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    2018-19 Welcome to Eckstein
    Posted on 08/22/2018

    Eckstein Fall 2018

    Please note: Mailed copies of this Welcome Letter should be mailed out with the student’s tentative schedule late in the week of August 13th.
    Hard to believe, but it is August and school will be starting in a few short weeks! Our building is closed throughout the entire summer, due to earthquake retrofit construction. This will not keep us from opening on time and being very prepared for you and your students! Teachers have been attending trainings on student engagement, STEM, math curriculum and so much more. Our Professional Development Focus this year is Student Engagement and Relevancy. We are committed to bringing world-life application and engagement strategies to our curriculum and classrooms. We are all lifelong learners! I am excited to start the 2018-2019 school year! Principal Sterk

    Student Schedules - Our registrar, Ms. Wong, and office staff have worked hard to get schedules ready and out prior to the first day of school. We have your student’s tentative schedule included with this newsletter. Final schedules will be given to your student on the first day of school.

    Please remember that Eckstein’s schedule is very complex and electives are not guaranteed. We prioritize the scheduling of core academic classes and reading/math support classes to ensure that all students are in the appropriate courses. We cannot accommodate teacher choice. We do our best to honor elective choices when possible.

    If you have questions or concerns regarding your student’s schedule (such as a student placed in wrong math class), the Eckstein Counseling Department staff will be available to answer questions via return emails, phone calls or in person on the following days and times:

    August 21st, 22nd, & 23rd 9:00-3:00 PM

    The counselors will respond to emails and phone calls in the order received during designated office hours.

    Walk-ins: If you prefer an in-person visit, please come to the Eckstein counseling center on the second floor, sign in and then wait outside the counseling center, Room 214. These drop in appointments are on a first come basis. In order to accommodate everyone, appointments are limited to 15 minutes.

    GR. 6 - Ms. Ziadeh

    GR. 7 - Ms. Duncan
    GR. 8– Ms. Wedemeyer


    • 21st, 22nd, 23rd Counselor Office Hours 9:00am– 3:00pm
    • 8/27 WEB Day
      6th Grade
      9 AM-12 PM in Gym
    • 9/5 First Day of School:
      6th Grade/ New Student orientation.7th/8th students to homeroom.
    • 9/5 PTSA 6th Grade Parent Coffee 9 AM Cafeteria
    • 9/13 Picture Day!
    • 9/13- Required 8th grade parent Orkila meeting 6:30 PM
    • 10/3 - Fall Sports Parent Meeting 6-6:30 PM
    • 10/3 - Curriculum Night
    • 6:30-8 PM (adults only)
    • Camp Orkila
      10/10,11, & 12 8th Grade (Please get paperwork in ASAP!)
    • 10/10&11 6th and 7th Grade Fieldtrips
    • 10/12 NO SCHOOL


    fall sportsLearn more at Eckstein Athletics

    If your student is planning to play a fall sport, please be sure to complete the required physical early! It can be very difficult to schedule a physical in September. If you have any difficulty with paying for arranging transportation to a physical appointment, please contact Principal Sterk directly who will help figure options out confidentially as we are committed to ensuring all students have access to tryouts.

    School sponsored sports include Girls’ Soccer and Co-Ed Ultimate Frisbee. Seattle Public Schools works to include as many students as possible, however, due to limited facility space and safety concerns, ‘cuts’ are sometimes still necessary. The Eckstein PTSA has generously provided funding for an extra assistant coach each season to maximize our ability to serve students. We will work to do everything we can do to encourage participation, but we do ask that parent/guardians support students through this process, should they be cut.

    Finally, this year, all parent/guardians of students participating in a school sponsored sport will be required to attend a parent meeting regarding parent support, engagement and conduct. As we work to support our students in having a healthy, fun and engaging experience. The required Fall Sport Parent /Guardian Meeting will be on October 3rd in the Eckstein Library at 6:00 PM. If you have any questions, please email Renee Horton, who serves as our Athletic Coordinator. Kindly remember that Ms. Horton teaches full –time and will return emails and phone calls outside school hours.


    webAll incoming 6th graders are invited to a special WEB (Where Everybody Belongs) Day on Monday, August 27th from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 Noon in the Eckstein gym.  

