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October 18, 2019

  

Spartan Families,

Thank you to the many families who attended our Drugs and Alcohol in our Community presentation earlier this week.  I hope the information and resources we provided answered many of your questions about substance abuse education and prevention, both at Skyline and in our community.  Addressing substance abuse is a ‘WE’ thing and I appreciate the support and partnerships from students, staff, families, and our community. 

I would like to extend a special thank you to the many community organizations who were on campus prior to our presentation to answer questions and distribute literature.  These organizations volunteered their time to be with our community, and we are grateful for their help.

  • Influence the Choice
  • Friend of Youth
  • DEA
  • Safeway
  • Eastside Fire and Rescue
  • CrossPath Cousneling
  • Youth Eastside Services
  • Rite-Aid
  • WA State Liquor and Cannabis Board
  • School Based Mental Health Counselor
  • Skyline School Counselors

The PowerPoint we used during our presentation is currently posted on our website.  Prior to adding the video, we will add close captioning and we are hoping to post the video sometime next week.  We are also in the process of organizing the questions which were submitted electronically, and are hoping to post answers to question themes next week as well.

On a positive note, at the Mid-Term 1 grading period, we have 150 fewer individual course failing grades than we did at this time last year (522 in 2018 vs. 372 in 2019).  This is significantly fewer F’s even though we added a 7th period, or 2,100 more course offerings to our total course count.

Although it might be hard to pinpoint exactly why there is such a decrease, I am cautiously optimistic that our implementation of Flex Time, discussions around equitable/student centered grading practices, and our continued efforts to build quality relationships with students are combining to make our students feel supported and successful!

We will continue to look at data and make adjustments in our professional practice, but I think it is important to celebrate our achievements. 

Thank you for your continued support!

Keith Hennig – Principal Skyline High School

 

October 10, 2019

Skyline Families,

Thank you for the tremendous amount of support you have shown our students, staff, and school the last week.  I deeply appreciate everyone reaching out via email, phone, and in person to show support, your compassion and offer assistance.  Addressing substance abuse is a TEAM effort, and it is humbling to know so many people want to be part of the solution.

For those attending the “Drugs and Alcohol in Our Community” presentation on October 16th, the presentation will take place in the Spartan (main) Gym from 7:00-8:30pm.  Parking may be limited, so we have coordinated with Mary Queen of Peace and Sammamish Lutheran churches for overflow parking.  Please only park in identified overflow parking spots – for Mary Queen of Peace, please park in the south side of the lot only.

From 5:45-6:45pm, in our Skyline Commons, various community organizations will provide resources and be available to answer any questions. 

Below is the agenda for the presentation starting at 7:00pm – our goal is to provide information to families from many angles of substance abuse.

7:00 – 7:20          Keith Hennig (Skyline Principal) – Education and Prevention at Skyline

7:20 – 7:35          Dr. Yarid (KC Associate Medical Examiner) – Fentanyl: Dangers, Forms and Effects

7:35 – 7:45          Nate Greiert (King County Sheriff’s Deputy) – Drug Trends

7:45 – 8:00          Jerry Blackburn (Influence the Choice) – Parent Resources & Support

8:00 – 8:30          Question & Answer

 

During the Questions & Answer portion of our presentation, all presenters, as well as several school based counselors, will answer questions posed by audience members.  Questions will be submitted electronically, and a recap of the questions and answers will be posted on our website, along with video of the presentation.

 

Due to limited seating capacity, and a need for Skyline families to come together, I ask that non-Skyline families please attend the City of Sammamish Community Event in response to the fentanyl crisis on November 7th, 6:00-8:30pm at Central Washington University.  Much of the same information will be communicated at the city organized event.

 

Thank for your understanding and support – please let me know if you have any questions.

 

Keith Hennig – Principal Skyline High School

  

 

 

September 19, 2019

Spartan Families,

I hope to see you tonight at Curriculum Night - please click HERE for the schedule of events.

I wanted to take this opportunity to provide more detailed information about how Flex Time will operate at Skyline. As you may already know, Flex Time provides academic intervention and support twice during most weeks - on Tuesdays following 1st period (45 minutes) and Wednesdays following 6th period (50 minutes).

This year, Flex Time was added to our weekly schedule, largely because students had difficulty accessing teachers and resources outside the regular school day. In the past, if students needed to receive extra tutoring from a teacher, make up a test or quiz, or work on homework it was only possible before or after school. For students riding the bus, participating in extracurricular activities such as athletics/clubs, or committed to family/work obligations, it was particularly difficult to access our school sponsored supports. Now, through Flex Time we have almost 100 minutes per week for students to meet with teachers, participate in academic interventions, or quietly complete homework.  Some Flex Times will also include school business such as surveys, assemblies and social/emotional lessons. In short, the more we can do during the school day, the less students will have to do at home.

To help with logistics, will be utilizing an online platform called FlexiSCHED to manage many aspects of Flex Time including: students signing up for teacher offerings, teachers requesting students, attendance, and data collection. The Flex Time process begins with teachers creating academic offerings (i.e. test make up, tutoring, skill work) in FlexiSCHED, followed by students accessing the FlexiSCHED platform to sign up for Flex Time offerings in two week segments. During class, teachers will also be communicating Flex Time offerings so students know exactly when and where they can receive support. Starting in October, students will also have the opportunity to select the library/upper commons as a place to quietly work on homework. We believe every student can benefit from Flex Time and we are dedicated to listening to students, staff, and families in order to make our Flex Time an extremely valuable piece of our weekly schedule.

As a parent/guardian, I would appreciate your help and support to ensure students know how precious this time can be.  Over the last few years, I have heard from students and families about homework loads, lack of supports during the school day, and insufficient time to make up missing assignments/assessments. Flex Time is our change to address these concerns – but it is going to take the support of all stakeholders to make it a success.  Our Flex Time calendar will be posted on our website, along with video tutorials and sign-up instructions, and I encourage you to talk with your student about current and future school work and verify that they are signed up for Flex Time offerings as well as their plan to take advantage of the time.  

Flex time is not a time to leave campus, get something to eat, or wander around the school. Attendance will be taken and students are expected to be in their specific Flex Time location, actively using the time to find balance and success by focusing on their individual academic needs.

