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15675 Ambaum Blvd. SW Burien, WA 98166

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We have seen an increase in threats to school safety posted on social media platforms or in text messages. We treat threats on digital media—and all threats—seriously. All threats are reported to Safety & Security and law enforcement and are investigated. Students may not be aware that posting a threat on social media, text, or any digital media is a crime that can carry serious legal consequences.

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Inspiring Hearts and Minds

Erin's philosophy is simple: every student deserves to feel valued. Each day, she begins her classes at Mount View Elementary with intention and dedication. Following a terminal diagnosis, her commitment to making an impact and creating a haven of belonging and learning has only deepened.

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Students in the culinary and dental programs at PSSC.

Classrooms at Puget Sound Skills Center (PSSC) mirror real-world workplaces—be it repairing cars in an auto body shop, serving guests at the Class Act Restaurant, or seeing patients in a state-of-the-art dental clinic. With 19 diverse programs, PSSC prepares high school juniors and seniors for their chosen futures through specialized career and technical training.  Students can earn industry certifications and college credits while they’re in high school. Here’s a look at two of PSSC’s popular programs, Dental Assisting and Culinary Arts & Sciences.

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MRHS school nurse takes temp of a patient.

The Washington State Department of Health has updated its guidance for what to do when you are sick with COVID. Under the new guidance, the same measures are applied to COVID as to other respiratory viruses. This change reflects the preventive and treatment measures we have for COVID that did not exist when the pandemic began. We now have the protection of vaccines and natural immunity, as well as antiviral medications and other treatments.

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Health Policy

To combat fentanyl-related overdose deaths and comply with new state legislation, we will be distributing Narcan to our elementary and middle schools. Our high schools have had this medication available for several years. Response training will be provided to school nurses and identified staff, as well as general training to all staff. Read our policy and procedure, learn about laws, and access classroom lessons.

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The latest edition of the Workforce Turnover Report shares findings from employees who have left or retired from Highline. It aims to spark conversations and actions by examining turnover patterns, survey feedback, and experiences shared by former staff. Join a community conversation around the report details on April 23. 

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2024 Gold Star Award Winners

The Highline Schools Foundation announced the winners of its 2024 Gold Star Awards, highlighting the outstanding efforts of Highline educators, staff, volunteers and alumni. These eight individuals live the Highline Promise to know every student by name, strength and need, so that our students graduate prepared for the future they choose. 

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People with hard hats and students in hard hats.

The two general contractors building our new high schools hosted a group of almost 50 students from our CORE PLUS Construction programs for a hands-on learning experience last month. They visited the Northwest Carpenters Institute, a state-of-the-art training facility in Burlington. The field trip included students and teachers from Evergreen, Tyee and Highline high schools!

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Student works with a staff member at Innovation Heights Academy.

Innovation Heights Academy is transforming student lives with a new program model that emphasizes credit recovery, wellness, and interest-driven learning.  In the first year of the new school, students and staff are already seeing the results. See how the school ensures its students are seen, valued, and supported to reach their full potential.

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Gold Star Awards

Highline Schools Foundation unveiled the 2024 Gold Star Award nominees.This year, 156 nominations were made (for 118 individuals) representing 36 schools, programs, and departments across Highline. The Foundation will celebrate all nominees and announce the winners at the Gold Star Bash on Wednesday, March 27

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Safety is our number one priority. Two elementary schools in the Bellevue School District recently reported cyber kidnapping incidents. Cyber kidnapping is a new scam where families are tricked into paying money by making them think a loved one is in danger. Although no cases have been reported in Highline, we are sharing information to help our families stay vigilant and safe.

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McMicken Heights student Seth smiling at the camera.

If you spend time at McMicken Heights Elementary, chances are you will meet fourth-grader Seth Bobbitt. His laugh is contagious. His curiosity is infectious. School is his happy place. Seth was born with Down syndrome. His family wanted a school experience where Seth could learn, play and grow alongside his peers. That's exactly what they found at McMicken Heights.

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Fighting Fires and Forging Futures

At Maritime High School, students don't just learn about the sea, they learn on it. From fighting simulated fires in full gear to navigating the waves aboard the Admiral Jack ferry, this school merges classroom learning with hands-on experience. Maritime High School prepares students for a future in a vital industry facing a workforce shortage. Open to all, this school is a beacon for those drawn to maritime careers, providing not just education but a direct route to meaningful, well-paying jobs.

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Students in Mariachi band performing

Mariachi bands from Cascade Middle School, Evergreen High School and Highline High School put on a spirited show at Highline Performing Arts Center on Wednesday evening. Noche di Mariachi was the district's first-ever mariachi concert.

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Puget Sound Skills Center logo

We're excited to announce that we have a new logo. The students, staff, families and community who make up the Puget Sound Skills Center are champions of choice, and our new logo celebrates that. Our new branding reflects a modern school with a community dedicated to students shaping their futures through our career and technical programs.

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The Power Of Belonging: Student Voices

At Highline, our goal is for everyone to feel they belong the moment they step through the doors. A Culture of Belonging is the first of four goals in our new strategic plan, “Living Our Promise.” Through the voices of our Superintendent’s Student Leadership Team, discover the difference a Culture of Belonging makes in fostering meaningful connections, self-confidence and academic success.

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Like districts across our region, we face significant budget cuts due to declining enrollment and the end of ESSER funding. For 2024-25, our focus is on ensuring that our expenditures support basic operations and the goals of our strategic plan.

