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.
Our mission is to challenge students to grow to the best of their academic potential and to become self-sufficient and socially responsible citizens.
Gregory Heights is in partnership with our community for the education of children.
It is my pleasure to serve as the principal at Gregory Heights and get to know our students and families. Many families have been part of this school for three or four generations. This is a friendly and welcoming community! Our students are rich in diversity with many students from countries around the world. At Gregory Heights, we work to build relationships with each child and their family, so that we know and understand every student by their name, strength, and need.
We ensure our students’ success through:
Equitable access to rigorous, standards-based instruction
Our teachers work together in grade level and cross grade teams to align learning to the Washington State Learning Standards and ensure there is equitable access and continuous improvement for every student. We have high expectations for all kids and support their learning through a variety of curriculum, content, and personalized online resources like:
Think Through Math
Developing a culturally responsive organization
Each child has a rich cultural and family heritage. We view this diversity as a strength and an asset. We strive to create a culture of learning that builds on individual student interests, strengths, and learning needs. In the 2017-18 school year, we will be working to build a continuum of learning groupings called a Multi-Tiered System of Support (MTSS). We will review academic, and behavior, and attendance data about our children frequently so we can tailor their learning, help them reach the grade level expectations or challenge and enrich their learning if they have already the grade level expectation.
Helping each child Recognize, Understand, Label, Express and Regulate (RULER) their individual feelings and emotions is also important. The RULER model for social-emotional learning includes a class charter, mood meter, meta-moment and blueprint. Be sure to join us at any or all of the three evening family events in the 2017-18 school year that will introduce these processes to families to use as tools at home as well as at school.
Strong Partnerships with families and the community
We have a very active Parent Teacher Student Association (PTSA) who sponsors many wonderful opportunities for our children. Thanks to our PTSA, over sixty-two thousand dollars was raised to install new equipment of our playground in July 2017. A school fall carnival, art docents in all classrooms, a family winter dance, Field Day, and Field Trips, are also sponsored by our PTSA along with after school clubs and programs like:
Girls on the Run
LEGO/Robotics after school club
Art after school club
School of Rock (jazz ensemble)
Watch D.O.G.S. (Dads of Great Students)
We have many strong partnerships with community organizations:
Arts Corps partnership
WISE Consortium (Science partnership with Museum of Flight)
The Seattle Opera (who helped our second graders create and perform their own operas this past school year)
Results Focused Professional Learning for our staff helps fine tune their teaching strategies to results in strong and relational student learning
Gregory Heights is one of four Highline elementary schools engaged in the Digital Leadership Corp. Through this partnership with Discovery Education, our teachers are learning how to use technology to transform and personalize learning for students.
Our teachers and classified staff will continue to engage in training through the Positive Behavior Intervention and Support (PBIS) model. PBIS helps us teach our students the behaviors that support learning and good citizenship. We also have incentives for behavior and this year will add incentives for attendance and arriving at school on time.
We look forward to serving our students and their families!
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.