CSCA Publication
What's HOT the Week of May 24 , 2020    
Governor Inslee made an emergency proclamation extending the closure of all schools through the end of the school year. As a result, Seattle Public Schools will not reopen school buildings for the 2019-20 school yearIn response, all educators were asked to begin providing ongoing, remote learning for grades PreK-12.

Grading: SPS students taking high school courses will receive either an "A" or an "Incomplete" during the second semester of 2019-20 school year. The District has constructed a letter to students on grading and remaining engaged in their online learning experiences.


MAY 18-JUNE 30
Running Start Enrollment

MAY 25
Memorial Day
No classes

MAY 29
Deadline to register for 2020-21 classes

Last Day of School Year
Not sure when your class is meeting online? View the schedule on the  School Calendar

The following resources are available for you and your students during the COVID-19 shutdown.

Email and profiles of TCS Staff

A resource for students and their families with shortcuts to the Source, Schoology and other online tools.  To learn more about Schoology, read the Schoology Parent Guide .

Learn more about how the district is rolling out distance learning during CV-19. 

SPS has published guidance for families in the IEP and Evaluation Guidance for Families 

During the closure, grades will be either "A" or "Incomplete" 

This link to the At Home Learning page contains useful information for continued learning. At the bottom of the page you will find a document folder called Communication from Teachers to Students, where we are posting all relevant news for continued learning opportunities.


While TCS is shut down,  Teen Health Center  services are still available! Services include consultation and refilling prescriptions.  Visits are via telephone or video. Please reach out and we will make arrangements based on your needs .

Mental Health Counselor:
Chelsea Clark MSW, LICSW

Nurse Practitioner: 
Karen Boudour ARNP

Substance Use: 
text/call at 206-488-2795

Urgent Dental Care

You may also reach the Clinic Coordinator, Say, at 206 390-3355. (Call or text her at this number for the process to initiate services if you have not been seen in the Clinic before.)
Edward RhoCareer Center Specialist for TCS, has created Instagram and Zoom accounts to connect with students. Please follow "tcscareers" on Instagram for career opportunities, scholarships, internships, and financial aid posts/updates. 

You can also check out the Career Center page on The Center School website. And if your students need to speak with Edward about their career choices after high school, please email him to schedule a Zoom appointment.
During these extraordinary times, SPS has stepped up to offer information and services for families who need assistance. All the services are listed on the COVID-19 Resource Page.

Meal Service
SPS is providing meal service for students via 26 school sites across the city. Student meal sites will operate from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m., Monday through Friday. Locations are listed on the Student Meals resource page.

Mental Health Services  
If you or your family needs emotional support during this time, the district has shared a list of agencies that provide crisis support. To view the complete list, please click here.
The CSCA is our PTA. Our purpose is to work for the betterment of Center School for all students. 

2019-2020 Executive Board

Christina Hill
Co-Vice Presidents
Christine Heckman
Erika Borges
Frank Lockhart Open

The Center School Parents is a closed group.
Join CSCA 

Amazon donates 5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases  to the CSCA which funds the programs that make The Center School what it is. 

For the first time you can pay your membership fees online via the new membership portal.  This is a brand new tool to us and we look forward to adding features in the coming weeks and months on this platform.
PLEASE NOTE:  Only individual memberships are available via the online portal.  All Center School students are automatically honorary members and do not need to buy a membership.     

Dragon's Fire wants to hear about what's going on in our school community.

Please submit articles and pictures to Dragon's Fire to be included in the following newsletter.   

This is your last week to register for classes  for the 2020-21 school year. 

Please utilize the documents that are provided for your reference and guides as you decide on what to register. You can also have the option to register for classes in paper form. 

Students should head over to the  Course Registration Webpage and get started. If you have any questions, please contact Ms. Tracey at as soon as possible.  

The Deadline for registration is this Friday, May 29th.
TCS Valedictorian, Class of 2020: Adam Biddle
Adam Billen
Congratulations to TCS's Valedictorian for the class of 2020, Adam Biddle!

The Center School community is pleased to announce Adam Billen as the Class of 2020 Valedictorian. Adam is being recognized for academic excellence along with his exceptional leadership and community service engagements at TCS. Here are Adam's thoughts on what it means to be Valedictorian and part of the Center School.

