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 stat the instruction in 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. Watch your child’s class newsletter 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. The students are looking forward to celebrating with ice cream sundaes. 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 out to visit the 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. Ask your child to tell you all about it. 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 two and three digit addition and subtraction skills. In Science, we are continuing our study of Earth’s Systems and Patterns. Please continue to check your child’s agenda and read nightly. Thank you for our continued support.

Third Grade

Welcome back! Third grade students need to continue working on their multiplication facts so they can beat the Green Hornet Challenge! If the students can answer 10 multiplication facts correctly in 30 seconds they will receive a treat, a pencil and will get their picture on the news show. Make sure your child is reading at home at least 20 minutes a night so they can meet their AR goal each week.

Fourth Grade

Congratulations to the students who reached their AR goal for the nine weeks. They will be receiving a special treat this week for all their hard work. Other students have shown improvement on the STAR reading and math tests. Be sure and look for the brag tags on their backpacks. This is to show the world how well they are doing. The kids who reached their AR goal are also the ones who showed the most gains on the STAR reading test. 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. (science), (ELA), (math)

Fifth Grade

Our fifth graders have been hard at work in each of their classes. In Science students are beginning their unit on Earth Systems and Patterns. They have also enjoyed the new class set of iPads to explore and create workspaces in SmartAmp. Students in Math are working with decimals and have had the opportunity to add and subtract while balancing a checkbook by earning and subtracting money. Students will be continuing the decimal unit and are moving into multiplication and division. In ELA, students are preparing for the state writing assessment that will occur in February. In class students are continuing to write opinion and narrative writing pieces. Just a reminder that each month students  are required to read and take a test on one chapter book. In addition to all that is going on in the classroom, our fifth graders have also had a great experience getting to watch the Imperial Symphony Orchestra perform at the RP Funding Center (formerly the Lakeland Center). In January they will also attend the Bartow Prism Concert to listen to the band perform.

Gifted Program



Attention 5th Grade Parents: Great News! It’s not too late to order your child’s unique special license plate! It’s so easy too. Just go to and click on Kids Tag Art. Then click on the tag and follow the steps. Every purchase is greatly appreciated as 50% of all sales comes straight back to your child’s art class. Mrs. Talley will use the proceeds to purchase art supplies. Plus you’ll get to drive around with your child’s awesome artwork on the front of your car! Please email Mrs. Talley if you have any Questions.


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.