These are the notes I took at the 3/12/2019 Q&A with Mr. Paperman and Mr. Harmon:

  1. Survey on the website for those who have additional questions nsd.org/programsurvey
  2. Hope to have a recommendation to present to the board in the spring with implementation by fall of 2020

Comment: For PACE most families won’t move to Bear Creek from Wellington or to Frank Love from Lockwood

Q: is K-12 for Northshore Family Partnership (NFP) being taken into consideration in this plan? IF so where would it be housed

A: Not currently considering K-12 for NFP, not part of the planning

Q: Is EAP in the Home school for all schools being considered?

A:No, haven’t looked at what it would take to implement multi-ability in same classroom (questioner asked: Isn’t that what single subject kids are doing right now? A: Yes)

Comment: PACE gives more to Wellington that you may realize in terms of community and volunteering

Q: How many years can the new changes hold new growth?

A: Looking into 2026 for EAP

Q: Did the district do a survey of PACE parents and ask them if they would move to a new site?

A: No we did not. But we can

Q: Has the district thought about what all the moves and not having a bond to the community and school is doing to our kids? Are we causing psychological harm to them?

Q: Will current EAP teachers have an EAP position in the district if Bear Creek EAP is moved?

Q: Can current EAP students get priority for waivers to stay with their community and friends if it splits or moves to another school?

A: Maybe

Q: Did district look at changing boundaries of all schools to fix the previous adjustment that clearly wasn’t a long term fix?

A: Looked at expanding boundaries of BEar Creek to have at least 2 classrooms per grade and that wasn’t possible without eating into other schools with low enrollment. Did not look at redistricting whole district, mainly looked at Bear Creek to minimize disruption.

Q: Can district publish the data used to make these suggested changes?

A: EDTF data is on website… (can we get that site?)

Q: What are the special academic programs referred to?

A: EAP, NFP, PACE, Dual Language, Special Ed, Early Learning

Q: How many kids are you projecting adding to NFP by 2026?

A: Looking at 100-150 kids in the program (not taking into account adding grades 7-12 to program or program growth as NFP parents are projecting.)

Q: Did you consider closing the Bear Creek Building?

A: Considered moving Gen Ed out of building but not closing building completely. Urban Growth boundary will move at some point and it’s expected over 10k more kids will be added to district at that time. Need the space.

Comment: NFP should be planned for K-12 sooner rather than later

Q: Did you consider all the aspects of moving a PACE program to another building? New teachers to be hired, new parents to be placed in roles, Financials (funds are tied to the building. if you move buildings you have to give the money to the building and start at new school with nothing or parents have to vote for money to go to new school. if parents aren’t moving schools with program they might not vote to move money.)

A: We did not fully consider all of these aspects and have learned a lot in the last 2 weeks. Will consider all of this and do more research

Q: If EAP leaves Bear Creek where will the kids go?

A: kids will be split between Sunrise and Canyon creek based on their home school.


First, a little background. In fall 2018 the Enrollment Demographic Task Force submitted draft boundary changes to ease overcrowding in the north Bothell schools when the new building on the Canyon Creek/Skyview campus and the new elementary school on Maltby are done. The draft proposal included an assumption that EAP students would be serviced at their neighborhood schools. The draft is available here. In general, there are not enough students qualifying for EAP at each grade level at every neighborhood school to fill a classroom, or even split classroom. Thus this assumption seemed incorrect.

In early 2019 the cabinet drafted a proposal about program placement under the new boundaries, including EAP, PACE, and FSA programs. You can see the proposal here. The proposal suggests creating 4 EAP sites (Sunrise, Moorlands, Lockwood, and Canyon Creek) to align with the four NSD regions (East, South, West, and North).

The HiCap Parents Council had mixed feelings about the proposed EAP changes. We have responded to the EDTF and cabinet with the following letter:

Cabinet and EDTF members:

The HiCap Parents Council represents HiCap students and families from the entire school district, both those placed in EAP and AAP classrooms and those receiving services in their home schools, giving us a unique perspective on program placement. We were surprised earlier in the school year when the recommended boundary change draft did not include consideration about program placement, particularly EAP. Thus the cabinet proposal presented in the study session on 1/14/19 was a welcome step towards a more equitable and considered assignment of all students across the district. 

