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Denny Items of Interest & Resources
Items of interest to Denny International Middle School families and our community.

If you have something that you would like to share, please e-mail the webmaster, Sheree Fantz-Gut.

Announcements
Bell Times Discussions
The district has scheduled a series of public discussions around start of school bell times between April 21 and May 12. Hosted by the district’s Neighbor to Neighbor program, these facilitator-lead discussions will allow you to offer your feedback for consideration by the district.

Currently, the district has identified three potential options regarding bell times, which will be the source of the discussions:
  • Flip of elementary and high school bell times
  • Extend the high school day by adding an optional seventh period then offer students the option of late arrival
  • Keep things as they are
The following are the scheduled discussions, open to the public.
  • Tuesday, April 21, 6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. at Highpoint Neighborhood House (6400 Sylvan Way SW, Room 207)
  • Thursday April 30, 7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. at Hamilton International Middle School Commons (1610 N 41st St)
  • Tuesday May 5, 7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. at New Holly Neighborhood Campus Gathering Hall (7054 32nd Ave South)
  • Wednesday May 6, 7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. at Garfield High School Commons (400 23rd Ave) 
  • Tuesday May 12, 7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. at Chief Sealth High School Commons (2600 SW Thistle St)
To learn more about on Neighbor to Neighbor, the bell time debate, or dates/times/locations for facilitator trainings please visit http://neighbortoneighbor.www.seattleschools.org

spring Break & Summer Camps with TAF
STEM camps for students over Spring Break or Summer Break.

For more information from the TAF website...

Summer Opportunity-NOAA Camp
NOAA is offering 5 day summer camp sessions for incoming 6th, 7th and 8th graders.

For more information on NOAA's website...
For a brief NOAA video of camp...

Summer Opportunity - Pratt Fine Arts Camps
 Pratt Fine Arts Center offers many classes in various arts through out the summer.

Check out Pratt's website for details....



Family Connectors University
The Spring quarter of Family Connectors University is beginning soon. Family Connectors University is a 10 week series of evening courses that are designed to help families gain knowledge and skills in advocating for their children, developing strategies toward increasing student academic success, and improving family and community engagement in schools. 
Spring quarter begins the week of March 30th, 2015.  
Chris Ray-Merriweather: (206) 252-0996 | chraymerriwe@seattleschools.org
Betty Williams: (206) 934-4571 | Betty.Williams@seattlecolleges.edu
Or visit our website:  http://bit.ly/FamilyConnectorsUniversity

Class Locations and Schedules:
Location
Day and Time
Address
North Seattle College
Thursday evenings, 6-8pm
9600 College Way N.
Seattle, WA 98103
Instruction Building, room 1409
Van Asselt Elementary School
Monday evenings, 6-8pm
8311 Beacon Avenue S.
Seattle, WA 98118
Classes held in the Library
Chinese Information Services Center 
in Chinese
Friday evenings, 6-8pm
611 S. Lane St.
Seattle, WA 98104
Classes held in 2nd floor conference room
Denny International Middle School
in Somali
Tuesday evenings, 6-8pm
2601 SW Kenyon
Seattle, WA 98126
Classes held in room 252
Beacon Hill International Elementary School
in Spanish
Wednesday evenings, 6-8pm
2025 14th Avenue S.
Seattle, WA 98144
Classes held in Multi-purpose room A
 

Safety Tips for Students Walking to School
We are reminding our scholars about safety tips for walking to and from school.  We would appreciate your parental help by having a similar conversation at home.  The walking safety advice includes:

GENERAL SAFETY TIPS
·       Pay close attention to your surroundings, avoid "automatic pilot"
·       Walk with a purpose; project an assertive, business-like image.
·       Use common sense; plan your route to avoid uninhabited parks, parking lots, garages and alleyways.
·       Stick to well-lit areas.
·       Develop a plan before you see trouble.  Crossing a street or entering a store may get you out of a potentially bad situation.
·       If a car follows you or beckons you while you are walking, do not approach it. Instead, turn and quickly walk the opposite direction.
·       Consider wearing clothing and shoes that you can move freely and quickly in, especially when walking or waiting for the bus.
·       Carry minimal items; overloading yourself can make you appear vulnerable.
·       Always plan your route and stay alert to your surroundings.  Avoid shortcuts.  Walk confidently.  Scan your surroundings and make eye contact with people.
·       Avoid walking alone at night.  As much as possible, walk or travel with a friend, even during the daytime.

As always, thank you for your help and partnership!
Sincerely, Jeff Clark, Principal

Files & Resources
 Cyber Safety Resources
In 2011 and 2014, Stefanie Thomas, from the Seattle Police Department shared information on how to keep our students (and parents) safe while navigating the internet. Here are some resources on cyberbullying, social networking, and safety tips.
 STUDENT PERSONAL SAFETY.pdf
Safety Tips for Students from the SPD - walking to school, on the bus, on the street, etc.
 Summer Opportunities 2015.pdf
Opportunities and activities for Spring Break and Summer 2015 - presented at the Feb 2015 PTSA meeting
 Thriving in the Middle Years.pdf
Assistant Principal Patricia Rangel led an excellent discussion at the PTSA meeting on helping our students thrive in Middle School - For some ideas check out this file.

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