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Felix is October Student of the Month

Katy FelixHighland senior Katy Felix was selected the Medina County Kiwanis Student of the Month for October. Katy is an outstanding student whose schedule consists of Advanced Placement (AP) and College Credit Plus (CCP) courses. She is a Peer Leader and member of Student Council, National Honor Society, National Art Honor Society and Medina County Junior Leadership. She is also a member of the Highland Girls Soccer Team, earning two varsity letters and four consecutive Scholar-Athlete awards. She is the daughter of Kevin and Renee Felix of Sharon Township and plans to attend college following her graduation from Highland.

3 Named National Merit Commended Scholars

Alex AmbroZachary SenyitkoWarren WrightCongratulations to HHS seniors Alex Ambro, Zachary Senyitko and Warren Wright who have been named Commended Scholars in the 2020-21 National Merit Scholarship Program. Alex, son of Dick and Joan Ambro of Granger, is a member of the NHS, Highland Heartbreakers Choir, Marching Band, Band Council and serves as a Peer Leader. Zachary, son of Paul and Jenny Senyitko of Hinckley, is a member of the HHS Soccer Team, Track Team and Sinfonia Orchestra. Warren, son of Gary and Theresa Wright of Granger, is a member of the NHS and National Art Honor Society, Highland Wrestling Team, Cross Country and Tennis Team.

Band Show Rescheduled

The annual Highland Band Show has been rescheduled for 7 p.m. on Friday, October 30 at the Highland Stadium.

Kuhar is Member of All-Star Honor Orchestra 

Cassidy KuharCongratulations to Highland High School senior Cassidy Kuhar, Principal Cello of the Sinfonia Orchestra, who successfully completed a rigorous and very competitive process in order to secure her spot amongst some of the finest musicians from all over the state.  The Ohio All-Star Honor Orchestra is a competitive virtual orchestra consisting of the finest high school musicians from the state of Ohio. The purpose of the ensemble is to support Ohio school music programs by providing additional musical opportunities that are designed to supplement school ensemble activities. Students selected for this orchestra will engage in lessons, masterclasses, lectures, and workshops from internationally renowned artists, and will culminate in a professionally produced virtual orchestra performance under the direction of Dr. Soo Han of Baldwin-Wallace Conservatory.

Cassidy is the daughter of Richard and Susan Kuhar of Granger Township.

National Red Ribbon Week

National Red Ribbon Week will be celebrated at all Highland Schools beginning on Monday, October 26. Organized by Highland's DARE Program, the week-long theme is "Be the Best You Can Be!" and reminding students that making good and healthy choices will help them do just that!

Each student will receive a Red Ribbon Week bookmark, along with weekly announcement to reinforce positive choices and coordinated activities. 

Red Ribbon Week is about promoting kindness, treating one another like you want to be treated, showing good character and believing in yourself! Remember to share some kindness today with one another! 

USDA Extends Free Meal Option through Academic Year

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced on October 9 that it is extending regulatory flexibility in light of the pandemic to allow schools to offer free meals to all children through the current academic year. USDA had previously approved flexibility through December.

The flexibilities allow summer meal program operators to continue serving free meals to all children through June 2021. This unprecedented move will help ensure – no matter what the situation is on-the-ground – children have access to nutritious food as the country recovers from the COVID-19 pandemic. USDA has been and continues to be committed to using the Congressionally appropriated funding that has been made available.  

Q: What does this mean for Highland students – including those enrolled in the VLA program?
A: All students now qualify for FREE lunch through June 2021.

Q: Does my child have to qualify for Free & Reduced Lunch status?
A: No. All students are eligible to receive meals through this federally subsidized program through June 2021 

If you have any questions, please contact the Food Service Department at 330-239-1901, ext. 5513.

VLA Lunch Request Distribution Form

The Highland School District will offer lunches at NO COST to ANY Highland students enrolled in the Virtual Learning Academy. This service is offered in conjunction with the USDA free lunch program. You do not have to be eligible for free and reduced lunch status to qualify. 

The district will offer school lunch meal “pick-up” on a weekly distribution. Families with students enrolled in the Highland VLA can receive a WEEKLY allotment of their child's school lunches. 

Beginning Monday, September 28 through Friday, December 20, 2020 (end of the USDA free lunch program), lunches will be distributed to families for the entire week. Each lunch bag will contain 5 complete lunches. (Please note, we will not be serving lunches on weekends or scheduled holidays).

All orders must be placed by 12 p.m. on Friday preceding the upcoming week's offering OR parents may sign up for all 12 weeks when completing the form. Parents must complete the following “VLA Lunch Request Distribution Form” in order to receive the free lunches. (COMPLETE A SEPARATE FORM FOR EACH CHILD).  DOWNLOAD FORM