Highland CUSD No. 5

400 Broadway, Highland, IL 62249

Superintendent’s Message By Mike Sutton Welcome to this edition of Know Your Schools. I warmly welcome you to our website and our attempt to communicate with you about great things going on in our schools. There are many moving parts to ensure that our schools are successful, it starts with our deeply dedicated and talented staff. As well, we are blessed to have a supportive community and parents. In addition, we are fresh off the recent school board elections. I want to take a moment and thank all of the individuals showing interest in our schools by attempting to serve on the Board of Education. Our board works tirelessly through many difficult challenges to ensure that our students receive the best education our resources can provide. These individuals are not compensated for any of the work they do. This month my hat goes off to the past, present, and future board members who have served Highland CUSD No. 5 with dedication, commitment, and passion for educating children in our communities. Thank you to the ones who have served, attempted to serve, and good luck to those who will serve. Know Your Schools is part of our commitment to you and the community to improve our communications with you, particularly your ability to access the information about your schools and the district which help you support your child’s learning. The district has encountered many challenges over the last several years with fiscal resources and we continue to grapple with the State’s lack of financial support for our schools. We regularly communicate with our legislative leaders and encourage our stakeholders to become active in communicating our district needs so that our leaders

are aware when decisions are being made at the State level. I am proud of our students and District as we have much to celebrate. Please join me in celebrating everything that makes our partnership with students, staff, and community exemplary. Thank you for your support, involvement, and commitment to education and our students. We strive to continue listening to the community, advocating for the needs of all our students and providing students with the tools to soar ever higher. End of Year schedule and 2017-2018 School Calendar The end of year schedule was approved at the March 27, Board meeting as follows: Highland High School Graduation – Sunday, May 21, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. Last Day of School/teacher inservice – Monday, May 22, 2017 (half-day dismissal) The 2017-2018 School Calendar was approved at the Monday, January 23, Board meeting. The approved calendar is included in this issue of Know Your Schools and is also posted on the district’s website. Each school year the district builds seven (7) snow days into the school calendar. If the district uses more than seven (7) snow days next year, we will make them up on President’s Day (February 19, 2018) and the Monday after Easter (April 2, 2018). School/Athletic Fees The school and athletic fees for the 20172018 school year will remain the same. The fees have not been increased since the 20132014 school year. We will continue to use the online registration for next school year through which all fees can be paid. Information regarding registration can be found at the end of this issue of Know Your Schools.

Remember to register your child for kindergarten! If you have a child who will be turning five on or before September 1, he or she is eligible to enroll in kindergarten in the fall of 2017. To register a student for kindergarten at: Alhambra Primary - Call 488-2200 Highland Primary - Call 654-2107 In order for your child to attend Kindergarten Visitation on Friday, May 12, 2017 he or she must be pre-registered. Call your school today!

April 12, 2017

HMS Encourages Respect For Law By Heather Athmer and Chris Hartlieb With the help of the Highland Optimist Club eighth grade students at Highland Middle School have learned about our legal system and respect for our laws in a hands-on manner for over 20 years. In what is now one of HMS’ longest-running traditions, each spring around May 1, the Optimists sponsor a class trip to the Madison County Courthouse in Edwardsville. The purpose is for young adults to see how a real courtroom functions and how the judicial system in our nation serves the citizens of the United States. Thanks to the efforts of Madison County Circuit Judge David Hylla students are exposed to a “mock” trial that emphasizes the dangers of underage drinking and mixing alcohol with the operation of a motor vehicle. Judge Hylla calls on some of his colleagues from the State’s Attorney’s office and local law offices to provide students with a taste of what a real trial might be like. HMS eighth grade teacher Chris Hartlieb enlists the help of the Highland Police Department (which sends officers to serve as witnesses) and Highland High School students (who, as defendants, stand accused of the mock crime of DUI). The final piece of the puzzle is the HMS students that comprise the jury. After hearing all the evidence and testimony it is the eighth grade students themselves that deliberate and ultimately render a mock verdict. Students return to HMS for breakout sessions with members of the law enforcement community. The sessions deal with topics relevant to teenagers, and help students understand the manner in which our legal system and, potentially, their actions can impact their lives. HMS secretary Kateri Purtle and eighth grade teacher Heather Athmer arrange for lawyers, police officers, probation officers, and counselors to meet with students to discuss the topics that are on the student’s minds. In the end, the day is a culmination of the eighth grade students, study of the US Constitution and a reminder of the responsibilities all of us have as citizens of the United States.

Science Night at Highland Primary By Brittany McCune This past month, first grade students at Highland Primary were able to act as scientists for an evening at our annual Science Night. Each year, the night is organized by Highland High School teachers and students, who volunteer their time to work with the younger students. The night began with an experiment where students learned about chemical reactions and were able to make predictions about chemical reactions. Students then broke up into two sections where they were able to participate at different stations, including a slime station where they learned about basic polymers, a microscope station where they observed hearts, a water table where they learned about water polarity, and many other fascinating stations. The students loved the chance to learn from older students, as well as having an extra opportunity for hands on learning. This was a fantastic learning experience that was enjoyed by all!

Grantfork Students  and Teachers Thankful for Technology Upgrade

By Terri Lurkins Grantfork students recently sent a thank you card to the technology department for the upgrades to the Grantfork computer lab. The new Chromeboxes have encouraged students to develop their writing skills.  Instead of begging to skip writing assignments, students now request time to write during daily computer lab. Students are excited about writing because they have the opportunity to communicate with peers online. Using their Google Classroom account, once a student has completed a writing assignment, they send their work to another student for revision suggestions.  Once they have finalized their piece, the student submits it to the teacher online for grading. The upgrades have also allowed PARCC testing to proceed without the connection problems experienced last year.

Chromebooks in the Classrooms at Highland Primary

Grade 4 Speedometry Unit at Grantfork

By Angie Smart Highland Primary grade 2 students are eagerly utilizing their Chromebooks from the technology department. Three full carts are shared among the grade level along with a few extras that are rotated monthly. Classes use these in a variety of ways. The Chromebooks enable students to readily engage in research projects, such as their current state reports. Mrs. Laird’s and Ms. Kellerstrass’ classrooms have set up Google Classroom with their students allowing them to use Google Docs and Google Slides for a variety of projects. Currently, they are creating slides for their state research reports. Other research projects in many classrooms this year have included such topics as animal reports and biographies. Classrooms can also practice weekly Language Arts and Math skills through the Wonders site, or log on to websites for math problem solving and review. Other exciting websites include and quizzit which many of the classrooms regularly access. These allow the entire class to type in answers to games set up like quizzes to review different curriculum content and compete against others or try to beat their own score. Having Chromebooks so readily available makes taking AR tests and standardized assessments, such as STAR much easier. Students do not have to wait as long for their turn to take an AR test, there by narrowing the gap of time between when they complete a book and when their comprehension is checked on the AR test. STAR testing in the classroom frees up computer labs and allows

students to complete the assessments in a more comfortable and familiar environment. Educators are continually discovering additional ways to utilize technology. Providing students with readily available Chromebooks has been a wonderful tool of which both students and teachers are greatly appreciative.

