Hundreds of 5th- and 6th-grade families in Highline learned about moving up to middle school this month at more than 10 information nights around the district. Find out what you missed and next steps for families, students and staff.
6th Grade in Middle School
6th grade moves up to middle school September 2019.
Highline's middle schools now serve 6th, 7th and 8th grade students, the most common middle school configuration in our state and nation. The opening of Glacier Middle School in SeaTac in fall 2019 provides capacity in our middle schools to add 6th grade.
Family Information Nights were held in January and February 2019 for all middle schools in Highline. Families of students in 5th and 6th grade attended meetings about moving up to middle school in the fall. A summary of the meeting presentations is available.
2015--Planning began in 2015 with community meetings and a 30-member committee of parents, teachers, counselors, paraeducators, principals and central office staff.
2016--Transition plans paused until a bond to fund a new middle school passed in November 2016.
2018--Family meetings in each of the four service areas in spring 2018 continued the process of providing information to families and feedback for staff to develop plans and determine details.
2019--Principals at each middle school held a second round of middle school information meetings in spring 2019 to provide detailed information for incoming 6th- and 7th-grade families.
These are the senior district staff who served on the transition steering committee for the move of 6th grade to middle school in fall 2019. The committee was co-led by Diana Garcia, director of educational specification & transition planning and Julie Hunter, director of secondary initiatives.
Steering Committee Members
Scott Logan, Chief Operations Officer
Gaye Bungart, Director of Special Education
Rebekah Kim, Director - Instructional Support
Kristin Percy-Califf, Director, Language Learning
School culture & Climate
All Middle School Principals
Ben Guayan, Executive Director - Instructional Leadership
Deborah Rumbaugh, Executive Director - Instructional Leadership
Jenniffer Reinig, Executive Director - Inclusive Education
Susanne Jerde, Chief Academic Officer
Kisa Hendrickson, Chief Engagement and Partnership Officer
Janet Blanford, Director of Secondary Success & College Readiness
Anne Arnold, Director of Pre-K And Elementary Success
Bernard Koontz, Executive Director - Language Learning and Teacher Development
Roberta McFarland, Director - Waskowitz Outdoor Education Center
Jami Haskin, Resource Manager, Assessment & Accountability
Phil Willenbrock, Director of Athletics
Steve Grubb, Chief Talent Officer
Chris Larsen, Executive Director - Human Resources
Catherine Carbone Rogers, Chief Communications Officer
Safety and Security
Randy Body, Director of Safety & Security
Jackie Bryan, Director of Budget
Students starting sixth and seventh grade in September 2019 will move up to middle school together because our middle schools will expand to include three years. Families with students in fifth and sixth grade now are invited to learn about middle school and ask questions at family info nights starting in January!
Highline Public Schools has changed school boundaries and feeder patterns for fall 2019. Use our on-line tool to look up your fall 2019 neighborhood schools. Learn more.
Sixth-grade students will take world language and arts in middle school in September. Get the early scoop on next year's program for sixth grade in middle school as details emerge.
Director of Educational Specifications & Transition Planning