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Superintendent's Message

Last Updated: 8/7/2018 12:28 PM

Catherine AukermanWelcome to the 2020-21 School Year ~

The beginning of a new school year is always an exciting time and although we start this year amid much uncertainty, we are confident that our staff, students and families will continue to persevere and adapt to these ever-changing times.  

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, our school district faced numerous challenges. We  implemented emergency distance learning programs for all K-12 students; increased health/safety protocols for all students and staff; expanded our food service program to feed additional families in need; navigated significant budget reductions from the state; and created a new graduation program to honor and celebrate (virtually) Highland High School’s Class of 2020. Thank you to everyone who helped support the district during such an unprecedented time.

We know everyone is eager to return to “normal.” We miss your children.  Although our core business is education, our first priority remains the safety and well-being of our students and staff. As this school year progresses, we will remain diligent in our cleaning and safety protocols and will fully comply with any health-related regulations or orders that are issued.

Please note that all event dates listed in this year’s district calendar are subject to change or cancellation due to the uncertainty of the current health crisis. I encourage you to visit our website for the most current information and to sign up for the district’s e-communication newsletter. This is the best way to stay informed of important news and information regarding the Highland Schools. You may register your email address at: www.highlandschools.org/communication.

We understand that circumstances in the world may have changed, but our commitment to the highest quality academic experiences for our students remains the same.  We are fortunate to have a highly qualified and caring teaching, support and administrative staff within the Highland Schools, in addition to highly engaged and supportive parents and community members. This collaborative partnership plays a vital role in the educational success of every child -- now and well into the future.

As always, I wish you and your family a successful year of learning.

Sincerely,
Catherine Aukerman
Superintendent of Schools

aukerman@highlandschools.org