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**HSD Información del Coronavirus**

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November 23, 2020

Dear Highland School District Parents and Community,

On behalf of HSD I wish each of you a happy and safe Thanksgiving!   As some may recall, on September 28, 2020, the Yakima Health District (YHD) provided written guidance that allowed local districts to implement a “hybrid/in person” on site learning environment. The guidance called for a phased-in approach following specific safety guidelines and protocols.  Due to that guidance we implemented in-person learning at both MWC and TIS on October 26 and HJH on November 16.  The in-person hybrid format has been successful from both a safety and a learning perspective.  The staff has enjoyed having students back in the buildings and it is clear, based on my observations, that the students are just as excited to be back.  In addition, staff and students have been very diligent in following the safety protocols and procedures that are in place. 

Due to that diligence we have had no COVID-19 spreading within the buildings.  The few scenarios that we have had to address have been due to community spread.  In order to communicate to families when applicable, we have established communication plans to share in a timely manner to those families and students that may be affected by COVID contact.

On November 15, 2020, YHD issued new guidance for in-person learning due to the increase of COVID-19 cases.  Please find the press release by YHD (here).  In essence the guidance allows in-person learning to continue in grades K-8, while pausing plans to start high school on-site hybrid learning, if districts had planned to start HS before January of 2021.  Our current plan as far as bringing in HS students in a hybrid model have not changed due to this guidance.  Unless we are advised differently, we will start on-site hybrid learning at Highland High School on January 19, 2021 which is the beginning of the second semester. 

As the Superintendent of the Highland School District, I am very grateful for the patience and understanding the community has shown during these difficult times.  We are committed to communicate any changes and pledge to do our very best to meet the needs of all our students, families and employees of the Highland School District.  

Mark Anderson

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Tech Issues?  ¿Problemas con Tecnología?

For those students experiencing technology related issues with their school-issued device, please send a tech request to support@highland.wednet.edu or call the district office at 509-678-8630, option 2 then option 6. HSD Technology Department.

Important Dates!

Please check the District Calendar for event details. 

December 18  Early Release, Remote Learning Day
December 21-January 1  Winter Break, No School
January 15 Early Release, Teacher Grading Day, Remote Learning Day
January 18 Martin Luther King Jr Day, No School
February 15-16 President's Day Break, No School
March 26 Early Release, Teacher Grading Day
March 29-April 2 Spring Conference Week
April 5-9 Spring Break, No School
April 12 Snow Make-up Day/Non-Contracted Day, No School
May 28 Snow Make-up Day/Non-Contracted Day, No School
May 31 Memorial Day, No School
June 4 Early Release, HHS Graduation
June 10 Last Day of School

New Student Enrollment and Annual Update of Student Information:

The Highland School District has partnered with FinalForms, an online forms and data management service. FinalForms allows you to complete and sign enrollment, back-to-school, and athletic participation forms for your students. The most exciting news is that FinalForms saves data from season-to-season and year-to-year, meaning that you will never need to enter the same information twice! FinalForms also pre-populates information wherever possible, for each of your students, saving you time.

You may review your data at any time to verify it is current. You will be required to sign your forms once per year and after any update.

We are asking that ALL parents use FinalForms.  Please register at: https://highland-wa.finalforms.com/  (or click on the FINALFORMS icon below) and follow the prompts to create your account, create or assign your students and sign your forms.

Note: If your student is NEW to the district (kindergarteners and transfers), please be sure to click the “New to District” checkbox when registering your student.

Thank you for your assistance in streamlining our paperwork processes at Highland School District.

Highland Community Coalition and Student Assistance Services

Lizbet MacedaLizbet Maceda is the Highland Community Prevention Coordinator.  Based at Highland High School, Maceda’s role involves developing and guiding the coalition’s work in serving as a resource for the area’s parents, students, and other residents.  She facilitates the coalition’s activities in offering training, technical assistance, and both community- and school-based prevention services.  Coalition meetings with community members are held every month at the high school, and student-centered work focuses on youths in the middle school and high school grades.

These are the projects the coalition is working on:
Second Step Social emotional learning for students 7-8th grade.  
Sport Wellness Program: Healthy habits and education in the harms of substances. 
Starts with One Campaign: Messaging around medicine storage and safe disposal.
National Prescription Take Back Day: We are part of National Prescription Take Back Day where we collect prescribed and non-prescribed medications.
Strengthening Families: Family program for youth 10-14 years of age.
To learn more about these programs, please visit our website:  https://highlandcommunity.wixsite.com/highlandcommunity/about/

Community Survey
HCC Community Survey  HCC Encuesta comunitaria

Due to COVID-19 we are getting creative in how we are delivering our programs to our students and community members.
For more information of resources you can use while you have students at home, please visit this link:

About Us

              Our Mission:  "A Quality Education for All Students"

Highland School District, for a small district, has big offerings in both academics and extracurricular programs. The district serves approximately 1120 students in four schools: Marcus Whitman (Pre-school-3); Tieton Intermediate (4-6); Highland Junior High (7-9) and Highland High (10-12). The outstanding basic education offerings of the district are augmented by a developmental pre-school program, all day kindergarten, strong remediation programs, migrant/bilingual programs, state-of-the-art vocational technology programs and an excellent special services department. The district also offers extended learning opportunities through Central Washington University that gives students the opportunity to receive college credits. The district prides itself with a strong tradition of providing a solid educational program that prepares students for post-secondary education and adult life.  

Highland Campuses

Marcus Whitman Cowiche Elementary School
Phone: 509-678-8900
Fax: 509-678-5494
Tieton Intermediate School
Phone: 509-678-8700
Fax: 509-673-2771
Highland Junior and Senior High Schools
Phone: 509-678-8800
Fax: 509-678-4140

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