By Terri Lurkins Students in Mrs. Lurkins’ class spent  a week engineering racetracks using the Hot Wheels Speedometry curriculum.  The kit includes 40 Hot Wheels cars, track, clamps, loops, and daily lessons about force and motion. Students are usually ready to move to the next topic. However, when the class earned a checkmark party for good behavior, the students opted to have an extra day to set up and modify their racetracks.

Freshman Year

Advice To New Freshmen

By Tristan M., Grade 9 For starters, good luck. The transition to Freshmen year from being an eighth grader is a whole world of change. It’s not necessarily a hard change, it’s just new, unfamiliar. Their first year of high school, Freshmen tend to choose to take at least one honors class. Depending on your work level, attitude, and grit, you can assuredly do any honors you would like. These honors not only will neurologically challenge your old ways of thinking, but will lead you on the path towards the betterment for your future. Floating Tutor Time is a glorious privilege bestowed by the Highland High School. The schematics of it are simple. Each day, unless there is an assembly or other phenomenon as such, high schoolers are granted a study hall. This study hall moves from hour to hour, changing each day. So for example, say on a given Monday, FTT is during 7th Hour, then the next day, FTT will be during 6th Hour, and so on and so forth. This Study Hall doesn’t just magically create an hour and make a study hall, it takes up a class. That means you won’t have anything you have to do for a certain class on the day that you have FTT for it. Amazing, right?! Throughout it all, Freshman year is a time of growing and learning about who you are and how you fit in. Have some fun, hang out with friends, and most importantly, unceasingly strive for your dreams.

have everlasting friendships with, so you need to keep a good relationship with all of them through these four years. While it is important to make new friends, it is also very important to stay organized. This will make your life so much easier and you will be on top of things. If you have separate folders or binders for every class you won’t lose your assignments as easily. Also, if you use an agenda you will know what you have for homework every night instead of wasting your time frantically looking through your folders to find the assignments. Although you probably have sports and activities after school, staying on top of your work is important too. If you don’t turn in your assignments on time you will unfortunately get behind on everything, which will make it extremely hard for you to get caught up. If you don’t do the work you will get zeros which can make a big impact on your grade. Studying is very important too because tests and quizzes make up a large part of your grade as well. Don’t worry, it will all be beneficial in the end. Before my first day of highschool, I didn’t know a lot of things, but now I know a lot more about the classes, tips on organization, and even that I should talk to more people instead of only one or two friend groups. I know that these things will help me out in the long run, and they are great pieces of advice that I think all incoming freshman should be aware of before anxiously entering high school.

What I Learned Freshman Year

By Madison C., Grade 9 Throughout my freshman year, I have learned many wonderful tips on adjusting to high school. These points have really helped me along the way, and I definitely wish I would’ve known some of them before beginning this new chapter in my life. Firstly, one of the main things I wish I would’ve known is that you shouldn’t be afraid to meet new people. Just be polite, and be open to talk to people that you wouldn’t normally talk to. I have made a lot of new friends from my classes and after school sports, and I wish I had met them sooner! When you graduate, these are the people that you are going to

Model United Nations

By Jackson M., Grade 9 Model United Nations is a collaboration of interested students at Highland High School that is not particular of age or class. Subsequently, Model UN does not have a Varsity or Junior Varsity team, but it is divided into committees that all deal with different topics and issues to solve. The nine committees are 1st Political, 3rd Social, 6th Legal, Economic and Social Science, and Technology, Special Political,

Security Council, General Assembly, and World Health Organization. Each committee has enough members to fill about one classroom, which is about 20-30 delegates from varying schools. Model UN is a populous activity. Without doubt, committee members come from all across the area, and meet at McKendree University to debate. The general purpose of Model United Nations is to pretend to be an ambassador from anywhere around the world and solve worldwide issues while using the point of view of that nation. This, itself, may take people out of their comfort zone, but it is an effective way to become more eloquent with debating and writing resolutions on the problems that they are solving. There are many committees and issues involved with Model UN, but the people involved with it are what make it realistic and lively. The nine committees of Model United Nations deal with entirely different issues. Showing one general committee out of the nine, 1st Political is a committee where delegates pick a continent, find an issue regarding it, and solve that issue via a resolution. Once a delegate picks a committee and nation, they then pick one of the issues provided by that committee. They will then write a page-long solution to that issue that they will debate and write from their picked nation’s point of view. Another thing that the delegate will do is write a “position paper,” which is about two paragraphs of texts stating how and why one’s topic needs to be solved. Once the delegate gets to conference, they will debate what resolution needs to be passed and what amendments need to be added to it. Model UN offers a convivial environment, and I would advocate for it to anyone in or entering Highland High School.

Social Media, Sports, and Extracurriculars Add to a Freshman Experience

By Megan K., Grade 9 Many adults think kids in high school don’t talk anymore. They think we simply snapchat, instagram, or use other social media to hang out and get together. While we do all love our iPhones, we do enjoy having common things to share and talk about. I have found that a lot of the things I share on my social media have come from friends, memories, and experiences I have had through extracurriculars and sports. I went through elementary school in the centers. I knew all of the kids in my grade level, and almost all of the kids in my school. When I was younger, I really began to like sports. I went to camps, was on select sports, and did 4H. I was in a small place. As I

Highland High School (cont’d) moved to a bigger place, middle school, I met many new people through my sports and extracurriculars. When I came to high school, it was very big, I was very scared. But, through basketball and FFA, before school even started in August, I met other students from all grades. I found friends who shared similar interests and we did activities together. I even met more girls and guys from other parts of the state through playing ball or doing activities with them. This is the cool part: this is where social media comes in. I can talk to people who I only see one time a year on the basketball court! When we played Carterville this year in the sectional semifinal for girls basketball, a player from Carterville and I had talked almost daily on snapchat. She and I have a 173 day streak... and counting. When my team went through and gave the “good game” handshake at the end, she and I hugged. I even have friends that I made from Upward basketball when I was little who have moved away. I have stayed in contact with several of them through social media and followed them in their high school activities. In the times that my parents were in high school, they were limited to people in Highland High School (they both graduated from here). They were limited to the people they played ball with, or who were in their classes. But now, with social media, my extracurriculars have actually widened my horizons outside of the walls of the high school and opens the world much bigger than being just a freshman at Highland High School.


