Greetings from the Highland School District! It is hard to believe that we are entering the holiday season. Once again, I want to thank the families and students of Highland for continuing to follow the safety guidelines set by the state and local health jurisdiction. It is been a joint effort to continue our vigilance as we have not had any on-site transmissions. I greatly appreciate the patience, flexibility and understanding that our families continue to exhibit over the past 18 months of a very frustrating and difficult time. While we are having to continue to mask and distance, it has been rewarding to see our students back in classes fulltime, participating in events and activities, reconnecting with their classmates and staff, and experiencing the positive opportunities of what schools need to offer and provide our students.
Over 50% of our students attended the first voluntary intersession week in October. Given our first time trying a new avenue to provide additional learning opportunities for our students, we are pleased with the positive feedback we have received from students, parents, and staff. We are in the process of planning our next intersession, January 3-7. Additional information will be shared with families. Many schools in our area are interested in learning more about our format, as 10-15 Districts and their representatives will be visiting us on January 6th to observe firsthand what our intersessions entail. We look forward to showcasing our students and staff.
The Board of Directors, with support from a Facilities Committee comprised of staff and community members, are contemplating a capital projects levy to address updates of existing facilities in areas such as HVAC systems, roofing projects, technology upgrades, updating antiquated alarm systems, maintenance upgrades, etc. The intent will be to propose a package that will address our needs while keeping the current tax rate in place. Please be watching for more information coming in January.
Our goal is to provide updated information and to communicate with the Highland community the educational process of our district. We greatly appreciate any suggestions that will help us continue to provide a safe and positive learning environment for our students.
If I can be of assistance, please do not hesitate to contact my office. Happy Holidays to you and yours!