Thank you to all who participated in our focus groups on standards-based grading. More teachers across Highline are using a standards-based approach to grading assignments and giving feedback. We hope to pilot a new standards-based report card soon.
We want to provide all families, all staff and secondary students opportunities to share feedback, input and ideas on how we can support learning experiences in distance and in-person learning. Please help us better support you by completing the linked survey. The survey will run from March 29 to April 9. Results will help us to plan for this spring and next fall.
We continue to monitor COVID activity data published by Public Health - Seattle & King County. As of the time of this posting, King County continues to experience a resurgence in COVID-19 cases.
State Superintendent Chris Reykdal announced this week that students will not take state standardized tests this spring. Instead, the Smarter Balanced Assessment (SBA) and Washington Comprehensive Assessment of Science will be scheduled in Fall 2021.
The fall testing schedule meets the federal requirement for state testing without committing valuable learning time this spring to test-taking.
Highline Public Schools announces two property sales in progress or completed, plus one purchase of property adjacent to the Central Office. The new purchase will expand the parking area for meetings and professional development and consolidate storage space.
We're pinching ourselves—it feels like a dream to have all grades back on school grounds! Today, we welcomed back more students in grades 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11 and 12. It is our biggest first day yet and our second-to-last first day for the 2021-22 school year. We welcome back the rest of our secondary in-person students on Thursday. Most middle and high school students attend in two groups, either Monday/Tuesday or Thursday/Friday. Some students who receive special education services attend four days a week.
After 12 months of teaching behind a computer, Jessica Ingersoll has a piece of herself back. "I'm back in my element being in the classroom," shares Ms. Ingersoll, a Madrona Elementary School IAC teacher.
Families expressed gratitude to teachers, school staff and district leaders for making it possible and safe to return to classrooms in person this spring. Read what three teachers, three families and several students told us.
For spring break, April 12 through April 16, meal kits will be offered on Thursday, April 8 from 12:30-1:30 p.m. only. Pick up locations include Chinook and Glacier middle schools and Evergreen and Mount Rainier high schools.
We look forward to celebrating our graduates in-person this year. Please see the updated 2021 graduation schedule, which includes ceremonies at Highline Memorial Stadium and the Performing Arts Center. Each graduate will be allotted two guest tickets. Seating will be socially distanced and other safety protocols will be in place. All graduations will also be live-streamed.
Starting the week of April 19, students in grades 6-12 who have chosen hybrid learning will begin school in person.
It's so good to see you! With first-day butterflies and smiles in our eyes, we welcomed more than 1,000 fourth- and fifth-grade students back to in-person learning this week. It was the first time in more than a year these students have entered a classroom.
Wondering about state testing, COVID testing and lunch safety? We have answers. Here are this week's Hybrid Hot Topics.
Since returning to in-person learning, Ms. Ayon-Ramirez has seen a big change in her student's engagement. Attendance has gone through the roof, and students are excited about learning.
As an Integrated Learning Center (ILC) teacher, Ms. Dhami started teaching in-person last November. She spent the first few days of class teaching students about safety protocols, including washing hands, using hand sanitizer, wearing a mask and staying at a distance.
More teachers across Highline are using a standards-based approach to grading assignments and giving feedback. We hope to pilot a new standards-based report card soon and want to hear your thoughts. We invite all staff, families and students to attend a virtual focus group to provide feedback on standards-based grading and the new report card.
Governor Inslee has announced that schools now have the option to use three-foot distancing between students rather than six feet. This change may not apply to middle and high school students who rotate between classes during the school day, depending on community transmission levels. We do not plan to change our distancing standard this spring in Highline.
Monday, March 29 will be a distance learning day for PreK and elementary classrooms, with the exception of our special education classrooms. Students served by ILC, IAC and CBS programs will have in-person school as usual.
Check out today’s family update that includes information about health and safety, social-emotional learning resources and the Gold Star Breakfast.
The English Language Proficiency Assessment is happening now through June 4. All eligible hybrid students will be administered the test. Be on the lookout for more information.
Rain can’t stop the excitement and joy of our second and third graders! Nearly 1,100 second- and third-grade students returned to in-person learning today for the first time in more than a year.
Starting April 19, middle and high school students will have the option of hybrid learning. In hybrid, students will attend school in person two full days per week, rotating through classes in a three-period day. Hybrid learning is not mandatory. Students may opt to remain in distance learning through the end of the school year.
In recent weeks, we have seen reports of escalating hate crimes against people of Asian descent in our state and across the nation. We stand with all people of Asian descent in the U.S. and around the world, and we condemn hate and violence against any person due to their race, ethnicity or identity.
We will begin hybrid learning for grades 6-12 on Monday, April 19. Governor Inslee has ordered that all public schools provide both remote and in-person options for all students K-12 by that date. Families will choose to opt-in to hybrid learning or remain in fully remote learning.
