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Athletic Activities This Weekend

Friday: 

  1. High School Wrestling: The Bill Dies Tournament at Firestone has been cancelled. 
  2. Boys Basketball vs. Tallmadge (Home) has been cancelled. Reschedule date TBD.
  3. The high school building is closed. No practices.

Saturday:

  1. Rec League Basketball has been cancelled. 
  2. Middle School wrestling to Woodridge has been cancelled. 
  3. High School Girls basketball at Kent has been cancelled. 
     

Monday:
The rescheduled HHS Boys Basketball game vs. Tallmadge will be held at Highland. Note game times:  Freshmen at 4 p.m.;  JV at 5:30 p.m.;  Varsity at 7 p.m.

Now Accepting Applications for Preschool Program

Highland Local School District is now accepting applications for typically-developing three, four and five year old children. The half-day preschool program is located at Granger Elementary School and runs Monday through Thursday. In order to register, your child must be three years old by August 1, 2018, and must use the bathroom independently. All completed applications must be received by MARCH 9, 2018, to the Highland Special Education Department, 3880 Ridge Road, Medina, OH 44256. The screening will be held on March 23. Notifications will be made by phone. Please call 330-239-1901, ext. 1256 with any questions. Little Hornets Preschool Application

Board of Education Organizational Meeting

The Board of Education will hold its Organizational Meeting at 7 p.m. on Monday, January 8, 2018 in the Highland High School Media Center. In addition to regular business, the Board will elect officers and set the date and time of future regular Board meetings. The regular January Board of Education Meeting will immediately follow the Organizational Meeting.

Winter/Spring Community Education Classes

Highland Community Education courses for Winter/Spring include several new and fun options! Enroll now in our exciting classes for students and adults including an Engineering Club for students in grades K-5, Middle School Yoga for Boys and Girls, Party'N with Plants, Bee Keeping, Beginning Spanish, Beginning Guitar, Photography, Zumba, Retirement Planning, Smoking Cessation, Weight Loss Control, Toxic Awareness and more. Saturday morning classes include the Fundamentals of Cooking, Babysitting, Princess Training and MMA Fitness Boot Camp and others. Register today! Questions? Please email Mary Fran Kudla at mkudla@highlandschools.org or call 330-239-1901, ext. 5503. Class Brochure

Highland Makes 8th Annual AP Honor Roll

Highland Local School District is among 447 districts across the U.S. and Canada to be named to the 8th Annual AP District Honor Roll by the College Board. This is the fifth time that Highland has received this honor, which recognizes districts for simultaneously increasing access to Advanced Placement (AP) course work while increasing the percentage of students earning scores of 3 or higher on AP Exams. Reaching these goals indicates that these districts are successfully identifying motivated, academically prepared students who are likely to benefit from rigorous AP course work.

Winter Weather & When It's Necessary to Close School

We understand that the decision to open or close schools, offer a two-hour delayed start, or resort to an early release in bad weather has an enormous effect on all of our families. The following information may help you to better understand the process we use when making these types of decisions, which are based upon a careful analysis of all relevant factors, such as:

  • Information on road conditions from transportation staff, local law enforcement and road crews (as warranted); we must give careful consideration to the most dangerous roads in the District; they can be treacherous, even if your road or street looks clear.
Highland Receives State 'Momentum Award'

Ohio’s State Board of Education has granted the Highland Local School District with the 2016-17 Momentum Award. Now in its third year, the Momentum Award recognizes districts that have received A’s on each Value-Added measure included on Ohio’s school and district report cards.

“This award reinforces that both achievement and academic growth at Highland is very high,” stated Superintendent Catherine Aukerman. “Our district report card for the 2016-17 school year shows our students enjoyed greater than expected growth in reading and mathematics. This accomplishment makes us part of an elite group of districts that are ensuring the academic growth of students from every background and ability level.”

In addition to the overall district award, both Granger Elementary School and Highland Middle School were recognized with individual school Momentum Awards. 

Members of the State Board of Education recognize that Highland recruits dedicated school leaders and staff and equips them with the tools they need to ensure academic growth for every child. 

To learn more about the Momentum Award, please visit: http://education.ohio.gov/Topics/District-and-School-Continuous-Improvement/Awards-and-Recognition/Momentum-Award

Excessive Absenteeism: New HB 410 Requirements

It is important for every student in Ohio to attend school every day. Missing too much school has long-term, negative effects on students, such as lower achievement and graduation rates. To that end, the Ohio General Assembly passed House Bill 410, which supports a preventative approach to excessive absences and truancy. Beginning with the 2017-18 school year, several important changes have taken effect.