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College and Career Week is November 12-16

We will celebrate College and Career Week in a different way each day of the week. On Tuesday we will learn about different colleges on our morning news show. On Wednesday we will wear college apparel to show our support for higher education. On Thursday we will learn about our staff’s educations through videos on the morning news show. And then on Friday we will finish up our week by dressing for the career we want to have in the future.


It is a busy time of year in Kindergarten! This month in English Language Arts we are working on blending sounds into words as well as identifying beginning and ending sounds in a word. Please continue to work with your student to study the high-frequency words each night. In writing, students are moving away from copying words and sentences to writing more independently. We are focusing on sounding out the words and writing what we hear. In math, we are working on numbers 0-10. Students will be working on identifying and writing the numbers as well as making sets and comparing them. Encourage your child to use the words “greater than” and “less than” when comparing numbers. Thank you for all your cooperation. We hope you have a great Thanksgiving Break!

First Grade

First grade has flown through the first 9 weeks and now we are working even harder in the second 9 weeks! In reading, we are identifying the characters, setting, events and key details in various texts. In math, we are still diligently learning many different strategies to help us add and subtract within 20. In science, we are exploring the many ways objects can move. Please remember to read with your child each night. Our reading texts are becoming more complex. We appreciate all of your support!

Second Grade

Second graders are working hard learning strategies to locate the main idea and key details while reading texts in English Language Arts. In math, we are beginning two-digit addition and subtraction. Please continue to practice basic facts at home. Thank You! In science, we finished a unit on energy and will be learning all about force and motion with many fun, exciting hands-on investigations! Please remember to read with your child each night! Our school goal is 10,000 AR points. We appreciate your help and support.

Third Grade

Thank you to all the parents who came out to FSA night. We hope that you were provided with the information you need to help your child be successful in 3rd grade. Please continue to have your child reading for 20 minutes a night so they pass their AR tests with an 80% or higher. We are looking for the top class in each grade level. They will get a special treat and the grade level trophy! In addition to the top class, we are encouraging the students to reach their monthly goals to assist in getting their 9 weeks goal and their AR award at the awards ceremony. In Math, the students are working on applying properties of operations as strategies to fluently multiply and divide within 100. Practicing multiplication facts nightly will help the students become fluent when multiplying and dividing. Be sure to look for teacher communication from Facebook, dojo, email, and/or the agenda. School information is sent via the school website, Remind, Facebook and flyers sent home. Thank you for your support.

Fourth Grade

Fourth graders are learning to write an informational essay. In reading, the students are learning to determine the theme of a story. We have been enjoying reading fables to figure out the theme. Twenty-five students made their AR goal this nine weeks. We would like to have 100% next nine weeks! The new goal is 18 points. Remember to read each evening with your child. In math, students are learning to multiply three and four digits by one digit. Remember to sign into Xtra Math to practice basic multiplication facts. In Science, the students learned about magnets and electricity. Please sign up for DOJO and check it each evening for any important messages from your child’s teacher. Each teacher can be reached via email too. It is important to have your child in school each day and on time. Thanks for your cooperation.

Fifth Grade

Fifth graders have been very busy! In reading, students are working on informational/opinion writing. Please continue to read each week both fiction and nonfiction books. A reminder that this month there is a requirement that all students are to read one chapter book that is worth at least 4 points. Congrats to Mrs. Horvatin’s class who has won the top class award. In math, students are working hard on fractions. Ask your student about their Google classroom assignments so you can see what we have been working on and use it to practice for tests and quizzes. In science, students are studying the forms of energy and circuits. They are loving the time in the science lab doing different experiments. 75% of students were proficient in the first quarterly assessment in science. Keep up the good work!

Gifted Program

Our Dremel 3D40 3D printer has arrived – fun times in class and makerspace! We are looking forward to using Tinkercad to engineer KUHL 3D objects. We also have joined MyStemKits to create math manipulatives and science models for our school. Gifted students are using Seesaw to document their activities, thoughts, and frustrations from class; please sign up as a parent and view their portfolio. Our hydroponics garden is growing at an accelerated rate and looking great. We are utilizing the microbit to make tangible things happen with our coding. Students are enjoying the green screen app and placing themselves in exotic locations. Classes are building the Subaru Lego kits and will soon write scripts and film stop action video commercials. We’re also learning internet safety through Google’s Interland – “It’s Cool to Be Kind” lesson, in honor of National Bullying Prevention Month this October. We hope Be Internet Awesome helps us create a new generation of kinder, smarter explorers of the online world.


Original works of art fundraisers are due no later than November 9th. These items, which feature your child’s artwork, make wonderful gifts. Email Mrs. Talley if you have any questions at


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

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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.