A Message from the Principal
Welcome to the 2020-2021 school year! Are you ready to FUSS? Parents, students, teachers are you ready to F.U.S.S. over our Highlands Scholars and school community? This year, our Highlands team will FUSS. Highlands Elementary School teams will Focus on Unity and Student Success. Our school community will connect students and provide experiences that will challenge growth as a student and as an individual.
Our most recent school year provided our community with a number of challenges. I am proud to say that the staff of Highlands and the students were prepared and rose to the challenge. Our staff embraced virtual learning and students responded positively to a technological approach to learning. During our transition to virtual learning, there were many lessons learned that will springboard how we will F.U.S.S during this school year.
School communication and engagement are key to a successful school community. Highlands Elementary will continue to provide Wildcat Wednesday messages. Teachers and specialists will email and call regularly. It is imperative that all email addresses and phone numbers are current. In addition to messages, HES administration will provide academic and socio emotional Parent Town Hall meetings. This is your time to find out how students will progress academically while maintaining connectivity as a community. Lastly, we will establish a parent support group so that we can connect further as a community.
Did you know that strong parent involvement is the strongest predictor of student academic success? Yes! One key finding of our experience during the 2019-2020 school year is that parents and teachers working together will push our students to excel. Now that we determined to begin our year virtually, parent and teacher relationships must be strong. We need parents so that we can make certain that our students are meeting grade level targets, attending sessions regularly and mastering anchor standards so that they can excel academically.
As we open this school year, please know that our Highlands staff is here for our Wildcats. We will begin our year virtually and Highlands Scholars will excel. With the encouragement of our school community partners, mentors, teachers and parents, Highlands Elementary School will shine as we FUSS over our Highlands Wildcat scholars.
With Wildcat Pride,
Dr. C. Fitzgerald
Highlands Elementary School