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We are off to a great start in Kindergarten! Students are continuing to implement the 4 B’s around campus – Be respectful, Be responsible, Be cooperative and Be problem solvers. In math, we are exploring numbers 0-10. We are learning how to write, count, and make a set for each number. In English Language Arts we are working daily on high frequency words, letters and letter sounds. We are also learning the parts of a book, what good readers do before they read, while they are reading and after they read. We have been working on learning each of our 5 senses in science. We are excited for our upcoming field trip to the Bartow Fire Department on October 8th for Fire Prevention Educational Day. Please remember to check and sign your child’s agenda every night.

First Grade

WOW!! Our first graders are working hard. They are becoming great reading detectives while finding text evidence. We will soon work on finding the main idea and details and the characters, setting and events in a text. We have been working on solving addition and subtraction sentences and the many different strategies to help us. This month our scientists will learn all about movement. Please make sure that your are reading at least 15-20 minutes each night with your child. Practice makes perfect! We appreciate all of your support.

Second Grade

The students are continuing to do a great job of working hard in the classroom. In reading the students are continuing to go through the Riggs phonograms daily. We are practicing finding the meaning of unknown words using context clues. Students should be bringing home library books and reading them each night. They should be taking at least 1 AR test on their level each week and passing with a score of 80% or higher. In math students are starting module 2 which focuses on strategies for addition and subtraction. In science the students are learning about physical and chemical changes and will soon begin a unit on energy. As always, please check your child’s agenda each night and sign it when their homework is completed. Also, check your child’s white HCE folder for graded papers and important notes.

Third Grade

Third grade is delving deep into the standards. In reading, we are focusing on text structures to identify different types of text. Please continue to have students read each night so they are prepared to AR test when they come to school. We would like every student to reach their AR goal for this 9 weeks and the school year. In math, we are using multiplication and its properties to interpret products of whole numbers and solving situations involving equal groups and arrays. Becoming fluent with math facts will help students in all areas of mathematics. If you are not already, please call the office to sign up for Parent Portal to stay updated on your student’s academic progress. Thank you!

Fourth Grade

Fourth grade is off to a great start and the teachers are excited to get back into the swing of things. Mrs. Glover and Mrs. Smith are the math and science teachers. In math, we just finished working on place value and adding and subtracting greater numbers. We will move into multiplication and division very soon. This year we are using Freckle to reinforce these math skills. Students can access Freckle at home by going into their ClassLink. Science has taught us all about the properties of matter and how properties help us identify a substance. We are now working on properties of water and will move into changes in matter. You can access Stemscope through your student’s ClassLink to find out what is going on in class and add some reinforcements at home.

Mr. Hunt and Ms. Strain are teaching English Language Arts this year. With a good foundation in reading, all other subjects fall into place. Be sure to have your student read every night, even if it is just for 15-20 minutes. The more they read, the better they become. Writing is a very important skill for the fourth grade students. This will be their first year having this be part of their state test, so a lot of time is spent on perfecting their skills. Talk to your child about their writing and how it is progressing. This is new and it is probably the most difficult thing they have had to learn so far. Be sure to encourage them to always try their best. Thanks for all your support and please keep in touch. Let us know if you are having any concerns. We would like to address any issues before they come problems.

Fifth Grade

Fifth grade scientists are studying the properties of matter and how they change. We will focus on mixtures and dissolving. Ask your students about the experiments we are doing in class. In math class, students are finishing their unit on multiplication and division so they can use these facts with our unit on fractions. Please work with students on remembering their facts either by skip counting or memorization. In English Language Arts, students are beginning to write opinion and informational pieces. Students are reading daily and are required to take and pass 2 AR tests weekly. In addition, students will have to take a test on 1 chapter book. Please remember to check on grades in student portal or parent portal. As always thanks for all you do.

Gifted Program

Third and fourth grade students read Storm Runners-an exciting book about a hurricane hitting a community much like ours in central Florida. It was interesting to see how the characters developed and changed in the story and how students made real world connections to them. Fifth grade trudged through The Man Who Planted Trees – identifying literary devices including the metaphorical theme of the whole story. The wood block carving prints featured in the book inspired us to try lino cutting and printing. Students are now creating iMovie trailers, green screen presentations, Chatterpix representations, or other technology based means to identify and provide examples of various types of literary devices. First and Second graders learned how a group of students could beat a group of teachers at tug of war – various pushes and pulls and how force is exerted in different directions.


Keep your eyes peeled for information coming home for Original Works Art Fundraiser. This is a great program that gives you the opportunity to have your child’s artwork transferred to travel mugs, pillow cases, tote bags and more.


Clinic News

We’d like to provide a few reminders to help our clinic run smoothly.

Please remember that mediation 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 office.

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 11

October 23

November 6

January 15

February 5

March 11

April 22

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.