Superintendent Susan Enfield updates families and staff on the Governor's emergency proclomation to return students to school buildings means for Highline.
The winners are... The Highline Schools Foundation announces the winners of its 2021 Gold Star Awards, highlighting the outstanding efforts of educators, staff, volunteers and alumni.
Read the March update on construction progress at Highline High School. See photos and drone footage.
We have space available in our new Highline Virtual Academy. Highline Virtual Academy is launching this fall for students in 6th through 12th grades. The academy will be the only all-remote option in the 2021-22 school year and moving forward. We invite you to apply through SchoolMint.
We are preparing to welcome middle and high school students back to school buildings on April 19. To meet safety protocols, we are developing a hybrid learning model, where students are in-person part-time and learning at home part-time. To learn more, you are invited to attend a family webinar on Monday, March 22.
When students arrived for the first day of hybrid learning on March 11, they were greeted in person by their teacher for the first time in exactly a year. Students and staff wear masks, wash and sanitize hands frequently, and stay at a distance as much as possible. While these routines are new, being together in person instantly made students more engaged.
Please see an update on the planning for in-person support for middle and high school students.
It is almost one year to the day since the pandemic closed our school buildings to students, staff and families. Today we welcomed back Pre-K, kindergarten and first-grade students, as well as students in our IAC program in grades K-12 across the district.
The masks can't hide the smiles! Thursday was the first day back at a brick-and-mortar school for about 1,500 Highline students. It was also the first day of in-person school ever for many preschool and kindergarten students!
Today and every day we are grateful for our support staff—our behind-the-scenes heroes—bus drivers, paraeducators, kitchen helpers, office staff, custodians, and more. In the last 12 months, our school support staff has gone above and beyond to serve our students, families and fellow staff members.
We have reached an agreement with our teachers to begin hybrid instruction on March 11. Please read this family message from Superintendent Susan Enfield about the plan.
Please see important information and resources for returning to in-person learning.
Unfortunately, due to the impacts of COVID-19, ShoWare Center is no longer able to host graduation ceremonies for the class of 2021. Celebrating the hard work of our graduates is a priority, and we are currently working to develop a modified plan for commencement ceremonies, cap and gown distribution, and senior end-of-year events. We will be in touch as soon as more information is available.
Superintendent Enfield's message to families on Wednesday touched a nerve that taps into the frustration and anger many of us a feeling right now. Dr. Enfield has a few words about that, and she also shares some good news about vaccination for Highline staff
You are invited to a series of learning circles offered in partnership with the Muckleshoot Indian Tribe. During the series, participants will learn about the Muckleshoot people, their history, culture and language.
The Washington State Department of Health (DOH) and the Institute for Disease Modeling (IDM) have released a new report exploring how to minimize COVID-19 in schools and mitigate its spread in schools and the community.
Among the key findings, adhering to safety measures can limit transmission and the size of outbreaks in schools.
And the nominees are... the Highline Schools Foundation unveiled the 2021 Gold Star Award nominees. This year's list of impressive nominees includes well-deserving teachers, staff, administrators and volunteers. Congratulations to all.
Please read this family message from Superintendent Susan Enfield about in-person hybrid learning.
The community-led Capital Facilities Advisory Committee (CFAC) got back to work on Wednesday, February 24, shifting their work sessions to Zoom, after pausing their meetings for a year.
A lottery was held on March 1 to select students for our secondary schools that require an application or a program transfer. This includes CHOICE Academy, Big Picture Schools, Highline Virtual Academy, Maritime High School, Raisbeck Aviation High School (RAHS) and the International Baccalaureate (IB) program offered at Mount Rainier High School (MRHS).
Highline High School Tennis Coach Scott Babcock cut the ribbon at a very small, very wet ceremony on February 26 to mark the completion of six new purple tennis courts at the Sunnydale site.
Highline Public Schools and Highline Education Associate (HEA) have agreed on tentative start dates for hybrid learning. The plan would start in-person learning on March 11.
Our Social-Emotional Learning Team offers these strategies for helping your child through uncertain times. More information, examples, and tools can be found on our SEL for families page.
Find information on why we are transitioning classes on Monday, March 1 and resources to support your student.
Here are some of the most pressing questions we have heard this week.
Starting March 1, our meal distribution will change. Families can choose to pick-up pre-ordered meal kits on Mondays or Wednesdays. We will no longer provide daily meals.
In a year full of challenges, one of the biggest challenges has been preparing to bring students back to school for in-person learning. We will postpone the start of hybrid learning, which was scheduled to begin March 1.
We recognize the change in our timeline has an impact on our families. Childcare is available for families who need it.
See an important update for high school athletics.
