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Principal's Message

2020-2021 - Principal's Message



Welcome to Highland High School – Home of the Scots! We extend a special welcome to the Class of 2024, our largest freshman class. Now in our 50TH year, staff and students have established a tradition of excellence. 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. This year we have joined with College Board and are officially a “Pre-AP” school. Pre-AP is about achieving results for ALL students. We offer several Pre-Advanced Placement courses that are vertically and horizontally aligned with the goal of expanding offerings in the future. Pre-AP classes share four principles: close observation and analysis, evidence-based writing, higher-order questioning, and academic conversations.


We enter a school year brimming with potential and possibilities, and we ask for your patience and flexibility as we navigate distance learning. We are utilizing a county-wide platform—Canvas-- to support online teaching and learning. Please refer to the district web page for Distance Learning Resources and technical support (kernhigh.org).


We look forward to developing effective partnerships between parents, students, staff, and community to ensure student success. 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. We use Blackboard to announce important school events and to contact parents in the event of an emergency. Parents can opt to receive 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 (Hhs_Parent - Highland Parent 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 co-curricular involvement. Our strong program provides students access to clubs and organizations, visual and performing arts, academic competition teams, and athletics. Our hope is ultimately we demonstrate our school acronym 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 difference in our community.


Partnering with you, for our students,


Debra Vigstrom, Principal

Cultivating Students, Harvesting Success