student leaders speaking during a Black Lives Matter event at the Northshore School District office

Black Lives Matter

We see you. We hear you. We stand with you. The Northshore School District has a duty to cultivate the necessary conditions for just and equitable change in our education system and community.

 

Black Lives Matter at School Every Day

Members from Seattle's Athletic Justice Collective wanted to help Northshore School District emphasize the importance of celebrating Black lives and history throughout the whole year. Video topics include: what it means for Black lives to matter in school, personal experiences with racism and injustice in school or professional settings, why it’s important to be a lifelong learner, personal commitments to fighting for justice, and words of empowerment for our youth and educators. 

Joshua Ford, former Major League Soccer player and current Tacoma Defiance & Sounders Academy Goalkeeper Coach, shares a message of empowerment about why each of us needs to use our voice to make a difference. 

James Riley, former Seattle Sounders defender and Major League Soccer player, talks about the commitment to personal development and growth.

Ugo Amadi, Seattle Seahawks safety, speaks about Black inventors, what his mother taught him about being a life long learner, and trying your best. 

Tziarra King, forward for National Women's Soccer League club OL Reign, gives advice to young people to get involved in their community.

Jordy Delem, midfielder for the Seattle Sounders, shares what Black Lives Matter at School means to him and his reason for fighting for justice.  

Braden Bishop, Seattle Mariners outfielder, speaks about resources that can be utilized to be a life long learner.

Sean Muldoon, Head Strength and Conditioning Coach for the Seattle Sounders, explains why each of us needs to fight for justice. 

Jasmin Brown, UW Women's Basketball Athletic Trainer,  advocates for student athletes by building relationships, mentorship opportunities, and educational experiences within the UW athletic department and across campus. 

 

Black Lives Matter at School Week of Action

February 1 - 5, 2021

We are celebrating Northshore’s Black students, families, community members, and educators with a week of special events designed for all Northshore teachers, students, staff and the community members. Families and students should check their email for special webinar links if they wish to participate in the live discussion.

Elementary Read Aloud
Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2021
11:30 - 12:30 p.m.

LaTisha Joseph, librarian at Northshore’s Woodmoor Elementary, and Ebony Harvey, principal at Northshore’s Woodmoor Elementary, will facilitate a read aloud and Q&A for elementary students with the two children’s books: "I'm Every Good Thing" by Derrick Barnes and "The Undefeated" by Kwame Alexander.

Black Students United
Thursday, Feb. 4, 2021
11:00 - 11:50 a.m.

Michael Bennett, former defensive player for the Seattle Seahawks, activist, author, and founder of the Bennett Foundation, will speak about his journey and work, what it means to build community, intersectionality, and what it means for Black lives to matter at school. Students can pre-submit questions!

Community Webinar
Friday, Feb. 5, 2021
5:00 - 6:00 p.m.

Various Northshore community members will assemble a panel to be in conversation about their experiences, what it means for Black lives to matter at school, and what it means to be unapologetic about speaking their truth.

 

 

 

As members of the Northshore School District community, we must be committed to caring for each of our students, amplifying the voices of the unheard, and utilizing our tools and resources to dismantle hurtful structures and promote collective healing. It is imperative that we speak up about the injustices that have a 400+ year history in this country, continue to shape our institution, and perpetually minoritize individuals in and outside of our community.

In our house, we must reflect on the senseless killings of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, and the many Black lives that have been lost in the name of racism and white supremacy in America. We must do more than simply witness the deep sorrow and hear painstaking cries in the Black community. It is important to be with them in solidarity. Of course, each of us matters, and yet we must take the time to put a spotlight on the lives that have been undervalued and oppressed systemically, institutionally, and interpersonally. This is a time to understand the harm that has been inflicted on the Black community, and just as much a time to see the beauty in Black lives:

This is the time to say Black Lives Matter.

In our house, we continue to stand for equity, for our staff and administrators to be equipped with the skills to have these critical conversations with students and one another, to come together and build a community of safety and belonging, to teach our white students how to be strong allies and our students of color that they are important and valued, and to show all of our students how to imagine and build justice-driven futures.

 


 

Juneteenth

Juneteenth is an annual observance that commemorates the ending of chattel slavery in the United States. On June 19, 1865, two and a half years after the Emancipation Proclamation was signed, enslaved African Americans were freed in the state of Texas. This was the last state to adhere to the Proclamation, and a local Freedom Day celebration the next year has since turned into an annual day of observance in 47 states and the District of Columbia. It has yet to be recognized as a national holiday. Today, Juneteenth celebrates African American freedom, independence, advancements, and culture; yet we must also recognize that although there have been many strides forward, the deep struggle for Black liberation still remains. The Northshore School District values each member of our community, and is committed to building a better now and a better future, together. 

Resources: Kids Books to Celebrate JuneteenthTeaching JuneteenthJuneteenth: All About Holidays

 


 

Resolution No. 818

During the June 8, 2020 regular meeting, the Northshore School District Board of Directors unanimously approved Resolution No. 818: Black Lives Matter.

 


 

Connecting with Kids About Racism & Injustice

If you have any additional resources or ideas, please email them to educationaljustice@nsd.org

Rick Lizotte from Woodinville High School and Ayva Thomas from our Racial and Educational Justice Department join Dr. Reid to recognize and discuss the importance of Pride Month.

Chris Bigelow Ed.D., Director of Equity & Diversity, and Dr. Reid discuss how to talk to kids about race, injustices and the current climate.