Dear Highland Students and Parents:
Welcome to the 2015-16 school year at Highland Community Schools. We are looking forward to another exciting and productive year. There are some exciting changes in and around our campus. A greenhouse has been added just outside the Northeast part of the 6-12 building. This will be an outstanding learning space for all of our students. The agriculture department will also play a large role in its use. Our Senior Exit Projects (SEP) and our Junior Projects will continue again this year. I was very pleased with the work that our students completed last year and presented at our spring Creativity Fair. Students will again be out and about in our community learning from local experts in many different fields of study.
The bell schedule will remain the same in our high school this year. Our middle school will have a small change in the schedule. We will be adding some time before middle school lunch for students who may need additional help with classes or finish school work. Classes will run from 8:00 A.M. until 3:24 P.M. We will again have resource hour at the middle and high school levels. Students will each have a teacher mentor that they will see every day. These teachers will assist with homework and answer any questions students may have. We feel this is a successful intervention that allows students the opportunity to complete work and get assistance when needed.
Please make sure you read your student handbooks and pay special attention to the Code of Student Rights and Responsibilities. It is so very important that there be clear expectations and consequences for behavior…and that district policies formally reinforce these expectations. This code, formally endorsed by the Board of Education, aspires to assuring that all students (and parents) know that the Highland School District is both safe and stimulating learning environment.
Parents and students are encouraged to read and discuss this handbook. Keep it handy so you can refer to it during the year as needed. If you have any questions, please contact me at 929-4525.
Best wishes for a happy and productive year of learning in the Highland Community School District.
Joshua J. Tarrell