Public Schools

School is out and the weather is perfect...all the more reason to be extra careful as children and walkers alike are streaming outside and lining the sides of the roads.

They are not thinking about the white line that they should stay behind or the car coming up the road.

Therefore it is our responsibility as drivers to be more aware. Kids just want to have fun this summer and thinking of safety is one of the last things on their minds (unless they have some really smart parents who are on top of this).

So when you see children or walkers, slow down and just think that they will suddenly turn in front of you, without even seeing you.

Let's all stay safe.

Karen Steele
Normandy Park


News release:

With construction completed on 14 schools resulting from bonds approved by voters, the Highline School Board is considering a bond next spring to continue replacing aging schools.

The 2002 and 2006 bonds paid to replace 10 elementary schools and one high school. Replacement of three additional elementary schools was funded through state match and the district's good stewardship of capital dollars.

Aviation High Schools is being completed this summer with funding through a public/private partnership that includes significant support from aviation businesses and the Port of Seattle.

While all but one elementary school are now in good shape, most of the district's secondary schools are in need of significant improvements or replacement. In many cases, replacing the building is more cost-effective than renovation.

At a recent study session, the school board discussed the possibility of putting a bond before voters in 2014. The community will be asked for feedback in the coming months.

The board will decide early this fall whether to run a bond and what specific projects would be in it.

Red Cross is coordinating disaster response services

News release:

Several families from Midway Elementary, Pacific Middle School, and Mount Rainier High School lost their homes during this morning’s apartment fire in Des Moines. The Red Cross Disaster Services team is already on site and will provide families with financial assistance, temporary housing, and other immediate needs.

“Our hearts go out to the families impacted by the fire,” said Superintendent Susan Enfield. “We are so grateful that no one was seriously injured. We are also thankful for the good work of the American Red Cross and their speedy response in meeting the needs of our students and their families.”

Anyone wishing to provide aid to the families displaced by the fire is encouraged to donate to the American Red Cross, P.O. Box 3097, Seattle, WA 98117 and mark the donation as “local disaster services.”

Currently, there are no means in place to manage local donations of clothing or household goods. Financial support to the Red Cross is the best way to help those impacted.

Apartment fire in Des Moines displaces Highline families
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Photos by Eric Mathison
Washington Aerospace Scholars Program provides opportunities for high school students interested in science, technology, engineering, and math

Press release:

The Washington Aerospace Scholars program is pleased to announce that the following students will be participating in one of the four WAS Summer Residency sessions held in June and July at the Museum of Flight in Tukwila. Washington Aerospace Scholars (WAS) is a competitive educational program, based at Tukwila’s Museum of Flight, for high school juniors from across Washington State.

Mahekdeep Singh from Burien, Aviation High School
Marie-Alexis Mayor from Burien, Bellarmine High School
Abigail Jarve from SeaTac, Aviation High School

These scholars are among the 160 students who qualified for the Washington Aerospace Scholars Summer Residency program from 283 students who applied in November. To qualify for the residency program, they spent five months studying a University of Washington and NASA-designed, distance-learning curriculum via the Internet and have been selected to attend one of the four residencies hosted at The Museum of Flight this summer based on their academic performance on the distance-learning lessons.


Press release:

The Holocaust Center hosts an annual, statewide contest entered by more than 800 students in grades 5-12. This year, students from Kent Mountain View Academy took 1st and 2nd place in the 5/6 art division, and a student from Parkside Elementary took third place in the digital media category. View and read their entries at
Winners will be honored at an award ceremony and luncheon Sunday, June 9 at Temple De Hirsch Sinai in Bellevue, Washington.

1st Place – Danielle Kim, 6th Grade, Kent Mountain View Academy, Des Moines. Teacher: Thanh Thu Do

2nd Place – Aria Saisslin, 6th Grade, Kent Mountain View Academy, Des Moines. Teacher: Thanh Thu Do

Digital Media:
3rd Place – Alyssa Vasquez, 5th Grade, Parkside Elementary, Des Moines. Teacher: Debbi Needham

City of Burien plans to buy as part of redevelopment project

Press release:

The Board of Directors (the "Board") of Highline School District No. 401 (the "School District") intends to hold a hearing on June 26, 2013 at 6:00 p.m. at Highline School District ERAC building; 15675 Ambaum Blvd. S.W., Burien, WA.

