Welcome back to school, Highline Families! We have an exciting
year ahead of us.
As we enter the final year of our community’s four-year strategic plan,
we continue to make progress on the bold goals we set together. The Class of
2027, our students who entered kindergarten when we launched the strategic
plan, are achieving at higher levels than their peers. We also have preliminary
graduation rate data, and I am proud to say that we will see an increase for
the second year in a row. These successes and others are a testament to the power
of high expectations, the strength of our partnerships with families and
community, and the dedication of our amazing teachers and staff.
In November, we have an opportunity to vote on a bond that will
give our students room to learn in our fast-growing community. The bond would
allow us to build new schools to ease overcrowding, lower class sizes, and make
our schools safer for students. The bond proposal, developed by a community-led
committee of citizens from across the district, is Phase 1 of a fiscally
responsible, long-term facilities plan. You can find more information here.
You may have also started seeing bright orange Graduate! Highline logos on signs,
buttons and t-shirts across the district. This is a grassroots community
movement, supported by the Highline Schools Foundation, dedicated to supporting
our goal of graduating at least 19 out of 20 Highline students. It is so
gratifying to see community members stepping up to support and encourage our
students. It will take all of us working together to ensure that our students graduate
prepared to achieve their dreams, and I believe we will make it happen.
As I begin my fifth year
serving as your superintendent, I want to thank you for your ongoing support
and partnership. I truly feel like the luckiest superintendent anywhere, and I
remain deeply committed to our promise that every student in Highline Public Schools is known by name, strength, and
need, and graduates ready for college, career, and citizenship. I hope to
see you as we begin our community conversations later this month, and I
encourage you to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org with your ideas, questions or concerns.
Here is to our best year yet -- We are Highline!
Susan Enfield, Ed.D.