Jaguar News: Jan. 25

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Important Upcoming Dates

January 25 – TODAY – Mohan Ski Bus 4:00pm

January 25 – TODAY – SPS Strategic Plan community meeting (see details below in “Seattle Public Schools Information”) 4:30-6:00pm

January 19 – Girls Varsity basketball vs. Eckstein (@Hale) 9:30am

January 19 – Boys Varsity basketball vs. Eckstein (@Hale) 9:30am

January 19 – Girls JV basketball vs. Eckstein (@JAMS) 11:30am

January 19 – Boys JV basketball vs. Eckstein (@JAMS) 11:30am

January 26 – C team basketball vs. STEM (@Ingraham) 3:00pm

January 29 – Debate club meeting 4:00pm

January 29 – End of Semester

January 30 – NO SCHOOL (Day between semesters)

February 4 to February 15 – Open Enrollment for school choice

February 6 – JAMS Open house and tour (for families and students) 6:30-8:00pm

February 12 – JAMS Open house and tour (for adults only) 9:00-10:30am

February 12 – Election Day – PLEASE VOTE!

February 18 to February 22 – NO SCHOOL (midwinter break)

February 28 – Parent education event -“LIKE” movie (JAMS Auditorium) 7:00pm

JAMS School calendar

VOTE on February ballot!

The JAMS PTSA board voted to endorse and support the renewal of the Educational Programs & Operations (EP&O) Levy and Building Excellence V (BEX V) Capital Levy.

With the BEX V Capital Levy, JAMS would directly benefit by receiving the following:

  • Ceiling fans
  • Earthquake safety improvements
  • Field lights
  • Playground (removal of old equipment)
  • Safety and security improvements
  • Landscape site improvements
  • Technology equipment and services

As an individual, you can show your SUPPORT by VOTING on the February 12, 2019 ballot.

Debate club is starting at JAMS!

**NEW**  Does your student like thinking on their feet and persuading others? Debate club is now available at JAMS. It will meet each Tuesday from 4pm to 5:15pm in Room 104, beginning on January 29. Join Debate Club and take your skills to the next level. Learn how to build an impenetrable argument, how to listen for weak spots in reasoning and how to critically analyze information, all while gaining confidence and having fun. Debate club will meet once a week and include games, skill building and, of course, debate. The debate format is inspired by the International Debate Education Association. You will learn how to debate both sides of any topic and tolerance of different viewpoints. Debaters become great communicators and are often seen as leaders. Email for more information or to sign up or come to Ms. Wenderoth’s room #104 on January 29 at 4:00pm.

Get your JAMS gear!

We have an online store set up to order JAMS gear! Get t-shirts, sweatshirts, and hats to show your school spirit. Here’s the link:

Limited time! Orders must be placed by next Tuesday, January 29, then the store will close.

Advocate for Washington students on February 11

Washington state’s 1.1 million students need YOU to be their voice on Focus Day, February 11, 2019.

Join us in Olympia for a day full of advocacy to share our legislative priorities focusing on the health, safety, well-being and education of children.

This is a great opportunity to come with your students, tour the capital, and meet your legislators. To learn more about the day, check out “Show Up to Speak Up“.

Volunteer Corner

Why did the Jaguar NOT cross the road?  Because traffic was too bad!

There is a dire need for Traffic Safety volunteers for ALL shifts on ALL days.  Icy roads and heavy traffic are wielding some dangerous situations for our students both before and after school.   Please sign up for a shift, ANY shift, for the safety of our kids and the sanity of our Traffic Committee!!  Sign up here!/showSignUp/5080e45a4ac2eaafb6-201819
For information contact

Vocal Jazz

JAMS Vocal Jazz is now at Nathan Hale – Sing with Us!

JAMS Vocal Jazz meets on Tuesdays from 3:55-5:25 pm at Nathan Hale. Classes are taught by Nathan Hale’s fantastic new choir director, Erica Ewell. (Fee depends on number of kids who sign up but is typically $10-$15/class.) No experience necessary! For more information or to register, contact Bonnie Rochman at

JAMS Open House and Tours

If you have a student that may attend JAMS next year, make a note of these upcoming open house and tour dates:

Evening Open House and Tour – Families and Students
Wednesday, February 6th – 6:30-8:00pm – We will gather in the JAMS Auditorium for a brief welcome and then families and students will have a chance to visit classrooms, meet teachers, look at curriculum, and learn more about our programs and classes. No RSVP needed.

If you have any questions, please call the main office at 206-252-4500.

