Jaguar News: Jan. 10, 2020

Jaguar News January 10, 2020
January 10, 2020

Important Upcoming Dates

January 11 – Girls Varsity Basketball vs. Aki Kurose @ Franklin 11:30am

January 11 – Boys Varsity Basketball vs. Aki Kurose @ Franklin 11:30am

January 13 – “Screenagers Next Chapter” and JAMS PTSA general meeting (JAMS) 7:00pm

January 20 – NO SCHOOL (Martin Luther King Jr. Day)

January 23 – Site-based interview training (JAMS library) 7:00pm

January 29 – NO SCHOOL (Day between semesters) – unless it is needed as a snow makeup day!

February 3 to February 14 – Open Enrollment for School Choice

February 5 – Prospective Family Open House 6:30-8:05pm

Save the date! 
March 18 and 19 – Student-led Conferences will be held on March 18 (late afternoon/evening) and March 19 (morning) with NO SCHOOL on March 19

JAMS School calendar
JAMS PTSA webpage

‘Screenagers Next Chapter’ on January 13

JAMS PTSA presents
‘Screenagers NEXT CHAPTER’
on January 13 at 7 pm
in the Jane Addams Middle School auditorium

Filmmaker and physician Dr. Delaney Ruston takes the conversation around screens and teens to the next level with “Screenagers NEXT CHAPTER: Uncovering Skills for Stress Resilience”—a film that examines the science behind teens’ emotional challenges, the interplay of social media, and most importantly, what can be done in our schools and homes to help them build crucial skills to navigate stress, anxiety, and depression in our digital age. “Screenagers NEXT CHAPTER” shows many ways parents, counselors, and educators can help teens build crucial skills for navigating stress, anxiety, and depression.

**NEW** We are excited to announce that Tessa Ruston, the filmmaker’s daughter and one of stars of the original ‘Screenagers’ movie, will attend this screening and participate in the Q&A after the movie! **WOW!**

FREE! Please RSVP via this link so we get a count of parent participation and interest. We welcome parents and students from JAMS and the community (although note that the film is recommended for 6th grade and older).

Nominating Committee members needed

**NEW**  We have an urgent need for volunteers to serve on this year’s JAMS PTSA Nominating Committee!

The job is short but the impact is great! The Nominating Committee members will shape our PTSA Board for the 2020-21 school year, coordinate with other committee members and recruit new board volunteers between February and April. There would be plenty of support and guidance from the current PTSA Board.

If you could serve in this position, please contact PTSA President Maggie Sweeney at

Winter weather information

**NEW** With the possibility of snow and cold temperatures next week, take time now to review how you will receive urgent weather information from Seattle Public Schools and how to manage your communication preferences.

If weather conditions make a schedule change necessary, the district will communicate the decision through the following methods and in this order:

  1. TV and Radio Stations: Checking the local television or radio stations is an effective and efficient way to find out if there is a schedule change.
  2. Social Media: District Facebook and Twitter accounts: and
  3. District and School Websites: School schedule updates are posted to the district and school websites.
  4. Phone calls, emails, and text messages: Families will receive a phone call, email, text message, and mobile app notification, however other communication channels may be faster to check.
When there is a school schedule change, the phone number listed as guardian contacts are called. While you need at least one phone number on record, you can manage your communication preferences and designate which phone is called for weather updates. Directions on how to manage your preferences, in multiple languages, can be found on our Communications Preferences webpage.

**NOTE** If there is a school cancellation in the coming weeks, then January 29 (Day Between Semesters) will be used as a makeup day.

Possible September 2 start date for 2020-21 school year

**NEW** 2020-21 School Year Dates

Per the Collective Bargaining Agreement negotiated between Seattle Education Association and the district, the first day is outlined as the first Wednesday of September.

Pending Seattle School Board approval, this would make Wednesday, September 2, 2020 the first day for the next school year, the first time in many years school will begin before the Labor Day holiday.

The board will vote to approve the 2020-21 school calendar on Wednesday, January 22. Next year’s school year dates will be posted to this webpage and web calendars once approved by the School Board.

Time is limited to purchase a piece of history!

JAMS site improvements (partially funded in the BEX V Levy) will be making headway this fall with a projected timeline for construction the summer of 2020! This means our staff parking lot, community stair project and several other high priority spaces will be made new again.

