We hope you enjoyed the week off for Spring Break. Hopefully, you are refreshed and ready to complete the last few months of this school year. Please continue to check your child’s agenda and clean out their Highland City folders. We are very excited for the upcoming swim program for our students where they will learn swim safety and technique. That will take place the week of April 2-6. We are also looking forward to our field trip on April 13 to the movie theater. Please make sure all permission slips and money are turned in by Wednesday April 11. In English Language Arts we will be learning about finding the main idea in a text and key details that tell about the main idea. We will be working hard to begin writing 4 complete sentences to meet our writing expectations by the end of the year. In Math we will be learning about 3 dimensional shapes. Please continue working on high frequency words and writing every night. These words will help your child become a better reader. Thanks for all you do, have done, and will do to make this year such a success!

First Grade

We hope all of our students and families had a restful Spring Break and are ready to finish first grade strong! This is the last 9 weeks of the school year and we are going to work hard. In English Language Arts, we are going to read texts to find the character’s point of view, problems and solutions, cause and effect and theme. In Math, we are going to delve into data and geometry. In Science, we are going to explore living organisms. We will become scientists and complete our very own science projects. Please make sure your child is reading each and every night. Thank you for your support.

Second Grade

We hope our students and families had a nice, restful Spring Break! We will continue to work hard to have your children ready for third grade. Second graders have been reading text to determine the characters’ point of view and how it can be different from other characters’ points of view. We will also be summarizing, sequencing and determining cause and effect with realistic fictions. Our measuring mathematicians studied both the English and Metric system and learned how to graph their information. We have now started working on time and money. In Science, we have been learning about the functions of several organs in the human body and how to stay healthy. Please continue reading each night and practice math facts. Thanks you for all your support!

Third Grade

FSA ELA Reading is quickly approaching. Third-grade students will test the second week in April. We have just finished up reviewing text structure and theme. We are now working on test-taking strategies and FSA review. We are confident the students are well-prepared and will do great on the FSA! In Math the students are working on measurement and then will be moving into FSA review for their test in May. As always, please read with your children and make sure they are practicing their math facts nightly.

Fourth Grade

The writing portion of the FSA ELA test is behind us and the reading portion as well as the math portion are just around the corner. Our students have been working hard to prepare for these important assessments. We know that everyone is going to do their best and have something to be proud of.

Thank you so much for sending in plants for our butterfly garden. It is really beginning to take shape. Student are learning so much about how plants reproduce and grow. Hands-on learning is truly the best. We will begin working on science projects right after Spring Break so be on the lookout for information about the expectations. All fourth graders will be required to do a project, but they will have guidance and support along the way. We will also have a parent information night where you can come to the school and get some ideas. Please continue to encourage your child to read every night. This is required homework. Thank you! (science), (ELA), (math)

Fifth Grade

Fifth graders have been busy the past month in English Language Arts, Math and Science. In ELA, students took the writing portion of the FSA ELA test and are continuing to read to prepare for the upcoming Reading section. It is important that students continue to read AR books and take tests as part of their preparation. During the fourth nine weeks students will be taking part in the annual science fair. Please look for information being sent home about the requirements and dates for this project. Student will be working on developing their project idea in class and will be responsible for completing their project at home. In Math, students are finishing their last module on volume and will be spending time on reviewing all 5th grade standards before their FSA Math test in April. In addition, students will be assigned homework each week that is due on Friday. It is important that students complete the assignments so that we can review these skills. Thank you for your continued support!

Gifted Program

It’s a busy time in the Gifted classroom-we recycled hundreds of milk cartons (a messy job-but someone had to do it). With those cartons, each grade level is repurposing them for garden and nutrition awareness activities for a nationwide Carton-2-Garden contest. We kicked off our Kindness Counts program on campus; Mrs. Kuhlman’s students and school staff are “catching” students in acts of kindness, awarding them a card, and directing them to Mrs. Kuhlman’s classroom where they select a bracelet or brag tag (made by students) to reward them for their kind act. We’re gearing up for Water or Wither day (WOW) -Mrs. Kuhlman’s students will be teaching the entire student body about H2O. Additionally, we are very excited to note that our tomato seeds that have been to the International Space Station have sprouted – now we watch them and the control seeds and predict which we think are the well-traveled seeds, report our findings to Tomatosphere, and learn if our hypothesis was correct. The hydroponics garden continues to teach us about new herbs, unusual vegetables and the rewards/challenges of gardening in Florida.


Wow! We have some amazing artists! Congratulations to the 3 students who won 1st, 2nd and 3rd place at the Bloomin’ Arts Festival. There were 26 HCE artists who had work on display at the festival and it was beautiful. We also have four 5th grade artists who will have work at the Elementary Visual Arts Showcase at Florida Southern College on May 4. Mrs. Talley is submitting 10 pieces of art work to the Polk Museum of Art and can’t wait to hear back from them about the art that will be chosen for “Free to be Me” grades 3-5 art show. Mrs. Tally is especially excited to brag about 4th grade artists. They’ve been learning about Keith Haring and are in the process of designing their own T-shirts. Please be sure to send your 4th grader to school with a white shirt to design! Also don’t forget to support your artist by purchasing a specialty tag (5th grade only) from and keep your eye peeled for our annual Original Works fundraiser. Packets with come home soon.

Connect with Us

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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 not have any early dismissal days for the remainder of this school year. The time will be used to make up the days missed for Hurricane Irma.

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.