Dishman Hills High School

Weekly Update - October 9, 2020

Update from the Principal

Hello Griffins!

Over the past few weeks, I’ve been so encouraged by what I am seeing in our classrooms. Students are engaging in projects and developing important skills, like collaboration and presenting an argument. They are meeting one-on-one each week with their dedicated advisor and, setting goals, making plans, and reflecting on their learning.

This has been inspiring for us to see, and we want to give you the same opportunity to better understand the exciting progress students are making at school each day.

When you receive communication about your students grades, it may look different than they have in the past. This grading method gives families and students a clearer view of where a student is making particularly strong progress and where they have areas for improvement. In addition, instead of showcasing their knowledge in a one-time test, a student’s grade is formed over the course of the course, meaning they have plenty of opportunities to improve over the course of the quarter before being awarded their final grade.

Thank you for supporting your student. As always, please don’t hesitate to contact me with any questions or feedback you may have.




Admissions Update

Last Spring we were able to graduate over 100 students! Because of this large graduating class, we still have opening for students this fall. We typically offer up available spots to friends and family of current students. If you know someone who is looking for a different experience, please have them apply through our online application below and put your name as the referral source so we can give them priority.

Admissions Request

Because we started school on the 21st, it is not too late to join now. If you know someone who is falling behind at their current school, encourage them to check us out. Remember, students attending here are attending as choice students and as such are able to return to their neighborhood school at any time they choose as well as remain eligible at their current school for athletics. If you have questions, please contact our head of admissions, Tania Johnson, at or call/text (562) 478-6907.

Virtual Career Expo Series

Starting on Tuesday! Every Tuesday from October 6-November 10, a virtual career fair for high schoolers will take place, connecting students living in rural and remote communities to career pathways, career and technical education programs and to local businesses. Employers and students – register for FREE today for the week(s) you’d like to participate in!

Health Sciences


Business and Marketing

Skills and Technical Sciences

Family and Consumer Sciences


The Winter Career and Technical Scholarship (CTS) is Now Open!

WSOS’s Career and Technical Scholarship (CTS) is now accepting applications! This scholarship supports Washington residents of any age on their path to high-demand, family-wage careers in the trades, STEM and health care. The deadline to apply is October 22, 2020.

Apply Now!

Wagstaff Inc.-Virtual Business AfterSchool:

We are taking Business AfterSchool Virtual! There will be a short presentation of various jobs at Wagstaff, and then a live Q and A with staff members. Come and learn from professionals in the manufacturing industry!

To learn more or register, visit this site.

Ongoing Career Connected Learning Resources

  • CareerExploreNW: a community tool designed to guide people toward a job or career as well as help region employers create a talent pipeline.

  • CareerConnect@Home: a virtual career exploration opportunity for students to learn about real jobs and industries in Washington.

  • A “Virtual Tour with a KC-135 Crew : receive an up-close look at a KC-135 and hear from a pilot, boom operator and a maintainer to learn how they deliver Rapid Global Mobility.

  • Mobius Virtual Programs: Follow along with 1 hour, live, virtual STEM experiences guided by a Mobius Educator on Zoom. From dissections to experiments, these interactive programs focus on building a strong STEM foundation with engaging science activities and demonstrations. This program is for families looking to ignite their student’s inner scientist through a small group live session.

Work Authorization Forms

We have been getting a lot of calls from students that need a work authorization form signed. Students can bring the form in person to get a signature or, students can fill out the form online that will be sent to the school official for signature and emailed back to you completed.

School/Work Authorization

Internet Cafe

Following health and safety protocols, we are excited to open up an Internet cafe at Dishman! Students that need Internet access or a quiet place to work are welcome to join us on campus for our Internet cafe set up in the cafeteria.

Requesting Help or Resources

If you need help accessing Food Bank sites, housing assistance, transportation, homework help, clothing, or other resources, please let us know by filling out this form and the appropriate person will contact you.

Resource Request Link

FAFSA Student and Family Event

Wednesday, Oct. 14th, 1pm

This is an online event.

During this information session you will get information on FAFSA for students & families, learn about available scholarships & community resources, have the ability to setup individual appointments for assistance filling out your FAFSA

To sign up for the event, please register here

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.