Next week, we begin our first two Flex Time offerings. Earlier this week, students signed up for our 9/24 and 9/25 Flex Times, and on 9/25 students will be signing up for Flex Time offerings on 10/1, 10/2, 10/8 and 10/9.

I realize some of you may have concerns about this new support system, but please keep an open mind and be willing to work with us to make Flex Time powerful for our students and staff.

Let me know if you have any questions and thank you in advance for your support!

Keith Hennig – Principal Skyline High School 

 

 

September 5, 2019

Spartan Families,

Welcome back to another awesome year at Skyline!  If there is one word to describe the last two days on campus, it would be EXCITEMENT!  With music playing in the morning, students getting acquainted with their new teachers, and the many, “Week of Welcome” activities sponsored by our ASB, there were a lot of smiles on student faces. 

Tomorrow, we get to keep the momentum going with our first, “High-5 Friday” of the year and an all-school ASB led assembly filled with music, games, and activities.  When the week is done, I hope that it will have been a great experience for your student and laid a foundation for another successful year at Skyline.

I would also like to take this opportunity to thank all our Spartan Families for the trust and support you show us – it truly takes a village.  Whether you volunteer at the school, attend evening events, join the PTSA or Booster Club, participating in your child’s life at Skyline is crucial to the social, emotional, and academic success of all our students.  Thanks in advance for everything you will do this year to support your child and Skyline – the more involved you are, the stronger our Skyline community.

As always, please do not hesitate to email or call if you have any questions or concerns.  I look forward to an EXCITING and rewarding year as we work in collaboration to support our students.

Here’s to a great 2019-2020 school year – Go Spartans!

Keith Hennig – Principal Skyline High School 

 

August 22, 2019

Spartan Families,

Welcome Back!  Whether you spent part of your summer out of town soaking up the sun on a beach somewhere, or you stayed in town to enjoy all that summer on the Plateau has to offer, I hope the last several months have been relaxing and enjoyable!  With thirteen days before the start of the school year, I hope your student enjoys their last few days of sleeping in and not having to worry about homework, essays, and assessments. 

Before you know it, your student will be back in their familiar school routines and spending most of their day at Skyline with our great teachers and support staff.  Although most students will never admit that they want summer to end, I guarantee there is a little piece of them that is excited about stepping back on campus and beginning a new school year.  Regardless of your student’s desire to start the school year, Skyline is extremely excited to welcome back our students, staff and families to campus. 

Over the summer, Skyline was a busy place.  Over the last two months, our awesome custodial staff worked hard to deep clean the entire school, our District Capital Project Department converted several areas in our building to office space and classrooms to accommodate a 7 period schedule, our track and football field were resurfaced, and many athletic teams, clubs and ASB spent time on campus preparing for the upcoming school year.  Although not as busy as the regular school year, there is always a lot to accomplish before students return to campus.

Below is some important information for families and students for the first month of school.  Please review the information closely and let me know if you have any questions:

  • ENews – On Thursdays, throughout the school year, Skyline will send out our weekly ENews message.  Each ENews contains important information about events and activities happening at Skyline.  If you are not signed up for our ENews messages, please do so here.
  • CURRICULUM NIGHT (September 19th – 6:00 PM) - Dr. O’Rourke (Director of Training and Communication and a clinical psychologist in the Child Anxiety and Eating Disorder Center at the Evidence-Bases Treatment Centers of Seattle), will be our keynote speaker.  He has advanced training and specialization in the treatment of anxiety disorders and OCD in children and adolescents, and his presentation will focus on students struggling from stress and anxiety and what families can do to support their student.  Following Dr. O’Rourke’s presentation, families will have an opportunity to meet with classroom teachers and learn about curriculum and expectations for the school year. 
  • FLEX TIME – Each week, Skyline will provide academic interventions to students during the school day.  This time is designed to, “Empower students to be balanced and successful in school by providing guided opportunities to focus on individual academic needs.”  To fulfill this vision, students will have the opportunity to receive extra content tutoring from their teachers, make up missing assignments, retake assessments, participate in social/emotional lessons, or simply have a quiet place to do homework.  In short, the more we can support students during the school day, the less they have to do at home.  The platform we will use to manage student scheduling during Flex Time is called FlexiSCHED.  There will be a lot of training involved, for both teachers and students, but we expect FlexiSCHED to be operational mid-September.  We are very excited for this opportunity and we have no doubt our students will benefit from this time! 


Please don’t hesitate to email or call if you have any questions and/or concerns.  I look forward to an exciting and rewarding year as we work in collaboration to support our students.  Thanks for your help making Skyline a GREAT school!

Keith Hennig – Principal Skyline High School

   

 June 27, 2019

Skyline Families,

That’s a wrap – the 2018-2019 school year has officially concluded!  As I reflect on my first year at Skyline, I can’t stop thinking about how awesome our Skyline students are!  They work extremely hard both in and out of the classroom, and I am impressed on a daily basis by how much they care about their education, their peers and making Skyline the best school it can be.  Skyline is a great school, in large part because of our great students!  Please make sure you say THANK YOU to your student for working so hard.  Skyline has high expectations, but our students consistently meet and exceed what we ask of them, and that is something to be proud of.

Second, a big THANK YOU to the Skyline staff.  From designing and implementing engaging classroom lessons, to providing the educational related support and resources, Skyline is blessed to have so many adults on campus that deeply care about the social, emotional and academic success of our students. Please make sure that if a staff member has positively impacted your student this year that you take the time to reach out and say thank you. Education is sometimes a thankless profession, but I know hearing positives from families can go a long way in making our staff feel appreciated and supported.

Finally, thank you families for your support!  Skyline is blessed to have such dedicated families who provide unwavering support for their student and the school.   Skyline has a lot of moving parts, but I truly appreciate all your support this year and I look forward to partnering with you for many years to come.