Morning Open House and Tour – Adults Only
Tuesday, February 12th 2018 – 9:00am – 10:30am – We will gather in the JAMS Cafeteria for a presentation from Principal Montgomery and then a question and answer period. JAMS student leaders will then take parents/guardians on a tour of the school. Please RSVP for this event at 206-252-4500.

Save these dates!

Please make a note of these future JAMS PTSA events that you won’t want to miss:

  • February 28   Parent Education evening event and group discussion.  We will show the movie “LIKE,” a documentary that explores the impact of social media on our lives and the effects of technology on the brain. JAMS counselors will lead a discussion after the film.
  • March 7   Family Bingo night.  An evening of fun, games and prizes for the whole family!
  • May 1  STEAM Fair. An evening event with student and community presenters on a variety of Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math topics.

High School Information

Nathan Hale High School Information Nights

Future and prospective parents/guardians and students are invited to join us for the following informational evening:

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

  • 6:00PM – 7:00PM  Information Tables and Tours in Commons (last tour leaves Commons at 6:40)
  • 6:00PM – 8:00 PM  Distinct (SM4), Access (SM4), Social Emotional Learning – SEL (SM3), Focus (SM2) and Medically Fragile classrooms will be open and teachers will be available to share information and answer questionsJoin us in any way that works for you:
    *Take a tour of the whole school – tours start at 6PM in the Commons – then head to the main office to be directed to the classrooms noted above
    *Or – head straight to the main office to be directed to the classrooms noted above
    *Students are welcome!
  • 7:00PM – 8:30PM  Presentation and Questions in Performing Arts Center
    Topics: Courses offered; structure of 9th, 10th, 11th and 12th grades; school culture and philosophy; school communication and opportunities for connections within the Nathan Hale Community

Please note: The last tour to leave the Commons before the 7:00 presentation will be at 6:40 on both evenings

We invite and encourage families who will be assigned to NHHS to attend an information evening in order to get a head start on transition to high school. We also welcome families who are assigned to another school but are interested in NHHS and are considering going through the Open Enrollment process.

Starting December 10th, families not able to attend one of the Information Nights are more than welcome to come to the main office between 3:40 and 4PM on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays to sign in, pick up an information packet and walk through the building on a self-guided tour.

Ingraham High School

2018-2019 School Tours and Open House Information

Shadow Visits: Shadow visits will begin Dec 4th and will run on Tuesdays and Thursdays until February 14, 2019. Students will have an opportunity to shadow a current 9th grader for the first 4 periods of the day (8:55 AM – 1:10 PM). You can call Ms. Medina to make a reservation starting Nov 26th -206-252-3889. February 5, 7, 12, 14

Ingraham Open House for incoming students
February 6th – 7:00 PM – Ingraham Auditorium
This is a general information night open to everyone – Mr. Floe/Principal and the Ingraham Staff will answer any questions about academics, sports, clubs and student life at Ingraham.

Ingraham IB Information Night
February 5th – 7:00 PM – Ingraham Auditorium
This is an information night for parents and students interested in the IB Program.

Ingraham Day Time Tour
February 7th – 9:00 AM – 11:00AM
Tour begins in the school Auditorium – parents must accompany students on the tour.

Questions? Call the Main Office 206-252-3889
All tours are for parents and students
No need to RSVP for open tour or the night open houses.
You need to register for a shadow visit.
GO RAMS! Welcome Class of 2023

Roosevelt High School

Information Night for Roosevelt High School
**NEXT WEEK**  January 31, 2019 – 7:00 pm

Lincoln High School

Music for Lincoln
Raise a Glass for Lincoln Music & Performing Arts
When: Thursday, January 31, 2019, 6 to 9 pm
Where: Peddler Brewing Company, 1514 NW Leary Way in Ballard

Please join us for a lively all-ages evening of live music, free food and pints. Money raised will help us build the Music & Performing Arts Program at Lincoln High School. Come and show your support for all the kids in the band, the choir, the play, the orchestra. Band uniforms, sheet music, lighting and sound for the stage – these are just a few of the items you can help support.

Dine Out for Lincoln Music at Tutta Bella
When: Tuesday, February 26, 2019
Where: Tutta Bella Neapolitan Pizzeria, 4411 Stone Way N in Wallingford

Come and enjoy food, wine and music at one of Wallingford’s favorite hangouts. A portion of the price of every meal served on 2/26 will benefit Lincoln Music.

