Another great Oktoberfest! Thank you to everyone who came out to support the Highline Schools Foundation!

Save the Date! We’re moving to Saturday!
Next year’s Oktoberfest is Saturday, October 17th!

To view more photos from the event, please see our gallery on Facebook here!

A very special thank you to all of our tireless volunteers, community supporters, Trustees and district staff who give of their time and talents to support Oktoberfest and our other events throughout the year.

For more information, please contact Erin Lee at 206-631-3119, or

2018 Excel and Impact Grants awarded by our Trustees at Hazel Valley Elementary.

Grant Applications are due Friday, October 18, 2019

Are you a current employee of Highline Public Schools? Do you have a creative idea that you want to implement at your school, in your classroom, or in your department to improve student learning? Applications are now open for the 2019-20 Excel and Impact Grants.

Excel Grants – These grants of up to $2,500 are designed to help a teacher, staff member or administrator with a project in a classroom, grade level, or school.
Impact Grants – These grants of up to $10,000 support a school, department, or other large group of students.

Last year, The Highline Schools Foundation awarded over $125,000 in Excel and Impact  Grants and one $10,000 Impact Grant. Since February 2002, we have distributed nearly $1,000,000 in grants directly to to teachers and staff in support of Highline Public Schools!

For more information, FAQ’s, and 2019-2020 applications for Excel and Impact grants, visit the Grants page here.

Safe storage of guns saves lives lost to suicide and accidents, decreases thefts, unauthorized use, community violence and guns brought to schools. That is why a group of local concerned citizens has come together to hold a Safe Firearm Storage Event at the Burien Community Center on Saturday, March 23 from 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Modeled on the Seattle Children’s Hospital event “Protect Our Children,” the Safe Firearm Storage Giveaway Event will provide attendees a free lock box or trigger lock as well as hands-on training on how to use both devices.

All families living in the Highline School District area are invited to attend this free event. Registration is not required but all recipients must be 18 years of age or older. Over 600 devices have been purchased and will be distributed on a first come, first served basis. Each attendee will receive one free lock box or trigger lock per person (maximum two per household.) No ID will be required.

CHI Franciscan, Kaiser Permanente, and the Alliance for Gun Responsibility have come together to sponsor this free event. Spanish translators will be available and there will be a kids area with activities to keep them occupied.

Date: Saturday, March 23, 2019
Location: Burien Community Center, 14700 – 6th Avenue SW, Burien, WA 98166.
Time: 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

The event is endorsed by Highline Public Schools; Highline Schools Foundation; and the police departments in Burien, Des Moines, Normandy Park, and SeaTac and The King County Sheriff’s Office.

Thank you Sponsors

Alliance for Gun Responsibility Foundation

Gun violence is preventable. Join us in embracing gun responsibility and fighting for policies that can end the crisis of gun violence in our communities.

CHI Franciscan Health/Highline Medical Center

As part of CHI Franciscan Health, one of the largest health care systems in the Seattle-Tacoma area, Highline Medical Center provides expert care for people throughout the region.

Kaiser Permanente

We’re dedicated to improving the health of our members and the communities we serve, by creating safe, healthy environments and providing care and coverage for all.

Each year, the Highline Schools Foundation solicits nominations from community members, district employees and parents for its prestigious and much-anticipated Gold Star Awards. This year’s list of impressive nominees includes well-deserving teachers, staff, administrators and volunteers. Highline Schools Foundation congratulates them all and looks forward to celebrating them at the Gold Star Awards BASH on March 14, 2019 (info below).

The 2019 Gold Star Award Nominees Are …

Outstanding Alumnus

  • Shellie Hart, Warm 106.9; Highline High School Alumni
  • Ratany Sieng, Highline Public Schools; Mount Rainier High School Alumni
  • Adam Smith, United States House of Representatives representing Washington’s 9th congressional district; Tyee High School Alumni
  • Pat Thompson, Evergreen High School Alumni; YES Foundation of White Center

