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Principal's Message

2016-2017
Greetings Students and Parents,
 
Welcome to a new school year at Highland High School, Home of the Scots! We welcome over 530 9 th grade students to Highland. Our Highland staff is eager to assist students as they journey through high school. Beyond the classroom, Highland offers abundant opportunities for students to explore – and excel – in visual & performing arts, career technical education, academics, athletics, and other activities. So students, show your “Pride in the Plaid” and get involved!
 
THIS YEAR, ​you may notice significant changes on campus. Our science classrooms are modernized, and we expanded our agricultural education offerings with new courses, Environmental Horticulture and Ag Mechanics, and a new facility in the 12 building (converting the old auto shop to a welding and mechanics facility). Our athletic fields had a “facelift,” and we look forward to a fall season enjoying the landscaping and home side press box!
 
STUDENTS​, Highland High School is dedicated to building a tradition of pride and excellence, and fundamental to this is an academic emphasis. Mastery of course content is the goal; so students, please remember that daily, on­time attendance is necessary – and required – as is completion of in­class assignments and homework. Arrive at each class prepared with your textbook, binder, pens/pencils, and effort. Ask questions when you don’t understand, and seek tutoring when you need help. We rejoice in your accomplishments, so keep these “keys to success” in mind as you make your way through school: PLAN… PARTICIPATE… PRACTICE​.
 
PARENTS​, you are a vital link to your student’s success, and we need your help. We recognize that student success and academic achievement depend upon a shared effort among staff, students and parents, so we appeal for your support in ensuring student punctuality, attendance and academic effort. We also need parents to participate in organizations such as School Site Council, booster groups for agriculture, athletics, and instrumental programs, English Language advisory group (ELAC). These organizations significantly contribute to Highland’s programs through fundraising, scholarships, assistance in chaperoning events – and they provide an important way for you to remain connected with your student and the school. Working together, we can foster a successful high school experience for your student as well as preparation for post­high school educational and career endeavors, so please commit to this vital partnership!
 
Please enjoy the remainder of summer. Meanwhile, we happily prepare to welcome students to the first day of the school year on Wednesday, August 17th​. We look forward to meeting parents at “Back to School Night” in Wesley Anderson Hall at 6:00 p.m. on Monday, August 29th. A new year, with new opportunities, while forming new​partnerships ­­ This is going to be a GREAT year.
 
Sincerely, Debra Vigstrom Principal