Kindergarten Fall 2017



Bow Lake Mission:
* Learning together
* Working together
* Growing together
* On the pathway to success!

Learning Together (Academic Programs):
Reading – Balanced literacy approach including:
Core comprehension lessons
Independent reading to practice skills
Daily guided reading/intervention groups based on student reading levels
Writing – Focus on nonfiction
Math –
New core Math in Focus (Singapore Math) program (K-5)
Core Connected Math Project (CMP) program (6)
Singapore bar model drawing problem solving approach
Individualized math practice in the computer lab twice a week:
STMath (K-5)
SIMath (6)
Xtramath (1-6) for fact practice
Math interventions twice a week based on student need
Deaf and Hard of Hearing Program
3 classrooms (1 PreK-K, 1 Primary, 1 Intermediate)
Instruction in American Sign Language (ASL)
General education opportunities for students with 3 full-time interpreters on staff
Resource Room – Additional intervention opportunities in reading, writing, and math for students in need

Working Together (Positive Behavior):
NOBLEs (Noteworthy Outstanding Bow Lake Effort) – Positive tickets recognizing individual and class behaviors
NOBLEs Assemblies – Monthly assemblies where we perform and celebrate successes from the previous month
7 Habits of Happy Kids – Students from each class recognized for positive behaviors and award lunch with the principals
3 tiered behavior system to support all students with making positive choices
Check, Connect and Expect and Room of Alternative Recess (ROAR) interventions to support at-risk students

Growing Together (Partnerships) – Bow Lake maintains strong partnerships with the following organizations:
School-based Partnerships: Bow Lake PTA, Bow Lake Latino Parent Group, Community Schools
Community Partnerships: The Doubletree Seattle Airport Hotel, Microsoft, Angle Lake Neighborhood Church, SeaTac Rotary

On the Pathway to Success (Results):
87% of 6th graders at standard in math computation (AIMSWeb)
95% of students with 0-1 office discipline referrals
Exemplary PBIS School for three years


Doug Neufeld  Welcome to Bow Lake Elementary School.

Bow Lake Elementary is located in SeaTac and is part of Highline Public Schools. We are a diverse school with approximately 740 students in preschool through sixth grade. We house a regional elementary Deaf and Hard of Hearing (DHH) program, added a new Integrated Learning Center (ILC) Program in 2015-16, and around one third of our students are English language learners.

Bow Lake is known for our strong focus on academics and student success, our positive behavior results, and our DHH program, which draws from Highline and the surrounding districts. We maintain close partnerships with our school-based Parent-Teacher Organization, and the City of SeaTac, which runs our before and after-school programming. Our vital, community-based partnerships include: The Doubletree Seattle Airport Hotel, Techbridge, Somali Youth and Family Services, and the City of SeaTac.

The good work being done at Bow Lake has had a huge impact on our student achievement. Our Fountas and Pinnell reading benchmark results continue to climb, particularly in kindergarten and fourths grades, which both exceeded 80% proficiency this year. Additionally, we are achieving good results with our fifth and sixth graders, with 77% of our sixth graders at mastery on the Spring Mathematics Highline Benchmark Assessment.  We have also had success with our English language learners. Last year, based on our English Language Proficiency Assessment results, we exited more students from ELL services than in previous years. Additionally, our students continue to exhibit positive behaviors with a significant reduction in our behavior referrals from 749 in 2014-15 to less than 450 in 2015-16.

Our school mission is "As a diverse learning community, we hold ourselves accountable to prepare all students for college, career, and citizenship by providing a nurturing environment where our scholars are held to high standards of success." As our mission statement says, the Bow Lake staff is committed to providing an excellent education to our students to get them ready for the future. We tailor our instruction to fit the needs of each child and provide help and support to students when necessary while at the same time challenging students to deeper understanding and higher achievement.

We invite our families and community to join with us in providing the best education possible for our students. If you would like to help volunteer in the school or on field trips, please stop by our office and complete a volunteer form. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the office by phone at 206.631-3500. You may also reach me via email at Douglas.Neufeld@highlineschools.org.

Go Wildcats!

Doug Neufeld

Bow Lake Elementary

About Us

18237 42nd Avenue South
SeaTac, WA 98188
Doug Neufeld

Office Manager
Denise Dagley

School Hours
8:40 a.m. - 3:10 p.m.

Early Release Days
8:40 a.m. - 1:40 p.m.

Office Hours
8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.


  • What's Your Opinion? We Want to Hear from You.

    We want to know if you are getting the information you want and need about our schools, the way you want to get it. Tell us what you think. Then enter our drawing for a $40 gift card. Find out more.

    Comments (-1)
  • Seeking Family Action Committee Nominations

    The Superintendent's Family Action Committee works to strengthen our partnerships with families. We are currently seeking nominations for this important committee.

    Comments (-1)
  • Get Ready for Kindergarten Fall 2017

    Do you know a child who will be five years old on or before August 31? Now is the time to register for kindergarten. Families who register early will received a free book and a kindergarten readiness kit that includes pencil and paper, alphabet flash cards, and a mini counting collection to practice counting.

    Comments (-1)
  • Supporting Immigrant Students

    We recognize that actions taken by the White House, including a new executive order restricting immigration and orders to increase immigration enforcement, are unsettling to many of our families. We want to reiterate our commitment to our students’ safety. We will do everything in our power to keep our students safe at school.

    Comments (-1)
  • We Heard You! Here's What We Learned

    It's time for us to share what we heard in a recent online community conversation. Nearly 700 people shared their priorities, ideas, and concerns with us.

    Comments (-1)
  • more

Planning & Construction

Keeping Our Promise

Give Feedback

Communications Survey Spring 2017