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Preschool Program Receives 5-Star Rating

SUTQ LogoIn recognition of a commitment to quality and an ongoing dedication to the learning and development of children, the Highland Local School District’s “Little Hornets” Preschool Program, located at Granger Elementary School, has received a 5-Star Step Up to Quality Award from the State of Ohio – the highest rating attainable. Step Up To Quality (SUTQ) is a 5-star quality rating and improvement system administered by the Ohio Department of Education and the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services. This is the second time the Highland preschool program has been awarded the 5-star rating. To learn more about the award and the preschool program, download the full story HERE.

Gwen Hill Experiences Role of Principal First Hand

Dr. Gausman and Gwen HillIt's not every day that a student has the opportunity to assume the role of their principal! But that's exactly what happened on  December 5 when Granger Elementary 2nd grader Gwen Hill became the "boss" at her school for the day! “Principal for A Day” was one of the many items auctioned off during the 15th Annual Highland Foundation Dinner held on November 2. Each elementary school participates in the auction and allows the students an up close look at what it's like to serve as a principal. Gwen had several responsibilities to take care of throughout the day including morning announcements, visiting classrooms, assisting in the holiday shop, serving as a guest reader, inspecting and touring the building, and of course eating lunch with the principal. Gwen, pictured with Granger Principal Dr. LeAnn Gausman, is the daughter of Andy and Chelsey Hill of Montville Township.

Holiday Hat Day is 12/17

On Tuesday, December 17, Highland Schools will hold a district wide fundraiser for the United Way of Medina County. The annual ”Holiday Hat Day” allows any student, teacher, bus driver, custodian, aide, secretary, etc. to donate $1 to wear his/her favorite holiday headgear (Santa hats, elf hats, scrooge hats, antlers and the like). Money will be collected at each building. The goal of the United Way of Medina County is to ensure that area children get a strong start in school, young adults have access to mental health services, and children do not go hungry. 

Since 2014 the United Way has:

  • Helped 7,000 students focus on learning by providing kindergarten readiness programs, academic support, and nutritional food.
  • Helped 17,000 youth by providing mental health access in schools. 

All proceeds collected from the Holiday Hat Day will benefit the United Way. Thank you!

Order Your Holiday STAR Award -- It's the Perfect Gift!

It's that time of year to honor your Highland STAR and make their day just a little brighter. The holidays are upon us again, and many of us are searching for that perfect gift for teachers or community members who have made an impact on our child's academic success. The Staff and Teacher Award Recognition (STAR) program, offered through The Highland Foundation, proudly honors a Highland community member of your choice for their outstanding achievements. Each recipient is presented with an award certificate and either a box of bonbons, or the Highland Diamond etched with the Highland Hornet and the year. A personal note from the donor can also be included with the STAR award. Just fill out the STAR Award form found online or in any school office, and The Highland Foundation will do the rest!

Each award presented requires a $10 minimum donation for a mini decorated box of bonbons, a $30 donation for a large decorated box of bonbons, or a $30 donation for the Highland Diamond hanging ornament. The deadline for submission is Thursday, December 12. Awards will be distributed before the holiday break on December 17.

There are two easy ways to place your order:
1. Pay online with a credit card at www.highlandfoundation.org
2. Mail your completed form with payment to The Highland Foundation, 3880 Ridge Rd., Medina, OH 44256. Please make checks payable to The Highland Foundation.

Personalized Santa Letters Available

Highland High School's SADD organization will again be selling personalized Santa Letters (new details!) this Holiday Season (Season's Greetings/ other options available upon request).

Letters are being sold for $5 each (maximum of $15 per family if more than 3 children in a single family). A portion of the proceeds will benefit SADD's annual donation to the Highland Community Support Network. 

  • Step 1: Complete the Google form found here: Click here for Santa Letters! 
  • Step 2: Send payment to Highland High School, 4150 Ridge Rd., Medina, OH, 44256; Attn: SADD. Make sure to include the child's name(s) you are paying for, along with cash or check payable to Highland Local Schools. Letters with completed forms will not be sent until payment is received. Payment MUST be received by 2 p.m. on December 6. 

Letters will be mailed no later than December 16. We wish you a wonderful holiday season. Thank you for supporting SADD! 

Don't Miss the Upcoming Winter Concerts!

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Winter Youth Basketball League for Boys & Girls

Registration now opne for the 2019-20 Winter Youth Basketball League! Open to boys and girls in grades 1-3. Games and practices are organized by Highland High School boys basketball coaching staff and players. This league offers an emphasis on skill development, basketball decision making and participation. All playing time on an equal basis with dates held at Highland High School in the Main and Aux Gyms.

  • Times include practices and games: 9-10:30 a.m. on Saturdays December 21, 28, January 4, 11, 18, 25, February 1. 
  • Cost is $75 per player and includes reversible jersey. Please pay at the door on December 21 with checks payable to Highland Local Schools.
  • Any questions, email Coach Adam Cestaro at acestaro@highlandschools.org or Coach Jack Leslie at jack.leslie123@gmail.com
  • Register your child HERE