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Seattle Is College Bound Information

The Seattle is College Bound 2016 event will be on March 5, 2016.  Formore information, please download the Seattle Is College Bound 2016 Flyer and the Seattle is College Bound 2016 Parking FlyerCrystal D. BouckeSeattle Public ... more...

This Week at Center School | Mon, 22 February 2016

ANNUAL FUND DRIVE

ANNUAL FUND TO DATE WE HAVE RAISED $4,300. Our goal is $10,000. It is our hope that EVERY family donate to the Annual Fund. NO AMOUNT is too small. Even if you donate $1.00, We appreciate every penny. REALLY! Take some time and ... more...

This Week at Center School | Fri, 18 December 2015

Fiddler on the Roof | December 10-12, 2015

Come celebrate Hanukkah with The Center School's production of Fiddler on the Roof! Winner of nine Tony Awards, Fiddler has been a beloved favorite with audiences for over fifty years. Full of laughter, tenderness, romance and pathos, it tells the story of a ... more...

This Week at Center School | Mon, 7 December 2015

ANNUAL FUND DRIVE

The Center School Community Association’s Annual Fund Drive is currently in process. The CSCA’s goal is to provide Center School students with programming that gives them  opportunities to find themselves, to grow, and to thrive. Our school depends on the ... more...

This Week at Center School | Mon, 7 December 2015

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COLLEGE BOUND SCHOLARSHIP CONFERENCE | Encourage Middle and

Seattle Public Schools would like to invite College Bound Scholarship middle school and high school students and their families to attend the College Bound Scholarship Conference, and the Early College Awareness for Middle School Students on the University of Washington ... more...

Community Announcements | Mon, 29 February 2016

Are you ready to #ReclaimOurSchools?

Join Center School teachers, guardians, students and community as we gather “Before the Bell", as part of a local and national movement to stand together in support of fully funded, great public schools. What: A chance to share your vision and ... more...

Community Announcements | Mon, 15 February 2016

SCREENING OF PAPER TIGERS | Garfield High School Jan. 30

The Coordinated School Health Department is hosting a free screening of Paper Tigers on Saturday, Jan. 30, at Garfield High School from 9:30 a.m. to noon.Paper Tigers follows a year in the life of an alternative high school that has radically changed its approach to disciplining its ... more...

Community Announcements | Mon, 25 January 2016

Parent Volunteers Needed to Judge Student Artworks for Refle

Parent volunteers with arts (visual, literary, music, etc.) backgrounds are needed to judge creative works submitted by Center School students for the national PTA Reflections contest.  Judging will take place between November 16-22.   Students have been invited to submit works, accompanied ... more...

Community Announcements | Mon, 16 November 2015

LGBT Dinner for SPS Students, Staff & Families

Seattle Public Schools’ Health Education Office, Office of School Family Partnerships, and Department of Equity and Race invite you to join lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender families and friends for dinner and conversation at the Seattle World School the evening ... more...

Community Announcements | Fri, 6 November 2015

Youth Suicide Prevention Training

The Clinic Coordinator at the Ballard High School Teen Health center is teaming up with The Youth Suicide Prevention Program (YSPP) to present a free, youth suicide prevention training. The training will provide background and awareness information, review prevention strategies, ... more...

Community Announcements | Fri, 30 October 2015

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Pay it Forward: Graduation Reception Volunteer Needs

GRADUATION RECEPTIONWE STILL NEED VOLUNTEERS to help with the Graduation Night Reception on Tuesday, June 21, 2016, at the Seattle Repertory Theater, 155 Mercer Street, Seattle, WA.We still need: One person to drop off 5 bags of ice by 5:00 pm A few more people to drop off 12 bottles of water (by 5:00 pm) A few more ... more...

CSCA Announcements | Mon, 20 June 2016

2016 GRADUATION RECEPTION 2016 GRADUATION RECEPTION | Volun

We need volunteers to help with the Graduation Night Reception on Tuesday, June 21, 2016 at 7:00 pm at the Seattle Repertory Theatre. We need refreshments, flowers, large coolers, plastic serving platters, and more.  A convenient sign up is available through this link.  Thank you so ... more...

CSCA Announcements | Mon, 6 June 2016

CSCA Meeting April 19, 2016

Please join the next CSCA (our PTSA) meeting on Tuesday April 19 at 6:30. We're a fun bunch!This video, shown at the school auction on April 1, gives you a taste for what our meetings are ... more...

