What a great year this has been! The students have worked so hard to get ready for 1st grade. We can’t believe it is almost time to say good-bye. Thank you for all your support this year as we teamed up to help your child be successful. We had a blast at the Kindergarten Learn to Swim at the YMCA. Our students learned the importance of swim and water safety. In the last few weeks of school we will be working on 3 dimensional shapes, measuring, and brushing up on other skills learned in Math. In English Language Arts we will finish up our high frequency words, continue to master our ELA standards through texts about how to be good citizens and how to be problem solvers in taking care of our Earth. Please make sure your child is studying their sight words every night. In Science we will work as a class to do science experiments. We hope that you have an amazing summer as you spend time with your children. They grow up so quickly so take full advantage of this time. Summer is also a time when students can forget some of what they have learned if they do not practice. It is imperative that they continue to practice all the high frequency words for Kindergarten and read, read, read. Reading makes you smarter!! Have a great summer.

First Grade

The year is winding down quickly and our “firsties” will soon be enjoying their summer break. However, we are not winding down our instruction. We are working harder than ever and continuing to provide each student with the best instruction we can give. Please reinforce skills taught at school at home as well. It is imperative to read with your child daily. We want them to be successful in the years after first grade. This year is a building block to the foundation of the years to come. In Math we will finish out the year with geometry. Start having your kids identify 3-D shapes they see in their environment as a fun way to reinforce at home. In Science we will be working on experiments and the steps of the scientific process. As the year ends it is sad to have to say good-bye to such a wonderful group of kids that we have enjoyed so much, but we look forward to seeing them shine next year. As always, thank you for sharing your kids with us and letting us be a part of their growth.

Second Grade

We have had an exciting year with our 2nd grade students! In Science, we had a fantastic field trip (in-school) with two bee keepers! Many interesting facts and hands-on items were shared with our students. Ask your child all about bees as pollinators! A Big Thank You to Mrs. Taylor for setting this up to enhance our study of life cycles. In Math, we are finishing our Time and Money unit and starting our Geometry unit. We will be learning all about different shapes and their attributes. In English Language Arts, we have been determining characters’ point of view in a story and how it can be different from other characters’ point of view. Please continue to read with your child over the summer! Thank you parents for all you do and have a fabulous summer!

Third Grade

The students have been working really hard to prepare for the Math FSA which they will take May 3 and May 4. The year has flown by! The third grade teachers are so proud of how much each student has accomplished this year. We encourage the students to read over the summer and spend a little time practicing their math facts. This will help for when they enter fourth grade. We hope everyone has an enjoyable and relaxing summer!

Fourth Grade

Testing is behind us and projects are ahead! Science projects are almost complete and the Science Fair is quickly approaching. The Science Showcase at the Lakeland Mall will be May 16. I’m hoping many people will make it out there to see how amazing our students are. On May 17 you will have the opportunity to see ALL of the projects here at HCE and see the wonderful things our 4th and 5th graders have done. Students will also be doing math and reading projects to finish up our school year. Just because the end is near doesn’t mean we need to stop reading and working. (science), (ELA), (math)

Fifth Grade

Fifth grade has done well preparing for their FSA tests and truly worked hard during every session. We ae so very proud of all students. Reminder that all students are to complete and turn in their science fair project. The top 3 projects will move to the county competition. The end of the year is coming near, so please be on the lookout for information regarding the end-of-year celebration. Thanks again for your support through the school year!

Gifted Program

WOW – Water or Wither Day was a huge success! I was very proud of how our students used effective and engaging teaching strategies and how they adapted to various-aged learners. Needless to say, they all have a newfound empathy for their teachers! Hopefully, the entire school learned important water information and conservation needs.

4th and 5th grade students are learning about the importance of college/career planning, even at this age. We were visited by Daniel Lindsay from Everfi Financial Literacy to discuss earning potential and skills/education requirements for various career paths.

Students are enjoying creating digital versions of the Google logo in our new coding experience with CSFirst and Scratch.

5th grade students created a video to submit that incorporated a nutrition song from 3rd graders, a stop-action video from 4th graders and many shots of our Carton 2 Garden recycling/reusing project – look for paper they made and embedded with wildflower seeds to come home with your student – please plant and provide pollinators with a plethora of petals and pollen.

Carton to Garden activity


Fine Arts Night will be May 17th at 6:00 PM. Come support your superstars and enjoy the talent show and the student art gallery!

Be sure to go to Mayfaire May 12th and 13th to check our more art from HCE artists. Their work will be on display all weekend under the children’s art tent on the corner of Chiles St. and Lake Morton Drive.

Thank you to all of the parents and grandparents who ordered from the Original Works Art Fundraiser! Your orders will arrive in mid May so keep an eye out. Please email me at if you prefer to pick up your order from school. All proceeds will be used to purchase art supplies for next school year.

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.