Upcoming Events


  • Community Meetings – Click here for details
  • Super Bowl Spirit Day – Fri., Jan. 30th
  • Marvista Family Skate night – Fri., Jan 30th – 5:00 – 7:00pm
  • Middle School Night – Thurs., Feb. 5th – 6:00-7:30pm
  • Principal Coffee Chat – Fri., Feb. 6th – 9:00-9:30am
  • Talent Show – Tues., Feb. 10th – 6:30pm
  • Principal Coffee Chat – Fri., March 6th – 9:00-9:30am
  • Pre-Auction Family Night at Marvista – Fri., March 6th – TBA
  • “Picture This” Auction – Sat., March 7th – 5:00pm


Check out the Calendar page for more events and detailed information....



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Hello Orca Families,
I am excited to announce that we have been able to hire two addition Para Educators to support our students. One important way we will use them is by having them supervise students during morning line up. As may have noticed, our students can get wiggly in the morning so having two additional staff members out there to assist Ms. DaCosta will be a big help! All three of them will be wearing orange vests so they will be hard for students and parents to miss!
I also wanted to share that our schedule for the Principal Coffee Chats has been published. As a reminder, Terry and I want to be accessible to the parent community in as many ways as possible. To this end, we are offering monthly opportunities for parents to meet with us informally to discuss anything that is on your mind. We will not come with a presentation or agenda but will simply be available for parents to answer questions and listen to parents’ thoughts, hopes, concerns, ideas, etc.  We will provide coffee and pastries for anyone that can join them. The details about these chats are include below.
Have a great week!
Principal Coffee Chats
Time: 9:00-9:30
Location: Marvista Teachers’ Lounge in the Office
·         2/6
·         3/6
·         4/3
·         5/1
Melissa Pointer



Hello Marvista Family,
Last week you should have received a district flyer and a letter from me regarding the upcoming Bond and Levy measures. In the next few weeks I will share additional information related to these two separate initiatives in Orca Times. The information I will share in Orca Times will be related to common questions I have received regarding these two measures. I encourage you to read these and all other available pieces of information on these important initiatives in order to be fully informed and prepared to vote by February 10th.
Did you know Levies are for learning and Bonds are for building? 
1. The Marvista building is in perfect condition. How does the bond benefit our students specifically?
Marvista, like all other elementary schools in our district, is at capacity and will become more crowded as enrollment grows. Not only does Marvista already have portable classrooms but we are teaching small groups for some of our most struggling learners in common areas like hallways and office spaces. Additionally, our playground is overcrowded which makes supervision and safety more of a challenge.
2. Why is the levy important?
The levy pays for basics not fully funded by the state, such as teachers and staff, bus transportation, textbooks, and maintaining safe and healthy schools. Levy funding makes up 21 percent of the district’s operating budget.
3. How will levy dollars be spent?
Of every levy dollar, roughly:
o   70 cents pays for teacher and staff salaries and benefits.
o   12 cents pays for special education.
o   12 cents pays for instructional materials.
o   6 cents pays for bus transportation
 4. How much will this cost me if the Bond and Levy are approved?
On the average home in Burien, the estimated increase is $20.36 per month.
Be informed! For more information please visit www.highlineschools.org/levy for details about the levy or www.highlineschools.org/building for details about the bond.
Melissa Pointer
(206) 631-4200


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