By Nora T., Grade 9 Future Farmers of America combines leadership, teamwork, and having a great time. When going to all of these events you can meet new people from different communities. While you are at the events you are always doing something with teamwork, whether it’s cooking or just doing a simple craft. FFA events can teach leadership to you that you can carry with you through life. The CDE field trips will teach you different life skills like forestry, breeds of different animals, and how to use different tools. These CDEs can start early in the morning or after school. Learning leadership skills and teamwork while working with new people can always be interesting and you know you will have some good story about it afterwards. The only thing that you have to do to be in FFA is to pay $10. FFA meetings only happen once a month on the first Monday of the month. There is always food provided

at these meetings usually cookies and Ski. When we have lunch for FFA at school we get pork burgers and Ski with some kind of chips. The meeting and the lunches are not mandatory to attend to be in FFA. The time you spend hanging out and eating is worth the money. You only have to pay this $10 one time in your 4 years of high school. The people in FFA have helped me get through my freshman year.

Future Farmers of America

By Nicole K., Grade 9 Do you like food, fun, and agriculture? If you answered yes to any of these, then you should join FFA. The only requirement to be in FFA, is that you have to be in an ag class. FFA is so much fun. CDEs (career development events) are one of my favorite things to do. At a CDE, you compete against other schools in different activities, such as dairy judging, vet tech, public speaking, and more. Then the results are given to see which team won. I have been to 3 CDEs and had a blast at them, because I got to meet interesting people, and represent my school. There is also a lot of tasty food involved with FFA. We usually have Ski and cookies at most meetings. After events like the auction and the banquet, there is leftover food that we get to eat for lunch. Preparing food is one of the club’s strengths too. FFA members make a delicious breakfast for all of the teachers at the high school in our annual Teacher Breakfast. The most fun I’ve had in FFA so far is three words. The FFA lock-in. The lock-in is an exciting all night event. We arrived at the YMCA in Edwardsville around 8:00 pm and tried to stay awake until 6:00 am, when the bus takes us home. There were colorful bouncy houses, roller skates, dodgeball, and volleyball competitions, team building activities, and an endless snack bar. I loved playing dodgeball. My team fiercely competed all the way to the championship round, unfortunately falling in defeat to the other Highland team. Sadly, we lost the volleyball tournament, but we still had fun. I surprisingly stayed awake the whole time. The FFA lock-in was the most fun I’ve ever had. Joining FFA will be one of the best decisions you will ever make, because it is so much fun. You get to spend time with your friends, and be a part of really fun activities. Cross Country By Samantha H. Grade 9 Joining cross country was the best decision of my life. I have gained so much from becoming a part of this team. The team is

amazing, the coaches are extremely intellectual and strategic, and I love the competition. When you are on the Highland Highschool cross country team, you gain an entirely new family. Our team was extremely successful this year. We qualified for sectionals and came very close to being accepted to run in state. We were really strong competitors. In past years, the team had gone to state three years in a row. This year I improved ridiculously. I had ran awesome races this past season and I loved every second of it. Of course, all sports require practice before going to meets, matches, or games. I look forward to cross country practices every morning! I love to work hard and improve, but not only that, I love to see my teammates and coaches and to run outside in the beautiful fall weather. Sometimes we even have ultimate frisbee practices! Personally, these are my favorite practices because they are super exciting, you get to play with or against your teammates during some friendly competition, and you get a hard workout in also. On the team, there were fourteen girls, including me, and two fabulous coaches. When I was on the team this season I developed life long friends with thirteen other girls. They always are there whenever you need them. I love to call these girls my second family. I learned sportsmanship, respect, and trust with these people. On top of that, I had two coaches. They are the best coaches anyone could ask for! One has gotten coach of the year multiple times. The main reason I have gotten to where I am today is because of all these people. If you are an incoming freshman, I demand that you look into cross country as something to participate in. I promise you will not regret it! Cross country is the best thing that happened to me during my first year of high school.

Bowling Team

By Kayla R., Grade 9 Highland High School is a unique school with many different opportunities for the students. The bowling team is a great way to get involved and make new friends. Joining the team will improve your bowling skills while having fun with your teammates and even coaches. Although bowling may seem frustrating at first, it’s all worth it at the end of the season. The fun begins during tryouts; you will not be turned away if you have never bowled before, you’ll receive help from your future coaches and teammates during tryouts. Trying your best is the best way to make the team. When you join High-

Highland High School (cont’d) land’s bowling team you will never be left out; everyone receives equal playing time and no one will ever be denied help from a coach or teammate. There’s almost always someone you can go to on the team if you’re having a tough time, whether it’s bowling related or not. Your coaches and teammates will gladly help you. Bowling will be hard, especially when you don’t have fun, bring a nice friend or two so you will all feel at home right away and learn together. You will have plenty of fun even if you don’t bring a friend to tryout with you. Throughout the season you will meet many friendly people. The team is greatly recommended, especially for incoming freshman. Bowling: a guaranteed good time.

HHS Softball: Playing with a Cause

By Lia B., Grade 9 Softball has always been a great program at Highland High School, with many players signing to play in college and even coming back to coach. This year, the program has 32 girls in total, with 16 girls on junior varsity and 16 on varsity. Already, these two teams have been blowing up the competition and making great headway for the surely spectacular season ahead, JV with a 3-1 record and varsity with a perfect 5-0 record. However, only a week before the season began, a gray cloud seemed to hover over the program. Highland´s head softball coach was diagnosed with a brain tumor less than two weeks before the season even began, and as much as it hurt the program, it hurt him even more to miss out on coaching his favorite game. When tryouts were over and we finally had our first game, however, our head coach surprised everyone by making an appearance in the stands to see his team play. Although only varsity played a full game against O’Fallon, it was a great season opening win, even better that we had a very near and dear spectator. So, throughout this season at Highland, we will be playing with a cause, and an inspiration.

HHS Varsity Dance Team

By Kylie M., Grade 9 Last month, the HHS Varsity Dance team wrapped up their undefeated season. The girls continued the legacy of the HHS Dance Team. Not only did the team win in all categories at IDTA Regionals and IDTA State, but they also accomplished winning IHSA sectionals and IHSA state. Dance has been considered a sport in IHSA for five years now, during those five years the HHS Dance Team has won first at sectionals all

five years. Three out of the five years they have won the IHSA State Title. For the first time in Highland High School history, a sport has won IHSA back to back. Winning a state title is a goal an athlete always has, especially in high school. Not only can these girls say they have won a state title, but the majority of them can say they have won multiple titles during their high school careers. The team’s coach Emily Wellen and captain Ally Becker set high standards for the girls when starting out the season. They wanted the girls to continue Highland’s reputation of winning and make the team feel very proud of not only themselves, but also their teammates. The girls now have some time off to relax and recuperate from the hard work and dedication they put into this season. They will soon start preparing for the upcoming season and trying to maintain the HHS Varsity Dance Team Legacy.

