We are launching an online conversation to get your input on how to support the social and emotional well-being of students. Your ideas will be used as we renew our strategic plan, which will guide our work in schools for the next five years.
Ongoing hard work and dedication to math and literacy education is paying off for White Center Heights Elementary which has been honored with the 2016 Washington Achievement Award (WAA) for Math and Literacy Growth.
Our Mission: White Center Heights Elementary prepares thoughtful scholars committed to social justice for a global community.
White Center Heights is a Pre-Kindergarten to Grade 6 Title 1 school in the White Center area of West Seattle. We have students and parents from 41 different countries. Eighty percent of our students speak at least one other language in addition to English. We are dual language school offering a Spanish and Vietnamese dual language program in Kindergarten through 4th grade. Each year we will roll the program up through the school and into middle school.
We do many things to help our families. Through a state program we provide free breakfast for all students and a free lunch program for 100% of our students. We have a family support program to help families in need. We hold many different family events with the community.
At WCH we focus on the development of the whole child. Our school focuses on academic achievement, social skills development, and positive behavior. We have won the Washington State Academic Achievement award for growth in literacy and math for the last four years. We teach students behavior expectations through our PBIS program. We teach emotional intelligence through the RULER program and we teach students to problem solve difficult situations through RULER and Collaborative Problem Solving. We want all students to feel safe in the school and we work hard to investigate all reports of bullying and reduce these behaviors.
White Center Heights Elementary School has a staff that is dedicated to the students and their families. Our vision is to prepare all of our students to be successful at middle school and beyond on their path to career and college. To do this, we work with our families and the White Center community to provide support to our students.
Hello White Center Heights Families and Community Members,
I am in my sixth year as principal of White Center Heights in
2017-18. I am committed to working with families, teachers, and our
community partners to support our students to achieve great things!
I have worked in public education for a long time. Before coming to White
Center Heights I was the Assistant Principal at Madrona Elementary in Sea
Tac. I was a classroom teacher and literacy coach in Bellevue and Seattle.
I have been an instructor at the University of Washington in the Teacher
Education program. Early in my career I was a classroom teacher,
district consultant, and school principal in Australia.
My vision for WCH Elementary students is that when they leave us they are ready for middle school so they are graduate ready. This means they will be:
Academically successful and confident and capable on the Common Core State Standards;
Self-disciplined to work independently, remain focused
on their learning, and make good choices;
Proud of their heritage and understand and respect the heritage of others in the community; and,
Able to communicate and build strong relationships with
adults and other children.
Each year we grow and get stronger on meeting the deep learning demands of the Common Core State Standards. We have won the Washington State Achievement Award for the last four years in 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016. We have amazing teachers and staff
at WCH. We work hard every day to ensure WCH students learn. But we need help
and support from our families and community members to continue to grow. We need to work
together – teachers and families and administration and community members -
working with our students to ensure they are successful and confident people.
At WCH Elementary we will be focusing on the district goals for all students
to meet the new Common Core State Standards and to reach zero out-of-school
In 2017-18 we will:
Improve our implementation of standards-based teaching
and assessment by focusing on content area reading and units of study that engage students in real life learning:
Use rubrics to assess student learning and teach
students how to self-assess and become teachers in their learning;
Refine the way we use readers, writers, and math
workshop to build student independence and to
differentiate instruction to ensure students meet standards;
Focus on learner dispositions and build the executive functioning skills for students so they meet 21st Century skills;
Implement concept mapping as as strategy for close reading to improve content knowledge and comprehension in reading and math;
Use RULER and Collaborative Problem Solving programs to build
on our PBIS (positive discipline) work to decrease the number of office
referrals by 30-50% and work towards zero suspensions;
Improve student attendance by increasing our average daily attendance from 94% to 95% and advance the school goal of no more than one absence and one tardy per month for each student, and;
Implement Family-Teacher Teams to focus on three goals for each grade level and build skills at home to meet these goals with family support.
I look forward to working with you
all to ensure our students find success in 2017-18.
How do we prepare and engage students for 21st-century careers? We give them opportunities to explore computer science and technology through innovative courses and programming. And it all starts with just 60 minutes of an online introductory course in coding.
Highline voters will be asked to renew an educational programs and operations levy in February. Our school board voted on December 6 to place the levy on the ballot. The levy renews an expiring levy and funds needs not yet fully funded by the state.
How do we want our students to feel when they are at school? And why should we ask about feelings anyway? There is good reason. More and more research shows that students learn best when their social and emotional needs are addressed.
Do you speak, read and write in more than one language? Are you looking to use your bilingual skills in Highline but need more training and support? Consider applying for our Bilingual Teaching Fellows Program.