CSCA Announcements | Mon, 18 April 2016

CSCA Auction 2016 Wrap Up

The Center School Auction is a wrap!   And...WE DID IT!   The "April Fools Day" Auction came together in great form.  We hope all of you who attended had a great time!   A huge THANK YOU to all of you who worked so hard to make the auction a success! You helped ... more...

CSCA Announcements | Mon, 4 April 2016

April Fools Auction This Friday!

The April Fools Auction is happening this Friday!!! Please come and join the fun and support your Center School student! If you can't attend the auction you can make a donation by using the link below:https://csca.schoolauction.net/aprilfool/tickets/ticket_salesWe have awesome auction items this year! Check out the following:Sasquatch-four general admission 4 day passes!The ... more...

CSCA Announcements | Mon, 28 March 2016

CSCA 2016-2017 Board Positions

The Center School Community Association is looking for volunteers to serve on our Executive Team and Board for the 2016-17 school year. If you want to take part in the exciting work of strengthening our school community and growing our kids' and teachers' resources, consider volunteering your skills and time ... more...

CSCA Announcements | Mon, 28 March 2016

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The Center School | Media


Student named semifinalist for National Merit Scholarship PDF Print E-mail
The Center School | Media - In the News
33407aCenter School senior Tara N. Conley was named one of 23 semifinalists from Seattle Public Schools in the 58th-annual National Merit Scholarship Program.

Conley — among the 16,000 students nationwide who earned top scores on the 2011 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test — will continue in the competition for about 8,300 National Merit Scholarships, worth more than $32 million, that will be offered next spring. 

About 90 percent of the semifinalists are expected to become finalists, and more than half of the finalists will win a National Merit Scholarship, earning the Merit Scholar title. 






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Tara Conley  Photo by Susan Arksey
 
King County's budget must not overlook human services PDF Print E-mail
The Center School | Media - In the News
Queen Anne News & Magnolia News Guest Editorial 12/21/2011

(The following is an editorial written by The Center School seniors Eli Miller, Julian Friend, Faye Thornburgh and Enrico Hipolito.)


Dow Constantine’s budget is a marvel of efficiency. As every TV screen and newspaper cover warns of continuing economic trouble and the necessity of cuts, it is encouraging to see that human services will receive the same funding it did last year, as well as $1 million in the form of a one-time grant. 

However, we wish the King County Council would look beyond the status quo this fiscal year. Time and again, Health and Human Services has demonstrated that every $1 spent now in human services is a direct savings in expenditures for police, courts and emergency room care in the future. In a time when anti-government feelings mount at Westlake Center and the median income is falling in our county, wouldn’t it be heartening to see new, dedicated funding allotted for health and human service providers?

For the past decade the money spent on such safety and justice areas as police, prisons and courts has been allowed to swell, taking up a disproportionate percentage of King County’s discretionary revenue (that is, the funds that are not allocated via levies or other mandated services). Currently, the categories of justice and safety account for 76 percent of the $648.1 million available. Health and human potential, the County’s health and human services program, has shriveled to only 4 percent of the budget. Why does King County insist on investing the majority of its general funds in the less efficient programs that government offers?

According to this year’s budget overview, the County worked with its employees and unions to find ways to hold down health care costs, resulting in the avoidance of a projected healthcare cost increase of 12.5 percent for last year. In fact a surplus in the proposed budget will be used to pay for potential software updates.

Executive Dow Constantine’s proposed budget is one of the most encouraging pieces of legislation we have seen in a long time. But so much of the status quo, structural gaps (a widening inequality between government income via sales and property tax, and expenditures) and a swelling criminal justice budget are problems that can’t wait another year. Human service programs are an investment in a safer, more peaceful, efficient future. But more importantly, the services they provide are exemplary of the best of what government does in these times of economic hardship. The $1 million grant should not be a one-off event, but a continual fund to health and human service providers.

Yes, we need adequately trained and equipped police officers on patrol. We need well-maintained prisons. We need prosecutors and public defenders. But in this one, rare fiscal year when efficiency in government is being stressed, why can’t we make an investment by the allotting of a new source of stable funding to health and human services?

Can’t we all agree, no matter our political leanings, that the role of government is to serve the people, the poor, and the exposed? In times of austerity, it is not the duty of our legislature to “cut and burn” or even accept what we did last year as good enough. When the line in front of the food bank stretches the block, “no cuts” is not a good enough solution. When children and minimum wage workers, the new face of the poor, sleep in cars, “no cuts” is not enough.

