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Collection to Benefit Women's Shelter

Highland High School members of SADD will be collecting household items for the Battered Women's Shelters of Medina and Summit County from February 12-26 in support of Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month. Items requested include: kleenex, laundry detergent, disinfectant spray cleaner, disinfectant wipes, Pine Sol, cough drops, lip balm, disposable gloves, Ziploc bags- gallon, juice boxes, juice (non-refrigerated), healthy lunch box snacks, coffee, coffee creamer, cereal/pop tarts, dish soap, dryer sheets and kitchen garbage bags. Drop off box is located near the main office of HHS. Please consider making a donation.

Kindergarten Registration is March 8

If you have a child who will begin kindergarten this August, parents should mark their calendars for Thursday, March 8. Registration will be held at each elementary school from 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1-4 p.m. Highland’s program consists of an all day, every day model. In order to register, a child must be 5 years old by September 30, 2018. The following items are needed at the time of registration: personal identification with a picture I.D., proof of residency, the child’s original birth certificate or passport, child’s complete immunization records, and certified custody papers (if applicable). Please register your child through FINALFORMS on the website at https://highlandmedina-oh.finalforms.com/. You may bring printed/completed forms to help expedite the process at registration.


Girls Selected for Leadership Ball; Begin Collection for Feeding Medina County

Pictured from left are Annamarie DiGiacobbe, Kaila Oberhaus, Bethany Yu, Brianna Kean and Olivia Severyn.Congratulations to Highland High School seniors Brianna Kean, Kaila Oberhaus, Olivia Severyn, Bethany Yu and Annamarie DiGiacobbe who were chosen to take part in the Medina County Spring Leadership Ball on April 28. In order to be selected, honorees must maintain a high GPA while being involved in the school and the community. A total of only 30 girls were chosen throughout Medina County. The ball is being held in partnership with Feeding Medina County. Those selected have been asked to collect 16 ounce plastic peanut butter jars, which will be included in weekender bags to underprivileged children throughout the schools in the county. In the weekender bags, every child will receive a jar of peanut butter, along with other staple foods.

In an effort to collect as many 16 ounce plastic jars as possible, the Highland girls sought permission to make this a district-wide event, called "Spread the Love." The collection will begin on Monday, January 29 and continue through the end of February. As a reward for the school that collects the largest number of items, the principal has agreed to dress up in a peanut butter jar costume for the day! For those making a generous donation, please note that the collection specifies 16 ounce plastic jars of peanut butter only. Thank you!

Pictured from left are Annamarie DiGiacobbe, Kaila Oberhaus, Bethany Yu, Brianna Kean and Olivia Severyn.

Now 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, 2018, and must use the bathroom independently. All completed applications must be received by MARCH 9, 2018, to the Highland Special Education Department, 3880 Ridge Road, Medina, OH 44256. The screening will be held on March 23. Notifications will be made by phone. Please call 330-239-1901, ext. 1256 with any questions. Little Hornets Preschool Application

Winter/Spring Community Education Classes

Highland Community Education courses for Winter/Spring 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 Yoga for Boys and Girls, Party'N with Plants, Bee Keeping, Beginning Spanish, Beginning Guitar, Photography, Zumba, Retirement Planning, Smoking Cessation, Weight Loss Control, Toxic Awareness and more. Saturday morning classes include the Fundamentals of Cooking, Babysitting, Princess Training and MMA Fitness Boot Camp and others. Register today! Questions? Please email Mary Fran Kudla at mkudla@highlandschools.org or call 330-239-1901, ext. 5503. Class Brochure

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.

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. 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:

  • Information on road conditions from transportation staff, local law enforcement and road crews (as warranted); we must give careful consideration to the most dangerous roads in the District; they can be treacherous, even if your road or street looks clear.
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