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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. As we approach the winter season, 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:

Time to Honor Your Highland STAR!

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 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 Awards 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 Friday, December 9. Awards will be distributed before the holiday break. 

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 Road, Medina, OH 44256
Please make checks payable to the Highland Foundation. For more information, contact Michelle Cottrell at 440-935-4223.

Highland Receives Momentum Award from State Board of Education

The State Board of Education of Ohio recognized the Highland Local School District as one of only 54 districts statewide to earn the prestigious Momentum Award. The Momentum Award is presented by the State Board of Education and recognizes school districts for exceeding expectations in student growth for the year.  Districts must earn straight A’s on all Value-Added measures on the report card.  The district must have at least two Value-Added subgroups of students, which includes gifted, lowest 20% in achievement, and students with disabilities. In the notification letter to Highland Superintendent Catherine Aukerman, Thomas Gunlock, President of the State Board of Education stated, “I am proud of the academic support you, your staff members and community have provided to students from every background and ability level.  The State Board and Ohio Department of Education look forward to sharing information about your success with districts and communities throughout our state, hoping they can follow your model of excellence.”  The Highland Local School District is the only Medina County school district to receive this award. 



The Highland Local School District is committed to the highest academic and behavioral expectations. Our mission is to guarantee that each learner reaches his/her potential, by providing, in partnership with the community, a quality, progressive, educational program in a safe and dynamic life-long learning environment.