However, we do have some questions and thoughts about proposed EAP locations for 2020.

1. Ideally EAP programs would be located in a way that encourages both academic success and community building. 
    A. An entire program (grades 2- 5) is preferable to isolated classrooms that change from year to year. This enables EAP teachers to work with a cohort, share information about curriculum and students, and use knowledge gained in one year into the next. This is especially important when bringing new teachers into EAP.
    B. Locations within a feeder pattern are desirable. EAP students do get to know and be friends with neighborhood and other children at their program location, and it is a hardship to be moved from year to year or to go to a different middle and high school from the neighborhood students. EAP students are also split between multiple middle schools. Currently, this isn’t avoidable, with fewer EAP locations than middle schools. However, assigning, for example, Maywood Hills students to a Moorlands EAP location (where the neighborhood and other EAP students would be going to Northshore MS and Inglemoor HS while Maywood attends Canyon Park MS and Bothell HS), or the existing assignment of many north Bothell residents (Skyview MS, North Creek HS) to Bear Creek (Timbercrest MS and Woodinville HS) disrupts friendships and community building.
    C. Keeping the above in mind, we would propose outlining a feeder pattern for the EAP sites that at least keeps High School assignments aligned (EAP students should attend an EAP elementary school that goes to the same high school as the neighborhood elementary school they would have attended). Ideally, and thinking long term with the continued growth of the EAP program, a 6 EAP site solution that aligns to the Middle School feeder patterns would be the best, and that would be our strong recommendation.    D. Long-distance EAP assignments cause several negative effects both on a daily basis–long bus rides–and overall–harder to attend before and after school activities, harder to attend PTA activities. The proposed EAP location in North Bothell is a very welcome addition!
    E. Forcing other programs (Lockwood PACE, Wellington PACE) to move in order to realign EAP feeder patterns, especially when these programs consists of many neighborhood families, encourages a negative perception of EAP and inhibits community building.
    F. It has long been a problem that families cannot waiver siblings into EAP schools due to space restrictions. Even when they have been able to waiver a sibling in, the waiver does not include transportation (although transportation is guaranteed for the EAP student). This is a significant equity issue – asking families to manage the overhead of kids in multiple schools is not realistic for many families, and creates equity of access issues. Please consider keeping families together by planning to have space available at EAP locations for sibling waivers and to include transportation for siblings. This keeps siblings together on the bus, in after school care, and at school community activities such as evening science fairs and school plays, making it much more possible for all of our demographic groups to access EAP equitably.

2. The success of relocated programs (such as the 2017 EAP move from Shelton View to Lockwood) and new EAP sites is heavily dependent on appropriate staffing. Having the Shelton View EAP teachers move with the students in 2017 maintained the feeling of community and also helped bring new-to-EAP teachers and existing administrators and specialists up to speed on the needs of the EAP students. If the EAP program is moved from Bear Creek to Canyon Creek and/or Sunrise, the move will be more successful for the students if the teachers are able to move as well. Please encourage existing, established EAP teachers to move to new sites so that there are experienced staff everywhere. It is crucial for there to be an experienced EAP teacher leader at every EAP site.

3. The original EDTF boundary proposals included current and projected enrollment figures for various schools. 
    A. What are the proposed feeder patterns for EAP sites and projected EAP enrollment for future years?
    B. The original EDTF proposal assumed that all students were at their neighborhood/home schools. How do the numbers change with choice and EAP students at the program locations instead? These numbers should be published, similar to how we can anticipate a certain number of students to waiver into Inglemoor for the IB program.
    C. How will these proposed program placements alter the suggested boundary changes? Will there be enough room at Canyon Creek EAP in future years with much of the population growth expected in the north region? 


