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Auction Planning meeting March 25th At 7pm March 24, 2010

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We’re almost there!! Auction is just around the corner.  Come help make this event Great!

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Nova High School’s Spring Gala Event…. Saturday, April 10th, 2010 at 5:30 PM March 21, 2010

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Last Saturday evening was a beautiful night in Seattle, today’s rain made this evening more so.  Saturday, April 10th, 2010 Nova High’s single, large fundraiser for the year takes place, making it a great evening, too.  

You’ve had it on your calendar since last September but now it is time to send in your attendance cards!  Mark your entrée selection, sponsor a table, request to be seated with friends but no matter what plan to ATTEND!  We need all members of our community to attend whether you can give this year or not. The meal price is a suggested donation, please send an additional ticket donation if you can.  This keeps an important tradition alive at Nova.  So put a stamp on the response envelope and prepare for a great night out!

 Nova’s operating budget has been cut by 10.45% for next year.  Like all Seattle Public Schools, Nova has faced deep cuts this year.  This year’s budget committee has put all available funding into keeping all our classroom teachers.  This has stripped away almost all other supplies and support for our students.  The educational experience at Nova will depend heavily on what is raised April 10th and your participation is key. 

One parent has put a table together for parents at Nova whose kids went to AS#1!  Are there other groups who could do the same?  Do you know an alumni who would like to visit with teachers?  Grandparents, aunts and uncles, in-laws, friends who love your student, they make great guests.  Does someone you work with support your student?  Come up with creative ways to connect people to the Nova Community.  Maybe invite a few Miller Community Neighbors?  Count on a special night mingling with staff, alumni and other families. 

Terrific donations are rolling in.  Have you had a chance to procure an aution item on behalf of your student? Thanks everyone for coming out, making this a fun night for a great cause. 

 If you need an  invitation  sent to a relative, friend or coworker, please email TheNovaProjectPTSA@gmail.com with name(s) and address(es).

You can also leave your name and number with the school office, 206.252.3500.

HSPE testing – (The New WASL) 3/16 to 3/18 March 15, 2010

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3 Nova Students to perform @ More Music at the Moore this Friday night! March 9, 2010

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9th Annual More Music @ the Moore March 12th @ 7:30

Come out for an incredible night of music at the Moore Theater sponsored by the Seattle Theater Group.  Nova students Sam Fair,  Jesse Stout and Max Watters will be performing in different groups and playing back up throughout the evening.  
Three Nova students performing!

Go to stgpresents.org for more info and advance tickets.

Don’t miss this great night out!  Tickets are $15 in advance, $17 the day of the show.  Students $12 in advance, $14 the day of the show.  Get Tickets at STGPRESENTS.ORG or call 877.784.4849

Flyer for Moore Soul R&B Ensemble

Letters to Our School Board from Alumni Coming In… March 4, 2010

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Dear School Board Members,

            I wanted a good education. I wanted to go to Garfield like my older sister and study Latin, or at least Franklin or Roosevelt High school. But by the time it was my turn to go, the schools were no longer accepting students that lived too far away. I was horrified I wouldn’t have a high school at all. I was #148 on the waiting list. I heard rumor that I could enroll in the alternative school across the street and sign up for Garfield classes. I went to visit Nova.

            It was love at first sight. I was greeted very warmly by all, allowed to wander in and out of classrooms and meetings. I was served fresh tomato soup, garlic bread and watermelon for a few dollars. I was #6 on the waiting list and let in the week before school started.

        I was shocked at first. I didn’t know how I would get to classes without bells nor passing periods. No dress code, no attendance policy, no rules against high fiving or hugging. No, the rules were much stricter and the punishments, much worse. Every student at Nova is expected to respect everyone and everything. If you fail to adhere to these rules, you will be sent to the Respect and Responsibility Committee. You will be judged by your peers, you will face the ones you have disrespected and make amends accordingly.

         Nova is a place that gives every student’s potential the breathing room it needs to live and thrive. Nova, like any school, is usually ranked by test scores and attendance, but the proof is in the posterity. I have just started my first quarter at Western Washington University. I have found that I came far more prepared than my classroom counterparts. College professors do not grade attendance, they often do not collect nor grade homework. Responsibility is assumed, not imposed. Just like Nova. The freshman students, who are still waiting for bells and instructions, tend to go on academic probation by their first quarter.  

         I have just been accepted into a highly competitive management internship with StudentPainters.net to manage my own painting business this summer. I dazzled the owner of the company with stories of my accomplishments at Nova. I held bake sales to raise the money to put on a fashion a show, to raise the money to put on prom. I gathered the supplies, organized the volunteers, scheduled the meetings, put on the shows, and auctioneered the auctions. I was given the encouragement and the responsibility. I was given the challenge. Nova isn’t a school that has money allotted for yearbooks or proms or class rings. But if we want these things, we are given encouragement and support to find ways to obtain them.

         Students ought to be regarded as the pioneering members of society that we are. We need to be given and taught respect, responsibility and resourcefulness. It’s time to go back to drawing board. What are we really teaching in high school?  How do we want college students to perform?  We need high schools that teach us the skills to succeed in life after entrance exams.

Sincerely,

Hannah Rose Crabtree

206-795-3249

CrabtreePaints@gmail.com