• Mission: Our mission is to provide a strong academic program and diverse opportunities for growth and success in a safe, supportive environment so students achieve their full potential and develop a vision for their future.
    Principal Gil Parsons
    Asst. Principal Jeff Lam
    Office Manager Lesa Oestreich
    Bookkeeper Adrienne Peck
    Registrar Rachael Sita
    Attendance Nancy Prottengeier


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    Dear Sylvester Families,

    Happy New Year! The end of the first semester is near and we have much to celebrate. Last week, Vice Principal Lam and I were visiting classrooms and were heartened, once again, to see just how hard our teachers and students are working. We observed students engaged in making meaning with manipulatives, making connections between representations with charts, comparing polymers made with their own hands, creating models based on their understanding of the forces of flight, presenting their findings on world religions, and self-assessing their work against a rubric to make revisions. It is our commitment that ALL Sylvester students have access to rich learning experiences, and are able to demonstrate, articulate, and independently apply their learning to new situations. 

    Our work is to prepare an environment that nurtures your student’s learning. This is a privilege that we don’t take lightly. Below are just a few of the goals and successes that we’ve made during the first half of this school year.

    • Attendance: Our average daily attendance has sustained at 89%, with a goal for this year to improve to 91% or greater.

    • Behavior: Greater than 95% of our students have 0-1 office discipline referrals (89% of students have 0).

    • Instruction & Assessment:
      • Standards analysis and communication with students is this year’s focus. We are studying Standards Based Instruction. (Ask your student about the “What, Why, and How” of their learning for each day?).
      • We implemented the state’s Interim Assessment Block aligned with the end of year state assessment to increase opportunities for achievement on the Smarter Balanced Assessment.

    • Equitable Practices:
      • Social and emotional learning is at the core of our 2017-2018 advisory curriculum. We have been implementing Restorative Justice Practices; facilitation of Community Circles and Harm Circles are key features of this work.
      • Faculty and staff are beginning a comprehensive professional learning cycle on Cultural Responsive Teaching (examining anti-racism, cultural inclusivity practices, and brain research). 

    • Family Engagement:
      • 68% of Sylvester Families attended November’s Student-Led Conferences.
      • Sylvester families contributed our first Community Advisory Team meeting. This newly established team is open to all Sylvester parents/guardians, with the purpose of adding family perspective to the vision and mission of our school.

    Research shows that families (you) are the key to student achievement. Share your voice and learn more about the work that is happening in our school. 

    Attend these upcoming opportunities:

    • Community Input Session at Sylvester: Learning and Teaching about Race, Identity and Equity: You have the opportunity to inform critical instruction in the Highline School District. Come collaborate with teachers, administrators, and school district representatives on the learning and teaching of race, identity and equity in our schools. This event will take place next, Wednesday, January 17, 2018, at 3:30 pm, in the Sylvester library.

    • Coffee with the Principal: Drop off your student, then drop in to hang out, chat, and share a warm beverage. Our first get-together will be on Friday, January 26, 2018, at 8:00 am. Dates and times will rotate each month, to accommodate the varying availability of our families.

    Thank you for all that you do to ensure our students arrive each day ready to be engaged in the learning. I look forward to getting to know more about you and your student. 

    Principal Gil Parsons

About Us

  • 16222 Sylvester Road SW
    Burien, WA 98166
    Assistant Principal
    Office Manager
    Lesa Oestreich

    School Hours
    8:10 a.m. - 2:40 p.m.

    Early Release Days
    8:10 a.m. - 1:10 p.m.

    Office Hours
    7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m

    Please note that office hours will vary for the month of July. Please call ahead. 


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