Thank you for your attention to these considerations,

The HiCap Parents Council
council@hcparents.org

http://www.hcparents.org

A district website with some of the boundary information is available here: https://www1.nsd.org/2020boundary

Please welcome the new members of the HiCap Parents Council:

Moorlands EAP: Allison Headlee (akheadlee@yahoo.com)

Elementary Regional Representative – Bothell Feeder Area: Myriam G Juritz (MyriamJuritz@hotmail.com)

Elementary Regional Representative – Inglemoor Feeder Area: Veronica Webb (elementalcolor@gmail.com)

Elementary Regional Representative – North Creek Feeder Area: Satyanarayana Narlapuram (narlapuramsatya@gmail.com)

Elementary Regional Representative – Woodinville Feeder Area: Sylvia Bagley (sylvia.s.bagley@gmail.com)

Canyon Park: Jennifer Spanton (jen@spanton.net)

Skyview: Lauren Lewis (laurenlewis77@gmail.com)

Northshore: Xiaoying Zhang (lannyzhang@hotmail.com)

Leota: Angie Hancock (angie@pezzee.com)

Timbercrest: Rob Pajaro (pajarofamily@outlook.com)

Continuing HiCap Parents Council:

Woodmoor EAP: Kristi de Grys

Bear Creek EAP: Lisa Benado

Lockwood EAP: Bonnie Plottner

Bothell HS: Laurie Ferraiolo

Inglemoor HS: Brenae Brix

Woodinville HS: Austina De Bonte

We had no representatives on the ballot for Kenmore Middle School, North Creek High School, or Sunrise Elementary School. The HiCap Council will discuss what to do about these remaining open positions at our upcoming meeting on September 27.

Thanks to all outgoing council members, as well as those who ran for positions on the HiCap Parents Council! Your service and passion for our community is very appreciated.

It’s Time to Vote!

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Voting Closes Midnight on Monday, September 24

Vote for the HiCap Parent Council representatives who will represent you. EVERY family in Northshore has a potential representative on the council. EAP students, AAP students, High School HiCap Students, Neighborhood School HiCap students, private school students, homeschool students, and students who have not yet been identified as HiCap – all have a representative and may vote in this election.

One vote per family, please

Note that EACH FAMILY should vote ONLY ONCE PER REPRESENTATIVE, regardless of how many parents/guardians are involved. Ideally we would do the voting process using paper ballots and kid mail, but this is not practical with so many families going to different schools all over the district. Please uphold the sanctity of the election and only vote once per family.

(Have multiple kids in different programs? Just re-open this ballot a second time to be able to vote for that different position.)

All positions are for 2-year terms. If a candidate is only eligible for their position for one year, their position will come up for election again next spring.

 

Vote Now

 

The HiCap Parents Council has recently set up a PayPal account where we can accept monetary donations to our 501(c)3 non-profit organization. You may contribute by going to our Donate page and clicking on the Donate button.

The HiCap Parents Council has no income other than from contributions from Donors like you. Your Donation to the HiCap Parents Council funds summer park dates, game days, student/parent info panels, our email list of subscribers, this website and much more. If you have enjoyed these activities and amenities in the past and would like to see the Council continue to sponsor these kinds of events please consider donating.

The Council has several upcoming events planned that would benefit from your contributions:

1. Second AAP student/Parent panel of the year (Council rents sound system and provided light refreshments)
2. EAP parent panel (Council rents sound system and provided light refreshments)
3. Summer meet and greet park dates for AAP (Council provides drinks and snacks and rents pavilion at park)
4. Summer meet and greet park dates for EAP (Council provides drinks and snacks and rents pavilion at park)
5. Fall back-to-school Board Game Day (Council rents space for event)

Additionally, if you or your spouse works for a company that does company matching of charitable giving, please submit any donation you make to the HiCap Parents Council for a matching donation from your company.

Thank you for considering a donation to the HiCap Parents Council!

Earlier this month the HiCap Parent Council conducted a survey of 9th and 10th grade students and parents. This survey asked questions about their transition from the Junior High AAP program to High School and included questions like “How satisfied is your child with their social emotional experience in high school?” and “Is your child appropriately challenged in Math?”. The results of this survey can be found here https://data.surveygizmo.com/r/365310_5a69339b6c2ce6.47741853.

Although we have analyzed the responses we have received, we still encourage you to take the survey if you have a 9th or 10th grader. Your results will be compiled with those already received. You can take this survey here http://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/4113333/NSD-HiCap-Council-High-School-Transition-Survey