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    Principal Patricia (Trish) Nesbitt
    Posted on 07/21/2019
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    March 5, 2020

    One Program Meeting Update – Exploring Art

    Graham Hill had a One Program meeting on February 27, 2020 from 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm to explore art.  Families, Friends and Staff of Graham Hill participated in an art activity (Black History Month – Peace Art).  We were able to look closely at what is happening at Hawthorne Elementary and their art program.  This is one of the school’s that members of the advisory board had an opportunity to interview staff to find out key information about their art program to share with the Graham Hill school community (June 2019).

    We had an opportunity to discuss possible supports and training for teachers and staff at Graham Hill.  We also identified the current Graham Hill grants, art opportunities and partnerships.  We explored the district support of professional development for teachers and staff and the possible support of art supplies from PTA Graham Hill fundraising.  We discussed the possible master schedule art implications and art integration at Graham Hill. 

    We ended our meeting with a table group discussion and activity about the pros and cons of having art at Graham Hill.

    Parents/Families comments:


    • Integrated opportunity to apply subjects; give meaning to math and writing
    • Increased engagement for those who are into art
    • Engagement from artistic parents
    • District would pay for additional Specialist (Music, PE, or Art)
    • Effective in engaging diverse learners through project-based culturally responsive, interesting learning
    • Can design in a way that you can build in social justice, self-expression, cultural identity, etc.
    • Give kids access to arts learning that they aren’t currently getting
    • A lot of kids love art
    • Reinforces learning by exploring concepts in multiple modalities
    • Kids who think they don’t like or aren’t good at art build confidence


    • Finite amount of time in day
    • Lots of critical things competing
    • Challenge of sustained funding
    • Should art be a priority as a core subject?
    • Could it be organically? (in library)
    • More demands on teacher’s time if integrate - Advantage to specialist
    • Could there be some sort of elective approach?
    • What subjects do we want all kids to have?
    • What would we have to give up?
    • Setting up structure
    • Requires significant buy-in and commitment from teachers/staff
    • Some kids don’t like art


    February 25, 2020

    A Message From The Principal

    Hello Graham Hill Family and Friends,

    March is always a time to spring ahead. Graham Hill is beginning its preparation for next year and looking forward to many activities this spring.  Our students are gearing up for testing, and our teachers are working hard to ensure they are ready for the Smarter Balanced Assessments.  We are excited about the progress our students  are making in the classrooms and are certain that we will achieve all of our goals to help our students continue to improve and grow academically.

    We will also continue to explore our One Program options.  Our next scheduled One Program meeting will be on Thursday, March 26, 2020, at 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm.  We will explore being a Neighborhood School.  Light refreshments will be served and activities in the gym will be provided for students.

    Your voice and presence is important to us!  

    As always, thanks for all you do for our school community.


    Principal Nesbitt





    Graham Hill Elementary PTA Auction 2020

    Saturday, March 21, 2020

    5:30 - 9:30 pm

    Joy Palace

    6030 Martin Luther King, Jr Way S

    Seattle, WA 98118


    You are invited to join family and friends for a night to celebrate Graham Hill, with dinner, games, raffle and an auction to support the students of Graham Hill Elementary.   100% of the funds we raise together will go back into our school, to pay for classroom supplies, field trips, books, school snack and more.  Prizes for the best outfits celebrating our theme this year: Seattle Sports!       


    February 5, 2020

    Graham Hill Elementary

    One Program Re-Engagement Meeting

    January 31, 2020

    This report is a summary of the One Program Re-Engagement Meeting that took place on January 31, 2020.  As a community we are honoring the work from our Advisory Board that was completed during the 2018-2019 school year.  We are continuing the explore the potential areas of focus.

    • On January 31, 2020 members from the school community met from 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm to re-engage in the One Program work that continues from June 2019. 
    • Members of the community reviewed our current school’s vision – Graham Hill Elementary School strives to be an inclusive and equitable educational community that nurtures excellence in academics and social justice.  Students will develop respect for self, each other’s diversity, and the natural world we all share.  Graduates from Graham Hill will have the skills to access resources and thrive as leaders in the world.
    • Members of the community had an overview of the One Program Timeline from 2016-2019.  This information was provided in a paper handout.  It included information of the actions that took place each year.
    • Members of the community received the Graham Hill Elementary One Program Advisory Board Update from June 2019.  (This information is also located on the school’s website under the One Program tab.
    • There were interpreters at the meeting to give language support for families.
    • During the meeting the community members participated in the World Café Process.  Small groups of parents met to discuss three questions. (1.  What makes a great school?  2. What are you excited about that we can create together?  3. What are your hopes and dreams for your child while he/she/they are attending Graham Hill Elementary?)
    • Responses from community members regarding the questions were captured on large post-it notes.  They included the following statements:

    What makes a great school?

    • Safety
    • Strong leader
    • Individuality is celebrated
    • Kids have respect for teachers
    • Kids feel safe and valued
    • Students get the help they need
    • Strong school/family partnerships
    • High rigor-challenging learning
    • Able to find resources that kids need
    • Technology Programs (STEM)
    • Communication with parents
    • School protocols – parking, safety hazards, kids assistance (Special Needs), after school activities

    What are you excited about that we can create together?

