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Waskowitz Environmental Leadership Service (WELS)
440 South 186th Street Burien, WA 98148

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Monday-Thursday: 7:15 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Friday: 7:15 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Waskowitz Environmental Leadership Service (WELS)
440 South 186th Street Burien, WA 98148

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Seeking Student Voice

We want to hear and learn from students. Does your student have something to share about their experience as a student in Highline? We are seeking students to share their experiences at the 2021 Highline Equity Symposium on Tuesday, August 24. 

Happy School Nurse Day

This week we’re celebrating our school nurses! This year especially we want to shout from the rooftop: THANK YOU! School nurses serve our students in managing complex conditions, identifying mental health issues, leveling the field with regard to health disparities, and now, testing, tracking cases and vaccinating staff.

Bow Lake student in the classroom during hybrid learning.

Next fall, we plan to reopen schools for in-person instruction five full days a week for students in Pre-K through grade 12, as long as public health authorities continue to support in-person learning. 

As recommended by the CDC and Washington State Department of Health, we will require three-foot distancing, face masks and other safety measures. Families will be able to choose a remote option.

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National Teacher Appreciation Week is May 3-7 this year. After more than a year of pandemic teaching and learning, our families and staff appreciate teachers like never before. Read the Gold Star nominations for teachers and meet the nominees.

Teaching Through a Pandemic

The past 14 months have been extremely challenging for educators across the country. In Highline, our teachers showed incredible innovation and perseverance as they transitioned to distance learning and then hybrid learning, finding new ways to engage students and families. 

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The SmileMobile Dental Clinic will be at Evergreen High School and the Olympic Interim Site from May 11-13 and May 18-20. Appointments are available for babies, children, teens and pregnant/postpartum individuals who are uninsured or who are with Apple Health. Schedule an appointment by calling 888.286.9105.

Student in School

State Superintendent Chris Reykdal announced this week that students will not take state standardized tests this spring. Instead, the Smarter Balanced Assessment (SBA) and Washington Comprehensive Assessment of Science will be scheduled in Fall 2021.

The fall testing schedule meets the federal requirement for state testing without committing valuable learning time this spring to test-taking. 

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Thank you to all who participated in our focus groups on standards-based grading. More teachers across Highline are using a standards-based approach to grading assignments and giving feedback. We hope to pilot a new standards-based report card soon.

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WELS creates a pathway for students to take control of their future as a Scholar and Leader in service to their community.

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