School Calendar 2014-2015

Calendar 2014-2015

Student Supply List 2014-2015

Student Supply List 2014-15

Summer Reading List

Summer Reading List

Supper Circle-EW Families Connect

 

Families gather to play a group game.

Families gather to play a group game. 

Several Explorer West families gathered last weekend for the last Supper Circle of the year. This was one of the largest gatherings so far at a single home. This lively, fun community event included a delicious potluck meal and an interactive game with parents and kids all playing together.

Supper Circles are small, organized dinner groups of 3-6 families that are held in the home of one of the families. When parents volunteer to be involved, they sign up to be either a guest or host family. The dinners are potluck style with the host providing the main dish. This is a wonderful way for families from different grades to get to know each other, share information about parenting middle schoolers, and and foster a supportive parent community at Explorer West.

Casual time to get to know each other outside of school.

Casual time to get to know each other outside of school.

 

We will be organizing these gatherings next year as well, so please look for information about Supper Circles in the weekly bulletin. The Parent Community Network is looking for a new coordinator for Supper Circles for the 2014-15 school year, so please let amymfrench@hotmail.com know if you are interested. 

 

 

 

2014-2015 Student Registration Forms

April 2014 letter to new families

April letter to returning families

Authorization for Administration of Oral Medication

Certficate of Immunization Status

Concussion Information and Acknowledgement

Consent to Take and Use Photographs

Driver Acknowledgement

Emergency Data and Release Form – Student Information

Field Trip and School Program Permission

Outdoor Education Program

Physical Exam

Rome Payment Plan 6th grade

Rome Payment Plan 7th grade

Student-Parent Handbook 2014-2015

 

Environmental Slam – Earth Day Competition

Three student teams and Explorer West support staff waiting for the results!

Three student teams and Explorer West support staff waiting for the results!

Ten Explorer West Middle School students on three teams competed on Earth Day (4/22) in The Washington Foundation for the Environment’s 4th Annual Environmental Slam.

In March, seven peer teams competed in a school slam and three teams received the votes needed to move on to the citywide competition. All of these presentations were student generated topics with original scripts and graphics. The presentations were:

Event Poster with presentations and schools listed.

Event Poster with presentations and schools listed.

Explorer West team with moderator, Ashley Ahearn, the environment reporter at KUOW.

Explorer West team with moderator, Ashley Ahearn, the environment reporter at KUOW.

“The Duwami is Swampy”
“Frantic Fossil Fuels”
“Packaged Planet”
“Puget Sound: The Silent Killer”
“Salmon: A Journey Up the Stream”
“The State of Pollution”
“Trash Islands”

All of the Explorer West students were incredibly poised and gave entertaining, as well as informative presentations. Ultimately, they didn’t get the majority of the votes to win the slam, but we are so impressed and proud of how they represented themselves and Explorer West’s Sustainability programs!

Thank you to all of the community members who attended to provide their support!

The teams plus friends and teachers who came to support!

The teams plus friends and teachers who came to support!

Mosaic of Rome – 1,500 Bottle Caps Collected for Art Projects

Last summer, Explorer West students were asked by their art teacher, Sarah, to collect used bottle caps. When school started in September, the number collect FAR exceeded expectations – 1,500 caps!

Her goal was to create some recycled art pieces. The first project  is in process (a Roma map mosaic) and each grade will be making something out of them over the next month. So, thus far, four projects in process/planned. There will still be A LOT left over and the students will continue to make things with them over the next couple of years, until they are used up.

Here are a few images of the work done to date, including:

  • Planning stages, projecting and drawing the map of Rome onto the board.
  • Collecting caps from the big bin (1,500 caps were collected).
  • Gluing the caps on!

We will post final photos of the mosaic when it is completed in a couple of weeks!

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Parent/Teen Education Night – Healthy Communication on Drugs/Alcohol

To follow up our recent parent survey, we have secured a speaker who could provide parents and caregivers with some educational insights on Drug and Alcohol Use in Teens (the highest rated topic).

