Latest News ~
Important Meeting on College Credit Plus is 2/11
An informational meeting for students and parents interested in the College Credit Plus Program will be held at 6:30 p.m. on February 11 in the high school Main Gym. School counselors and representatives from The University of Akron and Cuyahoga Community College will discuss program requirements, application procedures and provide a demonstration of the Distance Learning Lab. This is a mandatory meeting for any student planning to enroll in the CCP program for the 2016-17 school year.
Highland Welcomes Guests from France
Highland High School continues its cultural exchange program by welcoming visitors from France this month! Twenty-five students and two teachers were offered a warm welcome on Monday, February 8 with a special breakfast program held in the media center. Highland host students and families were on hand to help make all the visiting students feel comfortable. Students arrived on February 6 and will return to their homeland on February 18. Several events and activities are planned for their stay including classroom time with their host student, visiting the middle school and elementary schools, a trip to Amish country, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Playhouse Square in Cleveland, and also the Medina County Career Center. Students will also attend a HHS basketball game and spend time with their host families to learn about the Highland community. The intercultural exchange program is made possible in part through the generous support of the Highland Foundation.
3 HHS Student Athletes Commit to Ohio Colleges
ALEX MAPP, MADISON LESS and TYLER ZELINKSI each have accepted a partial athletic scholarship to attend and play sports at an Ohio college beginning next fall.
Mapp will play soccer for the University of Akron, following in his father’s footsteps where he was a former Zips player. He plans to study business. A scholar athlete who played soccer on the varsity team as a freshman, Mapp was named the Top Player to Watch in the Great Lakes Region and was the Akron Summer Soccer Camps MVP 2011-2013. He is also a member of the Internationals Soccer Academy (United States Soccer Development Academy). He is the son of Pete and Michelle Mapp of Granger Township.
Less will play soccer for the University of Cincinnati, where she plans to study mechanical engineering. She is a four-year varsity letterman on the Highland girls soccer team and was recently presented with the Senior Excellence Award by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America. She was named 2nd Team All-State by the Ohio Scholastic Soccer Coaches Association and recipient of the Academic Excellence Award; 1st Team All-District by the Greater Akron Scholastic Soccer Coaches Association; and was recognized as an All-Star Athlete in 2016 by the Akron Touchdown Club. Named the American Division Player of the Year and 1st Team All-Conference her junior and senior years, Less boasts impressive stats including 68 goals against, 341 saves and 409 opponent shots on goal in 71 games as a Hornet. She is also a member of the US Youth Soccer Olympic Development Program, an AP Scholar Award winner, member of the National Honor Society and serves as a Peer Leader. She is the daughter of Ron and Lorie Less of Hinckley Township.
Zelinksi will play football for Ashland University, where he plans to study business management. He was the quarterback and punter for the Hornets as they reached the D-II playoffs for the third straight year, throwing for 1,550 yards, rushing for 741 and tallying 21 touchdowns. He also carried at 35.1 average as punter. Zelinski was named 1st Team All-Conference, 2nd Team All-District, Medina Gazette Player of the Week and nominated by Time Warner Cable for “Play of the Year.” He is the son of Matthew and Michelle Zelinski of Montville Township.
Production of 'Arsenic & Old Lace' Feb. 11-13
Highland High School will be performing Arsenic & Old Lace by Joseph Kesselring on February 11, 12, 13 at 7 p.m. in the auditorium. Come out and meet the Brewsters: a family comprised of two sweet and charitable old ladies who just happen to kill people; their nephew who thinks he’s Teddy Roosevelt; another nephew who is wanted in multiple countries for… well, let’s just say the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree; and finally Mortimer, an everyday kind of guy who is just trying to survive his family. Join us for this madcap family comedy where Mortimer must juggle fugitive house guests, an angry fiancee, visits from the police and multiple bodies. The cast of 14 is led by Highland sophomore Ray Flannery as Mortimer, sophomore Abby Catron and senior Sarah Welton as the sweet old ladies, and senior Cole Cooper as Jonathan, the malicious villain. Tickets are $8 for adults and $6 for students and will be sold at the door.
Highland Makes 6th Annual AP District Honor Roll
Highland Local School District is among 425 school districts across the U.S. and Canada to be named to the 6th Annual AP District Honor Roll by the College Board. This is Highland’s 4th consecutive year of receiving this honor. Highland is being recognized for simultaneously increasing access to Advanced Placement 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.
