Dear Mount View Learning Community
Welcome to the 2016-2017 school year! I am looking forward to seeing everyone after a wonderful summer break. We just finished a week of Jump Start with our new Kindergarten students – the class of 2029. What bright, enthusiastic and curious students! The school was filled with laughter and energy and I can’t wait to welcome our 1-6th graders back on September 1st.
As you know, the Highline School District promise is to know each student by name strength and need. This year Mount View staff and students will be focusing on celebrating our strengths. Each of us bring unique experiences, talents and skills to our learning. We want to identify and build on each student’s strengths. We do this by spending time getting to know our students and families. Families are our best resource for learning about our students.
Mount View continues to be a STEM Academy where we offer opportunities for students to go deeper in the areas of science, technology, engineering and math. We offer coding after school and will integrate coding into our math instruction this year. We also have several new exciting programs to introduce to our students that integrate things like robotics into our instruction.
This is our second year of implementing Personalized Learning in our classrooms. The intentional use of technology gives teachers the opportunity to “personalize” the learning activities for each student. We are fortunate to have received a grant from our district that provides additional technology and support in using technology to really benefit student learning.
We are fortunate to be a part of two grants awarded to our community partners to deepen family engagement here at Mount View. One grant will provide family academies designed by you – our families. The second grant provides learning for parents of children 0-3 through a “baby academy”. Parents who attend are able to earn college credit. Interested? Contact Magy Cruz at Mount View.
We are in our second year of partnering with Arts Corp where teaching artists collaborate with our 5/6th grade teachers and co-teach two writing units that are integrated with performing and visual arts. The focus is on social justice and for students to find their unique powerful voice.
All of these things support our transition to school wide Dual Language where the goal is that each student leaves Mount View at grade level in English and Spanish. They will then be prepared for the next step in their education. In Highline we want each student to graduate prepared for college, career and citizenship. Talking about the opportunities that exist after high school begins now. Talk to your student about what problems they want to solve in the world and what must they learn in order to solve them. This makes learning relevant to them and helps to motivate school attendance. In order for students to be successful, they must be at school - every day and on time! In addition, students must stay the entire day. Our policy at Mount View is we do not disturb classrooms the last 30 minutes of the day for early release. Reflecting on what students accomplished during the day and preparing for the next day’s lessons occur during those final 30 minutes. Both are critical for learning to take place.
Education is a joint effort. We simply can’t do it without family and community support. There are many ways to be involved at Mount View. Stay tuned for information on our Parent/Teacher
Association (PTA) and volunteer opportunities. Together we can provide a rich learning community where everyone thrives.
A reminder - one of the most important things as a citizen of our country is to exercise your right to vote. Please model this for your student – register and vote this November.
Have a wonderful start to the new school year. Feel free to drop by and visit anytime!
Principal/Directora, Mount View Elementary School