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Principal's Message

2018-2019 - Principal's Message

Greetings Students and Parents,


Welcome to a new school year at Highland High School, Home of the Scots!  We welcome over 625 9th grade students to Highland.   In 2018, US News and World Report awarded Highland High School a bronze medal for college and career readiness, and we were named California Honor Roll School for the 2017-2018 school year by Educational Results Partnership (ERP) and the Campaign for Business and Education Excellence (CBEE). California Honor Roll recognizes public elementary, middle, and high schools that demonstrate consistently high levels of student academic achievement, improvement in achievement over time, and reduction in achievement gaps. For high schools, Honor Roll recognition includes high college readiness in students. 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!


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, on-time attendance is necessary – and required – as is completion of in-class 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, English Language advisory group (ELAC) and booster groups for agriculture, athletics, and instrumental programs as well as attend events such as “Back to School” and “Coffee with the Principal.” Parent-school 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 post-high school educational and career endeavors. We look forward to an exciting year!


IMPORTANT DATES: We look forward to meeting 9th graders and their parents on Tuesday, August 7th at 6:00 p.m. in Wesley Anderson Hall (the “WAH”) for “Freshman Family Survival Night”; we welcome students to the first day of the school year on Wednesday, August 15th, and “Back to School Night” is Monday, August 27th with an introduction to Highland administration and counselors in Wesley Anderson Hall at 6:00 p.m.  




Debra Vigstrom, Principal

Cultivating Students, Harvesting Success