Hello White Center Heights Families and Community Members,
I am in my sixth year as principal of White Center Heights in
2017-18. 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 students is that when they leave us they are ready for middle school so they are graduate ready. This means they will be:
- Academically successful and confident and capable on the Common Core State Standards;
- Self-disciplined to work independently, remain focused
on their learning, and make good choices;
- Proud of their heritage and understand and respect the heritage of others in the community; and,
- Able to communicate and build strong relationships with
adults and other children.
Each year we grow and get stronger on meeting the deep learning demands of the Common Core State Standards. We have won the Washington State Achievement Award for the last four years in 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016. We have amazing teachers and staff
at WCH. We work hard every day to ensure WCH students learn. But we need help
and support from our families and community members to continue to grow. 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
- Improve our implementation of standards-based teaching
and assessment by focusing on content area reading and units of study that engage students in real life learning:
- Use rubrics to assess student learning and teach
students how to self-assess and become teachers in their learning;
- Refine the way we use readers, writers, and math
workshop to build student independence and to
differentiate instruction to ensure students meet standards;
- Focus on learner dispositions and build the executive functioning skills for students so they meet 21st Century skills;
- Implement concept mapping as as strategy for close reading to improve content knowledge and comprehension in reading and math;
- Use RULER and Collaborative Problem Solving programs to build
on our PBIS (positive discipline) work to decrease the number of office
referrals by 30-50% and work towards zero suspensions;
- Improve student attendance by increasing our average daily attendance from 94% to 95% and advance the school goal of no more than one absence and one tardy per month for each student, and;
- Implement Family-Teacher Teams to focus on three goals for each grade level and build skills at home to meet these goals with family support.
I look forward to working with you
all to ensure our students find success in 2017-18.
Dr. Anne Reece