Thursday June 4.. LAST REAL DAY!!

The last few days have been hard for our country and our community. Like all too many past events, the death of another unarmed person of color in police custody did not occur here, but it is felt here, and everywhere.

As young global community members, I know that within the classroom we would be having important discussions and I would do my best (as a cis-gendered, middle class, white male to answer questions or be providing students with resources to seek their own answers and ways to grow.

Despite not being in the classroom together, I am here to support each and every one of you, AND to stand in solidarity.

Question to consider yourself and/or discuss with an adult:

What is racism?
How can I identify my implicit biases?
What are things that I can do to be young social justice activist?
What does “black lives matter” mean?

If you are interested in educating yourself more on social justice topics, here several valuable resources:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YrHIQIO_bdQ

https://www.barnesandnoble.com/blog/kids/8-empowering-middle-grade-novels-kids-interested-social-justice/

The work as social justice activists is not done overnight. It is a life long journey that begins with educating ourselves. I believe in you, I am here for you!

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Wednesday June 3

Hello ATA Families,

Several students and parents have reached out to me requesting support during these uncertain times. From Covid-19 to Police abuse of force and brutality to peaceful protest to rioting, it is an especially nerve racking time in American and World history. Add in the social media perspective and it amplifies anxieties and fears.

I receive support links almost daily. I want to share those pages but can’t for various reasons.

One source is www.familyaware.org. They specialize is depression support.

Hope you are all safe, able to disconnect from media and get healthy time with your friends and family the best we can during this pandemic.

-Scott

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Important information… Tuesday June 2

Hello ATA Families,
 
The email below was sent out to all Seattle School families. There is some valuable information, links for support etc. I will be continuing to post on my blog through out the summer. I will be replying to email through out the summer.  It is a new world of education and continuing connections with my students is a major priority. We can negotiate this time in history and be as productive as possible during these trying times.
 
Please stay safe, keep your families safe.
 
-Scott
 
From Seattle Public Schools to families:
Dear Families:
 
It has been another week of horrific acts and images and a replay of many incidences in our country’s racist history. It has surfaced long-standing trauma for many and brought up past scars of historical suffering and pain. 
 
Many of us are feeling overwhelmed, weary, and deeply saddened. I encourage you to stand firm in your resolve and commitment. Our voices and collective action have never been more needed than right now. 
 
Every person has a responsibility, and is empowered, to make positive change. In Seattle Public Schools, our dedication to supporting African American and Black boys and young men, is stronger than ever; the lives of our Black students matter. Our staff are committed to this mission and undoing the legacies of racism in our education system. If we do not take this most important moment to live out the values and commitments in our strategic plan, we will have failed. 
 
We all have to believe in Black Excellence. We have to believe in each of our students. And together, we need to actively build a counternarrative to the racism and bias Black students experience every day. A narrative of love, hope, and commitment.  A narrative the recognizes the inherent brilliance and giftedness of our Black youth. We need to be a school system that LOVES Black boys and youth and focuses not on fixing students but disrupting and fixing the racist systems that marginalize and limit them.
 
Finally, together we must create a more powerful vision of what our society should be and can be. The recent atrocities we have all witnessed must be the final tipping point towards radical change.  To our students of color, particularly our African American and Black youth and community, please know that we see you and we support you. Seattle Public Schools commits to do better by all of you.
 
Classrooms across the district are taking time this week to discuss the events that have unfolded in recent weeks and the history leading up to them.  We ask for your partnership in continuing these important discussions with young people at home. These are not one-time conversations but must be ongoing learning that each of us courageously engages in. 
Here are some resources for your consideration, to use on your own or with your children:
Here are some resources for your consideration, to use on your own or with your children:
 
Anti-Defamation League: lessons, table talks, and books:
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Monday June 1st!

Hello ATA!

 

Only four days again this week. This will be the last week teachers pass out new assignments and work to do for the year. I really miss you all. There is so much happening in our country, state, city and neighborhoods. I know if we were in the building, many of you would be coming to see me. Lets meet today at 11;00 on a zoom!

Scott Pierce is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/2322263102?pwd=YlVFMjliY0VDUC85bENPV2hyS2NWZz09

Meeting ID: 232 226 3102
Password: Scott2020

I hope to see all of you there.

 

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Friday May 28th

Hello ATA!

So the union members approved the furlough days by 96% so we will not have school on June 5th or June 12th.

Promotion will be at ATA June 9th from 1:30-5:30.. 

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Thursday May 28th

Hello ATA!! 

 

Today is the last day to pick up your belongings left behind in your lockers. 1-6 today.  

We are seriously getting towards the end of the year. Last night the union voted to accept two furlough days or not. We have not heard the final vote but I assume it is going to pass. IF it does pass, we will not have school on June 5th or June 12th. this means June 10th would be students last day, staff would have June 11th to grade. It also means June 4th will be the last day teachers will assign any new work. This mean you may only have five school days left. Tomorrow is Friday, Monday thru Thursday next week. The following week would be finishing up assignments and getting things turned in. Teachers and I will let you know as things may change.

It looks like 8th grade promotion ceremony will be June 9th at the school, in the parking lot. It is so strange to think we won’t have a traditional promotion ceremony for you. Starting today I’m going to post some fun graduation speeches. Most are from College but the speakers generally give some wise advice. This one is one of my favorites…

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Tuesday May 26th

Here we go ATA ! 13 DAYS OF SCHOOL REMAIN, YOU CAN DO THIS!

 

Did anyone else catch the Blue Angel Flyover yesterday?

 

Sun is back and it’s going to be a beautiful day, hope your able to do some school work and get out and enjoy the day.

 

Missing you all more than you know.. 

 

Be excellent to each other..

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Friday May 22.. Memorial Day Weekend.. No School Monday

Click on this >>>>>>>  FridayMay22

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“Just keep swimming..”

Actor Mathew McConaughey has multiple motivational speeches, graduation commencement speeches and inspirational videos on You Tube to watch and share. However they sometimes will be long and sometimes includes inappropriate language that restricts me from sharing with students. But he makes some great points in many of them. Including this one.

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Monday Monday.

Four weeks to go ! You can do this..  How many of you love science? So does this kid, hope your start the week with a smile…

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