On Friday, January 22 there was a whole staff community lunch around Burien. This lunch included a few selected parents, community members, students, and teachers. Each restaurant included a facilitator who kept the conversation flowing and provided useful questions to deepen the conversation.
I was invited to lunch and learn at Angelo’s in Burien. Our group mainly focused on how to unite the school with parents and community and link each other through the use of translators to break the language barrier.
Kurt Salvatori, a math teacher at Highline High School says, “I’ve had five principals in fourteen years, this creates a problem of having to retrain and re-explain the Highline atmosphere.” He continued to connect the idea of too much turn over to low open house and conference attendance.
We all discussed how important it is for every student to be recognized by at least one adult or trusted staff member. There has also been constantly switching administrators and an ever changing culture. We could create a flow of communication that would also create a positive environment for students and make them want to bring their parents here and hopefully rid Highline of its bad reputation.
Overall, Highline isn’t at its best currently and if we can create a line of communication amongst the students, parents, teachers, and administrators we can begin to improve its culture and make a change for the better.