Looking forward to the 2019-2020 school year, below is some important information to be aware of:

  • RSVP Process – All families must verify enrollment for the 2019-2020 school year.  This is done through Family Access - the window is August 9 – 15.  Please note, students will not be able to view their schedule as noted below if the RSVP process has not been completed and verified in Skyward.
  • Student Schedule Release – A Student whose family has completed the Online RSVP process can log in and view their schedule on August 26th @ 8:00 am.  The schedules will not show periods/teachers.  If a student would like to request a schedule change, they can do it any time between August 26 (8:00 am) – August 30 (8:00 am) via a Google Form, a link to which will be sent via E-News in August.  On August 30th, after 4:00 pm, students who requested a schedule change should log back into Student Access to see if their schedule change request was approved. 
  • Curriculum Night Information – September 19th @ 6:00 PM.  Dr. O’Rourke (Director of Training and Communication and a clinical psychologist in the Child Anxiety and Eating Disorder Center at the Evidence-Bases Treatment Centers of Seattle), will be our keynote speaker.  He has advanced training and specialization in the treatment of anxiety disorders and OCD in children and adolescents, and his presentation will focus on students struggling from stress and anxiety and what families can do to support their student.
  • 2019-2020 Bell SchedulesBell Schedules
  • 1st day bell schedule (9/4/2019)1st Day Bell Schedule
  • Picture Day – September 5th (make up day: October 8th).
  • Textbook Distribution – Students will check out books during the school day with their classroom teachers (September 5th, 6th, 9th and 10th).
  • Freshman Orientation – September 3rd from 1:30 pm – 5:00 pm
  • Fall Athletic Registration – Registration Information
  • Fall Athletic SchedulesSkyline Athletic Schedules
  • Fall Sports Parent Night – August 29th @ 6:30 pm in the Library

     

    Thanks again for everything – have a great summer and enjoy the sunshine and warm weather!

    Keith Hennig – Principal Skyline High School

 

  June 6, 2019

 Skyline families,

 

We are close – only 15 more school days until summer break (5 more for seniors)!  But, don’t let that small number fool you, there is still a lot to do in that short amount of time. Before I get into a few school updates, I ask you to please have a conversation with your student about finishing the academic school year strong.  This includes your student checking Skyward to ensure there are no missing assignments, utilizing any assessment retake opportunities, completing any upcoming projects/assignments/activities, and studying for Final Exams!  A lot can happen in 15 school days; please make sure your student knows how important this time is.

 

Below are a few Skyline updates as we approach the end of the school year and look ahead to the 2019 – 2020 school year.

 

HIRING UPDATE - In an earlier emails I communicated how the addition of a 7th period required us to add 12 more teachers. I am happy to report that almost all of the hiring has been completed – we still have a few openings but interviews are scheduled. I believe you will be happy with our new staff and impressed with their work ethic and pedagogical skills to help your student succeed.

 

FLEX TIME - I am really excited for our intervention time next year!   The hour and a half each week will be an awesome opportunity for Skyline to apply needed supports and resources to students during the school day. Tutoring with teachers, making up missing assignments, retaking assessments or simply having a quiet place to do homework – the more we can accomplish during the school day, the less students have at home.  Last Thursday, I hosted grade level meetings to explain to students the WHY behind Flex Time and how it can bring “balance” to different aspects of their lives (Balance – part of our Spartan Learner Profile).  Hopefully, your student left the grade level meeting with a better understanding of how we are going to use the time and the platform we will use to manage it – the platform is called FlexiSCHED and a more detailed explanation will come in the fall. 

 

EARLY FINALS - As you know, with the extension of the school year to June 27th, we needed to offer early finals for students who had pre-arranged activities and will not be able to attend school the last week. This process included completion of an early finals permission form, a prearranged absence form, and conversations between student and teacher to select an early testing timeslot.  I know this added additional steps to our Final Exam process, but I appreciate your flexibility and patience. Let’s keep our fingers crossed that we will never have to implement this procedure again.

 

CURRICULUM NIGHT 2019-2020 (9/19/19) - I am pleased to announce that Dr. O’Rourke, Director of Training and Communication and a clinical psychologist in the Child Anxiety and Eating Disorder Center at the Evidence-Based Treatment Centers of Seattle (EBTCS), will be our keynote speaker at our Curriculum Night next September 19th. Dr. O’Rourke holds an adjunct faculty position for the department of psychology at the University of Washington and runs an affiliated practicum site to help train UW Ph.D. students. He has advanced training and specialization in the treatment of anxiety disorders and OCD in children and adolescents, and his presentation will focus on students struggling from stress and anxiety and what families can do to support their student. I am extremely excited to hear Dr. O’Rourke present - I hope you will be able to attend.

 

Thank you families for all your help and support – Skyline is a great school and I am already looking forward to next year!

 

Keith Hennig – Principal Skyline High School

 

April 25, 2019

Skyline Families,

If my math is correct, there are 44 school days left in the year (34 for seniors).  While some people believe the last few months of the school year slow down and everyone exits peacefully into the warm summer sun – that is not the reality of high schools!  The next few months will be a roller coaster as we make the final push towards final exams, state testing, master schedule completion, hiring of new staff, submitting grades, prom, graduation, cleaning out rooms and planning for the start of the 2019-2020 school year (i.e., 7 periods and Flex Time).  In short, we have a lot to do and a short time to do it.  But, don’t worry, Skyline is filled with great students/staff and a supportive community that will collaboratively work to finish the year strong and lay a well-built foundation for a smooth start of the 2019-2020 school year. 

While there is a lot going on, I wanted to take a few minutes of your time and explain how Skyline is approaching several large undertakings this springs.

ADDITIONAL STAFF:  With the addition of a 7th period next year, the net result is needing approximately 12% more certificated staff.  Two weeks ago, we posted open teaching positions and we have been pleased with the quality of candidates that have applied.  We purposely posted our open positions early to have the best opportunity to attract the most qualified and skilled teachers to Skyline.  By posting early in the hiring season, we are hoping to fill our open teaching positions with teachers who have a passion for helping students, skilled at creating powerful/engaging lessons and add to the culture and climate we have created at Skyline.  Next week, we start interviewing for many positions – I am excited about our next team members that will continue to make Skyline a great school!

MASTER SCHEDULE:  We are currently in the process of developing the master schedule for the 2019-2020 school year.  With IB, blocked Humanities courses, the addition of a 7th period, Flex Time and additional staff members, to say the least, Skyline’s master schedule is complex.  But, we are working hard to develop a master schedule that maximizes meeting student course requests.  By the end of the year, we should have a very good idea of the courses we will offer, and by August, all students will be loaded into the completed master schedule.  As always, student schedules will be released via Student Access in Skyward in August and students will then have an opportunity to request schedule changes.  Master schedule development is a big puzzle, but it is fun to see how the pieces ultimately fit together.