While the transition to hybrid in-person learning will start with our youngest learners, we want everyone to be prepared for when it's their turn to go back to school. What should students expect when going to school in-person? What do families need to know? Our safety expectations and plan are based on current information from local, state and federal public health agencies. Each layer of protection keeps us safer.
Check out this important update for elementary families about online registration, change in assignment process, transportation and photo opt out.
Here are some of the hybrid questions that have come up this week.
School board meetings will be held in-person starting next month, thanks to new safety guidelines from Governor Jay Inslee. Superintendent Susan Enfield shares this news in her weekly video message, along with plans for the first day of hybrid learning and her continued appreciation of our hard-working staff.
To the Class of 2021:Superintendent Susan Enfield has a message just for you. In it, she discusses plans for graduation and new 24/7 resources to help you reach that goal. We are proud of you. The year hasn’t been easy, and it hasn’t been the senior year you wanted. What’s important now is to be on the path you choose for after graduation. It’s not too late to get the help you need!
We have a new tool to track positive COVID cases among staff and students working and learning in our schools and facilities. We developed the COVID Dashboard in the interest of transparency about the number of COVID cases in our schools.
Please see an important update to next week’s school schedule.
Families attending schools in-person or remotely may request a change in assignment:
To provide additional support to our students, we are offering unlimited, live tutoring for students in all academic subjects--24 hours a day, seven days a week. We are partnering with a company called PAPER to provide this service.
Check out today’s family update that includes information on changes to meal distribution and P-EBT.
As promised, we are sharing our school safety plan with you as we prepare to transition to hybrid learning.
From time to time during the winter months, the weather may force a change in the normal school schedule-—even during remote and hybrid learning. We want you to be prepared and know where to get information.
Congratulations to the second round of Mini Excel Grant awardees! The Highline Schools Foundation awarded 46 Excel Mini Grants worth up to $500. The grants support teachers and staff to obtain the resources they need for distance and hybrid learning.
Here are answers to more questions we are hearing. How will we ensure students keep their masks on? What circumstances trigger the closure of a classroom or school? Why are hybrid students only in person for 2.5 hours a day?
Check out the family update for February 9. It includes information about meal distribution during the long weekend and the schedule for in-person instruction.
Do you work with or for a person who has made a significant contribution in Highline? The Highline Schools Foundation would like to recognize their work. Take this opportunity to give recognition to the outstanding staff and volunteers in Highline
What is your student doing on iReady and how can you help? Join us for iReady Family Night on Thursday, February 18 from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. to learn how to support students learning at home.
Please see the family message for February 5. It includes a mid-winter break reminder, hot topics, enrollment support events and the number of students returning to in-person learning.
Black History Month is an opportunity to celebrate Black people's accomplishments and leadership, learn and reframe history with accurate facts and from a variety of perspectives, and celebrate the richness that Black people contributed and continue to contribute to our community and the nation.
In Highline, we are deeply engaged in work around equity, race and identity to foster an environment in which all students, families and staff grow, thrive and succeed. Living out this work means supporting the adults who surround our students—employees, families, and community members—in exploring equity and institutional racism.
Lots of thought and sweat went into this mural designed and painted by Raisbeck Aviation High School’s Class of 2020. It all stemmed from the question, “What is Raisbeck Aviation High School really about?” The answer begins with memories, dreams, opportunities and a sense of community. Read the story in the words of two RAHS Class of 2020 students.
Please read this family message from Superintendent Susan Enfield about listening to questions and concerns around the transition to hybrid learning.
Here are some of the most pressing questions we have heard this week. What has been done to improve ventilation in our schools and facilities? Why not wait until all staff are vaccinated before starting hybrid? Check out the answers.
We have all been wondering how many elementary students would choose to return for in-person learning. The data is in.
We received commitment forms for 93% of our elementary students. (Huge shout out to staff for all your work in reaching out to our families!)
Do you know a child who will be five years old on or before August 31? Maybe it's your neighbor, family friend or even your own child. Help us spread the word: families can enroll their incoming kindergarten student starting February 1 for the 2021-22 school year.
Do you have questions and concerns about the safety of hybrid learning? Maybe you have seen statements on social media that are making you anxious about students and teachers returning to school buildings.
We are busy, preparing for hybrid learning and planning for Fall 2021. We are excited for two new learning options opening in Fall 2021, Maritime High School and Highline Virtual Academy
Help us determine the best way to serve student meals that is convenient for all families as we transition to hybrid, in-person learning.
Back to school since November, small groups of K-12 students with special needs are thriving in our Integrated Learning Center (ILC) and Community Based Services (CBS) programs. These photos and stories showcase the joy, learning and challenges of students and special education staff in our ILC and CBS classrooms.
There is only one more week to apply to our secondary schools of choice. The application will close at 11:00 p.m. on January 31.
