As a reminder... There is no school on Monday, May 29, in observance of the Memorial Day holiday. All schools will operate on regular schedules on Tuesday, May 30.
High expectations are set for all Highline students, and students have at least one caring adult at school whom they can count on for help. That's according to the vast majority of staff members who responded to the annual climate survey. Over 1,000 individuals completed the survey this year.
Serving students who have experienced trauma can take a toll on us professionally and personally. Join us for the next compassion fatigue support meeting on Friday, May 26 from 1:30 – 3:00 p.m. on the Salmon Creek Campus.
Join the Aetna FitBit Challenge May 15 - June 4 and get a chance to win a FitBit Charge 2. Are you a Aetna health plan subscriber? Are you committed to adopting a healthier lifestyle and ready to compete? You could win one of 60 fitbits!
On Monday, May 8 Governor Jay Inslee visited Evergreen High School and signed two bills into law: House Bill 1445 on dual language and House Bill 1115 on paraeducator professional development.
We are celebrating and thanking our school nurses this week. National School Nurse Day is May 10. Do you know all the things school nurses do to support students?
May 8-12 is our favorite week of the year: Teacher Appreciation Week.
Four elementary schools have been identified as possible schools for dual language expansion after months of input from families and staff: Cedarhurst, Hazel Valley, Midway, and Seahurst.
As of Monday, fewer than 120 staff members had given feedback on district communications. In order to get a true picture of how we're doing, we need to hear from more than 800 people. Take our survey by Friday, and you could win a gift card!
Superintendent Enfield has announced that high schools will stay on the current six-period semester schedule for the time being. Why are we holding off? Get the details in Superintendent Enfield’s message to all staff.
As part of the plan to cut $2.5 million from the central office budget, Teaching, Learning and Leadership (TLL) continues to make significant changes that will reduce TLL expenditures. These changes reflect our commitment to taking the bulk of the impact at central office and insulating schools from cuts as much as possible.
Working with students and families who have experienced trauma can take a toll on us professionally and personally. To support staff members, Highline Alternative Programs is piloting a support group for educators experiencing compassion fatigue. The next meeting will be Monday, May 1 from 4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. on the Salmon Creek Campus.
We want to know if you are getting the information you want and need about our schools, the way you want to get it. Tell us what you think.
The 2017 legislative session adjourned Sunday without an adopted budget or any meaningful K-12 funding reform. Governor Inslee is calling the legislature into special session starting tomorrow but it is unlikely lawmakers will be able to agree on a budget until June or July.
Highline plans to expand Dual Language programs in 2018. Take an online staff survey to give feedback and come to a staff meeting to learn more.
Will students have 4, 5, 6, or 7 periods in the day? Will there be 2 terms or 3? Will class periods be longer or shorter? High school course schedules will change in September 2018 to give students more choices and opportunities to earn more credits over 4 years.
You shared your thoughts in our Thoughtexchange online conversation, but you didn’t see your comments in the results report. What’s up with that?
Read an update about next year's budget from Chief of Staff and Finance Duggan Harman.
We recognize that actions taken by the White House, including a new executive order restricting immigration and orders to increase immigration enforcement, are unsettling to many of our families. To reiterate our commitment to our students’ safety, we are sending the following information to families via our notification system as soon as translation is completed next week.
Late on Wednesday, March 8, the Senate adopted a bill to extend the "levy cliff" for a year. Today, the House also approved the bill. The measure now goes to the governor’s desk for his signature.
We are sad to have to share with you that a student from our Highline family has died under tragic circumstances. New Start student Donovan Spann was killed in an accidental shooting over the weekend. A celebration of Donovan's life will be held on Saturday, March 18.
Chief of Staff and Finance Duggan Harman shared news of the coming budget shortfall last month. Here's an update.
The snow make-up day for Monday, February 6, will be Tuesday, May 30.
School schedule decisions can be hard to understand when it seems like a no-brainer from where you sit. Here's how we make the call, and why.
Like school districts across the state, we are headed into a particularly difficult budget year. Highline faces a significant budget shortfall for 2017-18. The amount will depend on what the legislature does to close the funding gap for public schools.
Many of you are looking for ways to serve and support our students who have come here to escape turmoil and trauma. Here's an opportunity to learn.
High school teachers and administrators are planning now so that students have more opportunities to earn credits over four years. That means a significant change to course schedules starting in fall 2018.
We recognize that executive orders issued by the White House this weekend are likely impacting students and their families. Read an all-staff message from Superintendent Susan Enfield and resources staff can use to support students and families.