FLEX TIME:  As you know, in addition to a 7 period day next year, we are also adding almost 1.5 hours of academic intervention time to our weekly bell schedule.  This time is currently called Flex Time, but we will eventually rename it something more Skyline-ish.  While this time will be used primarily for academic interventions, we will also use some of this time for social/emotional lessons, SPTV, surveys and assemblies.  On May 30th, I will be hosting freshman, sophomore and junior grade level meetings where I will discuss Flex Time and how it will be implemented at Skyline.  Included in my presentation will be information about the platform we will use to manage Flex Time – FlexiSCHED.  FlexiSCHED will allow us to take attendance, assign student interventions and for teachers to request students that need additional support.  We are excited about what Flex Time will bring to our school and the support it will provide all of our students.

EARLY FINAL EXAMS:  As a reminder, if students are not able to attend their Semester 2 Final Exams (June 24-26 for non-seniors) due to a preplanned absence, students will need to take their Final Exams during our Early Finals Testing window (June 17-20).  If a student needs to take their final(s) early, they need to complete the following steps:

 

  1. Print out the Pre-Arranged Finals Request Form (Due by June 3rd).
  2. Communicate with individual teachers and agree on a specific date/time to complete the Final Exam early (make sure teachers initial the form).
  3. Student/parent sign the completed form and turn it in to the main office.
  4. Attend the pre-arranged testing date/time.  Early Final Exams will be proctored by SHS staff with specific testing locations determined based on the number of students testing and communicated to students the week prior to early testing.
  5. Students should also submit the Pre-Arranged Absence Form to our attendance office for attendance purposes.

 

While we hope our Final Exam testing schedule creates opportunities for all our students with inopportune circumstances, we understand that there may be situations that don’t fit our adopted model.  Please reach out to me directly if you need additional support outside our new Semester 2 Final Exam plan.

 

I apologize for the lengthy message – please let me know if you have any questions.

 

Enjoy the sunshine!

 

Keith Hennig – Principal Skyline High School

 

 

 March 28, 2019

Skyline Families,

After a lot of discussion with the District Office, the two other high schools and various labor organizations, I am pleased to announce our adjusted Semester 2 Final Exam schedule for NON-SENIORS.  A lot of thought and consideration went into the creation of the Final Exam schedule and we tried our best to balance the importance of instructional minutes/content with being responsive to individual family circumstances that may preclude a student from taking finals the last week of school.

Thanks for your understanding and support through this process. Six additional days of school is unprecedented in my educational experience, but I believe we will be able to address any individual concerns and ensure all students are able to complete their Semester 2 Final Exams.  With nearly three months until Final Exams, we will have plenty of time to plan for unique student situations.  Below you will find our updated Semester 2 Final Exam Schedule and how families can request early testing dates/times.  Each Final Exam day will be approximately three (3) hours long, with two periods of Final Exams on each day – all students are dismissed at 11:10 am each day.

Semester 2 Finals Schedule

Monday (6.24.19)

  • Period 1 Final:   8:00 am – 9:30 am
  • Passing period: 9:30 am – 9:40 am
  • Period 2 Final:   9:40 am – 11:10 am

    Tuesday (6.25.19)

  • Period 3 Final:   8:00 am – 9:30 am
  • Passing period: 9:30 am – 9:40 am
  • Period 4 Final:   9:40 am – 11:10 am

    Wednesday (6.26.19)

  • Period 5 Final:   8:00 am – 9:30 am
  • Passing period: 9:30 am – 9:40 am
  • Period 6 Final:   9:40 am – 11:10 am

     

    We understand some students and families have activities planned during our new Final Exam schedule, so we have created a Pre-Arranged Final Exam Request Form to reserve a Final Exam testing date/time during the week of June 17th – 21st.  During this week, we are reserving time before school, after school and during our Late Start Wednesday to offer a variety of alternate testing dates/times– see schedule below. 

    Early Final Exam Testing Schedule:

    Monday (6.17.19):

  • 6:30 am – 7:55 am
  • 2:55 pm – 4:00 pm (activity bus available)

    Tuesday (6.18.19):

  • 6:30 am – 7:55 am
  • 2:55 pm – 4:00 pm (activity bus available)

    Wednesday (6.19.19):

  • 8:00 am – 9:30 am
  • 3:45 pm – 4:50 pm (activity bus available)

    Thursday (6.20.19):

  • 6:30 am – 7:55 am
  • 2:55 pm – 4:00 pm (activity bus available)

    Friday (6.21.19):

  • 6:30 am – 7:55 am

     

    The Pre-Arranged Finals Request Form needs to be completed by June 3rd and requires both student/parent/teacher signatures as well as the agreed upon early testing date and time.  Once the form is completed, please turn it in to the main office so final tests can be coordinated for each early testing session. 

    In short, if a student needs to take their final(s) early, they need to complete the following steps:

    1. Print out the Pre-Arranged Finals Request Form.
    2. Communicate with individual teachers and agree on a specific date/time to complete the Final Exam early (make sure teachers initial the form).
    3. Student/parent sign the completed form and turn it in to the main office.
    4. Attend the pre-arranged testing date/time.  Early Final Exams will be proctored by SHS staff with specific testing locations determined based on the number of testing students and communicated to students the week prior to early testing.
    5. Students should also submit the pre-arranged absence form to our attendance office for attendance purposes.

       

      While we hope our Final Exam testing schedule creates opportunities for all our students with inopportune circumstances, we understand that there may be students that don’t fit our adopted model.  Please reach out to me directly if you need additional support outside our new Semester 2 Final Exam plan.

      Thanks again for your flexibility this year – I appreciate it!

Keith Hennig, Principal – Skyline High School

 

 

March 21, 2019

Skyline Families,

Last week, I shared with you that I was hoping to release our Semester 2 NON-SENIOR Finals plan in our March 21st ENews.  Unfortunately, that is not going to be the case – at this point I don’t have enough information to release and I do not want to release information and then have to change it in the near future.  In short, I want to make sure we have addressed all variables before I send it out. 

