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We are off to a wonderful start in Kindergarten! We have been working very hard on establishing a successful routine in class with our daily rules and procedures. We will be introducing/reviewing letter names and sounds, along with a few of the high frequency words, every week. Please make sure to study the weekly high frequency words and letters for a few minutes each night. We need your help in creating fluency with the letters and high frequency words. Parent participation can make a big difference! Also, please do not forget to check and sign your child’s agenda every night so the communication between parent and teacher will go smoothly. Thank you for your help in making your child’ year a great success!

First Grade

Welcome to First Grade! It is going to be a FABULOUS year! This year will be filled with excitement, fun, and lots of learning. Your child will be given the tools and the opportunities to really explore knowledge. The first 9 weeks are going to be filled with many new concepts. In English Language Arts, we will find the key details in different texts. In Math, we will model addition and subtraction facts to 20 and learn many different strategies to solve equations. In Science, we will explore our 5 senses and scientific tools. We will also practice recording our observations and measurements. We are looking forward to working with you and your child. Together we can make a difference!

Second Grade

Welcome to Second Grade! We are looking forward to an exciting and productive year! In English Language Arts, we will be learning how to determine key details in a text and how characters respond to major events and challenges. In Math, we will be learning place value to 1,000. In Science, we are enjoying participating in experiments to learn about the scientific method. Please check homework and agendas each night to set the tone for an awesome year! Please feel free to contact us with any questions and concerns.

Third Grade

Welcome to a new year in 3rd grade. We are extremely happy to have such a wonderful group of new faces this school year. The first week was busy with introductions, rules, procedures and routines. Now we are focusing on our standards based instruction. We hit the ground running in all academic areas. To assist your child with a smooth transition into 3rd grade, we are asking you to encourage your child to practice multiplication math facts for Math practice. In addition, we are encouraging Reading at home. Students can read a variety of genres to help increase their fluency. The students have already taken their initial STAR test for Reading and Math so we are ready to begin AR testing. Please sign your child’s agenda each night to ensure parent/teacher communication. If you have any questions or concerns and would like to speak with your child’s teacher please feel free to write in the agenda, send a note, or email the teacher directly. Thank you for your support and we look forward to an amazing year in 3rd grade.

Fourth Grade

Hello fourth grade parents! We are so excited about the year ahead and glad that you can be a part of the exciting things coming up. First of all we will be taking a few field trips this year. If you would like to go with us, you must be an approved volunteer. Please go ahead and take care of that now so you will be ready when the time comes. Also, we would like to remind you that agendas are mainly for student use. We will contact you by email or DOJO if we have any questions, concerns, or information to share. You may contact us at (science), (ELA), (math). We are also available through class DOJO. Remember that students are expected to read every day. Just like baseball practice, reading practice improves skills.

Fifth Grade

Welcome 5th grade  parents! We were so excited to meet many of you at orientation and are looking forward to a great year. Please remember to sign up for the 5th grade Remind group. Text the message “@ed3dc6” to 81010 to join and receive important dates and messages. Also remember it is important for students to have headphones/earbuds for classes daily.

Gifted Program

Mrs. Kuhlman attended some exciting training at Indiana University this summer and is enthusiastic about creating a makerspace for her students and an after school club. We have been gifted a sewing machine and embroidery machine (please volunteer if you know how to operate these), a 3D printer, and exciting new stop action video equipment. We have a volunteer planning to come in and teach us about drones – exciting computer science times. Gifted students will be tackling the hydroponics garden to get it ship shape and plant seeds that their research indicates are suited to current conditions. We also will be beginning a grant funded Tynker coding program to create a video game and place students in it using augmented reality. Settling into our new space encourages room for us to grow and learn together and have a KUHL year!


HCE Artists have been busy learning about color families and using this knowledge to mix primary colors to create secondary and tertiary colors! Students will use this knowledge of color relationships in each of their assignments this year. They are off to a great start!

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

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November 7

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February 6

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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.