• Educate every student and expect excellence with students and staff learning and growing together.


  • Proud Principal and Parent Ms. Haas  Dear McMicken Families,

    It has been another outstanding year for our Cougars! As is traditional at the end of every year, I like to highlight celebrations.  We are continuing to see gains in reading, writing and math data across the school. Our powerful instruction and strong partnerships with families are really having an impact on student learning.

    I want to extend a warm thank you to all of our families for their enthusiastic support of the McMicken community.  Families are an essential part of our school culture.  Many of you participated in Bridges to Math Success workshops, FACE Time (Family Academic Connection Event,) Jungle Book performance and Taste of McMicken.  In addition, families volunteered in the classroom and as field trip chaperones.  Last, but certainly not least, I would like to thank our might PTO for endless hours of fundraising and listening to staff and families’ needs.  We couldn’t do it without you all!

    Although my daughter is now in middle school, she flourished while attending McMicken.  As both principal and parent, I can personally vouch for the incredible teaching and learning that happens in our building on a yearly, daily and even minute by minute basis.  We hold your children’s academic success at the heart of our work and our goal is to move ALL students to college and career readiness.

    We will accomplish this goal by adhering strictly to the promise of knowing each student by name, strength and need, as well as through honoring the beautiful diversity that our students and families bring to our schoolhouse every day.

    Looking ahead to 2017-18, we engage in the following actions in order to accomplish this goal:

    1)      Focus on students’ strengths and communicate them specifically to students and families.

    2)      Enlist families early and often as true partners in their students’ learning.  Share open and honest feedback with families about where their students are in relationship to grade level standards.

    3)      Relentlessly pursue strategies that are successful with our students.

    4)      Teach with urgency—every minute counts and is filled with robust opportunities for interacting with content.  This also means that we hold each and every student accountable for showing us what they know on a daily basis.

    It remains my moral and ethical imperative to be a model for our staff and support our community in this unified effort.  To a wonderful summer and exciting year ahead! 


    Alex Haas

About Us


  • Leading the Way to Safer Schools

    McMicken Heights Elementary is getting national attention for its focus on social-emotional learning as one way to make schools safer. Scholastic spotlights McMicken Heights as a case study.

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  • Celebrating Our Dedicated Support Staff

    We are honoring the often unsung heroes of our schools, our classified employees—support staff who serve lunches, drive buses, clean schools and support our students in so many ways. We are grateful for their dedication and outstanding work on behalf of our students.

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  • New Website Coming Summer 2018

    We are in the process of redesigning our website. Our new site will be easier to navigate, accessible to users with disabilities and will require less staff time to create and manage content. We now need your feedback to figure out what you need and expect from the new Highline website.

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  • 5 Bold Goals for 2018-2023

    What if the entire community rallied around our promise to know every student by name, strength and need and our goal for every student to graduate prepared for the future they choose? Our updated strategic plan points the way.

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  • Highline Levy Passing

    It appears our levy measure will pass, with early results showing more than 58% voting in favor of renewal. “I am grateful to voters for their support of our students and schools. Local funding for our schools is critical,” said Superintendent Susan Enfield.

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