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 two 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’s 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

A big thank you to all who were able to come to orientation. The second grade team is excited about our new arrivals. Just a few reminders: Please check homework and agendas each night to set the tone for an awesome 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 rotating through all the second grade classrooms participating in experiments to learn about the scientific method. Please feel free to contact us with any questions or concerns.

Third Grade

We are off to a great start in Third Grade. The students have done a great job transitioning from class to class. We know this is something new to them and we have been very impressed with how they are doing so far. As we are getting back into school routines, please remind your child about completing any homework they may have each night. Also, make sure to check their agenda and initial at the bottom so the teachers know it has been seen by a parent.

Fourth Grade

Fourth grade is a very exciting year for students. We will be busy planting gardens, learning higher level math, reading more interesting and exciting texts, and participating in more activities than ever before. We want all of our students to have a great year. To help them be more successful, please make sure that agendas are signed daily and students are doing their AR homework nightly. Students should be reading a MINIMUM of 20 minutes a day at home. We also want you to be on the lookout for additional information coming home about our expectations and how we determine good citizen and super citizen on the report card. If you have any questions or need to contact us, please feel free to put a note in the agenda or send us an email. We will try to respond ASAP. (science), (ELA), (math)

Fifth Grade

Welcome to 5th grade. We are so excited to work with your students. This year we will be using Class Dojo to communicate assignments and behavior. You will want to stay connected. Students have three teachers this year and will rotate to each class. Mrs. Blackwelder is teaching science and has been working on science lab safety and will begin working on Matter at the end of this month. Ms. Strain is teaching English Language Arts and is having the students read and respond to text. Students should be reading and testing on one nonfiction and one fiction book each week to increase their reading stamina. Mrs. Horvatin is teaching Math and is working on place value and multiplication. Knowing the basic multiplication facts will be vital this year, so keep practicing each night We are looking forward to a great year in 5th grade.


Gifted Program

We are ready to get the year off to a delightful start and get ready to grow. We’re starting off with a teamwork Escape Room – Will they make it out? We are exploring Socratic circles and how to have meaningful student-led discussions, we will be whipping our garden back into shape and organizing our outdoor classroom for use when the weather cools. Physics Quests, Mathological Liar, and invention designing will spark our creativity and help us synthesize learning across subjects. DRUMBEAT is an exciting program our 5th grade studenst will soon participate in – thanks Polk County School Board Fine Arts!


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.

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

Several days this school year have been designated as early dismissal days. This time is used for staff development and lesson planning. The students will be dismissed at 12:30 on these days. The same dismissal processes will be in place.

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.