Our Finals exams schedule isn’t something we can just decide on our own, and we still need to work out a few details like district wide transportation, half days verses full days and communication of our final exam plan to various labor groups.  The same is true for the two other high schools, but we have all agreed that the finals exam schedule for NON-SENIORS will be communicated no later than Friday, March 29th.

While I know students and families are eager to know the details, I want everyone to know that we plan to use common sense to support the needs of all our student and staff this coming June.  We know that this unique snow storm and the added make up days have presented numerous challenges for families and our staff. One of those challenges includes students and staff trying to plan ahead for final exams because of prearranged travel during our added days. Please understand that our finals schedule will allow students to complete a Prearranged Early Finals Form and students will have the ability to take their finals early if they are not able to attend school the last week (June 24-27).  No matter the dates of finals, we will work with the unique needs of each family to make sure everyone has the support they need to complete their final exams regardless of their individual circumstance. 

Thanks for your understanding – there are a lot of moving parts and with over three months until the end of school, we still have enough time to present a solid plan and prepare for students who need to test early.

Enjoy the sunshine!

Keith Hennig, Principal – Skyline High School

 

 

March 14, 2019

Skyline Families,

After a month of crazy weather and enough school disruptions to last us ten years, I feel the past few weeks have brought routines and consistency back to Skyline – I hope you are felling the same in your world!

Earlier this week the District announced an adjustment to the end of our school year.  The last day of school is now Thursday, June 27th – with students being released at 10:20 am.  While the change does not affect graduation (we are still scheduled for the commencement ceremony to begin at 4:30 pm on June 13th at T-Mobile Park), moving the last day of school does influence our Semester 2 Finals Schedule.  While I don’t have specific information about our Semester 2 Finals Schedule at this minute, I hope to be sending out updated Finals information in our next E-News (3.21.19).  I know many students and families are clamoring for this information, but I want to have a solid plan created prior to disseminating any changes for our Finals schedule.  Thanks for your understanding – please stay tuned!

As you already know, next year Skyline will be switching to a 7-period day, adding extended learning periods two days a week and creating time in our weekly schedule for academic interventions (currently called Flex Time).  I am pleased to announce that we now have a bell schedule  posted on our school website to match those adjustments.  If you are looking for more information about why we changed our bell schedule and how we are going to implement our academic intervention period (Flex Time), please attend our 7-Period Day and Academic Intervention Time Information Night on March 19th in Skyline’s Lyceum Theatre (6:30 pm – 7:30 pm).  This is the second time we will offer this information night, so if you attended our first offering on February 27th, please know this a repeat of the same information – see the Power Point that was used during our presentation on our school website.  We have received a lot of positive feedback regarding the information we presented, so please attend if you are seeking more information or if you have questions. 

Finally, thank you for supporting your student thought the Course Request Process (CRP) for the 2019-2020 school year.  The window for student course requests closed on Monday and we are now moving forward with our second phase of master schedule development.  Counselors are currently working hard to review all student course requests to ensure the correct number of courses have been selected and that students are on track to meet all graduation requirements.  Following their work, I will review course request numbers and determine what courses will be offered next year.  Our master schedule is, in large part, driven by what courses students want to take and we are excited to see what choices students made in regards to their new 7-period course – hopefully students and families made choices which reflected students’ individual interests and passions.

Skyline is a great school – thank you for everything you do to support our students!

Keith Hennig, Principal – Skyline High School  

 

February 28, 2019

Skyline Families,

I can’t believe it, but it appears we are going to have five full days of school this week – hooray!  I know students have missed a lot of school this month, but I believe our students were genuinely excited to be back on campus this week.  I hope their enthusiasm and smiles continue as we collaboratively work hard through the next six-week stretch before Spring Break.

This is also the time of year that Skyline starts the planning and preparation for the 2019-2020 school year.  From hiring new teachers to creating the master schedule, there is a lot on our to-do list in the coming months.

For students and families, the preparation for the 2019-2020 school year begins next week with the start of the Course Request Process (CRP).  Below you will find important information about upcoming CRP dates and details.  Please pay close attention to the information as it is imperative that your student completes the CRP process on time and with fidelity.  Ultimately, these requests drive the creation of the master schedule and course offerings at Skyline.  As always, if you have questions, please access additional CRP information on our school website or contact your student’s School Counselor or Assistant Principal.

COURSE REGISTRATION PROCESS (dates and information):

2019-2020 Course Guide Goes Live (March 4th @ 8:00 am):  You can find it on our Skyline webpage under the Academics / Academic Counseling page.  The Course Guide provides the general description of all classes that might be offered next year.  The link also provides information about graduation requirements. 

Counseling CRP presentations Social Studies classes (March 4th):  The CRP will be presented to current 9-11 grade students during social studies classes on March 4th.

Student Access OPENS for CRP (March 4th @ 3:00 pm):  Students can make their course requests through Student Access.  Students must know their Student Access ID and password to input course requests.  If students have forgotten their ID or password, they will have to have a current email address unique to them to reset.  To update your email address or to provide one for the first time, please go on the Student Access page and click on the second “Contact Us” for Skyline HS Student Information Changes.  Parents, please discuss your student’s Course Requests and make sure that s/he has chosen 7 courses and that s/he has chosen at least 5 alternate courses that s/he is willing to attend in the event that another course does not run due to lack of enrollment or it does not fit with his/her other course requests.  If a student has chosen fewer than 7 courses and/or no alternates, the Counseling Office Staff will make the selections for that student – s/he will be placed in classes with seats available.

Skyline Counselors available for questions during lunch (March 5-11 Skyline Career Center):  If students have any CRP questions or need help entering their course requests into the computer, Skyline Counselors will be available during lunch in the Skyline Career Center.

Student Access CLOSES for CRP (March 11 @ 3:30 pm):  Once the Student Access request window closes, the admin team will begin the process of deciding how many sections of each course will run, which staff to assign to those sections and which positions to post and hire.  We make our master schedule based on student requests; therefore, we can’t allow course changes without exceptional circumstances.

