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Eckstein’s Unified Soccer Season
Special Olympics Unified Sports® is an inclusive sports program that combines an approximately equal number of Special Olympics athletes (individuals with intellectual disabilities) and partners (individuals without intellectual disabilities) on teams for training and competition. Eckstein’s Unified Soccer Team will have practices on Tuesdays after school from 2:40-4:00pm, starting 3/10. There is no transportation. Games will be at Ingraham High School on Saturday mornings starting 3/28. The game schedule will be handed out at the first practice. If you are interested in joining the team as an athlete or partner, please pick up a form from the main office or from Ms. Gedansky in room 114. If you have any questions or want more information, please contact Jodi Gedansky at jlgedansky@seattleschools.org or visit http://specialolympicswashington.org/unified/unified-sports



Letter from the Assistant Superintendent for Operations dated 2/19/15
This letter contains information about important school assignment and school choice information. In an effort to provide quality customer service, the district has created an easy-to-use Assignment Look-Up Tool (http://enrollment.www.seattleschools.org). This tool will allow families to identify their student’s assigned school both this year and the next school year. As a result, families will NO LONGER be mailed a next-year assignment letter for each student in mid-February. To view the entire letter, click HERE



District News Regarding Highly Capable.
 

High school students are now able to apply for identification as Highly Capable. A revision to state law has opened the HC designation to qualified high school students who are not already identified and wish to apply. Families of students in grades 9 to 11 must submit a referral form by Feb. 27 and the remainder of the application packet by March 26. Go to our Advanced Learning pages at http://www.seattleschools.org/modules/cms/pages.phtml?pageid=214087  to access forms and learn more about whether this would be appropriate for your teen.


Letter from Superintendent Larry Nyland
Jan. 29, 2015
 
Dear Eckstein families,
 
As you have heard from Principal Kokx, she has accepted the position of School Operations Manager for the district. She will be joining the school operations team providing program placement and master schedule work to improve the district’s delivery and equity of service to all students.
 
I know Ms. Kokx is a valuable part of the Eckstein team and we worked quickly to find someone who could continue her tradition of leadership. We are pleased to announce Principal Treena Sterk from Cascade Parent Partnership K-8 has agreed to step in as the new principal at Eckstein. Ms. Sterk offers nearly 15 years of experience in education, including middle and high school administration, special education, and teaching, most recently serving as principal at Cascade since 2011.
 
While at Cascade, Ms. Sterk made considerable strides in strengthening the program, building and growing the community, and working closely with families to develop individual student learning plans for each student. As Cascade is a unique alternative school, supporting students with a variety of special needs, Ms. Sterk serves as a district-wide resource to principals in working with students requiring alternative learning.
 
Ms. Sterk will officially begin transitioning to her new position Monday, Feb. 2, with the support of Ms. Kokx.
 
Please join me in thanking Ms. Kokx for her service to Eckstein Middle School and welcoming Ms. Sterk.
 
Sincerely,
Larry Nyland
Superintendent



Sign Up for After School Clubs with the Y
The Y Winter/ Spring Clubs 2015- Eckstein:  Families can register online or pick up a registration form in the main office. Families that wish to register online can use the link below. 


Free Parenting with Positive Discipline

January 29th, 7-9:00p.m. at Eckstein Middle School.  To view flyer click HERE.  Certified Positive Discipline Lead Trainer Sahara Pirie will speak on adolescence and how significant changes in the brain coupled with increasing responsibilities and freedoms can leave us quite challenged with our teens.  (It isn’t so easy for them either).  Simple, respectful parenting tools can help us parent more effectively.  Come explore with us!


**Time Change ~ OPEN HOUSE FOR INCOMING STUDENTS TO ECKSTEIN
Thursday, February 26, 6:00-8:00 pm, starting in the Auditorium.  Eckstein DOES NOT arrange student visits or shadowing during the school day, but incoming or interested students and their families are invited to learn more about the school at our evening open house on Feb 26th. The evening’s agenda will include an informational presentation in the auditorium and an opportunity to tour the school. Reservations are not necessary.

Letter from the Principal - 1/8/15
Dear Eckstein Students and Families,
 
Welcome back and Happy New Year! I hope you had the opportunity over Winter Break to rest and enjoy time with family and friends while reflecting on the potential of the New Year.
 
The start of a new year symbolizes opportunities for new beginnings. As 2015 unfolds, I want to share with you that I have been presented with an exciting new opportunity to serve not only Eckstein, but also many other schools in the district through a school operations position in the Teaching and Learning department. 
 
While I am looking forward to this new adventure, I am deeply aware of the needs here at Eckstein. I know the thought of changing principals can cause concerns. I want you to know that I have made the commitment to remain at Eckstein until the district has identified a replacement and that person has begun the job.  Northeast Region Executive Director Kim Whitworth and I will be talking with Building Leadership Team (comprised of staff and a parent) to receive input on our principal selection process. You are invited to join this meeting Thursday, January 15, 2015 at 2:45 pm in the Eckstein library. 
 
While I am still here until a replacement is in place, our very capable assistant principals, Ron Timmons and Jolene Anderson, as well as Kristin Bailey, our house administrator, will continue to support Eckstein and assist our community. I have faith they will assure a smooth transition for each and every one of our students.
 
Thank you very much for this opportunity to have served as your principal. I have enjoyed getting to know the Eckstein staff, students and community these past three years and look forward to continuing to support you in my new position.
 
If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact me.
 
Sincerely,
 
Sherri Kokx
Principal
Eckstein Middle School

Smarter Balanced Tests

Click HERE to read about the Smarter Balanced tests designed for 21st century learning.  Smarter Balanced is computer-based, requires complex thinking, and will be coming to the District in April or May 2015.  This test replaces the MSP in Language Arts and Math.  Eighth graders will still be taking the science portion of MSP.  You may also view the District Smarter Balanced Assessment District Website or go to www.seattleschools.org homepage under “Additional Links”.


Letter from the Principal re: Pertussis

Dear Parents/Guardians,

 
Roosevelt High School has had 23 confirmed cases of Pertussis/Whooping Cough. Please read the letter from the nurse at Roosevelt HS.   To date, Eckstein has not had any confirmed cases.  However, as you know, Roosevelt and Eckstein share many families so it is possible that an Eckstein student(s) could be exposed to this highly contagious disease.
 
If you have any questions, please contact your health care provider.
 
Sincerely,
Sherri Kokx, Principal
Eckstein Middle School

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.

Eckstein’s 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.


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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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.


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.


Eckstein’s 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.

 

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.



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!

Eckstein’s 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.


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.




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