This also means that **TIME IS RUNNING OUT** to purchase your engraveable tile for inclusion in the seat wall of the staircase. In a few short weeks, the option to purchase a tile will be gone. **DON’T WAIT!**

Visit to purchase a tile and learn more about potential site improvements. Questions? Email

Open Enrollment information for 8th grade families

**NEW** 8th grade families, it’s time to start the process of determining where your student will go to high school! Most students will attend their assigned (“attendance area” or neighborhood) school. But some students end up at a school other than their assigned school.  Here’s a brief overview of the process to help guide you:

  1. Use the Assignment Lookup Tool to see your student’s assigned school. You will need the student’s identification number and birth date. You can find your student’s ID number by signing in to The Source.
  2. Learn more about your student’s assigned school and other high schools by going to information nights and tours (see “High school information” below), talking to friends and neighbors, and attending SPS events (like the SPS Admissions Fair and the SPS Admissions Outreach events). Don’t forget about option schools!
  3. Does your family want your student to attend their assigned high school? If YES, you do not need to do anything further, and you do not need to participate in Open Enrollment.
  4. If your family wants your student to apply to a high school that is NOT their assigned school, you should apply during the Open Enrollment window (February 3-14). School Choice forms are available online or at the John Stanford Center during the Open Enrollment window. The results of Open Enrollment for the 2020-21 school year will be available online in April. Please note that it is not guaranteed that students will be assigned to the school (or program) of their choice; students are only guaranteed assignment to their attendance area school.
  5. If your student receives special education services, you can read more about the change of school process for special education students.

Open house for prospective JAMS families on February 5

**NEW** Do you (or someone you know) have a 5th grader interested in attending JAMS next year? Future families and students are invited to come and learn more about the JAMS community on February 5.  We will gather in the auditorium for a brief introduction about the school from Principal Montgomery and then families and students will have the opportunity to learn more about our school. 

JAMS’ Mission: Jane Addams Middle School is a student-centered, collaborative team actively engaging students, families, and educators in a middle school experience dedicated to academic, social, and emotional growth for all.

Schedule for the Evening:
  • 6:15pm Doors Open
  • 6:30-6:45pm Welcome and Overview – Auditorium
  • 6:50-7:05pm Session 1
  • 7:10-7:25pm Session 2
  • 7:30-7:45pm Session 3
  • 7:50-8:05pm Session 4
Sessions (Select four)                                                                               
  • Language Arts
  • Social Studies
  • Math
  • Music
  • Counseling/Library
  • Science
  • Special Education
  • World Language
  • Visual Arts
  • Drama
  • Physical Education

Site-based interview training

Anyone interested in participating in the hiring of teachers in Seattle Public Schools must complete a specific training led by the Seattle Education Association and Seattle Public Schools. You only need the training once throughout your time in Seattle Public School. Students and families are welcome to attend.

Jane Addams is pleased to host an interview training session at our school on on Thursday, January 23, 7-8pm, in the library.

Childcare is available for ages 5 and above, but please RSVP by calling 206-252-4500 or by submitting information here to help us plan childcare accordingly. Community members from schools other than Jane Addams are also welcome to attend.

High school information

Nathan Hale High School

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.

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

Monday, February 10, 2020
6:00PM – 7:00PM   Information Tables and Tours in Commons
 (last tour leaves Commons at 6:40)
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

For families with students receiving Distinct (SM4), Access (SM4), Social Emotional Learning – SEL (SM3), Focus (SM2) and Medically Fragile services, classrooms will be open this evening from 6pm – 8pm with staff available to share information and answer questions

                                           Join us in any way that works for you:

  • Take a tour of the whole school – tours start at 6PM in the Commons – last tour leaves the Commons at 6:40, 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!

After December 10, 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
School Open House Schedule and Day Time Tour Schedule for 2019-2020

Shadow Visits: December 3 thru February 13, Tuesdays and Thursdays
Reservations required.
Sign your Student up to shadow one of our current 9th Grade Student Guides thru the first 4 periods of the day (8:55am – 1:10pm).
Shadow Tour Dates: Jan 14, 16 and Feb 4, 6, 11, 13. 
Please call (206)252-3889 Maria Medina to schedule a shadow visit for your student beginning Wed, Nov 13. Space is limited.

Ingraham Open House for incoming students
**NEXT WEEK** January 14  – 7:00 PM – Ingraham Auditorium
This is a general information night open to everyone. Our Principal Mr. Floe and our Ingraham Staff will answer any questions about academics, sports, clubs and student life at Ingraham.

Ingraham High School IB Information Night
**NEXT WEEK** January 15  – 7:00 PM – Ingraham Library
This is an information night for parents and students interested in the IB Program.
Please visit the Academics page at for additional IB program information.

