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Highland Athletic Summer Camps Announced!

2018 Highland Athletic Summer Camps have been announced! All dates and times are listed in the attached flyer, as well as instructions on how to register. Athletic Summer Camps

For information on the Mike Gibbons Youth Football Camp, please click on the following form: Youth Football Camp

Highland Seeks Renewal Levy May 8

Dear Highland Parents and Community Members,
Highland Schools will asking voters to renew a 7.9-mill operating levy first approved in 1998 for operating expenses. This is a RENEWAL ONLY, which means NO NEW TAXES. The passage of this renewal is critical for the day-to-day operation of our school district. If renewed for another 10 years, the levy would cost homeowners $155 a year per $100,000 of property valuation, and generate about $4.15 million annually for the district, the same as it does now. The 7.9-mill levy on the books expires at the end of this year. MORE FACTS

District Offers Bond Sale

On Tuesday, April 10, the Highland Local School District will place $57.1 million in bonds on the market to fund the construction of three new elementary school buildings and other various improvements throughout the District. 

The District is providing the opportunity for residents to invest in their schools. The Highland community will be able to buy these bonds during a short time window before they go on the secondary market. Residents will be able to see the tangible impact of their investment with the new elementary buildings and districtwide improvements.

The bonds will be sold in $5,000 minimum increments. 

If you are interested, please contact Treasurer Neil Barnes at (330) 239-1901, ext. 1222 or email nbarnes@highlandschools.org for additional information.

This announcement is not an offer, solicitation, commitment or recommendation to buy or sell the bonds and does not purport to be a complete statement of all material facts relating to the bonds. The offering is made only by means of the Official Statement, copies of which may be obtained from Mr. Barnes.

Highland Makes 8th Annual AP Honor Roll

Highland Local School District is among 447 districts across the U.S. and Canada to be named to the 8th Annual AP District Honor Roll by the College Board. This is the fifth time that Highland has received this honor, which recognizes districts for simultaneously increasing access to Advanced Placement (AP) course work while increasing the percentage of students earning scores of 3 or higher on AP Exams. Reaching these goals indicates that these districts are successfully identifying motivated, academically prepared students who are likely to benefit from rigorous AP course work.

Public Forum on School Safety, Security

Dear Highland Families,

School safety and security remain at the forefront for school districts and communities across the nation. The Highland School District continues to work with local law enforcement to review safety protocols and procedures, conduct safety drills for both staff and students, and conduct risk assessments of our facilities and students. We remain committed to a comprehensive approach to school safety.

Summer Camps Offered through HCE

Summer Camps offered through Highland Community Education begin June 11! Download the camp info and registration form: Summer Camps 2018

‘Great Gatsby’ Coming to Highland May 1

Ohio Regional Music Arts and Cultural Outreach (ORMACO) presents the National Players touring production of Simon Levy's adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby at 7 p.m. on May 1 at Highland High School Auditorium. The cast will be presenting workshops to Highland High School students the day of the show. 

The workshops and performance are made possible, in part, with generous underwriting from the Frank and Spring Festi Charitable Fund, Russ and Angela Huston, James and Paula Banks, David and Marilyn Sigel, Scott and Amy Snyder, Jim and Betsy Gilder, Simon Youth Foundation/Summit Mall, The Halkovich Family Charitable Fund and Givenik LLC. Sponsorship opportunities are still available. 

Host families are still needed for some of the case and crew members for April 30 and May 1. If interested, please call Thomas Sigel at 330-722-2541.

Tickets for the show only are $15 in advance or $18 at the door and are available online at www.ormaco.org (credit card fee applies), by calling 330-722-2541 or at all Medina County Buehler’s stores. 

Hinckley Shred & Thread Day is April 21

Mark your calendars now for the 7th Annual Shred & Threads Day from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Saturday, April 21 in the Hinckley Elementary School Parking lot.

SHRED: Bring your confidential materials in bags or boxes directly to our shredding truck. You can stay and watch as your documents are raised to the shredder and completely destroyed in minutes.

THREADS: Acceptable items include, but are not limited to: Bedding (sheets, pillow cases, blankets, comforters), belts, ties, books, coats/jackets, fashion accessories, handbags/purses, hats/gloves, kitchenware, shoes, sandals/slippers, socks, stuffed animals, table linens, tools, towels, toys and undergarments.

  • Secure document shredding with Gateway Records
  • Cloth/Textile/Hard Goods donations with SimpleRecycling
  • Minimum $5 donation requested for shredding. Please consider a larger donation if you have more than 10 boxes. So we can best prepare, kindly report more than 10 boxes to fundraising@hinckleypto.com by April 7.
  • Proceeds benefit Hinckley Elementary PTO
Message Regarding School Safety & Security

Dear Parents,
As you are aware, it has been a difficult couple of weeks for the entire country and for everyone in the educational community, in particular.  Our hearts continue to go out to all of the victims and families that have been impacted and forever changed by these senseless acts of violence. 

As in the past, and after yet another mass casualty event in a school, there are calls for more stringent security measures. Conversations at the national, state and local level continue to focus on topics of gun legislation, background checks, mental health assessments, metal detectors, arming teachers, an increased police presence, response protocols, safety drills, and risk assessments…to name just a few. 

2018 Highland Safety Week Information

The 2018 Highland Safety Week will be offered during two, one week sessions again this summer at Granger Elementary School. The first session will be held June 4-8 and the second from June 11-15. Both sessions will run from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. The program is designed to introduce and reinforce safety concepts to incoming kindergarten children who are broadening their world by beginning elementary school. It emphasize fun and learning through the use of songs, crafts, role playing, games and field trips. A maximum of 105 students may enroll in the program each week. Cost is $30. Each student will receive a Highland Safety Week t-shirt. A snack will also be provided each day. Registration deadline is May 1. To learn more or to register your child, please download the following form: Highland Safety Week 2018.

Highland Receives Auditor of State Award

A recent financial audit of the Highland Local School District by Auditor of State Dave Yost’s office has returned a clean audit report. The district’s excellent record keeping has again earned it the Auditor of State Award with Distinction. Highland has earned this honor each year since the inception of the award in 2011.

Entities that receive the award meet the following criteria of a “clean” audit report:

  • The entity must file timely financial reports with the Auditor of State’s office in the form of a CAFR (Comprehensive Annual Financial Report);
  • The audit report does not contain any findings for recovery, material citations, material weaknesses, significant deficiencies, Single Audit findings or questioned costs;
  • The entity’s management letter contains no comments related to: ethics referrals, questioned costs less than $10,000, lack of timely report submission, reconciliation, failure to obtain a timely Single Audit, findings for recovery less than $100, and public meetings or public records; and
  • No other financial or other concerns exist.
3 Advance to Finalist Standing

Pictured from left are Ben Lewton, Larkin Cleland and Clara VorndranHighland High School is proud to announce that seniors Larkin Cleland, Ben Lewton and Clara Vorndran have advanced to Finalist standing in the National Merit Scholarship Program. These academically talented seniors now have the opportunity to continue in the competition for some 7500 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $32 million.

Excessive Absenteeism: 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.


  • Absences are now recorded by hour, including tardy occurrences.
  • All instructional time missed counts as an absence. The only time during the school day that does not count as instructional time is a student’s lunch period.
  • A letter will be sent to parent/guardian(s) when a student misses 38 hours in a month or 65 hours in a year, with or without a legitimate excuse*.
  • A student who misses 30 or more consecutive hours,  42 or more hours in a month, or 72 hours in a school year without a legitimate excuse* is considered habitually truant and is referred to an Absence Intervention Team.

*Legitimate excuse = excused absence