The first step to delivering the opportunity of AP to students is providing access by ensuring courses are available, that gate keeping stops, and that the doors are equitably opened so that all students have an opportunity to participate.
Inclusion on the 6th Annual AP District Honor Roll is based on the following criteria:
- Increased participation/access to AP by at least 4 percent in large districts, at least 6 percent in medium districts, and at least 11 percent in small districts;
- Increased or maintained the percentage of exams taken by African American, Hispanic/Latino, and American Indian/Alaska Native students, and;
- Improved performance levels when comparing the percentage of students in 2015 scoring a 3 or higher to those in 2013.
AP course work and exams enable students to prepare to pursue college-level studies while still in high school. Students learn to think critically, construct solid arguments and see many sides of an issue – skills that prepare them for college and beyond. More than 90 percent of colleges and universities across the U.S. offer college credit, advanced placement or both for a score of 3 or higher on an AP Exam, which can potentially save students and their families thousands of dollars in college tuition.
Highland High School
Highland High School offers 13 AP courses and exams. In the spring of 2015, 409 exams were administered to 209 students and 75.1 percent of the students earned scores of 3 or higher. Twenty-two seniors earned the title of AP Scholar, taking three exams with an average score of at least 3.0. Thirteen students earned AP Scholar with Honor, meaning they received an average score of at least 3.25 on all AP Exams taken, and scores of 3 or higher on four or more of these exams. Twenty-one seniors earned AP Scholar with Distinction, granted to students who receive at least a 3.5 on all AP Exams taken, and scores of 3 or higher on five or more of these exams. Three students earned National AP Scholar, meaning they received and average of at least 4 on all AP Exams taken, and scores of 4 or higher on eight or more of these. Next year, Highland High School will add 3 AP courses - AP Music Theory, AP Art History and AP French - to its curriculum.
Inclusion on the 6th Annual AP District Honor Roll is based on the examination of three years of AP data, from 2013 to 2015. The College Board is a mission-driven, not-for-profit organization that connects students to college success and opportunity. Founded in 1900, the College Board was created to expand access to higher education. Today, the membership association is made up of over 6,000 of the world’s leading educational institutions and is dedicated to promoting excellence and equity in education.
Highland Ranks 48th Among Ohio Schools
Highland School District ranks 48th out of 611 districts in the state of Ohio, according to a new survey done by Niche.com. The goal of the survey is to make choosing a neighborhood, college or K-12 school a more transparent process. Founded in 2002, the organization allows students and families to grade high schools. No other Medina County schools were recognized in the top 100.
The “2016 Best Public High Schools” ranking provides a comprehensive assessment of the overall experience of a public high school. This grade takes into account key factors such as the strength of academics, quality of teachers, school resources, the quality of student life, as well as student and parent reviews, in an attempt to measure the overall excellence of the school.
Based on the above criteria, Highland received an A in academics, B+ in health and safety, C+ in student culture and diversity, A in the teacher category, A- in resources and facilities, B+ in extra-curricular and activities and B+ in sports and fitness.
CHAMPION OF CHOICES: MARC MERO
Marc Mero, former WWE wrestler, presented an emotional and moving program to the students at Highland High School on January 8 as part of the school's "YearTential" series. Marc’s personal mission to stand up, step up and speak up against bullying came across loud and clear in his powerful Anti-Bullying and Suicide Prevention “Choices” production. Marc is no stranger to the negative impacts of bullying. In his riveting life story shared with thousands of students in schools worldwide, Marc candidly talks about how he was bullied as a youngster and also how he treated his family: “Sometimes the people you hurt the most are those who love you the most.” Marc shows how negative words and actions have the power to cause regrettable scars. The mission of Champion of Choices, Inc. is to empower students to make healthy and positive choices that lead to lifelong success, initiating personal and social change to make a difference in themselves and their communities. (Generously funded by The Highland Foundation)
Top High School Ranking
We are pleased to announce that Highland High School has been named one of America’s Top High Schools 2015 by Newsweek Magazine. There are only 34 Ohio schools that made this list. Below is a link for the article and for the methodology in establishing the rankings.
HHS Ranked Among Top Schools