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    Aki Peace Crane Press - November
    Posted on 11/22/2017
    Peace Crane Press newsletterDear Aki families,
    I am thrilled to be back to all my Aki babies! I have missed being here the past few weeks, but I know that Dr. Mitchell, our administrative team and fanastic staff took good care of everyone in my absence. 
    We are consistently working toward closing the opportunity gap at Aki, and and it is encouraging to report that we are one of three schools (with Denny and Mercer) where African American students are performing better in math than at other similar schools statewide. We are so proud of our students, however, there is still much work to be done by all of us, in partnership, until there is NO gap in achievement data between our African American students and other students. All the strategies we use to close this gap benefit our entire school community. So, when we talk about Black students, it is with the understanding that as we close that gap, ALL of our students are growing more academically.
    October 18 we hosted Seattle Children’s Theater for an all-school assembly sponsored by Kaiser Permanente, with pre- and post- reflection work in advisory class. Students learned about and reflected on bullying. Students reported learning that there are multiple forms of bullying, and being lonely can lead to depression.
    November 2 our 8th grade students heard from a panel of Rainier Beach High School students about how to successfully transition from 8th to 9th grade. They shared lessons in how important it is to start off strong in 9th grade making good choices and that high school is easier if you stay on track to start with. Also, they shared that Rainier Beach is welcoming, that the people are “straight up real…rumors are not true and you need to see it for yourself. Everyone has helped me plan for my future.”   
    Rainier Beach HS student panel 
       8th grade families, please stay tuned for more information about our High School transition events! Also happening in advisory: Internet safety is so important for our students, and Officer Roberson is presenting at grade-level assemblies to help all of our students learn how to be safe online.
    We need all our families to attend student-led conferences on November 30! There are two time windows when you can stop by – be sure to bring your student since they will lead the conference. NEW THIS YEAR: You will also have a chance to meet with your student’s grade-level counselor to hear about the great work students have been doing to set goals and plan for their transition to the next grade, and their future in high school and beyond! If your student participates in one of our mentorship groups you will have a chance to meet with their mentor. There will be a place to learn about Special Education and English Language Learner supports at Aki. Finally, please give input about how you feel at Aki and how we can measure and improve the quality of our school environment, from your family’s perspective. Turn in completed event passports for your students to be entered for a raffle prize!
    Sincerely, 
    Mia Williams, Proud Principal
    TURN IN FREE & REDUCED LUNCH FORM: 
    We get free breakfast for all students because more than 80% of students at Aki last year qualified for free or reduced lunch, and we qualify for Title 1 funding because more than 75% of students at Aki qualified for free or reduced lunch. Please turn in those forms (even if you don’t think you qualify) so Aki won’t lose out on benefits for our school. Forms available from Ms. Carol (cafeteria), & Mr. Labi.
    COLLEGE BOUND SCHOLARSHIP Students whose families are income-eligible must submit a complete application during 7th or 8th grade, and no later than June 30 of their 8th-grade year. The scholarship covers tuition (at comparable public colleges), some fees, and a small book allowance. Have questions? Talk to counselor Mr. Labi-206-252-7743.
    VOLUNTEER APPRECIATION 
    Volunteers help with food backpack program
    Thank you to volunteers from UW Pipeline Program and City Church for their help in classrooms (social studies and language arts), the library and with our food backpack program.