May 21, 2015
Dear Alderwood Middle Families -
Some of you may have heard, but I want to share with you what occurred at school today. I want you to have accurate information, as well as knowledge of what actions staff and I took in helping guide students with some difficult issues. Additionally, I want to provide you with what steps we have in place for tomorrow.
We had approximately 100 students who made the decision to not go to class today in order to demonstrate. The participating students cited various reasons for their actions but the predominant message was about equity and race issues not just at Alderwood, but in society in general. We have worked and collaborated with students and clubs on best ways to bring awareness to these very important issues. These students chose to not go to class today as the method of bringing that awareness.
As an administration, we instructed students to return to class. When students elected not to, we took steps to make sure students were safe by calling parents, supervising participants, and finding space for them. At the same time, we took steps to protect the learning environment for the students who were in classes. Our expectation is that school will be in session normally tomorrow and students will go to class. If students do not go to class their parents will be contacted to come pick them up.
While, this demonstration was not sponsored or endorsed by the school, issues of inequity and discrimination are real and need to be addressed. We are aware that there were some difficult moments today, and we are taking those reports seriously and appropriate actions will be taken.
Prior to their decision to stage a demonstration today, we have been meeting with about 10-15 of the students over the last several weeks to listen to their concerns and to develop plans to address those concerns. We have been optimistic about this important work and are committed to continuing to have an open dialogue with students and families. We will continue to keep you updated on this work and are committed to the creation of a supportive learning environment at Alderwood Middle School.
Alderwood Middle School
E X P L O R A T I O N
June 29–July 2 | 9 a.m.–3 p.m. daily
High school and pre-college students ages 14-18 are invited to this FREE four-day STEM experience at Edmonds CC.
Lunch will be provided.
Explore the hardware and software, Arduinos, by engineering and programming a unique robotics project.
Experience college campus labs and research facilities
Engage with college STEM faculty and like-minded peers
Space is limited and registration will close June 15 or when full. Register online at www.edcc.edu/stem.
Edmonds Community College does not discriminate on the basis of race; color; religion; national origin; sex; disability; sexual orientation; age; citizenship, marital, or veteran status; or genetic information in its programs and activities. 14-15-068 G
This program is funded by the National Science Foundation grant #1068399.
Heart Screening Event on June 3rd click below for more information and the forms that students will need to fill out in order to make their appointment on the 3rd.
Tengo buenas noticias para nuestras familias y estudiantes de secundaria. El próximo año escolar, todos los estudiantes de secundaria (middle school) en el Distrito Escolar de Edmonds recibirán una computadora portátil Chromebook. Esta Chromebook será usada durante clases todo el día y la llevarán a casa utilizándola para continuar su aprendizaje. Este modelo 1:1 le permitirá, al personal docente, el uso de tecnología y de recursos en línea en formas nuevas, como parte de la clase y apoyará una mayor colaboración entre alumnos.
Al igual que con cualquier nuevo proyecto, hay muchas preguntas; por eso mismo, nuestra escuela secundaria (middle school) llevó a cabo una noche para padres de familia para compartir información acerca de este programa. En caso de que no haya podido asistir a esta reunión, el Distrito llevará a cabo una reunión extra durante esta primavera. Si tiene preguntas o quiere saber más, por favor visite nuestro sitio web o haga planes para asistir a la sesión mencionada continuación:
Lunes 1º de junio
Oficinas principales del Distrito, Sala de Juntas
I have some exciting news for our 6th grade students and families. Every middle school student in Edmonds School District will be issued a laptop next school year. This laptop will be used in classes throughout the day and taken home to use for extended learning. This 1:1 model will allow teaching staff to use technology and online resources in powerful new ways within classroom instruction, and will further support collaboration between students.As with the start of any new project there are many questions, therefore each middle school has held or will hold a 6th grade parent night to share details about this program. In case you couldn’t attend this meeting, the District will be holding a make-up session this spring.
Monday, June 1
District Main Offices, Board Rooms
Attention 8th grade students: There is a class at Mountlake Terrace High School called “HBN: The Hawk Broadcasting Network.” Students in the class present the morning announcements on TV, videotape, edit clips, or run the teleprompter and other equipment. Next year, 9th grade students will be allowed take this class instead of other required technology classes. If you are interested, please ask your parent to email Mr. Hatch, the 9th grade counselor at MTHS. HatchR@edmonds.wednet.edu
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