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Highland Newsletter - February 23, 2018

It looks like winter!

Article Date: Feb 22, 2018

Failure is inevitable - and it’s the people who keep trying who become successful!” Mirai Nagusu, Olympic Figure Skater

Upcoming Events

Saturday, February 24 - FREE Museum Admission, 10:00-4:00 p.m., High Desert Museum

Monday, February 26 - Cuppa Yo, 6:00-8:00 p.m., 30% proceeds will go towards Slovenia Trip

Tuesday, February 27 - REALMS Middle School Information Night, 6:00-7:30 p.m., REALMS Middle School

Thursday, March 1 - (middle school-bound families ONLY) - Area Change Request (ACR) forms are due.

Friday, March 23 - Choice Option Applications Due - This includes Highland lottery application & middle school lottery applications.

Please view the full Highland Calendar

Principal’s Letter

Dear Highland Families;

No doubt the letter from Superintendent Mikalson yesterday evening struck a nerve and disturbed us all at a deep level. As I grapple with the issue both as a parent and principal, I thought I would share some of the advice I give myself. I am hopeful you will find it useful. Much of this advice comes down to things I feel I can control and actions I can take.

Keep perspective. Incidents like the one in Parkland, Florida really scare us and threaten our sense of security. Next to our home, school should be a place where our safety is a given. Even when faced with the constant flow of scary details from school violence incidents, I still believe we are safe in our school and I remind myself of this routinely.

Build Community Network. The connections formed here will always be strong, however it is imperative we build far and wide. Establish new connections as your children move into middle school. Know their friends and know their parents. It is far more challenging to do as your kids will likely push you away or exclude you from their activities in the tween and teen years, but push back. We need to make every individual feel loved and valued so they never feel like violence is an option.

Use Empathy, Kindness and Love. When I think of our Highland community I think of these three incredibly powerful “weapons”. When we seek to understand and support people rather than judge and exclude them, we create a safer environment for all. When faced with adverse behavior we do our best to respond with kindness, even when it’s challenging to do so. And when people push us away we try to love them more. Use these often and without hesitation. There are no limits to their power.


Brian Kissell

Thank you for making our school tours a great success!

Leah Greenwald

Tara Walsh

Heather McPherson

Natalie Hargrove

Marcelle Howard

Emily Fridae

Paul Hewes

Kim DeFrang

Joe Walsh

Thank you tour guides, teachers and students for your warm welcome during the tours.

Thank you, volunteers, for creating the Mars enviroment in the Highland halls!

Carina McCarthy

Michelle McDevitt

Dan McDevitt

Larissa Primus

Julie Allen

Angus Gassner

Rebecca Lynch

Wendy Wirtz

Joel Wirtz

Patty Wirtz

Ann-Marie Cedros

Denise Hewes

Paul Hewes

Nikki Arnold

Ryan Kelling

Jill Gentes

Jeanne Kaufman

Megan Ossigner

Site Council

Next Meeting is Thursday, March 8, at 4:00 in the Library

Girls on the Run

Hello Highland Parents/Guardians of 3rd-5th grade Girls,

Highland's Girls on the Run team starts practice next Thursday, March 1. Girls on the Run is a non-competitive running program designed to build self-confidence, self-advocacy, and communication skills while instilling a love for running and a healthy lifestyle. Practices will be at Highland on Tuesdays and Thursdays after school from 3:30-5:00 starting on Thursday, March 1. The season ends on Saturday, May 12 with the Girls on the Run of Central Oregon 5K race at the OSU Cascades campus. Registration fees are on a rolling scale based on family income. The standard fee for the season is $175, which includes a healthy snack at the start of each practice and registration for the Girls on the Run 5K for the participant and one adult running buddy. Scholarships are available, as well as running shoes and clothing for families in need. To register go to www.gotrcentralor.org. For specific program questions or questions about financial assistance, contact [email protected] For Highland specific questions, please contact [email protected]

We can’t wait to start running!

Crystal Cooper, MacKenzie Ferguson, Amy Kissell, and Jane Shein

Highland Girls on the Run Coaching Team

All Kindergarten Students starting this September - Please get your application in today. Siblings have priority in the lottery process, but we must have an application.

Lottery Applications Deadline - March 23, 3:00 p.m.

Lottery Application - English

Lottery Application - Spanish

Report Cards Report cards are available in ParentVUE. If you need help with your ParentVUE account, please see Shawna in the office.

District Message

Attendance Area Change Requests

Bend-La Pine Schools’ families may opt to send students to schools other than their neighborhood school. This option allows families to select a school that is convenient for transportation or to access a specific program available at a neighborhood school outside of their attendance area. Families must submit an Attendance Area Change Request. Download an application and learn more about this policy.

Choice option dates and information

Bend-La Pine Schools offers several school choice options for families. These schools all feature learning opportunities that are significantly different from our traditional programs and offer families choices to fit a variety of learning styles, student needs and interests. Parent information nights and tours are currently underway. Check with schools for details or visit our Choice Options website.

Those wishing to enroll must submit an Choice Options Enrollment Request Form.

Applications are due March 23 at 3 p.m.

Inter-District Transfers

Families who live outside of Bend-La Pine Schools attendance area and want to transfer into a school within Bend-La Pine Schools should contact their resident district to begin the transfer process. Families residing within Bend-La Pine Schools who wish to send students to a school outside of the district attendance area must submit an Inter-District Transfer Request. Download an inter-district transfer request form and learn more about the policy.

Applications are due April 1 to be considered for Open Enrollment.

Kindergarten Round-ups

Families of incoming kindergarteners are invited to register for kindergarten at their local schools beginning April 25. Many schools have special events and activities planned for that date. Contact individual schools for hours and event details. To register for kindergarten, students must be 5-years-old prior to Sept. 1, 2018. To register, bring proof of age, proof of address and current immunization records. Learn more about elementary programs and kindergarten registration on our Elementary Instruction webpage.

Kindergarten registration begins April 25.