CSCA Publication
What's HOT the Week of April 19, 2020   
DISTRICT CLOSURE CURRENT NEWS
 
On Monday, April 6, 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 year.

On March 30, in response to revised guidance from OSPI, the state education agency, all educators were asked to begin providing ongoing, remote learning for grades PreK-12. You can view the schedule for TCS remote learning on our school website. 

REMOTE LEARNING SCHEDULE
You can now view the weekly schedule of remote learning events and instructor office hours on the  School Calendar .
IMPORTANT DATES 

APRIL 20
Return from Spring Break

APRIL 23
Laptop Loan Program 
students pick up laptops at Armory - see article

JUNE 5
Annual Auction
 

STUDENT RESOURCES

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. 

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.

Writers in the Schools (WITS), a program of Seattle Artists & Lectures, connects professional writers with public school classrooms throughout the Puget Sound region. Read more about this program .
TEEN HEALTH CENTER REMOTE SERVICES

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
206-321-4373

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.)

COLLEGE AND CAREERS 
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.
ONGOING SPECIAL SERVICES 
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.
CENTER SCHOOL COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION (CSCA)
The CSCA is our PTA. Our purpose is to work for the betterment of Center School for all students. 

2019-2020 Executive Board

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

 
The Center School Parents is a closed group.
 
 
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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. 
 

ONLINE MEMBER PORTAL   
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.   

TCS COMPUTER DEPLOYMENT

In order to ensure that all students have as equitable experience as possible in this time of coronavirus, TCS and SPS are providing laptops to families with technology needs. 

Here are the steps to follow if your student needs a laptop to participate in online classrooms:
 
Reserve a laptop (before Thursday 4/23)
  1. Complete the Technology Survey (if you haven't already done so)
  2. Review the parent use/safety information, student use/safety information, and expectations/responsibilities forms.
  3. Print out the Laptop Loan Form. Fill it out and get parent signature.
  4. Send an email to Tracey Lott (tlott@seattleschools.org) with your RSVP to reserve a laptop by Wednesday 4/22
  5. You will receive a confirmation from Ms. Tracey.
Do not take the following steps unless you've received a confirmation email from Ms. Tracey! 

Pick up a laptop (on Thursday 4/23)
  • Only students will be allowed into the Armory.
  • Parents may park and wait in the Memorial Stadium Parking lot (printable parking pass).
  • Students must bring their signed form and enter through the guarded east-facing doors (by the Seattle Center Theatre). 
  • Students must wear masks and adhere to social distancing at all times.
  • Students will go up to the TCS Balcony at their assigned time, turn in their form, and receive their laptop. Pick-up times are assigned by groups based on last name:
    • 12-12:30pm (Last names A-F) - no more than 10 students
    • 12:30-1pm (Last names G-L) - no more than 10 students
    • 1-1:30pm (Last names M-R) - no more than 10 students
    • 1:30-2pm (Last names S-Z) - no more than 10 students
  • Once they have received their laptop, students must exit the Armory immediately (using the same doors they entered). No restrooms will be open.
If you are unable to receive a laptop from TCS on 4/23, additional district deployment sites will be posted on the school website for future pick-ups.
 
We are very happy to be able to provide these 38 laptops to the students who need them the most. Thank you for helping make this a smooth and safe deployment!

FINANCIAL AID INFO FOR SENIORS

It is still not too late to apply the FAFSA/WASFA application! 
If you're intending to go to college or a technical/ vocational school, you need to fill out your Financial aid application to receive aid. The deadline is June 30! For Seniors who applied for Seattle Promise, even though the deadline is April 15, you are still able to submit your FAFSA before June 1st to receive the Seattle Promise Scholarship.

OTTERBOT

Otterbot is a free texting service provided by the Washington Student Achievement Council designed to help Washington high school seniors navigate financial aid for college and career education.
  • Students can access Otterbot via text message 24 hours a day, 7 days a week by texting "Hi Otter" to 360-928-7281.
  • Otter sends periodic messages with financial aid information, resources, and deadlines.
  • Students can text Otter with questions about financial aid, college planning, and more.
NEW GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS

The HSBP Graduation Requirements have 

changed. In order for you to graduate this June, 

you must complete the following tasks in 

Naviance: 

  • "Do What You Are" Survey
  • Create or Upload a Resume
  • Senior Graduation Survey 
For links to these tasks, please visit our TCS website.

AP EXAM REFUND


Beginning Monday, April 20, if a student does not plan to take an AP Exam that has already been ordered, students and families can request a refund by completing the online form here no later than June 5th. If you prefer to have a paper copy of this form, please contact your AP testing coordinator and the form will be mailed to you through the US Postal Service.

Refunds for AP Exams will be processed after schools have access to the AP Exams not taken. AP Testing Coordinators will not have access to see who completed the AP Exam through the College Board site until after the makeup AP Exam testing window in early June. The College Board has waived the $40 exam cancellation fee this year due to the COVID 19 school closures.

Reminder : If a student does NOT plan to take the AP Exam, the student MUST NOT open the AP Exam online email to avoid being charged for the exam. 

 

SEATTLE PROMISE UPDATES

 

Here is the updated schedule for incoming students (2020 High School Grads)

Feb. 15, 2020
Submit Seattle Promise application AND submit application to a Seattle College 
By
April 15
Submit 2020-21 FASFA or WASFA Application
By
April 30
Take English and math placement tests if needed
By
April 30
June 2020
Graduate from a Seattle Public High School
By
June 1
Complete your Financial Aid file (work with the Outreach Specialist in your high school to verify completion)
By
June 30
Confirm your fall schedule
Sept. 15-16
Attend Summer Bridge 2-day orientation 
Sept. 29, 2020
First day of classes!

If you are searching for Career Opportunities other than college (eg. Military, Apprenticeships, or etcs), please don't hesitate to email Edward Rho at ewrho@seattleschools.org, or contact Seattle Promise Outreach via Savannah Daniels, savannah.daniels@seattlecolleges.edu.

RENTAL ASSISTANCE

United Way is pleased to announce an expanded program of rental assistance beginning on Friday April 10, 2020. Thanks to generous donations to the Community Relief Fund and a variety of community partners, one month of rental assistance is being offered to people in King County struggling to pay rent due to the coronavirus. 

If you're a King County resident who has been impacted financially by COVID-19 and are behind on your rent, you may qualify for assistance.

View the program requirements at  https://www.uwkc.org/renthelp  or call 2-1-1.

AUCTION NEWS

In support of CDC guidelines, the annual auction has been postponed until June 5th.

Early Bird pricing has been extended through May 15th. 

Ticket purchases and donations can be made through the official website: