Mark your calendar for two great Gold Star Awards events coming soon. The Gold Star awards BASH will be Thursday, March 20 and the Gold Star Awards Breakfast will be Friday, April 18. Register for both events online.
CHOICE Academy student Annette Ventoza was featured in the Highline Times for her volunteer work at Highline Medical Center. The article explains the 16-year-old started volunteering a year and a half ago.
It is now more affordable for young people and families to get online through Comcast's Internet Essentials Program. Those families who sign up and qualify for the program by March 18 can receive six months of free Internet service.
Together with our staff and the Highline community, we have developed a new strategic plan unlike any I have seen in school districts across the nation—it is bold, visionary, and represents the unwavering belief we have in our students’ capabilities. We can feel proud that we have not shied away from setting high expectations for our students and ourselves.
Our promise is to know every student by name, strength, and need, so each will graduate prepared for college, career, and citizenship. We are challenging ourselves to ensure that four years from now at least 19 out of 20 students are learning at or above grade level in third grade, passing Algebra by ninth grade, and graduating high school prepared to choose their future. We have pledged to all but eliminate out-of-school suspensions that rob students of learning time. And we have set long-range goals that every student will graduate bilingual, biliterate, and tech-literate. Make no mistake: in adopting these goals, we in Highline have committed to eradicating the achievement and opportunity gaps that persist in our schools. In doing so, we will prove that public education can work for all children.
Each of us -- staff, families, and community members -- plays a critical role in our students’ success. Delivering on our promise will require all of us working together, but I have every confidence that we can marshal the collective commitment our students need and deserve.
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.