Advocacy update

Public Forum for Superintendent Finalists

Public Forum for all members of the community to meet the finalists for the next Superintendent of Seattle Public Schools. It will be held on Thursday, March 29 from 5:00-8:15 p.m. at the John Stanford Center Auditorium. It will also be broadcast live on the District’s Channel 26.

This will be the only public forum to meet the three finalists for the position. If you have questions, please email Andy Jensen at  You can also email the school board directly

Want to dig deep into the process? The following blog is from one observer about the full process. Posting this link does not equal Meany PTSA approval or dissent. It is shared only for informational purposes.


Meany's #1 Priority Social and Emotional Learning Bills Passed in the Legislature, Awaiting Governor Inslee's Signature

HB6388 defines and supports paraeducators (any professional working in a school who is not a teacher), and makes educational avenues easier to be a qualified paraeducator. 

SB 1377 addresses the role of a school counselor, a school social worker, and a school psychologist in promoting student achievement and creating a safe learning environment. 

Email Governor Inslee to voice your opinion about whether to pass or veto these bills or call the Governor's Office at 360-902-4111.


Meany #2 Priority Amply Funding Basic Education is on the House Floor

SB6362 modifies basic education provisions. Nancy Chamberlain, WA State PTA Legislative Chair says "lots of good stuff we have asked for all session, lots left to do next year."

Click the SB6362 link to comment on this bill to your legislators. Here is the official amendment.

check the WA State PTA Advocacy blog for most recent updates. Friday is the last day of the session.  



At the next General meeting, the Meany PTSA membership will discuss and vote on the Seattle Council of PTSAs Resolution on Gun Safety and Violence Prevention. Please read and be ready to vote at the next general meeting.

This Resolution addresses:

  • Preventing gun violence in schools including a unanimous stance AGAINST any attempt to arming educators;
  • Student-led actions in response to gun violence and school safety on March 24;

There is also language at the link addressing current gun safety legislation currently in debate in Olympia.

Meany PTSA News 1/12/18

It's the don't-miss-it meeting of the year!

The PTSA General Meeting is this Tuesday, January 16th and you'll want to make sure you're there. We'll open at 6:30 pm sharp with a very special guest appearance by Zachary DeWolf, the Seattle School Board representative for District V. He'll share his perspective and priorities for Meany and the district and field some questions from the Meany community. After that, we'll hear from the Meany counseling team about some of the important work they're doing with students. Don't forget to come early for Chats with Chanda, an opportunity for direct and open conversation with Principal Oatis, from 6:00 to 6:30 pm. 

8th grade MOHAI field trip needs chaperones!

History teacher Ms. Howell is planning a field trip for her 8th grade students as part of their Innovation series. The outing will be to MOHAI in February, and requires parent volunteers to accompany the classes. Trips are on February 9th and 13th from 9:30 am to 1:30 pm. Ms. Howell needs 12 parent volunteers each day. A completed, approved SPS Volunteer Screening form is required. Contact Ms. Howell at to volunteer or for more information.

Open House for incoming families

Meany Middle School is hosting an Open House and tour for incoming families on Tuesday, February 27th from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm. Add it to your calendars, tell your elementary school parent friends, and stay tuned for more details!

High School & Beyond Information Night at Meany

Meany and Washington Middle School will be hosting an Open Enrollment and High School and Beyond Night for our 8th grade families and interested members of our community on Wednesday, January 24th from 6:00 to 7:30 pm in the cafeteria. There will be representatives from the Center School, Nova, Garfield, Franklin, Cleveland, Interagency, Summit Sierra and other programs. We will have food, interpreters, and prizes. All are welcome!

PTSA Interim Fundraising Chair sought

Do you have a knack for fundraising? An interest in supporting the Meany community? Some extra time to focus on a worthy cause? The Meany PTSA is looking for an Interim Fundraising Chair to help us plan and manage fundraising efforts for the remainder of the school year. Contact for more info.

Coat Drive & Ski Swap

Thank you to everyone who participated in the Coat Drive & Ski Swap! Numerous coats, hats and scarves were collected, fun was had by all, and one attendee even remarked "Everyone I met was super nice!" There are still coats available to Meany students and their families. Contact Mr. Jackson on the Counseling team to coordinate.

More Spirit Wear available

Spirit Wear is still available to order during the month of January. If you missed out on the great items or just want more, download the order form and return with payment (make checks payable to Corporate Promotions) by January 30th.



Diallo Jackson joins the Meany counseling team

A warm welcome to Diallo Jackson who has just joined the Meany counseling team and will be working with Ms. Baker in supporting our Meany students. Here's a little bit about Mr. Jackson in his own words:

I was born in Spokane Washington but raised in Seattle since age three. I grew up in the south end and Central District of Seattle, and I attended Van-Asselt, Wing Luke, Madrona, Meany, and then graduated from West Seattle high school in 1994. I attended Whitman College and graduated in 1999.

The majority of my work experience is in guidance counseling and school intervention programs. I have also worked at the Washington State Penitentiary, in healthcare as a Patient Care Coordinator, and in social services as a Program Director of Emergency Services for the homeless. I started my family in Walla Walla in 2000 with my high school sweetheart. In 2011, I received my Masters degree in Guidance Counseling from City University.

I currently live in West Seattle with my wife and three kids. My oldest son Elijah Zephon 17, a senior, attends Chief Sealth High School with his younger sister Kai Malika, age 15 freshman. My youngest son is Taien Cyrus 13, 8th grader, attends Denny. My wife Jennifer works for her mother‘s adult home family business where she does geriatric care for dementia patients. My oldest son Elijah will be attending Eastern Washington University next year on a full ride Division I basketball scholarship.