CSCA Publication
WHAT'S HOT Week of October 8, 2018

OCT 10
Sophomores and Juniors See all-school schedule in this issue! -->

OCT 17
Field Day

OCT 23
Seniors testify at City Hall

OCT 23
CSCA Board Meeting

OCT 26
Picture Re-Take Day 


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! 

  • 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.)
  • People who are willing to cut beveled windows in mat board (cutting party to be announced)
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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upcoming events :

The CSCA is our PTA. Our purpose is to work the for betterment of Center School for all students. 

2018-2019 Executive Board


Heidi Raykeil Malinda Bailey
Co-Vice Presidents

Hannah Morgan TBD

Leanne Larkin Maizun Blackbird

Andrea Anderson Frank Lockhart

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This week ... the amazing
Ms. Tracey Lott!

"She does everything and she's always there!"

You may know Ms Tracey from the front desk, or 
any number of roles she plays to keep the school running smoothly and help students every day. But here are a few things you might not know about her:

Official job title:  
Administrative Secretary/Registrar
Favorite part of her job: 
Assisting students and sharing my life skills with them.
Something we might be surprised to know: 
"I was in the Army for 3 l/2 years as a legal clerk." 
Favorite sweet treat/small gifts: 
Anything with chocolates or nuts
How long you have worked at TCS?
"This is my 7th year at TCS, and my 27th year with SPS."
Family? Pets? Hobbies? 
"I have one daughter; no pets; love to cook and collect cook books and to read books."
Thank you, Ms. Tracey, for taking such great care of our students and our school!
This Wednesday, 10/10, is a busy day for all our students!

Special Schedule for the day



  • 9th graders: Work with your Humanities teacher in Naviance, an online career and college planner system
  • 10th and 11th graders: 
    • Arrive as close as possible to 8:45
    • PSAT Testing (see below for more information)
  • 12th graders: Work with your Humanities teacher and community College and Career counselors on FAFSA and other post-high school topics

Lunch from 12:15-1:00



All Grades: Choose between study hall, movie, tabletop games, or improv. (Students who are struggling with grades will be assigned to study hall)

PSAT Information
Seattle Public Schools is providing all 10th and 11th graders the opportunity to take the PSAT, or Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test.  This test is also the National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. Need more information on the test itself? Your 10th or 11th grader was issued a booklet that explains the test, gives helpful hints, and provides practice tests. 

Some key information for students to note:
  1. Arrive at TCS as close to 8:45 as possible, preferably earlier. If all students arrive at this time, we can start the testing as soon as school officially begins.
  2. Bring sharpened #2 pencils. We will have some pencils as backup, but it will help us if most students have their own. Please note: no mechanical pencils are allowed.
  3. Bring a calculator, if possible (cannot be the calculator on a phone). Click this link for a list of acceptable calculators. The math section of the test can be completed without a calculator, but a calculator can be helpful.
  4. Get a good night's sleep and eat a healthy breakfast.
  5. Bring water and a small snack to enjoy at one of the breaks. 
What we learned:
  • Our seniors were awesome to help pull this together!
  • We miss Linda but she and Mrs. D. did a great job and we are in great hands!
  • You can still get aid if you're undocumented by applying for the WASFA.
  • This is first come, first serve funding - so the sooner the better.
  • TCS students can contact Mrs. D. for more information, and SPS is having several workshops around the city for more help
  • Thank you to parents for snacks and CSCA for their support! 
November 2
This is a free event with a few hundred US colleges represented.  It can feel a little overwhelming, but if you have specific colleges you are interested in and would like to learn more about, it's a great place to talk with an Admissions Counselor, get some questions answered and get a feel for whether you may want to visit or learn more.  You can register ahead of time on their website:

Please consider entering the Reflections Art Competition. This year's theme is Heroes Around Me.

Click here to enter. The deadline is late November.

For more info, or for help getting going, contact TCS Arts Committee Chair Emily Nagel.

We are looking for high school girls (grades 10-12) to join the 2nd year of the Fred Hutch Girls Who Code Club! The club will meet throughout the academic year, and is facilitated by a team of women who use coding every day in their biomedical research. No previous experience is required. We will all learn together! 

Fred Hutch has a long history of training the generation of scientists and understands that women are underrepresented in technology. Get  more info here . Questions? Please feel free to contact  Sarah Hilton  or  Emma Hoppe .

Seattle Public Schools is looking for students to be on the Science Adoption Committee. Click here to apply for this great opportunity!

This week the SCPTSA adopted an important new resolution to prioritize equity in their scope of work. Individual school PTAs can choose to adopt the resolution as well. 

We will be discussing this at our next CSCA board meeting on 10/23. Come join us! 

The resolutions begins:
A RESOLUTION of the Seattle Council of Parent Teacher Students Associations (SCPTSA) to declare the explicit prioritization of equity in its service to ALL families of Seattle Public Schools and in its duty as a representative Council of PTSAs in the District; and to declare the operationalization of said prioritization through coordinated support and leadership of SCPTSA members in the advancement of equitable access, membership, programming, collaboration, training, leadership, and governance of time, space and other resources within their school communities and beyond;

Seattle Public Schools Superintendent Denise Juneau is embarking on a comprehensive Listening and Learning Tour to gather an understanding of the district's strengths, challenges, and what is most important for her to consider as plans are developed for the district's future. Consider attending an upcoming date. Click here for more info.