The purposes of the hearing will be (a) to declare a portion of real property located at 1010 S. 146th St., in the City of Burien, County of King, Washington (the "Property"), as surplus because it is neither necessary for nor required for school purposes, and (b) to authorize the sale of the Property to the City of Burien pursuant to Chapter 39.33 RCW, the Intergovernmental Disposition of Property Act.

The proposed use of the Property is for development of the Northeast Redevelopment Area (“NERA”).

The Property is legally described as follows:
That portion of the northeast quarter of the northwest quarter of the northeast quarter lying northwesterly of S. 144th Way and northerly of S. 146th Street.

New program aims to build fundamental skills

Press release:

Highline Public Schools Athletics is offering sports camps this summer for students entering grades 1 through 12. Twenty camps will cover ten sports: Basketball, Cheer, Cross Country, Dance/Drill, Football, Soccer, Swimming, Tennis, Volleyball and Wrestling.

The summer sports camp program is a new initiative of the school district. The camps are taught by Highline coaches and teachers, and are geared for young athletes at all levels of experience.

“Our summer camps program is an effort by district coaches to provide fundamental skills instruction to students throughout the district,” said Highline Athletic Director Terri McMahan. “It is an opportunity for younger students to learn from skilled coaches and high school student-athletes in a fun and instructional environment.”

Registration forms are available online at Information can also be obtained by contacting Debbi Mathews at, or 206-431-2418.

Superintendent will use district dollars if state fails to fund full-day K for all

Press release:

Highline Public Schools will fund tuition-free full-day kindergarten at all schools starting this fall, regardless of the amount the state Legislature allocates to full-day kindergarten.

State lawmakers are currently debating over budget plans with varying levels of kindergarten funding. Each of the three plans would fund full-day kindergarten at some, but not all, schools in Highline.

“We cannot wait for the legislature to act. Full-day kindergarten is the right thing to do for all our children and families now,” said Superintendent Susan Enfield. “This is a game-changer for our students.”

Full-day kindergarten is a key strategy for meeting the district goal of 95 percent of next fall’s kindergartners performing at or above grade level in all core subjects by the end of Grade 3.

Multiple studies show that children who participate in full-day kindergarten make significant gains in reading and math compared with students in half-day programs. Research also shows that mastering reading and math skills by third grade is critical for success throughout middle and high school.


Press release:

The next meeting of the SW King School Retirees Association will be held on Tuesday, May 28, 2013, at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, 8th and So. 192nd, at 11:30 a.m.

A donation ($6) lunch will be served, and our May speaker is Dianne Green, a member of the Chinook District Garden Club in Des Moines and a Master Judge of the Washington State Federation of Garden Clubs.

Her entertaining presentation is called "pot de fleur." Our meetings continue to support our local food bank with donations, our book exchange, collection of eye glasses and glasses cases, as well as personal grooming items to be donated.

New officers will be installed for the coming year at our May 28th meeting. We have a great time, and we hope to see you there.

Comment period for airport noise study with smaller contours ends May 30

Due to a reporting error, the amount of money the Port of Seattle has pledged to Highline schools for noise mitigation was wrong in an article on the Port’s noise study that appears in the May 24 print issue.

The Port, operators of Sea-Tac Airport, has pledged $100 million for Highline schools.

That covers seven schools so far--Madrona Elementary, North Hill Elementary, Mount Rainier High, Cedarhurst Elementary, Sunnydale Elementary, Midway Elementary and Parkside Elementary.

Eight more schools are scheduled to get monies as levy upgrade projects are approved. For schools that close, that money goes to the new construction to increase capacity.

Of the dollars, $50 million comes from Federal Aviation Administration grants, while the remaining $50 million comes from the Port.

Also, the Port has provided $6 million to Highline Community College in Des Moines to assist in sound insulating of campus buildings. Twelve of the 22 buildings identified are complete.

The figure for Highline schools has been corrected in the online story below:

May 30 is the deadline for public comments on the Port of Seattle’s airport noise study.

Update 2: Port contributions to schools for noise mitigation detailed
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Photo by Jerry Gay

A plane on a line to land at Sea-Tac Airport flies near a home.

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