Aki Kurose Middle School

Aki Kurose
Middle School

Community Bulletin 1/19/23

Community Bulletin 1/19/23

At-a-Glance Calendar

January 19 | Winter Music Concert | 5:30 PM @ Aki’s Auditorium

January 20 | Theatre Arts Fieldtrip | During School Hours

February 1-28 | Open Enrollment for School Choice | See Announcement Below

February 8 | End of First Semester/Second Quarter | Second Semester Starts February 9

February 16 | Family Conferences | 4:30-6 PM | See Announcement Below

February 17 | Open House & Tour | 8:30-9:30 AM | For Incoming 6th Grade Families

February 17 | No School for Students | Family Conferences | 8:30-10:30 AM | See Announcement Below

February 20-24 | Mid-Winter Break | No School for Students & Staff


Lost & Found: Please remind your child to stop by the attendance office to pick up any lost items in the next few weeks before we donate leftovers. The best times for students to visit is before or after school or at lunch time.

Family Conferences: Aki has been approved for a conference waiver day for Friday, February 17th. Families will be invited to visit with teachers in their classrooms alongside their students the evening of Thursday, February 16th between 4:30-6 PM and the morning of Friday, February 17th between 8:30-10:30 AM. Your family may be contacted individually to set up a specific time to meet. There will be no school for students on Friday, February 17th.

Open Enrollment for School Choice: 8th grade families, you may submit a school choice form for your child’s high school directly to the Seattle Public Schools central office between February 1-28

If you do not submit a form, you child will be automatically assigned to your attendance area high school We will be reviewing this information with our 8th grade students in advisory class near the end of January.

  • Cleveland High School will have an in-person open house event Saturday Feb 11th, 2023, from 10:30am to 12:00pm with a school tour, presentation from Staff and a student panel to learn more about Cleveland STEM. Please RSVP for the Open House.
  • Rainier Beach High School will have an in person open house event on Monday, February 20th, 2023. Time is still TBD. Please contact Rainier Beach High School to inquire: 206-252-6350
  • Franklin High School is planning to have an in person open house. Date and time is still TBD. Please contact Franklin High School to inquire: 206-252-6150
  • NOVA High School will have an open house on January 26th, 2023, from 6:00 – 7:30pm. 

For other high school tour information, please reach out to the individual school for more information.

After-School Program:  The last day of our 1st semester after-school program is Thursday, January 19th.  Our 2nd semester program will run from March 6th – May 11th.  All students will need to submit “new” registration forms to sign up for 2nd semester programs.  Forms will be out the week of February 13th.  More information about the after school program and feel free to email Mr. Browne at mlbrowne@seattleschools.org

The CLC is creating an in-house after-school intramural league.  All students will need to be registered to attend/participate.  Registration starts Jan 23 and games will start Feb 6 and be on Mon, Tues & Thurs. From 3.45-5.15pm. Please see Mr. Browne in the CLC for additional information.

Free & Reduced Lunch Eligibility: Aki is part of Community Eligibility Programs which provides free meals for our students. In order to maintain this programming, we need families to complete the Family Income Survey digitally, even if you don’t think your family will qualify. You may also access forms in other languages and hand into Aki’s main office.

Aki PTSA – Aki PTSA usually meets every 3rd Tuesday of the month at 6pm virtually on Zoom.  Please email for more information: akiptsaboard@googlegroups.com

Aki Swag Orders – If you ordered Aki Swag from the PTSA this fall, all orders are available in the main office. If you need help getting your order, please email Alena Ciecko at alenakc@gmail.com or akiptsaboard@googlegroups.com

World Language Credit Program: During quarter 3 in semester 2, Aki will offer world language testing to 8th graders who not only can speak and understand another language that is not English, but also can read and write in that language. To all our multilingual families, please continue to help your child(ren) develop their language skills so they will have the opportunity to earn high school credits in 8th grade. Learn more about world language testing. 8th grade multilingual students can register for a test in quarter 3.

Athletics Updates 

You can sign up for ANY Aki Sport on Final Forms.  Information & QR Codes are in library & information and link is on the Aki Kurose Athletics website.

  1. parent/Guardian registers first 
  2. Player signs-up
  3. Take a photo of physical. 
  4. Upload the photo of physical to FinalForms.

If you don’t yet have a physical, please schedule one from your family doctor/clinic or make an appointment at the Aki Kurose Wellness Center 206-326-2141 or at the Interagency Clinic 206-326-2162

Sports Information is available on Instagram & our website or at SPS Athletics (See below)

Questions?  Email the Athletic Directors dlnelson@seattleschools.org &/or rkkirihara@seattleschools.org

Sports Information is on the Athletics Page | Instagram @Aki_Athletics | SPS Athletics Schedules

Basketball Practices for Varsity Teams

PLEASE have players communicate to their coaches if they will be late or absent from practices or games!

