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A Story in Photographs:
4 Major Projects + Boundary Changes + 6th Grade Moves Up
Voters overwhelmingly approved our school bond in 2016 and set in motion a series of construction projects. Two new schools and our interim site will open on the first day of school next fall.
Glacier Principal Vicki Fisher met with 600 future Glacier students. She told them about the new school being built for them. Together they discussed and voted on a mascot and colors. Principal Fisher also met with a group of future Glacier parents who are the nucleus of a Glacier Community Advisory Team. They will reach out this spring to invite all of next year's students and families to help create a school with a s trong vision and culture.

A new Des Moines Elementary School is rising fast-- see our time-lapse video. Did you know money from the federal defense budget is helping? 

Thank you, U.S. Congressman Adam Smith and the Port of Seattle for rescuing more than $18 million in noise mitigation funding promised for Des Moines and Highline High School before the FAA shrunk its noise contours. U.S. Rep. Smith, a graduate of Tyee High School, helped write the funds into the federal defense budget with the support of the Port of Seattle.

Mount Rainer High School senior Nathalie Paradise took photos of the construction site for her journalism class at Highline College. She serves as a student representative on our Capital Facilities Advisory Committee to plan future bond projects.

What happens to the old Des Moines Elementary School building? We have no plans to sell it. Its first use will be to store extra items from Highline High School while the new HHS is being constructed. 

Highline High School (HHS) students and staff -- and a future Pirate -- gave feedback to Bassetti architects and the interior designer at a recent design review committee meeting. The group meets one more time and will hold a community meeting in the spring to celebrate the finished design for the new school. 

The old building will close days after school ends. Movers will cart furniture, computers, and teaching materials to the renovated Olympic Interim site where students will attend school during the rebuild. Check the construction news page for future information about a goodbye event in May, and demolition and construction progress. 

Olympic Gets Ready to Host HHS for 2 Years
More than fresh white paint has made a world of difference at the Olympic Interim site. Hundreds of metal plates now attach the existing older buildings to the foundations, improving seismic safety. New portable classrooms will create a temporary modern learning environment for HHS students starting in September 2019. Some classrooms come with new science lab stations and equipment. 

"After seeing the site, I think our staff and students can start looking forward to the move," said Tremain Holloway, co-principal. Holloway and other school and district staff walked through in November to fine tune plans. 

Transition Info & FAQs

School Boundaries & Feeder Patterns Change

Middle School Expands to Include 6th Grade
  • Q&A on the 6th grade transition to middle school
Thank you for your involvement and support as we adjust school boundaries, expand middle school to include sixth grade and open new schools! 

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