Being named Valedictorian means a ton to me. Over the past four years The Center School has given me the space to change, grow and learn on a scale that I am still often shocked by. I remember feeling like I didn't know myself very well at the end of middle school. I was looking towards high school with the simultaneous excitement and anxiety of a completely unfamiliar experience. I tried to embrace that excitement and jumped into Center by throwing myself into as many new spaces as I could. I joined clubs, ran for student senate, prepared for my first  Model United Nations conference, and stayed up late at Halloween parties watching Bob Ross and eating ramen with people that I had only known for a couple of months. I was happy to have settled quickly and was full of energy to get around and do as much as possible. Now, leaving Center and looking toward flying to Washington, DC to be a college student at American University feels much the same as leaving my middle school to bus toward downtown Seattle to be a high school student at The Center School. It has been peculiar to start feeling a lot of the same things that I did at the end of middle school; that familiar combination of excitement and terror. This time, however, I am hoping less for something different from where I have spent the last couple years of my life, and  hoping more that I will have as wonderful an experience at American University as I have had at The Center School. I will always be endlessly grateful for my time at Center. Thanks, and I hope to see you (virtually) at graduation.

Congratulations from TCS Staff and the CSCA! 

Registration for classes begins Monday May 18th and runs through the end of June.

Returning already-enrolled Running Start students should e-mail Ms. Karen @ to receive a signed Enrollment Verification Form.

New students to Running Start should go to the website of the college campus they wish to attend - Seattle Central, North Seattle, South Seattle, Bellevue, or Shoreline. Each college has basically the same process for enrollment but with a few variations. After clicking on "Academics" (or "Programs") -> High School Programs -> Running Start, all the college's steps to enroll are there. Students will need to take an online assessment, one for all English/Writing/History courses and one for Math if students want to take Math or Science at the college. Running Start math courses start at Pre-Calculus level.

After enrollment is completed, students should contact Ms. Karen for course advising and to receive an Enrollment Verification Form. They will then receive an appointment from the Running Start office for online advising and to pick out their classes and schedule.

New students who are attending Running Start part-time will need to work their schedules out for both college and Center School carefully to avoid conflicts.


The summer learning program will take place from July 6 - August 7 All enrolled students will have access to summer learning opportunities and enrichment provided by community partners. In addition, teachers will help identify students who might need more personalized academic support. Instruction will be focused on the content covered this last school year and the skills and concepts students need to make a successful transition to the next grade. 

Students currently in grades 9-12 who need credit recovery for a course they previously did not pass or who have received an "Incomplete" during the school building closures will have the opportunity to recover up to 1.0 credits (two 0.5 credit courses) this summer from the available courses. Students will have access to the online learning system, Apex Learning, and will be assigned a teacher who will provide live instruction and one-on-one sessions.

To register for classes, or to get more information, please contact Karen Brookman at

Don't let financial aid myths limit your options for the future

Think you can't afford college or career education? Financial aid helps many students pay for education after high school, and more families in Washington are now eligible. Even if you didn't qualify before, you might now!

Myth #1: My parents make too much money, so I won't qualify for financial aid.
Fact: Applying for financial aid is the only way to know for sure whether you qualify. With the new Washington College Grant, an eligible student from a family of four making up to around $97,000 per year can receive some money for their education.

Myth #2: Financial aid only pays for universities. That takes four years-I need to start working now.
Fact: Financial aid can be used for many types of full-time or part-time education, including career and technical schools, community colleges, some apprenticeships, and yes, universities too. You have options!

Myth #3: I can't apply for financial aid, because I don't know what I'm going to do after high school.
Fact: You can  complete a FAFSA or WASFA financial aid application
before applying for college or training. You can make your final choice about whether and where to go later, and you'll know more about what you can afford.

Learn more and apply for financial aid on the Washington Student Achievement Council website.

We want to help prepare our seniors for life after high school by making sure they have received all the recommended vaccines.

If you would like to check your child's vaccine status using the Washington State Immunization Information System (WA IIS) please contact Karen Boudour via email at , or via text at 206 390-3355 .
You may also obtain the records yourself using the following link for the WA IIS Website:


Karen will be offering office hours in June to provide any missing immunizations for students free of charge.