Please remember that there is no one right set of courses to take.  Provided students pay attention to graduation requirements, there are many sound options and choices to make and their choices should reflect students’ individual interests and passions.  In my experience, students who research course options using the Course Guide, talk with their families about their choices, follow their passion (not influenced by a friend’s course selections), double-check to make sure they are meeting graduation requirements, ask questions of our counselors and select multiple alternative courses they can live with end up the happiest with their schedule.

Thank you in advance for the support of your student through the Course Request Process!

Keith Hennig

Principal – Skyline High School

 

  

 

February 15, 2019

 

Skyline Families,

While the weather the last few weeks has brought a tremendous amount of uncertainty regarding school, athletics and simply being able to exit your residence - I know for certain Mid-Winter Break will happen!

I hope next week is relaxing and you are able to spend quality time with family and friends that does not require the extended use of a snow shovel J 

Have a great break and I look forward to having your student back on campus, for hopefully a full week of school, starting February 25th.

Thanks again for everything you do to support Skyline – have a great break! 

Keith Hennig

Principal – Skyline High School

 

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 January 10, 2019


 

Skyline Families,

Happy New Year!  Whether you stayed in town or went somewhere warm and sunny for winter break, I hope you were able to relax and recharge your batteries in preparation for a great 2019!

As we are nearing the end of our first semester, I wanted to provide some more context surrounding the lockdown last month and highlight a few things moving forward.

LOCKDOWN:  While the extended lockdown was scary, stressful and physically demanding, I was extremely proud of our students and staff who worked together to keep our campus safe.  In conjunction with the Sammamish Police Department, we have continued to investigate the threat.  While the perpetrator has not been identified, all investigating parties believe the threat was not credible.  If you or your student has any additional information about the threat, please contact a Skyline administrator, the Sammamish Police or utilize the Issaquah Tip Line. 

While a lot went right in response to the threat, and we received praise from law enforcement, students, staff and families, we are always looking for ways to improve.  Following the lockdown, with the lens of improving the safety and security of our campus, we met with responding emergency agencies to determine what, if any, adjustments could be made in our emergency practices.  The agency debrief, along with a survey to staff, allowed us to identify several areas of our emergency preparation/response that we will tweak to provide more comfort to involved parties.  First, while communication comes secondary to the safety and security of students, staff and our campus, we will try and provide more timely, clear and effective communication to staff and families.  Keeping in mind that every emergency situation is different in terms of scope, severity and confidentiality aspects, we will try our best to communicate by all available means moving forward (i.e., website, ENews, phone and social media).  Keeping students and staff safe is priority number one, but communication, as much and as often as we can, is priority number two.  Second, the lockdown allowed us an opportunity to evaluate how prepared we are for large groups of people staying in a confined space for an extended period of time.  As a result of our new learnings, we are currently in the process of purchasing privacy screens and other resources for students and staff who need to use the restroom, but won’t have access to standard bathroom facilities.  Finally, the responding agencies gave us additional feedback on how best to communicate with first responders.  We have made several minor adjustments in our practice to communicate most effectively during an emergency situation. 

Again, I’m proud of our students and staff for how they responded to the emergency situation, but through improved communication, bathroom privacy and school-first responder communication, we believe we are taking the appropriate steps to improve the safety and security of our campus. 

7-PERIOD SCHEDULE:  In mid-December, the ISD School Board approved a 7-period modified block schedule for Skyline starting in the 2019-2020 school year.  This schedule increases the opportunity for credit acceleration, exploration and remediation that our current 6-period schedule fails to offer.  In addition to the 7-periods, our weekly schedule will also include over two-hours of “Flex Time” which will serve as time for academic interventions, assemblies, school announcements and social/emotional lessons.  Embedding “Flex Time” into our weekly schedule enables us to minimize schedule disruptions for non-instructional activities and provide academic support for all our students on a regular basis.

We are very excited for our new schedule and are confident that it will positively benefit our students. In the coming months we will be sending out additional information about our 7-period schedule as well as host an informational night for families to ask questions - stay tuned for the date.  We look forward to talking with you soon about our 7-period plan for next year!

SEMESTER FINALS:  Just a reminder, Semester 1 finals are scheduled for January 23-25 (schedule posted on our website), with the 24th and 25th being early release days.  Please make sure you are communicating with your student about everything they need to do in preparation for the end of the semester (i.e., complete missing work, retake possible assessments, study for finals, etc.).

Through the help of the Issaquah Schools Foundation, we are able to offer additional support for studying/final exam review in a variety of subject areas.  These sessions are open to all students, held outside the school day and hosted by Skyline teachers.  Please share this schedule with your student and discuss whether he or she may benefit from attending one (or more) of these sessions.

Thanks again for all your support of Skyline.  Skyline is a great school and I am proud of the collaborative relationships we are building to support students and prepare them for life.

Please let me know if you have any questions – thanks!

Keith Hennig, Principal – Skyline High School

 

 

 

December 19, 2018

Skyline Families,

As we enter winter break, I wanted to take this opportunity to wish the Skyline community a great holiday season and a Happy New Year!  While the ebb and flow of school and life can be stressful at times, over the next two weeks I hope you have the opportunity to spend quality time with friends-family and recharge your batteries in preparation for an amazing 2019!

Thanks for everything you do to support Skyline – I look forward to our continued partnership in supporting our students.

Have a great break – see you next year!

Keith Hennig

Principal – Skyline High School

  

 December 13, 2018

Skyline Families,

Thanks again for your understanding and cooperation throughout the lockdown yesterday.  I realize it was a stressful event for many people, but student/staff safety is our number one priority and we are continuing to take precautions to keep Skyline as safe as possible.

To help our community process the situation, I wanted to share more detail about yesterday and talk about a few things moving forward to ensure our students and school remain safe. 