Students have a lot of options when it comes to middle and high school--either their neighborhood school or a school of choice. Secondary schools of choice include Big Picture, CHOICE Academy, Raisbeck Aviation High School, the new Maritime High School and the Highline Virtual Academy as well as the International Baccalaureate (IB) program at Mount Rainier High School.
Highline Virtual Academy is launching this fall for students in 6th through 12th grade. Students who thrive in independent and online learning will benefit from attending the Highline Virtual Academy. Flexibility and self-pace are two important components of the academy’s learning model.
To ensure an equitable process, we are changing the process of identifying students eligible for Highly Capable Services. The annual identification window will shift from spring 2021 to fall 2021.
Many of you have asked questions about our hybrid plan. Please see our FAQ page for a complete list. Here are a few common questions.
Please read this family message from Superintendent Susan Enfield about our plan to move to in-person hybrid learning.
The Highline Schools Foundation has a new leader. Anne Gillingham has been named the new Executive Director of the Foundation.
November 2016 Highline school bond projects are wrapping up within budget and on time, despite unusual challenges. A committee of Highline residents meets quarterly to review the district’s progress on the school bond and how capital funds are being spent. Read the status report.
We want to share an update on athletics. Unfortunately, all middle school sports are canceled for the remainder of the 2020-21 school year. High school sports will resume. We are following health guidelines to ensure our students and coaches are safe.
Based on public health recommendations, we intend to continue phasing in students to in-person learning on March 1. We are asking families with students in PreK-5 or our IAC program (K-12) to commit to hybrid or fully remote instruction by January 29. To do so, please fill out the commitment form below for each of your students in PreK-5 or our IAC program (K-12). If your student is in an IAC program in K-5th grade, please fill out the elementary form.
This week we announced our plans to bring elementary and more students with special needs back into school buildings, beginning March 1. Why now and why March 1? Superintendent Susan Enfield answers that question.
Yes, that is the original terracotta! The new school continues on track to open in September. Check out the latest interior and exterior photos and a drone video from teacher Jeb Binns! Read the January update on construction progress.
Do you know a child who will be five years old on or before August 31? Maybe it's your neighbor, family friend or even your own child. Help us spread the word: families can enroll their incoming kindergarten student starting February 1 for the 2021-22 school year.
We are aware that widespread power outages are affecting student learning today. Please refer to our guide on power and internet outages for information on how to continue learning
Based on public health recommendations, we intend to continue phasing in students to in-person learning on March 1.
Superintendent Enfield urges us to make this an opportunity to engage students in conversations about how we can disagree with out divisiveness. Watch her video message and find resources to support this work.
The events unfolding in our nation’s capital are leaving us all reeling. As educators, we must not only make sense of this for ourselves, but also for them.
Get information on how to nominate someone for a Gold Star Award from the Highline Schools Foundation, and how to register for free, virtual after-school art classes.
Here are some important dates regarding our free meal program during Distance Learning. Please note, weekly meal kit pickup days have moved from Mondays to Wednesdays.
Join us for one of our family information sessions on January 14 to learn details on elementary students returning to in-person learning. Both sessions will contain the same information.
High school students across Highline found connection and inspiration around a virtual campfire on a December weekend in 2020. It was a powerful and moving end of a not-so-normal fall at Camp Waskowitz. Starting Spring 2021, WELS has enrollment openings in its innovative, project-based program for students currently in grades 10-11. Ninth grade students also are invited to learn about WELS and to enroll for the 2021-22 school year.
To avoid crowding our clinics and hospitals with people experiencing COVID-like symptoms, public health officials are recommending that people get vaccinated for influenza as early as possible. Sign up today for a free flu vaccination clinic at Evergreen High School on Tuesday, December 29.
Students have a lot of options when it comes to secondary schools. We encourage students and families to find the best fit. The application window for secondary schools of choice is January 1 - 31, 2021. Applications close at 11:00 p.m.
This fall, we announced our seventh straight year of rising graduation rates. The Class of 2020 graduated at 83.8 percent, the highest rate in recent Highline Public Schools history. This is especially notable since seniors spent their final three months of high school in distance learning.
It's report card time for Highline Public Schools, and this year our interactive annual report includes more data than ever. We have expanded our online district report card to include metrics that show how we are doing in becoming a more equitable school system.
Please take a moment to read through an update about planning for in-person learning and take a short survey if you have an elementary student.
The holiday season and the dark winter months that follow can be a difficult time for many people. This year, isolation due to the pandemic may intensify the depression or sadness people may already be feeling.
We want to make sure we have the correct information on file for you and your child. Having up to date information is important.
Maritime High School is a new small high school opening in September 2021 with its first 9th-grade class. Maritime is a collaborative project of Highline Public Schools, Northwest Maritime Center, Port of Seattle, and the Duwamish River Cleanup Coalition, with many community and industry partners engaged to support our students. The new school will connect students to project-based learning centered on the environment, marine science and maritime careers.