    This will be a great opportunity for students to get familiar with Eckstein and meet their 8th grade student leaders. 

    This day is active! Please make sure your students wears comfortable clothing.  Also, there is no need to bring a backpack or materials on this day.  Transportation and lunch are not provided. 

    While it is not mandatory for students to attend, it is highly encouraged (and fun!). 

    If your student needs any special accommodations or support, please email Stacey Norman at

    first day

    We will kick off the school year on September 5th!

    6th grade students will kick off the year with a morning orientation and tour with their homerooms. This is a fun, low-stress way to get acquainted with the building and classmates. Parents are welcome to walk students to the cafeteria before school, help students get their name tags and walk them to the auditorium where they will find their homeroom teacher. Principal Sterk will welcome students and invite parents to move toward the cafeteria, where coffee and donuts will be provided by the PTSA. Our goal is to make the first day calm and fun!

    7th and 8th grade students will reconnect with their peers in homeroom and get ready to begin the year with icebreaker activities and orientation. As students enter the building, they will find their Homeroom Teacher and Classroom listed at the many entrances and head, with their backpacks to Homeroom.

    7th and 8th grade students new to Eckstein will also report to their homeroom. Each new student will have a special orientation later with a student ambassador. If you are new and have any questions, please inquire at the front office and we will be happy to help!

    6th Grade fieldtrip to Tillicum Village October 11th!
    TillicumOn Thursday, October 11th, the 6th Grade class will depart Pier 55 on a 45-minute cruise to Blake Island during which there are two interactive presentations on Northwest Native American storytelling and crafts. Once on the island, students head into the Tillicum Longhouse to enjoy a lunch designed just for them, including fresh fruit, homemade macaroni and cheese, traditionally-prepared alder fire roasted fish, and more.  After the buffet-style meal, the dining room lights dim and the stage performance begins — live dancers and 3D projection technology combine for a dramatic storytelling presentation. On the return trip, the students will time to roam the boat and take in the beauty of Puget Sound before returning to Pier 55 on Seattle’s central waterfront. Information will be sent home the first week of school.


    President: Tom Estep

    Tom Estep


    Eckstein staff uses Schoology regularly, posting classroom syllabi, assignments and other important information. Students at Eckstein regularly access Schoology and the Source to track assignments, grades and access resources.

    Parents are encouraged to access Schoology and the Source to help students stay on track and stay informed.

    To sign up and/or login, go to the ‘student portal’ at the TOP of the SPS website

    Eckstein will also host a parent workshop for Schoology and Source on Curriculum Night.


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    7th GRADE on ‘See the City’ field trip October 10-11th!
    mohaiThis year, our 7th grade team will kickoff the year with a two-day (during school day) fieldtrip focused on Washington State History and It’s People. Over two-days, each 7th grader will visit and explore: MOHAI; WingLuke Museum; Underground Tour; Klondike Museum, and Gates Foundation! Information will be sent home the first week of school. Information on this trip will be sent out during the first two weeks of school!
    8th GRADERS to Camp Orkila October 10-12th!
    We are excited about this 3rd Annual All-8th grade trip to Camp Orkila as we focus on community building and natural sciences. Applications can be found on our website and hard copies will be sent out the first day of school.

    This trip is highly subsidized, but still costs $200.00 per student to cover transportation, food, lodging and programming. We know this can be difficult for family budgets and ask that you plan now for this expense and pay what you are able. Full and partial scholarships are available with no questions asked. This is a BIG trip to coordinate and All paperwork is due on or before September 27th. Please also mark your calendar for September 13th at 6:30 PM for a required parent guardian meeting.

