Gregory Heights serves a very diverse population of over 660 students in Preschool through the 6th grade. Our boundaries go from the border aligned with Puget Sound on our west side and to the airport east of us. Amongst our enrollment we serve 90 ELL students, have an Early Childhood program, and two other special programs serving needs of our students. We find our students embrace and foster a positive learning environment with their peers as taught through our PBIS model.
For first time this year all of our kindergarten students attended kindergarten full day everyday. The kickoff of our 2013-14 year was our August “Jump Start” which helped kindergarten students gain experience with school and ease into the school year. We had a successful year with 18 out of 20 reaching benchmark in math. We look forward to another great year with full day kindergarten this year and our Jump Start program in August.
Gregory Heights Elementary staff reviews student performance data frequently throughout each school year to ensure instruction is modified as needed based upon the data. Our 2014 spring Data Day provided us time to look at our math, reading and writing data and plan for what we expect students to know at the end of each grade level. This helped to ensure that we provide students and staff resources which will help improve our school-wide assessment scores in2015. In alignment with our district and state focus at Kindergarten and 1stGrade, we are hiring additional certificated staff to support students in these grades. Our Kindergarten and 1st grade teachers are also participating in extensive professional development so that there is a rigorous and focused curriculum. We will also have additional support staff assist teachers with their instruction and help identify students early that might benefit from additional reading instruction, including small-group work.
With the implementation of Math In Focus curriculum our math scores continue to meet expectations, however we will be relying heavily on our trained "lead teacher" model in 2014-15 to continue this work. Gregory has seven complete "Netbook" labs for students to access St/Math and MYON Reading. This will also help students to develop on-line testing skills for as the majority of all assessments are now online. Students in all grades receive two forty five minute sessions of St/Math on our “netbook slabs” on top of their daily Math in Focus instruction.
Gregory continues to have a strong committed community of families that focuses on providing basic educational supports and enrichments for all students. PTSA, community volunteers, student teachers and interns all provide tutoring to students during and after school in both reading and math. PTSA funds our campus Art and Language clubs, Girls Softball, School of Rock, our Dollar Book Sales, Husky Hotdogs, Robotics and many other school clubs. This year we also partnered with the City of Burien for Girls On The Run, a program which focuses on health and self-esteem for girls in grades 2nd -6thgrade. We had over 40 girls participate in this program.
Gregory is excited to partner with the WISE Consortium in 4th and 5thgrade this coming year. This partnership will benefit both our students and teachers in helping them to be better prepared with effective STEM experiences. This is a new partnership with the Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture at the University of Washington, Island Wood, The Museum of Flight, Pacific Science Center, Seattle Aquarium and Woodland Park Zoo.
We welcome our families and community members at all times to participate in supporting student learning here, family events, and working with the PTSA. We have opportunities to tutor students, support the building, and several other after school activities. Please feel free to contact me by calling the school office (206.631.3800) or email me, Phil Robinson.
Phil Robinson, Principal