ADVOCACY REPORT - February 2020

submitted by: Jenn Snyder, Advocacy Chair

Advocacy! Getting our voices heard in helping our children reach their fullest potential.

 School Board Meetings 

All residents are welcome to attend regular board meetings. The board provides a public comment period at the beginning of each meeting. During public comments, individuals may address the school board. Those interested in speaking should sign up prior to the meeting on a sheet available at the back of the board room. Meetings are usually held on the second Monday of the month at 4pm and the fourth Monday at 7pm.

 WSPTA Advocacy Week 2020

February 24 - February 28
WSPTA will be asking members to take action from home or your phone throughout an entire week.  To participate, subscribe to the WSPTA Action Network to stay informed.

During the Washington State Legislative Sessions, WSPTA will send action alerts and informational broadcasts to WSPTA members who have subscribed to WSPTA's Action Network Group. These action alerts are quick, easy ways to communicate with our legislators on topics they are actively working on. For recaps of the Washington State legislative session, visit WSPTA’s advocacy blog at https://www.wastatepta.org/blog/.

NSD Enrollment Projections – FEEDBACK REQUESTED
Taken from Dr. Reid’s February 6th Blog: Thursday Thoughts
Earlier this month the district received enrollment projections for 2020-21 and beyond. Dr. Reid is interested in any feedback or thoughts you might have about the demographic data in the report as Northshore School District make a significant number of decisions based on it.

NSD Choice High School: Innovation lab - Opening Fall 2020
NSD webpage states, “At Innovation Lab, students will explore their passions while identifying their adult purpose. Innovation Lab is a place where students and teachers alike will investigate new ways to engage in critical thinking, collaborate around interdisciplinary projects and share their learning with others. Innovation Lab High School students and teachers will co-construct learning as students prepare for success in career, college, and life.”

Applications are currently being accepted for incoming 9th and 10th graders for the 2020-2021 school year. Selection will be lottery based. Applications are due by February 28, 2020. To complete an application, click here.

To learn more about Innovation Lab High School, please visit NSD’s website.

 


Local Advocacy Representatives

Skyview Middle School: Jennifer Snyder 

Northshore Council: Nancy ChamberlainCharla Griffy Brown

Region 6: Heidi Bennett

Washington State PTA: Sherry Rudolph

Let your state legislators know how important funding our children’s education is to you via emails and/or phone calls!  Click HERE to go to the Washington State Legislative page for contacts.


Helpful Links

Please see the following helpful advocacy links to read legislative news and keep up on WSPTA’s advocacy through their Grassroots Connection blog.

Washington State PTA Advocacy Site 
National PTA Advocacy Site 
National PTA Advocacy Toolkit


Voter Registration

Are you registered for the next election? Register to vote with the Washington Secretary of State here.