Dear Highline Pirates Community,
Here we are almost at the end of our first semester of the year. Our Senior Class is on the short path to graduation in June. This Spring, the Class of 2018 graduation ceremonies will return to the Highline Memorial Stadium on June 16th at 11:00. As they prepare for next steps in life they have been meeting with colleges, filling out FAFSA forms, meeting with recruiters, visiting job sites, looking at internships and more. To date, over 100 seniors have already been accepted to the college of their choice.
This school year our focus has been on building a strong campus culture of acceptance, equity, and school pride. Our Advisory classses focus on lessons designed to increase awareness, build a common core of acceptance, and strong positive behaviors, and to lay the foundation for equity across all social, academic, and economic strata. Our staff is participating in a year-long series of trainings in "Trauma Informed and Restorative Practices". The work has been enlightening and challenging. Growth is evident among staff and students.
As we begin to look towards moving out of Highline and into the interim sight at Olympic School for three years, we find ourselves reflective of the history of this great school and what the future holds for us. The legacy of being a Pirate calls to mind the words of our Highline Fight Song.
We're loyal to you Highline High
The purple and gold Highline High
We'll back you to stand
Against the best in the land
Because we're loyal to you Highline High
So Smash that blockade Highline High
Go crashing ahead Highline High
Our team is our fame, protector, onward and we will win a victory Highline High
Our goal is to help shape the minds and bodies of our young students. It is our mission to help prepare them for their futures and guide them through the transition from High School to what comes next. Loyalty to the history and traditions of Highline make it a difficult transition but our school building is challenged to keep up with the goals and demands of a 21st Centrury Learning Environment. In the months to come, we will smash that blockade to progress and go crashing ahead into the future. We will remain loyal to the Pirate Spirit as we build a New Highline High School that is equipped with the necessary resources to provide our young scholars the tools they need to succeed. Our Community can keep current with all the latest news about the transition on the Highline School District Website under Planning and Construction.
On a personal note, it continues to be my great pleaseure to work with the staff and students at Highline. The energy in the halls can be electrifying. The creativity in the classrooms inspires me. The open and intelligent perspective that students bring to conversations about issues on campus motivates me to keep growing in my role as an Instructional Leader. I encourage parents and community to get to know us and become involved with our work here. Our doors are always open and we welcome you.
Vicki Fisher, Principal