Education

All things news regarding the education of our children in Burien
2022 Highline School District Bond 2022 Meeting Report
September 20th, 2022
September 15th School Bond 2022 Meeting ReportOn September 15th, 2022, the Highline School District held an information session at Tyee High School about the school bond measure on the November 8th ballot. There are two additional sessions to be held:Tuesday, September 20th, 6:00-7:00 p.m.Evergreen High School Library, 830 SW 116th Street, SeattleThursday, September 22nd, 6:00-7:00 p.m.Pacific Mid...
To The Highline School Board: Comments About Covid Vaccinations
September 16th, 2022
By Stuart Jenner.Back to school means lots of information coming at parents. One big topic is obviously health, including Covid. Recently at the school board meeting, there was a citizen comment about Covid vaccinations and possible complications. (The comments also covered masks, but I want to focus here just on Covid vaccinations).  Those comments were included here.I did some checking, and ther...
Highline School Board Summary: 9/7/2022
September 14th, 2022
Highline School Board Summary: 9/7/2022  Summary is based on Meeting AgendaBoard Recording Link Board Meeting RecordingRoll Call:  - 3  Directors & Superintendent were present,  Director Howell had an excused absence, and Director Garcia Participated RemotelyScheduled Communications:Wendy Butzerin (Title IX Changes)Patricia Bailey (Title IX) James Payne (Board Policies) Katie Kresly (Safe Spaces -...
HIGHLINE SCHOOL BOARD TESTIMONY—9/7/22—TITLE IX REVISIONS
September 10th, 2022
By Gem of the Sound Reporter.Good evening school board directors. I am here to ask you to lobby for the postponement of the revision of Title IX. These changes expand the definition of discrimination based on sex to include sexual orientation and gender identity. Please use all the influence you have to enlist WSSDA and OSPI to petition the Department of Education to postpone the adoption of the p...
Highline Schools “Safe Spaces”: Are There Any Left?
September 10th, 2022
By Katie KreslyAs we enter this coming school year, it is like none other.  More anxiety and mental health issuesLoss of school progressRusty social skillsShort staffingThe stressors are high and well-documented, so you as Directors have rightfully addedMore professional counselors,More training for the teachers and staffand Likely, “safe spaces” for students who simply need to have a time outAcco...
Schools Gather Data: Do Parents Care?
September 3rd, 2022
Written by Stuart Jenner.The Seattle Times recently had two outstanding stories about data collection by school districts through learning programs and software.Many people think, “this service is free; I’ll use it.” Facebook, Google searches, and many more …. All seem to be free.But as the saying goes, are you the customer? Or are you the product?I was thinking of this as I read the stories. Who’...
Highline Schoolboard Testimony: “End Highline School Covid Protocol”
September 1st, 2022
By Tamara VandenBergAs we enter the 2022-23 school year here at Highline, you will, no doubt, be discussing covid protocol requirements for students and staff regarding covid shots, masking and testing.For the last two and a half years, Highline School District and the rest of  Washington have been directed from the top on how to manage covid risk.  Governor Inslee proclamationsOSPI Chris Reykdal ...
Highline School Board Testimony: Mandatory Masking Is Unlawful
August 30th, 2022
HIGHLINE SCHOOL BOARD TESTIMONY—JULY 6,2022— MASKSGood evening, Highline School Board Members. I’m Patricia, a retired Seattle School District Teacher and a resident of Burien. The following legal information regarding masking and testing was put together by a citizen group and was reportedly verified by a judge. It has been reported that masks were required for all Highline district employees  an...
Testimony to School Board - Health Protocols
August 28th, 2022
By Gem of the Sound Reporter. Good evening, Highline School Board Directors.  I’m here to review the past 2 plus years of covid protocol mistakes, as I see them, so they are not repeated in the future.   As of August 11, 2022, NBC Universal news reported:  “… the CDC is no longer recommending quarantine, even after exposure, and no ongoing screening in K-12 schools.  The new guidance applies to al...
Testimony To The Highline School Board: Covid Injection Requirements For Teens Violates Constitutional Rights
August 26th, 2022
Testimonial To Highline School Board By Lauren Welch  (8-3-22)Good evening, Highline School Board members. My name is Lauren Welch. I'm here to talk about COVID injection requirements for Highline School District personnel, specifically teens who would like to tutor second and third graders to help them achieve reading success in the Team Read program.Hiring teen coaches in the Highline School Dis...
