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Highland Foundation Launches New Website

The Highland Foundation for Educational Excellence has just completed a redesign of its website. The newly updated site, which is now live, will further enhance functionality and improve communication with parents, students, staff, donors and the community at large. Located at www.highlandfoundation.org, the site features a fresh, updated and consistent design, easy-to-read content and user-friendly navigation. 

Highland Receives State 'Momentum Award'

Ohio’s State Board of Education has granted the Highland Local School District with the 2016-17 Momentum Award. Now in its third year, the Momentum Award recognizes districts that have received A’s on each Value-Added measure included on Ohio’s school and district report cards.

“This award reinforces that both achievement and academic growth at Highland is very high,” stated Superintendent Catherine Aukerman. “Our district report card for the 2016-17 school year shows our students enjoyed greater than expected growth in reading and mathematics. This accomplishment makes us part of an elite group of districts that are ensuring the academic growth of students from every background and ability level.”

In addition to the overall district award, both Granger Elementary School and Highland Middle School were recognized with individual school Momentum Awards. 

Members of the State Board of Education recognize that Highland recruits dedicated school leaders and staff and equips them with the tools they need to ensure academic growth for every child. 

To learn more about the Momentum Award, please visit: http://education.ohio.gov/Topics/District-and-School-Continuous-Improvement/Awards-and-Recognition/Momentum-Award

Annual Coats for Kids Drive is Nov. 14-30

This year's Annual Coats for Kids Drive will be held from November 14-30. Highland school and Middle School DARE Role Models, along with high school SADD students, will be collecting new and gently used coats. Howard Hanna in Wadsworth, Wadsworth Salvation Army and Superior Cleaners in Wadsworth will be working in partnership to distribute coats to the needy in our community and surrounding area. Collection boxes will be available at each school building in Highland. Please help a child keep warm this winter.

HHS Production of ‘Fiddler on the Roof’

Reserve your tickets now for Highland High Schools’ production of “Fiddler on the Roof” from November 16-18. Showtime is 7 p.m. Presented by the Highland Choir Boosters, Fiddler on the Roof is the beloved story of the small, tradition-steeped town of Anatevka, Russia, where Jews and Russians live in delicate balance. The time-honored traditions of Anatevka are embraced and challenged by Tevye and his colorful community, as they witness his daughters, grow up and fall in love in a time of extraordinary change. Fiddler on the Roof’s Broadway premier became the longest-running Broadway musical in history, a title it maintained for almost 10 years. It is a story that captures the essential human longings for love, community, success, freedom, family and meaning. Fiddler features such iconic songs as the beautiful “Sunrise, Sunset,” the boisterous “If I Were a Rich Man”, and the classic “Matchmaker, Matchmaker.” Tickets available at:https://www.showtix4u.com/boxoffice.php?submit=Search+for+Events&begin=1542968&current_client=0835451301301329

It’s Time to Honor Your Highland STAR! 

It’s that time of year to honor your Highland STAR and make their day brighter. The holidays will be here before you know it, 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 our Highland Hornet and date. 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!

Fall Classes Offered Through HCE

Highland Community Education courses for Fall 2017 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 Girls Yoga, Party'N with Plants, How to Read Music for Guitar, Bee Keeping, Therapeutic Massage, Meditation, Toxic Awareness and more. Saturday morning classes include the Fundamentals of Cooking, Babysitting, Princess Training and MMA Fitness Boot Camp. Register today! Questions? Please email Mary Fran Kudla at mkudla@highlandschools.org. FALL COURSE CATALOG
Phone Number Correction: Please use extension 5503 for Community Education 

Excessive Absenteeism: New HB 410 Requirements

It is important for every student in Ohio to attend school every day. Missing too much school has long-term, negative effects on students, such as lower achievement and graduation rates. To that end, the Ohio General Assembly passed House Bill 410, which supports a preventative approach to excessive absences and truancy. Beginning with the 2017-18 school year, several important changes have taken effect.