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Welcome Highline Families 6 th Grade Transition Community Meeting. 6 th Grade Transition Committee. Diana Garcia Middle School Planning Principal Principals/Assistant Principals/Deans • Karin Jones, Chinook Middle School • Drew Larson, Big Picture Middle School
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6th Grade Transition Committee Diana Garcia Middle School Planning Principal Principals/Assistant Principals/Deans • Karin Jones, Chinook Middle School • Drew Larson, Big Picture Middle School • Kyle Linman, Sylvester Middle School • Winnie McGilton, Cascade Middle School • Deborah Rumbaugh, Pacific Middle School • Brian Tinsley, Mount View Elementary School • Rick Wisen, Des Moines Elementary School Parents/Community Members • Betsy Akina • Maryanne Collier • Cherie Gwinn • Amlesett Legessa • Carmelita Mason-Richardson Teachers • Roseanne Esposito, Cedarhurst Elementary School • Natalie Flynn, Beverly Park Elementary School • Claudia House, Cascade Middle School • Nicole Malmgren, Des Moines Elementary School • Michael McLeod, North Hill Elementary School • Caitlyn Wirtz, Sylvester Cascade Middle School • Thara Cooper, Chinook and McMicken Elementary School Paraeducators • Rebecca Pinzon, South End • Angelica Ponce, North End
6th Grade Transition Committee Central Office • Marni Campbell, Instruction and Innovation Executive Director • Carmen Gonzalez, Director of STEM • Trevor Green, Instructional Leadership Executive Director • Deborah Holcomb, Student Support Services Executive Director • Janine King, Director of Literacy, Social Studies & Professional Development • Rachel Klein, Director of Student Advancement • Roberta McFarland, Waskowtiz Outdoor School & WELS Director • Stefan Nelson, Visual and Performing Arts Specialist • Jennifer Reinig, Instructional Leadership Executive Director
Clarify the Charge of our Committee • Design 6th to middle school transition plan • Address the Academic, Social, and Emotional Needs of adolescents • Consistent Strategies Across All Middle Schools
Meeting Purpose • Update parents\community on our progress • Get input from parents/community
What we Know • All middle schools will open as 6-8 schools fall 2015 • New schools will be named after the Bond passage • Community input into naming of the schools • Camp Waskowitz for 6th graders September 2015 • We know that all secondary schools will continue to have security • HR communication plan for 6th grade teachers • Athletic Program for all students • Challenge remains at Sylvester and Chinook
Construction Timeline • Interim schools will open fall 2015 • Construction will start after passage of the Bond • Two new schools will open September 2017
Interim Sites Sunnydale Olympic 15631 8th Ave S. 615 S. 200th Burien, WA Des Moines, WA
What we don’t know yet… • Boundaries for the six middle schools • How six middle schools will feed into the four high schools • Where Big Picture will be located • Where Choice students will eat lunch • What the 6th grade will look like at the middle school (this is the work of the design team)
Questions we are working on • What program and clubs will be offered to 6th graders? • How will 6th grade be involved in ASB/Student Government? • Will the two interim schools offer the same electives as the other schools? • Will all 6th graders have the same lunch? • Will there be Honors at all schools? • Will 6th grade students use planners? • Will the school discipline plan be similar to that of elementary? • (this is what the design team is working on)
Background Information 2008-09 middle school study findings -Grade configuration not a factor in student achievement. What matters most: - school climate\school culture - rigorous, quality instruction • College awareness is important at MS • Adolescents learn best through collaboration, hands-on learning, • Inquiry, small group work, problem solving. • Students need to be known by caring adults, relationships matter • Parents need to stay involved
More background … • Community meetings held last spring • Concernsraised: • safety, bullying, discipline, electives • August readings\research: • -nurturing relationships • -project-based learning • -student driven\self-directed learning • -academic rigor • -next generation science standards • -importance of fine arts
Video & Student Panel Student Video
Break Out Sessions • Safety and Positive Behavior Intervention System, (PBIS) • Parent Involvement for 6-8th Grade • Academic Structures for 6-8th Grade • Athletics/Extra-Curricular/ASB & Leadership
Closure/Exit Ticket • Did tonight’s meeting address your questions? Yes or No • If no, what concerns about the transition do you have that did not get answered? • What suggestions do you have for the next community meeting on November 13th?
For More Information • Visit highlineschools.org • EmailDiana.email@example.com • Phone: (206) 631-7520