  • Girls Basketball Practice Days: Wednesdays & Fridays 7:10am – 8:30am
  • Boys Basketball Practice Days:  Tuesdays & Thursdays 7:10am – 8:30am & Friday 4-5pm

Basketball Game Schedule

1/21, 10am tip off Boys Varsity vs Denny @ Chief Sealth High School Gym #1

1/21, 10am tip off Girls Varsity vs Denny @ Chief Sealth High School Gym #2


Checking Grades on The Source: As family members, you can also check their grades on your own.

Bathroom Hallway Pass System Revision: Taking into account our monitoring of student use of bathrooms and hallways during class time this first quarter of the school year, along with student, staff and family feedback, we have moved to an “as needed” pass system during class time. Each classroom teacher keeps a sign out/in sheet for students to use a uniform pass, one student at a time, and not during the first and last ten minutes of class time. As has always been the case, any health accommodations and emergencies will be handled separately on a case-by-case basis. We continue to focus on maximizing class time and student safety across our school day for all our students.

On Time to Class: We are working with our students on time management and purposeful movement between classes to ensure students are ready to go on time with their learning in each class period. On Tuesdays and Thursdays we are hosting lunch tables in the cafeteria for students who are struggling to make it on time to classes to talk through improvement plans and reflect on the importance of being on time to each class.

Free Tutoring Service for Students – Tutor.com is a service that SPL subscribes to where students can get online help from 2pm-10pm every day. Tutoring is available in English, Spanish, and Vietnamese. The tutors are background checked and subject experts. Students can upload papers for editing help, they can use the whiteboard to scribble math problems back and forth with the tutor and have access to the transcript of the session when they are done. Flyers for students:

Crane Cash – Our students can earn Crane Cash each day at school in all school spaces by demonstrating the Aki Core Four mindsets (academic, social/emotional, community and environmental), which have been introduced and continue to be practiced through our Wednesday advisory class time. We have raffles every other Thursday during grade level lunches to provide celebration and rewards for our students doing a great job each day at school! Families are welcome to donate raffle gifts and volunteer to help with prepping our Crane Cash tickets – reach out via phone or email!

After-School Program – The program started Monday, October 17th, and will run through January 19th, 2023.  More information about the after school program. Feel free to email Mr. Browne at mlbrowne@seattleschools.org.

Student Needs Assessment – In order to serve our Aki Kurose student community, the counseling and student support team uses a variety of tools and data to develop programs and interventions specific to our students. One of the tools used is the student needs assessment survey. This short survey asks students how they are feeling about a variety of academic and social emotional topics. Students will be offered the chance to take that survey twice a year, mid-October through December, and mid-April through June. Based on survey responses, school counselors and school support staff may follow up with students individually to offer resources within the Aki community as well as the broader community. Ultimately, we want to remove barriers for our students and ensure that they have access to programs, activities, and support to help them feel safe, welcomed, and able to be successful within the school environment. Information collected through the surveys is kept confidential except for anything that would mandate us to report. Survey responses excluding personally identifiable student information are shared with administration to report overall student needs. Students will complete the brief needs assessment during advisory class, and participation is voluntary. Students and families can opt out of completing this survey. If you would like to review the survey, please let us know and we will make one available to you. If you would like to opt your student out of completing the needs assessment, please contact the main office at 206-252-7700. We look forward to a great school year with your students!

Student Laptops: All students should have received a laptop and charger. Support their learning by making sure it is plugged in every night, and that they bring their laptop and charger to school and that they restart it at least once a week. 

Library Books Winter Reading Challenge sheet turn in has been extended to Friday Jan 13!  A drawing for prizes will be next week!  Please continue to support your reader turning pages, talking to your reader(s) about what they are reading and ask to see their reading log!  Also, please remind them to return their library books when they are done with them so others can check them out!  If you still have books from a previous school, bring them in & we’ll get them to the school so they can be checked in. You can check our Instagram for new titles at @aki_library.  Go #AkiReaders! 

Need Resources? Please check our Family Resources page for information about food, household items and financial assistance.

Please reach out to us with any questions using the following contact information:

For English, call Aki at 206-252-7700 or email akikurose@seattleschools.org

For Amharic & Oromo, call Guesh Wubneh at 206-252-7718 or email guwubneh@seattleschools.org

For Somali, call Abdi Geireh at 206-252-7718 or email afgeireh@seattleschools.org

For Spanish, call Amy Anderson 206-252-7748 or email alanderson@seattleschools.org 

For Filipino, call Eden Tumbaga at 206-252-7748 or email ebtumbaga@seattleschools.org

For Vietnamese, call Quang Hoang at 206-252-7734 or email qvhoang@seattleschools.org