Highline Public Schools
15675 Ambaum Blvd. SW Burien, WA 98166

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15675 Ambaum Blvd. SW Burien, WA 98166

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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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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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Get ready for an adventure! We're excited to invite your 8th grader to the 8th Grade Experience with UW, a fun and informative event about college exploration. This special day is a partnership with the University of Washington Seattle. It will be on December 12 for  Chinook, Pacific and Sylvester students and December 13 for Cascade, Glacier, Highline Virtual Academy, Big Picture and Choice students. 

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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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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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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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CHOICE Academy teacher works with students during class.

If you are looking for real-life superstars, look no further than Highline. All of our educators are stars! Throughout May, we shined a spotlight on some of our incredible teachers. Read on to learn more about the stories of some our dedicated educators and statements of appreciation.

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Many Highline Public Schools families will receive summer Pandemic-EBT benefits, thanks to a federal funding option for which our school district is eligible. All students enrolled in in-person classes will receive a one-time P-EBT benefit of $120.00.

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Tremain Holloway

Maritime High School Principal Tremain Holloway has been named the Seattle Propeller Club Public Official of the Year for his exceptional leadership in the field of maritime education. The award is presented annually to a local, state or federal policymaker who has demonstrated leadership, understanding and appreciation of the maritime industry.

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Highline Schools Foundation - Investing in students. Achieving results.

Highline Schools Foundation is thrilled to announce scholarships totaling $233,000 have been awarded to 34 graduating seniors from across Highline Public Schools, including students from Evergreen High School, Highline Big Picture, Highline High School, Mount Rainier High School, Puget Sound Skills Center, Raisbeck Aviation High School, and Tyee High School.

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Tribal Language Summit

You are invited to the Tribal Language Summit on Thursday, April 27. Students, cultural and language practitioners and leaders will have an opportunity to share and learn about resources and innovative tribal language learning practices in school districts, tribal communities and higher education spaces.

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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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2023 Gold Star Awards

The Highline Schools Foundation announced the winners of its 2023 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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What values does our community share? We asked you to provide feedback on the proposed goals for our new strategic plan. Now, we want to share the thoughts that rose to the top. To help us develop our new strategic plan, we created a series of ThoughtExchange conversations about each proposed goal. Across the four conversations, there were nearly 1,200 participants who shared 943 thoughts and gave nearly 28,500 ratings.

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A student tries on a prom dress.

Prom is a milestone no high school student wants to miss. But add up the cost of a dress or suit, shoes and accessories, and it can quickly become a financial burden. Enter Project PROMise. The Highline Schools Foundation program provides free dresses, suits, shoes and accessories to students across Highline. Find out the donation locations and volunteer.

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Interested in working in your community, for your community? Learn about current and future job opportunities, district culture, schedules, employee benefits and more at our in-person job fair on February 25. 

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Team Read mentor meets with an elementary student.

You may have heard the federal government distributed millions of dollars to schools to address COVID-related expenses. These one-time funds are helping schools respond to the pandemic’s impact on student academic progress and social-emotional well-being. Thanks to these federal funds, we have expanded two partnerships in Highline that provide in-school and after-school learning and enrichment opportunities for students. 

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New FDA regulations require food manufacturers and suppliers to list sesame as a food allergen on their products. Nutrition Services staff will begin adding this allergen to the online menus. Our bread supplier has also informed us that beginning in January, sesame will be a new ingredient in the hot dog and hamburger buns and hoagie and dinner rolls served in our school meals.

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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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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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