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Highland Newsletter - May 10, 2019


Article Date: May 08, 2019

Upcoming Events

Monday, May 13 - 100 Year Celebration Meeting, 4:00-5:00 p.m. in the library

Tuesday, May 14 - Mileage Club, lunch recess

Thursday, May 16 - Mileage Club, lunch recess

Thursday, May 16 - Screen Time & Your Child, PTO Parent Speaker Series, 6:00 - 7:30 p.m. in the library

Friday, May 17 - Assembly, 9:15 a.m. in the gym

Friday, May 17 - Bike Night. 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. on the playground

Monday, May 20 - Kids Inc Registration Online at 5:30 a.m.

Tuesday, May 21 - Move Up Day for 5th Graders (visit middle school)

Monday - Friday, May 20-24 - Variety Show Auditions before and after school

Monday - Friday, May 20-24, Unplugged Week

Friday, May 24 - Skate Party from 3:30-5:30 p.m. and Cascade Indoor Sports

Friday, May 24 - Movie Night from 5:30-8:00 p.m. in the Highland gym

Principal’s Letter

Dear Highland Families;

Please be sure to scroll down to the Site Council message and complete the quick survey.

The following information is intended to help you understand a little more about our placement process for the upcoming year.

Highland teachers do their very best in placing students for the upcoming school year. We are not able to accommodate parent requests for specific teachers and ask that parents refrain from sharing their preferences with teachers, other parents, and their children. Your children need to understand they can be successful in any class with any teacher and we depend on you to make sure that message is reinforced.

We start our placement process in May and often the process continues right up to the time we post class assignments in August.

Placement of students is multi-faceted. The current teacher makes an initial placement for next year taking the following into account;

  • Teacher’s knowledge of a student’s
    • Learning style
    • Peer relationships
    • Socio-emotional needs
    • Academic strengths and challenges
  • Student data - Reading, Math & Writing Assessments
  • Parent Placement Profile describing a child’s strengths, areas for improvement, and personality characteristics.

Classes are balanced;

  • Grade Level (blended classrooms)
  • Gender
  • TAG (Talented & Gifted)
  • Special Needs
  • Medical
  • Other factors

Modifications are on-going and occur right up until the day before class lists are shared. These changes are typically done in consultation with the teachers. Things that can impact these modifications include (but are not limited to);

  • Teachers changing to different grade levels
  • The hiring of new teachers
  • Students moving out of the area
  • Students enrolling off the waitlist
  • Students with new medical, academic, or behavioral needs

Thanks for taking the time to read this and please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions.


Brian Kissell

Thank You for Supporting the Book Fair:

The money earned at book fair will go toward new library books!

A special thank you to our Book Fair Coordinators, Megan Ossinger and Carina McCarthy. Many thanks to Amanda Pistor, Constance Botelho, Robin Brant for volunteering at the event.

A huge shout out to Tim Fern, our amazing evening custodian, for going above and beyond during the event.

Middle School Move Up Day - Tuesday, May 21

Cascade - 9:30-11:00 a.m., bus provided

High Desert - 9:30 - 11:00 a.m.

Pacific Crest - 9:30 - 11:00 a.m., bus provided

Pilot Butte - 9:15 - 11:30 a.m.

Realms Middle - 9:00 - 11:15 a.m.

Sky View - 9:30 - 10:30 a.m.


The Lost & Found is overflowing. We will be donating all items soon. Please please PLEASE check the lost and found THIS WEEK and claim your belongings.

Site Council Survey:
Please complete a short Site Council Survey CLICK

PTO Message:

Screen Time & Your Child


Presented by: Rebecca Hicks, MD Mosaic Medical

PTO Parent Speaker Series

Thursday, May 16th, 6:00 - 7:30 pm

Concerned about your child's screen time? Dr. Hicks will discuss the science behind and current research on the effects of screen time on brain development. Go to www.highlandpto.org/upcoming-events to RSVP.

Highland Annual Bike Night

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Friday, May 17th, 5:00 - 7:00 pm

Bike fun for the whole family! Bike safety checks and helmet fit adjustments, fun obstacle courses, Strider race for younger children, food trucks & more!

All School BBQ - Wednesday, May 29th

We invite parents/guardians and siblings to join our yearly outside school BBQ. This is a wonderful Highland tradition. Nutrition Service will be serving hamburgers, hot dogs, salad, fruit, a cookie and a drink on the playground.

In order to make this process as smooth as possible for you, please load your student’s nutrition services account with money for your student AND for all attending guests today. https://blpay.bend.k12.or.us/$2.75 Student / $4.00 Adult (If your child is on free and reduced lunch, please only load the guest(s) portion).

Lunch Schedule for BBQ:

11:25 Howard

11:30 Therrian

11:35 Woock/Green

11:40 Vickery/Martinson

11:50 Eriksson

11:55 Reisinger

12:00 Chambers

12:05 Striegel

12:10 Hildebrand

12:15 Gross/Cross

12:20 Fetrow

12:25 Greene

Returning to Highland Next Year? Please let the front office know if you will not be attending Highland next year. We will assume you are planning to attend Highland Elementary School (unless you are going to middle school), if we do not hear from you.

Variety Show Information:

Friday, 5/3 - Sign ups after school

Monday, 5/13 - Audition times/slips delivered to classroom teachers for distribution

Monday, 5/20 - Friday 5/24 - Auditions before and after school

Friday, 5/31 - Permission slips delivered to classroom teachers for distribution

Wednesday, 6/5 - Permission slips due to Ms. Greene

Friday, 6/7 - Music due to Ms. Greene

Sunday, 6/9 - Mandatory dress rehearsal at Highland (2-4pm)

Monday, 6/10 - Variety Show at Highland (5:30-7ish) - performers to arrive 5-5:15

Important Dates:

All School BBQ (Families are invited to join their student(s) for a picnic lunch outside on the playground) - Wednesday, May 29

5th Grade Graduation - Wednesday, June 12 at 9:00 a.m. in the Highland Gym

Field Day (Students have fun playing field games for ½ the day) - Thursday, June 13

Last Day of School - Friday, June 14 at 2:00 p.m. early release pick up

Free Summer Meals - Please CLICK for more information