  • The events of yesterday were scary, stressful and physically demanding for many students on campus.  If your student was impacted by what happened, please don't hesitate to contact our school counselors - they are on hand to talk with you and your student. 
  • Today, security has been added at Skyline and administration/staff will continue to be present in hallways and common areas throughout the day.
  • In conjunction with the Sammamish Police Department, we are continuing to investigate the threat.  To our knowledge, the events at Issaquah High School and Skyline are not connected.
  • It was communicated via ENews that law enforcement agencies were going to evacuate the school and move students to the stadium; however, after sweeping the school they adjusted their plan and simply released students directly from their lockdown locations.
  • It was communicated via ENews that students were going to attend lunch and then 5th and 6th period; however, it took longer than expected for law enforcement to sweep the school so students were released for an all-school lunch the last hour of the school day.
  • Throughout yesterday’s lockdown, updates were also posted to the district’s website to help facilitate communication with our community.  Please understand that during a lockdown situation our primary focus is student/staff safety and assisting any outside agencies.   We will always try our best to get information to you in a timely manner. 
  • Today, Skyline administration and district safety personnel will continue to debrief yesterday’s events to evaluate what adjustments could be made in our emergency procedures to improve safety.
  • Each month, Skyline practices emergency procedures as a school in preparation for situations as this – I take comfort in knowing that Skyline is prepared to keep people as safe as possible.
  • If you have information you wish to communicate with a school administrator you can do so by directly contacting any Skyline administrator.  If you prefer to do so anonymously, please use the District’s Tip Line – https://www.issaquah.wednet.edu/family/TAI.  The Tip Line is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.  Please remember, this is not a crisis line, in cases of emergency please call 911. 

Below is a communication I asked 1st period teachers to read to their students.  I believe it’s more personal having it read by a teacher rather than reading it over the intercom myself, but I wanted students to hear from me about yesterday’s events and make sure they know that we care about them.

Students,

Thanks for your cooperation and understanding during the lockdown yesterday.  Three hours locked down in a classroom is very difficult, but I have heard nothing but positive feedback from teacher​s and staff about our students' willingness to follow directions and stay engaged throughout the ordeal.  Safety drills are practiced throughout the year for situations such as this, and I take comfort in knowing that Skyline is prepared for what needs to happen to keep people as safe as possible.  

The threat on the bathroom stall was discovered by Skyline students and information was immediately communicated to administration.  This is exactly what we ask of our students and I thank them for their willingness and urgency in reporting the threat directly to administration.  If you have any additional information about the posted threat, please contact an administrator, or an adult on campus, as soon as possible so we can continue to keep our school safe.

The safety and security of our students and staff is our number one priority - in the future, if you are presented with information that puts the Skyline community in danger, please report it immediately to an adult on campus.

Also, I realize the events of yesterday were scary, stressful and physically demanding for many students on campus.  If you are impacted by what happened, please don't hesitate to contact our school counselors - they are on hand to talk with you.  

Thanks again for everything you do to keep our school safe!  Only 5 more days until Winter Break - keep working hard and finish the semester strong!  Principal Hennig

Please let me know if you have any questions – thanks again for all your help and support!

Keith Hennig – Principal, Skyline High School 

  

 

December 12, 2018

Skyline Families,

Today, staff was made aware of a threat written on a bathroom stall.  Within 30 seconds of receiving the information, we placed the school in lockdown and contacted the Sammamish Police Department.  Over the course of our three-hour lockdown, the Sammamish Police Department, in conjunction with several other local law enforcement agencies, checked our entire facility for anything suspicious.  At 2:53 PM the building was deemed safe and we ended the day with an all-school lunch. 

Students and staff did a tremendous job immediately entering into a lockdown and cooperating with the directives of Skyline administration and local law enforcement.  While communication is always difficult during lockdowns, Skyline administration made many attempts to keep people informed here at Skyline and in the community via ENews.

I realize today could have been scary and stressful for students, staff and families, but please take comfort in knowing we responded immediately and took every precaution to ensure all students and staff were safe.  If your student is impacted by the events of today, school counselors and administrators are on hand to speak with them. 

Student/staff safety is our number one priority and I’m proud of our response and the action taken to keep our school safe.

Thanks for your understanding concerning the events of today – students, staff and law enforcement did a great job and we are pleased that all our students are safe. 

Keith Hennig – Principal

Skyline High School

  

 

November 21, 2018

Spartan Families,

As we enter Thanksgiving Break, I wanted to express my heartfelt thanks for all the support and dedication that each of you provide our Skyline community.  The 720 days that students spend in high school are filled with hard work, late nights, character building, intellectual engagement and social/emotional growth.  But, success at Skyline does not happen in a vacuum - it's the result of many people working together in the best interest of your student.  Whether you are a parent, student, staff member or community representative, you have positively contributed to Skyline being a great school!  Thanks again for everything you do and thanks in advance for your continued efforts in supporting our school.

Over Thanksgiving Break, between the food, family, friends and relaxation, hopefully you have some time to reflect on the things you are thankful for and how your actions can benefit others.  Here at Skyline, we want to model the giving spirit by cultivating a culture of kindness.  In recent weeks, many Skyline groups have participated in events to showcase their "thanks and appreciation" to others - below are a few highlights:

  • Skyline staff participated in "Giving Thanks BINGO" where they were asked to complete small tasks to fill up their BINGO board.  From writing positive emails to a student’s parents to buying a colleague a favorite coffee drink, our staff worked hard giving back to others.
  • Our LRC II program ran a new/gently used clothing drive to benefit the Issaquah Food and Clothing Bank.  Our LRC II students did a great job channeling our culture of kindness into a good cause.
  • ASB students have spent weeks spreading thanks and appreciation to students all over campus by placing “fake” parking tickets on cars with words of encouragement, welcoming students to school with signs of appreciation, secretly using clothespins to clip positive messages to student backpacks and creating a tree in the commons with sticky notes representing things people are thankful for.  Combined, these ASB events have put a lot of smiles on students’ faces!

While these examples only serve as a snapshot of the numerous ways Skyline students and staff are giving back, I hope you are proud of the work we are doing to support our students and the greater Skyline community.

Again, thanks for being a valuable member of our Skyline community.  Have a great Thanksgiving and I look forward to continued collaboration with you as we prepare our students for our dynamic global environment.

Best,​

Keith Hennig
Principal – Skyline High School 

  

 

November 06, 2018

Spartan Families,

 

I wanted to make you aware of a student-planned and student-sponsored event scheduled for November 7th at 9:00 am on 228th (public property in front of Skyline).

