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

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

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District News

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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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fork and spoon

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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Screenshot of VP Kamala Harris in front of Highline electric bus from Fox 13

One of Highline Public School’s electric school buses starred as backdrop to remarks about investments in clean school buses by the vice president of the United States at Lumen Field on October 26. Six seniors from the HHS Environmental Club rode another one of our electric buses in the motorcade and had a chance to meet Vice President Harris and others.

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All high school students and families are invited to COLLEGECON—a free, one-day learning experience for students and families at Highline College on Saturday, November 5, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

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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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Frightening world events have an impact on us all, and may be particularly tough for children and teens to process. This is especially true when students have families experiencing war, natural disasters, or other adverse events far away. 

Here are some resources to help you support students who may be exhibiting anxiety, sadness or other signs that they are weighed down by what they are seeing in the news.

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The Seattle Kraken and Climate Pledge Arena have partnered with Boeing to offer free tickets to see the LA Clippers VS Maccabi Ra’anana on Friday, September 30 at 7:00 p.m. Tickets are free for students, their families, and staff from Highline Public Schools!

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Burien Brat Trot

Join Dr. Duran and the Highline Schools Foundation for a family-friendly, fast and (mostly) flat 5k around the streets of Burien, plus a 1k for kids, on Saturday, October 1. The race finishes at Town Square Park in downtown Burien and the inaugural Burien Oktoberfest.The school with the most affiliated runners will receive a $500 grant from the foundation.

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student with teachers

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 in the classroom

Every year, we must make adjustments to classes and staff based on the actual number of students enrolled in each school. We understand that moving teachers to another assignment and shifting students into new classes is difficult for everyone involved, so each decision is thoughtfully considered by a team representing teachers, family engagement staff and administrators. 

Read More about Staffing Adjustments: What to Expect
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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Dr. Ivan Duran

It is a great honor to begin my role as your new superintendent. The opportunity to serve Highline’s students, staff, families, and community is a source of great joy, excitement, and optimism. Thank you again to our school board for its confidence in my leadership. I am also extremely grateful for the tremendous legacy of excellence created by the school board, Dr. Enfield, and the district’s leadership, educators, staff, and community.

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Photos of eight seniors from the class of 2022.

The graduating class of 2022 is full of changemakers. They demonstrate a deep commitment to their communities. With big goals and the determination to make a positive impact, we wholeheartedly believe they will change the world for the better. 

Here are the stories of eight graduates who are examples of the outstanding young leaders graduating from Highline ready to choose their future. 

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Susan Enfield visits a Bow Lake Elementary classroom.

With grateful hearts, it is time to say goodbye to our fearless leader Superintendent Susan Enfield. Her last day in Highline is June 30. To honor her, Sylvester Middle School teacher Joe Bourgeois wrote a song titled Pass the Mic. Watch the video to hear the song and see photos from the last decade under Dr. Enfield's leadership.

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Students in class at Highline High School

Highline and its community partners have been awarded a grant for $1,596,798 over two years by King County. We will work closely with grant partners Highline College, Northwest Education Access and Becoming a Man to form the Highline Promise Partnership which will provide enhanced college and career exploration and experiences, family engagement, post-secondary transition support and intensive retention and completion services for males of color. 

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hands in a circle, coming together

Words are inadequate to convey the heartbreak and anger I feel following the senseless loss of life in Uvalde, Texas yesterday. Let’s come together and do what needs to be done, for the sake of today’s children and generations of children to come.

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Joe Bourgeois in class

For many of our educators in Highline, teaching is a calling. Some were always drawn to the profession. Others found it later in life.

In recognition of Teacher Appreciation Week, we are sharing the stories of three Highline teachers. We asked what inspired them to become educators and what keeps them motivated. While each story is unique, they all share a deep commitment to student success. 

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Staff member takes a student's temperature at school.

You may have heard the federal government is giving millions of dollars to schools to address COVID-related expenses. Congress is providing these funds through the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Act (ESSER). 

These are one-time funds to help schools maintain operations through the challenges of the pandemic and to respond to the impacts of the pandemic on student academic progress and socio-emotional wellbeing.

Here is a look at some of the ways we are investing COVID-relief funds in Highline. 

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Fred Swanson

The Highline Schools Foundation’s Board of Trustees has named Fred Swanson the Foundation's new executive director. Fred’s experience as an executive director for more than two decades, combined with a deep passion for promoting community support and educational equity, will help advance the mission of the Foundation. Fred is also a proud Highline parent and member of the Family Action Committee. 

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2022 gold start winners

The winners are.... The Highline Schools Foundation announces the winners of its 2022 Gold Star Awards, highlighting the outstanding efforts of educators, staff, volunteers and others in Highline. These seven extraordinary individuals live and breathe our Highline promise to know all students by name, strength and need.

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Updated COVID Guidance for Schools

On Tuesday, the Washington Department of Health (DOH) issued updated guidance for COVID safety in schools. These changes reflect declining COVID case rates and hospitalizations in King County and Washington state. 

