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4 are National Merit Semi-Finalists

Congratulations to Highland High School seniors Hannah Barnes, Chad Eichhorn, Abigail Wolgamuth and Ben Wolgamuth who are among the Northeast Ohio high school seniors named as a semifinalist for the National Merit Scholarship Program, an academic competition for recognition and scholarships. These students now have the opportunity to continue in the competition for some 7,600 scholarships worth about $33 million that will be offered next spring.

Roughly 16,000 semifinalists were announced on September 10 and chosen on the basis of high scores on the Preliminary SAT. The semifinalists represent less than 1% of high school seniors nationwide.

  • Hannah is currently a HHS DARE Role Model and member of the National Honor Society. She is the daughter of Raymond and Sheryl Barnes of Copley.
  • Chad is a member of the Highland Marching Band, Robotics, Speech & Debate Team, Academic Challenge, Latin Club and Chess Club. He is the son of Brad and Dawn Eichhorn of Hinckley.
  • Abby is a member of the Highland Marching Band, Thespian Club, The Buzz, Added Attraction and has been involved in several theater productions, while her brother, Ben is also a member of the Marching Band, Added Attraction, Highland Heartbreakers, The Buzz and the Thespian Club. Their parents are Keith and Diane Wolgamuth of Hinckley.

Pictured from left are Ben, Abby, Chad and Hannah.


Senior Parent Meeting
The Senior Parent Meeting will be held Tuesday, September 16 in the high school Auditorium, from 6:30-7:30 p.m.  This is an opportunity to meet with counselors for a better understanding of the college application process. Mrs. Laura Boswell will also be in attendance to review the services offered through College Now of Greater Cleveland.


Mattress Sale Fundraiser is Sept. 20
The Highland Speech and Debate Team will hold its 6th annual Mattress Sale Fundraiser from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, September 20 in the Highland High School Gymnasium. Mattresses will be available at 30% to 60% off of retail prices. All sizes and types will be on display. Pillowtop, orthopedic and memory foam sets. Setup and delivery is available. Cash, checks and credit cards will be accepted.

  • New this year ….special deal for " local heroes,” including fire, police and rescue, with free shipping and 10% off their entire order.
  • Students are distributing coupons for $50 off mattress / Highland staff gets $100 off.
  • An event link is available on facebook at https://www.facebook.com/events/1504521813116375/
  • There are also Twitter and Facebook links to get coupons / to "like" 

Proceeds from the sale directly benefit the Speech and Debate Team. Questions? Please contact Suzette Burtoft at 330-239-1901, ext. 5124 or via email at .  Speech-Debate Mattress Flyer 2014


HHS PTO 2014 COLOR WALK
The Highland High School PTO is pleased to announce its 1st annual Student Color Walk. This event allows students to raise money for their class post-prom accounts, without selling merchandise. The campaign will run from September 8 to October 2. The Color Walk will be held on October 3 in conjunction with spirit day and the football homecoming pep rally. This is a class competition for bragging rights and individual prizes will be awarded along the way. 

  • Step 1 – Each student will use the following link to set up his/her dashboard, inviting all family and friends to participate sponsoring students at various levels.Send at least 10 emails for an on-line participation prize. For every $50 collected (cumulatively) per student, one drawing entry will be given for prizes. http://myteamworks.org/register/invite/MjkwNQ==
  • Step 2 – Share on Twitter and/or Facebook to gather up more support. More support equals higher sponsorship, which equals more prize opportunities and your class claiming the top spot! 
  • Step 3 – Buy a participation voucher for $10. This guarantees you can participate in the 2014 Color Walk. 
  • Step 4 – Anyone who is not interested in using the website, please turn in cash/check sponsorships by October 3. Checks made payable to HHS PTO. Any amount is appreciated. 

The website will be deactivated on Thursday, October 2 at 12 p.m., so all money can be tallied and prizes awarded. 