Outstanding Administrator

  • Jacqueline Downey, Evergreen High School, Principal
  • Kathy Emerick, Director Of Teacher Initiatives
  • David Estes, Puget Sound Skills Center, Assistant Principal
  • Alicia Gaynor, Chinook Middle School, Assistant Principal
  • Kimberly Kinzer, Teaching, Learning and Leadership, Executive Director
  • Chad Kodama, Sylvester Middle School, Assistant Principal
  • Adina Thea, Mount View Elementary, Principal

Outstanding Rookie Teacher

  • Kacie Harada, Parkside Elementary, Teacher – Kindergarten
  • Erin Hocevar Ortiz, Evergreen High School, Teacher – Dance, PE
  • Cooper Johnson, Marvista, Teacher – Grade 4
  • Kelly Morris, Hilltop Elementary, Teacher – Grade 1
  • Jesse Perez, Hazel Valley Elementary, Teacher – ILC Intermediate Elementary
  • Jeannie Rakamnuaykit, White Center Heights Elementary, Teacher – Grade 4

Outstanding Staff (Professional or Classified Support)

  • Iris Andaluz Oregon, Gregory Heights Elementary, ELL Paraprofessional
  • Ryan Bunda, McMicken Heights Elementary, Counselor
  • Dominick Fischburg, Beverly Park Elementary, Custodian
  • Deborah Gardner, Parkside Elementary, Paraeducator
  • Lory Hidano, Gregory Heights Elementary, Counselor
  • Logan Hood, Madrona Elementary, Paraeducator
  • Heather Mathias, McMicken Heights Elementary, Office Assistant
  • Trish McGuire, Raisbeck Aviation High School, Office Manager
  • NIkki Nguyen, Hilltop Elementary, Paraprofessional/Office Assistant
  • Kathy Onorati, Pacific Middle School, Dean
  • Andrew Ritsema, Marvista, Counselor
  • Leah Soenke Ruona, Seahurst Elementary, Paraeducator
  • Melanie Terhune, Southern Heights Elementary, Office & Library Assistant
  • Karen Thamert, Valley View ELC, Paraeducator
  • Karissa Vala, Pacific Middle School, Office Manager

Outstanding Teacher

  • Jeb Binns, Highline High School, Teacher – History/Social Studies
  • Catherine Cassidy, Pacific Middle School, Teacher
  • Zanovia Clark, Mount View Elementary, Teacher – Grade 2
  • Wendy Colmus, Seahurst Elementary, Teacher – Math Instructional Coach
  • Nora Duarte, Hilltop Elementary, Teacher – Dual Language
  • Amanda Eastgard, Cascade Middle School, Teacher – Grade 8/Language Arts
  • Meagan Fleming, Parkside Elementary, Teacher
  • Denise Gardner Young, Marvista, 3rd Grade Teacher
  • Emily Gunn, Seahurst Elementary, Teacher
  • Nicole Jones, McMicken Heights Elementary, Teacher – Grade 2
  • Ken Kulk, Pacific Middle School, Teacher – Special Education
  • Jonathan McKernan, Hilltop Elementary, Teacher
  • Melissa Neely, Cascade Middle School, Teacher – Special Education
  • Jordan Reni, White Center Heights Elementary, Teacher – 2nd Grade Dual Language Spanish
  • Schell Ross, Pacific Middle School, Teacher
  • Leticia Yellam, Hilltop Elementary, Dual Language Facilitator

Outstanding Volunteer

  • Kari Bell, Marvista Elementary
  • Beth and Scott Davis, Cascade Middle School
  • Tyrone Dunn, Parkside Elementary, Communtiy Volunteer
  • Linda Farnsworth, Gregory Heights Elementary
  • John Feeney, New Start High School and Cascade Middle School
  • Abigail Hoffman, Parkside Elementary
  • Maria Perez, Cedarhurst Elementary
  • Long Phan, Evergreen High School
  • Maria Santiago, Hilltop Elementary
  • April Swansiger, Mount Rainier High School and Pacific Middle School, Orchestra Volunteer
  • Heather Volkers, Cedarhurst Elementary

Gold Star Awards BASH!

We have many wonderful outstanding employees and volunteers in the Highline Public Schools and The Gold Star Awards BASH is the place to honor and celebrate everyone who was nominated.

