News Blog for Seattle's Maple Leaf Neighborhood


Update: No school Thursday – Seattle teachers launch first strike in 30 years

September 9th, 2015 by Mike

This morning outside Olympic View Elementary School.

Update 3:30 p.m.: The school district has canceled classes Thursday as the strike continues.

Our news partner The Seattle Times is following the school strike here.

The Seattle Education Association web site is here.

The Seattle Public Schools web site is here.

An option for school-less kids is here.

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School boundary letter making neighborhood rounds

October 25th, 2013 by master

There are clearly Maple Leaf families both in favor and opposed to the proposed changes to the Seattle School District boundaries, according to the comments in our recent post.

Those opposed are making their voices heard not only by responding to the district’s survey, which is due today at 6 p.m., but also by asking neighbors to sign a “Maple Leaf Letter to the School Board” by 4 p.m. today that supporters have been distributing around the neighborhood and via the Facebook page Maple Leaf Parents.

From the Maple Leaf Parents Facebook page.

The text reads: [

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Comment by tomorrow on new school boundaries

October 20th, 2013 by master

UPDATE: The School Board has extended its school boundary survey deadline until 6 p.m. Oct. 25.

Shown above is the proposed new Olympic View school boundary on top of the current one.

We’ve received a few emails from parents about the new boundaries proposed for Seattle Public Schools, which Olympic View Elementary parent Aiko Schaefer says would “splinter Maple Leaf kids to an even greater number of different schools.” She continues:

Schools are anchors to communities, the latest SPS proposal has Maple Leaf kids going every which way to school. The kids in the neighborhood play and grow up together, it will be a shame if they are not able to also learn together. I’m hoping Maple Leaf residents are able to weigh in on this proposal and help ensure we keep our neighborhood kids together.

In a nutshell, here is the current boundary for Olympic View, which was implemented when the school district moved to neighborhood schools in fall 2010. And here is a link to the school’s proposed new boundaries, which another parent pointed out would have children between Roosevelt and 15th Avenue Northeast who previously attended Olympic View crossing busy, unsidewalked 15th Avenue Northeast to reach Sacajawea Elementary.

But the splintering continues after elementary school, Schaefer says, which is shown by the new boundary proposal for middle schools and high schools: [Read more →]

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Stop by Sacajawea Math and Science Fair tonight

February 16th, 2012 by master

Experience feats of brain strength tonight at Sacajawea Elementary, 9501 20th Ave. N.E., during the Maple Leaf school’s annual Math and Science Fair.

From 6-7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 16, you’re invited to view the more than 150 science and math exhibits created by the students of Sacajawea, as well as exhibits from organizations including UW Neurosciences, The Audubon Society, IslandWood Outdoor Education Center, The Burke Museum and Lice Knowing You.

The event concludes with the catapult egg launch contest from 7:30-8 p.m. on the lower playground (rain or shine), which will pit Sacajawea students against one another to see whose entry (built from a standard kit of materials) can fly the farthest, while still protecting its delicate cargo.

To top it all off, Dante’s Inferno Dogs will be selling gourmet sausages, chips and drinks (cash only, please).

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Northgate Middle College H.S., Pinehurst K-8 win state achievement awards

February 13th, 2012 by master

Beth Brunton, the Simon Youth Foundation’s 2011 National Teacher of the Year, has another award to share that honors the students, faculty and staff at  Northgate Middle College High School:

Last week, the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction and the State Board of Education announced that the alternative school located inside Northgate Mall was among 186 schools across the state and 21 in Seattle honored with 2011 Washington Achievement Awards.

Northgate Middle College won in the category Special Recognition – Improvement, along with nearby Pinehurst K-8 School and six others.

The full list can be viewed online. The award-winning schools will be honored during a ceremony on April 25 at Mariner High School in Everett.

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Seattle Schools asking for two-day snow waiver

January 30th, 2012 by sarawilly

Students may not have to make up all three school days they missed during this month’s snow storm. Officials at Seattle Public Schools (SPS) want to waive two days instead of tacking them onto the end of the year, which they say would cost the district $500,000.

Photo courtesy Dane Doerflinger Photography

SPS is asking the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) for a waiver for the January 19th and January 20th snow days. During the storm Governor Gregoire declared a State of Emergency for those days. “This [the waiver] is contingent on a decision allowing the Emergency Proclamation to apply to schools in King County,” the release states. “OSPI officials said they will have more information next month on how to apply for waivers.”

One of the days was made up last Friday, leaving the other two. According to the district, they cannot make up the days during mid-winter break because families and staff have already arranged their schedules around the time off.

As a side note, next year’s mid-winter break is not a full week, but a four-day weekend with the Friday before President’s Day a day off and that Monday.

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Northgate Mall teacher wins top award

October 11th, 2011 by Mike

Last week we had a post with the headline: “Northgate teacher Beth Brunton among nation’s best.”

Now we can delete the “among,” as far as the Simon Youth Foundation (a partner of Simon Property Group, the real-estate holding company that owns Northgate Mall) is concerned.

Today we received this press release: “The Simon Youth Foundation named Beth Brunton, a teacher at Middle College High School at the Northgate Mall, as its 2011 National Teacher of the Year.”

As we reported earlier, Brunton teaches humanities at the alternative Seattle public school located on the second floor of Northgate Mall. The award comes with a $1,000 grant.

Along with her teaching responsibilities, Brunton is credited for helping raise funds to hire a life coach and substance abuse counselor at the school, and the two additional staff members helped at-risk students learn how to set better goals and become more self-sufficient.

“Beth Brunton is an amazing woman, not just a teacher,” said Matthew Bourassa, general manager at Northgate Mall. “Beth is a leader who is as passionate and caring a person that exists in this world, and she dedicates her life to the students at our academy.”

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Northgate teacher Beth Brunton among nation's best

October 6th, 2011 by master

Beth Brunton, one of the two teachers at Northgate Middle College High School, has been nominated for the Simon Youth Foundation National Teacher of the Year award. From the foundation’s news release:

Simon Youth Academy teachers make it happen.

They are sages, advocates, sounding boards, motivators, caregivers, cheerleaders, mentors, and hope igniters for the at-risk students in the alternative high schools that Simon Youth Foundation sponsors with our public school partners.

Brunton teaches humanities at the alternative Seattle public school located on the second floor of Northgate Mall, and indeed, she does make it happen.

In March, she was instrumental in organizing a fundraiser for the school that raised $8,000, allowing the school to keep its part-time life coach, and pay for day-to-day needs such as school supplies, food and field trips.

According to the Simon Youth Foundation, Brunton was nominated because:

Beth raised the money needed to hire a life coach and substance abuse counselor at her academy, which has helped her at-risk students better learn goal setting and self sufficiency. Students who struggle with substance abuse also have benefited from the additional support.

Wish her luck next week at the Simon Youth Foundation National Conference Oct. 9-12, where the Teacher of the Year will be named!

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