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New Report Cards for New Common Core Standards

At parent - teacher conferences next week, teachers will talk about the new standards frequently called "Common Core".  With new standards to assess, a new style of reporting is needed for families to better understand how their students are learning.

The information below will help prepare you for a more engaging discussion with your child's teachers:

Dear Seattle Public Schools family:
When you attend elementary conferences next week, you may notice some changes to the progress reports that families receive each trimester. The progress reports have been revised to reflect our College and Career Readiness Standards (known as Common Core). Like all districts in the state, Seattle Public Schools has been training teachers on these standards and preparing for the new statewide tests that will be given this spring to students in grades 3 to 8 and 11. Those tests, known as Smarter Balanced, will cover standards in English Language Arts and Math. The state will continue to test students in Science using the Measurements of Student Progress, administered in grades 5 and 8.
To reflect these new English Language Arts and Math standards, the district has revised its Elementary Progress Report for all grade levels. Families will see updated standards in the areas of English Language Arts, Math and Learning Behaviors. Because Common Core covers only English Language Arts and Math, standards in other subject areas – such as Science –  are not changing on our progress reports.
Please view the following brief video to learn more about these changes: You may also view the video, read a scoring guide (with translations in five languages), and find links to standards and testing information on our Academics page. Just go to, click "Students," then "Academics." Your student’s classroom teacher will review the progress report with you and answer questions during your conference.
Shauna Heath
Executive Director of Curriculum & Instruction for Seattle Public Schools

Are YOU Cyber - Aware?
Denny International School is hosting a cyber safety awareness session for parents and those students 9 years old or older.  Please read......

The Denny International PTSA would like to invite your communities to a family presentation about online safety on November 24th in the Chief Sealth HS auditorium. Stefanie Thomas, Victim Advocate with the Seattle Police Department, will present information on Cyber-bullying, social networking, online gaming/virtual worlds, parental controls and other safety tips. This presentation is appropriate for adults and children 9+.

You get further details on the Denny Middle School website.

Commitment to Student Safety

Dear Gatewood Families,

In light of recent events, both at Gatewood and in our state, we wanted to be the first to reassure our Gatewood Families of our ongoing commitment to your children’s safety.  Our commitment includes several practical actions:  regular safety drills and an Incident Command System that involves all staff members.

However, we understand there may be a heightened concern due to the recent police activity at Gatewood. Families should know the police are often first responders when there is a medical crisis. No students were in danger when police arrived at Gatewood. It was a medical issue requiring their presence. In light of the recent school shootings in Marysville Washington, police in the South West precinct have implemented a plan to be more visible at school. For this, we are grateful because at Gatewood we believe in being proactive rather than reactive when it comes to student safety.

At Gatewood, we take every precaution to keep your children safe at all times.  Please know that all of the adults at Gatewood care deeply about your children, and we strive to provide the safest possible environment for them.  As always, please feel free to contact us with your questions and concerns.  Thank you.

Connie Aleman
Principal @ Gatewood Elementary

DROP OFF time is 8:15 AM, Even on rainy days!

Please do not drop your children off at school before 8:15 AM.  There is no adult supervision before then and we have a number of students who are wandering the halls and playing in the building before teachers arrive for work.

On Rainy Day Mornings


We will call rainy day morning at 8:15 if there is heavy rain, thunder, or lightning. If it is a light drizzle, we will have outdoor recess so make sure your child dresses appropriately with rain gear. If the office staff calls rainy day at 8:15, there will be supervision in the following areas:

  • Grades 4/5 in the gym
  • Grades 2/3 in the library
  • Grades K/1 in the lunchroom

Cold and Flu Season and the Enterovirus

There are news reports the Enterovirus, which is causing illness in children across the Midwest, may be in the Seattle area.  With cold and flu season upon us, it's a good time to review how students can do their best to avoid catching or sharing colds and flu this season.

  • Wash hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds
  • Avoid kissing, hugging, and sharing cups or eating utensils with people who are sick
  • Disinfect frequently touched surfaces, such as toys and doorknobs, especially if someone is sick
  • Catch your cough in your sleeve to reduce spread
  • Prevent other flu viruses by getting your flu shot

Also, please become familiar with the SPS guidelines on when to keep students home from school, including when they have a fever, persistent cough, diarrhea, or vomiting.  The full list is available here: When to Stay Home

Here in our school we are taking extra precautions against viruses by wiping down frequently touched surfaces including desks, keyboards, drinking fountains, as well as common areas such as bathrooms and the cafeteria.

For more information on Enterovitus, here is a helpful link from CDC:  Enterovirus

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