The Gold Star Award winners will be announced at the Gold Star Awards BASH! on Thursday, March 14, 2019 at the Beach Park Event Center in Des Moines. Whether you are supporting a specific nominee or just want to be in on the fun and be the first to hear who wins … you don’t want to miss the party!

February is DRESS DRIVE Month!
Help send local girls to their prom in style

Project PROMise Logo 2018

Highline Schools Foundation is celebrating the 11th year of Project PROMise, their outreach program in which new and gently used formal dresses are collected from our community and given to local students in need so they can attend their prom in style!

All month, we are collecting new and gently worn prom-appropriate dresses (formal, prom, homecoming, bridesmaids, party dresses), wraps, shoes (strappy sandals, pumps, mid to high heels), and jewelry from our community. This spring, Highline School District high school students in need will be invited to “go shopping” for the perfect dress and accessories for their prom.

Donations can be dropped off at the Highline Schools Foundation office year-round (located inside the Highline Public Schools central office at 15675 Ambaum Blvd. SW, Burien) or the following schools and locations in February:

  • Burien Community Center: 14700 6th Ave SW, Burien
  • Big Picture Schools: 440 South 186th Street, Burien
  • Evergreen High School: 830 SW 116th St, Seattle
  • Highline High School: 225 S. 152nd St, Burien
  • Mount Rainier High School: 22450 19th Ave S, Des Moines
  • Pollock Insurance: 654 S 152nd St, Burien
  • Tyee High School: 4424 S. 188th St, SeaTac

Donations Accepted

Highline Schools Foundation welcomes donations of new and gently worn long and short formal dresses in all sizes, especially small sizes (0-4) and plus sizes.

Accessories, including wraps, shoes, jewelry, handbags, and undergarments (strapless bras, Spanx) are also needed. Since proms are held in May and June, spring colors are preferred.

Monetary donations and donations of services are also greatly appreciated! A Project Promise sponsorship provides individuals and businesses great exposure in our community and provides Highline Schools Foundation with resources to be able to support Project PROMise and other important programs to help students in Highline Public Schools. Please contact Anne Baunach, Highline Schools Foundation Executive Director, for more information about sponsorship opportunities available for all foundation programs and events. or (206) 631-3120.

Thank you Burien Community Center and Burien Parks and Recreation!

A very big THANK YOU to Burien Community Center and Burien Parks and Recreation for their partnership support of Project PROMise!

Highline Schools Foundation supports many programs across Highline Public Schools. Some of these programs include Excel and Impact Grants to teachers and staff in Highline Public Schools to support innovation in the classroom. In 2018, they awarded over $122,065 in Excel and Impact grants. Student basic needs including evening and weekend food, shoes, backpacks and school supplies, and clothing; and scholarships to Highline Public School graduates who plan to attend 2-year and 4-year colleges and universities as well as trade schools. In 2018, they awarded nearly $210,000 in scholarships.

Highline Schools Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit charitable corporation and your donation is tax deductible to the fullest extent allowed by the law. Tax ID # 91-2020506

Equity and Computer Science for All-May Ovalles
2017 Impact Grant Winner – “Coding, Equity & Computer Science for All” submitted by May Ovalles

The Foundation’s Impact Grant awards $10,000 to one school or program in the district for an opportunity that aligns with the Highline Public Schools strategic plan in a way that impacts a large number of students. Last year’s Impact Grant recipient May Ovalle, Assistant Principal at North Hill Elementary wrote “Washington State adopted K-12 Computer Science Learning Standards to provide baseline technology literacy and access to Computer Science for all students. Highline Public Schools has a goal of graduating Tech Literate and Tech Savvy students by 2026.  At North Hill we believe in order for us to meet these goals we need to start in elementary school.” Below is her final report about the success of this program …

The Proposal

Our 5th & 6th graders, who make up a quarter of the student population, have participated in computer science exploration with’s Hour of Code the past few years.  This year our goal is to go beyond the Hour of Code. This means that not only will our students participate during Computer Science Week in December 2017, we want to immerse all our 6th graders in a Computer Science Fundamentals unit.

After that, we want to include our 5th grade team to incorporate a few coding and computer science lessons into their math or science classes.  Eventually, we are hoping to tryout 2-3 computer science lessons and activities at each grade level.

