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Friday Family Newsletter - November 5, 2021

November 5, 2021

Dear MHS Families, 

Happy Friday! Can you believe that we are only one week away from closing out the 1st quarter of the school year? How exciting it is to recognize the times we are in. And guess what: we are just getting started!  

Anti-Bullying Week 2021 is November 15 -19 and each and every adult in our building is dedicated to stopping the potential threat of bullying behavior. I believe when adults respond quickly and consistently to bullying, they send a message that it is not acceptable, and research has shown that this can stop bullying behavior over time. Here at MHS, we strive to create meaningful, safe, and positive learning experiences for our students. Our goal is to build educational opportunities to benefit ALL students greatly and ensure they have a sense of belonging. With that being said, this week we dedicated our staff meeting time to an all-staff online training on Bullying: Recognition & Response. We are in the business of creating safe spaces for our school community and we will always keep our students at the center to address their psychological safety needs first. 

As a leader who values high expectations of myself and our students, I wanted to remind you to please submit your signed copy of the Student Field Experience Work Safety Agreement by November 12. These expectations must be followed and adhered to. Students must uphold the safety and behavioral expectations we ask of them. When students are not rising to the standards listed in the signed agreement, we will follow the protocols listed in our MHS Restorative Behavior/Discipline Guidance. Feel free to email me directly if you have any questions or concerns in regards to this matter.

Again, thank you for your cooperation and support! 

Have a great weekend!


Next Week-at- a-Glance:

  • November 9th

  • November 10th: 

    • Veteran’s Day Assembly, Intro to Mastery Transcript & Visit from Highline School Board

  • November 11th: 

    • No School for Veteran’s Day

  • November 12th: 

    • Virtual Friday - Mandatory Attendance

Reminders & Save the Dates: 

  • November 19, 22, 23 & 24- Student Presentations of Learning (POLs) – conducted fully remotely via Zoom

    • Individual Presentations of Learning (POLs) are focused on students’ learning plans. Students will go over their vision, goals, and evidence to show progress from this quarter. Attendees provide feedback that will inform students’ revisions to their Learning Plan for the upcoming quarter. 

    • Families will be sent sign-up instructions by their crew leaders, Ms. Mia or Ms. Rodriguez, to your email and student’s Highline Gmail account. Please coordinate and communicate within your family unit to sign up for one, 45-minute block of time (30 minutes of presentation & 15 minutes of feedback).

    • In addition to their own POL, students will sign up for and attend other POLs daily from 11/19-11/24 as a part of their attendance and schoolwork expectations. They are expected to be attentive and give their peers meaningful feedback. They will also have asynchronous assignments 11/19-11/24 from their teachers to complete during the sessions where they are not attending a POL.

    • Please reach out if you have any questions. 

  • November 25th & 26th - No School/Thanksgiving

  • December 6th - Picture Retake Day (photos should arrive mid-November, there are delays with shipping. I will continue to keep you updated)

Please also remember that school is out at 3PM Monday - Thursday. Unless you have made other arrangements with the office, please pick up your students promptly or call if you will be late. If you have any other questions, please feel free to call the office at 206-631-7400.