Mission Statement: Pacific Middle School expects academic achievement, celebrates diversity, and promotes self-discipline and community responsibility.
Welcome to the 2014-2015 School Year!
During the 2014-2015 school year, Pacific Middle School in partnership with Mount Rainier High School will begin the multi-year process of implementing an International Baccalaureate program for students in grades 7 through 10. The program, called the Middle Years Program, provides a single educational focus that: promotes the district strategic goals of college readiness and bilingual/biliterate; promotes technology literacy and will ensure continuity of the bold goals set forth in the District Strategic Plan well in to the future.
In the 2014-2015 school year, we will be utilizing Restorative Practices in connection with PBIS strategies to build a culture of acceptance, understanding, accountability and care for one another. You can expect to hear how you can participate in the growth of Restorative Practices in the fall.
Also new in the 2014-2015 school year, we will be establishing a Viking Support Academy. The Viking Support Academy will serve students previously placed on in-school suspension; the Academy will be an academic learning space. The vision for the Academy is to provide students placed on in-school suspension access to quality instruction and support from school counselors, mentors and other adult staff. Our Academy staff will continue to mentor and provide support for students after they have been exited from the Academy experience.
Pacific will continue to grow its Viking Up program to include a school-wide recognition program. Students will be recognized monthly for their work in the classroom, and their ability to be good citizens that respect people, property and learning.
In the 2014-2015 school year, Pacific students and families will see an increase in school-home communication via the Viking Dispatch bi-monthly newsletter, website updates and breakfast with the principal events.
Highlights from 2013-2014
During the 2013-2014 school year in the area of reading, our student body exceeded expected growth measures. In the area of math, every Math 8 class exceeded expected growth, as measured by MAPS scores. This performance is significant because it means that Math 8 students are better prepared for High School math than previous years as a result of their hard work and support from teachers.
This year, Pacific focused on respecting People, Property and Learning. We reinforced this through our Viking Up campaign. Students and staff learned that to Viking Up means the opposite of giving up. Students exemplifying the Viking Up spirit were rewarded with Viking Up tickets that were used to purchase items for the Viking Store.
Pacific Middle School placed first in the Future Cities competition this year. This allowed our team to represent the State of Washington at the National Competition in Washington DC. Pacific performed well in DC and received a recognition for being good citizens and team players.
100% of eligible students completed College Bound Scholarships this year. This efforts is due to a strong collaboration between our counseling team and Pacific families.
The city councils of all four cities within Highline have passed resolutions of support for the November 4 bond. Burien, Des Moines, Normandy Park, and SeaTac leaders voted on the resolutions in September.
The Superintendent's Family Action Committee works to strengthen our family partnerships. We are currently seeking nominations for this important committee. The application deadline is Friday, September 26.
We face two critical issues as a school district: aging buildings and crowded schools. We're working on a solution, but want the community's input as we work to solve these challenges. Help us build for tomorrow, today.
Highline Public Schools has a new video that illustrates our bold goals for students. The animated five-minute video follows a family on Highline's "path to success," telling the story without a single word.