Principal’s Newsletter – 6/8/21

Principal Shareef’s 5/26/21 Newsletter:

Summer Learning

Garfield High School in partnership with the Urban League of Metropolitan Seattle, will be offering Summer University.  Open to students at all grade levels.

  • Summer Bridge: is a collaboration between Garfield, Urban League Metropolitan of Seattle (ULMS) and Y-scholars in which about 70 rising 9th graders spend a month doing summer learning together. The incoming Garfield kids learn about the history and culture of the school and the neighborhood through PBL: researching and giving each other tours of the murals on the ground floor, the school building, and the neighborhood. We work to keep a balance between fun, summer camp type activities and authentic, high-school level work. The main objective is for GHS kids to leave with (1) some new relationships, (2) some familiarity with the structures of high school, and (3) a good sense of the community and history they will be a part of. GHS students typically have 90-minutes humanities block and a 90-minute STEM block, and some years we add in a small World Language component too..
  • College Portfolio Development – Students will make a portfolio that includes all the items that they will need for the college applications process: Personal Statement Essay, Brag Sheet/Resume, Test Scores, and more. Time will also be spent on actual college applications, scholarships, and interview prep.
  • APEX on-line course taking and Independent study.  Students who want to take free offered APEX courses this summer or complete their incompletes packets.
  • Civic Engagement – Students will learn about civics, democracy, and history such as the Civil Rights Movement and current events. Students will learn their rights along with how to make change through legislation by writing and debating their own bills.
  • Netflix & Learn – Ava DuVernay’s 13th and When They See Us will be some of the movies and shows watched that will be followed by discussions.
  • College & Career – Each week will feature a virtual college tour and admissions presentation led by university representatives from schools such as UW, WSU, and USC. This time will also feature a weekly panel with focuses such as college life, athletics, professionals, and more.

Here the links to register for the high school programs and  Incoming 9th grade Summer Bridge

Garfield High School Programs: https://form.jotform.com/ULMS/summer-university-app-garfield

Incoming 9th Grade Garfield Summer Bridge Program: https://form.jotform.com/ULMS/summer-bridge-program-app

Graduation Requirements (One last request):

Please don’t forget to take care of your PE Test and your Naviance sessions this week!!

Graduation:

From the district:

It is correct that the Governor has allowed us the option to increase event capacity, however, our SPS plans will not change.  We are still restricted by the Governor to have ticketed seating and spacing between ticketed groups as well as other safety considerations.  We have built and will run the plan as designed, with each student getting four tickets assigning them to a specific seating pod.  We are also providing a live feed of the event from our SPSTV studio for those who are unable to attend.  We have reviewed this plan with building leadership, with our safety staff, and with our senior leadership.  While I understand your frustration, please understand that we have worked very hard to create the best opportunity to have students participate in an in-person graduation, something others will still not have the opportunity to do this year.

Tickets:

Graduates will receive 4 tickets only for each graduate as well as 4 corresponding wristbands.

–Tickets are labeled with the specific student’s name

–Tickets indicate specific pod seating by Section, Row, Pod

–Wristbands are color specific to school

Ticket Distribution!!!

Tickets will be distributed this Friday, June 11th and Monday, June 14th from 11:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. in the front entrance of the school.  Please bring ID and your Graduation E-Ticket as proof you have been cleared to participate in the graduation.

Graduates and Families:

  • Arrive to Memorial Stadium at Seattle Center no later than 1 hour prior to the start of the graduation ceremony
  • Graduating seniors will line up to enter the stadium at the lower NE entrance
  • Guests will line up at either the upper SE or NE stadium entrance
  • Guest entry will begin approximately 45 minutes before the start of the graduation ceremony
  • Guests must have wristbands on and tickets in possession to enter Memorial stadium

Last Vaccine Clinic

SPS is partnering with the City of Seattle, Public Health – Seattle & King County, and Seattle Fire Department to host a clinic for students 12 and older to get their first or second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine at Garfield.

Date and Time: Thursday, June 10th.

Location at the school:  Outside or in the gym (depending on weather)

The first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine builds they body’s protection against the virus, and the second dose strengthens it – so don’t skip the second one! For more information about what to expect after your COVID-19 vaccination, visit Public Health Seattle King County’s website https://kingcounty.gov/depts/health/covid-19/vaccine/FAQ.aspx.

What to bring: 

For students getting their FIRST dose:

  • Consent Form. If the student is under 18, they will need to bring the signed parental consent form. Consent forms are attached and on the SPS website vaccine page. Families can return consent forms by:
  • Print, sign, and return paper form with student attending clinic
  • Accompany student to clinic to give verbal consent (If clinic is outdoors)
  • Email nurse Dubin at rcdubin@seattleschools.org if you need to give electronic consent.

For students getting their SECOND dose:

  • Vaccination Card received when they got their first dose.
  • If your student already got their first COVID vaccine dose from Seattle Fire Department (at school or at another City of Seattle site), they do NOT need another consent form.
  • Consent Form.  If they did got their first vaccine from another medical provider and are under 18, they will need to bring a parental consent form. Consent forms are attached and on the SPS website vaccine page. Families can return consent forms by:
  • Print, sign, and return paper form with student attending clinic
  • Accompany student to clinic to give verbal consent (If clinic is outdoors)
  • Email nurse Dubin at rcdubin@seattleschools.org if you need to give electronic consent.

We are excited to offer a vaccination clinic at our school. If your student is not able to participate in this one, there are many other opportunities to be vaccinated.

Resources:

COVID-19 Vaccine Minor Consent Form -English-2.pdf

COVID-19 Vaccine Minor Consent Form -Spanish.pdf

COVID-19 Vaccine Minor Consent Form -Somali.pdf

COVID-19 Vaccine Minor Consent Form -Amharic.pdf

Vaccine School Consent Form Traditional Chinese.pdf

COVID-19 Vaccine Minor Consent Form -Vietnamese.pdf