Explorer West’s Parent Community Network is excited to announce that Dr. Kevin Haggerty from the Social Development Research Group of the University of Washington Department of Social Work will speak to our community on the topic,“Teens, Marijuana, Alcohol, and Reality… Setting the Framework for Healthy Communication.”

Event Details:

Parent Education Night - April 29th at 6:30 PM

Explorer West Middle School, 10015 28th Avenue SW, Seattle, WA 98146

 Focus of the presentation:

  • Find out about the recent research on drugs, alcohol and marijuana use in teens and learn about the impact of alcohol on the teenage brain.
  • Learn about ways to prevent the use and abuse of drugs and alcohol by teens.
Dr. Kevin Haggerty

Dr. Kevin Haggerty

About Dr. Haggerty:

For more than 25 years, Dr. Kevin Haggerty and his colleagues at the Social Development Research Group of the University of Washington have been developing methods to organize the scientific knowledge base for prevention so that parents, communities and schools can identify, assess and prioritize approaches that meet their needs. Dr. Haggerty is an international trainer and speaker in the areas of substance abuse and delinquency prevention and has written extensively in the field.

Please invite other parents and teen (middle school aged and older) community members to this event.

Spring Has Sprung – Raising Chicks

Kristin's advisees setting up the brooder

Kristin’s advisees setting up the brooder

Kristin’s advisory added some chicks to the mix this Spring. They got them for several reasons. One was to prompt discussions about our food and where it comes from. It is obvious that eggs come from chickens, but raising chicks also makes the students think about meat and the idea that they get to make choices about the foods they eat. Also, it informs their thinking about healthy food cycles and how the choices they make help define who they are and what they care about.
The students are responsible for the chick’s daily care: fresh water and food, checking on their welfare, changing bedding, etc. The chicks also bring some light into the rains of March and give the advisory members something to care for outside of their adolescent selves. The added bonus is that all Explorer West students get to visit the chicks and hear little chirps during class. Each weekend they go home with a different advisee and they will go home with a family for good at spring break in mid-April.
Week 1: Three of the four chicks the day we brought them "home" - just a few days old.

Week 1: Three of the four chicks the day they came “home” – just a few days old.

Week 1: Students holding the chicks during lunch.

Week 1: Students holding the chicks during lunch.

Week 2: They love to be held and are very relaxed in the students' hands.

Week 2: They love to be held and are very relaxed in the students’ hands.

Week 3: They're getting so big and have lots and lots of feathers coming in.

Week 3: They’re getting so big and have lots and lots of feathers coming in.

Week 3: They're getting so big and have lots and lots of feathers coming in

Week 3: They’re getting so big and have lots and lots of feathers coming in

Falcons Girls Basketball – New Coach

Coach Blair at D1 game.

Coach Blair at D1 game.

As we finish up the Winter 2014 Girls Basketball season this week, we heartily thank Explorer West’s new basketball coach, Blair Pickar, for all of his hard work and dedication. The girls on the D1 and D2 teams both improved their skills and increased their understanding of the game from working with Blair and returning assistant coach (and alum), Will Sears.

As a coach, Blair believes that basketball lessons contain underlying life lessons as well – because basketball is more than just “putting a ball in a hoop.” The fundamental principals of the game mirror those in life: awareness, unselfishness, decision-making, balance, perspective, the motion and transfer of energy. He teaches to play the right way: with respect for the game, respect for the process and respect for your opponents. It’s not just what you do, but how you do it.

Coach Sears keeping an eye on the game.

Coach Sears keeping an eye on the game.

Blair is native of Los Angeles who relocated to Seattle a few years ago. He has played basketball all his life, but is also a natural coach and teacher of the game. Blair’s other passion is music. He is a musician/song writer who played in many bands while in LA, but is now a professional music composer who works on commercials with an ultimate goal of scoring films.

High-fives all around.

High-fives all around.

Welcome to the Explorer West community, Blair! Go Falcons!

D2 coaching moment.

D2 coaching moment.

Sideline discussions with team members.

Sideline discussions with team members.