    • Positive environment
    • Want our kids to learn: English, Math, Computers, Arts, and Music (instruments)
    • A culture in our school with high academic standards for All students!
    • All love learning – School that supports that for staff, families and students
    • Strong student/teacher/family relationships
    • Projects for classrooms to do over many weeks that involve many subject(cross-curricular says my teacher friend)
    • Cross grade level partnerships (like reading buddies K-3rd grade)
    • More partnerships with organizations like Discover Dance

    What are your hopes and dreams for your child while he/she/they are attending Graham Hill Elementary?

    • Happy to come to school
    • Feel safe
    • Make amazing friends
    • Build excitement to learn
    • Develop social/emotional skills
    • Feel pride in school
    • Confidence
    • Learn an instrument/band
    • Be prepared for next level
    • Be immersed in art (performance/visual)
    • Spanish program and language
    • Looping for two years so the same teacher for the kids
    • That each child is reading at or above grade level and at or above standard in math
    • Love of learning
    • Want our kids to change the world! Global Citizens
    • Get better at math
    • My child wants to be ready to be a teacher!
    • Feeling of safety and inclusion
    • Engage in art/music of sorts
    • Want my child to have science and social studies (Yes!)
    • We want our kids to have strong social-emotional skills to learn kindness from each other.  Confidence in who they are as an individual
    • My hope is that my children can learn, they can learn to write and read in English
    • Get involved in art, and sports
    • High expectations in math
    • To be capable academically when she/he goes to middle school and high school
    • Art focused program
    • The community members completed an EXIT Ticket prior to leaving the meeting.  The questions they had about our One Program are the following:
    • What can we expect us “PARENTS” with this “One Program” towards our children?
    • When One Program will start?
    • What is the focus of the One Program?
    • What’s next?
    • What’s the timeline? More specifics please
    • Who is on the Committee. Why aren’t they leading the meeting?  This is confusing
    • What resources can the district provide to support transition like this?
    • When will this be executed and how will we measure success?
    • How will people who don’t generally show at these meetings be included in this process?  How will they know it’s occurring?  How can we increase those numbers?
    • What does the education/learning process looks like – One Program?
    • With no additional LEVY dollars next year, how will we fund a new program?
    • What can “One Program” make for our students to be successful for their future?
    • What is the process/timeline?
    • What is the general desire of teachers at Graham Hill for One Program, or asked another way, What program is the preference of Graham Hill teachers?
    • Who is involved in this process?  What is the process?  What are next steps? 
    • How will the possible focus areas be determined?
    • Who will make the final decision about the program?
    • Which stakeholders will be involved in the process?
    • At the One Program Meeting on January 31, 2020 Principal Nesbitt invited members from the Advisory Board and staff members who participated in the work from 2018-2019 to speak to the participants of the meeting about the One Program.  No one selected to address the participants of the meeting.
    • The next One Program Meeting  will be on Thursday, February 27, 2020 from 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm.  The community members will explore and learn about one of the potential areas of focus – ART.  Art was a potential focus area that members of the Advisory Board  identified  in their June 2019 update that was published and posted publicly on the Graham Hill school’s website.  Members of the Advisory Board did not get an opportunity to share out their findings from participating in interviews with principals and staff members at other schools/programs in the Seattle School District.  The current plan is for Principal Nesbitt to facilitate the monthly meetings in which the school community members can explore the potential areas identified by the Advisory Board prior to the school community making any recommendations and/or decisions about what programming should Graham Hill select to do in the near future.


    February 2, 2020

    Hello Graham Hill Family and Friends,

    I cannot believe we are in the month of February!  I am incredibly excited that this week starts the first week of Black History Month and Black Lives Matter at School Week.  A wise man, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., once said, “We are not makers of history.  We are made by history.”  Throughout the month, Graham Hill plans to celebrate those individuals that paved the foundation for us to continue to build on.  Our students will be engaged in the Black Lives Matter at School Week (Feb. 3-7, 2020).  Teachers and staff have planned many engaging activities for our students to learn about a mixture of historical and current African-American figures that are making a positive impact on our society.   

    This year's theme for Black History month is "African Americans and the Vote."  2020 marks the 150th anniversary of the Fifteenth Amendment (1870) which gave the right of Black men to vote following the Civil War.    

    I believe our children are our biggest hope for change!

    Principal Nesbitt

    Our next One Program meeting will be on February 27th, 2020

    5:30 pm – 7:00 pm.

    We will dive into the potential area of focus – Art.

    More information to come.

    Principal Nesbitt 🙂

    January 13, 2020

    Hi Graham Hill School Community,

    I wanted to update everyone on the status of our replacement assistant principal.  Barb Moore will join our team on Wednesday, January 15th, 2020.  She will work Wednesday, Thursday and Friday of each week.  Barb Moore has more than 40 years of experience as an educator and administrator within the Seattle Public Schools.  She is excited to work with our school community.  She looks forward to meeting and working with everyone.

