STEMbyTAF Presentation and Math Instruction Document

TAF has provided the two documents below to the Thurgood Marshall PTA for sharing with our community.  The first document is an updated presentation that provides an overview of STEMbyTAF at WMS.  The second document outlines how math instruction would be provided in a blended classroom.

STEMbyTAF Presentation – November 2019

STEMbyTAF Math Instruction

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Fall Carnival Dance | Friday, November 8, 6:30-8:00 p.m.

Fall Carnival Dance | Friday, November 8, 6:30-8:00 p.m.

Dance to favorite songs, make new friends, and try out fun activities at the Fall Carnival Dance in the TM Cafeteria. We’ll have face painting, bean bag toss, and a bead bracelet-making station. Bring your favorite wacky fall scarves, hats, and old coats for the photo booth and takeaway an instant picture. Plus, after the photo, you can donate the coat to the TM Coat Drive to benefit St. Mary’s Place. Every student who attends will receive a free entry to win raffle prizes, including a Mariners souvenir bundle, family activities like admission to Woodland Park Zoo, along with toys and games. The PTA will provide pizza and snacks! Suggested donation is $5 per student or $10 per family with 2+ kids.

Plus, students can help select the songs we’ll play at the dance! From 10/25-11/1, kids can place their song requests in the suggestion box during lunch time (to the side of the stage). Please ask your child to submit only school-appropriate songs.

We need volunteers to make this community-building, annual dance awesome! Please sign up at

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District news and Important Dates

Seattle Public Schools is considering policy changes and proposals that would have significant impacts on Thurgood Marshall families.  These include the district proposal to change the HCC policy and program in southeast Seattle, and a proposed partnership with STEM by TAF at Washington Middle School.  Our PTA is working to gather information as quickly as possible to help keep families informed of updates and important dates.

Here are two actions you can take:

  1. See the news item below titled “Recap and Notes from 10/22 Meeting” for more information.
  2. Bookmark the Board Calendar: to keep track of board and committee meetings and agendas. Board members often have open meeting hours to hear from families, usually at a local library or coffee shop.

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Recap and Notes from 10/22 Meeting on HCC and TAF at WMS

On 10/22, the PTA hosted a discussion and Q&A on the district’s proposed changes to HCC as well as the district’s proposed STEM by TAF partnership.  Wyeth Jessee from the School District and Director Hersey were in attendance at the meeting.  The four documents linked below include 3 documents that were distributed at the meeting as well as meeting notes.

Notes from 10/22 Meeting

Proposed Student Transition Assignment Plan

Proposed Policy 2190 Change

TAF FAQ’s (printed from SPS website as of 10/22/19)

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