s PreK-High School Experience. Beginning September 22, 6:00-8:00pm each Monday, North Seattle Community College, Instruction Building, Room 1B 1409, 9600 College Way N, Seattle 98103. The class is free for families of students who qualify for the Free and Reduced Lunch Program. (It is a reduced rate: $32 for families whose children do not qualify for the FRL Program). Please contact one of the following ASAP to reserve a seat: Margo Siegenthaler at 206-252-0794, masiegenthaler@seattleschools.org or Betty Williams at 206-934-4571, betty.williams@seattlecolleges.edu Click HERE for dates.

Ecksteinís Magazine Sale Fundraiser
The two-week magazine sale helps fund student field trips, assemblies, special technology, end-of-year awards and much more. Students will bring home a packet on Tuesday (9/30) with details about how to win fun prizes for as little as one magazine order. Online orders and renewals can be placed at www.gaschoolstore.com (Eckstein’s school code: 2669901) and students earn full prize credits for all online sales. 

College & Career Ready/ Common Core Standards
Like most states, Washington has adopted the Common Core college and career readiness standards to replace its previous standards in reading, writing and math. Read the standards at www.corestandards.org  and learn more on our “Common Core” page, listed under “Additional Links” on www.seattleschools.org. Learn what families can expect from the Common Core standards in Seattle Public Schools. Washington state replaces its spring tests in reading, writing and math with new assessments this school year.Learn about the basics. Click College and Career Ready to learn more and for translations.

Letter to Parent/Guardians of an SPS Student with Special needs (dated 9/15/14)

Page 1 is a Welcome Letter from the Seattle Public Schools Special Education Team detailing five goals developed from community and data compiled during the first year of the comprehensive improvement plan. Page 2 is a letter from the Seattle Special Education PTSA with the calendar of their monthly meetings. For more information go to http://seattlespecialedptsa.org. Click HERE to download the entire letter in English. For translations, please click Spanish, Somali, Vietnamese, and Chinese


Guiding Good Choices Workshop for Parents
Taught by:  Eckstein Counselor, Reema Ziadeh, M.Ed. and Kelly Kerby, LMHC, CDP from Seattle Children’s Hospital. October 22 – November 19. Five Wednesdays, 6:30-8:30pm, Room 125 (across from the gym). To sign up contact Kelly Kerby with your name and your child’s name at kmkerby@seattleschools.org or 206-252-5105. Click GGC Flyer 2014 to download flyer.

PowerPoint Presentation - Curriculum Night 9-23-14
Click HERE to view the PowerPoint Presentation viewed during Eckstein's Curriculum Night held on 9-23-14. 
Curriculum Night for Parents/Guardians
Eckstein Curriculum Night is Tuesday, September 23rd from 7:00 to 8:30p.m. This is an important opportunity for parents and guardians, when you will have a chance to meet your student’s teachers and find out information about each class. Students will bring home a class schedule on Tuesday 9/23.  If your student does not bring a schedule home, please check with his or her Homeroom teacher when you arrive on Curriculum Night. If you are in need of an ASL (American Sign Language) interpreter for this event, you must contact Ann Peterson in the Main Office at (206) 252-5010 by no later than Monday 9/22 at noon.

2014-15 Entertainment and Chinook Coupon Books, Benefits the Eckstein PE Dept
Click HERE to download a copy of the order form. Plan ahead for the holiday season and give a gift that your family and friends can use and enjoy all year long. The Entertainment Books is $25.00, the Chinook Book is $20.00 and the Chinook Mobile App is $15.00 or get the Chinook Combo Pack (print and mobile) is $30.00.


Meeting with SPS Regarding Eckstein's Building Condition

Families and staff invited to conversational meeting regarding Eckstein building condition:  
 
Seattle Public Schools is inviting Eckstein Middle School’s families and staff to attend a conversational meeting regarding the school’s building condition on Tuesday, September 23 from 6:00- 7:00 p.m. in the Eckstein auditorium. Attendees will hear about work that has been done in the past, as well as this summer and what is scheduled for the summer of 2015.  Attendees will be able ask questions and provide input and feedback to the District’s Capital Projects and Planning staff.


Master Schedule 2014-15 1st Semester
The counselors, administrators and office staff are still working on student course placement.  There were some errors in the math placements and courses had to be removed due to another reduction in staffing.  These changes primarily impact the 6th grade class.  However, some 7th and 8th grade students may have schedule changes too.  All students will receive another copy of their schedule on Sept. 3 for 6th graders and Sept. 4 for 7th and 8th graders.  All student schedules will go "live" at https://ps.seattleschools.org/public/ on September 3.  Please note-locker assignments will not change.  Thank you for your patience. 
 
