The levy on the February 13 ballot pays for critical needs not yet fully covered by the state, like teachers, classroom assistants, school nurses, security, special education, extended learning time, athletics and Camp Waskowitz.
The application window is now open for middle schools of choice. For middle school students, this includes Big Picture and CHOICE Academy. Students have a lot of options when it comes to secondary schools. We encourage students and families to find the best fit.
Cedarhurst Elementary School's mission is to create a safe and caring environment for self-confident, independent learners succeeding academically and socially.
Dear Cedarhurst Families and Community,
It is with heartfelt enthusiasm that I welcome you to the 2017-2018 school year! Cedarhurst is a truly special school community filled with the most incredible students, families and staff.
This year marks the beginning of my 10th year serving as your principal and I cannot tell you how blessed I am to say that. I have served in Highline Schools for the past 12 years. I came here in 2005 as the Math Coach at Parkside and Midway. I have lived in the community for 15 years and am very honored to say that my oldest child just graduated from Highline Schools in 2017! My youngest child still attends middle school in Highline. To live in the community that I also serve is something I take a great deal of pride in - #WeAreHighline!
Over the past 9 years, I have gotten to know your children and you and I am proud to have a relationship with each of you. I have had the honor to work with several groups of children from the time they started in Kindergarten until they completed their elementary journey in 6th grade. The students for whom I was principal to in my first couple of years are now graduating from high school! When I see them walking our halls in their caps and gowns for our annual Senior Parade, I feel so deeply proud of each of these children! #GraduateHighline!
Our school and district vision is to know each child by their name, their strengths and their needs so that they will graduate ready for college, career and citizenship. This is more than a vision, it is our promise to you and your child. Each of the staff members at Cedarhurst believes in this promise and will work tirelessly to fulfill it for each child.
In order to achieve this, we will…
Build and nurture strong relationships and partnerships with children and their families so that we can work together to help them grow and learn.
Work together as teachers to plan powerful, engaging and effective instruction that builds on your child’s strengths and helps them to meet the Common Core State Standards for their grade level.
Know and use your child’s strengths to help them develop their areas of growth.
Utilize our technology to personalize learning with interactive, online reading and math programs. (You can use these at home too!)
Work together to ensure that children see their cultures honored and represented in their school experience.
Strengthen how we provide instruction to students who are learning English and also speak another language.
Support active parent engagement since you are your child’s first teacher. Here are some ways to get involved:
We have two parent groups that will meet throughout the year: The PTA and Hablemos. Be on the lookout for meeting information.
Family Nights – We will host several nights throughout the year where you can see your child in action and learn with them. We will have math nights where you can play math games, reading nights where you can read with your child, writing nights where you will read work that your child has written.
We know that our families have many strengths and talents and we want you to share these with our students and staff as a way to connect and support all of our students.
Family Communication - Please be on the lookout for monthly newsletters from your child’s teacher or grade level team. We will send home monthly school newsletters.
I look forward to seeing each one of you at our 2017 Meet and Greet on August 30 from 4:00-5:30. It is such a treat to see the smiling faces filled with excitement and anticipation for the new school year as they come through the doors to find out who their teacher will be for this year.
We are eager to be partners with you in this work. I invite you to reach out to me with your ideas, thoughts or questions anytime. We look forward to an amazing year!
There is a gap between what the state funds and the education Highline provides to students. Levy funds make up the difference. Mount Rainier High School student Cassidy Huff explains why we have the bond measure on the ballot and what it will fund.
We are making plans to change to a later start time for high schools. This is in response to feedback from students, families and staff, as well as research that shows teenagers do better in school when they can sleep later.
How do we prepare and engage students for 21st-century careers? We give them opportunities to explore computer science and technology through innovative courses and programming. And it all starts with just 60 minutes of an online introductory course in coding.