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Upcoming Events
8/28/2014
- New Students Orientation
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
9/2/2014
- 10th thru 12th Graders
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
9/3/2014
9/18/2014
- Curriculum Night
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
9/19/2014
- Picture Day
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
 

News and Events

Dear Incoming Center School Families,
As Principal of The Center School, I welcome you to the new 2014-2015 school year. Year after year The Center School has demonstrated the effectiveness of our program through test scores, student work and the testimonials from our community. We continue to prove that our commitment to excellence has significantly benefited our students and I’m looking forward to working with committed staff, dedicated students, and a close-knit community.
 
While we are still in the process of hiring 1.6 FTE Special Education Teachers, your next year 9th grade teachers will be as following:
9th grade Humanities: Mr. Bell, Ms. Carroll, Ms. Pritchard
9th grade Math: Ms. Bersos, Mr. Chipps
9th grade Science: Ms. Peterson, Mr. Scilletta
9th grade Art: Mr. Carman, Mr. McCarthy, Ms. Wyn
9th grade Special Education Teachers: Ms. Herbst, Ms. Palmer
Counselor: Ms. Harmon, School Psychologist: Laura Rothenberger, Ed. D.
Administrative Secretary & Registrar: Ms. Tracey
 Attendance Specialist: Ms. Webb
I know that sometimes transitioning to new curriculum may be hard, so to get an early start, feel free to familiarize yourself with the novels taught in 9-10th Humanities classes. Whether you listen to these books on tape, read them on your Kindle or find a hard copy in the library, you might want to look into the following titles:
Romeo & Juliet by William Shakespeare                        Lord of the Flies by William Golding
Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe                      (Possibly Nectar in a Sieve by Kamala Markandaya)
  
Also, please note some important reminders about the start of the year activities.
Schedule and Activities:
1)      9th and New Student Orientation: August 28th from 1-2 pm. Freshmen will receive their schedules during the orientation.
2)      10th-12th grade students will receive their schedules on September 2nd from 2-4 pm. on the balcony.
 
Please note: if you are unable to attend either one of the dates listed above, you will receive your schedule on the first day of School: September 3rd
 
3)      First Day of School: September 3rd
4)      Curriculum Night for all Families - September 18th 6-7 pm.
5)      School Enrichment Fee $75 – more details in the school packet distributed on the first day of school.
6)      2014-2015 Bell Schedule: Monday 1/3/5 blocks, Tuesday tutorial 2/4/6 blocks, Wednesday 1-6, Thursday tutorial 1/3/5 blocks, Friday tutorial 2/4/6 blocks.
7)      Picture days: September 19th from 8:00 am – 2 pm; retakes October 24th from 8:00 am – 12 pm (more info in the school packet).
8)      School supplies: 3-ring binder; spiral notebook; pencils/pens; and a flash-drive. Your teachers might have additional supplies specific for their class – see teachers’ syllabi to be distributed within the first week of school.
9)      Free meals program: If you feel you may qualify for the free lunch/breakfast program, a one-page application with instructions will be mailed to your home by the district.  $3 for lunch and $2 for breakfast.
10) Bus transportation: all eligible students will receive an Orca metro bus card for transportation on the metro. The bus cards are handed out on September 3rd.
 
 
Week of 9/4-9/6 Special Schedule
September 3rd, First Day of School, Wednesday
 
September 4th
Thursday
September 5th Friday
Community Meeting at the Center House (food court stage)
8:30 – 9:00 am (30 min.)
No Tutorial (it starts next week)
No Tutorial (it starts next week)
Per. 1
9:05-9:55
(50 min. with announcements)
Per. 1
9:25-11:05
(100 min.)
Per. 2
9:25-11:05
(100 min.)
Per. 2
10:00-10:45
(45 min.)
Passing
11:05-1:15
(10 min.)
Passing
11:05-1:15
(10 min.)
Per. 3
10:50-11:35
(45 min.)
Per. 3
11:15-12:50
(95 min.)
Per. 4
11:15-12:50
(95 min.)
Lunch BBQ (area tbd)
11:35-12:35
(60 min.)
Lunch
12:50-1:30
(40 min.)
Lunch
12:50-1:30
(40 min.)
Per. 4
12:40-1:25
(45 min.)
Per. 5
1:30-3:05
(95 min.)
Per. 6
1:30-3:05
(95 min.)
Per. 5
1:30-2:15
(45 min.)
 