Ultimately, the remedy to our county’s problems is in line with Dow Constantine’s vision: an investment in efficiencies, and the overdue recognition of Human Services as one of the best uses of government funds. Many of the deficit problems of our county are more related to the structural gap that our state Legislature faces every year than how the county uses its money. 

In the end, the King County Council cannot address the complications we face. In a best-case scenario, Human Services would be mandated and our regressive tax system amended. However, neither of those options are in the bounds of Dow Constantine’s or the County Council’s authority. But this is a good start. With just a few tweaks, this could be the best budget we’ve seen in the long line of recession-influenced government budgets.

Originally printed in the Queen Anne News 12/21/2011
 
 
Students learn about difficult choices facing King County PDF Print E-mail
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Queen Anne News  12/21/2011 
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Center School Citizenship and Social Justice StudentsWhen teacher Jon Greenberg started working with his Center School seniors in his Citizenship and Social Justice class this fall, the students didn’t realize they were going to learn some hard lessons about the real world. 

Greenberg’s aim is to immerse his 52 advanced placement senior students into issues that confront local government agencies.
“I want this class to be a situation where they don’t just read about the government, but they actually get involved with government issues,” said Greenberg, who has taught at the school since it opened in 2001.

This year, Greenberg focused on King County and asked his students to think about how the King County Council should respond to Executive Dow Constantine’s proposed budget released earlier this fall. The budget called for cuts in social and human services supported by the county.

To answer this question, Greenberg had the students visit various human service organizations, including the Eastside Domestic Violence Program and the Aloha Inn Transitional Housing center on Aurora Avenue. They talked with officials at these centers about the services they provide and how their organization works. The students also met with people who had been homeless and who now sell the “Real Change” newspaper in Seattle. 

The next step was to immerse the students in the nuts and bolts of the budget process. Greenberg brought in guest speakers to talk about the budget from various different perspectives, including a King County government representative and those from certain social services groups. Members of the Real Change Homeless Speakers’ Bureau also gave the students a first-hand description of what it is like to be homeless. John Drescher, the executive director of TechNet, also spoke to the students, offering a more conservative perspective on the need to control government spending.

“With all that information, the students decide what they think the county council should do about the budget,” Greenberg said. “Then, they advocate for a position.”

In this case, the students decided that King County needed to find ways to continue supporting social programs. One solution they offered was reducing the amount of money the County spends on Justice and Safety, which currently accounts for about 76 percent of the $648.1 million in available spending. At the same time, the Health and Human Services Program has shrunk to only about 4 percent of the current budget.

To advocate their position, the seniors took on different tasks. Some wrote guest columns to this and other newspapers. The top column is printed on page 5 of this edition. 

Others stood on street corners in downtown Seattle asking voters to sign post cards that stated their position that more money should go to health and human services. Still others made public service announcements. A final group volunteered to speak to a meeting of the King County Council. 

While all students were required to attend a council meeting not all had to give testimony, but Greenberg was surprised at the number of students who signed up to speak in front of the elected officials. Greenberg was impressed by the powerful speeches given.

For many of the students, the most powerful part of the program, so far, was talking with homeless people.

“What affected me the most was listening to the people from Real Change,” said student Megan Kennedy. “We heard specific stories about people who were homeless. They were trying to change but they don’t have the resources to do it. It put a human face on the problem. These people were injured or got behind in their bills. They just didn’t have the support of a family to help them. It’s really scary. That could be me.”

Queen Anne resident Matthew Wolf said this class has opened his eyes to the plight of the homeless.

“I’ve lived a pretty sheltered life and wasn’t aware of the needs of the homeless until this class,” he said. “I’ve learned a lot about these basic services and how important they are to the homeless.”

As for getting involved with the governmental process, the students said that learning a little about how King County works and how to contact lawmakers helped them realize that their voices could be heard.

“Seeing the members of the King County Council helped make them real people,” said Enrico Hipolito. “It helped put a face on the government.”

Greenberg said making the government accessible is part of what his class is all about.

“Ultimately, I want students engaged in the democratic process. I want them to see how accessible our government is and how they can stay involved after high school,” Greenberg said. “There is so much more that students can do to make changes in the world. This class gives them the opportunity to be involved and then have the skills to continue in the future.”
 
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