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Mission

MISSION:  Our mission is to provide a strong academic program and diverse opportunities for growth and success in a safe, supportive environment so students achieve their full potential and develop a vision for their future.
 
Principal Kyle Linman 
Asst. Principal   Robin Furlan
Office Manager Lesa Oestreich
Bookkeeper Laura Wittenauer
Registrar Rachael Sita
Attendance Nancy Prottengeier

Principal

Greetings Tomcats,

Sylvester Middle School serves a diverse population of 7th and 8th graders in the Burien area. Our mission is to provide a strong academic program and diverse opportunities for growth and success in a safe, supportive environment so all students achieve their full potential and develop a vision for the future.

Special programs offered at Sylvester include:
- Highly Capable Program for select students meeting specific testing requirements.
- English Language Learners (ELL) classroom for students learning the English language and who may be new to the country.
- Intensive Learning Center (ILC) for students with special needs that require overall support.
- Intensive Academic Center (IAC) for students requiring additional academic support in a self-contained classroom.
- Emotional/Behavioral Support Center (EBC) for students that need additional emotional and behavioral support.

Sylvester is a school where students from many backgrounds learn and thrive and everyone finds a niche where they feel capable and engaged. We have an interactive learning community where teachers work together with staff and parents to find ways to best support students. Our teachers and staff are dedicated to preparing students for the future, so they can be successful in college, career, and citizenship. Teachers are continually learning new techniques and refining classroom strategies to ensure students are prepared.

To prepare students to meet and exceed their future goals, we focus on teaching them both in and out of the classroom. In the classroom, we have seen increases in 7th grade reading scores and 8th grade math scores. Our students served in ELL exceeded their state targets for both reading and math. For more detailed testing results, please see the Sylvester performance report. What is not reflected in the test scores are the personal, social, and emotional gains our students have made. Students gain these skills through everyday interactions with teachers and classmates and through assemblies, programs, and after-school activities.

We have fantastic assemblies throughout the year from Tomcat spirit assemblies and the Veterans Day assembly to our drama play performances and more. A student favorite is the cultural celebration assembly, which features a parade of nations flag march and a culturally diverse talent show, where students showcase their culture through music, dance, and other artistic expressions. Assemblies like this make an impact on our students, and they learn to appreciate and celebrate those who are different from themselves.

We value parent and community feedback. We are always accepting feedback through our office at 206-631-6000 or email at laura.wittenauer@highlineschools.org. We look forward to hearing from families and working with you to continue to improve our learning community.

Sincerely,
Principal Kyle Linman
 

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