Dear McMicken Families,
The school year is off to a wonderful start. After weeks of preparation, it is always so rewarding to meet our future
scholars! I greatly enjoyed visiting classes to greet new and returning
McMicken Cougars. Teachers spent the
first week establishing a positive learning community and reviewing routines
for a smoothly functioning classroom. I saw strong evidence that all of
our students were following McMicken Cougar expectations: Be
Safe, Be Respectful, Be Responsible and Be a Learner.
This year, we will continue to work as a whole community to
achieve our McMicken bold goals:
- 80% of all students meeting and/or exceeding
standards in core content areas: math, reading, writing and science.
- Reduce office referrals and increase supports
for students’ social emotional needs through strong PBIS and RULER
- Establish a two-way partnership with families
through more family engagement events that have an impact on student learning.
As the principal and
parent of a former McMicken 6th grader, I had the unique
opportunity to see the impact of strong teaching from both an
educators’ perspective as well as the family’s point of view. I am committed to ensuring that all of
get the tools they need to meet and surpass grade level standards so they are
career and college ready.
We will accomplish
this goal by adhering strictly to the promise of knowing each student by name,
strength and need. How we communicate it to our
students and families is the next step, as Dr. Enfield wrote in her
open letter to the Highline community, “…we will protect, advocate for and value
them no matter their race, language or ethnicity.” Some specific
actions that we will take together are:
- Focus on students’ strengths
and communicate them specifically to students and families.
- 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.
- Relentlessly pursue strategies that are successful with our
- 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 is my moral and
ethical imperative to be a model for our staff and support our community in
this unified effort. Please continue to monitor our school and teacher websites and other communication for updates on important family engagement opportunities
coming up in the 2016-17 school year.
To an exciting year ahead!
Alexandria Haas, Principal