Gold Star Awards 2017
Do you work with or for a person who has made a significant contribution in our district? The Highline Schools Foundation would like to recognize their work!
The Highline Schools Foundation is holding our Annual Gold Star Awards Breakfast on Friday, April 14 at Cedarbrook Lodge in SeaTac. In March, we will celebrate all the award nominees and announce the winners at the Gold Star Awards BASH!
We encourage you to take this opportunity to give recognition to our outstanding staff and volunteers in Highline Public Schools. The Foundation is actively seeking nominations for all award categories.
An excellent administrator is an instructional leader with strong ethics, dynamic personality, and unyielding commitment to students. The Outstanding Administrator award recognizes an administrator who has effectively motivated, inspired, and supported others in the promotion of excellence. Do you know an outstanding administrator? Nominate them for the Outstanding Administrator Award!
Past recipients of this award include Robin Lamoureux, Parkside Elementary, Principal; Anne Arnold, Director, PreK-3 Early Learning, Instruction & Innovation; Karin Jones, McMicken Heights Elementary; and Chris Larsen, Seahurst Elementary. [read more]
The qualities of an outstanding teacher are manifold. However some of the most important qualities are passion, leadership, classroom management, and content knowledge. Teachers serve several roles and each requires certain qualities and outstanding teachers bring many tools and techniques to the classroom to help students achieve high standards of learning. Do you know an outstanding teacher? Nominate them for the Outstanding Teacher Award. The Gold Star Outstanding Teacher will represent HPS as its Teacher of the Year in the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction sponsored regional contest.
Past recipients of this award include Heidi Jacobson-Beal, Beverly Park Elementary; Yazmin Gil, Hilltop Elementary School; Claire Waistell, Sylvester Middle School; and Lana Baroudi, Bow Lake Elementary School. [read more]
The Gold Star Rookie Teacher of the Year Award was created in 2015 and brings much deserved recognition to exemplary new teachers who have demonstrated outstanding abilities in their field early in their career. All HPS teachers with three (3) or less years of total teaching experience are eligible. Do you know an outstanding rookie teacher? Nominate them for the Gold Star Rookie Teacher of the Year Award.
Past recipients of this award include Meagan Fleming, Parkside Elementary and Kimberly Campi, McMicken Heights Elementary. [read more]
The Outstanding Professional or Classified Support Staff award recognizes one exceptional and dedicated professional or classified support employees within Highline Public Schools. Both professional and classified employees offer indispensable contributions to ensure the quality, diversity and overall mission of Highline Public Schools. Do you know an outstanding staff member? Nominate them for the Outstanding Professional or Classified Support Staff Award!
Past recipients of this award include Ila Hewitt, Paraeducator, Global Connections High School; Barb Wilson, College Access Specialist, Student Advancement; Linda Simpier, Dispatch Manager, Transportation; and Sheri Sutliff, Office Manager, Chinook Middle School. [read more]
The Outstanding Volunteer Award is presented annually to a volunteer who has shown outstanding dedication and commitment to quality education in Highline Public Schools.Do you know someone in the Highline community who deserves special recognition for their volunteering efforts in our schools? Nominate them for the Outstanding Volunteer Award!
Past recipients of this award include Jill Mudge, Gregory Heights Elementary; Bill Tracy, Evergreen Campus, Cascade Middle School; Bow Lake Elementary PAC (Linda Elmore, Cheryl Forbes, Fuki Masuzawa, Cherie Trondson); and Sheri Healey, Mount Rainier High School. [read more]
In 2011, the Highline Schools Foundation created the Outstanding Alumnus Award to spotlight former students of extraordinary achievement. This award recognizes HPS Alumni for their exceptional service to Highline, exemplary service to the community, and personal and professional achievements.
Past recipients of this award include Brad Tilden, Highline High School/President of Alaska Airlines; David Sabey, Highline High School/Sabey Corporation; Dan Satterberg, Highline High School/King County Prosecuting Attorney; and Ray Conner, Highline High School/The Boeing Company. [read more]
Do you know an outstanding graduate? Nominate them for the Outstanding Alumnus award.
Please tell us about your "Gold Star!"
Various individuals have been honored with Gold Star Awards because our community has taken the time to nominate them, but we can't acknowledge them if we don't hear about them! These awards provide our community the opportunity to honor those in our schools and district who have shown outstanding support of students and education and who give all of us inspiration and direction.
Gold Star Awards Nomination Form
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A unique fundraising event featuring cocktails, hors d'oeuvres and beautiful ambiance, showcasing some of Highline Schools Foundation's most impactful programs that for every student Spark an interest ~ Stabilize a need ~ Inspire self-confidence.
February 10, 2017
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With tuition costs rising, financial aid and scholarships are a very necessary piece of the higher education puzzle. Students are encouraged to apply for scholarships in their senior year of high school to help reduce the cost of college. Thanks to generous funders, the Foundation is proud to offer many different types of scholarships with awards up to $20,000—and only one application to complete! Scholarships are open to all graduating seniors who are enrolled full-time in a Highline Public School. [MORE INFORMATION]
Rookie Teacher of the Year, Meagan Fleming, Parkside Elementary pictured with Mike Yellam, Highline Schools Foundation President
Foundation Trustee Carlyn Roedell at Hilltop Elementary with grant checks for "A Book a Day Makes the Firsties Say Yay" - Taylor Newton; "A Visit From a Favorite Author" & "Northwest Barn owls" - Terre Salzer; and "The ART of Community" - Mellissa Frangias
Foundation Trustee (and Pacific Middle School alum!) Justin Kraft at Pacific Middle School with Excel Grant checks for "Come on Let’s Dance" with Ozobot 2.0 and Cozmo - Sandy Gady; Building a Positive School Culture - Loren Liwanag and Shoe Library - Philip Wallen
Foundation Trustee Jan Noorda at North Hill with Excel Grants, including this one for Colleen Thomas-Reitsma for "Aloha! Music Making for a Lifetime with Ukulele's"
For 14 years, Highline Schools Foundation has awarded grants directly to pre-K through 12th grade educators (including teachers, counselors, librarians, and other staff) throughout all Highline Public Schools to support innovative teaching and learning.
A big initiative the Foundation supports is Graduate! Highline. Graduate! Highline was initiated by a group of community and civic leaders, district alumni and passionate supporters of Highline students. The vision is to build a grassroots movement fueled by participation from every corner of the community: individual citizens, local businesses, community-based organizations, faith communities, and corporate business partners.
Our graduation rates are climbing but not nearly fast enough. It is the goal of this movement to create urgency to increase our graduation rates, and to convey a commitment to our students and belief in what they can accomplish.
Highline Schools Foundation makes an impact on every student in our district, every day, by providing the resources they need to excel. We support Highline Public Schools' promise, that "every student is known by name, strength and need, and graduates ready for college, career and citizenship."