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A message from Graham Hill's outgoing principal, Laurie Morrison

 “I wanted a perfect ending. 

Now I've learned, the hard way, that some poems don't rhyme, and some stories don't have a clear beginning, middle, and end. 

Life is about not knowing, having to change, taking the moment and making the best of it, without knowing what's going to happen next.”

 ~ Gilda Radner

 Hello Graham Hill Community,

This last week I completed my transition from Graham Hill to South Shore, though, as most of you know, our partnership in Southeast Seattle will continue through the work with the Family Pathway Project from elementary school to RBHS, through the SE investment in RULER, and through the Families in Education Levy investments. I look forward to building on the experiences we've had between Graham Hill and South Shore with staff professional development and the Somali Mom's Night Out.  Our shared work in SE Seattle will be strengthened by the relationships I have with Walter and Deena — I consider them to be great "think partners" in my own leadership…we will continue to learn from one another and I will continue to support them both as they transition in.  


I know the school year ended in a way that was unanticipated and in a way that leaves a significant gap in my intentions to see Graham Hill toward this next chapter. Admittedly, it left a void in me, personally and professionally, that I am still tending to.  The ending, like so many others was imperfect, incomplete and full of flaws.  But like all things, some of the greatest wonderings, soul searchings, and inspiration come from such an ending. It is a great opportunity for you all to work alongside Mr. Chen, Ms. Russo and the Graham Hill staff to imagine greatness for all kids ~ 2014-15 will be a year for Graham Hill to shine its "best self".


My very best to each of you and your remarkable children ~ you'll find me just down the street, dressed as a Sea Dragon.


Laurie Morrison

Principal, South Shore PreK-8 School

July 12, 2014 | Contact: Graham Hill, (206) 252-7140
Bell Times for 2014-15 School Year

 May 9, 2014 


Dear Graham Hill staff and families,

Seattle Public Schools has finalized bell times – our start and end times – for the 2014-15 school year.   Starting in the fall, our school will start at 8:40am and students will be dismissed at 2:50pm.  This is the same as our current school year.  For those students riding the bus, the arrival time at school will be 8:25am and the departure time after school will start at 3:00. Please note there is no supervision before or after the times listed.

The full list of bell times for all schools next year is posted online at:


Please let me know if you have any questions.


May 9, 2014 | Contact: Graham Hill, (206) 252-7140

Please Spread the Word! - Kindergarten At Graham Hill


Hello Families and Community,

If you know a family with a kindergarten student for 2014-15, please help us spread the word about some important “starting strong” events…


1. Due to the building renovation, Graham Hill will not have the previously scheduled Jump Start in August for incoming students and their families.  In lieu of this, teachers will be scheduling Home Visits with all families individually mid-late August. 

2. Kindergarten Slow Start:  in an effort to welcome our incoming kindergarten students into a calm and settled school climate, and to allow “late entry” home visits/family connections to occur, Kindergarten will start on Monday, September 8.  Kindergarten students will NOT begin on Wednesday, September 3 with the other Blue Whale first through fifth graders.  First graders in the K/1 classrooms will begin on September 3.  The “Slow Start” has been approved by SPS and OSPI.

3. A “Family – School Connections” brunch will be scheduled for all kindergarten students and their families on Friday, September 5th at Graham Hill.  This will allow students to see their classrooms, have a school tour, practice outdoor and lunchroom routines and introduce themselves to other students and parents in a supportive, relaxed and social setting.  It will be a sweet introduction for the 8th!


More details to follow (through robocalls and US mail) to all incoming Kindergarteners…this is just an early FYI for planning.

I know this is an exciting time for families and kids…and for us here at Graham Hill, too!  Welcome Class of 2027!  (wow!)


Walter Chen, Interrim Principal 

May 7, 2014 | Contact: Graham Hill, 252-7140
Getting to Know the Mood Meter
Have your children come home talking about a Green day or maybe a Red moment they had at recess. Well Graham Hill has implemented the RULER, a curriculum to help build our students' social/emotional wellbeing. If you would like to become more familiar with the Mood Meter, a visual tool to help students track their social /emotional wellbeing throughout the day, click on the link below.

December 31, 2013 | 
Parent Toolkit
The Measurement of Academic Progress (MAP) is one assessment that the district uses to assess the students of Seattle Public Schools. At Graham Hill this test is done in all grades twice a year. We have included a link to help you better understand the MAP

September 27, 2013 | Contact: Graham Hill 206-252-7140 

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