PTSA Topics

November 6, 2016 – Geometry Teacher Update:

Hello Garfield Community,

The other day, several of us met with SPS Executive Director of Schools, Sarah Pritchett, and the new Geometry teacher, Maureen O’Sullivan.

Maureen is a Boeing engineer who is also enrolled in the Seattle University teaching program. The university is “fast-tracking” a teaching certificate for her and she is already in the classrooms working with our kids. Once the emergency certificate is finalized, Mr. Howard will communicate with all of the parents.

Sarah will evaluate the need for tutoring and will possibly find extra classroom help as things progress. We will keep in touch with parents as we learn more.

Here is a statement from Maureen:  http://garfieldhs.seattleschools.org/cms/One.aspx?portalId=7367&pageId=15010248

Thanks to all the parents who participated in the process to improve our hiring.  We learned quite a bit and look forward to new systems that will improve teacher recruitment and avoid future teacher vacancies.

Go Bulldogs!

Barbara and Sally

Barbara Kelley

bjkelley62@hotmail.com

Sally Hulsman

sally_hulsman@yahoo.com


Sept. 25, 2016 – Football Players Protest

The Garfield PTSA letter to our community:

Hello Garfield Community,

Because so many comments have been directed at the Garfield community, and Garfield athletes in particular, as a result of actions taken at athletic events, the Garfield PTSA Board would like to make our position clear.

The Garfield PTSA Board supports the freedom of all Garfield students to exercise their First Amendment rights in a safe and peaceful manner. We respect our students’ courage and willingness to express their views on these critical issues of race and equity.

Go Bulldogs!

Barbara and Sally

Barbara Kelley

president@garfieldptsa.org

Sally Hulsman

president@garfieldptsa.org

Sports Illustrated Article by Montel Williams  –  This editorial article includes references to the Garfield Football Team’s protest and a statement by President Obama defending Colin Kaepernick’s right to protest.