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We hope everyone had a great winter break. Kindergarten is going to be working even harder this month. Students have been working on writing one sentence on their own. They will now start writing two sentences on their own. Please practice writing with your child at home. Encourage them to sound out words. The only words that we expect to be spelled correctly are high frequency words. Remember to keep practicing a few words at home every night. In Math, we will finish our instruction in addition and then we will start subtraction. Be sure to use the math vocabulary words at home when doing homework with your child. Words such as: equals, plus, and how many in all. Our science  unit this month is on Space and gravity. Students will learn about the sun, the moon and the planets. Coming up in February will be our 100th day of school celebration. Check your child’s agenda and folder for more details.

First Grade

We hope all of our first graders and their families had a safe and restful Christmas break! Please continue to read with your child for 15-20 minutes each night. The students should be bringing their library books home. Our first graders have been working hard to memorize their addition facts. They will be practicing subtraction facts soon! Please continue to sign the agenda each night. Thank you for your continued support.

Second Grade

Thanks to all who came to our Winter Bazaar and wonderful Holiday Concert! We hope that everyone had a fantastic holiday season! The students thoroughly enjoyed our unit on holidays and traditions around the world. English Language Arts skills continue to focus on recognizing various types of texts. Students have learned about text evidence and author’s purpose. In Math, we are working on three-digit addition and subtraction skills. In Science, we are beginning our unit on weather. Please remember to read nightly with your child. Thank you for your continued support.

Third Grade

We hope everyone had a safe, restful, happy holiday and a prosperous New Year. We are ready to head down hill and end this school year successfully. Please be on top of all sources of communication from your child’s teacher as testing preparations are starting to begin. In Reading we will continue to stay focused on standards based learning. We will focus on Main Idea and Key Details as well as Point of View. Test taking strategies will be used daily. Please encourage your child to use all strategies they are learning to help support their academic success. 3rd grade AR goal is 70 points. Students should be half way there as we complete the 2nd semester. Encourage reading nightly to help assist your child in reaching their individual goal as well as the monthly 3rd grade class goals. In Math we will be transitioning from thinking about fractions as areas or parts of a figure to points on a number line. We will learn that fractions are constructed from unit fractions and can be counted. We will then explore and explain equivalence of fractions and apply this understanding to compare fractions by reasoning about their size. Thank you for all of your continued support.

Fourth Grade

Daily reading at home is not only the best way to improve reading scores, it is also the best way to increase overall knowledge. Everything you want to get better at needs to be practiced! Please continue to have your child read at home and practice their math facts. We will also begin working on getting ready for the Science Fair. Information will be coming home soon.

Fifth Grade

We hope all of our students and their families had a great winter break! Students in math class are busy learning about decimals and how they are used in the real world, especially with money. Ask your student how to add/subtract/multiply and divide decimals. Just a reminder that all assignments are on google classroom and can be completed from home at any time. In reading students are starting to write opinion papers and focusing on text structures, figurative language and context clues. It is STRONGLY urged for students to be reading each night. The only homework 5th graders have is to read each night so that they can be successful in class and on assessments. Students in science class are learning about the water cycle and weather. They will continue to have vocabulary quizzes every Monday. All information is on google classroom for students to study. Students took the 2nd science quarterly exam before they left for break. Ask your child how they did. It’s a good idea to check out your child’s assignments in the parent portal. If you need assistance in logging on please let us know.

Gifted Program



Our students have been focusing on Math and Art in Nature.


Mark your calendars! The walk-a-thon fundraiser kick-off will be on January 22nd and walk-a-thon will be held on February 5th.


Clinic News

We would like to welcome our new nurse, Mrs. Miller. We’d like to provide a few reminders to help our clinic run smoothly.

Please remember that medication can be given at school ONLY with a medical authorization from the student’s physician.

Please keep all contact records up to date so we can contact you in the event your student is sick. Information can be updated via the the office or the Parent Portal.

Connect with Us

The best ways to stay informed about what’s happening at HCE are through our Facebook and Remind groups. Like us on Facebook for updates, news, and pictures of what’s happening at HCE. Text @hce2016 to 81010 to receive test updates.

Attendance, Tardies and Early Checkouts

At Highland City Elementary, every minute of every day is important for student success. Please be sure your student arrives on time. Our bell to go in classrooms rings at 7:55 AM and the tardy bell rings at 8:00 AM. Early checkouts are not recommended. Our students are receiving instruction until the end of the school day, 3:00 PM.

Early Dismissal Days

Polk County Schools will dismiss two and a half hours early on designated days to allow for teacher work days and teacher planning. Highland City students will be dismissed at 12:30 on

September 12

October 3

November 7

January 16

February 6

March 13

April 24

Cafeteria News

When students are receiving a breakfast or lunch from the cafeteria, they should not bring additional items from home to the cafeteria. Food items are allowed for specific grade levels for snack time during the school day, but are not allowed in school hallways before or after school. Thanks for your help with this!

Reminders for Car Riders and Walkers

To help us in arrival and dismissal, please remember:

No drop-offs or walk-ups before 7:30 AM. (There is no supervision on campus until 7:30.)

All students wanting to eat breakfast must be in the cafeteria by 7:45 AM.

Please do not stop on the crosswalks around the school. This is dangerous for our students who walk to school as well as the crossing guards.

Don’t forget your cart tag! This is a precaution we take to keep your child safe.


Notice To Building Occupants And Parents


The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has issued a final rule, 40 CFR Part 763, Asbestos Containing Material in schools, commonly referred to as AHERA. This rule requires all Local Education Agencies (LEA’s) to identify asbestos containing materials (ACM) in their school buildings and to take appropriate actions to control release of asbestos fibers.

All inspections for Highland City Elementary have been completed and a Management Plan describing the results of the inspection and the action plan to control any asbestos found during the inspection, where applicable, has been submitted to the Governor for approval. A copy of this plan is located in the administrative office of this school and at the District School Board of Polk County Environmental and Safety Department and is available for review upon request.