Garfield High School

Ballard High School

8th Grade/Prospective Student Evening Open House (students & parents) Thursday, February 7, 2019

  • 6:30-7:00 pm Clubs and Activities tables in the Commons
  • 7:00-7:30 pm Welcome & Program in Main Gym: Principal, BHS Band, PTSA, Students
  • 7:30-9:00 pm Open House: Speak with teachers, school counselors & staff. Explore the school building

8th Grade Morning Tours (students & parents) **Please note new dates** Thursday, February 7 and Tuesday, February 12, 2019

  • 8:00-8:45 am Program in the Auditorium: Principal, Activities Coordinator, Counselors, Students
  • 8:45-9:30 am School Tour
  • 9:30 am – Q & A

Shadowing in February – see website for detailsThe Center High School (The Center School) Information Nights

The Center School will be having an open house on February 13 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm at the Armory Loft, 305 Harrison Street on the Seattle Center campus.  Sign-in and refreshments begin at 6:00 pm.

The Center School is a small, arts-focused, arts-integrated public high school available to students from any neighborhood.  While our class selections are not as numerous as those of larger schools, our curriculum provides depth and hands-on rigor, with a college prep track for each and every student.  Our great science program includes AP Biology and AP Environmental Science.  Our multi-faceted visual arts program includes AP Studio Art.  We have wonderful programs in theater, creative writing/poetry, as well as film-making and photography.  The Center School also has an exemplary social justice program.  Our students excel in an award winning Model UN program.  The Center School is a gem among Seattle Public High Schools!

We are a great choice for your graduating 8th graders who are artistically inclined and want intellectual rigor.  The Center School is perfect for students who prefer a high school experience out of the mainstream that provides the structure and support needed for success.  Talented students who might be uninspired by other schools really thrive here.

Being situated in the Armory, in the heart of Seattle Center, The Center School has many arts and cultural organizations as neighbors.  We love to build partnerships and learning opportunities with these unique resources and our students benefit from this rich environment.

Nova High School

Cleveland STEM High School

The STEM program at Cleveland High School offers students an integrated, project-based learning environment with a strong emphasis in technology usage.

STEM students apply their knowledge and skills in ways that have personal significance and work together with community partners to address real life, societal and world problems.

Prospective students and families can learn more about Cleveland STEM by attending one of our Open House events starting in January. Here are this year’s dates and times:

Saturday, Feb. 2, 2019 from 9:00-11:30 a.m.
Thursday, Feb. 7, 2019 from 9:00-11:30 a.m.

Open Enrollment for 2019-20 school year:
February 4, 2019: Open Enrollment begins
February 15, 2019: Open Enrollment ends (On-time applications)
*Future key dates for the 2019-20 Open Enrollment period are pending.

For any questions, please contact 9th grade counselor Claire Abe

Seattle Public Schools Information

**NEW** Strategic Plan Community Meeting

Fri., Jan. 25, 4:30 – 6 p.m.
All Seattle Public Schools community meeting
Co-hosted with Seattle Council PTSA
Seattle Mennonite Church
3120 NE 125th St, Seattle, WA 98125

Read more about the Seattle Public Schools Strategic Plan.

Science Curriculum Adoption Materials Review

We are currently in a science curriculum adoption process for grades K-12. This process will provide new instructional materials and support for all our classrooms teaching science for the 2019-20 school year.

Science Instructional Materials Open House
We are hosting two science instructional materials open houses where you can:

  • Review the instructional materials being considered for adoption
  • Review information about the new standards and how science will look different for your student
  • Ask staff questions about the materials

Open House Dates
Nathan Hale High School, 10750 30th Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98125
February 2, 2019

  • Elementary School Materials: 9 – 11 a.m.
  • Middle School Materials: 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
  • High School Materials: 1 – 3 p.m.

Rainier Beach Community Center, 8825 Rainier Ave S., Seattle, WA 98118
February 9, 2019

  • Elementary School Materials: 9 – 11 a.m.
  • Middle School Materials: 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
  • High School Materials: 1 – 3 p.m.

K-8 and High School Science Instructional Materials Display
Instructional materials will be on display in the locations listed below from January 15 – February 28, 2019. We encourage our community to engage in this process by coming to one of these locations and sharing their input.K-8 instructional materials will be available in the libraries of the buildings at the following locations during regular school hours:

  • John Stanford Center, 2445 3rd Ave S
  • South Shore K-8, 4800 S Henderson St.
  • Pathfinder K-8, 1901 SW Genesee St.
  • Salmon Bay K-8, 1810 NW 65th St.
  • Hazel Wolf K-8, 11530 12th Ave NE

High school instructional materials will be available in the libraries of the schools below during regular school hours:

  • Chief Sealth High School, 2600 SW Thistle St.
  • Garfield High School, 400 23rd Ave.
  • Ingraham High School, 1810 N 135th St.