Students are interested in doing more with computer programming. The game driven lessons along with the strong computational thinking, problem solving, group work and critical internet safety basics incorporated into these games and activities work to engage students while they learn coding and computer science fundamentals. 

Our Science teacher, Ms. Juvinall, is our lead for Hour of Code, and continues to increase the number of computer science lessons in her classes. She wants to do more. Students want to do more. But currently it is difficult to get consistent access to a class set of devices.

This grant would give our students that consistent and predictable access to devices that is necessary in order to plan for a computer science unit of study, not just a week of activities. We feel that it is essential that Ms. Juvinall has a dedicated classroom set of devices in order to intentionally plan for a unit of Computer Science for all 6th graders. Our focus will be on 3 of the 7 core practices for computing: Fostering an Inclusive & Diverse Computing Culture, Collaboration, and Recognizing & Defining Computational Problems.

How will students benefit?

Our students are eager to have more computer science. Research shows that students start to disengage from their learning in 4th or 5th grade. We want to leverage their interest in coding and computer science to increase their engagement in their core classes. In other words, our students will build their foundational skills, not just computer science skills.  For example, the generalizable concept of Computational Thinking can be applied to Literacy, Mathematics, and Science.

Research shows that students who have exposure to computer science in K-12, have a greater chance of majoring in this field.  We hope the core practice of Fostering an Inclusive and Diverse Computing Culture will help us encourage our girls and our under-represented student population for the long run: to enroll in Design & Engineering in middle school, Computer Science Principles in high school, and eventually major in Computer Science in college.


Our 6th graders are doing original coding and so will our 5th and 4th graders, not just writing code to solve problems or puzzles, but creating their own videos by writing their code.

We set out to increase the lessons that our 6th and 5th grade students are able to spend on computer science during the year. In the future we were looking to expand the coding experience to 3rd and 4th, then eventually all grades K through 6th grade.

This year with the daily access to the Chromebooks we were able to purchase through the generous donation of the Impact Grant our 6th graders were able do more with computer science. In fact they did so well that visited our 6th graders twice last year, interviewed them during the Hour of Code week and came back a second time to video tape the class in action and Ms. Juvinall asking her about computer science and her thoughts on CS in the classroom and how her students have engaged with the course.

This grant has definitely made an impact in our school by raising the profile of computer science in all grade levels. All grades participated in at least one Computer Science coding experience including all our Kindergarten students. And they all did so well and enjoyed the experience that our Hour of Code this year is expected to be even better!

Our 6th graders are doing original coding and so will our 5th and 4th graders, not just writing code to solve problems or puzzles, but creating their own videos by writing their code. The computer science practices we wanted to focus on were: Fostering an Inclusive and Diverse Computing Culture, Collaboration, and Recognizing & Defining Computational Problems.

This grant has definitely made an impact in our school by raising the profile of computer science in all grade levels.

We are also still waiting for our video made from last year’s visits and interviews! This year, our 5th and 6th grade classes will do some partner programming with their reading buddies in Kinder or 1st grade!

The work was so well received last year by our 4th, 5th and 6th graders that when the opportunity to start TechBridge (a 12-week after school program specifically targeted towards girls to provide equity, access, and an increase in interest for computer science majors in college) there was enough interest from the 5th & 6th grade girls for 2 sessions! The program blends computer science, engineering, design principles and a maker vibe and in fact, the boys wanted their opportunity too, so a boys TechBridge group will start in the Spring!!

Our girls have been definitely inspired by their time in coding. The girls are much more involved in discourse and put forth their work and ideas in math and science classes. This is exactly what we hoped we would see when we wrote this grant! The computer science practices we wanted to focus on were: Fostering an Inclusive and Diverse Computing Culture, Collaboration, and Recognizing & Defining Computational Problems and the work that students do in our 5th and 6th grade classes plus their after school program address all these practices.

In addition, our 5th grade science teacher has incorporated some computer science lessons in her science classes. And our 6th grade teacher continues to increase the opportunities that her classes engage with computer science. Both teachers work with all the students in their grade level since our school is departmentalized in 5th and 6th grade. Many of our students are already looking forward to enrolling in STEM related electives in middle school and high school.

