Highline educators and staff are again navigating uncharted territory as we begin the new school year. With schools open for in-person, full-time learning, the buzz of students we once took for granted has filled our schools once again. But there are still many challenges facing staff as we get through the pandemic together. We checked in with 12 staff members from across our schools to see how they feel about being back to school in person and how they are managing health and safety.
You’re invited to save and share the date for a virtual Town Hall about the Highline Education Levy Renewal on Tuesday, October 5, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. via Zoom.
This year's DiscoverU week will be hosted from October 11 to October 15. DiscoverU's aim is to build a “beyond high school” culture for students to identify their future goals. Check out ideas and activity resources. See the list of daily themes and suggested activities.
Help us communicate about the upcoming Highline Education Levy Renewal. Check out new levy information tools you can use, and share upcoming informational events, including the virtual Education Levy Town Hall on October 5.
We are all feeling it.
That came through loud and clear in our Thoughtexchange asking how you are feeling. Only 41 staff members participated in the conversation, but that might be an indication of how far we are all stretched.
Do you have a creative idea you want to implement at your school, classroom or department to improve student learning? The Highline Schools Foundation wants to help YOU! Now is the time to apply for an Excel or Impact grant. Any staff member—teachers, principals, paraeducators, bus drivers, recess monitors, specialists—can apply. The application window is now open! Submit your application using the online form by Friday, October 22.
If you have not submitted verification that you have been vaccinated for COVID-19, now is the time. To protect staff and students and keep schools open, the state is requiring all school employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or obtain a religious or medical exemption by October 18.
Join an indo session for teachers and counselors who are considering registering for National Board certification 2021-22 school year.
Retired custodian Pam Good passed away last week due to heart disease. Pam started in Highline in October 2005. She was a custodian at numerous schools, most recently Hazel Valley Elementary, and served as a trainier for newly hired custodial staff.