Student dancers from Parkside Elementary School and Marvista Elementary School recently competed in the Colors of the Rainbow ballroom dance competition held at Todd Beamer High School in Federal Way. Marvista students earned gold and Parkside students earned Bronze.
Young female students are getting a sneak peak at college opportunities thanks to a partnership with Techbridge, a non-profit organization dedicated to inspiring girls in science, technology, and engineering.
A series of community meetings are scheduled over the next few months with Superintendent Susan Enfield and School Board members. Families and community members are invited to participate in the meetings which will take place at schools across the district.
The Highline Schools Foundation announced the winners of the 2015 Gold Star Awards for outstanding teacher, administrator, professional staff, volunteer, alumnus, and rookie teacher of the year at the Gold Star Awards BASH on March 19.
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.