Academics

Academics

Parent Resources - Family Engagement
  1. After School Clubs
  2. ELL
  3. 3. General Music K-5
  4. Instrumental Music
  5. Physical Education
  6. Powerful Readers
  7. Spanish
  8. Special Education
  9. Sports
  10. Student Council

Parent Resources (New NAAPID Presentation 2014)

We had a wonder National African American Parent Involvement Day session on Monday, February 10th. We welcomed the Graham Hill Elementary school community along with our South Shore School Community. Here is a copy of the NAAPID PowerPoint presentation and some resources from this powerful collection of articles - "Being Black Is Not A Risk Factor."

After School Clubs


The Community Learning Center (CLC) is an afterschool academic and enrichment program offered through a partnership between Seattle Parks and Recreation and South Shore PreK-8. This program provides students with academic support classes, homework help, and opportunities to learn new skills through activities such as: visual arts, cooking, sports, and music.

CLC PROGRAM DETAILS:

Grades: 3rd-8th

Days: Classes available Monday-Thursday from October 26-December 10.

Times: 2:30-4:30

Cost: programs are funded through the Families and Education Levy and are free to students.

Contact: Jennie Morrison at 206-310-1212 or Jennie.Morrison@seattle.gov

Registration: Registration forms will be released by October 5. Forms are due October 16.

Kids Co. will also continue to offer After School Clubs (ASC, with offerings that include some returning favorites, such as LEGO ® and Gardening Club.

ASC PROGRAM DETAILS:

Grades: K-2nd

Days: Classes are available Monday-Thursday from October 26-December 10

Times: 2:15-4:15

Cost: Programs are available for a small fee—scholarships are available

Contact: Amber Donaldson (amberd@kidscompany.orgat 206-725-8000

Registration: Registration forms will be released by October 5. Forms are due October 16.

CHILDCARE

Kids Co.’s onsite childcare program offers before and after school care, early dismissal/school break care, and Summer Camp programs for children ages 5 - 12. For more information, or enrollment applications, please contact Renee Morrow at (206) 725-8000 or reneem@kidscompany.org, or visit www.kidscompany.org

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English Language Learners - ELL


The largest numbers of English language learners (ELL) in Seattle Public Schools speak Spanish, Vietnamese, Cantonese, Tagalog, and Somali as their native languages. 

The goal of the ELL program is to educate all students to the highest standards regardless of their national origin, native language, or previous educational experiences. 
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General Music K-5


Q:  What do Batman, Green Onions, Sakura, and The “A” Train all have in common?

A:   They are all multi-part musical arrangements that students are learning to play together on steel pans, marimbas, drums, keyboards, and percussion.

Our music program is somewhat unique.   We incorporate playing real arrangements on real instruments for all students.   This is unusual for a general music program.  We have a long-standing and highly productive relationship with our Artist-in-Residence, Jah Breeze.  

We have four performing ensembles, with at least two more to come.

Our broad goals reflect national and state standards:

  1. Sing alone and with others, using a varied repertoire of music
  2. Perform on instruments, alone and with others, a varied repertoire of music
  3. Improvise melodies, variations and accompaniments
  4. Compose and arrange music within specified guidelines
  5. Read and produce musical notation
  6. Listen to, analyze, and describe music
  7. Evaluate music and music performances
  8. Understand the relationship between music, the other arts, and disciplines outside the arts
  9. Understand music in relation to history and culture
Our broad goals reflect national and state standards:

  1. Sing alone and with others, using a varied repertoire of music
  2. Perform on instruments, alone and with others, a varied repertoire of music
  3. Improvise melodies, variations and accompaniments
  4. Compose and arrange music within specified guidelines
  5. Read and produce musical notation
  6. Listen to, analyze, and describe music
  7. Evaluate music and music performances
  8. Understand the relationship between music, the other arts, and disciplines outside the arts
  9. Understand music in relation to history and culture

From March 2008 Seattle Public Schools School Beat

Students enter into music via a "folk" process:  listening, moving, singing, exposure to instruments, playing parts within an ensemble, sharing, exploring, improvising, and performing.  We proceed with a multi-cultural emphasis:  starting with African and Caribbean traditions, we incorporate other "world music" as we progress, especially American roots music:  folk, blues, jazz, R & B, and classical.

Students start with singing, body percussion, hand percussion, and African drums as their primary "voices". They learn a beginning set of songs, and basic musical skills such as pulse, tempo, pattern, melody, dynamics, expression, ensemble cooperation, and performance. Steel pans and marimba are introduced early on to provide experience and skills in melody, voicing, lead playing,  back-up playing, "counterpoint", and basic informal notation.

Within any given class, there is a range of skills and experiences that students bring.   Music instruction is necessarily “differentiated”.  There is always a part for each and every student to play. This is a philosophical linchpin of the program.  From there, skills grow in complexity, and students help and teach each other.  Students practice and learn during class time, during after school clubs, and many come in during their lunch times to work on material.

To see us in action, visit http://www.teachertube.com/viewVideo.php?video_id=132461&title=music_overview.    If you would like to get involved with the music program, help small groups learn a song, or have fundraising ideas to share, please contact me at ejones@seattleschools.org

Thanks, Mr. Jones

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Instrumental Music


 
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Physical Education


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Powerful Readers


Powerful Readers, which is part of Powerful Schools, is a one-on-one tutoring program offered to K-2 students at South Shore.  Only four other schools in the South End have the Powerful Readers program, which provides one-on-one tutoring that would be beyond the financial reach of most families.  

Teachers identify students who are reading below grade level, based on observation or standardized test scores.    Students then meet with a tutor for 30 minutes, four days a week, for 28 weeks.  The focus is on learning to decode words using a structured, phonics-based approach.   Each lesson ends with 10-15 minutes of reading.   Every 10 lessons, students are tested for mastery of letter sounds, sight word, decoding / segmenting and fluency.  After successfully passing, students earn a free book and are eligible for the next level of instruction.   Progress reports are given during parent-teacher conferences.  Books and activities are provided during school breaks to ensure students stay on track.  

Bev DeCook, Lead Tutor, oversees three tutors and one volunteer.  Tutors are evaluated each month on lesson delivery, preparedness, behavior management and positive modeling.

One of Bev’s favorite parts of the program is seeing kids make progress - seeing the light bulbs go on and suddenly, they are reading sentences.   Kindergarten students go into 1st grade with more confidence and with strategies they can use to be successful.  

The program targets younger students, so that intervention occurs before reading struggles manifest into self-esteem and behavioral issues.   It is especially successful for students that struggle to learn in a bigger classroom environment.   Most students that attend Powerful Readers regularly are reading at grade level by the end of the year.   Powerful Readers also hosts an annual Literacy Night each year to get parents involved in reading with their students.

Would you like to help?   Powerful Readers relies on private donations to sustain programs, such as the one at our school.   You can make a cash donation, donate new or gently used books (appropriate for grades K-2) or volunteer to read with students, especially those on the program’s waiting list.   Contact Bev DeCook at 252-7577 or bidecook@seattleschools.org

Powerful Schools is a non-profit organization committed to supporting and strengthening public elementary schools.   This year, they are serving more than 3,400 students in Seattle.   To learn more, visit www.powerfulschools.org

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Spanish


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Special Education


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Sports


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Student Council


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