Regards,
Sherri Kokx, Principal
Eckstein Middle School
206-252-5010

2014-15 YMCA Afterschool Program Registration
2014-15 YMCA Fall Afterschool Program registration forms are now available for parents.   Parents can either print off the paper registration (click  HERE) and have their student drop it off in the Eckstein main office the first  2 weeks of school or complete the registration online ( https://ops1.operations.daxko.com/Online/9995/Programs/Search.mvc/programs?branch_id=326&category_ids=5063). If you have questions, please contact Georginia Ramirez at gramirez@seattleymca.org


Eckstein Supplies Bundled at Amazon
Shop at Amazon for Eckstein 2014-15 school supplies.  Eckstein's supply list has been bundled to make it more convenient to shop.  This is only for your convenience.  If you find bettter deals, you can remove and add items. 
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Main Office Hours for the Summer 2014
Eckstein’s summer office hours are 8:00a.m. – 2:00p.m. with the following exceptions: 
          6/30-7/25 Office Closed
          7/28-8/1 – 9:00a.m.-12:00p.m.


2014 EMS Summer Music
Concert Band/Jazz Band, Choir & Orchestrafor 2014-15 6th graders at Eckstein Middle School, Band and Orchestra: June 23-July 11;Choir: June 30-July 11. 9:00am to Noon. Combined Concert: Thursday, July 10 at 7:30pm. Fee: $90 band and orchestra/$60 choir. Scholarships available.  Click HERE to download form.


Eckstein Supply List for 2014-2015
Click HERE to download the Eckstein supply list for 2014-2015.  This list includes the General Supply List, the Advisory Supply List and the list for 8th graders only.  Donations of any of these supplies are greatly appreciated and can be dropped off in the Main Office.  Thank you.



Ecksteinís Dress Code
Parents and guardians: The following information about Eckstein’s dress code is provided to assist you as you plan back-to-school shopping with your student. Our school’s dress code is designed with the goal of establishing a professional atmosphere focused on learning. When selecting clothing to wear to school, students should consider the question “Would I wear this if I worked in a professional career?” If not, students should make a different wardrobe selection.

All Eckstein students are expected to be appropriately covered between the shoulders and fingertips when the arms are extended at the sides. Students who are in violation of the school dress code will be asked to change clothes or will be provided with appropriate attire. Tardies resulting from dress code violations will not be excused.

Non-professional attire that does not meet Eckstein’s student dress code includes:
-          Exposed undergarments
-          Clothing with holes that expose skin from shoulders to fingertips
-          Clothing with inappropriate language, images or iconography
-          Gang-related paraphanelia, including bandanas or gang-related logos
-          Knit pants (yoga pants, spandex, leggings, etc) without additional clothing such as a long shirt, t-shirt or sweatshirt that covers to the fingertip level

Thank you for your cooperation and support as we strive to maintain a school environment based on respect for self and others, and a learning environment with minimal distractions.

 

The Ways Eckstein Helps 6th Grade Students Transition to Middle School
- 6th Grade Open House  Fri 8/22, 8 - 11 am: This is an opportunity for students to drop in with their parents and guardians to walk around the school on a "self-guided tour," have school pictures taken, order a yearbook, get a student planner, purchase a PE t-shirt and pick up information about clubs, sports, after-school activities, volunteering and more.  There is also an evening session on Thurs 8/21, 5 - 7 pm for parents who aren't able to come during the day.

- W.E.B. ("Where Everyone Belongs")  Mon 8/25, 8 am - 12 pm: Teams of 6th grade students are matched with 8th grade mentors and they spend the morning getting to know one another, doing team-building activities, taking a "behind the scenes" tour of the school from a student's perspective and playing games. Participating in the W.E.B. day really boosts the incoming students' confidence and creates a sense of community, and they will continue to meet with their W.E.B. leaders throughout the year for ongoing support.

- Stepping Up to Success Day  Wed 9/3, 7:50 am - 2:20 pm: This day is all about making 6th graders feel comfortable at Eckstein.  Only 6th graders are in school for the day, and they find their classes, meet their teachers, open their lockers (lots of times!), eat lunch in the cafeteria and get to experience a "practice" school day before the first day of classes on Thursday 9/4.


Ecksteinís 6th Grade Math Placement Information 2014-15
The District will no longer use a single assessment score for course placement. To view the placement matrix, click HERE.


SUMMER SCHOOL OPPORTUNITY FOR CURRENT 8TH GRADERS
There is a unique summer school opportunity for current 8th graders who are entering high school in the fall. It is called the SKILL CENTER SUMMER SCHOOL PROGRAM which will be held in 3 week sessions at local area schools. This program should provide preparation help for high school and give students an opportunity to earn vocational education credits. Students may sign up for one or two sessions. They are to select a first and second choice for each session. Click HERE to download a copy of the registration form.
 
Note that the grades earned from this program will be entered on student's high school transcripts. The classes are .5 CTE credit, so students have the opportunity to earn 1.0 credit. It might be the first grade on a rising 9th grader's transcript. Applications submitted on the draft Skills Center will be accepted. The application is attached or hard copies are available in the Eckstein Counseling Center. THE APPLICATION DEADLINE IS THIS FRIDAY, MAY 30TH! DON'T MISS IT!

Growth Boundaries Information
At the Nov. 20 board meeting, the Seattle School Board approved boundary changes for the 2014-15 school year to help address the district’s growing enrollment.

Information, maps and FAQs are posted at http://bit.ly/GrowthBoundaries. Please see these two attachments as well:

For specific information on where your child will be assigned for next year (2014-15), please go to the Address Look-up Tool  on the district’s web site. This tool will be updated by the end of this week to reflect changes approved by the School Board for the 2014-15 school year.





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