As we have since the beginning of the pandemic, we will continue to follow DOH guidance. New guidelines are effective Monday, March 14.

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What's Up With Masks?

Governor Inslee has announced that the statewide mask mandate for indoor spaces, including schools, will be lifted on March 12. The Washington Department of Health (DOH) is expected to release new guidelines for schools on Monday, March 7. As we have since the beginning of the pandemic, we will follow DOH guidelines.

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Design the Tyee and Chinook Logo!

This fall, the communities of Chinook Middle School and Tyee High School chose new mascots, and now they have the opportunity to design new logos for the Tyee Titans and the Chinook Dragons. We are currently seeking a graphic designer to give life to these new mascots! Read about the scope, deliverables and requirements and submit your interest by March 11.

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The impacts of global conflict are often inconceivable and reach far beyond physical borders. Images and descriptions of war in the news may be traumatizing for students who have experienced war or wartime conditions. Images of war can be frightening to students even if this is not part of their lived experience. With the situation unfolding in Ukraine, we want to share some resources with families about how to support and talk with students about war. 

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COVID 19 test

Starting March 1, all Highline schools and departments will begin offering the Test-to-Stay program. Test-to-Stay is a strategy to minimize the spread of COVID and maximize time in school. It offers a modified quarantine option for people who are not up to date on their COVID vaccines and are identified as close contacts. Participation is voluntary.

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Student working

Governor Inslee announced today that as of March 21, the state will not require masks in indoor spaces, including schools. Local health jurisdictions may still require masks after the state mandate is lifted.

Masks are still required in all schools and district buildings at this time

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Southern Heights students in class

You may have heard Governor Inslee and state schools superintendent Chris Reykdal talk about the possibility of lifting the masking requirement in schools. While state leaders are beginning to discuss ending the mask mandate sometime this spring, nothing has changed yet. 

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As we enter the two-year mark of the pandemic, staff throughout Highline are reflecting. Is the work still worth doing with all this craziness? We asked Highline teachers, office staff, paraeducators and principals what inspired them to become educators and what keeps them motivated. Everyone's story is different. But one common theme is children—all Highline staff want to see students succeed.

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300 Take Self-Guided Tours of HHS

"Impressive." "So much light and wood." "It's beautiful." "It feels like a college student union building." These are comments we heard during the self-guided tours of the new Highline High School, offered on October 22 and 23 after the grand opening events were postponed. Approximately 300 alumni and community members walked through the new school. See photos.

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Middle School Teacher

Middle and high school students have access to free live tutoring 24/7 in all academic subjects through Paper tutoring. Students connect with Paper's tutors online through live chat. Get help with homework questions or get feedback on a written assignment. Help is on-demand and unlimited.

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Susanne Jerde

Chief Academic Officer Susanne Jerde has announced that she will retire from Highline at the end of December 2021. Susanne has given more than 37 years in service to Highline students as a teacher, principal, director, ILED, and since 2014, as CAO. We are deeply grateful for her leadership and dedication to delivering on our Highline Promise.


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It's a Grand, New Pirate Ship!

From bow to stern, the new Highline High School is drawing Pirate praise. "It's gorgeous. And that's an understatement," says Scott Logan, district chief of operations. “We’ve been flooded with positive early reactions from staff, students, community and alumni to the beautiful rebuild of a school with nearly 100 years of history, delivered on time and within budget."

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A message from Superintendent Susan Enfield

In this video message, Superintendent Susan Enfield looks ahead at her 10th and final year at Highline Public Schools. Dr. Enfield assures families, students and staff that together we can create a safe, happy, healthy school year. Let's go, Team Highline!

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Student wearing a mask working on class work.

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.

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breakfast at Des Moines

Free breakfast, free lunch, full bellies! During the 2021-22 school year, all enrolled students can participate in their school’s breakfast and lunch program at no cost.

Certain school funding is based on the percentage of students who qualify for free or reduced-priced meals. See how you can help us qualify. 

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The King County Housing Authority along with other community partners will host a health fair to provide COVID-19 vaccines for anyone ages 12 and older. Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson will be available. 

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Six individuals have applied for the school board position vacated by Bernie Dorsey. Dorsey stepped down in June because he is moving out of state. 

The open position represents District 4, which geographically encompasses Marvista, North Hill, Madrona, and Bow Lake elementary schools, Chinook Middle School, and Tyee High School, as well as other educational sites. Applicants must live within the boundaries of District 4. 

The School Board will appoint one of the candidates to the open position at its August 4 meeting. The successful candidate will be sworn in on August 18. 

The public will have the opportunity to meet the applicants at a Meet and Greet on Thursday, July 29 at 5:00-6:30 via Zoom.  

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COVID 19 test

To maintain the health and safety of our students, we are offering additional protocols beyond masking and social distancing which will allow safe participation in summer school and athletic programs. Starting July 12, we will offer weekly COVID-19 tests for students participating in summer school at Mount Rainier High School (MRHS) and students participating in summer athletics programming. 

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