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Announcements

Mission

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

Principal

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.

News

  • Energy Upgrades Save Money for Schools

    Thanks to energy upgrades at several schools, Highline is saving money, reducing energy use, and ensuring a healthy and vibrant learning environment for students. Grants and rebates paid for much of the upgrade work, which will save nearly $200,000 in annual energy and operational costs.

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  • Pacific Students Participate in Dalai Lama Summit

    Thirty-two Pacific Middle School students had the unusual opportunity to participate in a dialog with the Dalai Lama—right from their classroom. Pacific Middle School was the only U.S. school to participate, along with over 30,000 Canadian students.

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  • Highline Creative Schools Initiative to Launch in Middle Schools

    Nonprofit Arts Corps has been awarded a $1.7 million grant over four years to launch the Highline Creative Schools Initiative within Highline Public Schools. The initiative will fund Arts Corps’ teaching artists to regularly lead in-depth visual and theatrical art lessons at two Highline middle schools.

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  • Vote on Bond Starts This Week

    General election ballots are arriving in mailboxes this week, and one of the important measures on that ballot is the Highline school construction bond. Watch this 90-second video that highlights Highline's plan to provide safe, modern schools for all students.

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  • Students Discover Paths to Their Future

    Highline students are discovering their passions and creating a path to a successful future, as part of a campaign called DiscoverU. All week teachers and staff are building excitement around college and career exploration to inspire students.

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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.

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