Blaine Carnival this Friday Night!

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Come one, Come all, to the Blaine Carnival this Friday night from 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.!

The Carnival will take place on the Blaine Playground, right behind the Pop Mounger Pool.

There will be some new attractions at this year’s carnival, along with the forever popular inflatables and cotton candy!

Be there on Friday night to help support Catherine Blaine!

Price Drop on Magnolia Townhome: $382,000

It is difficult to find this low of a price point in this neighborhood of Seattle!  This three-level townhouse is available in the beautiful neighborhood of Magnolia.  This area is known for its family-friendly environments and beautiful views of Puget Sound.  Only minutes from downtown, this three bedroom townhome is in a prime location.

One of its unique features is how every bedroom contains its own bathroom and there is also an extra powder room on the main floor.  Also, the kitchen is completely updated with stainless steel appliances, granite countertops and cherry cabinetry.

The backyard is completely fenced off and offers a cozy patio.  It is a perfect area to start a garden as it receives great sun exposure.  There is an abundance of street-parking around the unit, not to mention the one-car garage that is attached.

Don’t miss out on this opportunity.  If you are interested in viewing this unit or getting more information, please visit www.ewingandclark.com.

Magnolia Coffee Talk with Michael DeBell

This Saturday, Seattle Public School board member, Michael DeBell will be hosting a coffee talk at the Magnolia coffee shop, Caffe Appassionato.

Smart move on DeBell’s part. The SPS has been under the heat of the media for many issues, including the approved sale of MLK Elementary to the lowest bidder, stealing from the district, and more. The SPS could use a PR move like this to connect and strengthen its ties with the community. If nothing else, it’ll be a great time for DeBell to listen to how the community feels about how the SPS is operating.

If you have an opinion, march on down to Caffe Appassionato by the Fisherman’s Terminal in Magnolia this Saturday, November 19th, 9am-11am. For some, that’s early on a Saturday; however, the coffee beans from the roasting plant (yes, Caffe Appassionato does its own roasting) will keep you energized, as well as the delicious dark chocolate Appassionato mocha.

 

Magnolia Schools Score Reports

Seattle Public Schools recently released a district wide report on state test scores and yearly improvement rates.  Eighty-two schools were involved and rated from 1-5, one being low passage rates and little improvement and a 5, the contrary.  Some schools received high grades, while others scores were not so impressive.  Twelve schools in the district got a perfect score, but almost just as many received a 1.  The Elementary Schools in the Magnolia neighborhood of Seattle include Lawton and Catherine Blaine K-8.   According to score reports on seattleschools.org, Lawton received a 4 and Catherine Blaine K-8 received a 5.  Scores among the middle schools and high schools for the Magnolia area included: Ballard High School-3, and McClure Middle School-3.  The Magnolia area schools had a higher average among elementary schools, but showed lower scores in middle and high schools.  In the areas who scored lower, district leaders have conferred and said that if these rankings don’t improve (in schools scored in the lower range) in the next couple of years, replacing the staff or closing schools may both be possible consequences.    Schools will be provided funds to carry out improvement plans, and those with the lowest scores will get the largest dollar amounts.  Among other communities whose primary schools received lower grades, residents have expressed concern over how this reflects on the education and curriculum in the community, and school representatives plan on providing them information as well as a meeting to discuss the reports.  Because the data is fairly extensive, some school staffers are organizing meetings for residents to attend.  Hopefully, these resulting scores will increase the emphasis put on the importance of education in our communities.  More detailed reports can be seen at www.seattleschools.org.