17-18 Performance Report

School Information

Grades:  K-6
Facility: Opened in 1925. New building under construction and opening in Fall 2019

Highlights for 2017-18

  • Teachers will continue professional learning efforts in the areas of reading and writing workshop with a strong focus on the Common Core State Standards. Teachers will collaborate with each other on aligning daily lessons, assessments and instructional strategies to ensure students are receiving rigorous, standards based learning.
  • Students performing above or below grade level will receive additional support and small group instruction designed to accelerate learning.
  • Teachers will engage in regular cycles of inquiry to look at academic and social-emotional growth measures to inform next steps in instruction.
  • In mathematics, teachers will focus on problem solving strategies in service of meeting common core state standards.
  • We will continue to use Positive Behavior Intervention strategies to ensure all students feel welcome, safe and valued members of our school. As a staff, we will continue to focus on implementing social emotional strategies through the RULER program.
  • We will continue to provide additional supports to students through our Check, Connect, and Expect program, small group social skills groups, as well as use of peer mentors.
  • We will continue to incorporate technology based programs into our core curriculum to enrich learning as well as tap into different learning styles.

Plans for 2018-19

  • Teachers continued to teach with fidelity the Lucy Calkins Units of Study for Reading and Writing, as well as the Math In Focus and Engage New York curriculum.
  • Teachers engaged in six week data analysis cycles based on student growth to design accurate, differentiated student learning plans. Teachers consistently used one-on-one and small group structures in math and reading to track and accelerate student learning.
  • 93% of our kindergarten students demonstrated mastery on the Spring Highline Benchmark Assessment in Math.
  • 91% of our 1st grade students demonstrated mastery on the Spring Highline Benchmark Assessment in Math.
  • On the Smarter Balanced Assessment, students at the 6th grade performed above the district and state level in literacy. Additionally, grades 3, 4, and 5 performed above district average in literacy.
  • All staff and students engaged in utilizing our RULER program; designed to promote social/emotional learning. Staff used classroom charters designed to create positive learning environments and students used the mood meter to identify and regulate feelings and emotions.  
  • Des Moines students continued to benefit from many enriching, fun activities supported by our PTSA and outside organizations; some of which included multi-cultural night,  harvest walk to Wesley Homes, partnership with the Museum of Flight science partnership-WISE Consortium, Des Moines Food Bank).

Invitation to Participate

Invitation to Participate

At Highline Public Schools, one of our four pillars in the district's strategic plan is parent and family engagement. In order to reach our strategic plan goals we will form partnerships with parents and families. Families and community members are encouraged to participate in school activities and in educating students in school, at home and in the community.

How District Funds are Invested

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Source: Actual 2018-19 expenditures as of August 2019.

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