Principal's Welcome

“THE WHITMAN WAY”

We show respect – We make good choices – We solve our problems ….

It’s what Wildcats do!

S. Kleitsch
Principal
Whitman Middle School
206-252-1200
skleitsch@seattleschools.org

September 2014

Welcome to the 2014-15 school year. I would like to take this opportunity to share information on some of the programs and activities that Whitman Wildcats will be involved in this year.

Daily Advisory Period 7:48-8:14
All students will meet with staff members in small groups to participate in the Circle of Power and Respect (CPR). The Circle of Power and Respect is based on democratic, group-centered principles, and has a specific structure to create a safe place where students can build trust and strong relationships. Its format of greeting, sharing, activity, and daily news provides rituals and routines for building community.

Interim Benchmark Assessments
Students will no longer take the MAP, instead they will participate in three sessions of benchmark testing (September window 9/8-9/26, November window 11/10-11/26, February window 2/2-2/20) in the areas of English Language Arts (reading and writing) and Math. The interim benchmark assessments will provide our staff members with information on how our students are performing and their progress toward meeting Common Core standards.

Standards Based Grading
Our teachers will continue to monitor, assess, and report students’ progress toward meeting or exceeding the National Common Core State Standards identified for English Language Arts (reading and writing) and Math. Our Science teachers will measure students’ progress toward meeting or exceeding the Next Generation Science Standards. District and state standards will be continue to be used to guide the curriculum and assessment in Social Studies and the Arts.

Language Arts Honors
We will continue to offer coursework for Language Arts Honors to Spectrum-identified students in all grades. Spectrum-identified 6th graders will be in placed in separate Language Arts/Eastern Hemisphere block classes of 28-32 students. Spectrum-identified 7th and 8th graders will be grouped (8-14 students) in Language Arts/Social Studies classes. Any 7th or 8th grade student may request to complete assignments and assessments that will earn the student the Honor designation.

Accelerated Math
Incoming 6th grade students were placed in math classes based on 4th grade MSP, Winter or Spring MAP scores and availability of math courses. 7th grade students were given the opportunity to take a math placement exam last Spring for placement in Algebra. Over 60 8th graders will take Geometry this year.


Whitman parents and guardians are invited to attend the following events to learn more about programs at our school. Notices will be sent with specific times and locations.

  • 6th grade Math Information Night Tuesday, September 16
  • Back to School/Curriculum Night Wednesday, September 24
  • Literacy Information Night Tuesday, October 7
  • Dessert with Sue Tuesday, October 28
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