We used all the grant funding as requested to purchase a class set of Chromebooks for our 6th grade Science class. continues to be a free resource! These Chromebooks are used by all 6th graders since Ms. Juvinall teaches Science to all the 6th graders and this year the 6th graders are partner programming with their Kindergarten buddies. However, the students using the devices purchased through the grant are not the only ones who benefited. The new computers allowed the 5th grade classes to have more devices to share and that increased their opportunities to engage in computer science.

We are extremely appreciative of the generosity and support that the Highline Schools Foundation provides all the schools in Highline. However, we at North Hill are especially appreciative of receiving this grant that allowed us to jump start our computer science whole school learning last year. We will continue to work towards a more robust computer science program in all our grades. Thank you.

~ May Ovalles, North Hill Elementary School
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Learn about the importance of safe firearm storage and receive a free lock box or trigger lock on March 23 at Burien Community Center

This free Safe Firearm Storage Giveaway Event is happening Saturday, March 23, 2019 at the Burien Community Center

Safe storage of guns saves lives lost to suicide and accidents, decreases thefts, unauthorized use, community violence, and guns brought to schools. Receive hands-on training on how to use a lock box and trigger lock.

Supplies are limited. First come, first served. No ID required. We will provide one free lock box or trigger lock per person (maximum two per household.) Recipient must be 18 or older.

Where: Burien Community Center
14700 – 6th, Avenue SW, Burien, WA 98166

When: Saturday, March 23, 2019
10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

To learn more about safe firearm storage, visit or

Event is sponsored by: CHI Franciscan Health & Kaiser Permanente.  Endorsed by Highline Public Schools; Highline Schools Foundation; and the Police Departments in Burien, Des Moines, Normandy Park, SeaTac, and White Center.
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Washington State Education Superstar, Dr. Susan Enfield,
Wins Top Honor for both Leadership and Fundraising Skills

The National School Foundations Association

The National School Foundations Association (NSFA) is proudly announcing the selection of Dr. Susan Enfield of Highline Public Schools in Burien, Washington as the 2018 National Superintendent of the Year. Dr. Enfield, selected through a nationwide search, will be honored at the 14th Annual NSFA Conference in San Diego, February 11-13, 2019.

NSFA Executive Director Robin Callahan praised Dr. Enfield as a uniquely strong advocate for community support of public education, and a remarkable collaborator with her district’s Education Foundation: “Their partnership is making a difference in the lives of the nearly 19,000 students in the district. Together they are improving high school graduation rates, closing the achievement gap for English language learners, and creating a culture of success.”

The promise of Highline Public Schools is to know every student by name, strength and need so they graduate prepared for the future they choose.

During her tenure in Highline Public Schools, Dr. Enfield has worked side by side with the Highline Schools Foundation to secure major grants and donations from many sources, including Alaska Airlines, Boeing and the Biller Family Foundation.

According to Highline Schools Foundation Executive Director, Anne Baunach, Enfield welcomes her role as a fundraiser-in-chief, and promotes the Foundation to school parents, community members and potential donors. “I have worked with numerous superintendents in my role as parent-volunteer, school board member, development professional and now foundation employee. I truly have never met anyone with the commitment to students that Dr. Enfield brings.”  Her efforts have paid off with the renovation of school facilities, and a strategic plan dedicated to creating a culturally responsive school climate, meeting both the social emotional and academic needs of students and encouraging digital and media literacy for all students.

Dr. Enfield is a former high school English, journalism and ELL teacher, and she served as Chief Academic Officer and then as Interim Superintendent for Seattle Public Schools before coming to Highline in 2012. She is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley, and earned master’s degrees from Stanford University and Harvard University. She also holds a doctoral degree in Administration,Planning and Social Policy from Harvard’s Urban Superintendents Program.

The award was created by the National School Foundation Association to recognize the important role played by school superintendents in engaging the community to ensure all students have the resources they need to succeed. NSFA leads the preK-12 education foundation movement, providing connection, training and resources to increase student success through strategic philanthropic investment and involvement. Learn more at NSFA National Superintendent of the Year Award is sponsored by the Omaha Public Schools Foundation with in-kind support from Foundant Technologies.