While we cannot yet predict a firm date when we will be able to return students and staff to school buildings, we are developing a plan now. We want to be ready as early as February if public health conditions allow a safe reopening. Please look for a survey here or in your email next week.
Here are some important dates regarding our free meal program during Distance Learning. Please note, weekly meal kit pickup days will be moving from Mondays to Wednesdays in January 2021.
Please use this Power or Internet Outage plan to continue distance learning during these unexpected events. Student attendance during these unexpected events will be determined based on evidence of participation in independent or offline learning activities.
The national education publication K-12 Dive has named us its District of the Year in the K-12 Dive Awards for 2020.
Do you have a friend or relative who is looking for part-time work and wants to make an impact in our community? As we prepare for hybrid learning, we are hiring for all school bus driver positions, including new trainees, part-time guest/substitutes and experienced school bus drivers.
Find out the new transfer and renewal timelines for enrollment in the 2021-22 school year.
Explore Highline's community partnerships on our new Community Partner Dashboard! The new Dashboard shows specific services provided by community partners at each school. The Community Partner Dashboard ensures that school communities – staff, families, partners and community members – are aware of the resources available.
Please check out the family update for November 30 that includes information about free flu clinics and Covid testing.
Here are resources from our Native Education Program to add deeper context to the Thanksgiving holiday.
There’s money for college—let us help you find it. Attend a weekly Financial Aid completion workshops or watch step-by-step YouTube tutorial.
Here are the anticipated June 2021 graduation dates. Please be mindful that these are the dates currently scheduled for in-person graduations. If this is not possible, dates and times may need to be adjusted.
What is your ideal version of an online school? Come shape the vision of the Highline Virtual Academy.
We are hosting three opportunities for students and staff to join focus groups.
Highline Public Schools plans to adopt new materials for language arts--and we want your input! Your voice is important as we select new Language Arts instructional materials for kindergarten through 12th grade.
Highline Public Schools is proud to celebrate National Family Involvement Day on November 19. On this day we honor the powerful contributions made by families to support student success.
Read the Family Update for November 17. See interactive meals delivery map, remember to pre-order meals, share your opinion in our meal survey, plus learn what to expect with grading & report cards.
This weekend, Governor Inslee issued new restrictions aimed at curbing the spread of COVID-19. While K12 is exempt from these restrictions, we want to honor them to the extent possible while still serving our students.
Interested in attending Raisbeck Aviation High School next year? Raisbeck Aviation is one of Highline’s schools of choice. Staff and students are hosting two information nights for you to learn if Raisbeck Aviation is right for you. The first info night is tomorrow.
Please read the family update for November 12 that includes information on free flu shot clinics, family zoom expectations, our recent newsletter and pre-ordering meals.
Contractors swung sections of building into place in October at Hilltop Elementary School. By early 2021, Hilltop will have an additional four new classrooms with a set of bathrooms in its new additional classroom building at the northwest corner of the school site.
Enjoy this performance piece compliments of Glacier Middle School's Wind Ensemble! These 7th- and 8th-grade students had fun collaborating during Distance Learning to produce this piece of music titled “Alien Invasion” by David Gorham. They are led by Band and Orchestra Director Stephanie Kuborssy.
You came through for our students with our highest approval rate in decades. Enjoy this thank you “card” with a message from one of our students! And don't miss Superintendent Susan Enfield's thank you to voters and Yes for Highline campaign volunteers.
Superintendent Enfield celebrates the passage of Highline's Tech Levy, Prop. 1, and thanks voters and the Yes for Highline campaign volunteers for their work.
We are thrilled to share with our Highline community that the technology levy was approved by voters! Thank you to all for your continued support of our students, staff and schools.
We are forming an Advisory Council. Members will serve as co-authors and help recommend elements from the Social Justice Standards that are most important to families. Apply Today.
Computers and home internet connections allow teachers like Tyee High School’s Nancy Pappas to connect with and teach students in her Trades Academy class.
We shared information about seven topics in this family update.
The graduation rate for Highline Public Schools increased for the seventh straight year. The overall graduation rate for the Class of 2020 is 83.8 percent. The greatest increase came for Black/African American students, who graduated at the highest rate ever in Highline, at 88.7 percent. That is an increase of 12 percentage points over the previous year.
During distance learning, every student has an adult at school who is asked to check in with them once a week.
We know that school disruptions can lead to learning loss. We have been working hard to prevent learning loss and ensure all students have the opportunity to be engaged and supported in grade-level learning, using research-based strategies.
P.E. continues--just differently for now. Hilltop student Dionne Johnson demonstrates! During good days and bad days, mom Jessica is thankful for the device, hotspot, whiteboard, etc. If they go somewhere, they can bring the hotspot. Read their Distance Learning story.
