Over the weekend, The Daily Gazette published an article about racism within our schools. The article references various incidents: one student saying another student will become the next Emmitt Till, racist and vulgar comments about a Black student’s father, as well as others saying slavery was a good thing and it’s sad the institution of slavery doesn’t existContinue reading “SEEN Community Update: Racism in Our Schools – Call to Action”
Category Archives: Community Update Emails
SEEN Community Update: An Important Article About Our Schools
Dear SEEN Community, On Friday March 17, the Times Union published an article headlined, “Parents complain racial slurs prevalent at Saratoga Springs schools.” We encourage you to read it. The article describes a pervasive and persistent culture of racism and anti-Blackness within our school community. This includes white students referring to their peers as monkeys,Continue reading “SEEN Community Update: An Important Article About Our Schools”
SEEN Community Update: It’s Survey Time!
Dear SEEN Community, Over the past month, we have spent time reflecting on the complicated history of our country. We joined with a coalition of justice-minded local organizations on Flag Day to march for the promise of liberty and justice for all. We marked Juneteenth as a community, and recognized the importance taking time toContinue reading “SEEN Community Update: It’s Survey Time!”
SEEN Community Update: Keep Showing Up!
Dear SEEN Community, We had intended to send an email decrying the racist mass shooting in Buffalo. We had intended to send an email reflecting on the school board elections. We had intended to send an email marking the anniversary of George Floyd’s murder – the catalyst of SEEN’s formation. We had intended to sendContinue reading “SEEN Community Update: Keep Showing Up!”
IT’S VOTING DAY!
Dear SEEN Community, The SSCSD Board of Education Election and Budget Vote is today! The polls are open from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. at the six elementary schools. Visit sscsdvotes.com to find your polling place. There are 6 candidates running for 3 positions. The candidates are John Brueggemann, Martha Devaney, Dean Kolligian, Natalya Lakhtakia, Billie McCann, and Edwin Spickler. YouContinue reading “IT’S VOTING DAY!”
What You Need to Know for May 17!
Dear SEEN Community, This Tuesday, May 17, registered voters in the Saratoga Springs City School District may vote in the 2022 Board of Education Election and Budget Vote. Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. at the elementary schools. Visit sscsdvotes.com to find your polling place. Absentee ballots may be acquired throughContinue reading “What You Need to Know for May 17!”
More Than Words: All Are Welcome Here!
Dear SEEN Community, When the Saratoga Springs community came together in response to the Immigration & Customs Enforcement raids under the direction of former President Donald Trump in Summer 2017, the Saratoga Immigration Coalition and MLK Saratoga united under the statement “All Are Welcome Here.” Today, Saratoga Educational Equity Network (SEEN) joins them to sayContinue reading “More Than Words: All Are Welcome Here!”
SEEN Community Update: It’s School Board Campaign Season!
Dear SEEN Community, With a month left until the Board of Education elections and budget vote on May 17, campaign issues and tactics are beginning to surface. Whether raising concerns about school safety, about content or language in readings and assignments, curricular oversight, performance on state testing, or even now the national Youth Risk BehaviorContinue reading “SEEN Community Update: It’s School Board Campaign Season!”
SEEN Community Update: What is Acceptance?
Dear SEEN Community, April is Autism Acceptance Month. Do you see a difference? When the Autism Society launched Autism Awareness in 1970, awareness – including knowledge about the diagnoses, or that autism is a spectrum disorder – was critical. More than 50 years later, in 2021, The Autism Society and other affiliated organizations shifted goalsContinue reading “SEEN Community Update: What is Acceptance?”
SEEN Community Update: Let’s Learn Together!
Dear SEEN Community, Hey all – long time, no email! Between the SEEN General Meeting at the end of February, the Board of Education meeting, committee meetings and a Steering Committee meeting earlier this week and, well, all of the rest of life, we’ve been listening a lot, but not always typing it up inContinue reading “SEEN Community Update: Let’s Learn Together!”