Highline Public Schools has a new video that illustrates our bold goals for students. The animated five-minute video follows a family on Highline's "path to success," telling the story without a single word.
White Center Heights' Vietnamese Dual Language Program is at the center of an article in The Seattle Times. The article writes about the importance of having diverse language skills in the 21st century and how the school is working with its local community to teach those skills to students.
If voters approve the February 10 bond proposal, Highline will construct two new middle schools to make room for growing enrollment. The schools would be constructed in Burien and SeaTac on property already owned by the district.
A Telephone Town Hall meeting hosted by Superintendent Susan Enfield and School Board President Bernie Dorsey was held on January 27. Over 3,400 Highline residents participated. Callers asked questions about the bond and levy measures on the February 10 ballot.
A number of staff and community members have asked about statements circulating in the community regarding the bond, the levy, and district finances. We want to give you the facts so you can be informed and share this information with others.
Together with our staff and the Highline community, we have developed a new strategic plan unlike any I have seen in school districts across the nation—it is bold, visionary, and represents the unwavering belief we have in our students’ capabilities. We can feel proud that we have not shied away from setting high expectations for our students and ourselves.
Our promise is to know every student by name, strength, and need, so each will graduate prepared for college, career, and citizenship. We are challenging ourselves to ensure that four years from now at least 19 out of 20 students are learning at or above grade level in third grade, passing Algebra by ninth grade, and graduating high school prepared to choose their future. We have pledged to all but eliminate out-of-school suspensions that rob students of learning time. And we have set long-range goals that every student will graduate bilingual, biliterate, and tech-literate. Make no mistake: in adopting these goals, we in Highline have committed to eradicating the achievement and opportunity gaps that persist in our schools. In doing so, we will prove that public education can work for all children.
Each of us -- staff, families, and community members -- plays a critical role in our students’ success. Delivering on our promise will require all of us working together, but I have every confidence that we can marshal the collective commitment our students need and deserve.
A three-year educational programs and operations replacement levy will go before voters on February 10, 2015. Levies pay for educating students and operating schools above the costs covered by the state. Learn more about the renewal levy.
We face two critical issues as a school district: aging buildings and crowded schools. A bond measure that addresses these issues was on the November ballot. Learn more about the election here. Help us build for tomorrow, today.