Hamza (grade 4), Salman (grade 2) and Samiya (K) attend school online this fall thanks to devices loaned out by Beverly Park Elementary School and internet assistance. Read their Distance Learning story.
Issac Mota is a 6th grade student at Chinook Middle School. When we visited Issac and his mother Tiffany Scott, to find out how Distance Learning is going, Isaac was in art class via Zoom, using a laptop issued by the school.
We want to know more about your experience with Distance Learning during the pandemic. Please help us better support you and other students and families by completing the survey linked below. The survey will take about 5-10 minutes to complete and your answers will be anonymous.
Our family update for October 26 includes a replay of the family webinar, results from our last Thoughtexchange, a reminder to vote by Nov. 3 and info on the immigrant relief fund.
Election day is Tuesday, November 3. You can read about all the important issues in the voter pamphlet or online, including Highline's proposed technology levy.
School meals are a convenient and healthy option for all families during Distance Learning. We have FREE meals available for ALL children 18 and younger. Check out a message from Superintendent Enfield about the importance of sharing this information with families.
Sylvester was recognized as a Green Medalist by Washington Green Schools. See the video spotlighting Sylvester students and teachers.
We invite 3rd-, 7th-, and 9th-grade students to give input on student experiences, including relationships, relevance and ownership of learning.
“The technology levy is critical for everyone in our community. If approved, it will benefit students, families and educators,” says Jairo Garcia, teacher at Hazel Valley Elementary School. Learn more about his thoughts and experience during Distance Learning.
Read our family message sent via email and text on October 22. It includes information on flu vaccine clinics and a news media report on the Highline tech levy.
Teaching preschool students with special needs requires training, talent and heart in the classroom, let alone remotely. It also requires technology. Mount View paraeducator Christi Dickerhofe let us photograph her at work in her home office and shared her thoughts!
Cedarhurst Elementary student Rebecca Romero relies on a tablet loaned from her school to attend first grade online. "We really appreciate having access to the tablet [from school]. Without access to a computer or tablet, Rebecca wouldn’t be able to study at home," says mom Alejandra Romero.
Listen to or read KNKX Public Radio's report by Youth & Education Reporter Ashley Gross, spotlighting our Tech Levy Town Hall last week.
Highline teachers and staff are working harder than ever. Our students are connected and learning from home. In spite of all the challenges the coronavirus has thrown our way, we are determined to keep on teaching and learning.
Sometimes unsung heroes get a song written about them—or at least an award that is a perfect fit. Highline School Board Director Aaron Garcia received an award for his volunteer work and support of the White Center community.
Check out the family update for October 14.
See a message from Superintendent Susan Enfield about distance learning.
Remember the Tech Levy Town Hall is October 12, and the Family Webinar Update on Learning is October 15. Zoom links included.
Two additional classroom buildings opened at North Hill Elementary and White Center Heights Elementary schools last year. A third building is being installed at Hilltop Elementary School this fall, as planned. Learn more and see progress photos.
Enjoy this aerial view of the new Des Moines Elementary School while dreaming about our students all returning in person. We have never been more proud of our Highline community than this year. Thanks for your continued support of Highline Public Schools students and staff!
Highline High School is on track to open next fall, thanks to early progress and despite changes to work practices to respond to COVID-19. See October photos and links to the photos we posted on social media this summer of the beam-signing and the topping-off ceremonies, and a walk-through with the architects in August.
Superintendent Susan Enfield gives an update on Distance Learning. "After much careful deliberation, the board and I have made the decision that Highline will remain in full distance learning for the first semester of this year."
Wondering why sometimes a teacher gets moved from one school to another after the first few weeks of school? Though we try to minimize teacher reassignments, it typically happens in one or more schools each year.
For National Principals Month we'd like to give a big thank you to our school leaders for your adaptability and perseverance. They make it their life's work to connect with family and students and support our staff so our schools are places where adults and students thrive.
Learn what our Nov. 3 technology levy on election ballots will fund, if approved, and remember to submit communications feedback by Friday, October 9.
Mount Rainier High School’s Bontu Balda, class of 2020, tells her story (and our story) about why we are running Prop. 1--a technology levy--in the November election.
We invite families, staff and community members to log in for a virtual Tech Levy Town Hall on Monday, October 12, from 5:00 to 5:30 p.m. Get informed about Prop. 1, our Highline technology levy on fall election ballots and ask questions.
Check out today’s family message that includes information on upcoming webinars, a tech levy town hall and Instruction on Race and Identity.
Check out the family update for October 2 that includes information on attendance, student insurance and a scholarship for technology camp.
October is Cybersecurity Awareness Month. You can help us keep our student, staff and district information systems safe from increasing and sophisticated attacks using these resources. Be informed about the tech levy and how it would fund a critical upgrade to district cybersecurity, if approved in November.
Check out the family update for October 1 that includes information on expanded meal kits, a new testing site and a two-minute communications survey.
