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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
Open Enrollment: Feb 23 - March 6
Unlike in previous years, SPS will not be sending out letters with your student's school assignment for next year. If you are uncertain of that assignment, use this Assignment Look-Up Tool on the SPS Admissions website (http://enrollment.www.seattleschools.org) or call the automated phone system at 206-252-0212.

As a general rule, your student is assigned to the same school he or she is attending now. In the case of students moving up to middle or high school, students will be automatically assigned to their neighborhood school. 

If you would like to change your current or assigned school for the 2015-16 school year, Open Enrollment runs from Feb. 23 to Mar. 6. Full instructions on how to participate in Open Enrollment and choose a different school can be found on the Admissions website at http://bit.ly/Apply-OpenEnrollment or by contacting the Admissions office at (206) 252-0760. Choice forms will be available on Feb. 23.

For families who applied for Advanced Learning testing, information about how to apply for a Choice school serving Highly Capable Cohort students during Open Enrollment can be found at http://bit.ly/AdvLearningOpenEnrollment
Students affected by Special Education program changes, transportation changes due to growth boundary changes, and Advance Learning testing results will receive additional letters in the next several weeks with further information. Open Enrollment results will be sent in April.

Technology Vision Town Halls - Share Your Vision
SPS wants to give everyone an opportunity to provide feedback and input into the district's Technology Vision process. To accomplish this we are scheduling five "Town Hall" meetings around the District from 5:30 - 8 pm:
  • NORTHEAST REGION: Monday, Feb. 23 at Eckstein Middle School cafeteria
  • CENTRAL REGION: Tuesday, Feb. 24 at Washington Middle School cafeteria
  • SOUTHEAST REGION: Wednesday, Feb. 25 at Rainier Beach High School cafeteria
  • NORTHWEST REGION: Thursday, Feb. 26 at Ingraham High School cafeteria
  • WEST SEATTLE REGION: Monday March 2 at West Seattle High School cafeteria
For additional information...


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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