    Trish 😊

    January 7, 2020

    A Message From The Principal

    Dear Parents and Families,

    Greetings and Happy New Year!  Thanks to all of our families for their heartfelt recognition of our teachers and staff before the winter break.  Your recognition of our work does not go unnoticed.  Our goal is always to provide the very best in educational experiences for your children, and your partnership is critical.  As much as you appreciate all that we do, we understand that the work starts at home.  Thanks for sending us such happy, curious children, ready to learn and grow.  We appreciate you too!

    We have much to look forward to in January.  Beginning this month our school community will actively re-engage in the One Program work.  We are excited for the opportunity to explore programming options and interests that will enhance our students’ learning experience at Graham Hill.

    Our first One Program community meeting will be on January 31, 2020, at 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm (Graham Hill’s Library).  Interpreters  (Spanish, Vietnamese, Somali, Tagalog) will be available to support families.  

    It is truly the community, parents, and staff partnering and working together that allows us to maintain the successes we have so long enjoyed here at Graham Hill.

    Principal Nesbitt

    October 31, 2019

    Dear Parents and Families,

    Please join us in welcoming back Jo Lute-Ervin as our Interim Assistant Principal.  We are so excited for her support for our school community.

    Principal Nesbitt


    October 14, 2019

    Dear Parents and Families,

    Graham Hill Assistant Principal Hiring Update

    Graham Hill Elementary has completed three rounds of interviewing applicants for our assistant principal position.  At this time the hiring team has not selected an applicant to move forward in the hiring process.  Therefore, we are currently conducting additional screenings and interviews will be conducted at a date yet to be determined.  In the meantime, our school district will be working with Graham Hill to secure additional administrative support while we continue our search for an assistant principal.  More information to come.

    Robo Call Update

    I’m convening a task force to figure out how we would like to use Robo Call at Graham Hill.  Please send me an email if you would like to serve on this task force by Friday, October 18, 2019.

    Principal Nesbitt


    September 30, 2019
    Dear Parents and Families,

    It is hard to believe it is October already!  Students have settled into their new classrooms and new friendships have been formed.  It is exciting to visit the classrooms and see the growth our students have made in such a short time period.

    As we journey together, we need to remember that our goal is the same, the best education for all our students.  We need to be thankful for each one’s contribution, no matter how big or small, as every contribution is valued and important to our growth as a school community.  As we celebrate our school successes throughout the year, I encourage us to always be thankful for our school, our community, our friends and families.  Let us be thankful for what we can offer and what we can accomplish as a team.

    Attendance at school is very important.  When students arrive late or are picked up before dismissal, teaching and learning are disrupted.  Please make every effort to have your child in school from 7:55-2:25 each day.

    This past summer the SPS “Seattle Super Readers” kicked off the program by encouraging students to read for 20 minutes a day throughout the summer.  To continue the support for this initiative one of our goals at GH is for all students reading at grade level by third grade, especially our 3rd grade African-American boys/youth.  As a community we are embracing this ambitious reading movement and using a variety of strategies to ignite literacy at Graham Hill

    The PTA for our school site is wonderful.  Any and all help is always appreciated with our school’s fundraising events and other activities.  Once again, we appreciate all your efforts to support our school.   The administration and staff would like to thank all the support that has been devoted to our children from the Graham Hill PTA Officers and members.  It has been great.


    Principal Nesbitt

    August 23, 2019

    Dear Parents and Families,

    On behalf of the staff at Graham Hill Elementary, I am happy to welcome you to the 2019-2020 school year! We are looking forward to a productive partnership with you to ensure our children can achieve their highest potential. We recognize that in order to be successful in school, our children need support from both the home and school. We know a strong partnership with you will make a great difference in your child’s education. As partners, we share the responsibility for our children’s success and want you to know that we will do our very best to carry out our responsibilities. We ask that you guide and support your child’s learning by ensuring that he/she/they:


    1) Attends school daily and arrives on time, ready for the day’s learning experience

    2) Completes all homework assignments given by teachers

    3) Reads daily to develop a love for reading and to improve literacy skills

    4) Shares school experiences with you so that you are aware of his/her/their school life

    5) Informs you if he/she/they needs additional support in any area or subject

    6) Knows that you expect him/her/they to succeed in school

    Please consider joining our school volunteer program and/or PTA as our students can greatly benefit from your involvement and contributions to the school’s program and its operations. We seek volunteers to help us with the following activities:

    1) Reading with children who need extra help

    2) School-wide events

    3) Student recognition events

    4) Outreach and recruitment of parent and community volunteers

    As your Principal, it is important to me that everyone who steps through our doors-teachers, students and parents-are excited to be here!  This attitude enables us to meet the challenges of academic excellence in a positive, fun, and nurturing environment.  My door is always open and I welcome your input.  Please feel free to call or email me to discuss any concerns you might have throughout the school year.


    Principal Nesbitt