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News and Events

Harvest Festival



Harvest Festival is here again!

Wednesday, October 15, 2014 Elementary
Thursday, October 16, 2014 Middle School
Thank you to all the volunteers and bringers of treats and activities for our students.


First Race Forum of the year!
African American Open House.
We invite African American families, parents of African American children, allies and advocates for African American students to join us for a very important discussion about the state of the African American achievement/opportunity gap. The conversation is happening at a district level and we need to have it at Orca too.
Finding successful pathways of learning for some students ensures that all students succeed. Let's start the conversation and make plans for effictive action to help support our students.
When: October 15th
Where: Orca Room 306
Time: 6-8pm
Dinner and childcare is provided
Questions: tdfelder@seattleschools.org 



Flu shot clinics provided for all SPS students, staff, and their families
Seattle Public Schools is partnering with the Seattle Visiting Nurse Association to provide flu shot clinics for all students, staff, and their families at no charge with proof of current medical insurance. Clinics will be open to all SPS children (4 years and older) and their families. Students under the age of 18 will need a Patient Consent Form signed by a parent or guardian. All participants will be asked to provide their health insurance information (card) to receive an immunization; your insurance carrier will be billed. 
While there are clinics at SPS schools city-wide, the south end clinics are at:
Franklin High School:  Tuesday, October 7, 2:30-7 p.m.
Cleveland High School: Monday, October 13, 3-7:30 p.m.
Rainier Beach High School: Thursday, October 16, 3-7 p.m.
More info at http://seattleschools.org/modules/cms/pages.phtml?pageid=317478&sessionid=4745c5c2824b46898a91a83a7bc9e946




Healthy Youth Survey

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.

Flyer




MAP Testing
MAP test Window for fall is September 22nd to October 31st.
 
There have been some changes to MAP testing.
  • 1st and 2nd graders will be map tested fall and spring.
  • New students without MAP or MSP 2014 spring data are tested.
  • Orca is testing all middle school students.
  • 3rd - 5th graders are tested based on teacher choice and/or family request.
  • Map testing is administered to Kindergarteners in the Spring Only.
What else is new?
  • MAP is now Common Core aligned.
  • The K-1st grade assessments are now one assessment per subject instead of two.
  • Entire classes of students can be paused and continued later to make the assessment less stressful for students.
Other information:
  • If you want to have your student MAP tested and they are in 3rd through 5th grades, please let us know. We can assess individual students and are willing to if parents/guardians request it.
  • Advanced placement requires spring 2014 MAP test scores. So if you are applying for your student, you should already be able to access that information on the Source.


Orca K-8 Newsletter
Take some time to read our beginning of the year newsletter. It is packed with information that is helpful and informative. It will be archived when the next newsletter comes out, so get it while its hot!




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