Help support Highland Park Wednesday, 12/17 from 5:30 - 7:30 at Barnes & Noble! There will be fun in store activities including stories read aloud by staff and PTA, arts and crafts, and face painting. Also, a percentage of the night’s proceeds will go directly to Highland Park! If you can’t make it in the store, you can shop online* from December 13th - 17th and a percentage of purchases will go toward Highland Park as well.
*Flyers with eligible code available soon.
Highland Park Play Area
Seattle Parks and Recreation invites the community to review the design for the Highland Park Playground Opportunity Fund project and provide comments. The goal of this project is to create a cohesive space that improves the usability, safety, and access to the park and play structures.
Join us on Tuesday, January 13th 2015 from 6:30-7:45 PM here at Highland Park Elementary!
Principal's Update- December 2014
Hello Highland Park Families,
Happy Holidays to you all. I hope this letter finds you well.
We have two new initiatives here at HP that I am excited to share with you. As I began here, the one piece of feedback I often heard from families was how we can collectively support a more positive school climate. One of the basic tenets of education is that children must feel emotionally and physically safe in order to learn. With that in mind, HP began the year using a new curriculum called RULER and initiating a Positive Behavior Intervention Support system, or PBIS.
RULER is a social/emotional curriculum that teaches students and staff how to talk about their state of mind with the goal of supporting those who are having a hard time and continuing to build up those who are feeling good. Each day, in every classroom, we start off with a morning check-in. Students tell one another how they are feeling and, with help from their teacher, identify the emotions they are feeling. We will continue developing this system over the course of the year and beyond.
PBIS is a program that provides student-friendly language around classroom and common area expectations. Ideally all students will hear the same message from all staff members. When you visit, you will begin to see signs throughout the building that articulate the positive behavior we are looking for from students. For example, in the hallways, students “listen to adults and follow directions, keep body to self”, etc. Another example includes the playground where an expectation will be for students to “play saf ely where adults can see [me]”. We will be teaching these behaviors to students explicitly in the coming months. The goal will be for the expectations to become embedded in our culture over the next few years.
If ever you would like to reach me, please feel free to call or email. I am happy to make time to sit down and talk.
Principal, Highland Park Elementary
Monday, December 1st, marks our 15-day Attendance Challenge. Highland Park's attendance Goal is 95% of students, and you can help by bringing your child to school every day on time. The students with PERFECT attendance by December 19th will win a pizza party!