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Principal's Message

2021-2022 - Principal's Message

Greetings, Students and Families,


Welcome to Highland High School – Home of the Scots!  We extend a special welcome to the Class of 2025. Now in our 51st year, Highland is a ‘School of Choice,’ distinguished by success in academics, athletics, arts, and activities. Because our mission is to “graduate students with the knowledge and skills necessary to be competitively successful in post-secondary educational, military or workforce pursuits,” we believe that all students deserve engaging, relevant and challenging course work. We partner with College Board and are officially a “Pre-AP” school. Pre-AP is about achieving results for ALL students. Pre-AP classes in grades 9-11 share four instructional principles: close observation and analysis, evidence-based writing, higher-order questioning, and academic conversations. We offer several Pre-Advanced Placement courses that are vertically and horizontally aligned for student success.


We look forward to developing effective partnerships between parents, students, staff, and community to ensure student success. One way we develop partnerships with parents is by hosting monthly “Coffee with the Principal.” We host “Coffees” in the morning as well as the evening. Our student information system, Parent VUE, is one tool teachers, students and parents use to communicate. Parent VUE allows parents to track academic progress and attendance. Teachers and counselors also use the platform Canvas to communicate student and school information, and some staff use Remind to communicate. We use Blackboard to announce important school events and to contact parents in the event of an emergency. Parents can opt to receive important school information three ways: by phone, email, or text (additional charges may apply). You can also find us on social media: Highland web page (highland.kernhigh.org), our parent Facebook page, The Highland Parent and Family Center, (Twitter @highland_scots), and Instagram sites, hhs_staff, hhscots (ASB), and many club and athletic accounts.


We want students to enjoy high school, one of the most fun-filled, memorable periods of their lives, so we encourage each student to become involved in the school by participating in one of the many opportunities for involvement.  Our strong programs provide students access to clubs and organizations, visual and performing arts, academic competition teams, and athletics. Our hope is ultimately we demonstrate PLAID in our homes, our school, and our community – PRIDE, LEADERSHIP, ATTITUDE, INTEGRITY and DETERMINATION.


Thank you for your continued support of Highland High School. For 50 years we have made a positive impact on our community.




Debra Vigstrom

Debra Vigstrom, Principal

Cultivating Students, Harvesting Success