The Varsity Dance Team at Highland High School

By Alexis F., Grade 9 Highland High School is amazing at many different things, but what stands out to me about Highland High School is our sports, specifically the Highland Varsity Dance Team. When we are in our season we practice everyday from 3:00 to 5:15 p.m. We spend so much time and effort working as a team it is unbelieveable. Towards the end of the season all the hard work that we put in did pay off. Not only did we go undefeated the whole year, but we also won a IHSA state championship title. Winning this IHSA state title meant more than everything to our team. While everyone expressed their emotions differently most people cried with joy. I was one of the people who cried with joy. The feeling when you know that all your hard work throughout the season payed off is unexplainable. Yes, us girls did put in all the effort that was possible to put in for our undefeated season, but we could not have done it without both of our coaches. They pushed us to the point in which we couldn’t work any harder. We had multiple practices

where we were so dead tired we just wanted one day of a break. Thankfully, they never gave us a break. Being on The Highland Varsity Dance Team was also a very good experience. You were forced to step up your personal ability to dance in order to not let your team down. You are also forced to be able to care for 15 other people. I consider myself very lucky to be able to attend Highland High School, but even luckier to be apart of the Highland High School Varsity Dance Team.

2017 Highland Tennis Team

By Andrew T., Grade 9 The tennis season is just starting off at Highland High School. There are lots of new faces on the team, with over half of the team being new players. While the practices are just beginning, some new players really have talent for tennis. Four of the new players are in the top eight players on the team, which make up the varsity teams. The previous players and new players are now fully mixed together with some doubles teams made of one new and one old player. The beginning of the season has started out with good compatibility for the team. The practices have been slowly becoming more complex, with the players not needing as much basic training. The practices usually were made up of a warm-up, drills, maybe serving, and then a game of some sort. Now the practices contain more fine-tuning the skills the players have learned and playing short games with or against each other, more than basic training. There are also challenge matches to see who makes the cut for varsity team. The practices are more challenging and competitive as the season goes on, and will probably gradually get even more challenging. Varsity matches and junior varsity matches are beginning as well, with good results. Starting with the junior varsity team, they got second place at an Alton match containing five teams. Also, there was a freshman tourney at triad, with Andrew T. getting third place of eighteen and Connor B. getting thirteenth place of eighteen. For the varsity team, they won a clean sweep against Hillsboro. The team hopes the season will continue with as much success as it began

Titles to Defend

By Rileigh B., Grade 9 Cheerleading tryouts are just around the corner and both of the Highland High School cheer teams are coming back to win the gold. As normal, our tryouts are being held in spring. Yes, the season just ended less than a month ago, but we have to be

Highland High School (cont’d) ready for performances during summer. Practices are five nights a week for about three hours, with one day of tumbling for a hour and a half during the week. Annually, both our junior varsity and varsity make it to compete at the ICCA Cheerleading Championship held in Springfield, Illinois around the beginning of January. This year both teams put on great performances, we had some great saves and both had almost perfect routines! Our junior varsity squad would have blown into first place but sadly because of one little mistake they got a legality, after this amount of point deduction their score still got them fourth place. The Varsity squad has a major rivalry with Columbia High School, in 2016 HHS varsity took first place over them but this year they won not by much over us.Therefore, this

year both of our cheer squads are ready to fight back and take what we were ready for this past year, first place.

Donkey Basketball

By Brylee P., Grade 9 Every year, students and fans of Highland and Triad gather in a gym to witness one of the greatest, most cherished, and exhilarating sports of all time. Donkey Basketball. The host of this event alternates between Highland High School and Triad High School annually. Not only is it a riveting competition between rival schools, but it’s also a great fundraiser for both Highland and Triad. Donkey Basketball is an hour of prodigious fun. First, juniors from both schools eagerly hop on their donkeys and go at it. Next, the faculty goes. Selected teachers from both schools battle against each other.

Lastly, the seniors receive the opportunity to ride donkeys and drain shots. Players must constantly tug their assigned donkey by a rope to grab the basketball, but they can’t let go of the rope or else the opposing team gets possession of the ball. It was very easy to see that some of the vehicles were undeniably as stubborn as a mule. Pun intended. The audience enjoyed watching the players struggle to significantly pull the unwilling donkeys anywhere at all. To score, someone must be on the donkey and shoot the basketball into the hoop. BOOM! That’s how you win. Let’s hope that, for the sake of each school’s dedicated fans, this time honored tradition continues without fail far into the future so generations of spectators may gladly witness the spectacle that is Donkey Basketball.

Nursing Home Visits and Penny Wars at Alhambra Primary (Part of the Mini Marathon Fitness and Wellness Program) By Susie Kronk Once again this year, Alhambra will be doing the Crusin’ with Character program a.k.a The Mini Marathon. As always, students are learning how to prepare for a mini-marathon run, but they are also learning about healthy choices, good character traits, and helping others. As part of this program, the classes all walk to the nursing home to share poetry, crafts, a story, or even interview one of the residents. The Penny War was done this year to raise funds for Leaps of Love. This is an organization that helps children with cancer. The concept of the penny war was simple. All copper money (pennies) gets you positive points. All silver money (nickels, dimes, and quarters) take away points from another team. The students really got into the penny war. While younger students learned on simply identifying coins and values. Second grade took on the task of actually counting the money. So, not only did this program earn money for a great cause, but it taught students at Alhambra the real life skills of counting change/coins. The Penny War earned $670.41 for Leaps of Love. Classrooms that won an extra 15 minutes of recess were Mrs. Grigg’s class on Monday and Tuesday, Mrs. Duft’s class on Wednesday and Thursday, and Mrs. Kronk’s Class on Friday. The Penny War was organized by Mrs. Paul, Mrs. Lewis, Mrs. Duft, and Mrs. Tolbert.



Flexible Seating in the Classroom By Mrs. Koenig and Mrs. Laird As you walk by Mrs. Laird’s room at Highland Primary, you will see students working away. What will catch your eye is what the students are sitting on. Mrs. Laird and several other teachers at the Highland Primary have started using flexible seating choices. Students are given a variety of choices for seating instead of the standard student chairs you typically find in a classroom. Mrs. Laird’s students have a choice of using a stability ball, wobble stools, balance cushions, and chairs with bouncy bands.

