A news blog for Seattle's Phinney Ridge and Greenwood neighborhoods

 

Safe Routes to School celebrates new schools on Aurora at 90th with fun activities Aug. 26-27

August 17th, 2017 by Doree

Seattle Department of Transportation’s Safe Routes to School is celebrating upgrades to pedestrian and bike safety near the new schools opening this fall just off Aurora Avenue North at North 90th Street (Robert Eagle Staff Middle School and Cascadia Elementary School).

From 1-5 p.m. on Aug. 26 at Greenwood Park, 602 NW 87th St., bring your bike for a bike rodeo, helmet giveaway to the first 50 people who don’t already have a helmet, free basic bike repair, music, food, story time with Seattle Public Library, raffle for bike gear, prizes and gift cards from local businesses, and a scavenger hunt. Learn more about bike safety and skills and the safest routes to school.

The following day, at 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 27, Licton-Haller Greenways and Greenwood-Phinney Greenways are hosting a Safe Routes to School Celebration and Ribbon Cutting at the corner of North 92nd Street and Ashworth Avenue North, behind the new schools.

After the ribbon cutting, a bike and walking parade will celebrate the new trail and improved Safe Routes to School.

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Aurora Licton Urban Village online petition to request city hold public meeting about safety issues regarding relocating Handy Andy to 92nd Street by new school site

April 25th, 2017 by Doree

Residents of Aurora Licton Urban Village and members of Greenwood-Phinney Greenways say they are concerned about the impacts of a proposed new location for Handy Andy Equipment Rental, just across Aurora Avenue from the new school being built at North 92nd Street.

Handy Andy is current at 10711 Aurora Ave. N., with additional vehicles across the street at 10702 Aurora Ave. N. The new site would be at 9225 Aurora Ave. It is predicted to generate about 500 vehicle trips per day.

The new school site will open in the fall and be home to three schools: Robert Eagle Staff Middle School, Cascadia Elementary and Licton Springs K-8. Ninety-second Street has been designated a Safe Routes to School, and Seattle Department of Transportation plans to install a pedestrian signal at 92nd and Aurora to make it safer for children.

Aurora Licton Urban Village residents have created an online petition to ask the city to hold a public meeting on the proposal. You can sign the petition here.

The Department of Construction and Inspections is accepting comments on environmental concerns about the project through April 26 (tomorrow).

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Seattle Public Schools starts tomorrow

September 6th, 2016 by Doree

Seattle Public Schools, with more than 52,000 students across the city, begins classes tomorrow. So please be extra careful as you’re driving, stop for all crosswalks and crossing guards, and be aware of more bicycles on the roads.

SPS has switched bell times for older and younger students this year. Most elementary schools will start earlier, while middle and high schools will start later.

Most elementary schools will now start at 7:55 a.m.; a few will start at 9:35 a.m.; and Loyal Heights, in its temporary home at John Marshall at 520 NE Ravenna Blvd. for the next two years, will start at 8:45 a.m. K-8 schools have a mixture of start times, from 7:55 a.m. to 8:45 a.m. and 9:35 a.m.

All middle and high schools will start at 8:45 a.m., except for Denny International Middle School, which will start at 7:55 a.m.

See the Bell Times webpage for the list of school start and end times.

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Breakdown of water testing results from Seattle Public Schools

April 26th, 2016 by Doree

Seattle Public Schools released a statement today regarding water quality and testing at all schools, in the wake of lead found in the water at several Tacoma schools.

“The Seattle Public Schools considers student health and safety as a top priority. Over the last several years we have adopted and implemented a set of rigorous standards which have set nationally recognized standards for safe drinking water quality in public schools. The program was established by the School Board, which adopted a Drinking Water Policy in 2004. It includes periodic testing of each drinking water source in each school, coupled with reporting of the results on the District website.”

Click this link for the Drinking Water Testing Report webpage, with links to water testing reports and schedules for every school in the district.

Greenwood Elementary School’s latest water testing report is from Jan. 6, 2016. “All sources meet the policy. The school will be flushed after any breaks longer than five days. Follow-up monitoring: Will be performed in school year 2018-2019.”

West Woodland Elementary School’s most recent testing report is from June 3, 2014.

