LHE Leadership email from Superintendent Juneau to parents
This is the "behavior matrix" that Principal GG referenced in the Wednesday "Coffee Chat" on 10-16. This is an outline; however, the school is in the process of creating a breakdown/matrix to be used as a Behavorial Plan.
This is the updated digital handout from Principal GG (PowerPoint presentation from 10-16 meeting where there was technical trouble)
Meeting announcement for Listening & Learning Coffee Chat #2 and PTA Information Session on Monday evening, October 21.
Below is some useful information to help prepare for the "Listening & Learning Coffee Chat with Principal GG" meeting on Wednesday, October 16. The intent of this information is to shed some light on recent climate discussion to better prepare for upcoming Listening/Learning Sessions (previously referred to as coffee chat). A revised list of session dates will be published soon. If you are able to attend a session, please be respectful of the format and of each other. The most important thing to remember is to stay focus on the kids. Be specific on the problems you wish to see fixed and issues you wish to learn more about. The PTA is committed to a positive and productive approach to solving problems.
Principal Association of Seattle Schools Contract:
Question of staff vote
At the recommendation of their union (SEA), LHE staff did NOT take the route of a “vote of no confidence.” Instead (as stated in PTA Weekly email newsletter) 100% of the staff present at their last SEA meeting voted: "We feel the relationship with our principal is severed beyond repair." 38 of 44 were present.
The staff feel 100% backed by the LH community and very much appreciate us. However, they have asked respectfully to keep their case separate from ours and not undermine or impede their efforts. Their union has advised them not to meet with parents to discuss these issues at this time so there will not be an opportunity for a parent—staff meeting.
We have been told that the district does not have documentation in their archives of LH parents not being responded to by our administration. Therefore the PTA is compiling our own documentation of these happenings. We appreciate all the submittals and emails thus far. Because of the large response, please understand that we cannot respond to each email individually at this time. But we are compiling these and together they will hold value. Instead of emailing us as previously instructed, please use the google form to document so all data is in one place and easier to organize. If you have multiple incidences or concerns, please submit them separately. Please provide as much detail as possible and redact where necessary. Documentation form
Has the district been notified?
Yes, SPS has heard from us — from the PTA, the LH Staff and SEA, concerned parents and angry parents. We consulted with an attorney who reiterated that we must be data-based to be taken seriously by the district. If you wish to present facts and incidences of unsatisfactory action from our school administration, please feel free to do so (please also upload these incidences, as stated above). However, there is an expected hierarchical process of communication so please be sure you have attempted to communicate this concern with our administration first.
Who will attend the Wednesday, Oct 16th meeting?
The LH staff members who do not have students at that hour will try to attend. Their union rep may not be able to be present, and they may not be able to answer questions. A third-party mediator will not be present, however, Rainey Swan of the Principals Association of Seattle Schools (PASS) will accompany Ms GG. Some PTA Board Members will be present. All families are welcome. For those of you who cannot attend, a summary will be posted.
Effective ways to communicate during an open forum:
CLIMATE SURVEY RESULTS HAVE BEEN PUBLISHED
Each spring the SPS district surveys families, students (grades 3-5) and staff to assess school climate. 2018/19 results were published last month and can be found here. You can see the individual questions by clicking VIEW ALL QUESTIONS at the very bottom/left of each summary page. Below is a recap of all three categories.
80% of LHE families responded favorably to questions regarding "education quality," 77% responded favorably to "culturally responsible school climate" and 65% responded favorably in the "healthy community" category.
Students at LHE results show their highest responses in "student motivation & inclusion" with 81% responding favorably, and "social-emotional learning" with 78% responding favorably. In categories for "classroom environment" and "healthy community," 55% and 67% respectively responded favorably.
LHE Staff Climate Survey Scores are the lowest in the NW region of SPS and below average in the district, with 57% responding favorably to "professional culture" questions (down 25%), and 62% responding favorably to "instructional practice" questions (down 11%). Below are graphs showing our year-over-year results and a snapshot comparison.
An unsatisfactory climate directly impacts our students
The PTA Board has received many comments and questions from concerned parents, especially with regards to the class environment, the health of our community and potential attrition of staff. After reviewing the staff survey results, the PTA Board presented Principal GG with a letter expressing our concerns. We have invited her to share her specific plan of action to improve the staff climate, specifically in the areas that were the lowest scoring in the survey.
We have not yet received a formal written response from Principal GG but will share upon receipt. We are eager to help facilitate movement towards a positive working and learning environment for our staff and our students. The letter we presented to Principal GG is featured below.
(Link to Survey Letter in full resolution)