Read more about the K-12 Science Adoption process.

Enrollment for 2019-20 School year

If you have a child that will be five by August 31, it is time to get ready to enroll for kindergarten. Registration for the 2019-20 school year begins Monday, January 7, 2019.

All new student registration is completed online. Visit our Enroll My Student webpage.

We are here to help. Visit us at the John Stanford Center, 2445 3rd Ave. S between 8:30 a.m. until 4 p.m. Monday-Friday. Bilingual staff speak Spanish, Chinese, Vietnamese, and Somali. You can reach us by phone at 206-252-0760 and email:

Assistance is available for families living in transition; please call 206-252-0660.

Key Enrollment Dates

  • Online registration for new students for 2019-20 school year begins Jan. 7, 2019
  • Open Enrollment for School Choice: Feb. 4 – 15, 2019

Community Registration Outreach Events

  • Tuesday, January 29, 5 – 7 p.m.
    Hazel Wolf K-8 School
    11530 12TH Ave NE
  • Thursday, January 31, 5 – 7 p.m.
    High Point Family Center
    6400 Sylvan Way SW

Community Events and Programs

**TONIGHT**  Olympic Hills Pancake Dinner

No need to cook on Friday January 25! It’s Breakfast for Dinner in the Olympic Hills cafeteria, 5:30-7pm. Chris Cakes is coming to our school and will be serving pancakes, turkey sausages, orange juice and coffee in the Cafeteria. This fun and FREE event is sponsored by Hazel Wolf PTSA. Cash donations accepted to cover the cost. Can you catch your pancake?

**NEW**  Lake City Bingo Karaoke

Crazy fun, and serious fun-draiser!
6:30 start, 2 games bingo, 2 karaoke songs, repeat cycle till 8:30.
$30 regular prizes, special prizes 50% of pot
January 26 (tomorrow night!) and March 2
$15 entry. Drinks and Snacks are available to purchase.

PLUS! Any PTA with at least 5 members present is entered in a drawing for a $500 JACKPOT!

Buy tickets online ( or at the door (Lake City Community Center 12531 28th Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98125).

**NEW**  Ingraham Baseball Clinic

Ingraham RAM Baseball and Softball: Pre-Season Youth Baseball Clinic
Saturday February 2, 2019
8:30 AM – 12 PM
$50 per player
Ingraham High School Ballfields

Join Ingraham’s baseball and softball coaches and players and get prepared TO PLAY BALL!!

  • Hitting
  • Base-running
  • Infield & Outfield

Youth baseball and softball players between the ages of 8 and 13 are invited to a pre-season clinic that will focus on skills typically evaluated at Little League and Pony League baseball and softball try-outs. Small-group instruction guaranteed!

Registration form and instructions here.

Remembrance for former Thornton Creek teacher

Former students from Thornton Creek school who knew or were students in Sandra Brettler’s class are invited to a remembrance for Sandra on Feb 10th, from 1-3pm at Thornton Creek school.  Pie will be a part of the remembrance, former students will fondly remember pi day and should feel free to bring a store bought pie to share.  Please join us as we gather to remember an extraordinary, well-lived life and the many ways Sandra impacted students over the years.  If you have pictures you would like to share for the slide show, please send them to by Jan 31.

Annual Hands On Skills Fair

A new wave is sweeping the country. People are recognizing the joy, satisfaction and security of being able to provide for their own needs, shifting from dependence on giant corporations to a healthy interdependence with our local community. Let’s relearn the skills our grandparents knew! In partnership with Meadowbrook Community Center, Sustainable NE Seattle is organizing the ninth annual “Hands-On Skills Fair.” Folks from our neighborhood have stepped up to share skills such as food preservation and preparation, seed saving, soap making, basic plumbing and electrical, tool repair, carpentry, pruning, gardening, simple bike maintenance, and making lotions, just to name a few.

Saturday, February 9, 2019 at 10 AM – 5 PM
Meadowbrook Community Center (10517 35th Ave NE, Seattle, Washington 98125)

UW Computer Science and Engineering Workshop

Intro to Computer Science: Scratch Workshop
Workshop January 26, 2019 12:30 – 3:30
In this workshop students learn the basics of coding through Scratch, which is a programming language/environment designed for younger children. Students will learn how to create their own Scratch animations with sprite movement, text output, and sound. Afterwards, they will apply their knowledge towards creating a maze game using conditional logic and user input.

