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WHAT'S HOT Week of September 17, 2018

SEPT 25 
Baked potato bar! Meet other parents! All are welcome!

More details to come! 

Senior families, save the date! More info to come ...

OCT 10
PSAT Testing (during school day) for Sophomores and Juniors

Coffee/Tea w/ the Principal
Per Scheduling with the  Front Office 206-252-9850

Please check the school website regularly for complete schedule and updates! 

  • Locking file cabinet (CSCA)
  • Fridge without automatic defrost (Science Dept.)
  • Two black wheeling office chairs (Science Dept.)
  • White, black, or gray mat board - the larger the better (Art Dept.) 
  • Wood frames (new or used) with glass and hanging wire on the back. In good condition, less-ornate black preferred in 8x10 minimum up to 18x24 (Art Dept.)
Please let Molly Goldman
know if you have a lead or would like to sponsor these needs.  Thanks!  
REMINDER: Reminder: TCS students get discounted monorail passes. Bring student ID or transportation notice (or have Ms. Tracey print out a notice that you attend TCS) and show at monorail office to get your $25 monthly pass.
We have parking passes at the front desk. If you have access to a printer, we can email you the pass for the date of your visit. Just email either Tracey Lott or Kathy Webb with the date of your visit and we will email you a pass for that exact date. 
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Please join us for our first CSCA general meeting of the year. Get to know other parents, guardians and community members. Meet the new CSCA board, and see what our committees are up to.
This is a mostly social event and everyone is welcome! Come bring questions, and build community. 

We'll have food and childcare available. If you need childcare, please contact Heidi 206-767-2532 or 

As with all meetings, parking passes for Memorial Stadium lot available by emailing Ms. Tracey. Hope to see you there!
Three important updates:

Update #1. We did not get 
this notice in time to share last year, but here's a note from our previous counselor Linda:

"After two wonderful years at The Center School, I am sad to share that I've been notified that I am laid off due to union seniority rules. Another SPS s taff person will join The Center School next fall to continue working on college and career. I am proud of my hard work and will miss this incredible community, especially our inspiring and talented students. It's been a honor to work for this amazing community!"

Interviews for the new College & Career Specialist are scheduled, and Dr. Casey is looking for parents to join the hiring committee. Please contact her if you would like to be involved.

Update #2.  Meanwhile, a group of Seniors have stepped up to help and have already organized:
  • "Senior resource packets handed out during 5th period on 9/6. All seniors should have one! If not, they are available in the Commons.
  • Senior Brag Sheets handed out 9/10 during 3rd period. Due ASAP, preferably in the next 2 weeks. 
  • College & Career board updated with deadlines and the opportunity for juniors to get SAT prep help through Khan Academy.
  • College interest forms filled out in Greenberg's class on 9/10. 
  • Reached out to teachers and staff for advice and resources.
  • Helping to organize FAFSA night. 93% of seniors who responded to the survey are interested.
  • Handouts and resources are being made available.
  • Created an Instagram account for students (& parents!) to follow for updates and reference.

Thank you all so much for your support and your hard work to find us a new counselor! We are here to help anyone with anything, and we look forward to getting all our seniors on the path to graduation and whatever comes next."

Info available in the Commons

Update #3. A Financial Aid Night for families looking to learn more about FAFSA/WASFA is scheduled for 10/3. More information is to come, but if you're interested, save this date!

Volunteers needed to help replace broken chairs. We'll supply tools and pieces. Likely will be scheduled for a Sunday in September. Please let Molly Goldman know if you can help. 

We are still looking to fill a few open positions. Please let us know if you're interested or want more information:

Junior parent to chair Senior Event committee
This is a great way to front load your volunteerism so you don't feel bad next year and can just focus on your senior! :) 

We have a great treasurer but are looking to spread the load with a co-treasurer. 

Race and Equity Committee Chair
Support the work of staff and students and recruitment/retention!  Last year the committee put on a great parent ed night on understanding implicit bias. 

Assistance with Reflections Art Contest
V o lunteers who know how to bevel-cut window mats (or who could be trained and would be willing to help out s needed). We already have mat cutters and the other necessary tools, just need the hands!
Here's an early fyi from our Counselor, Ms. Karen, about the dates for this year's assessments. Some of them are windows for testing, with exact dates to be set later. 

CenterPoint Math Interim (District Assessment)

  • Grade 9: Students enrolled in Algebra I
  • Grade 10: Students enrolled in Geometry
College Entrance/Placement
  • PSAT (Grades 10/11): October 10
  • SAT (Grade 11): March 6
  • AP & IB (all enrolled students): May 6-17
Smarter Balanced (State Assessment)
  • Grades 10-12: March 4-June 7
  • Fall 2017 Retakes for Grades 11-12: October 22-November 16
Washington Comprehensive Assessment of Science
  • Grade 11: May 3-June 7
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Reflections is a National PTA arts recognition program that celebrates student creativity. Here at TCS, the Art Teachers will be sharing this opportunity with students, but if you have an artist in your family, make sure they know about this great opportunity to build their portfolio!

The Henry Teen Art Collective is a group of young thinkers, makers, and leaders who propose new ideas and build community around contemporary art. Representing high schools across the city, Collective members gather weekly to meet artists, explore exhibitions, and collaborate on projects aimed at supporting youth voices through art. The program offers a stipend or community service credit.

We highly encourage youth of color, LGBTQ+, and individuals of all abilities to apply. Applications are due by midnight on September 30. Accepted members will be notified by October 10. First session is November 1.

 Learn more and apply here!

(Academy of Interactive Entertainment) 
Located on the 4th floor in  the Armory, evening classes are being offered for elective credit and portfolio building and career exploration.

The next session starts on September 19th, meeting once a week on Wednesday
evenings from 6:30pm to 9:00pm for eight sessions, skipping Halloween 10/31.

The 8-week course is $495, however the promo code: HS2018 gets students a 50%  discount!

Course offerings include:
  • Introduction to 3D Animation
  • Introduction to Game Design
  • Introduction to Game Programming
  • Introduction to Storyboarding for Animation, taught by Victor Fuste, former Training & Artistic Development Specialist for DreamWorks!
Click here for details and online registration.