Puget Sound Community School https://pscs.org/ community-centered education Wed, 07 Dec 2022 00:38:14 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=6.1.1 https://pscs.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/cropped-pscs-icon-32x32.jpg Puget Sound Community School https://pscs.org/ 32 32 New Staff https://pscs.org/blog/2022/04/13/pscs-staff/ Wed, 13 Apr 2022 20:12:06 +0000 https://pscs.org/?p=10761 PSCS is pleased to welcome our newest administrative team-member, Valerie Diaz Leroy. Val brings with her a depth of knowledge and experience, which includes education and programming, as well as music, collaboration and team building, and equity and accountability. She was drawn to PSCS because “this community is dedicated to working together to confront systemic…

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PSCS is pleased to welcome our newest administrative team-member, Valerie Diaz Leroy. Val brings with her a depth of knowledge and experience, which includes education and programming, as well as music, collaboration and team building, and equity and accountability. She was drawn to PSCS because “this community is dedicated to working together to confront systemic inequities through education. The self-reflective work each community member does, is essential to helping us uncover the truths lost to many traditional models and requirements in the education system. PSCS knows this is ongoing work—and each day we put in effort we grow stronger together…”

Read Val’s full bio

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PSCS Creative Cafe https://pscs.org/blog/2022/03/20/pscs-creative-cafe/ Sun, 20 Mar 2022 20:54:19 +0000 https://pscs.org/?p=10713 We invite you to join us for the same live musical magic, and also to celebrate the many other ways our student's and staff create: Digital and Visual art, Fearless English, Short Plays, Cephalopod and Sapiens exhibits, Research Presentations, and more.

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Gay Parent Magazine https://pscs.org/blog/2022/03/21/what-we-share-affinity-in-school-article-in-gay-parent-magazine-ny/ Mon, 21 Mar 2022 17:54:36 +0000 https://pscs.org/?p=10659 Every Wednesday, PSCS Affinity Groups meet for an hour in solidarity, support, and fun. Ally groups meet in solidarity, but also to further our understanding of our various privileges and biases—and practice integrating accountability with action.

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See full article in Gay Parent Magazine, New York.

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https://pscs.org/blog/2021/10/07/pscs-weekly-admissions-gathering/ Thu, 07 Oct 2021 23:23:14 +0000 https://pscs.org/?p=10063 PSCS Weekly Admissions Q&As are informal, online, opportunities for prospective parents/guardians and students, as well as volunteers, educators, and organizers, interested in learning more about community-centered education and collaborative leadership. RSVP for a link. Admissions Timeline

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PSCS Weekly Admissions Q&As are informal, online, opportunities for prospective parents/guardians and students, as well as volunteers, educators, and organizers, interested in learning more about community-centered education and collaborative leadership. RSVP for a link.

Admissions Timeline

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https://pscs.org/blog/2022/10/30/pscs-is-hiring/ Sun, 30 Oct 2022 23:01:31 +0000 https://pscs.org/?p=9692 Puget Sound Community School | Nonprofit Fundraising Lead If you are you excited by the idea of progressive education, collaborative leadership, and community-centric fundraising practices, we hope to connect! Founded in 1994, Puget Sound Community School (PSCS) is a small, independent middle and high school located in the Chinatown-International District of downtown Seattle. PSCS is…

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Puget Sound Community School | Nonprofit Fundraising Lead

If you are you excited by the idea of progressive education, collaborative leadership, and community-centric fundraising practices, we hope to connect!

Founded in 1994, Puget Sound Community School (PSCS) is a small, independent middle and high school located in the Chinatown-International District of downtown Seattle. PSCS is committed to co-creating a brave space for community-centered education, critical curriculum, student choice, accountability, and thoughtful collaboration.

Position Summary
Supervised by the Director of Community Engagement & Admissions, the Part Time Non-profit Fundraising Lead will work semi-autonomously to build upon (and innovate) and implement a fundraising schedule and small projects that support the vision and philosophy of PSCS. When requested, and as scheduling permits, this position is flexible to participate in programs and activities not directly specified below. Build on fundraising practices already in place and design new opportunities where appropriate.

Responsibilities

  • Implement and manage fundraising projects that engage our community and help us meet and exceed our budgeted $100,000+ goal.
  • Utilize best practices related to donor identification, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship.
  • Update our donor management system and keep thorough constituent records.
  • Record and acknowledge donations as they come in.
  • Build relationships leading to major donors.
  • Create social media campaigns in support of fundraising projects.
  • Advise and engage fundraising opportunities for scheduled school events.

Desired Qualifications

  • Some experience fundraising for schools and/or non-profit organizations.
  • Experience with Donor Perfect or equivalent donor management system.
  • Experience working with middle/high school students.
  • Exemplary written, oral, and interpersonal communication skills.
  • Excellent executive functioning.
  • Strong collaborative planning skills.
  • Understanding of one’s own position with regard to race, gender, patriarchy, power hierarchies, etc.

Schedule and Compensation
Part time, contractor position. Flexible 10 hours/week. Compensation is $1,667/month.

Puget Sound Community School invites the participation and employment of all people, welcoming students, teachers, families, and volunteers of any racial, national, religious, or ethnic origin, from all backgrounds, belief systems, orientations, and expressions.

