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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 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


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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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


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: 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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King County's budget must not overlook human services
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

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