Mission Statement: Pacific Middle School expects academic achievement, celebrates diversity, and promotes self-discipline and community responsibility.


September 2015

A message from our principal, Ms. Diana Garcia, Principal

Dear Pacific Families: Welcome to the 2015-16 school year!  We are off to a strong start and are pleased to provide a high-quality educational experience for your student.  Pacific Middle School’s vision for the 2015-16 school year will continue to focus on academic goals aimed at increasing student performance.

During the 2014-15 school year and this summer, many Pacific teachers engaged in professional development in preparation for co-teaching and differentiated instruction. Selected classrooms have two teachers planning and delivering instruction in language arts and math classes. This co-teaching model allows for small group instruction and provides students with a more personalized learning experience. More information about our instructional model and our plans for this year will be shared at our open house on Thursday, September 24 from 5-7 p.m.  Look for more details on our school’s website in the coming days.

Pacific Middle School students meet twice weekly in Advisory, Tuesdays and Fridays.  Advisory focuses on keeping students on track in terms of study skills, social skills, self-advocacy skills and more. We have made every effort to place students in an advisory class with one of the teachers they see each day.  The relationship built between students and advisors is key to a student’s overall success while at Pacific Middle School.

At Pacific Middle School, we invest heavily in our Student Planners. Your students received training on the use and expectations for their planners which they we will use daily in school and at home. We ask families to do a daily debrief of the school day by looking at their child’s planner.  Things to look for in the planner include: classwork, homework, short and long term projects, due dates, studying for tests and quizzes, writing assignments, school events, etc.

We are fortunate to have a Gear Up grant making it possible to provide after school tutoring on Mondays and Wednesdays. Mr. Loren Liwanag, Gear Up Success Dean, will inform students and families the start dates for the program. Additionally, Pacific offers drop-in math tutoring before school, during lunch and after school on Wednesdays. Keeping Highline School District’s strategic plan in mind, our goal is to know every student by name, strength, and need.  Through tutoring, we work with students to develop strategies to help them remove obstacles and achieve their academic goals. 

I believe that parent and family involvement in school improvement efforts is important. Therefore, parents and families are invited to participate in a series of “conversations” with the principal starting in October. During Open House September 24, those attending will be asked to submit topics for the conversations.  I look forward to meeting our Viking families and listening to your ideas, concerns, and addressing your questions.  The staff and I are eager to partner with you to strengthen the educational experience for all Pacific students. I hope to see you at September 24 at our Open House.


Diana Garcia




About Us

22705 24th Place South
Des Moines, WA 98198

Diana Garcia
Assistant Principal
Dean of Students

Office Manager
Christine McGarr

School Hours
8:10 a.m. - 2:40 p.m.

Early Release Days
8:10 a.m. - 1:10 p.m.

Office Hours
7:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.



  • Share Your Thoughts

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  • Ask Questions, Bring Ideas, Raise Concerns

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  • State Test Results are in the Mail

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  • Gearing Up for School Success

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  • Off to an Inspiring Start

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