This family update includes a report back on our latest Thoughtexchange and information on our tech levy.
High school athletics registration for WIAA high school fall out-of-season coaching is now open. Virtual coaching will begin on Monday, September 28.
Superintendent Susan Enfield gives families an update on Distance Learning and a future transition into Hybrid Learning.
Check out the family update for September 22 that includes virtual preschool, registering to vote and our Language Arts Committee.
We have multiple communication platforms teachers are able to use to reach out to you. Your student’s teacher will let you know how they will be communicating with you. Please see the tools below and watch this short video on where to find this information on our website
Students from Highline and Mount Rainier High Schools have joined a national campaign calling on school districts to "encourage a productive dialogue on race and identity among our student bodies."
Teacher-librarian Karen Smith of Des Moines Elementary School needs to continue working from her home, rather than her classroom for her parent's sake. She shared some thoughts with us about Distance Learning this fall and the need for technology. Read her story here.
Check out the update for September 16 that includes information about the learning materials distribution and the Census.
Check out today’s family update that includes information on free COVID testing, enrollment support and a reminder to fill out our Thoughtexchange.
You have less than a month to make sure your family is counted in the U.S. Census. Our community is undercounted. In some neighborhoods, only 61% of Highline residents have completed the census--far below the King County average. That means we could lose out on critical funding for schools and other social services.
The City of Burien is partnering with Highline Public Schools and Comcast to connect up to 1,500 eligible Highline students in Burien with free internet for 12 months.
Check out the family update for September 14 that includes an update on the school calendar and another video from our family learning series.
Check out the family message for September 11 which includes an opportunity for you to share how the first week went, a new video in the family learning series and information on fresh produce giveaway in Burien.
Late yesterday we learned that Sprint internet hotspots are experiencing difficulty with Zoom calls. This is a nationwide issue. Sprint is working to fix the problem. Find out what to do until it is resolved.
Watch our first-day-of-school video, full of eager faces determined to make this a great year. Thank you for choosing to be a part of #OurHighlineStory. We are in this together!
Check out the family update for September 9. It includes information about school meals and technology support.
Need help navigating the website? We've put together these short how-to videos that walk you through where to find information on our website
Check out today’s family update that includes a link to our latest family webinar, a featured FAQ, information on childcare resources and our tech levy.
Check out today’s family update that includes a learning supply Pack distribution reminder, info on health clinics and a census reminder.
Check out today's update about the Family Webinar, class assignments and meals.
Check out today's family message on meals and online registration.
In preparation for the September 2 family webinars, we want to know what questions you have about school this fall. What information do you still need?
We will begin serving food for the school year starting Wednesday, September 9. Due to Distance Learning, meals will be different. Families must pre-order school meals using our online pre-order system.
It is almost time for school to start! The first day of student learning is Wednesday, September 9. We know this year looks different, but we can't help but be excited. We want to help you feel as comfortable and confident as possible as we start the new year.
Check out the family update for August 27. It includes information about devices and school supply packs.
Find out more information on Summer Meals and fill out our Meal Distribution Survey.
I invite you to join me for a webinar where we will give you the latest information about school this fall and do our best to answer your questions. We will host two family webinars, one in the morning and another in the evening.
Highline Public Schools Nutrition Services is here to provide healthy meals for your student(s). We want to make sure all students have breakfast and lunch during distance learning, and we want to partner with you to deliver meals in the way that works best for your family. Please complete our survey by August 27.
This August 12 Family Update includes information about Family Connection Days, a thank you to our webinar attendees and information on an upcoming webinar for families of students in special education.
We want to make sure we have the correct information on file for you and your child. There is now a new feature in ParentVUE that allows you to review and update student information for the upcoming school year.
The Highline Public Schools Central Office is now open to the public for limited services. School offices will reopen on August 10.
This August 6 Family Update includes information about distance learning sample schedules, a reminder of our upcoming August 11 webinars and a link to test internet speed.
Here is an August update about high school and middle school athletic programming due to the coronavirus pandemic..
This August 3 Family Update includes information about athletics, kindergarten registration, voting, technology levy and summer opportunities.
Highline Schools Foundation is helping the district work to ensure that all families have access to broadband internet service when schools open this fall in full distance learning. Find out how to help.
We will host two Dual Language Family Information Sessions for you to choose from on Thursday, August 6. We will to share information and answer some of your questions.
We know you have questions on distance learning, and we’re working on answers. Please plan on joining Superintendent Susan Enfield for a webinar on August 11 to ask questions and learn about our distance learning plan in fall 2020.
Please read this message from Superintendent Susan Enfield about remote learning in the 2020-21 school year.
Here is a high-level look at the 2020-21 school calendar. These dates and breaks are reflected in our website calendar. The calendar will be final after HEA members vote on it in August. At this time, we do not anticipate changes.
