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Highland Newsletter, September 8, 2017

Article Date: Sep 08, 2017

“A person’s potential is unknown (and unknowable)” ~ Carol Dweck

Upcoming Events:

Tuesday 9/12 - General PTO Meeting, 9:00 a.m. in the Highland cafeteria

Wednesday 9/13 - Early Release at 2:00, First School Improvement Wednesday

Monday 9/18 - Picture Day

Tuesday 9/19 & Wednesday 9/20 - Boot Camp - Ms. Martinson & Ms. Vickery’s classes

Thursday 9/21 & Friday 9/22 - Boot Camp - Ms. Yeager-Woock & Ms. Green’s classes

Friday 10/20 - Fall Festival

Please click here to view the full Highland calendar

The Kinder Playdate on Friday this afternoon has been postponed due to smoke.

Principal’s Letter:

It was such a pleasure to welcome all our students back to school this week. The first week is such a short one however there is some intense excitement, anticipation and a lot of mental work for students and staff which makes three days seem like six. The result can be some really wound-up but exhausted kids and adults.

I guess I should not be surprised, but it would appear that nature is not done testing our flexibility and resolve with the wildfire smoke. The district provides regular updates on the air quality with recommendations, however we are also exercising our own judgement at each school building as to whether or not it is safe to be outside. We will continue to monitor the conditions and utilize indoor spaces for recess and PE as necessary. It is a frustrating way to start the school year, but it is temporary and it will be a distant memory in the near future.

The first weeks of school are always more challenging for our drop-off and pick-up times. Please be sure to give yourself plenty of time to navigate these streets safely and find a parking space within a block of the school. 8:55 is the first bell and please use this as your target for being to school on-time. A good early arrival sets your child up for success as they transition to the school day. Please remember if you treat this school as a “park-and-walk” school, you have a much better chance to have your expectations met. If your expectation is a speedy drop-off or pick-up then you will find yourself frustrated more often than not. Thank you in advance for your patience and efforts to keep all our students safe.

I want to end by welcoming two new members to our team; Mr. Pettis our new music teacher started the year on a great note (get it?! “note”…) and it was a pleasure to see him work with our students. I also want to extend a warm welcome to Jay Carlton. Mr. Jay will be our part-time elementary resource teacher and we are excited to bring him on board.

Thank you for bringing us your kids each day. Enjoy your weekend and I look forward to seeing you all again on Monday.


Brian Kissell

Appreciation and Gratitude:

Highland staff would like to express our gratitude and appreciation for our hard-working and supportive parent volunteers. Our work here in the school is elevated to another level because of the support and participation of our parents. Thank you for everything you do for everyone in this building. This is quite the fortified village and we are all proud to be a part of it.

District Announcements:

Community Invited to Review New Small High School Options at September Charrettes

Members of the public are invited to offer feedback about Bend-La Pine Schools’ plans for two small high school options that will expand choices for student learning and help to temporarily relieve overcrowding at local high schools beginning in fall 2018.

Community members are invited to attend one of four small high school configuration charrettes taking place in early September. Each event will run from 5 to 7 p.m. in the school’s commons:

  • Monday, September 11, Bend Senior High School
  • Tuesday, September 12, La Pine High School
  • Wednesday, September 13, Summit High School
  • Thursday, September 14, Mountain View High School
For more information about the events and the options being considered visit: http://bit.ly/smallHSoptions