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Nominations Accepted for 2019 Highland Pride Award

Do you know someone who is bursting with Highland Pride? Do you know an employee or community member who spends his or her spare time volunteering in the Highland School District? Do you know someone who does a lot for Highland students, but never asks for anything in return? Nominate that individual for the 2019 Highland Pride Award!

Kindergarten Registration is March 6

If you have a child who will begin kindergarten this August, parents should mark their calendars for Wednesday, March 6 for Highland’s Kindergarten Registration. Registration will be held at each elementary building (Granger, Hinckley, Sharon) from 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1-4 p.m.

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, 2019, and must use the bathroom independently. All completed applications must be received by February 22, 2019, to the Highland Special Education Department, 3880 Ridge Road, Medina, OH 44256. The screening will be held on Friday, April 5, 2019. Notifications will be made by phone. Please call 330-239-1901, ext. 1256 with any questions. Little Hornets Preschool Application  

2019 Community Education Courses

Highland Community Education courses for Winter/Spring include several new and fun options! Students in grades K-5 can enroll in exciting classes featuring an Engineering Club, Mad Science and World of Design by Crayola. Also new this season is Live, Love & Create Craft Club for students in grades 3-5, The Money Game for ages 10+ and don't forget about the ever-popular Hummingbirds Soccer and Young Rembrandt's Art courses. Students can also try their hand at Babysitting, Dining Etiquette, Fun-Damentals of Cooking and a new instructional basketball program. Adult classes are offered in Beekeeping, Beginning Guitar, Retirement Planning, Smoking Cessation, Weight Loss Control, Toxic Awareness and more. New this year is a Cyber Security Seminar. Register today! Questions? Please email Mary Fran Kudla at mkudla@highlandschools.org or call 330-239-1901, ext. 5503. Download Brochure

BOE Organizational Meeting is 1/14

The Highland Board of Education will hold its Organizational Meeting at 7 p.m. on Monday, January 14, 2019 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.

Highland Continues to Demonstrate High Academic Performance

Overall A LogoMomentum Award LogoThe State Board of Education of Ohio today recognized 28 districts for earning an overall grade of “A” on the 2017-18 Ohio School Report Cards. The Highland School District is one of only 28 to receive the “Overall A Award.” The Overall A Award is presented by the State Board of Education and recognizes schools that earned an Overall A on their report card.

State Board of Education President, Tess Elshoff, stated, “As an Overall A Award winner, your district’s report card shows your district is demonstrating high academic performance and building bright futures for students of every background and ability level. Congratulations on this impressive achievement!”

Speaker Talks about Importance of Celebrating Differences

Mrs. Maxwell and Granger StudentsGranger Elementary School welcomed Elizabeth (Lizz) Maxwell, director of GiGi’s Playhouse Cleveland, on December 7, as part of the school's “Keys to Success” initiative. GiGi’s Playhouse is a one-of-a-kind achievement center for individuals with Down syndrome, their families and the community. GiGi’s Playhouse offers more than 30 therapeutic and educational programs that advance literacy, math skills, motor skills and more; all of which are free of charge. Ms. Maxwell spoke to students in grades K-5 about recognizing and celebrating differences, and expanded upon the Generation G Campaign: Be Accepting. Be Generous. Be Kind. For more information, visit: https://gigisplayhouse.org/. This program was made possible through the support of The Highland Foundation.

‘Family First’ Night is February 4

The Highland Schools is pleased to offer the 2nd Annual “Family First” Night on Monday, February 4. This district-wide initiative is an opportunity for our Highland families to spend an uninterrupted evening together! With the multitude of school events and activities scheduled on any given night, the Highland Administration understands that it can be difficult to enjoy an evening as a family unit. In an effort to encourage a dedicated “family night,” the school district is offering one night free from homework (with no tests on February 5) athletic events or other extra-curricular activities so that families can connect and spend quality time together. We hope that you are able to enjoy your night together!

Winter Weather / School Closing Information

As we approach the winter season, the following i­­nformation may help you better understand the process the District uses when making the decision to open or close school, offer a two-hour delayed start or resort to an early release due to inclement weather.

These decisions are based upon a careful analysis of relevant factors, such as:

  • Information on road conditions from transportation staff, local law enforcement and state, county and township road crews (as warranted); Please keep in mind that road conditions can vary dramatically throughout the district;    
  • Amount of accumulated snow and ice;
  • Whether precipitation is expected to continue throughout the day;
  • Temperature and wind chill (wind chills at or below -15°F to -20°F during key walking and waiting-for-bus times are given special consideration);
  • Impact on our transportation fleet (school bus diesel fuel begins to gel at an ambient temperature of 0 degrees);
  • Weather predictions (including those from our own satellite system and local radar);
  • Timing of storm;
  • Building conditions (is there electricity and heat?);
  • Parking lot conditions;
  • What other surrounding districts are doing.