Global Leadership & Cross-cultural Exchange Summer Program

FIUTS is a nonprofit organization based at the University of Washington, Seattle. We will be hosting a two-week summer program from July 23 - August 3 on global leadership development and cross-cultural exchange with students from across the U.S. and around the world. This program is offered for students ages 13-17, more information available on our website at Tuition is $550 for the two-week program, and a limited number of partial scholarships are available. 

The SLCI includes two options for morning classes: The Global Leadership class includes interactive workshops focused on cultural competency and leadership development, and English classes include international students from around the world as well as local ELL students. In the afternoons, FIUTS staff will lead both groups on guided trips to locations around the Seattle for fun and educational excursions. 

Please visit our website or email Ellen Frierson at us for more information about the program!

High School "Physics of the Universe" Project

Throughout the year Big Picture kids work on many engaging projects that also offer great learning experiences. Here is one of the projects in high school:

Students are working in teams to design a colony on a moon or planet in our solar system and have a plan for how to generate electricity for that colony using specific features of their celestial object. Students will present these ideas to a panel of experts who will decide which colonization plans should be (theoretically) funded. 

You're invited to attend and participate (i.e. help decide which groups have the strongest plans) in the students' sales pitches on Wednesday, April 18th (10:45a - 12:00p) and Friday, April 20th (1:21p - 2:19p).  

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After School Music Classes

Calling for Volunteers for PTSA Nominating Committee

Be Part of the Big Picture

PTSA Nominating Committee!
Would you like to serve our school in a MAJOR way? Do you know some people who you think would be a great addition to our PTSA leadership? Please sign up for the Nominating Committee! Made up of 3-4 people, the committee provides the invaluable service of recognizing and recruiting qualified people for our elected PTSA positions for the 2018-2019 school year. Positions to be filled are: Co-President, Co-Vice President, Co-Treasurer, Secretary.

The charge of the Nominating Committee is to recognize and recruit the most qualified people available for our elected PTSA positions. It is the most important committee in PTSA. Once the Nominating Committee has recruited a slate of candidates, there will be a General Election of those candidates this spring. Having qualified people step into leadership positions in our PTSA will ensure success for the future of Big Picture students, their families, and staff. The work of this committee is paramount to fulfilling our mission as a PTSA.

A helpful tip for the Nominating Committee members: Mention to your potential recruits that all positions are (or can be) assumed in a Co-Leadership role. Teaming up with another person (in most cases, already experienced in the role) to fill these co-leadership positions encourages great ideas, collaboration, teamwork, and more fun overall!

If you have questions or would like to be on the Nominating Committee, or if you would like to submit your name for consideration for any of the open PTSA elected positions, please contact Hillary MacDonald at Thank you for volunteering to help with this important job!

Big Picture PTSA Pass the Hat Fundraising

Please help us meet our goal for 2017-2018 Campaign. Donating is easy! Credit cards, Paypal or Check all accepted. Donate Here!

The donations directly support our students throughout the entire school year:

  • Provide financial assistance for all grade levels to engage in off-site learning experiences and filed trips that enhance Big Picture's project-based learning model.
  • Enable our teachers and staff to attend Diversity Training that positively impacts all 370 middle and high school students.
  • Fund grade-specific resource materials across subject matters that allow all students access to timely and relevant learning material. 

From math to language arts, science to social studies, every student in our school benefits from the generosity of our families. If we do not meet our funding goal, our students will not receive these valuable programs and resources. Please help us provide these valuable resources to Big Picture students!


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