Questions?  Please contact Mr. Dana Addis at the High School or Missy Schreiner at 330-239-3626 or via email at


HHS College Readiness Highest in Past 5 Years
The College Readiness letter for Highland High School was released on August 20. The report reflects the achievement of Highland graduates on the ACT over time and an indication of the extent to which they are prepared for college-level work.  This report also summarizes the Five-Year trends for our average ACT scores.  The 2014 results are the highest in the last five years in each of the six categories:  Total Tested, English, Math, Reading, Science, Composition, and Composite. In fact, beginning with the graduating Class of 2012, our students have trended upward each year in each category.  HHS College Readiness Letter 2014


Class of 2018 and Beyond To Have New Graduation Requirements
Students starting ninth grade this fall will have new state requirements for earning a high school diploma. The change will ensure that Ohio’s students are better prepared for success after high school whether they attend college, pursue other training or go directly into a job.

What’s New

Students have three ways to qualify for graduation:

  • Earn an appointed, combined passing score on a series of seven (end-of-course) exams in English, math, physical science, American history and American government. Students who take physical science, American history or American government as part of Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate or College Credit Plus programs can take the end-of-course exams designed for those courses instead of the state’s end-of-course exams. This will avoid double testing.
  • Earn a “remediation-free” score on a nationally recognized college admission exam, such as the ACT or SAT. The score must show that a student will not need to take high school-level review courses in college before earning college credits. Everystudent entering ninth grade this year, and all those beyond, will take a college admission exam in grade 11 at the state’s expense.
  • Earn an industry-recognized “credential” or state license to practice a vocation and receive a score on a job-skills test that shows the student is ready for employment. 

What Will Not Change

  • Students who have exceeded Ohio’s curriculum requirements for graduation have an opportunity to earn a diploma with honors.
  • To graduate students still must earn a certain number of credits in English, math, science, social studies, physical education, health and elective courses.
  • Through the class of 2019, students can meet alternative requirements in mathematics and science. 

The state has designed these options to ensure that every high school student has access to a high-quality education and is prepared for success in college and careers. Be sure to monitor your child’s high school coursework and credits, and encourage your child to do the same. For more details, visit education.ohio.gov and type "new graduation requirements" in the Search box.

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Meet with a Colleg Now Rep
Laura Boswell, College Now Advisor, Laura Boswell, will be available on the following dates to assist  Highland High School seniors fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and the CSS Profile (if needed); explore available financial aid resources for college, which can include scholarships, loans, work study and private sources of money; interpret financial aid award letters; provide fee waivers for ACT/SAT tests and college application fee waivers if the family meets College Now financial guidelines or qualify for free/reduced lunch; and recommend students for scholarships administered by College Now. Recommended students must be Pell eligible and meet GPA and ACT/SAT test score guidelines.

This service is provided to Highland parents and students through a grant from The Highland Foundation for Educational Excellence. 

The meetings will be held at Highland High School in Room 202.

  • September 16 (Senior Parent Night)
  • October 7, 14, 28
  • November 11, 18
  • December 2, 9
  • January 13 (Financial Aid Night), 20
  • February 3 (FAFSA Night), 17
  • March 3, 17
  • April 14

To schedule an appointment, please contact Mrs. Boswell at 216-408-1452 or via email at .

For further information, please contact Mrs. Claudia Johnson, HHS Guidance Counselor at 330-239-1901, Ext. 5212.


Highland High School Ranked Among Top Schools
Highland High School has once again been recognized by U.S. News & World Report as one of the best high schools in Ohio and a top high school in the nation for 2014 through their annual Best High School Rankings. Highland High School has earned a Silver Medal and an impressive ranking of 59 in Ohio out of 832 high schools and 1,238 out of 19,400 high schools in the nation. The Best High Schools rankings, which are available online only, are produced in conjunction with the American Institutes for Research, one of the largest behavioral and social science research organizations in the world. U.S. News has published detailed information on more than 19,400 public high schools, including school-specific data on enrollment, ethnicity, location, school type and results of state assessment proficiency tests and Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate tests. Using some of these data and a comprehensive methodology, the schools were given a College Readiness Index score, with the top-scoring 4,707 schools receiving a gold, silver or bronze medal and - in the case of gold and silver schools - a numerical ranking. Of the numerous Ohio schools ranked in 2014 among the U.S. News Best High Schools, 22 were awarded gold medals, 93 earned silver medals and 129 received bronze medals. For more information, please go to http://www.usnews.com/education/best-high-schools

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