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
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.