 Current research shows that students benefit from flexible seating. While traditional chairs and desks work for some students, they do not allow much movement. Flexible seating allows students to move, improving posture, and core strength. This also helps increase focus for learners, keeping students more engaged.   Highland Primary is thankful to the Highland Rotary Club for funding a grant that provided flexible seating options to Mrs. Laird and Mrs. Warnecke.

End of Year Dates to Remember

Tuesday, April 18, 2017 Thursday, April 20, 2017 Monday, April 24, 2017 Saturday, April 29, 2017 Friday, May 5, 2017 Tuesday, May 9, 2017 Thursday, May 11, 2017 Friday, May 12, 2017 Monday, May 15, 2017 Tuesday, May 16, 2017 Wednesday, May 17, 2017 Sunday, May 21, 2017 Monday, May 22, 2017 Monday, May 22, 2017

Grade 3 HE Spring Concert (HE Aud.) 7:00 p.m. Grade 4 HE Spring Concert (HE Aud.) 7:00 p.m. School Board Meeting (HHS) 6:30 p.m. Junior-Senior Prom Teacher Workday/Half-Day Dismissal HMS Band Concert (HMS Gym) 7:00 p.m. HMS Awards Night @ (HE Aud.) 7:00 p.m. Kindergarten Visitation HHS Honors Convocation (HHS) 6:30 p.m. Chorus Concert @ (HE Aud.) 7:00 p.m. Baccalaureate @ Highland Hope 6:30 p.m. HHS Graduation @ 2:00 p.m. HHS Gym School Board Meeting (Admin. Center) 6:30 p.m. Last Day of School/Half-Day Dismissal

Alhambra and Highland Primary Kindergarten Visitation

By Kim Clasquin Kindergarten Visitation has been set for Friday, May 12, at Highland and Alhambra Primary Schools. Visitation times will be from 9:30 – 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 – 2:30 p.m. While the boys and girls visit with the kindergarten classrooms, the building principal will have the opportunity to go over the handbook with parents and answer questions. Parents will receive a letter explaining the visitation. When the children come for their visit, the parents should bring proof of residency and a copy of the child’s certified birth certificate from the county clerk, not a hospital copy. This is a state requirement. State law also requires every kindergarten student to have a health examination and up-to-date immunizations. This should be completed before the first day of school. Dental and vision exams are also required. If you have not yet registered your son or daughter, please call the office of the school your child will attend: Alhambra Primary at 488-2200, or Highland Primary at 654-2107, as soon as possible. We are looking forward to meeting you and your kindergartener!

Give 30

Girls on the Run By Susan Brauns Girls on the Run, a fantastic international program that highlights girls, is in its ninth season at Highland Elementary. Three teams are comprised of 55 girls ranging from third grade through fifth grade. This program has more than just the goal of training the girls to run a 5k race. Each practice begins with a lesson and ends with physical activity. The curriculum covers topics of making good choices, selecting healthy relationships, self-awareness and celebrating and sharing strengths. The results are a better self-esteem, making new friends, and the accomplishment of completing a 5k race in St. Louis. Practices are held after school twice each week. A practice 5k will be held the week prior to the final race in St. Louis. The practice race will start at Highland

Elementary during the last practice on May 9. This event gives the girls a feel for how a real race would be, which includes practicing proper race etiquette, using a water station and running with a buddy. Families, friends, and community members are invited to cheer the girls on! A service project will also be completed by the girls during the season. The girls have a choice of three races in which to volunteer: The Highland PTO Bunny 5K on April 1, The Kyle Deatherage Memorial 5K in Troy on April 15, and the Relay for Life Color Run on June 24. Proceeds from the Color Run help the Girls on the Run program at Highland Elementary. The final 5k will be on Saturday, May 13, in downtown St. Louis. Our girls will join thousands of others from the area in Missouri and Illinois to culminate their training season.

By Erick Baer Do you have 30 minutes a week that you could give to a middle school student to be a positive influence in their life? Highland Middle School is currently participating in a program sponsored by the Madison County Regional Office of Education. The GIVE 30 mentoring program is intended to provide at-risk youth with positive support in their lives. The program is designed for students who have been identified in their school as someone needing a mentor based on need. We have students that need academic or social support needs. The Madison County Regional Office of Education sponsors GIVE 30 and is currently seeking out civic leaders to become a GIVE 30 mentor. Mentors may also assist with school work, offer to read an article or a book with them, or share personal experiences that would influence the student in a positive way. Highland Middle School is excited to have additional support and intervention options for students. The mentor is carefully paired with a student in which they meet with 30-minutes per week to engage in an outlined dialogue to engage in a discussion with the student. Mentors are expected to engage in dialogue about school performance, issues at school, issues at home, and issues they are experiencing within the community. For more information visit: give-30-mentoring-program Online Application: give-30-mentoring-program?id=218 If you have 30-minutes a week to help us positively influence a student at Highland Middle School please contact Dr. Erick Baer or Ms. Weder at (618) 651-8800.

TRI-MUN Conference Triad Invitational Middle School Model United Nations By Heather Athmer Forty-six well-prepared and nervous Model UN students left Highland Middle School February 27 and 28 to participate in the XXV Tri-MUN Conference held at Gateway Convention Center in Collinsville. The Tri-MUN conference is designed to introduce middle school students to the procedures of high school Model UN Conferences. Eight middle schools from Madison and St. Clair counties participated. Triad High School students organized the event for the estimated 145 middle school students who participated. Model United Nations, also known as Model UN or MUN, is an extra-curricular activity in which students role-play as delegates to the United Nations and simulate UN committees. Students pick committees they find interesting and then research the way their assigned country would respond to the issue. The key to Model UN is taking on the role and viewpoint of the country you represent. Since early September Highland students have been researching their countries and these very complex world issues. Each student wrote a resolution they submitted

to the Tri-MUN Conference. This resolution acknowledged the problem and gave a suggestion for how to solve it. Thanks to the Highland High School Model UN Team, HMS students were assisted, guided, and taught the format for writing a resolution as well as the rules of debate. After all resolutions were collected, each student received a packet of all the resolutions in their committees, reviewed them, studied them, and noted where they wanted to make a point from their country’s perspective. At conference, the students had to follow a set of rules of debate that created a very well organized, and many times entertaining debate over what resolution addressed the issue the best. When debating, students were required to stay in “country or character” and respond the way their country would most likely respond to the issue at a true United Nations Summit. The goal was for the committee to finally work together through debate to pass one of those resolutions. Highland Middle School represented our district very well! They left the conference with twenty-three awards! Honorable Mention Resolution awards were given to Abby A., Mason G., Eli J., and Madeline R.. Su-

perior Resolution winners included Parker F., Brianna H., Elise L., Gurman T. Caleb S. brought home an Outstanding Resolution winning for the district! Delegates can also earn awards for their debating and leadership during the conference. Mason G. and Eli J. were awarded Honorable Mention Delegate. Parker F., Skylar H., Tom N., Josh R., Madeline R., and Caleb S. snagged an Outstanding Delegate Award! The top honor of Superior Delegate was awarded to Madeline C., Logan P., and Madeline R. Delegation Awards are very exciting to earn and Highland Middle School did the school proud by earning not only two Honorable Mention Delegations for Yemen and Sweden, but also the coveted award of Superior Delagation for United Kingdom! I am so proud of both the high school and middle school Model UN programs! Watching the students from the high school program use their expertise to support and encourage my middle school participants was a constant reminder of the exceptional students and future citizens Highland CUSD No 5 is helping to shape. Very proud of this group of young men and women!

