Mail from the Metro

Letters to Seattle Met

January 1, 2008 Published in the January 2008 issue of Seattle Met

Moving Coverage
Your magazine is one of the things that makes me feel proud to live in Seattle. The fact that you actually cover dance is rare and outstanding. I always judge a city by whether or not their local magazines are savvy enough to include dance in their listings. You not only list dance events but sometimes even feature them! That is downright, well, downright metropolitan!
Thank you for a sleek, engaging, vibrant and entertaining read.
Jeremy Steward
Board of Directors, Velocity Dance, Seattle


Aid Error
Your private school issue (December 2007) was incorrect regarding Learning Tree Montessori. We offer tuition assistance to more than 20 percent of our families. Your chart indicated that we gave none. We take families on city and state subsidy and make up the difference through scholarships and tuition aid to families who just miss the cutoff for government subsidy.
Laura Holt
Assistant Director, Learning Tree Montessori, Seattle


I’m a student at the Overlake School. Anyone who has visited my school would never say what you did about it being a technology school (“Ultimate Guide to Private Schools,” December 2007). Overlake is a liberal arts school. Our technology building is the oldest on campus and our newest ones are music, athletics, and theater. You talk about how Evergreen School students visit pen pals in Vietnam. Well, you fail to inform your readers that Overlake built a sister school in Cambodia that students visit every year and we are intending on building a second in Ghana. Your write-up inaccurately describes what Overlake is all about.
Noah Mayer


Not a Mini Microsoft!
I am a junior attending Overlake. I object to your complete misrepresentation of my school (December 2007). For example: “Seattle’s most famous computer geniuses may have gone to Lakeside, but tech-savvy kidstoday get their geek on at Overlake.” That’s an interesting statement considering that there are, I believe, three kids taking computer technology courses at Overlake.

Secondly, “the school has been labeled entrepreneurial—run more like a company than an academic institution. That’s because the school built a $3 million math and science center without having the funds in the bank.” People buy big expensive things without the funds quite frequently. They take out mortgages.

Thirdly, “a campus-wide wireless network, five-member Technology Team staff, and state-of-the-art mapping and design software to ensure the school stays on top of technological advances.” Our school is state of the art. What is wrong with that? Shouldn’t a parent expect the school his or her child is attending to be up to date with the world?

Fourthly, “there is something unmistakably corporate about this Eastside school, whose serious-looking students rush from building to building between classes like so many harried high-tech employees.” I take issue with the way the students are illustrated as serious corporate types. We are simply kids and I personally see no point in smiling unless I have something to smile about.
Nick Wright


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