As a result of high expectations and standards, student behavior has improved. Instead of suspensions, the school now tries to keep kids with behavior problems in class, monitors them and offers old-fashioned nurturing, guidance, and what we might just call “hand-holding.” In the month of September, Mercer had no suspensions or expulsions. None. Zero. That fact alone is cause for celebration. Couple it with the surge in academic performance, the spirit of expectation and hope in the hallways and classrooms, and Mercer Middle School is a shining star on Beacon Hill.
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Beacon Bits are collections of useful or interesting links that we’ll post periodically.
- Erica C. Barnett weighs in on the proposed SE Seattle bus changes — The Stranger Slog
- Nancy Leson at the Times is asking readers to post about their favorite “old-school” Chinese restaurants. At least one reader has posted a comment about Beacon Hill’s late, lamented Perry Ko’s South China Restaurant — Seattle Times
- Columbia City residents met with Councilman Tim Burgess on Monday to discuss their concerns about crime and a lack of police presence in the area — Seattle P-I
- If you’re an absentee voter and you want to drop off your ballot early without having to put it in the mail, you can — but not in Southeast Seattle. Downtown, Renton, Delridge, and the U District are your options until Election Day, when you can also take the ballot to your local polling place — King County Elections