 

Last week, it was brought to my attention that several Skyline students were planning an event to show "solidarity against rape culture that's prevalent in American high schools today." We Skyline administrators recognize and acknowledge that this is an important social issue on the hearts and minds of our students.  After learning about the event, I reached out to event coordinators and offered my assistance in conducting the event, in keeping students safe and in keeping the event civil. 

 

To date, I have met with event organizers three times and below is a summary of the student-sponsored event:

 

  • At 9:00 am students who wish to gather are meeting between the main Skyline entrance and the Redhawk housing development.  For safety purposes, students will be asked to stay on one side of the main entrance to keep students from crossing the street of the main Skyline entrance.
  • Student organizers want the event to be positive and are using a theme of “unity” as a platform to message their cause.  Organizers are hoping to show that Skyline is united, that all students have a voice and that Skyline should always be working towards a culture of safety, support and acceptance.  To support their cause, they are asking students to bring signs with a positive theme.  Some sign examples they are asking students to bring include the following language – Spartans United, Spartans Protect Spartans, You Have a Voice and You Are Not Alone.
  • ​Student organizers do not want to disrupt the educational day and they are asking students who attend to be in class at 10:10 am when 1st period begins.  Students are hoping to conclude the event at 9:45 am to ensure students have enough time to transition to their 1st period course.

 

We Skyline administrators will be present that morning along with our Safety Officer and a Sammamish Police Department Officer to support student safety and the civility of the discourse. 

 

With the event being held on public property, there is a possibility that some non-Skyline students and adults could join the event.  While organizers want this to be astudent-only event, they understand the possibility that individuals, not connected to Skyline, may attend.

 

Just like any school day, parking at Skyline will be limited to Skyline staff and students with parking passes.  With the limited number of parking spaces at Skyline, non-Skyline individuals will be asked to find public parking outside Skyline's campus.

 

Again, this student-sponsored event is entirely optional and not sponsored by Skyline High School.  If your student chooses to attend, please know that Skyline administration has tried our best to partner with student organizers to ensure safety and civility throughout the gathering.

 

Please let me know if you have any questions - thanks.

Keith Hennig

Principal – Skyline High School 

  

 

November 01, 2018

 

Spartan Families,

As we enter our third month of the school year, I wanted to take this opportunity to reflect on my time at Skyline as well as highlight a few things we are doing to strengthen our school.

I want to start by thanking you for the opportunity to serve as Principal of Skyline.  The last two months have been the most rewarding time of my educational career and I’m truly excited to come to work each day! 

During my time at Skyline, the highlight of my day is usually interacting with students.  Whether it’s in the classroom, at lunch, in the hallway or at after school activities - Skyline students are awesome!  In classrooms, I witness true intellectual engagement where students are active participants in creating their own learning.  Outside the classroom, I see high levels of student participation in clubs, activities and school organizations – students choosing to become members of our school community, outside the classroom, and working hard to create a positive school culture.  There is an energy that our students bring every day that is contagious and it’s great to see how engaged our student population is into all things Skyline – it’s something to be proud of!

In addition to our fantastic students, Skyline has a phenomenal staff.  Our staff works extremely hard to ensure every student is safe and equipped with the skills and knowledge they need to be prepared for our complex global world.  If you get a chance, please reach out and say “Thank You” to a staff member who is making a positive impact in the life of your student – our staff would love to hear from you!

Moving forward, my expectation is that we continue to make Skyline a great school.  Part of that process is continually making adjustments in our own professional practice to better meet the needs of our students.  One adjustment is to find new ways to solicit feedback from our students.  Starting this month, I will create randomly selected Student Focus Groups to meet with me at lunch to gather their feedback about teaching and learning, as well as Skyline culture.  I have no doubt that the students will be able to provide great qualitative input about what needs work in our school.

We also want to create stronger partnerships with families and the community by improving our lines of communication.  Later this month, we will be releasing a new and improved website, which will hopefully upgrade its functionality and allow you to retrieve information in a more user-friendly manner.  Once families have had an opportunity to interact with the website, we will send out a survey to solicit advice for continued website/communication improvements.  Communication is extremely important and we want to make sure we communicate in a relevant, informative and timely manner.

To stay informed of the many great things happening at Skyline, please consider following our social media feeds.  We update our posts daily with new and exciting information about our school – please check us out!

Twitter - @SHS_Spartan

Facebook - @SHSSparta

Instagram - @Spartans_SHS

 

 

 October 24, 2018

Dear Skyline families,

Today, we had a report of a possible threat.  With the safety and security of our students and staff as our number one priority, we worked together as an admin team, in conjunction with our School Resource Officer and Sammamish PD, to investigate the threat.  We quickly established this threat was not credible.  Throughout our investigation, students and staff were safe on campus and in no way placed in danger.

We want to thank you for all you do to keep staff informed, which helps us keep our students and entire school community safe. 

As a reminder, if you or your student ever need to report a safety concern, please contact a school administrator or use our anonymous Quick Tip system.

Thanks for your support. 

Keith Hennig – Principal

Skyline High School

 

 

August 31, 2018

Hello Spartans!

As I begin my first year as principal of Skyline High School, words cannot explain how excited I am to be joining the Spartan Family.  From the second I stepped on campus, I knew this school was a special place.  Comprised of hard-working students, a dedicated staff, engaged families and a supportive community - I’m proud to be joining the Spartan team that will continue to make Skyline a great school!

Our goal at Skyline is to prepare students with the necessary skills, tools and knowledge to successfully achieve their post-secondary career/college goals.  For me, this means ensuring every student has “options” for post-secondary choice.  Whether it’s a four-year university, a two-year college, a technical school, the military or meaningful employment, I promise you that Skyline will work hard to support all students and ensure students can reach their career goals.

For members of our Skyline team (i.e., students, staff, families and community), school engagement is essential to student, and school, success.  Whether it’s joining a club or a sport, volunteering in the classroom, attending evening events, being a member of the PTSA or Booster Club – stakeholder participation is key to the social, emotional and academic success of all our students.  While we all lead busy lives, I thank you in advance for your engagement and participation in getting involved in Skyline activities/initiatives that support our students and our school.

Please don’t hesitate to email or call if you have any questions and/or concerns.  I look forward to an exciting and rewarding year as we work in collaboration to support our students.

Best,

Keith Hennig – Principal

Skyline High School