Dishman Hills High School

Weekly Update

Update from the Principal

Hello Griffins!

Back to school is an exciting time of year as we all look forward to reconnecting, meeting new friends, teachers, and mentors, and setting our sights on learning. While we know that COVID-19 had an impact on the end of our school year and continues to make normal routines difficult, we are committed to ensuring your student is supported and fulfilled this school year.

Our team at Dishman Hills High School is thrilled to welcome students back to school. We have spent this summer learning from the Spring and revamping our program so that students and families have a better experience with more consistency and support. Starting on September 8th, advisors will be connecting with students and families to schedule for term 1 classes and individual back to school meetings. This school year will launch virtually and in order to make sure students and families are prepared, we will start our first live virtual classes on September 21st.

In order to continue to support your student’s academic progress safely, I have worked with our educators, advisors, and staff to create a plan that allows us to move forward with all aspects of our learning program this year. Your student’s advisor will continue to hold individual check-ins over Zoom to discuss goals, set plans, and celebrate progress. Advisors will be in touch during the first week of school to introduce themselves, learn more about your student, and prepare for their first meeting. Please feel free to reach out to them, or me, directly with any questions. You can also log into the platform and see the status of these advisory meetings.

The detailed AM/PM schedule can be viewed here or by clicking the on the tab below. Based on feedback from families and students, we will continue to offer flexible scheduling and the ability to remain on a virtual schedule when the building reopens for in person learning.

To fully support the social-emotional needs of all students, we will focus on 5 key habits as we start the school year: resilience, stress management, sense of belonging, agency, and attachment. Advisors will discuss and highlight strategies and skills connected to these habits, projects will integrate content and actions to support student development, and students will have the chance to practice these habits during self-directed learning time.

Health & Safety Plan

We will continue to monitor this situation, and we will share new information and resources with you as they become available. For questions related to COVID-19 and steps you can take to keep yourself and your student healthy, please see the resources below from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

About Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

Prevention & Treatment

Stigma and COVID-19

Frequently Asked Questions

Thank you for your continued partnership as we prepare for the coming school year. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to reach out.


Lauren House


Back to School Launch Meetings

Teachers will return to the building on September 8th. Advisors will begin contacting students and families to set up a personal appointment to get them ready for this school year. During the Advisory Launch meeting every student will get a Chromebook and their schedule for term 1 and have a chance to log in and make sure they know how to access their classes. Advisors will also drop off any necessary materials for students to be successful with their courses.

Pandemic EBT Available for all Dishman Students Enrolled in the Spring

The Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction and the Department of Social and Health Services have teamed up to create a new program called Pandemic EBT, or P-EBT, for short. These benefits will help families most impacted by the COVID-19 crisis to continue to have access to nutritious meals. P-EBT is available for students, including children of immigrant households, who were enrolled in a K-12 school that offered a school lunch program during the 2019-20 school year AND were eligible for free or reduced-price school meals; or attended a school where meals were free for all students. Dishman Hills High School is a Community Eligibility Site and all students qualify for free meals. There are two ways to apply:1. Online: (on the application, choose ‘Pandemic EBT Emergency School Meals Program’ box in the Food Assistance section); or,2. Call: 877–501–2233 (DSHS Customer Service Contact Center — interpreter services are available)Don’t miss out, apply today!

Building Open - Appointments Needed

Our building is open for the school year and secretaries are back to work on site. At this time we are not able to accommodate visitors on site on a drop in basis. If you need to come to the building, please call the office at 927-1100 to make arrangements.

Family and Student Compact for 2020-2021

Each year we update our family Compact. This year's compact can be found on our school website under Family Resources-Policies and Information or by clicking here

District Back To School Info

WVSD will be starting school 100% online on September 9th due to high COVID-19 infection rates in Spokane County. As risk levels change we will begin to phase in onsite learning starting with our youngest students. Families will also have the option to remain 100% online once onsite learning begins. Back to School information has been mailed to all families and additional information is available in the links below.

Please access the following information from our latest Community Connections Back to School Plan for details explaining the school models, school schedules and other pertinent information.

Make an Appointment with the Counselor

If you need to talk to Pam and would like to schedule a phone call or Zoom meeting, please use this new link to pick a time that works with your schedule.

Struggling with Something and Need Someone to Talk to When your Counselor isn't Available?

Crisis Text Line provides free 24/7 support via text message. Text HOME to 741741 to connect with a crisis counselor.

Or Call First Call for Help (877) 266-1818

About Our School

We believe in new ways of teaching and learning. We empower students through project-based experiences, mentoring, and self-direction. Our goal is for all students to be successful in their academic and social lives.