Contact Information
pscs@pscs.org
206-324-4350

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LOVE SCHOOL. https://pscs.org/blog/2021/10/06/choosecommunityevent/ Thu, 07 Oct 2021 03:13:31 +0000 https://pscs.org/?p=8793 The PSCS 22-23 Annual Giving Campaign kicked off on October 1! Please consider donating supporting Puget Sound Community School in helping educate compassionate, engaged citizens of the world. We ask our students to choose community every day, even when it feels hard to show up. Families, friends, and supporters, please join us in our efforts.…

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The PSCS 22-23 Annual Giving Campaign kicked off on October 1!

Please consider donating supporting Puget Sound Community School in helping educate compassionate, engaged citizens of the world. We ask our students to choose community every day, even when it feels hard to show up.

Families, friends, and supporters, please join us in our efforts.
At PSCS we strive to offer tuition aid and program that allows students to attend PSCS, even if they have never considered an independent school. This year, we have also had several returning families experience hardship and request added funding. In order to offer aid and support families throughout the year, we seek 100% participation from every constituency.
As usual, every gift made which includes an additional 25%, will add that amount to the PSCS Mobius Fund, designated toward earmarked funds for re-imagining a community ambassador scholarship to PSCS.

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https://pscs.org/blog/2022/01/01/pscs-in-crosscut/ Sun, 02 Jan 2022 05:45:02 +0000 https://pscs.org/?p=7306 Puget Sound Community School (PSCS) alum parent and Crosscut staff reporter, Knute Berger, recently wrote  "On 'zealous' parents and corrupt college admissions," his comments on the college entrance scandal.

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PSCS In Crosscut:

Puget Sound Community School (PSCS) alum parent and Crosscut staff reporter, Knute Berger, recently wrote  On ‘zealous’ parents and corrupt college admissions, his comments on the college entrance scandal. The piece mentions PSCS, where he sent his two children to middle and high school, and his preference for nurturing  kids interests and dreams, instead of driving students toward status symbol colleges.

“…I’m a believer that education is best when students are driven by their own passions, not force-fed their “dreams” by their parents or institutions. A good education is not the status symbol of being accepted into a blue-chip college or university. A parent’s job, as I saw it, was to nurture the passions that will energize their lives and values…

(click here for the full article in Crosscut)

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PSCS Life – The “Why” Behind Annual Giving https://pscs.org/blog/2019/02/05/pscs-life-the-why-behind-annual-giving/ Wed, 06 Feb 2019 02:18:11 +0000 https://pscs.org/?p=7080 You’ve probably heard that annual giving is pretty important to the PSCS community. But, what is most often misunderstood, is that we expect everyone in our community to contribute to our annual fundraising efforts, each year—board members (we already have 100% from this group), staff (we already have 100% from this group), and all our…

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You’ve probably heard that annual giving is pretty important to the PSCS community. But, what is most often misunderstood, is that we expect everyone in our community to contribute to our annual fundraising efforts, each year—board members (we already have 100% from this group), staff (we already have 100% from this group), and all our families (we have about 56% participation from our middle school families and 45% from our high school families). That’s right, we expect 100% participation, whether it is one dollar or a thousand dollars. Our school community counts on every family coming together in support of our annual fundraising efforts.

I’m writing this for those families that are either new to independent schools or for those that might be wondering,“ We are paying tuition, why are they asking for more money?” It’s important for everyone to realize the “why” behind annual giving.

The first, and most important thing to understand, is that the tuition that independent schools charge does not cover the full cost of educating a student in a truly robust way. Tuition covers our general operating expenses (salaries, supplies, and facilities), but does not cover additional resources or program value, such as, tuition aid. In fact, unlike most independent schools, the majority of our annual fundraising goes to support tuition aid. By donating, in whatever amount you can, you are supporting PSCS in being accessible to more students.

Next, contributions to annual giving help us provide professional development for our staff members so they may continue to grow their skills as teachers, as well as provide program aid and to provide additional resources for students as they come up throughout the year. Examples this year include professional training in neurodiversity and learning differences, and access to a school counselor. In past years, our annual fund has contributed to new machines for our shop, new instruments and musical equipment, and staff engagement in national level education conferences.

Lastly, we keep tuition as low as we can, while still offering an independent education free of testing and competition. As a nonprofit, this means we can then accept donations above tuition and families can receive tax benefits from their contributions.  When you give to our annual fund, you give our students the gift of personal growth and success—not only at PSCS, but into adulthood.

If you have not already contributed this year, I ask you to please consider doing so now. It would be a massive success for our community if, in our 25th year, we have 100% of our current families contribute to the success of all our students and staff.

Let’s do this PSCS community!

Amy

 

 

 

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2/7/19: Financial Aid Applications Due https://pscs.org/blog/2019/01/14/2-7-19-financial-aid-applications-due/ Mon, 14 Jan 2019 19:04:23 +0000 https://pscs.org/?p=7018 All prospective AND current PSCS families, if you are applying for financial aid for the 2019-20 school year—you’ll need to log into FACTS and complete your application by February 7, 2019.

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All prospective AND current PSCS families, if you are applying for financial aid for the 2019-20 school year—you’ll need to log into FACTS and complete your application by February 7, 2019.

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July 19: PSCS Summer Program! https://pscs.org/blog/2019/01/10/pscs-summer-program/ Thu, 10 Jan 2019 19:26:33 +0000 https://pscs.org/?p=7009 PSCS is excited to announce that we will be offering summer programming starting in 2019. Summer Program Information will be posted on the website this February.

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PSCS is excited to announce that we will be offering summer programming starting in 2019.
Summer Program Information will be posted on the website this February.

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