    WE STILL NEED 4 MALE CHAPERONES TO MAKE THIS TRIP HAPPEN. If you are able, PLEASE volunteer! You won’t be sorry and you will be doing all 8th grade students a big service!

    If your student takes medication. PLEASE make arrangements now as we need full authorization from your doctor to distribute any medications.


    While few Eckstein students utilize onsite afterschool care, we recognize that some families rely on an afterschool care option.

    The YMCA no longer provides afterschool programming at schools, including Eckstein, due to a low number of participants. We have been unable to secure an onsite aftercare service accessible to all students, due to low participation numbers.

    Eckstein does offer afterschool academic tutoring with specific subject focus on two days each week, beginning in October. This service is funded through the Seattle City Family Levy and is intended to provide students with needed assistance. More information on this will be provided in September.

    Below is a list of afterschool class offerings at Community Centers near Eckstein. There are many other offerings starting at 5:00 PM or later. Registration on through Seattle Parks and Recreation (SPARC)

    Registration begins 8/7/18 through the Seattle Parks Department.. Please confirm all dates, times and location through the SPARC website. If your student participates in one or more of these classes, please coordinate with Julia Detering and the SPS Transportation office to arrange school bus drop off at these locations on those days. Some transportation restrictions may apply.

    Please also note that all local community centers do allow students 12 and over to drop-in at any time. Generally, this is unstructured time, with some self-directed activities available.


    The process for ordering yearbooks has changed.

    The last day to order a yearbook is December 15, 2018. You must order by this date to receive a yearbook.

    1) Order Online: Starting 8/26/18 go to to place an order for your student’s yearbook at $28.00 per book. Save the email receipt.

    Order online during these open payment periods:
    * 8/26/18 – 9/15/18
    * 10/14/18 – 11/3/18
    * 12/2/18 – 12/15/18

    2) If You Can’t Order Online: Come to the main office with a check or cash. We will give you a receipt. Do not lose this receipt as it is your proof of purchase.

    3) Only the number of yearbooks that are ordered by December 15, 2018 will be printed.

    If you have any questions please contact 



    1st period: 8:55-9:48
    2nd period:  9:53-10:46
    3rd period:  10:51-11:44
    4th period: 11:46 – 1:14
      First lunch: 11:46-12:16; Class: 12:21-1:14
      Second lunch: 12:44-1:14; Class: 11:49-12:42
    5th period: 1:19- 2:12
    6th period: 2:17 -3:10
    Homeroom: 3:15-3:45

    Early Release: 75 minute early release for teacher planning time
    1st period: 8:55-9:41
    2nd period: 9:46-10:32
    3rd period: 10:37-11:23
    4th period: 11:27-12:48;
      First lunch: 11:27-11:57; Class: 12:02-12:48
      Second lunch: 12:18-12:48; Class: 11:28-12:14
    5th period: 12:53-1:39
    6th period: 1:44-2:30
    6th GRADE:

    Assistant Principal Kristin Rose will serve our new 6th grade students. She will team with Ms. Ziadeh to serve the Class of 2025 students and their families/guardians for the next three years Mrs. Assistant Principal Rose can be reached at:

    7th GRADE:
    Assistant Principal Jolene Anderson will be our 6th grade administrator and will be teaming with Mrs. Duncan our new 6th grade counselor and they both will support students and families. Mrs. Anderson can be reached at

    8th GRADE:
    House Administrator Deneen Evans will be our 8tth grade administrator and will work with Mrs. Wedemeyer to support the students and families. Ms. Evans is new to her House Administrator position and we are pleased she has joined our Administrative Team. Ms. Evans has been at Eckstein for over 10 years. During this time, she taught English Language Arts, Social Studies and served as our Academic Intervention Specialist While Ms. Evans work with focus on 8th grade, she will continue to support the behavior and emotional needs of our students, teaming with the Counseling Department with a focus on Restorative Justice. You can reach House Administrator Denne Evans at