It is a busy time of year in Kindergarten! Please remember to work with your student to complete their homework and return it to school on time. Establishing a good routine early in your child’s school career is important. 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 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. The students are having fun earning their ice cream sundaes in Math. Thank you for practicing their math facts with them. 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 learning to use important strategies when reading texts in English Language Arts. In Math, we are beginning two-digit addition and subtraction. Please practice basic facts at home. In Science, we will be exploring force and motion with many exciting hand-on investigations. Remember to check and sign your child’s agenda and read with your child every night.

Third Grade

We are continuing to learn and master 3rd grade standards. Please make sure your child is reading each night for at least 20 minutes and sign the reading log so Mrs. Bowman and Mrs. Whatley know your child has been reading. A lot of students are not getting the reading log signed each night. Continue to have your child practice their math facts each night, focusing on multiplication and division facts. It is important that third graders master their facts.

Fourth Grade

Fourth graders are learning to write an informational essay. They recently completed one on sharks and how they help keep the ecosystem balanced. They learned about economics in Social Studies by reading about Amazing Kid Entrepreneurs. In Math they are learning to multiply two digits by two digits using the expanded method to help them understand place value. The students are having fun learning about force and motion in Science. The students made a car out of a cup and used a rubber band to put the car in motion. Remember to check to see if your child is reading two books a week and sign the reading log in the agenda. Don’t forget there are several computer programs available for your child to use at home. If you have not signed up for the parent portal, please make sure you do, so you can have access to your child’s grades. If you have any concerns, please contact your child’s teacher by phone or email. (science), (ELA), (math)

Fifth Grade

The first marking period has quickly flown by! Fifth graders have been busy scientists in the lab finding out what happens to solids, liquids, and gasses in different situations. In the next unit, students will be learning all about energy. In Math class, students are adding and subtracting fractions and will work on multiplying and dividing fractions in the next few weeks. Students in reading class have been learning about authors point of view and have been writing informative pieces using text evidence. Just a friendly reminder to have students read and get those AR points. Thank you for all you do.


Gifted Program

We are enjoying watching our seedlings develop in our hydroponics garden. Classes continue to read their respective novels and make connections to other activities in our class and writing about them. We have designed hoop gliders and foil boats, and experimented with Mobius strips – all teaching us about wind energy, how to propel items, record data and change prototypes. All students have learned how to access their school email and have gone to a link I sent them and replied to me with their thoughts. This will be a useful tool in their future. We continue to WONDER and talk about how to be kind and empathetic. We would love to read the novels and look forward to the movie coming out. Please go to and search Kindness Counts and make a contribution to our fund drive to provide our class with these inspirational books. Check out the trailers for this November release movie.


Attention 5th grade families: Your child’s unique Tag Art design will be available for purchase beginning November 10th at Your child has a fantastic opportunity to take part in an art contest that also allows them to showcase their talents on the front of your car in the form of a specialty license plate. You can see your child’s work before purchasing it via the link provided. This art project was not only a contest but also a fundraiser to help raise money for HCE art students. All proceeds are matched by our awesome sponsors (Southern Homes, Mid Florida Credit Union, LEGOLAND and many others.) Please email Mrs. Talley at with any questions you may have.


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 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.