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SBG, Standards-based grading

The state sets standards for what students should know and be able to do at each grade level.  Standards-based grading (SBG) measures a student’s learning of specific standards. Traditional grading gives students points for individual assignments or effort, but SBG shows a student's progress toward learning standards. SBG ensures that grades reflect a student’s academic performance and understanding of the material, rather than their behavior or effort. This results in a more accurate representation of a student’s abilities and progress.

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We’re Listening: How Our Community is Guiding SEL Development

In shaping the future of Social-Emotional Learning (SEL), we prioritized your voice. From 45 Community Advisory Sessions, clear themes emerged: a need for engagement, belonging, and recognition of each student's uniqueness. Students voiced a need for trust, connection, and tools to navigate challenges. Families, community and staff shared a need for collaboration, cultural responsiveness, and lessons on emotional well-being. These insights will guide our 2023-24 SEL framework, ensuring it's community-focused and student-centered.

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When you hear of a lockdown at your student's school, it's natural for your mind to race and for concern to set in. We understand that urge to ensure the safety of our young ones. However, it's important to know that lockdowns are often standard, precautionary measures rooted in our commitment to student safety. Read through to learn what scenarios might trigger a lockdown and tips you can take to keep students and staff safe.

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Evergreen High School 2023 graduate.

Imagine what could happen for students if the entire community rallied around our Highline Promise to know every student by name, strength and need so that they graduate prepared for the future they choose? Our new strategic plan points the way.

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Maritime High School Logo

On Saturday, November 4, Maritime High School will be hosting a career expo for current and prospective students and their families to learn about maritime careers. Visit the jobs & resources booth to learn directly from the experts about career options, education pathways and salaries.

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Navigating Social Media Safely with Students

The US Surgeon General reports that adolescents spending more than three hours daily on social media face double the risk of poor mental health outcomes. As the digital world becomes increasingly entwined with our children's lives, understanding and addressing its impact is essential. See the latest findings, find conversation starters, and access resources to ensure your child's safe and informed online presence.

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Brat Trot 2023

Help raise funds for the Highline Schools Foundation at the 2023 Burien Brat Trot on Saturday, October 7. Register to run or walk a new 5k route that starts at Town Square Park in downtown Burien followed by the annual Oktoberfest celebration.. Create a team to receive a discount code for registration. When registering, make sure to note your Highline school affiliation. The school with the most affiliated runners will win $500 for their school or PTA.

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First Day Hooray!

School bells are ringing, classrooms are buzzing and hallways are full. Students are back to school!. Superintendent Ivan Duran joined our teachers and school staff across Highline in giving our students a warm welcome today.

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48° North: Maritime High School is featured in this article. "A groundbreaking and innovative partnership between Highline Public Schools, Northwest Maritime Center, and Seattle Maritime Academy has recently been established to help address the increasing need for maritime employees in the Pacific Northwest."

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Preservice teacher residency programs are an innovative student teaching model during which the preservice teacher spends a full school year learning on the job in a classroom while also completing coursework toward their certification. Watch this video by OSPI as they interview Highline educators from Glacier Middle School and Hazel Valley Elementary who have been through the program. 

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Keep on learning! With interactive games, online libraries and engaging platforms, students can continue to expand their knowledge and skills throughout the summer months. Learn how to access our digital tools for students and resources for parents.

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Two people smiling and pointing at solar panels on HHS roof.

Environmental Club leaders Jordan Powers, Mikah Ramsey and Raidon Sann capped off their senior year with a celebration of a monumental achievement: a 285-panel, 100-kilowatt Environmental Club solar system is producing energy on top of the new Highline High School. It all started with a question in 2020 from Nha Khuc, a 2021 graduate. Find out more about the project, funders and results.

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Rann Sann works with a small group of students.

From the bus garage to the classroom and everywhere in between—Highline staff members inspire and support our students and families, ensuring students have what they need to graduate prepared for the future they choose. They serve with kindness, compassion and dedication. Hear their stories. 

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Rann Sann works with a small group of students.

From the bus garage to the lunchroom and everywhere  in between, our school support staff members are often Highline's unsung heroes, ensuring our schools run smoothly and students have what they need to graduate prepared for the future they choose. In honor of Education Support Professionals Week, we turn our spotlight on two of our dedicated support staff and learn what drives them to serve our students. 

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COVID-Relief Dollars Put to Work

Did you hear…the federal government distributed millions of dollars to schools to address COVID-related expenses. These are one-time funds to help schools through the challenges of the pandemic. One way we are using these funds is to improve air quality in all of our schools and to purchase cleaning supplies and personal protective equipment (PPE).

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27 members and staff of the Capital Facilities Advisory Committee  in group photo

Our community-led Capital Facilities Advisory Committee (CFAC) held its first meeting of the 2022-23 school year on Wednesday, September 28, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the district central office. Read a meeting summary and learn more about planning for future bonds to rebuild other aging schools.

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High school seniors and their families are invited to Senior Night on October 5. We are hosting workshops for students and families and a College and Career Resources fair with local college, universities, trade, apprenticeship, and military representation.

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Students on their laptops

Each year, families are required to verify student emergency information and submit updated health information. This ensures we have a current home address, phone number, emergency contact and health information on file. All of these items help us keep students safe while at school. 

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3 students and mentor with solar panels at Highline High School