Highland Magnet at Kenwood School


Principal's Welcome Letter

Welcome back to Highland!

Article Date: Aug 22, 2017

August 2017

Dear Highland students and parents,

The Great Eclipse has come and gone and now we can start to think about the school year ahead. We sincerely hope everyone enjoyed the summer and we are looking forward to seeing you back in our halls again. The interior of our school is looking great thanks to Brad and Tim, so please be sure to let them know how much they are appreciated. I cannot thank these two men enough for the time and care they put into getting these classrooms in shape for the school year.

I am incredibly happy to introduce Robert Pettis as our new music teacher this year. Mr. Pettis has twenty years of experience teaching music in Washington, Virginia and New York. We are excited to welcome him to the team and I look forward to him becoming more and more familiar with our community.

The temporary gym (a.k.a. The Tent) is under construction! Yahoooo! Our permits came through on the afternoon of Friday, August 11th, and the Kirby Nagelhout Construction crew started construction on Monday, August 14th. They are making steady progress and although the structure may not be ready the first week of school, we should have it ready to go soon after. A huge huge thank you to our district leadership team and facilities team for their persistence with this process.


The new gym design and development process is moving along nicely and we hope to break ground in October which keeps us on track for a Fall of 2018 opening.

We know families are eager to learn teacher assignments for 2017-18. Class lists will be posted on Wednesday, August 30th, after 4:00 p.m. on the front and back doors.

Please mark your calendar for our annual Highland open house and ice cream social on Thursday, August 31st, from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. The open house is “drop in as you can” and it’s a great opportunity for you and your child to meet teachers. Parents can also use this time to get valuable information about Highland PTO, volunteering, school lunch, etc.

Teachers will again order school supplies for students to use in class during the school year. Parents are welcome to make a voluntary contribution to help support the cost of student school supplies. We estimate the cost to be about $30 per student for the academic year. Donation checks, made payable to Highland PTO, can be made during the open house or in the Highland office any time after. We are grateful for your help in mitigating the cost of these supplies.

The first day of school is Wednesday, September 6th. Kindergarten families will receive a separate mailing explaining the “staggered start” schedule for Wednesday and Thursday of the first week of school.

School hours are 9:00am to 3:30pm, except for early dismissal at 2:00pm on School Improvement Wednesdays. The first School Improvement Wednesday will be on September 13th. Early dismissal on Wednesdays provide additional professional development time for teachers throughout the school year. (Bend Park and Recreation offers after-school programs on School Improvement Wednesdays – please call the Park and Recreation office at 541-389-7275 for more information.)

The drop-off and pick-up times can be especially congested and confusing during these first weeks of school. Please remember this school is not designed for a quick and convenient drive-through operation. It is much more advisable to treat our school as a “park-and-walk” school, rather than a drive-through. Parking within a block of the school and walking in with your child provides a much more pleasant and safe experience. This can be a really positive attribute to our school as it provides a great opportunity to slow down and enjoy some face-time with other parents. These few minutes to greet each other, see each other’s faces, smile and wave are a huge strength of our community. I would also like to note that we have a challenging year ahead of us as the gym construction will take away our parking lot and potentially add some more traffic at times. I really appreciate everyone working together to keep our students safe.

I look forward to a great year. I encourage you to call, or email, me or the front office with any questions or concerns.


Brian Kissell

[email protected]