Grantfork Spelling Bee

By Terri Lurkins Thirty-four Grantfork students participated in the spelling bee on January 6, 2017.  Jacob L., a fifth grader in Mrs. Paur’s class, placed first following several rounds.  Ellie K., a fourth grader in Mrs. Lurkins’ class, received the second place trophy.

The President’s Education Awards Program (PEAP)

Recognizing Student Excellence and Achievement Since 1983

By Erick Baer Founded in 1983, the President’s Education Awards Program (PEAP) honors graduating middle school students for their academic achievement and hard work. The program provides individual recognition from the President of the U.S. and Secretary of Education to those students whose outstanding efforts have enabled them to meet challenging standards of excellence. Students among the eighth grade class at Highland Middle School are honored each year for their academic achievements in April. Students qualify for this honorable academic distinction by earning and maintaining a GPA of 4.75 or above for both semesters of their seventh grade year and first semester of their eighth grade year. For many eighth grade students at HMS the PEAP Award is the first time students get a taste of what it feels like to achieve academic success through hard work and dedication. This award is a reassurance, and a reminder to continue to challenge themselves academically and watch doors that begin to open for them as they continue down the path of excellence.

Team 8 Black’s Visit to Weather Day at Busch

By Jeff Brauns On April 19, 2017, Team 8 Black at Highland Middle School will be attending the annual Weather Day at Busch. Students will be taught about tornadoes, warm fronts, cold fronts, weather patterns, etc. by the KSDK weather team in a 30-minute presentation. Team 8 Black uses this program in conjunction with the eighth grade science curriculum. The students will also watch a short presentation by a local scientist. He will demonstrate a variety of scientific experiments. As an added bonus, this field trip also includes watching a Cardinals baseball game. This marks the sixth year Team 8 Black has attended the Weather Day at Busch.

Family Science Night By Terri Lurkins

On the evening of Thursday, March 23, many families gathered at the Grantfork Firemans Park for Family Science Night.  Mrs. Terry Menz and members of the River Bend Astronomy Club provided many hands-on displays for students and their families to learn about observing the night sky.  While the event took place before dark, students were able to observe a sunspot and learn about a variety of telescopes and how they function.  At one station, students observed how some telescopes turn things upside-down and backwards.

You are not seeing double at Alhambra… there are just that many twins! By Susie Kronk In the two first grade classes at Alhambra, there are a total of eight students who have a twin either in their class, or in the other class. In fact, just over 20% of the class is twins! We have two sets of boy/girl twins, and two sets of boy/boy twins. Pictured here, you will see them all dressed up from our Holiday Program.

Give Kids a Smile Day

By Monica Martin On Friday, February 24 the district nurses took 79 students to the Give Kids A Smile Day. The students received check-ups, cleanings, and other dental work such as sealants, fillings, tooth repairs, and received a bag of goodies all at no cost. This amounted to a total of $39,329.00 of free dental care. The dental offices that participated were Smile Shoppe, Plaza Dental, and Cedar Creek Dental. First Student also donated part of the transportation for the students. This was a huge collaborative effort so that our students could have a wonderful dental experience and get the dental care that they needed.

Skating at Grantfork By Barry Wittler In February, 20 students from Grantfork participated in Roller Skating Camp after school during the skating unit in physical education. These students used the extra time to become very comfortable on wheels.

Very Important Principles

They were able to participate in limbo contests and team events throughout the week. A great time was had by all, and many are looking forward to skating again next year.


Knowing and doing the right thing -----------------------------------------------


Standing up for what is right -----------------------------------------------


Treating other people as you would like to be treated -----------------------------------------------


Doing all you can for others -----------------------------------------------


Being true to yourself and others -----------------------------------------------

Technology Integration By Dawn Hubbard At the end of trimester 2 students were able to use all of the skills they learned from G. Suites (Google Apps for Education) to create a digital breakout game.  Teams built a website using the New Google Sites and embedded a Google Form with locks and links to clues. They had to use various Google Apps within their website to reveal clues to help correctly solve the codes for the locked Google Form.  Each team came up with a scenario as to why someone would be locked into a room to include on their websites. Most teams incorporated the topic of energy, which they were studying in science. They used all kinds of creative ways to incorporate G. Suites in their websites.  Some students created their own custom Google Maps, others created Google Slides with clues hidden within them. They used Google Draw to create a picture with a Hot Spot Link over part of it.  They even figured out how to apply conditional formatting to a Google Sheet so when the correct answer was

written, it would change to a color.  They really came a long way from the beginning of the trimester.  I can’t wait to see what trimester 3 can create.  I can already tell they will be great problem-solvers.  So far we have been practicing touch typing and used Google Draw to create an image that represents them for their profile picture.



Showing concern for others -----------------------------------------------


Being decent and reasonable with others -----------------------------------------------


Being in charge of yourself -----------------------------------------------

CITIZENSHIP By Melinda Bernal Yoga Intramural for students and staff...... Being an asset to yourself, school Combining wellness in science and physical and community education (both of us together)  Students are researching stress and how to combat stress.  They are learning about the brain and the effects of stress.  Also, had BJC come and teach about the Power of Choice in Mrs. Bernal and Mrs. Scholl classes.  Saying no to drugs, tobacco, alcohol, and seeing organs from the human body .  These organs are donated to the hospital for the purpose of teaching students how to make healthy choices.  

Alhambra Primary/Grantfork Dr. Seuss Assembly On March 1, the students and staff of Grantfork Elementary traveled to Alhambra Primary to attend an assembly to celebrate the life and accomplishments of Dr. Seuss.

