Friday, January 29, 2010

Monday we're Announcing our National Poet Athletes

The staff has been to every school we work with, we've watched the girls and boys spit their rhymes and now the decisions have been made. We're going to announce the winners of SCORES Seattle's chance for a boy and girl to receive an all expenses paid trip to New York City. They'll get to slam their poems at the NY Stock Exchange. There is an earlier post about this with more details.
As hard as deciding which poet-athlete had the best stage presence when slamming their poem, the best answers to questions about themselves and SCORES and the best content in their poem, it was clear who the winners were from the moment we heard their readings. It's tough to only give the prize to two students, they all really deserved it, but there's only so much room in the Big Apple for Slam Poets.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Be in the Know

Here is a roundup of some news we gathered about issues facing Seattle's schools, soccer and other articles piquing our interest.

“Bill Promotes Green School Make,” The Seattle Times, Jan. 20, 2010, by Curt Woodward (Associated Press)

“Seattle School Board won’t Guarantee Siblings can Attend Same School,” Jan. 21, 2010 The Seattle Times, by Linda Shaw

“If your Kids are Awake, They’re Probably Online,” The New York Times, Jan. 20, 2010, by Tamar Lewin

“Hanauer-We’re Cautiously Optimistic about CBA,” Prost Amerika Soccer, Jan. 20, 2010

“Obama pushes $1.35-billion Expansion of Education Plan,” Los Angeles Times, Jan 20, 2010, by Mark Silva,0,2002983.story

“City Completes deal to bring MLS to Portland,” Jan. 21, 2010, by Mayor Sam Adams

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

National Poetry Slam Tryouts Today

The SCORES staff is off to Maple Elementary this afternoon to have our first round of poetry slam tryouts. We'll hear four students rhyme their own works. The poet-athletes were nominated by their coaches and our staff based on performances at the end-of-the-fall season Seattle Poetry Slam. They'll read one of their pieces for the staff. Then we're going to put them on the spot and ask them interview questions, much like they will get from the media if selected to go.

The two students selected to represent SCORES Seattle will each receive an all expense paid trip to New York city. In New York they'll preform their slams at the New York Stock Exchange on Monday April 19th. This will be a big fundraiser for our National Organization, not to mention a unique experience for two of our poet-athletes.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Be in the Know

Here are a few interesting news stories we found while perusing the news over the course of today. Some of it from sports, some of it Seattle schools and a study about the advantages enjoyed by the whole community when less students drop out of high school. These are just a few articles we thought might interest some of our readers.

“As School Exit Tests Prove Tough, States Ease Standards” by Ian Urbina, New York Times, Jan. 11, 2010

“Rainier Beach will get Second Principal” by Linda Shaw, Seattle Times, Jan. 11, 2010

“What is Generation adidas?“ by Matt Gaschk, The Rave Green Blog, Jan. 11, 2010

“Four Teacher Tricks You Can Try at Home” by Julie Williams,, Jan. 12, 2010

“The Economic Benefits from Halving the Dropout Rate: A Boom to Businesses in the Nation’s Largest Metropolitan Areas” The Alliance for Education

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Thanks to all our Donors

The SCORES staff would like to thank everyone who made an effort to help Seattle's high-need elementary students receive some soccer and writing coaching after school. Your donations make this possible. Many of our students are first-time poets and soccer players, so the opportunities for the kids created by the donations will change their worlds. They will get a new game to play with their friends and a new way to express themselves, while simultaneously improving their vocabulary, descriptive writing and their health.
The donations will also provide a vehicle for our poet-athletes to give back to their communities this spring through service-learning projects. These opportunities will alter the students sense of what they are capable of and improve their self-image; thank you all for making this transformation possible.
We had many donations from a variety of people and organizations and we want to thank all of you. The campaign's funds will help insure SCORES is able to provide our services into 2010, and beyond.
We hope everyone has a great 2010 and continues their support of SCORES throughout the new year.