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Piper Post- May 15, 2022

Article Date: May 11, 2022

TODAY- Highland Carnival from 5-7 at Highland

Friday, May 20 - Thursday, 5/26 - Auditions before and after school

Friday, May 27- Spirit day! BaCkWaRdS DAY!

Monday, May 30- No School. Memorial day

Monday, June 13- Highland Variety Show!

Wednesday, June 15- Normal school day. Pick up at 2:15

Thursday, June 16- last day of school ( early release)

Principal’s Letter

Dear Highland Families,

I can't tell you how excited I am to be able to have an in person all school gathering! If you messed it in pervious communications, PTO is hosting an all school spring carnival tonight from 5-7 pm. There will be tons of games, prizes, raffles and community for everyone to enjoy. The last community gathering we had was Fall Fest in 2019. I have greatly missed seeing everyone and getting the highland community together for a little fun.

A big thank you to the PTO for throwing what I imagine will be an incredibly successful event and to all the parent volunteers lending us their time to make this event work. Without all your help and support, fun events like this would not be able to happen. Thank you for showing up as a community, it really makes Highland a special place.

See you at the Carnival and have a great weekend.


Brian Kissell

What’s Cooking!?

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School Wide Character Trait for May: Mindset

Our character trait for the month of May is Growth Mindset. Having a growth mindset: Loves a challenge and sees failures as a way to grow, learn and stretch out abilities. A fixed mindset: avoids a challenge and assumes that character, intelligence and creative ability are unchangeable. Thanks to the neuroplascity of our brains, we can change our mindset. Here is a helpful article from The Greater Good called, Three Mindsets that can Help Students Succeed. I also really enjoy The Big Life Journal and Podcast for helping kids with their growth mindset! Last but not least, my favorite book right now for reading to k-5 students is, After the Fall: How Humpty Dumpty Got Back Up Again by Dan Santat.

Be Well,

Heidi Thomas

[email protected]


Highland's Annual Variety Show Returns (fingers crossed)!

We are planning for an in-person variety show this year. Auditions will start on Friday 5/20 and run through Thursday 5/26, mainly after school. Please keep your act between 20-80 seconds. All acts must be appropriate and well-prepared on audition day to be included. Many will be shortened, as needed, to keep our show under 90 minutes. This year we must limit our show to 100 participants. Priority will be given to well-prepared acts and acts involving 4th and 5th grade students. Parents can help avoid disappointment by monitoring their students' plans and progress and encouraging their children to "wait till next year" if they think their student may not be well prepared by audition day. Traditionally the Highland Variety Show strives to be a very inclusive event, however we must operate a little differently this year - thank you for understanding!

Ms. Greene is especially needing volunteers to support with paperwork, which can be done at home. Please email her ASAP if you are able to support in this way, or with any other questions you might have: [email protected]

Note From the Attendance Office-

Please email our attendance staff at [email protected] and your teacher, to excuse an absence, or let us know your student is not at school. Thanks!

Bend-La Pine Schools Hosts Drive and Apply Events Every Thursday in May

Prospective employees invited to DRIVE a school bus and APPLY for a job on the spot; starting driver pay increased to $25 per hour

Community members are invited to test drive a school bus on an obstacle course, enjoy a free pizza lunch and get a job interview on the spot during interactive transportation job fairs hosted every Thursday in May:


Thursdays May 5, 12, 19 and 26

11 a.m. to 1 p.m. p.m.

501 SE Second Street, Bend

La Pine:

Thursdays May 5, 12, 19 and 26

11 a.m. to 1 p.m. p.m.

16350 First Street, La Pine

Starting pay is now $25 per hour for drivers and paid training is provided to new hires looking to obtain or renew a Commercial Driver’s License. Drivers who work 4-hours or more each day receive a monthly medical, dental and vision insurance contribution of more than $1,200. Additionally, drivers earn an IRA-like benefit and PERS benefits.

“Being a bus driver is a great option for college students, retirees or anyone looking to work part time or more, earn fantastic benefits and join a supportive team, all while making a positive difference in the lives of kids every day,” said Kim Crabtree, Transportation Director for Bend-La Pine Schools.