Welcome to the 2022-2023 school year! The high school staff is anxious to resume the important work of teaching and student learning. Please know that our staff at Highland High School is committed to our mission of providing a quality education for all students. We expect this to be a great year. Our daily bell schedule will be the same as last year. We will maintain our 9 AM start time and 3:30 PM end time, with classes beginning at 10 AM on Thursdays (Late Start). Research has shown that a later start time for secondary-aged students has a significant positive effect on student achievement We will continue to collect data on its impact.
We are excited to welcome a few new staff members to our building this fall. Shaina Mirza is our new math teacher. Serena Streich is our new science teacher. Kari Sterns is our new high school counselor and Kandi Vopat-Steiner is our new SPED para educator. I know they are anxious to get to know the students and parents of HHS and will be a positive addition to our teaching and support staff. Please help us welcome them to our school community.
Our annual Orientation Night for the High School will be held on Thursday, August 18th. It will begin in the gym at 7:00 PM. It is very important to attend this meeting, as we will introduce new staff and share important information regarding attendance and dress code with parents and students. As in the past, students will have the opportunity to meet their advisor and teachers and receive their class schedule. Those unable to attend will receive their schedule on the first day of school. Student laptops will be given out on the first day of school as well.
High levels of attendance continue to be one of our main priorities this year. Remember that research shows that parent support and consistent student attendance are two of the most important factors in overall student academic success. Parental involvement in their child’s education has one of the highest positive effects on student achievement, even more so than school resources and programs. Students that attend school regularly have stronger bonds to their school and have much higher graduation rates. Good attendance also creates a habit that can carry over into work later. Being out for even a day or two a month can hurt your child’s academic performance. If a student has to miss school, please make sure to notify the office within 48 hours to verify that you excused the absence. Unverified absences become unexcused and carry further consequences. Thank you for your help in this matter.
There will be a greater emphasis on dress code this year as well. While school dress code policies have not changed much, enforcement was loosened during the transition from online/hybrid learning to full-time in-person learning. Dress codes are established as a key component of the educational process. Its purpose is to reduce disruptions or distractions and to promote a healthy and safe learning environment. Hoods will not be allowed to be worn in the building as they present a safety issue. Clothing is considered a disruption to the educational process if it reveals cleavage or the back, reveals midriff, is see-through so that skin/or undergarment is visible, or has overly large openings at the neck or arms. Please take note of dress code expectations when shopping for school clothes. We appreciate your support with this.
We consider it a privilege to work with the students at Highland. Please know that we want to see all of our students experience success and reach their educational potential. We strive to do this on a daily basis at Highland High School. Know that your feedback is important to us. You are welcome to contact me anytime to ask questions or give feedback by email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or by phone at 678-8800. I look forward to another excellent school year of building relationships and helping all students enjoy school and be successful. Be proud to be a Highland Scottie!
-Brandon Jensen, Principal