The CAT in the HAT

One fish two fish red fish blue fish

Green Eggs and Ham

Alhambra Primary “Raises” Gardening to a New Level  By Susan Kronk For the last several years at Alhambra Primary, we have had a garden for the children to learn about.  While the initial project was done several years ago, this year, our program was “raised” to a new level.   This year, through private donations, our garden expanded to include five new large raised bed gardens with landscaped area around them.  Donors to the project included: FS in Carlinville, Stone Seed, Farm Credit IL, Hamel Seed and Farm Supply, Hamel Co-Op, RP Lumber of Staunton and one donor has asked to remain anonymous.  We are planning on planting tomatoes,

Gettysburg Address By Susie Kronk Abe Lincoln would have been proud to see Mrs. Kronk’s first grade students at Alhambra reciting the Gettysburg Address. In honor of “Honest Abe’s” birthday in February (and Presidents’ Day) the class memorized the speech.  The speech was then presented to the student body on Tuesday, February 21 the day after President’s Day.   Students had to really use their reading strategies and sounding out skills to read many of the words.  Students also were taught vocabulary significant to the speech.

“Fourscore and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.”

peppers, pumpkins, watermelon, egg plant, lettuce, carrots, green beans, maybe even sweet corn!   As part of our program, we will be incorporating a compost and pollination project.  Alhambra Primary has consistently used the garden for instruction of students.  We are partners with the University of Illinois Extension.  They have come to our school to present programs in the past.  This year the presentation will be on corn.   Students actually grow food and eat it from the garden.  We have a garden camp at Alhambra in which we teach understanding of where food comes from.  Several students

who attend school at Alhambra are from farming families and backgrounds.  Farms are a part of the community.  Although some students come from towns, all children need to understand the work that is put into producing our food.  In our program, we discuss the cost of food.  In our community we have two nursing home facilities.  The school/community garden concept allows for the contribution of some of the vegetables grown to go to the nursing homes and local needs.   This program also includes instruction on healthy food choices and consumption of produce.  

President’s Day with Barb Kay

By Terri Lurkins On February 17, Barb Kay and her husband William Paulic  portrayed George and Martha Washington for Grantfork Elementary students.  Once again students were interested in the clothing worn by the couple.  The students were very attentive as they learned interesting facts about the Washington’s.  Did you know that the smartly dressed George Washington’s clothes were tattered during the war and that he had wooden teeth?  Also, did you know Martha gathered woman together to make socks for the soldiers?

Region and State Projects By Terri Lurkins Mrs. Lurkins’ students are well into the yearly state and region project.   Students updated the United States bulletin board and posted several maps in the hallway to help learn the states and capitals. Individual State Project Prior to Christmas break, each student selected a state to study.  Students complete a packet of materials to guide them through

the project, write an informative essay about their state, develop visual aids, collect artifacts related to their state, and dress in attire which illustrates their state. Group Region Projects Students work in region groups based upon their state choice.  Each group presents the information from two chapters of the social studies textbook.  Groups meet regularly to discuss materials they have

located in text and through online research. Each group is responsible for creating assessment tools to evaluate the success of their presentation. Students have always shared websites and material from their online research. However, with the implementation of Google Classroom, students can more readily make this information available to their peers.

Fitness Challenge By Terri Lurkins Grantfork is participating in the Fitness Challenge in their own way. Mrs. Paur is walking with students every day during lunch recess. It is a chance for students to take a walk off campus, get more fit, and to share the experience with their classmates and teachers. It is an optional activity. There have been as few as three walkers and as many as fifty walkers at a time. Every day is different. Every day is a great day to get fit!

Money Matters By Terry Lurkins We are excited to announce that students at Grantfork are participating in learning about money, how to count money, and to count change back. Because these skills were sadly lacking, a money unit was implemented. There is one money lesson per week. Lessons usually include demonstrations, videos, guided practice with a teacher, and independent practice with play money. Students enjoy learning from different teachers each week, and we are seeing improvement in these skills already when students purchase items at our school store. Money Matters!!

Highland Community Unit School District No. 5 Category Divisions: K-2, 3-5, 6-8 2016-2017

Madison County Young Authors

The Madison County Young Authors Conference will be held on Saturday, April 29, 2017, from 8:30-11:30 a.m. at Edwardsville High School. School Highland Primary Abram Taylor Henry Williamson Jonah Heil Caleb Knobloch Joshua Knobloch Luke Schaible Catelyn Schrage

Highland Elementary Rick Wang Lilah McCall Joshua Athmer Myla Wheat Madison Hunter Sophia Feldt Grantfork Elementary Jack Grotefendt Highland Middle School Joanna Fogg Grace Hanvey Lauren Herman Bryce Knackstedt Autumn Meyer Abigail Bowers



K K 1 1 1 2 2

Mrs. Albers Mrs. Clasquin Mrs. Geest Mrs. Moss Mrs. Wilkinson Mrs. Laird Mrs. Smart

3 3 4 4 5 5 5 6 6 7 7 8 8

Ms. Ahlgren Mrs. Favre Mrs. Brown Mrs. Fralinger Mrs. Ford Ms. Guse Mrs. Paur Mrs. Carlson Ms. Abbott Mrs. Bruno Mrs. Bruno Mr. Brauns Mr. Brauns

Illinois Young Authors

The Illinois Young Authors Conference will be held on Saturday, May 20, 2017, at Bloomington-Normal, Illinois. Joshua Athmer Bryce Knackstedt Autumn Meyer

Highland Elementary Grade 4, Mrs. Brown Highland Middle School Grade 7, Mrs. Bruno Highland Middle School Grade 8, Mr. Brauns

HIGHLAND COMMUNITY UNIT SCHOOL DISTRICT NO. 5 Serving the Communities of Alhambra, Grantfork, Highland, New Douglas, and Pierron MICHAEL S. SUTTON






2017-2018 SCHOOL CALENDAR Monday Tuesday Wednesday Friday Monday Friday Monday Wednesday Thursday Friday Tuesday Wednesday-Friday Friday Thursday Friday-Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Monday Friday Monday Friday Thursday-Monday Tuesday Friday Sunday Friday

August 14, 2017 August 15, 2017 August 16, 2017 September 1, 2017 September 4, 2017 September 29, 2017 October 9, 2017 October 25, 2017

Teacher Institute Teacher Institute First Day of School Teacher Institute – NO SCHOOL Labor Day – NO SCHOOL Teacher Inservice – Half-day Dismissal* Columbus Day – NO SCHOOL Regular day of school; Parent-Teacher Conferences 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. – PreK-12 October 26, 2017 Parent-Teacher Conferences – NO SCHOOL 12:00 to 8:00 p.m. – PreK-12 October 27, 2017 Parent-Teacher Conferences – NO SCHOOL 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. – PreK-12 November 21, 2017 Last Day before Thanksgiving Holidays November 22-24, 2017 Thanksgiving Holidays – NO SCHOOL December 1, 2017 Teacher Workday – Half-day Dismissal* December 21, 2017 Last Day before Winter Holidays – Early Dismissal** Dec. 22, 2017–Jan. 2, 2018 Winter Holidays – NO SCHOOL January 3, 2018 Teacher Institute – NO SCHOOL January 4, 2018 Return to Classes January 15, 2018 Martin Luther King Jr. Day – NO SCHOOL February 2, 2018 Teacher Inservice – Half-day Dismissal* February 19, 2018 Presidents’ Day – NO SCHOOL March 2, 2018 Teacher Inservice – Half-day Dismissal* March 29-April 2, 2018 Spring Break – NO SCHOOL April 3, 2018 Return to Classes May 11, 2018 Teacher Inservice - Half-day Dismissal* May 20, 2018 HHS Graduation – 2:00 p.m. (tentative) May 25, 2018 Teacher Inservice - Half-day Dismissal*

