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.
A series of community meetings are scheduled over the next few months with Superintendent Susan Enfield and School Board members. Families and community members are invited to participate in the meetings which will take place at schools across the district.
The Highline Schools Foundation announced the winners of the 2015 Gold Star Awards for outstanding teacher, administrator, professional staff, volunteer, alumnus, and rookie teacher of the year at the Gold Star Awards BASH on March 19.
Four applications were submitted for the open Director District 3 position on the Highline School Board. The School Board solicited candidates to fill the vacant position after the retirement of longtime School Board member Susan Goding.
The path to our student's big dreams starts with high learning expectations. Highline students are taking a new state assessment this year. Watch a recently released video that shows how the new assessment is used as a teaching tool to measures student progress toward college and career readiness.
Last year, 99 percent of eligible eighth-grade students in Highline signed up for the College Bound Scholarship, which covers annual college tuition and a small book allowance. For seniors who made the commitment four years ago, the scholarship is starting to pay off.