“Status: All sources meet the policy, except: Bottled water will be provided at: Nurse office sink (#34) The school will be flushed after any breaks longer than five days. Follow-up monitoring: Will be performed in 2017.”

Broadview-Thomson K-8 had a broken link to its results. We’ll update as soon as SPS has that fixed.

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Community meetings on Seattle Public Schools boundary changes for 2017-18 school year

March 29th, 2016 by Doree

Seattle Public Schools is holding a series of community meetings about boundary changes that will take effect for the 2017-18 school year. Boundaries are changing for 18 attendance area elementary and nine middle schools to balance enrollment and create attendance areas for new schools opening in the fall of 2017.

Meetings are scheduled for 6:30 p.m. on Monday, April 4, at Ballard High School, 1418 NW 65th St. (with interpreters in Somali, Spanish, Vietnamese); 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 21, at John Stanford Center Auditorium,2445 3rd Ave. S. (with interpreters in Amharic, Chinese, Somali, Spanish, Tagalog, Tigrigna and Vietnamese); and 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 26, at Roosevelt High School, 1410 NE 66th St. (with intrepreters in Somali, Spanish, Vietnamese).

The changes were approved by the Seattle School Board on in November 2013. Additional meetings will be scheduled this fall. You can see a list of schools with changes and maps here.

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Reminder: Safe Routes to School audits of Wilson-Pacific site are Wednesday and Saturday

November 10th, 2015 by Doree

Remember, neighbors can take part in a Safe Routes to School audit for the Wilson-Pacific schools site near Aurora Avenue North and North 90th Street. The first audit starts at 11 a.m. Wednesday; the second audit starts at 2 p.m. Saturday. Both start at The Woodlands Pizza at 8314 Aurora Ave. N.

Three new schools will open on the site. Robert Eagle Staff Middle School, Cascadia Elementary School (Advanced Placement Program) and Licton Springs K-8 will serve about 1,700 students total, including students from Greenwood and Phinney Ridge. Many students will have to cross major streets, including Aurora, 85th, I-5 and Northgate Way. The purpose of the audits is to find safe routes for those students to get to school, and to suggest pedestrian improvements to the School Traffic Safety Committee, Seattle Department of Transportation, Seattle Police and City of Seattle.

Adults and children are welcome on the audits, which will be conducted by walking and biking. The walks will be between 1-1/2 and 2 hours long, followed by a review session. Food and refreshments will be supplied during the review session.

For more information or to RSVP to attend an audit, please email LictonHallerGreenways@gmail.com.

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Seattle Public Schools teachers and supporters on the picket lines

September 9th, 2015 by Doree

Seattle Public Schools teachers, along with parents and students, are picketing at schools today, after the Seattle Education Association and the school district failed to reach agreement on a new contract yesterday.

Teachers, parents and students picket at Greenwood Elementary. Photo by Greenwood parent Sandra Coan.

Teachers, parents and students picket at Greenwood Elementary. Photo by Greenwood parent Sandra Coan.

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Seattle Public Schools teachers strike, will picket in front of schools on Wednesday

September 8th, 2015 by Doree

Seattle Public Schools and the Seattle Education Association have not reached an agreement for a new contract, so teachers will hit the picket lines in front of schools, including Greenwood Elementary at NW 80th Street and 3rd Avenue NW, first thing Wednesday morning.

Wednesday was supposed to be the first day of school.

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Seattle Public Schools hosting community meeting Tuesday about latest plans for Wilson-Pacific project

May 12th, 2014 by Doree

Many students in the Phinney-Greenwood area may be assigned to the proposed Wilson-Pacific school just off Aurora Avenue on North 90th Street when it’s built in a few years. Seattle Public Schools plans to tear down the current building and construct a new elementary and middle school on the site, to open in fall 2017.

SPS will host a community meeting to answer questions about the project at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the current Wilson-Pacific building, 1330 N. 90th St. (use the south entrance on North 90th Street.)

The existing structure will be demolished to make room for the new 1,000 seat middle school and the 660 seat elementary school buildings. Attendees will be able to make comments and ask questions with regard to the project’s building and site design.

However, last week the district’s Facilities and Capacity Management Advisory Committee released a report which calls for the site to instead be a state-of-the-art high school serving 2,500 students. We’ve got a message in to SPS to find out more about the report and how it affects the current plans.

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