A Message From Principal Talbot

Hello Dragon Families,

I am so glad to have students at school! We’ve been having a great time together! I wanted to share a little bit about our school improvement plans and how they fit with our district’s strategic plan.

The Seattle Public Schools Strategic Plan asks us to improve student-focused collaboration. We know that at Lowell, we need to do great work together because none of us alone can meet the needs of all the students we serve. We are using a process called Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (or MTSS) to accomplish this goal together. MTSS is a process in which we examine every student’s progress in reading, math, and social and emotional well-being. We do this work in teams 4 times a year.

In order to know how students are doing, we have an assessment calendar that includes measures for math, reading, and SEL skills. We’ve designed a consistent agenda for MTSS processes and expectations for data collection. We have developed a model for students to receive interventions based on the information we collect, and to cycle out of interventions when they’ve grown and are successful.

We’ve also blocked 40 minutes each morning for SEL instruction for each grade level. We will ensure that every student learns emotional self-regulation and social skills in their class with their peers. When students are having reading, math, emotional or behavior problems, we will help them a little more during other times of the day. We will partner with parents to make sure we know what works best for the student and that we are working together. We might do a reading group, a small math team, a check in and check out, a scheduled break, or a social group with our counselor or a teacher. We believe that if we work systematically and collaboratively, that we can understand the story, strength, and need of every student and meet the needs of every student at Lowell!

Help get ready for the year!

Hello Lowell community! We are seeking volunteers for three events before school even starts!

On Sunday the 20th there is a work party to clean up the playground and field.

On Wednesday the 30th earlier in the day there is a work party to clean the area rugs that are in many classrooms.

On Wednesday the 30th later in the day there is the Back to School Picnic, and we need volunteers to help setup, cleanup, and if you are able, contribute food and drinks. If you might be able to organize this event, we are particularly eager to hear from you.

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School Supply Drive

Lowell Elementary serves a student population that is 30% homeless, and more than 60% of students are low income. They could really use your help.

Stacey Krynsky and the folks at the Capitol Hill location of 1st Security Bank have been great friends to Lowell Elementary. They are at it again, helping with a School Supplies Drive called Stuff the Bus. They have already sweetened the pot with  a $100 donation, and will match cash donations up to $500. Let’s take advantage of their generosity!

Drop off donations of cash, backpacks, notebooks, art supplies, etc, at their Capitol Hill location:

614 Broadway East
Seattle, WA 98102

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Kindergarten Jump Start (free!)

Jump Start is a FREE week-long experience Aug 21-25 for Kindergartners to learn about school. Children will become familiar with their new school building, staff, typical school day activities and practices. Their parents/guardians will be able to meet with the school principal and ask questions about school. Teachers start to build relationships with students and observe their skills and strengths.

Find out more, and how to enroll on the District Jump Start Info Page