Highlands Happenings

K4 Students Hunt for Eggs
Highlands K4 preschool students were among the district's elementary students who participated in Easter Egg hunts this spring. The schools' PTO/PTA, parent volunteers, faculty and staff sponsor and coordinate the holiday parties for the children. 

District Sponsors Early Childhood Fair
Parents and children packed the High School cafeteria for the annual Highlands School District Early Childhood Fair on March 31. The event featured Kindergarten and K4 Preschool registration information, district educators and administrators, community early childhood organizations, story times, refreshments and special prizes.  Students in the High School's Child Development classes also conducted many craft activities for children. 

Spaghetti Dinner Benefit Benefits Band Students
The Highlands High School Band Program and director Mr. Matt Beresik organized and sponsored a Spaghetti Dinner on April 12 to benefit four band members who recently experienced the loss of a parent.  The proceeds from the Spaghetti Dinner provided one-time educational scholarships for the four students: Katryna Willard, Kylie Witucki, Ricky Sekeras, and Steve Rea (Class of 2010).  An added bonus to the evening was the Highlands Jazz & Show Choir Festival, which featured the High School's three jazz bands, the Middle School Jazz Band, the Middle School Show Choir, and the High School Variations Show Choir. 

K4 Classes "Fly" to Japan
When the Highlands K4 students learned about the letter J , they took a flight to Japan on April 8 with the help of teachers Ms. Marian Ayres, Mrs. Judy Murray, and Ms. Jessica Jenson. The large K4 gross motor skills room was transformed into an airplane, with rows of seats situated behind a cockpit. Students boarded with passports and tickets, took their seats, ate thier in-flight snack and watched a movie about Sesame Street's Big Bird going to Japan. During the week, students also counted and learned words in Japanese and spoke about the culture and the country.
Fawn's Got Talent
Fawn Elementary Student Council sponsored the 7th annual talent show, "Give It All You've Got" on March 24. The show was coordinated by teacher Mrs. Jody Shumaker and featured 16 different singing, dancing, instrumental, and gymnastics acts. Special thanks to Mrs. Shumaker for the photos!

Basketball Players Promote RAMS Program at Heights
Members of the Highlands High School Varsity Basketball team led an entertaining and educational assembly for Heights Elementary K-5 students who earned the school's monthly RAMS Reward party.  Students qualified for the reward party by exhibiting "RAMS" behavior (Respectful - Accountable - Motivated - Safe) for the previous month.  The Runnin' Rams players showed off their hoop skills and invited the kids to shoot baskets and dribble the ball.  The players also explained how they demonstrate RAMS behavior on the basketball court.  Two lucky winners also received Varsity Rams autographed basketballs.

Puppets Play Part in Education at High School
In the photos, students in Mr. Rich Gonzalez's Spanish class at the High School practice a skit with puppets that utilizes their Spanish vocabulary words.  The puppets were purchased this school year by librarian Dr. Sandy Reidmiller through a $2,000.00 grant from Target to support a literacy puppet program (which related to her doctoral dissertation work). The puppets are used to promote literacy and teach vocabulary, as well as motivate and encourage reading by having high school students read, write scripts, and present puppet shows. In Dr. Reidmiller's dissertation, she cites that research conducted by Vida Zuljevic (2005) found that teachers reported that the use of puppets in the classroom increased student involvement, motivation, and the development of student’s reading, oral language, and communication skills.

Luncheon Recognizes AFS Program, Students
Highlands High School concluded its annual American Field Service (AFS) International Days with a luncheon on April 8. AFS students from several neighboring districts visited Highlands to share their culture with students and staff.  In keeping with tradition, the food services students, under the supervision of Mrs. Barbara Summers, prepared the luncheon for the attendees. Highlands' AFS liaison Mrs. Kathy Harenski presented Principal Tom Shirey and Superintendent Dr. Joe Latess with a Certificate of Appreciation for the school's support of the AFS Program, which has been in existence at Highlands for over 50 years.  Through the years, Highlands families have hosted students from all over the world, and Highlands has afforded its own students the opportunity to be exchange students in countries such as Greece, Costa Rica, and Germany, to name a few. To learn more about AFS at Highlands, click here.