Highline Schools Foundation is pleased to announce they awarded over $122,000 in grants to teachers and staff in support of Highline Public Schools!

The foundation’s grant program supports classroom innovation and equity. It provides teachers and staff funds that support student success in Highline Public Schools. Excel Grants provide up to $2,500 for a project that benefits a group, classroom or school. An Impact Grant provides up to $10,000 for a program that impacts a large group of students. This year the review committee funded 92 Excel grants and two Impact grants.

“Being able to provide teachers and staff with grant funding is critical,” said Anne Baunach, Highline Schools Foundation Executive Director. “Grants put resources for student success directly into the hands of teachers and staff, who understand what our students need to be successful!”

Grants were given out via the Foundation’s “Prize Patrol”—surprise visits by Foundation Trustees to staff meetings, classrooms and assemblies during which the grants were awarded to excited and deserving district teachers and staff.

Sylvester Middle School
Highline Schools Foundation Trustees Scott and Patti Gifford and Executive Director Anne Baunach present Excel and Impact grants to teachers and staff at Sylvester Middle School.

Impact Grants

“Aquaponics for Sustainability” (Sylvester Middle School) submitted by Joanna Rodriguez
Aquaponics is the perfect teaching tool for core STEM subjects like Math, Biology, Chemistry and Engineering. Students will study edible fish, edible plants and bacteria interacting in a living ecosystem. Students will perform water quality tests and measure growth rates of the edible fish and plants. By doing this type of research and data collection, students will develop and understand ideas that can really impact and benefit humanity.

“Leveling the Playfield for All Students Through Musical Instruments.” (Hazel Valley Elementary) written by Marla Evans will add outdoor instruments to the school playground. Currently during recess, students with limited mobility are not able to play on equipment or safely navigate the field. Similarly, students with language barriers, such as our English Language Learners and students with verbal delays find it difficult to engage with other students. ‘Freenotes’ are universally designed musical instruments accessible to all ages and abilities and designed and built for sustainable and authentic outdoor play. Because each instrument is tuned, groupings of instruments play harmoniously which encourages cooperative group play.
Highlights of this year’s Excel Grant recipients (92 grants were funded in total):

Mount Rainier High School
Caption: Joe Van (HPS Board President and Foundation Emeritus Trustee) and Foundation Trustee Marco Milanese visited Mount Rainier High School deliver Excel Grants to support STEM Education, Literacy & Arts, and Struggling Learners.

Mount Rainier High School

  • Biotechnology in the Classroom will outfit the classroom with equipment that will allow students to practice and understand some fundamentals of biotechnology like micropipetting and gel electrophoresis. Grant recipient: Jolly Meloottu
  • Mount Rainier Pacific Islander Arts and Academic Development will fund educational and cultural leadership workshops and provide costumes, accessories, props and equipment for the Samoan Arts & Academic Competition. Students work all year to learn the dances, songs and transitions of the PI culture which helps them develop pride in their community as well as develop pride in themselves. Grant recipient: Ginger Lotulelei
  • Reading for Meaning (Reading for Meaning and Success, Si Sé Puede) supports the needs of all students in the areas of reading, language development and academic growth at MRHS. Through support in RfM, each student can acquire the skills to become knowledgeable, inquisitive and empowered to meet the requirements for graduation and become contributing members of their community and global society. Grant recipient: Deana Shuck
Hazel Valley Elementary
Hazel Valley teachers received 3 Excel Grants and 1 Impact Grant totaling $14,400! Foundation Trustee Scott Lautman and Executive Director Anne Baunach visited Hazel Valley where they found many excited teachers!

