Weekly Message: 4/6/2018

Hello Marvista Families, During the coming weeks, students in grades 3-6 will be taking the Smarter Balanced Assessment (SBA). The SBA is our state-required annual check-up on learning. It measures how well students and schools are performing on our state’s learning standards. Washington’s learning standards define what students should know and be able to do by …

Weekly Message: 3/30/2018

Hello Marvista Families, As we shared in February one of our highest priorities is keeping everyone in our school safe every day. In February we shared the many steps we take to keep students safe and to be prepared for emergencies. This week, we took additional actions to be prepared for the worst of emergencies, …

Weekly Message: 3/23/2018

Happy Spring Marvista! Today I’d like to share about a Meta-moment strategy we are using around our school to help students (and adults!) feel more calm and focused throughout the day. The strategy is called “hand breathing”, and it is one I encourage you to ask your student about! I’ll describe it below but it’s …

Weekly Message: 3/16/2018

Keeping Students Challenged at Marvista Hello Families! One of our priorities at Marvista is to make sure learners at all levels are appropriately challenged to prepare them for middle school, high school, and beyond. Part of this happens in the classroom, through differentiation strategies that teachers apply for students at, below, or above grade level. …

Weekly Message: 3/9/2018

Hello Marvista Families! This is Andrew Ritsema, your School Counselor, with some information this week on our students’ sleep. First, it is important to note that the National Institute of Health (NIH) states that poor sleep can cause or exacerbate myriad problems: “Your ability to function and feel well while you’re awake depends on whether …

Weekly Message: 3/2/2018

Hello Marvista Families, This week all students participated in class meetings where teachers reviewed important information related to bullying. While our school discipline data is dramatically improved over the last several years and students are reporting through surveys that they feel safe on campus, this is a topic that we will never be done teaching our …

Weekly Message: 2/23/2018

Emergency Preparation: How We Practice Keeping Safe One of our highest priorities is keeping everyone in our school safe every day, and also in the event of emergencies. We take a variety of steps at Marvista: Our Emergency Preparedness Team meets monthly to review, revise and improve our safety procedures. Our PBIS program models safe …

Weekly Message: 2/15/2018

NO SCHOOL this Friday, the 16th and next Monday, the 19th, for mid-winter break and President’s Day. We will return to class at normal hours on Tuesday, Feb. 20th. If you ever need to check our school calendar, please see the calendar link on the main Highline webpage or click here for 2017-2018 school calendar. …

Weekly Message: 2/9/2018

Hello Marvista Families! This week I would like to share with you an idea to help your family communicate better, bond you together and have some fun as well. Introducing the weekly family meeting! While the idea of having another meeting in your life may initially cause you to roll your eyes and sigh, I …

Weekly Message: 1/19/2018

Greetings Marvista Families! This is Andrew Ritsema, your school counselor, and this week I would like to share some ideas on how to respond to your child if he/she lies to you. Our responses in situations like these have a powerful influence on their self-perception and so we need to be mindful of the things …