 
Per. 6
2:20-3:05 (45 min.)
 
 
 
 
Key Policies:
At the Center, we feel it’s important for students and community members to become familiar with several key student policies that are meant to help promote an optimal learning environment. Students will receive a full version with their school planners in September.
 
Attendance: regular attendance has a direct effect on the academic progress of all students. Some courses require attendance to pass. Students are expected to attend all classes every day and are considered absent if they enter class after 10 minutes have elapsed. All absences or tardies are unexcused unless the parent/guardian contacts the school by phone/email or note within 2 school days. Please note that in accordance with the SPS School Board policy, family trips and vacation are not considered an excused absence, and students may not make up missed work.
 
Cell phones and electronics: cell phones should only be used before and after school, as they distract from student learning and teacher instruction when used in class. A first offense will have a consequence of phone removal for a day; the second offense will result in a requirement that a parent/guardian pick up the phone. Even if you use your cell phone to check time, please know that such use falls under the general rule of cell phone usage. Please use classroom clocks to check time.
 
The Center School’s unique location obligates staff and students to follow Seattle Center rules, such as:
-          Respect Seattle Center (Armory) property
-          Refrain from loitering in out of reach areas, such as TPS rooms, Seattle Center stage and offices
-          Be polite and courteous to the Seattle Center businesses (i.e. Starbucks, Subway, etc.)
It’s important that we sustain a positive relationship with the Seattle Center residents in order to remain in compliance with our school lease.
 
Most discipline misconduct (aside from exceptional conduct), due to infractions, results in in-school suspension, detention during Homework Club and behavioral plans. Please comply with the teacher/school/district policies.
 
We look forward to a very exciting and event-filled year with you and your student(s). If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us.
 
I hope you enjoy your summer.
 
Sincerely,
 
Oksana Britsova,
The Center School Principal
(206) 252-9855
 
 
 
Center School 2014-2015 Bell Schedule
 
Community
Meeting
Wednesdays
Regular Daily Schedule
 
 
Monday
1/3/5
Tuesday
2/4/6
Wednesday
(1-6)
Thursday
1/3/5
Friday
2/4/6
1st period
8:30-9:15
No Tutorial
Tutorial
8:30-9:05
(35 min.)
Per. 1
8:30-9:25
(55 min.)
Tutorial
8:30-9:05
(35 min.)
Tutorial
8:30-9:05
(35 min.)
Community Meeting:
9:30-10:30
Per. 1
9:10-10:55
(105 min.)
Per. 2
9:10-10:55
(105 min.)
Per. 2
9:30-10:25
(55 min.)
Per. 1
9:10-10:55
(105 min.)
Per. 2
9:10-10:55
(105 min.)
2nd period
10:45-11:25
Passing
10:55-11:05
(10 min.)
Passing
10:55-11:05
(10 min.)
Passing
10:25-10:35
(10 min.)
Passing
10:55-11:05
(10 min.)
Passing
10:55-11:05
(10 min.)
3rd period
11:30-12:10
Per. 3
11:05-12:45
(100 min.)
Per. 4
11:05-12:45
(100 min.)
Per. 3
10:35-11:30
(55 min.)
Per. 3
11:05-12:45
(100 min.)
Per. 4
11:05-12:45
(100 min.)
Lunch:  12:10-12:55
Lunch
12:45-1:25
(40 min.)
Lunch
12:45-1:25
(40 min.)
Per. 4
11:35-12:30
(55 min.)
Lunch
12:45-1:25
(40 min.)
Lunch
12:45-1:25
(40 min.)
4th period
12:55-1:35
Per. 5
1:25-3:05
(100 min.)
Per. 6
1:25-3:05
(100 min.)
Lunch
12:30-1:10
(40 min.)
Per. 5
1:25-3:05
(100 min.)
Per. 6
1:25-3:05
(100 min.)
5th period
1:40-2:20
 
Homework Club
3:30 – 5:00 p.m.
(90 min.)
Per. 5
1:10-2:05
(55 min.)
Homework Club
3:30 – 5:00 p.m.
(90 min.)
 
6th period
2:25-3:05
 
 
Per. 6
2:10-3:05
(55 min.)
 
 
 

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