This calendar contains 7 emergency days. Any emergency days used in excess of the 7, will be made up during President’s Day – February 19, 2018 and/or Monday, April 2, 2018 (Monday after Easter). * Half-Day Dismissal – High School and Middle School dismiss @ 11:00 a.m.; Highland Primary & Elementary Building dismisses @ 11:45 a.m.; and Alhambra & Grantfork dismiss @ 11:50 a.m. ** Early Dismissal – High School and Middle School dismiss @ 1:50 p.m.; Highland Primary & Elementary dismiss @ 2:35 p.m.; and Alhambra & Grantfork dismiss @ 2:40 p.m. The regular school day schedule – High School: 7:40 a.m. to 2:35 p.m.; Middle School: 7:35 a.m. to 2:35 p.m.; Highland Primary & Highland Elementary: 8:40 a.m. to 3:20 p.m.; and Alhambra & Grantfork: 8:45 a.m. to 3:25 p.m.

Mid-Term Dates 1st quarter – September 8, 2017 2nd quarter – November 10, 2017 End of Nine Weeks Sessions 1st Nine Weeks – October 13, 2017 2nd Nine Weeks – December 22, 2017

Telephone 618-654-2106

3rd quarter – February 2, 2018 4th quarter – April 13, 2018 3rd Nine Weeks – March 9, 2018 4th Nine Weeks – May 25, 2018

Administrative Offices, 400 Broadway, Highland, Illinois 62249

approved 1/23/17

Fax 618-654-5424

Online Registration July 1 –July 20 It is time to start thinking about what you will need for online registration for the 2017-2018 school year. School registration information can be found at the Highland District website at under the Registration tab. If you have an email address on file with the school, your child’s registration letter and Infosnap code will be emailed to you. If you have not already provided your email address to the school, we strongly encourage you to do so in order to speed the registration process. Account Information: To successfully register your child you will need to make sure you have several accounts created for a few different school information systems. 1. Infosnap account—This provides the school with information about your child. We will send the Infosnap letters starting July 1, via email if we have a valid email address. You will use an email address or cell phone number to create this account if you do not have one from last year. The link to the Infosnap registration page is on left side of the district website at 2. PowerSchool Parent Portal—This allows you to see your child’s K-5 teacher, middle school team, or high school schedule, including locker number and student number. Access the parent portal at August 9, 2017 to see your child’s class information. 3. Transportation elink—This allows access to your child’s bus information. Access the transportation site at elinkrp final assignments will be ready August 9. The user name is your student’s ID number, the password is the student’s birthday in the following format, mmddyyyy (example 06252001 for June 25, 2001). 4. My School Bucks— Online payment system used to purchase school lunches and pay fees You may pay with credit card or “e-check” with no processing fees. NEW THIS YEAR The district will issue invoices for registration, athletic, and activity club fees after the school year starts. Therefore, fees will NOT be due when you complete registration. You will still be able to pay your fees in full or set up payment plans after you receive your invoice.   Student/Family Information: In order to complete the online registration process, make sure that you have this information before you start: 1. Current physician and dentist information, including phone numbers. 2. List of medications and special medical information for the school nurse. 3. Current insurance information if your student(s) will be participating in middle school or high school athletic programs. 4. List of parent/guardian information (phone, address, email)- including information for a spouse who is separated or divorced. 5. Financial information if you are applying for free or reduced meal benefits. Free or reduced families—You must complete a new application for meal benefits every year unless you receive a prequalification letter from the district office. You may access the application at after July 15. New Students: Students new to the Highland School District need to provide a birth certificate copy and proof of residency (most recent property tax bill, utility bill, or signed and dated lease with proof of payment) before information accounts can be set up. The residency information should be taken to the building office where your child will attend school or to the Administrative Center if the building office is closed. If you cannot provide any of the proof of residency listed above, you will complete a different form that will be available at the district’s offices or on the school’s website.

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Dates to remember • By May 15 provide the school office with your email address and sign up for PowerSchool Parent Portal access with your child’s school building so you can receive the Infosnap registration code by email. This is unnecessary if you already have PowerSchool Parent Portal access for your child. • July 1 Check your email inbox for registration information. If you do not have an email listed with the school, you will receive a paper letter. July 1 Registration for the 2017-2018 school year is open. July 11 School buildings will be open from 8:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. for new students to register and receive Infosnap information. July 15 Free or reduced meal application is available. July 18 School buildings will be open from 8:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. for public use of computers for those without Internet access. August 9 Log into the PowerSchool Parent Portal to access your child’s schedule, team, or teacher name. August 9 Log into the transportation site to check your child’s bus information. After the start of school, invoices will be sent to families for registration, athletic, and activity club fees.

2017-2018 FEES Milk/Year


Kindergarten - All Day - Half Day Early Childhood

Textbook Fees $100.00 $65.00 $65.00





PreK Grades 1-5

$0.00 $120.00


$0.00 $120.00

Band Grades 6-8 Band (7-8) Band (6) Extracurricular Intramural High School Band Driver’s Ed Extracurricular Parking

The following is a list of extracurricular activities that will have the $25 participation fee: High School

$50.00 $50.00 $120.00 $120.00 $135.00 $135.00 $50.00 $50.00 $25.00 $25.00 $15.00 $15.00 $140.00 $140.00 $225.00 $225.00 $250.00 $250.00 Middle School $25.00 $25.00 $75.00 per year $1.50 per day District Instrument Rental $75 Athletic/Band Participation Fee: $600 Maximum Fee Per Family $225 High School Per Sport $135 Middle School Per Sport Athletic and band fees must be paid prior to first competition/performance (first football game for band). Driver’s Ed fees must be paid prior to any Behind the Wheel training.

Chess Club Chorus and Ensembles Fall Play Football Cheerleaders Guard Dogs Madrigals Math Team Model UN Spring Musical Saturday Scholars Scholar Bowl Senior Science Olympiad WYSE Club Chorus and Ensembles Math Team Model UN Scholar Bowl

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