Hazel Valley Elementary

  • Stepping into the Holocaust: The Diary of Anne Frank Live will bring 13-year-old Anne Frank’s sobering true story of eight people living in hiding in Nazi occupied Holland during World War II to life at a live performance at Seattle Children’s Theater. Students will be energized to incorporate socially passionate details in their writing and reading understanding with this amazing play! Grant recipient: Jenny Haaland
  • The Butterfly Scientists of 2nd Grade! will help prepare students for college and career in the 21st century by offering them learning experiences that develop their inquisitiveness, collaboration, and critical thinking skills. Students will develop these essential skills through the observation of the butterfly life cycle in the classroom and the observation of butterflies in their natural habitat at the Pacific Science Center. Grant recipient: Sydney Ladinos
  • Washington State Living History Program at Camp Waskowitz funds a Living History Field Trip at Waskowitz Outdoor School where students will travel back in time to the pioneer period in the Snoqualmie River Valley. Students experience hands on activities at 4 stations (Homestead, Mining, Railroad and Logging) that will help them learn about Washington State History. Students rave about using real tools while mining for gold, building a railroad, making biscuits over a campfire or doing laundry on a washboard. Grant recipient: Jairo Garcia

The Foundation also funded 4th grade field trips to Camp Waskowitz for Des Moines, Hazel Valley, Madrona, and Seahurst Elementary students.

North Hill Elementary
Caption: Foundation Trustee Scott Lautman at Hazel Valley Elementary School

North Hill Elementary School

  • Nancy Becker’s 12-week after-school program “TechBOYS!” will help 5th and 6th grade boys focus on their engineering and coding talents. Through this program, students will be able to see examples of what real scientists do and the process in which they do it. This complements the school’s TechBridge program for female students.
  • Kinders Are Social Readers! – Lucy O’Keefe’s kindergarten students love of reading will be nurtured through interactive read-aloud times that emphasize vocabulary and comprehension. Students will also read with partners on specialized reading mats that help students learn to sit together and share books, building their fluency and joy of reading!
  • Instruments for All! – Music Teacher Leah Stephens class will receive a new xylophone and two new glockenspiels. With these instruments, students will be able to explore a wider range of musical skills & individual creativity.
  • Thanks to a grant awarded to May Ovalles for her project “North Hill’s Year-Round Accessible Garden Beds,” North Hill will be able to create year-round accessible garden beds to help increase students’ awareness of the environment, where our food comes from and how to give back to the community.

A complete list of this year’s winners and grant details is available on the 2018-2019 Funded Grants page and Prize Patrol photos can be found on Facebook: & Twitter:

About the Highline Schools Foundation
The Highline Schools Foundation supports the work of Highline Public Schools which serves the communities of Burien, Des Moines, Normandy Park, Beverly Park, SeaTac, and White Center. They are the only non-profit organization which supports all schools in Highline Public Schools. The mission of the organization is to unite community support for innovative and equitable learning across Highline Public Schools. The Foundation is funded solely by private contributions and operates separately from Highline Public Schools. More information can be found on their website at:

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$10 Million Mark - Check Presentation 2Last night at the Highline Public Schools Board Meeting, we announced we have now provided over $10 million in support to Highline Public Schools. The announcement was made by Foundation President Travis Exstrom and Executive Director Anne Baunach.

“The Foundation began as an all-volunteer group in 1999 wanting to make a difference for the students in Highline Public Schools,” shared Travis Exstrom. “Since that time, we have expanded our work to help remove barriers that impede student success. Our goal is to help ensure that students have the resources they need to graduate prepared for the future that they choose.”

Highline Schools Foundation supports many programs across Highline Public Schools. Some of these programs include:

  • Excel & Impact Grants: The Foundation awards grants to teachers and staff in Highline Public Schools to support innovation in the classroom. In 2018, they awarded over $122,065 in Excel and Impact grants.
  • Student Basic Needs: The Foundation provides resources for students in need including evening and weekend food; shoes; backpacks and school supplies; and clothing.
  • Graduate! Highline: The Foundation funds district programs that help students graduate including COLLEGECON, College Campus Visits, STEM Fest, and Career Pathways.
  • Scholarships: The Foundation awards scholarships to Highline Public School graduates that are attending 2-year and 4-year colleges and universities as well as trade schools. In 2018, they awarded nearly $210,000 in scholarships.

“We are thrilled to be a partner in the education of Highline Public School students,” shared Anne Baunach, Executive Director. “We are excited that we have hit the $10 million mark in support, but this is only the beginning. As the needs of our students increase, we are committed to helping Highline Public Schools reach the bold goals in their strategic plan by raising and providing funds for critical programs.”

We will celebrate this milestone at several events throughout our 20th anniversary year including the Gold Star Fundraising Breakfast on April 19, 2019.

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