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Glacier Middle School
2450 South 142nd Street SeaTac, WA 98168

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Glacier Middle School
2450 South 142nd Street SeaTac, WA 98168

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Letter to Families

Letter to Families

Dear Glacier Families, 

Please follow the link to a letter from school administration. 

Letter to Families

 

 Dear Families of Glacier, 

During this historic time, we want to acknowledge the role of the public school in perpetuating racism and violence. As we have been speaking with staff of color, we want to respond to the needs of our community as well.

We recognize that the public-school system was designed and meant for the oppression of people of color, specifically black students.

We recognize that the generational trauma inflicted by the public-school system has damaged our families in profound ways.

We recognize that there is no simple solution to rectify the violence which has been committed against students and families of color  by our institutions. 

At Glacier, we will continue to push towards an equitable environment. The world can be a harsh place for black students. School should be a safe haven for bodies, hearts, and minds. There is no room for hate.

As an initial response, Glacier is taking the following steps:

  • We have created a Black Student Union which meets through a Google Classroom. The Black Student Union will meet in-person in the fall as well.

  •  Administration is holding listening sessions for teachers of color

  • We are forming an ongoing committee to evaluate issues of equity

Moving forward, Glacier commits to:

  • Evaluating curriculum for equity in representation and perspective

  • Analyzing behavior referrals for inequitable patterns which promote racism

  • Challenging the  expectations and systems which uphold white authority

  • Planning to address the individual needs of the child, rather than resorting to generic systems of behavior management

  •  Regular listening sessions with parents and administration

We know that this work is on-going, and we are not satisfied by simply making a statement. As we work towards healing and understanding, we acknowledge that this is a long journey with no end.

Below, we have included a list of resources and talking points. A message from our staff will be forthcoming.

If you would like to speak with a teacher about current events and our school’s response, we invite you to speak with:

Calvin Allan

calvin.allan@highlineschools.org

Sandra Ruiz Kim

sandra.ruizkim@highlineschools.org

Dione Batiste

dione.batiste@highlineschools.org

Joyce Walker

joyce.walker@highlineschools.org

KeyAunna Johnson

keyaunna.johnson@highlineschools.org

Edissa Jaramillo

edissa.jaramillo@highlineschools.org

Daniel Del Riego

daniel.delriego@highlineschools.org

Kimberly Rodriguez

kimberly.rodriguez@highlineschools.org

 

In partnerships to dismantle systemic racism and ensuring equity and equality for all our students,

Glacier Administrative Staff

Vicki Fisher

Erika Dubois

Robert Preston Jr.

 

Resources

https://www.parenttoolkit.com/social-and-emotional-development/advice/social-awareness/how-to-talk-to-kids-about-race-and-racism

https://www.cnn.com/2020/06/01/health/protests-racism-talk-to-children-wellness/index.html

https://www.goodmorningamerica.com/family/story/parents-talk-kids-racism-george-floyd-protests-70992137

https://blacklivesmatter.com/

 

Just for now: https://collabteams.highlineschools.org/teams/equity/_layouts/15/WopiFrame.aspx?sourcedoc={28F095E8-CB86-4B7B-B644-D605C5C67CEF}&file=Teaching%20about%20race,%20racism%20and%20police%20violence%20resources%20for%20educators%20and%20parents.pdf&action=default

FROM OTHER SCHOOL DISTRICT https://www.nsd.org/our-district/who-we-are/equity-diversity/training-resources


 




 

Estimadas familias de Glacier,

Durante este tiempo histórico, queremos reconocer el papel de la escuela pública en la perpetuación del racismo y la violencia. Hemos estado hablando connuestro personal de color, también queremos responder a las necesidades de nuestra comunidad.

Reconocemos que el sistema de escuela pública fue diseñado y destinado a la opresión de las personas de color, específicamente los estudiantes negros.

Reconocemos que el trauma generacional causado por el sistema de escuelas públicas ha dañado a nuestras familias de manera profunda.  

Reconocemos que no existe una solución simple para rectificar la violencia que nuestras instituciones han cometido contra estudiantes y  familias de color.  

En Glacier, seguiremos avanzando hacia un entorno equitativo. El mundo puede ser un lugar duro para los estudiantes negros.  La escuela debe ser un refugio seguro para cuerpos, corazones y mentes.  No hay lugar para el odio. 

Como respuesta inicial, Glacier está tomando los siguientes pasos:

  • Hemos creado una Unión de Estudiantes Negros la cual se reune a traves de un aula virtual por Google Classroom.  La Unión de Estudiantes Negros se reunirá en persona en el otoño también. 

  • La administración llevará a cabo sesiones de escucha con maestr@s de color

  • Estamos formando un comité continuo para evaluar temas de equidad

Avanzando hacia el futuro, Glacier se compromete a:

  • Evaluar el currículo para asegurar la equidad en representación y perspectiva

  • Analizar reportes de conducta para reconocer patrones inequitativos que promueven el racismo

  • Retar las expectativas y sistemas que defienden la autoridad blanca

  • Planear para abordar las necesidades individuales del niñ@, en lugar de recurrir a sistemas genéricos de gestión del comportamiento

  • Sesiones de escucha regular con padres y la administración

A continuación, hemos incluido una lista de recursos y temas de plática.  Un mensaje de nuestro personal será provisto en el futuro cercano.

Si a usted le gustaría hablar con un@ de los maestr@s sobre los eventos actuales y la respuesta de nuestra escuela, les invitamos a platicar con:

Calvin Allan

calvin.allan@highlineschools.org

Sandra Ruiz Kim

sandra.ruizkim@highlineschools.org

Dione Batiste

dione.batiste@highlineschools.org

Joyce Walker

joyce.walker@highlineschools.org

KeyAunna Johnson

keyaunna.johnson@highlineschools.org

Daniel Del Riego

daniel.delriego@highlineschools.org

 

Edissa Jaramillo

edissa.jaramillo@highlineschools.org

Hilda Huizar

hilda.huizar@highlineschools.org

Jonathan Ruiz Velasco

jonathan.ruizvelasco@highlineschools.org

Kimberly Rodriguez

kimberly.rodriguez@highlineschools.org

 

En asociación para desmantelar el racismo sistémico y garantizar la equidad y la igualdad para todos nuestros estudiantes,

Personal Administrativo de Glacier

Vicki Fisher

Erika Dubois

Robert Preston Jr.

 

Recursos

https://www.parenttoolkit.com/social-and-emotional-development/advice/social-awareness/how-to-talk-to-kids-about-race-and-racism

https://www.cnn.com/2020/06/01/health/protests-racism-talk-to-children-wellness/index.html

https://www.goodmorningamerica.com/family/story/parents-talk-kids-racism-george-floyd-protests-70992137

https://blacklivesmatter.com/

 

Por el momento: https://collabteams.highlineschools.org/teams/equity/_layouts/15/WopiFrame.aspx?sourcedoc={28F095E8-CB86-4B7B-B644-D605C5C67CEF}&file=Teaching%20about%20race,%20racism%20and%20police%20violence%20resources%20for%20educators%20and%20parents.pdf&action=default

De otros Distritos

https://www.nsd.org/our-district/who-we-are/equity-diversity/training-resources