News & Next Steps for Middle School
Hundreds of families in Highline learned about moving up to middle school this past month at more than 10 information nights around the district.
Middle school principals from Cascade, Sylvester, Chinook, Pacific, Big Picture and the new Glacier Middle School—as well as CHOICE Academy--met with incoming sixth and seventh grade students and families to provide information, answer questions and go on tours.
“We had full houses at the information nights around the district. Each principal has a plan for reaching out to engage the new families and students in multiple ways prior to the first day of school in September,” said Diana Garcia, director of education specification and transition planning for new construction.
39 Teachers Transfer for Middle School Positions So Far
To staff up for adding sixth grade, 39 Highline teachers voluntarily transferred for middle school during the open transfer window as of January 25. Of those, 22 selected Glacier Middle School, which is more than 40% of the teachers needed to staff the new school.
“This has been a true team effort. We coordinated the decision making for what sixth grade looks like in middle school with many stakeholders and departments to create a learning program, a process to participate in sports, an early transfer process for staff in partnership with HEA, and many other details,” Garcia said.
Middle School Information Night Summary: A summary of the information presented at the Middle School Family Information Nights is available on our website. Current fifth- and sixth-grade families will receive an email notification with a link in case they could not attend.
Registration in March: Registration for sixth and seventh grade takes place in March. Some counselors and registrars will visit multiple elementary schools to register students in boundary change and feeder pattern change areas.
Staff transfers: The first open transfer window closes February 15. A second window opens for staff transfer applications in the spring. Read more about the middle school transfer process and the March/April placement process.
Facility updates: All schools have work in progress to re-purpose space that will increase classroom availability for sixth grade students.
Academic programming: all schools are in the process of determining elective course offerings based on student course registration and arts survey.
Health: Specialists and teachers are working on integrating health in sixth grade.