CSCA Publication
What's HOT the Week of May 3 , 2020    
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. 

The weekly schedule of remote learning events and instructor office hours on the  School Calendar  has new updates!

MAY 4-8
Teacher Appreciation Week
  -Mon: Make 'Em Laugh Day
  -Tues: Thankful Tuesday
  -Weds: Wacky Hair Day
  -Thurs: Tik Tok Dance Day
  -Fri: Movie Day
(see graphic in this issue for details)

MAY 25
Memorial Day

Last Day of School Year


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.


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
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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. 

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.   


Thank you staff, students and families for your continual engagement in the online classroom learning experiences. I wanted to make a Robocall this evening to share the new changes on the learning platform and online registration, however, I was unable to access the Messenger system so I am sending this out as an email and letter for posting.

The Center School teachers and staff have worked diligently to provide a continuum of classroom learning experiences for students. On Thursday, 4/30, the platform for teachers using the Zoom platform will change to the Microsoft Teams learning platform. I am including the email sent from District regarding the mandated change and the security reasons for that change:

Essential Information for April 30, 2020 from the Department of Curriculum, Assessment, and Instruction

Title: Additional Information on Zoom
Audience: All Educators

Questions continue to arise about the use of Zoom in Seattle Public Schools. As was provided in a communication on Wednesday, April 29, Zoom is not approved for use with students due to privacy and security concerns. Additionally, Google phones/accounts are also not appropriate for student conversations. SPS employees are allowed to join Zoom meetings that are hosted by other organizations such as OSPI and other school districts. The only exception for an approved use of Zoom for students is for Deaf and Hard of Hearing students, as Zoom is currently the only platform that allows the ASL interpreters to be viewed by the participants.

Microsoft TEAMS is the district's web conferencing software. Microsoft has also indicated that they will soon be adding a feature that allows for multiple participants to be viewed at the same. Once the integration of TEAMS and Schoology was completed several weeks ago, existing Schoology processes, Office 365, and other resources created by content managers, specialists, and professional learning were greatly enhanced.

TEAMS was deployed to all schools and is to be used for all staff and student web conferencing. TEAMS can be used for virtual instruction, class meetings, and individual 1:1 support. Families can monitor a student's discussion, teacher posts, assignments, and engagement within Schoology to ensure a secure and transparent learning environment. No personal email invitations are needed by the teacher because Schoology has automatic class rostering. Training has taken place and is available to help educators create live, remote sessions within their courses. Finally, because TEAMS is aligned to SPS resources, TechLine is able to provide support when needed. TEAMS is available on all platforms, both personal and district, including phones, tablets, and laptops.

I understand that there will be limitations in the platform transition from Zoom to Microsoft Teams for staff, students and families. Teachers will have to align their instructional delivery and classroom presentations in a new platform that doesn't support breakout rooms or the current all student visibility in the classroom. However, the Microsoft Team platform has increased its user functionality features in the last two weeks in providing greater online classroom support for staff and students. The Center School community has a training opportunity with the District's digital support team on Monday, 5/4 to ask questions and receive answers on creating a viable, highly functioning Microsoft Team's classroom that promotes active student engagement. Thank you for supporting your students in making this transition to Microsoft Teams.

Information on Online Registration

Ms. Lott, Ms. Brookman and Mr. Rho have been working for the past few weeks on the online registration upload for the school website. I am pleased to announce that it's live for student registration. Directions are provided on the website. Only students who have attended SPS and have an account can use the system to complete online registration. Students who are new to TCS will have to download the form and email it to Ms. Tracey at All other questions can be directed to Ms. Tracey at the provided email.

Be safe and stay well.

Dr. Casey
Principal TCS


Please mark your calendars. Our annual school auction is postponed to October 17th, 2020. We look forward to welcoming you back to our 2020-2021 school year with this fun event hosted by the CSCA!

If you have already purchased tickets to the auction, your ticket will be valid for the auction on October 17th. If you still need a ticket, ticket sales will open ag ain at the beginning of September 2020. 

Did you already purchase tickets to the auction AND your student is in the senior class of 2020? Your tickets are valid for the auction on October 17. If you cannot attend, we can convert the ticket into a direct donation, and the entire price of the ticket will be tax deductible. Or, if you would like a refund, contact Rosina at

Be safe! Stay healthy!

Thank you, as always, for your support of The Center School.

Rosina & Angie
Auction Co-Chairs

We are excited to have you as part of the Dragon Community. Registration is now open 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. 

Please click the Course Registration Link below for more information and to start the process.

Deadline for registration is Friday, May 29th, 2020

Course Registration Link 

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 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.

The HSBP Graduation Requirements have 

changed. In order for you to graduate this June, 

you must complete the following tasks in 


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