Ingraham High School Day Time Tour
**NEXT WEEK** *****January 16  – 9:00 AM- 11:00 AM *****
Parents must accompany students on this tour. Dress comfortably and wear comfortable shoes for the walking portion of the tour.

Questions? Call the Main Office at 206 252-3889.
Note: All tours are for parents and students.
No Need to RSVP for the evening open house or IB Information Night.

GO RAMS! Welcome Class of 2024!

Roosevelt High School

February 6, 2020 7:00PM – 8:00PM

Future and prospective students and parents/guardians are invited to join us from 7-8pm.

Lincoln High School

Lincoln will host an Information Night for prospective students for the 2020-2021 school year **NEXT WEEK** January 16 at 7p.m. 

Center School

The Center School is a small, 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.  All seniors take AP English.  Our math and science program includes AP Environmental Science and AP Statistics.  Our multi-faceted visual arts program includes AP Studio Art.  We have robust, high-quality programs in theater, creative writing/poetry, as well as film-making and photography.  The Center School also has an exemplary social justice focus.  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 Cener School has many arts and cultural organizations as neighbors.  The Center School builds partnerships and learning opportunities with these unique resources and our students benefit from this rich environment.

Open houses will be held January 23 and February 13, 2020. Free parking is available in the Memorial Stadium Parking lot (parking pass), or you can email or to request an Open House parking pass.  Memorial Stadium parking is next to MOPOP museum – enter from 5th Ave. N, turning west on Harrison.

**NEW** Cleveland High School

Welcome, potential new students and families who are considering attending Cleveland STEM for the 2020-2021 school year! Below are our three Open House/School Tour dates. Student must be accompanied by an adult.

**NEXT WEEK** Friday, January 17 at 9:00 – 11:30 a.m.
Saturday, February 1 at 9:00 – 11:30 a.m.
Friday, February 7 at 9:00 – 11:30 a.m.

Please arrive by 9:00 a.m. so you do not miss valuable information.

Check in first at the main office. Programming will start promptly with a presentation on Cleveland STEM, a student panel for Q & A, and a guided tour with ASB students. Admin, Counselors and Staff will answer any questions about academics, sports, clubs, and student life at Cleveland.

While not required to attend, please RSVP to an Open House event.

Don’t forget to turn in your School Choice forms to apply to Cleveland STEM during Open Enrollment from February 3 through Feb. 14, 2020. More information on Open Enrollment.

Questions? Contact Napsiyah Sallee, 9th Grade Counselor, or 206-252-7812
**NEW**  Nova High School

Prospective 8th Grade Students Intro Mornings

  • Please call Karen to register at (206) 252-3500
  • Upcoming Intro Mornings: **NEXT WEEK** Wednesday, January 15 – Additional to be Scheduled
  • All Intro Mornings are scheduled from 8:45 – 11:45 a.m.
  • Tour the school
  • Round table discussion with students about what it’s like to be a Nova student
  • Choose a class to observe
  • Meet with Mark, Nova’s Principal, as a group to learn more about Nova
  • Click here to learn how to enroll your prospective 9th grader for next school year. 

For Parents and Guardians:

  • Upcoming Tours: **NEXT WEEK** Monday, January 13th.  Please call Karen at (206) 252-3500 for further dates
  • Time: 12:30 – 1:30pm
  • No registration required
  • Tour the school 
  • 30-minute Q & A Session with Mark, Nova’s principal

Click here to learn more about how to enroll at Nova and please call Karen at 206-252-3500 with questions.

Seattle Public Schools Information

Open Enrollment for School Choice Feb. 3 – 14, 2020

Each student in Seattle Public Schools is assigned to a school based on where that student lives. You can view your student’s assigned school with the Assignment Lookup Tool.  Any students who wishes to attend a school OTHER than their assigned school may apply to attend a different school through the School Choice Process, which begins February 3. There is no need to participate in the School  Choice Process if your student wishes to attend their assigned school.

If your student is currently attending an option school or another school that is not their attendance area school by choice, they can continue at this school until the highest grade offered without having to apply again. If your student is currently attending an option school but wishes to attend a neighborhood school in 2020-21, they will need to apply through the School Choice process.

Applying for Another School
If you are interested in requesting either an attendance area school or option school, other than your assigned school, you must submit a School Choice form. Only forms submitted during Open Enrollment Feb. 3 – 14, will receive tiebreakers such as the sibling tiebreaker which gives siblings priority in admissions.

More information is available on the School Choice webpage.

Read more about change of school process for special education students.

Community Events and Programs

**NEW** Coyote North Grand Opening and Spring Registration

Coyote North Grand Opening celebration
January 25, 2020 | 4-6 PM
Food, Performances, Raffles + More!
Coyote North | 12325 Lake City Way NE, Seattle, WA 98125

Spring class registration
Take a class @ Coyote North!
Saturday sessions (February 1 – March 21, 2020)
Mid-Winter Break sessions (February 17 – 21, 2020)


**NEW**  Lake City Rotary Bingo Karaoke January 18

Tickets at:  

Hello NE Seattle!   JOIN US for a GOOD CAUSE…OUR KIDS!


JOIN US!….You don’t really have to sing, just play Bingo and get someone else on your team to sing!  You can even bribe them to sing with SNACKS…. 

$30 prizes for each regular Bingo game, 50% of the pot on two SPECIAL games.

Two bingo games, then two Karaoke songs, repeat, from 6:30 to 8:30pm.

PTAS WIN BIG! … PTAs can win $300 in a drawing at the end!!! Spread the word … OVER 60 in attendance MEANS TWO $300 DRAWINGS!  

Tickets at:  

Spring Season Registration is now open for Seattle Celtic Soccer Club!

 Seattle Celtic will be holding spring season tryouts in early January. Celtic have teams at all levels for players born between 2002 and 2013 and a coaching staff with the perfect mix of energy, passion and expertise to help players develop and excel in a fun environment.

 Tryouts are free to attend and details can be found at Need-based scholarships are also available.

 Questions? Contact us at for further information.

North Seattle Home Fair

Saturday, January 25, 2020 at 2 PM – 5:30 PM
Meadowbrook Community Center
10517 35th Ave NE, Seattle, Washington 98125

The North Seattle Home Fair will be jam-packed with useful information about your planned remodel, our permitting process, renting in Seattle, and so much more, this is an event not to be missed! Visit the Building Connections Blog for more info at:

North Seattle Lacrosse

Looking for a new spring sport?  Now is the perfect time to try lacrosse!  Registration is now open for the North Seattle Lacrosse 2020 spring season. Space is currently available for 3rd & 4th graders and a few spots left in 5th, 7th & 8th grade.  Prior lacrosse experience is not required. Our mission is to teach the fundamentals of lacrosse, team play, and sportsmanship.  For more information, please visit

TeenTix Pass Program

ANY teenager (13-19 years old) can sign up for a free TeenTix pass! The pass entitles teens to purchase $5 day-of-show tickets at any of our 75 partner organizations in Seattle (69) and Tacoma (6). Plus, we make sure teens know WHERE they can use their TeenTix pass once they get it – explore the Calendar for all the events available to you on a specific day, or in a specific genre – and our weekly E-Newsletter gives you a list of our top picks for the upcoming week. Since 2004, over 65,800 teens from all over the world have signed up for a TeenTix pass, purchasing more than 125,000 affordable tickets to arts and cultural events in our community! But TeenTix is about much more than cheap tickets. We also provide opportunities for teens from all backgrounds to engage deeply with the arts, through The New Guard and The Press Corps.

Homework Help at Lake City Library

Free homework help for students in grades K-12 is available at the Lake City Library (12501 28th Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98125 (206)-684-7518) every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 4:30 to 7:30pm. Free snacks are provided from 5:30 to 6:30pm by the Hunger Intervention Program.

Meadowbrook Teen Life Center Late Night
Ages 13-19

Late Night is a safe and supportive environment for teens . This recreation-based program focuses on positive teen interactions and engagement where all teens are welcomed. The Late Night Program is aligned and supportive of the city’s Race and Social Equity framework, including education and employment readiness programs. Come to your local Late Night and explore more of what we have to offer!

Fridays and Saturdays, 7 p.m.-Midnight

Power of Kindness (POK) Video Contest

POK video contest open to all Seattle middle and high school students!

  • Create a short video—three minutes or less—showing the power of kindness (POK).
  • Post it to YouTube and email the link and your name, age, school and contact phone number to
  • Do this before May 1, 2020, and you’re entered to win a one-year subscription to Adobe Creative Cloud
    Three subscriptions will be awarded based on the kindness that videos inspire in the friends, neighbors and business owners who, through the Phinney Neighborhood Association, have helped create
  • Winners will be announced June 7, 2020.

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: 
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