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Beaverton Schools

School Learning Plan 2022-23

Highland Park Middle School


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District Goal: WE empower all students to achieve post-high school success.

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WE Expect Excellence
  • WE teach students knowledge and skills for our evolving world.
  • WE seek, support, and recognize world-class employees.
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WE Innovate
  • WE engage students with a variety of relevant and challenging learning experiences.
  • WE create learning environments that promote student achievement.
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WE Embrace Equity
  • WE build honest, safe, and inclusive relationships with our diverse students and their families.
  • WE provide needed support so that every student succeeds.
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WE Collaborate
  • WE work and learn in teams to understand student needs and improve learning outcomes.
  • WE partner with our community to educate and serve students.

Our Story:

Highland Park is a community of compassionate learners (both students and staff) who have a deep desire to grow academically, socially, and emotionally. Although the last two+ years were filled with change, our students, families, and staff navigated these changes with courage and grace.

Academics:

Students at HPMS attend six classes. Humanities classes meet for 80 minutes. Math, Science, PE/Health, and Electives meet for 40 minutes, and Advisory meets for 20 minutes. All classes are in Comprehensive Distance Learning at this time.

In 2019 49% of our students met benchmarks in math which is down 2% from the year prior.  64% of our students met benchmarks in ELA, which is up 6% from the year prior.  Testing was not done in 2020 due to distance learning.

As a community, we embrace AVID and STEAM.  As an AVID school, we prioritize WICOR strategies in every classroom.  Critical reading and writing are emphasized in every class, which we believe to be reflected in the improvement in ELA scores.  All of our students participate in daily advisory, during which they learn collaboration, organization, and SEL skills in order to help prepare them for success now and in high school. 

Social Emotional Learning:

All students participate in Advisory lessons utilizing the Character Strong program two times per week.  We are entering our fifth year of focus as a staff Social Emotional Learning and Equity.  This year, we are partnering with Aloha High School, Mountain View Middle School, and the Shades of Unity program to dig deeper into our implicit biases around race and how they impact our students and our culture.

Climate and Culture:

At Highland Park, we believe that a healthy and positive school culture not only supports students academically but helps them thrive socially and emotionally.  To that end, we create opportunities for student and family voices to be heard, students to have agency in their learning, and engage in the joy of middle school whenever we can.

At HPMS, our diversity is one of our strengths.  We have over 28 languages spoken and support three specialized special education programs.

2021-2022 Demographics

·       9% Asian

·       2% Black/African American

·       17% Hispanic Latino

·       10% Multiracial

·       1% Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander

·       60% White

·       15% Ever English Learners

·       14% Students with Disabilities

Overall, 26% of all students and 49% of our Hispanic/Latino students were absent 18 or more days of school last year.  Although this was lower than the state average and we continued to have COVID outbreaks, our data indicates daily attendance is an area of needed growth.

School Perception Data:

Our collective goal is to have 100% of our students report they feel connected to at least one adult in our school. Last year, 72% of our students reported that they have at least one adult who cares about them.  In order to help achieve our goal, we have implemented teaching teams with time built in for teachers to discuss students, and also built in an advisory class that focuses on relationships through Character Strong.  These, in addition to our on-going professional development, will help more of our students connect to an adult at HPMS.

54% of our students reported that they generally felt safe at school.  There were 374.5 days missed due to suspension in the year 2021-22 which was up from 331.5 in 2018-2019.  Our hypothesis is that these numbers are related as there were 34 incidents of battery, 44 instances of Disorderly/Disruptive behavior, 13 fights, and 17 instances of physical altercation which.

Date of Last Revision: November 17, 2022