Let's talk about welcoming all students. Join us on Monday, January 30 for an #HPSTeachLead Twitter Chat focused on equity, tolerance and inclusion in our schools, moderated by Superintendent Enfield.
In the wake of divisive campaign rhetoric that has left some students feeling alienated and fearful, our district leaders are putting a stake in the ground for an inclusive, welcoming school environment.
Wednesday, Highline sold bonds that will fund the majority of projects approved by voters in November.
Staff, families, and community members are all invited to participate in one big online conversation about our schools.
The Highline Schools Foundation Prize Patrol has been out around the district awarding more than $100,000 in Excel Grants to teachers. Among the winners are a TV studio for second-graders and awe-inspiring experiences in physics for ACE students.
Making the decision on weather-related closures and delays is always very difficult because we must balance many different factors. Student and staff safety is our top priority. We make the very best decision we can with the information available, but we recognize that any decision will not meet with everyone’s approval. Learn about the process for making a decision.
Will it be a dusting or a dump? Hard to tell until it’s upon us. Here’s what to do to make sure you are in the loop on school schedule changes.
Each year, we all come together to support our students and families through the employee giving campaign -- and what a tremendous impact we have when everyone gives a little!
Superintendent Susan Enfield is sending a message of respecting and supporting our students to all families in Highline. We are committed to ensuring all students feel safe and nurtured in our schools.
We are jumping for joy! The Highline bond has passed, with 66.99 perecent voting in favor. The bond provides our students with safer schools and room to learn.
Marvista teacher Andrea Haisch was profiled on Q13 this week in a personal story of triumph over tragedy. In 2012, Andrea was involved a rock climbing accident that resulted in amputation of her left foot.
As part of the process of unifying Evergreen High School and Tyee High School, the school board will hold hearings on both campuses. The public hearings allow people to comment on the closure of the small schools that currently exist on each campus.
No matter how you feel about the results of the presidential election, we can all agree that emotions are running high. Some students are feeling fearful about their safety and the future of their families. Students on both sides of the election may lash out at one another. As teachers and staff, we can provide the stability and reassurance our students need right now. Here are 3 things you can do to support students.
The Highline bond got a burst of attention from the local news media this week, including reports on Q13, KOMO, and KIRO. See the clips...
Chinook Middle School teacher Reid Sundblad has been named a Symetra Hero in the Classroom by the financial company Symetra. He was recognized in front of students and peers during a surprise schoolwide assembly.
All staff are invited to the Highline Schools Foundation’s annual Oktoberfest on October 14 at 5:30 p.m. This fun event is a major fundraiser for the Foundation, and the dollars go right back into our schools to support our students.
A wider range of course offerings and extracurricular activities will be available to high school students at Evergreen and Tyee starting next fall. The expanded offerings are the result of a year-long planning process at both campuses, involving teachers, students, families and community members.
Great news! Highline Schools Foundation Excel Grants just got bigger! The maximum Excel Grant has been increased to $2,500, and the $10,000 Impact Grant is up for grabs again this year.
Our graduate rates are on the rise again! Preliminary figures show the 2016 graduation rate at 73.5 percent. That number is expected to rise by the time the data is final later this fall.
Highline has a lot of heroes, like Highline High School Activities Director Lori Box, who was recognized as a Symetra Hero in the Classroom last year. Now’s your chance to nominate our next hero.
Today we are launching our new staff publication, Highline Insider, your source for information you need and want to know about the school district.
A news story published in the Sunday Seattle Times is critical of Highline's practice of limiting out-of-school suspensions. Read Superintendent Enfield's response.
School staff is the most trusted source of information about school issues. It important that every staff member is well-informed and able to objectively discuss the bond information. It is equally important that we all know and observe the rules around what we can and can't do while at work. Please share and discuss with all staff the guidelines around election activity on and off work hours.
As part of the Highline Team, we know you want to be in the loop, and we are making it easier for you to stay informed on important issues impacting our schools and you as a staff member. On August 19, we launched the Staff Hub, where you can find need-to-know information, as well as fun stuff like Ducky Awards and more.
Highline High Fives are a new way for our staff to celebrate each other. Do you have a colleague who goes above and beyond? Do you have a coworker who deserves some extra recognition? Show them some appreciation by nominating them for a Highline High Five.
Join Superintendent Susan Enfield for an #HPSTeachLead Twitter Chat on Tuesday, September 6 from 7:00 - 8:00 p.m. This month's topic is Celebrate. Motivate. Activate. and will be a follow up to our discussion with the HHS International Rescue Committee and Dr. Tyrone Howard at the All Certificated Welcome Back Event.