Highline School Board Summary : 8/17/2022
August 23rd, 2022
Highline School Board Summary : 8/17/2022  Summary is based on Meeting Agenda (includes a brief summary of the Work Session at 4:30pm)Video Recording of August 17, 2022 Board MeetingVideo Recording of August 17, 2022 Work Session Meeting: Entry Plan Engagement.  Dr Duran expressed how “valuable [the] student voice is…students are our key stakeholders.”The District enlisted a UW research group, Cen...
Testimony to School Board - Covid Policies Gone Wrong
August 18th, 2022
Good evening, Highline Board members. My name is Katy Radelich. I had prepared a speech, but I decided that I want to speak from my heart. I don't know what your guys' policy is going to be en masse this year, but I will first off say I'm really glad to see everyone's face tonight and no masks up on the board. But I know OSPI has said that it's going to come down to the school districts, and I kno...
Testimony to School Board - Unethical Employment Policy
August 15th, 2022
Good evening, Highline School Board members. My name is Annemarie Kebre. I had children who attended Highline Schools, and my grandchild-- (actually I have two attending next year). I'm here to talk about removing the required COVID injection or testing as a condition for employment in the Highline School District. I was dismayed to learn that the Highline School District requires all employees to...
Testimony to School Board - Masks are all Wrong
August 11th, 2022
Good evening, Highline School Board Members. I’m Patricia, a member of this community.We have learned that after OSPI dropped the unlawful mask requirement, beginning April 12,2022 making masks optional, an official in the Highline School District chose to require masks in one school in the last two weeks of the academic year.   The directive from that school reads as follows: “Due to the number o...
Reminder: Highline's New Superintendent Zoom 'Meet and Greet' Tonight (8/10/22)
August 10th, 2022
If you would like to meet Dr. Duran by Zoom for a “Meet and Greet”, Normandy Park has a scheduled Education Committee Meeting for August 10th 5pm-6pm.  Attached is a link for the Zoom Meeting.  https://normandyparkwa.gov/event/education-committee-meeting-11/......
Meet the New Superintendent
August 9th, 2022
By Katy Kresly On July 1, 2022, Dr. Ivan Duran, started his new position as the new Highline School District Superintendent, so we invited him to meet with us for an interview. He was not able to meet in person, so he replied by email instead.  We look forward to following up with him in the future as he settles into his new position in the Highline District.  Please see his answers below. If you ...
Highline School Board Summary: 8/3/22
August 8th, 2022
Highline School Board Summary : 8/3/2022Summary is based on Meeting Agenda Video Recording of August 3, 2022 MeetingRoll Call: All members present - 5 Directors & Superintendent present, all in personScheduled Communications:James Payne (Disenrollment)Katy Radelich (Masks)Patricia Bailey (Face Masks)Lauren Welch (Team Read, COVID Regulations)Bonnie Radelich (COVID Protocol)Annemarie Kebre (COVID P...
Summer Math: Learning Together
August 3rd, 2022
By Stuart Jenner In addition to summer reading, as I wrote about recently, I would like to share some thoughts on summer math for both adults and students. Why both adults and students? The simple answer is  that everyone can benefit from review of math facts. The “investigations” and “discovery” techniques that have been widely employed over the past 25 years don’t emphasize extensive practice; i...
Summer Reading with Kids and Teens
July 30th, 2022
By Stuart Jenner One of my favorite summer times’ activities with my children was discussing books they were reading through the King County Library summer reading program. We had great discussions, ranging from the very simple “Bob books” to the higher grade-level books.This summer’s program is outlined here:https://kcls.org/summer/You don’t even need to go to the library to get started; there’s ...
School Board Meeting Summary: 7/6/22
July 12th, 2022
Highline School Board Summary : 7/6/2022Summary is based on Meeting Agenda.   Roll Call: All members present - 4 in person, 1 via phoneScheduled Communications:Patricia Bailey - regarding mask protocol.  She presented a series of State and Federal laws that were being broken by current policies.  Warned against future forced/coerced masking in the schools.  Presented a Public Notice to the Directo...