A Letter from the Principal - March 24

A Letter from the Principal - March 24

Dear Evergreen Students and Families, 

As we are in our second week of the school closure, we know many in our community are facing challenges. Our goal as a school is to provide consistency, clarity, a sense of community, and support for our students, families, and staff during this uncertain time. 

Priority 1: On Track for Graduation: Credit Recovery Contracts & Seniors Staying on Track

All teachers will send a weekly Synergy message to students and families that shares what make up work students can be doing for credit retrieval for semester 1 (if applicable), what students could still be working on from semester 2 so far, and learning enrichment activities. Please check your email and student Highline gmail accounts for this information throughout the week. Teachers will also be calling home to students who have the credit recovery opportunity from the first semester. 

Seniors: We know that this is an especially stressful situation and time of year for seniors. We want to provide all the support we can for a strong and meaningful end to your high school experience and set you up for success in college and career. 

  • Mr. Provenzano, the senior counselor, is conducting one on one meetings with seniors to review graduation requirements and provide social/emotional support. He will be contacting those who may need to complete requirements right now to graduate on time, but is open to meet with all seniors. To request a meeting with Mr. Provenzano, please use this form
  • Mr. Booker and the College and Career Center team are still supporting seniors with financial aid completion and preparation for their transition to post-secondary programs and careers. All seniors are required to complete financial aid as a graduation requirement, so make sure to complete this as soon as possible if you have not done so.  You can follow the College and Career Center on Instagram @EHScollegecareer and also email Mr. Booker to set up a meeting at Roderick.Booker@highlineschools.org for support. 

Priority 2: Connection, Community, & Support

Advisory teachers will be calling home each week to their advisory students and families to offer support and check in on their social, emotional, and basic needs. We can then provide resources and adjust our plans as a school based on the needs and desires of our students and families. 

There are numerous resources available to support families with costs of internet, rent/utilities, childcare, and healthcare support. Please go to www.highlineschools.org for the most up to date information on resources. 

Specific to Evergreen, the HealthPoint Clinic is now taking phone appointments for both medical and behavioral health. You can reach the Evergreen HealthPoint Clinic at 206-835-2615. Our Navos counselors are still providing ongoing mental health and substance abuse counseling services to students virtually. You can contact Sophie De Haan at 206-465-1377 or sophie.dehaan@navos.org. Our school counselors can also all be reached by email and set appointments for calls or virtual meetings. Free meals are provided for youth 18 years and younger at Evergreen from 8:00-9:00AM outside the main office and from 12:00-12:30PM at Cascade Middle School. 

Finally, our student leaders are providing us with some joy, an opportunity to connect, and to celebrate our greatest strength at Evergreen: our diverse community! Please see @EHSwolverines on Instagram for ways to engage in our virtual EHS Multicultural Week Celebration. It has been exciting to see the extensive participation thus far. 

These are unprecedented times. I continue to feel great pride in the strength of our collective Evergreen community as we navigate this challenge together. Please do not hesitate to contact me at any time with thoughts or questions. 

Dig Deep, Rise Up, Branch Out, stay healthy, and have a wonderful week.  

Jacqueline Downey
Evergreen High School