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Mission

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

Principal

Diana Garcia Dear Pacific Families,

Teaching and leading schools is my passion and I feel incredibly fortunate to have a job that I love. I consider it a privilege to collaborate and work alongside caring and passionate teachers. The 2015-16 school year brought the Pacific community many rewards and challenges and we are looking forward to the upcoming school year with enthusiasm and anticipation of what is to come. The day after school was out, many of our teachers engaged in professional development learning about new instructional strategies, standards based teaching and grading and how to assess student learning. In August, all teachers will participate in content area professional development prior the the start of school.

Monday, July 11, we welcomed two hundred 7th and 8th graders to our summer session! Students will explore the arts, technology, science, cooking, plus enjoy field trips to Highline Community College, Experience Music Project (EMP), Junior Achievement Finance Program and The Wing Luke Museum. Pacific teachers and staff are ready to greet students for this educational and fun experience for all! And, just as important is developing new friendships and meeting Pacific teachers and staff.

The 2016-17 school year begins August 24 and 25 with our Summer Bridge Program designed to orient incoming 7th graders to Pacific and to ensure a smooth transition from elementary to middle school. Summer Bridge will operate from 8 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. with breakfast and transportation provided. All incoming 7th graders are strongly encouraged to attend.

Check our website in early August for dates and hours the school will be open for Business Day. Students may purchase ASB cards, fitness clothes, and complete on-line paperwork if they plan on participating in our after school athletic program. Please be mindful that physicals are required to participate in sports so this summer is a good time to get those physicals. Like all the other middle schools, our fall sports practices begin the first day of school.

As we prepare for the upcoming school year, our attention is on our goals which are aligned with Highline’s Strategic Plan. In math, we are providing a range of math classes aimed at ensuring that 95% of students will pass algebra as ninth graders. Pacific offers 7th and 8th grade math, pre-algebra, algebra and geometry. We use 6th grade test data and teacher recommendations to place incoming 7th graders in the appropriate class. Algebra and geometry are rigorous courses that require time and extra effort be given to ensure that high school credit is earned. Placement questions can be directed to Ms. Allie Rios, mathematics department chair.

Another of Highline’s strategic goals is 95% of all students will graduate ready for college or career. At the middle school level this means that we will provide top- quality standards-based instruction and grading for all students. Recognizing that not all students learn at the same pace or in the same manner, we aim to provide students multiple opportunities to demonstrate their understanding of the standards and provide them with tutoring at our after school homework center.

The district goal of reducing out of school suspensions rate to zero (except for student or staff safety) by 2018 is something we continue to work on by clearly outlining our school and classroom expectations for behavior. Each classroom teacher shares with students and families their classroom expectations that are aligned with Pacific’s school-wide rules. It is our experience that over 96% of Pacific students follow school rules each and every day. Students that need extra support may be issued an in-school or out of school suspension. In all cases, restorative justice practices are implemented prior to returning to class.

We believe that community partnerships are key to our school’s success. Our partnership with Des Moines Park and Recreation, Des Moines Police Department, NAVOS, Southwest Youth and Family Services, and others, help address the needs of our students and families.

We are very excited to announce that we have a full slate of PTSA officers for 2016-17. This enthusiastic team of parents will team up with Pacific’s administrative team and staff to support Pacific’s school activities. Last year, the staff and PTSA joined forces to purchase chromebooks in an effort to have one device per student. With the support of the Highline School District, we have one device for every three students. With your support, it is possible to have one chrome book for every two students by June 2018. Look for more information in the August newsletter.

Finally, after many years working in schools, I have witnessed a noticeable drop-off in volunteers particularly at the middle school level yet this is a time when parent participation is critical. Even one hour per week would help. What we need most is more sets of eyes before school (7:30-8:10), monitoring halls during passing periods, monitoring the cafeteria and recreation area during our three lunch periods, and monitoring students during dismissal. Being proactive is the best approach in helping keep our students and staff safe. Teachers also seek volunteers in their classrooms so please consider volunteering to keep Pacific a great place to learn and grow.

We look forward to hearing from our families and community as we continue to improve our instructional program. Your input is always welcome.

Please read our performance report (coming soon) for more information about Pacific Middle School.

Sincerely,

Diana Garcia, Principal

About Us

22705 24th Place South
Des Moines, WA 98198
 
Phone
206-631-5800

Principal
Diana Garcia
 
Assistant Principal

Office Manager
Lindsay Mora

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.

Fax
206-631-5860

News

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  • Highline in the News

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  • Free Summer Meals Available for Local Children

    Highline children can eat free breakfast, lunch, and snacks during the summer through the federally funded Simplified Summer Food Program (SSFP). The program provides funding for several of our schools to serve children living in South King County.

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  • Highline School Board to Vote July 20 on Bond for November

    A community-led committee of Highline residents, staff, and students spent the past year intensely studying the question of how to address the need for new or renovated schools. Wednesday, the Highline School Board signaled its agreement with the committee’s recommendations.

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  • Check Out Interactive Budget Report

    Check out our online, interactive proposed budget report for the 2016-17 school year. The new online tool gives our community the opportunity to dig deep into the data and view a breakdown by district, school, and department.

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