• Welcome to the 2020-21 School Year!
    Dear Highlands Students and Families,
    I don’t think I have ever been more excited to say, “Welcome Back!” The end of last year was quite an event for all of us as we experienced a part of history that will be talked about for years; the COVID pandemic. Since the school closure in March of 2020, the administration has been working tirelessly to get the 2020-2021 school year up and running. We are taking extra precaution to assure the buildings and classrooms meet the social distancing guidelines in order to keep our students and staff safe.  
    The teachers have been working hard to design instruction for both in-person learning days and remote learning days. The district has provided each academic teacher with cameras in their classrooms, so that the students can learn from home. In addition, they will have portable document cameras to utilize at home on remote Fridays to assure the instruction continues. Teachers have been participating in professional development in order to enhance their virtual instruction. They have a significant task this upcoming year with teaching in a hybrid model, so the district is supporting them by providing the technology and professional development they need to be successful.  
    All students have been given a district device, so that instruction can remain fluid regardless of where it is taking place. This evens the playing field for our students and allows them the opportunity to connect virtually with their teachers on the remote learning days.
    Now more than ever the school and families need to work together for our students. We need to be patient with each other as we navigate this new way of teaching and learning. Communication amongst the students, parents, teachers and administrators is critical in order for our students to learn and master the curriculum in the new educational environment they will experience come August 28, 2020.  
    While maintaining the health and safety of our students and staff, the time has come to put our focus back on education and the continued implementation of the district’s 2019-2024 Framing the Future goals: Student Achievement and Growth, Teaching and Learning; Operational Efficiency; Safety and Security; and Collaborative Community and Culture.
    As we move forward, I have the utmost faith in our Highlands teachers, staff, administrators, parents, and especially our students! If any group of people can excel through this challenging time, it is our Highlands School District Community. I have never been prouder to be the Superintendent of the Highlands School District, and I am excited to share in this adventure with all of you.
    I wish our students and staff a wonderful start to the 2020-2021 school year!  
    Warm Regards,
    Monique Mawhinney, Ed.D., Superintendent