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Important Change to School Calendar

We would like to notify all families of an important change to our school calendar. On Friday, March 23, all Highland staff will participate in additional safety and security training sessions. As a result, students will not be in school on March 23, which is the day prior to our spring break. Please mark your calendar and make any necessary arrangements for your student(s). Thank you for your cooperation. 

Hinckley Shred & Thread Day is April 21

Mark your calendars now for the 7th Annual Shred & Threads Day from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Saturday, April 21 in the Hinckley Elementary School Parking lot.

SHRED: Bring your confidential materials in bags or boxes directly to our shredding truck. You can stay and watch as your documents are raised to the shredder and completely destroyed in minutes.

THREADS: Acceptable items include, but are not limited to: Bedding (sheets, pillow cases, blankets, comforters), belts, ties, books, coats/jackets, fashion accessories, handbags/purses, hats/gloves, kitchenware, shoes, sandals/slippers, socks, stuffed animals, table linens, tools, towels, toys and undergarments.

  • Secure document shredding with Gateway Records
  • Cloth/Textile/Hard Goods donations with SimpleRecycling
  • Minimum $5 donation requested for shredding. Please consider a larger donation if you have more than 10 boxes. So we can best prepare, kindly report more than 10 boxes to fundraising@hinckleypto.com by April 7.
  • Proceeds benefit Hinckley Elementary PTO
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.

Production of Shrek Jr. Coming Up!

Don’t miss the production of Shrek Jr., presented by Highland High School and the Highland Choir Boosters at 7 p.m. on March 15-16 and at 1:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. on March 17. All performances will be held in the HHS Auditorium. Directed by Emily Miller and Don Warren, the production includes an extensive cast of talented students! (See flyer). Tickets are going fast! Purchase yours here!

2018 Highland Safety Week Information

The 2018 Highland Safety Week will be offered during two, one week sessions again this summer at Granger Elementary School. The first session will be held June 4-8 and the second from June 11-15. Both sessions will run from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. The program is designed to introduce and reinforce safety concepts to incoming kindergarten children who are broadening their world by beginning elementary school. It emphasize fun and learning through the use of songs, crafts, role playing, games and field trips. A maximum of 105 students may enroll in the program each week. Cost is $30. Each student will receive a Highland Safety Week t-shirt. A snack will also be provided each day. Registration deadline is May 1. To learn more or to register your child, please download the following form: Highland Safety Week 2018.

3 Advance to Finalist Standing

Pictured from left are Ben Lewton, Larkin Cleland and Clara VorndranHighland High School is proud to announce that seniors Larkin Cleland, Ben Lewton and Clara Vorndran have advanced to Finalist standing in the National Merit Scholarship Program. These academically talented seniors now have the opportunity to continue in the competition for some 7500 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $32 million.

Message Regarding School Safety & Security

Dear Parents,
As you are aware, it has been a difficult couple of weeks for the entire country and for everyone in the educational community, in particular.  Our hearts continue to go out to all of the victims and families that have been impacted and forever changed by these senseless acts of violence. 

As in the past, and after yet another mass casualty event in a school, there are calls for more stringent security measures. Conversations at the national, state and local level continue to focus on topics of gun legislation, background checks, mental health assessments, metal detectors, arming teachers, an increased police presence, response protocols, safety drills, and risk assessments…to name just a few. 

Highland Receives Auditor of State Award

A recent financial audit of the Highland Local School District by Auditor of State Dave Yost’s office has returned a clean audit report. The district’s excellent record keeping has again earned it the Auditor of State Award with Distinction. Highland has earned this honor each year since the inception of the award in 2011.

Entities that receive the award meet the following criteria of a “clean” audit report:

  • The entity must file timely financial reports with the Auditor of State’s office in the form of a CAFR (Comprehensive Annual Financial Report);
  • The audit report does not contain any findings for recovery, material citations, material weaknesses, significant deficiencies, Single Audit findings or questioned costs;
  • The entity’s management letter contains no comments related to: ethics referrals, questioned costs less than $10,000, lack of timely report submission, reconciliation, failure to obtain a timely Single Audit, findings for recovery less than $100, and public meetings or public records; and
  • No other financial or other concerns exist.
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