• Superintendent's Message

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    Welcome to the beginning of another exciting and challenging school year!  While we have not yet received exact information, updated DOH/YHD covid guidance is to be provided to districts statewide prior to the school year starting.  The initial understanding is districts are to follow protocols from last spring.  We do know that masking is optional as determined by parents/families.  Once we receive the updated guidance, we will share the information on our website. The past 2 years have been extremely difficult, and we very much appreciate the patience, understanding and flexibility that our families and community have exhibited as we have muddled though all things covid. 

     We are in the process of planning for our capital levy projects made possible by the support of our community in the recent levy election.  We will receive our year 1 funds (of a 6-year levy) in October.  The initial priority per the Board of Directors and Facilities committee has been HVAC systems, instructional space, and roofing improvements.  We will update the process of the projects as we move along. 

     There is no doubt we made numerous changes last year that impacted students, families, and staff.  We made changes to the daily schedules, start/end times, and the instructional calendar. As a recap, our instructional calendar allows for 15 additional days of optional learning opportunities for our students in 3 separate weekly intersessions.  The intersessions are student focused and designed specifically to meet the needs of ALL students who choose to attend.  We are excited to provide this to our students for a second year.  Our efforts to further support students have been recognized by OSPI as we have been designated as a “School of Innovation” and will receive another grant this school year to support our intersession planning and implementation.  Last year we hosted over 20 districts, and ESD and university personnel from area colleges as well as UW to observe our intersessions.  During those visits, our staff and students represented Highland in exemplary fashion.  We also presented to various statewide conventions last year and will present to the state WSSDA (Washington State School Directors Association) in November.

     While we have made many changes, it is important to revisit the changes.  As part of that process, in the previous newsletter I mentioned the goal setting session that will take place during two evenings in September. If interested in participating in the goal setting sessions, please contact Julie Notman at the district office. 

     Again, please feel free to contact the district office if we can be of service.  I am truly excited about the school year and look forward to working with the students and patrons of the Highland School District.  There are many positive things happening in our schools and all of you are to be commended for your part in making Highland such a special place.

    Mark Anderson