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:
School Challenge for select students meeting specific testing
Language Learners (ELL) classroom for students learning the
English language and who may be new to the country.
Learning Center (ILC) for students with special needs that
require overall support.
Academic Center (IAC) for students requiring additional academic
support in a self-contained classroom.
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.
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 nation’s 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 that
are different from themselves.
has a thriving after school activities program offering students the
opportunity to participate in a variety of sports or after school clubs. Sports
include track, softball, soccer, basketball, wrestling, tackle football for 8th
graders, volleyball and cross country. Clubs vary every year, but may include –
yearbook, Boeing math and science club, games club, nature club and homework
help, just to name a few. Students that participate in these after school
activities learn teamwork, perseverance and new skills they will take with them
when they move up to high school – but if you ask the students they’ll just
tell you it’s fun!
parent and community feedback. One way we encourage families to give feedback
is by attending a Coffee with the Principal. This is a very informal gathering,
where parents can discuss questions, concerns or other items with Principal Linman
over a cup of coffee. Of course if you
are unable to attend, we are always accepting feedback through our office at 206-631-6000
or email at email@example.com. We look forward to hearing from families and working with you to continue to
improve our learning community.
Kyle Linman, Principal