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    Welcome to Huchoosedah: SPS Native Education Department

    Native Education is a referral service. We work with students, parents, teachers, principals, and SPS departments on a case by case basis to address the broad scope of needs our Native students face. We want every family to understand how to navigate the resources of the district and support all schools in understanding the unique experience Native students face interacting with our system. Our goal is to ensure all Native Students have a high-quality education experience and reach the goal of graduation.

    Please call or email us! We are here to help, problem solve, and inspire.

    Native Education’s Summer Program!

    Native Education’s Summer Program uses cultural activities, group, and one on one work to promote literacy/literary skills in elementary school students. Students work on their writing, speaking, listening, and reading skills - including those needed to solve math story problems.

    Where?  Meany Middle School, 301 21st Ave E Seattle, WA 98112 in Room #46
    When?   Monday, July 29th through August 9th, 9:00 AM-3:00 PM Monday through Friday

    For more information: contact Gail Morris

    Summer Learning Opportunities

    *Application deadlines have been extended please check with your school.

    High School Credit Retrieval

    High school students who are interested in recovering a credit from a class that they did not previously pass may earn up to 1.0 credit (two classes) toward graduation free of cost. The program will be held July 1-July 26, 2019, Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.- 12 p.m. 

     - Ingraham and Rainier Beach will be hosting the summer credit retrieval programs. 
     - students who are enrolled will be provided with metro tokens to commute to and from the program.

    More information: Summer Credit Retrieval Info webpage

    Registration: 2019 Summer Credit Retrieval Application (pdf)

    Skills Center

    The Seattle Skills Center is a free program in Seattle Public Schools that prepares students for college, careers, and life. They provide this training through their regular school year courses and their summer program.

    For more information: Skills Center school website

    Kindergarten Jump Start

    Jump Start is a free Transition Program for New Students entering kindergarten. The week-
    long Jump Start experience is offered at most Seattle elementary and K-8 schools.

    Information on how to apply: Jump Start webpage

    Summer Staircase

    Students who are currently in kindergarten through fourth grade and have performed below grade level by MAP, Amplify, or Smarter Balanced standards can consider Summer Staircase.

    When: July 1 - July 26, 2019, Monday - Friday, times vary by site. No school 7/4.

    Cost: Free (Breakfast and lunch are provided)

    Transportation: Provided to students who live outside of a one-mile radius to a Summer Staircase site. 

    How to register: Contact your child's teacher or the interventionist at your child's school.

    "I Am Native" Film Honors Students

    (Above is the film "I am Native" which highlights Native SPS students.)

    "At the Sept. 5 Seattle School Board meeting, Gail Morris, Native American Education program manager and Stacia Hawkinson, Native Education consulting teacher, debuted the short film, which showcases Native Seattle Public School high school students and staff sharing their stories, hopes, and dreams for their future.

    'We have many Native students that are doing exceptionally well in SPS, and we want to share the pride we have in them with a broader audience, through this beautiful film,' Morris says." - click here to read more

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    Gail T. Morris
    Native American Education
    Program Manager

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