This program is designed for students in grades 4-6 with no previous Programming or Scratch knowledge. Sign Up

My People are Rising: An Evening with Aaron Dixon

Don’t miss a special reading with Seattle Black Panther co-founder Aaron Dixon at the Northwest African American Museum.

Aaron Dixon is one of the co-founders of the Seattle Black Panther chapter. On January 31, he will be discussing his book “My People Are Rising: Memoir of a Black Panther Party Captain” and covering the legacy of the Black Panthers and its relevance in today’s political climate, including imagining what Black radical imagination might look like in the 21st century and beyond. Free and open to the public. Doors open at 6 p.m.

NAAM is an ADA compliant museum that is all on ground level, and doors are ADA compliant.

Promoting Participation Physical Activity Fair

When: Sat, March 23, 2019, 3:30 PM – 6:30 PM PDT
Where: Eckstein Middle School (3003 NE 75th St)
What : A FREE event that provides an opportunity for the community to come together and support the inclusive physical activity engagement of students and families from Seattle Public Schools. Representatives from various community organizations will be present and activity stations will be universal for participation of all abilities. Students can sign up for spring/summer camps and enjoy a couple hours of FUN participation in physical activity.
Each participant will get a “passport book” upon check in. The book contains an area to collect a stamp from every activity or booth they visit. Collecting a qualifying number of stamps earns a ticket into the raffle drawing.
Who: ALL students and families of Seattle Public Schools. All grade levels. This is a fully inclusive event for students with and without disabilities.
Why: Physical Activity, Participation, and Inclusiveness play a critical role in student and families’ physical and emotional health. Promoting Participation provides opportunities for students, families, and community organizations to come together to be active and provide access to inclusive physical activity resources. Activity stations will include modifications to accommodate all abilities and provide opportunities for success.

Register here.

Free admission to the Volunteer Park Conservatory though Feb. 28
Seattle Parks and Recreation (SPR) and The Friends of the Conservatory (FOC) are pleased to announce that the Volunteer Park Conservatory will waive all admission fees though the end of February, 2019.

Free admission to the Conservatory during this time period is made possible by a generous donation from the Bennett-Shear family – a gift from the children to celebrate their parents’ 40th wedding anniversary. Son Emmett Shear said, “We grew up walking to the Conservatory during my whole childhood, and I know my parents want everyone to be able to enjoy this beauty and peace. In their honor, I’m excited to be able to invite people to come for free to the Conservatory again.” (The Conservatory had been a free experience until 2013)

SPR and FOC encourage everyone, especially those who have never visited before, as well as school groups planning field trips, to take advantage of this opportunity to discover the Conservatory at no cost.

To schedule a tour, please email

The Conservatory’s regular hours are Tuesday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (closed on Mondays).

Regular admission will be reinstated on March 1, 2019. Adults $4; Youth $2; Kids under age 12 are always free.

Many thanks to the Bennett-Shear Family for making the Conservatory accessible to all during this holiday season.

Questions? Please contact Khue Tran, FOC Executive Administrator, at

When school is out, Watts is in session! 

Join Watts Basketball for one of our upcoming camps, clinics or join a weekly skills class and give your child an incredible experience that will grow their confidence, improve their skills, let them make new friends and above all, have fun!
Featuring Supersonics legend Slick Watts, UW legend Donald Watts and a team of highly renowned coaches, Watts Basketball provides skill development, games and competitions, prizes, t-shirts, autographs, pictures and lasting memories!
See our winter camps and clinics schedule below:

January 30th Day Between Semesters:
9am-3pm: 3rd-8th grade @ Watts Sodo Gym

February 18th-22nd Mid Winter Break Camps
9am-12pm: K-4th grade @ Villa Academy
1pm-4pm: 5th-8th grade @ Villa Academy
9am-3pm: 3rd-8th grade @ Watts Sodo Gym

For more information or to register for a camp, clinic or weekly skills class visit, email or call (206) 467-1383

Community offerings are included in the Jaguar News as helpful resources for our parents and students. They are not to be perceived as endorsements by Jane Addams Middle School, the JAMS PTSA, or Seattle Public Schools. 

Main Office: 206­-252-4500 (8:25 AM­-4:15 PM EXCEPT Wednesdays 8:25 AM-3 PM)
Attendance: 206-­252-­4504 (or )
SPS Transportation Office: 206-­252-­0900
School website:
Student grades:
Homework and class information: http://lms.seattleschools.orgThe JAMS PTSA newsletter, Jaguar News, is distributed weekly on Friday. All submissions are due Wednesday evening the week of distribution. Please send all submissions to
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