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Initiative 1351
Washington's class sizes are 47th out of 50 states!
Now that I-1351 is on the ballot, we need YOUR help to make sure the voters in the state of Washington approve the measure. Many of you have signed up to help phone bank. Phone banking has started! Your skills are in demand! Please sign up for a shift. If you signed up, look for a reminder email. If you want to sign up to help, please email Elizabeth Beck at ebeck@washingtonea.org or Sue McCabe at smccabe@washingtonea.org.

We still need volunteers on the following dates:
Saturday, Oct. 18
Tuesday, Oct. 21
Saturday, Oct. 25
Tuesday, Oct. 28
Saturday, Nov. 1

Highline Citizens for Schools
Highline has a bond on the Nov. 4 ballot. We need your help to make sure local voters say yes to schools for students! All of our city councils are supporting the bond. If you signed up to help, look for a reminder email from Sue McCabe. If you want to help, please email Sue.

We still need volunteers on the following dates:
Thursday, Oct. 16
Wednesday, Oct. 29

School Board Meeting
Come to the School Board Meeting at Highline High School on Oct. 22! Meeting begins at 6 p.m. See firsthand why students need a new building!

Building Visits
HEA building visits have been scheduled on the following dates:  
Monday, Oct. 20 -- Cascade  
Tuesday, Oct. 21 -- Midway

HEA leaders will be visiting to listen to HEA member concerns and ideas regarding strengthening our work with each other and with Highline School District. If your building would like a visit, please talk with your HEA building representative.

HEA Social
Join us Oct. 23 from 3:30-6 p.m. at Elliott Bay Brewery, 255 SW 152nd St., in Burien. RSVP to Jan Shannon at jshannon@washingtonea.org. RSVP needed by Oct. 16.    

HEA New Hire Dinner
Oct. 27 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Azteca in Burien across from ERAC. This is immediately following the Tips and Tools workshop. RSVP needed by Oct. 20. Email Jan Shannon to RSVP.

6th-Grade Transition to Middle School
Diana Garcia is leading the 6th-Grade transition to middle school. Diana is working with a team of administrators and teachers to thoroughly plan for this move. This team is meeting on Oct. 28 and Dec. 2. She is also leading community meetings on Nov. 13 at Pacific Middle School and Dec. 11 at Cascade Middle School. Meetings are scheduled for 6-7:30 p.m. Many elementary teachers have asked if they meet the state requirements to teach at the middle school level. The Human Resource Office has reviewed the files of teachers in Highline who currently teach in grades four, five, and six to identify "highly qualified" teachers for grades six, seven, and eight in science, reading, math,  English Language Arts and history.

Soon, teachers will be receiving the first of two letters explaining whether they are designated "highly qualified" to teach at middle school. Teachers will receive a follow-up letter asking if they are interested in moving to middle school.

In November, there will be meetings to provide teachers with additional information and respond to questions that you may have about this process. If you are interested in moving to middle school, please attend one of the November meetings. Dates of these meetings will be sent soon.

In this Issue ...
  • Initiative 1351
  • Highline Citizens for Schools -- Bond Measure
  • School Board Meeting
  • Building Visits
  • Socials
  • 6th Grade Transition to Middle School


Q: When am I paid for class size mitigation?
A: Class size mitigation begins Oct. 1. If you are overloaded, your first mitigation payment will be in the October paycheck.

Q: When is the next school board meeting?
A: Wednesday, Oct. 22, at HHS.

Q: When can I phone bank for the bond?
A: Phone banking is at the Windemere office in Burien on Wednesdays and Thursdays. Contact Sue McCabe to sign up.

Your Contract
Available on our website

Upcoming Dates

Oct. 20: Bond Support Rally at The Tin Room
Oct. 22: School Board meeting at HHS
Oct. 23: HEA Social
Oct. 27: New Hire Dinner

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Contact us

Sue McCabe
HEA President
206-246-4340, Ext. 121

Jan Shannon
Administrative Assistant
206-246-4340, Ext. 123

Elizabeth Beck
WEA UniServ Rep
206-246-4340, Ext. 122

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