We are following state guidelines for reopening school with safety measures to prevent the spread of coronavirus. To plan appropriately, we are asking you to tell us which option you are likely to select, based on what you know today.
All students need access to technology to learn and be prepared for today’s careers. On July 8, school board members voted to place a two-year $32.5-million technology levy on the November 3 ballot. The levy will not increase taxes beyond the current rate.
We have concluded our most recent Thoughtexchange, which asked families for their feedback on our draft plan for fall. Thank you to all who provided feedback, we had over 2,000 individuals participate. Here are the results.
See results from our most recent ThoughtExchange and watch one of our webinars held on July 1 about our draft plan for fall 2020.
We are developing a draft plan for returning to school this fall.You are invited to take this survey about the plan and to share your thoughts and questions in this Thoughtexchange format.
As our district workgroups formulate plans for returning to school in the fall, we need your input. Please join Superintendent Susan Enfield on July 1 to learn about our proposed plan for fall, give feedback and ask questions.
In order to provide technology to our incoming kindergarten students for participation in virtual Jump Start experiences, it is necessary to collect information about students’ access to technology and internet connectivity.
Please read this message from Superintendent Susan Enfield about the 2019-20 school year and a preview of next school year.
It was not the graduation celebration the Class of 2020 always thought it would have. There was no big stage to walk across, no bleachers packed with cheering family and friends, no hugs or high-fives shared between graduates.
But even without the typical pomp and circumstance, the heart of the celebration remained. Graduates stood tall with confidence as they received their diplomas. Families cheered from their cars, waving signs, honking horns and crying with excitement. Teachers and staff burst with pride as they waved goodbye to graduates one final time.
Summer meal service will begin Monday, June 22. Grab-n-go meals will continue to be free to all students. Meals will only be offered on Mondays and Thursdays during summer break. We will offer multiple days worth of meals on pick-up days.
Meet some of our graduating seniors from the Class of 2020. We invite you to find hope and be inspired by what they have to say about their future plans, favorite teacher, favorite memory or advice for future seniors.
Highline Public Schools is conducting a public opinion survey in June to gather data that will help us learn the funding priorities and communication preferences of our community. This research is being conducted via cell, landline and text messaging.
See a message from Superintendent Susan Enfield about planning for Fall.
Find out about a potential technology levy being considered for the November 2020 ballot to pay for devices, connection, security, support and training.
Highline’s second cohort of bilingual teaching fellows graduated this spring. They celebrated together in a virtual event on June 8. This event recognized Cohort 2’s graduation and was a welcome to the new group of future bilingual teachers in Cohort 3.
It's time to find a comfortable spot with your device to scroll through art created by Highline students. The Highline Visual Arts Show is going online!
Here is what we know today about our summer and fall athletics programs based on current state and county public health guidelines, and in coordination with WIAA.
The Scholar-Athlete, Coach and Community Recognition Banquet honors students that shine in multi-sport athletics, academics and community service.
We are deeply grateful for the continued partnership with Music4Life, a non-profit organization that provides donated and repaired musical instruments at no charge to students who qualify.
Congratulations to McMicken Elementary School for being recognized by The Center for Educational Effectiveness (CEE) for continuous improvement for Black students.
Evergreen High School's Mony Thach has been selected to be a featured graduate in the virtual "Dear Class of 2020" graduation special organized by former first lady Michelle Obama's Reach Higher organization. Tune in on Saturday, June 6 at noon on YouTube.
Please read this message from the Board of Directors for Highline Public Schools in response to the homicide of George Floyd.
FREE Summer Youth ORCA Pass is Back! High school students can sign-up for a three-month Youth ORCA Pass for when safe, non-essential trips on public transit resume in King County. The ORCA Pass is available for students in grades 8 -12 who qualify for free or reduced meals.
Please read this family and student message from Superintendent Susan Enfield in response to the tragic death of George Floyd and the need to become an anti-racist community.
Your feedback is valued. We want to know more about your experience with distance learning during the pandemic.
Our schools are scheduling time during the week of June 15 for you to pick up any items your child left at school and to return library books and other items to school. Please look for a message from your school giving you the designated date and time.
With the current restrictions on in-person activities, children and teens may be spending more time online. Please take this opportunity to talk with your child about staying safe online. Younger children are especially vulnerable to being deceived by people they encounter in multi-player games and other internet gathering places.
Read this family message from Superintendent Susan Enfield about planning for fall 2020.
Congratulations to the Class of 2020. Our seniors have worked hard, and they deserve to be celebrated. We wish we could give them a traditional graduation ceremony, but since that is not possible due to the pandemic, we have worked hard to plan a creative way to celebrate commencement.
Highline Schools Foundation announced the first 17 winners of its 2020 scholarship process for high school seniors.
Today's update includes the last day of school, email bouncebacks and wifi resources in the community.