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Mission

White Center Heights Elementary prepares thoughtful scholars for a global community.
 
White Center Heights is a Kindergarten to Grade 6 school in the White Center area of West Seattle. We have students and parents from 41 different countries. Eighty percent of our students speak at least one other language in addition to English.

We do many things to help our families. We provide free breakfast for all students and a free and reduced price lunch program that serves around 90% of our students. We have a family support program to help families in need. We hold many different family events with the community.

Our school focuses on academic achievement and positive behavior. Our vision is to prepare all of our students to be successful at middle school and beyond. To do this, we work with our families and the White Center community to provide support to our students.

White Center Heights Elementary School has a staff that is dedicated to the students and their families.

Principal

Hello White Center Heights Families and Community Members,

I am entering my third year as principal of White Center Heights in 2014-15. I am committed to working with families, teachers, and our community partners to support our students to achieve great things!

I have worked in public education for a long time. Before coming to White Center Heights I was the Assistant Principal at Madrona Elementary in Sea Tac. I was a classroom teacher and literacy coach in Bellevue and Seattle. I have been an instructor at the University of Washington in the Teacher Education program. Early in my career I was a classroom teacher, district consultant, and school principal in Australia.

My vision for WCH Elementary is that when our students leave WCH Elementary, they are ready for middle school and beyond. This means they will be:
- Academically successful by being confident and capable with the Common Core State Standards;
- Self-disciplined to work independently, remain focused on their learning, and make good choices;
- Proud of their heritage and compassionate towards others in the community; and,
- Able to communicate and build good relationships with adults and other children.

We have amazing teachers and staff at WCH. They work hard every day to ensure our children learn. But we need help and support from our families and community members. We need to work together – teachers and families and administration and community members - working with our students to ensure they are successful and confident people.

At WCH Elementary we will be focusing on the district goals for all students to meet the new Common Core State Standards and to reach zero out-of-school suspensions. In 2014-15 we will:

- implement standards-based teaching and assessment to ensure all our students meet the new standards;

- implement the workshop model in reading, writing, and math to ensure students get lots of opportunities to demonstrate independence on the standards and to differentiate instruction so students meet standards;

- implement Blended learning with computer based instruction as rotation choices for workshops;  

- explore inquiry-based learning so students are engaged in meaningful learning that demands higher level thinking;

- build on our PBIS (positive discipline) work to decrease the number of out-of-school suspensions by 30-50%.

I look forward to working with you all to ensure our students find success in 2014-15.

Dr. Anne Reece (PhD)
Principal 

News

  • Bond Measure Will Go Before Voters in February

    A school construction bond to repair or replace deteriorating schools and ease overcrowding will go before voters on February 10, 2015. After seeking community input following the November election, the school board voted December 17 to place a new bond measure on the February ballot.

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  • What You Need to Know About the Levy Renewal

    Voters will have an opportunity to renew their investment in Highline students and teachers in the next election. A three-year Educational Programs and Operations Levy renewal is one of two school funding measures on the February 10 ballot.

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  • Survey Results Show Strong Support for Bond

    Results from a recent online survey show staff, families, and the community are generally supportive of the bond package that was put to voters on last November's ballot. The bond fell less than one percentage point short of the 60 percent needed for passage.

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  • Foundation Awards $65,000+ in Excel Grants

    Teachers across the district are receiving extra support in their classrooms this month thanks to more than $65,000 in grants from the Highline Schools Foundation. The Foundation awarded 89 Excel Grants to teachers and programs across the district in December.

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  • Introducing Coding to the Classroom

    More than 6,000 Highline students in grades K-12 participated in Hour of Code, a one-hour introduction to computer programming, commonly called coding.

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Building for Tomorrow Today
We face two critical issues as a school district: aging buildings and crowded schools. A bond measure that addresses these issues was on the November ballot. Learn more about the election here. Help us build for tomorrow, today.

Highline Public Schools has a new video that illustrates our bold goals for students. The animated five-minute video follows a family on Highline's "path to success," telling the story without a single word.