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Mission

Principal

From the desk of Principal/CEO, Bruce Kelly—

My appointment as the Principal to Raisbeck Aviation High School is a professional honor. After serving for three years as the Assistant Principal, I am thrilled to build upon the legacy championed by our own amazing visionary, Ms. Reba Gilman.

With any leadership transition, change is inevitable. However, my commitment to each stakeholder is to carry the torch of our mission and guiding principles forward. RAHS remains focused on addressing the critical gaps in the aerospace workforce and being responsive to industry needs.

Keeping our distinction as a Lighthouse model of STEM excellence and building upon the vibrant partnership with The Museum of Flight is important. With that backdrop, I think it is helpful to briefly touch on the next school initiative, replication. Simply put, replication means RAHS is positioned to export our signature programs or the entire school model across the region, state, and nation. It is noted that we began last year by exporting elements of our career readiness program to the Highline School District. That’s a great start. Looking ahead, I see remarkable opportunities tied to our model of Project Based Learning and showcasing our school-museum partnership. I think you would agree that replication represents a very robust initiative.

RAHS shines as a remarkable institution for teaching and learning. On any given day, our students, staff, industry and community supporters, PTSA, and alumni create a culture that was best described by Dr. James Raisbeck. After a recent visit, he quipped, “RAHS is a continual pep rally of learning.” I now consider his phrase as my second favorite motto—just below “The Sky is Not the Limit!”

This fall, RAHS celebrates the 10th anniversary of sharing that motto—hooray for us! In that same vein, I have the personal privilege and professional honor to lead and extend our legacy. I am excited to launch the next decade with you and want to thank you in advance for cheering me on.

My best,

Bruce Kelly

News

  • All Schools Are Open on Tuesday, May 26

    All Highline schools will be open on May 26 after school was canceled on May 21 due to a one-day teacher walkout. This date was chosen by the school district and Highline Education Association (the teachers' union) as the date that would have the least impact on families.

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  • Give Your Feedback on our Schools

    We are asking for feedback from families of Highline students. Tell us what you think about your child's school on topics ranging from academic preparation to student support to safety and behavior.

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  • Community Gives Feedback on Bond

    Community members strongly support building new schools but want a more transparent process for developing a bond plan, according to a survey run by Highline Public Schools from April 22 through May 11. The survey was launched to get community feedback after the failure of the February capital construction bond. The bond aimed to alleviate crowding in elementary schools and fix or replace aging schools.

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  • All Schools Closed May 21 due to Teacher Walkout

    Highline teachers have voted to participate in a one-day walkout on May 21. We do not have enough substitute teachers to cover all classes that day, so school is cancelled on May 21.

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  • Community Helps with Funding Questions

    How would you spend additional state funding? And what is the best way to deal with overcrowding in Highline elementary schools? Those were the questions put to community members who attended Budget Community Meetings hosted by district leaders in May.

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Path to Success

This video  illustrates our bold goals for students, telling the story of Highline's path to success without a single word.