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Welcome 2020! Superintendent's Winter Newsletter

Happy New Year!

Welcome to the new decade!

The district has so many amazing opportunities in our future! We cannot wait to get started!

The strategic planning committee will hold our final full day meeting this month to prepare the draft of the strategic plan. We are on schedule to have the final plan for recommendation to the Board of Education in February. This plan will provide the district with direction and guidance for the next five years.

We have a busy spring ahead of us! The district is bringing together a committee of teachers to review our ELA curriculum including reading and writing. The team may consider a new resource for a coherent program for writing K-8.

Teachers continue to work on differentiation and math enrichment units to challenge all learners and provide alignment and coherence K-8.

So many wonderful and exciting opportunities are happening in Highlands because of all of the hard work and dedication of every person in our system. Our children deserve the best our staff have to offer.

I want to thank you for giving me the gift of the opportunity to lead and serve in such an amazing community with fantastic students, dedicated teachers, supportive families, caring administrators and an exceptional board of education.

Happy New Year!

Dr. Warke

As winter settles in, please remember that there may be incidents of inclement weather in the months to come. Any school closing or late start would be announced as early as possible.

In case of weather related school closings, the district sends messages via the Alert Systems phone system. Additionally, please check the district website (www.district106.net) or listen to the local radio or television station to be advised of school closing, late starts or early dismissals.

During our winter months, arrival and dismissal and lunchtime recess will be held outdoors unless extreme weather conditions exist such as rain, snow or a temperature/wind chill below 15 degrees. Please ensure students are dressed appropriately for the winter weather (coat, hat, gloves, boots, snow pants).

Drop-off and Pick-Up Procedure Refreshers

  • Please have students exit vehicles on the curbside or walkway side of the vehicle.
  • Please be mindful of the posted speed limit.
  • Please follow directional signs during drop off and pick up times.
  • Please pull all the way forward.
  • Please keep the drop off lane moving.
  • Please refrain from using your cell phone while on school property.

Looking forward to seeing everyone at the Variety Show on January 25, 2020 at 6:00 pm in the middle school gym.

Census 2020

Every 10 years there is an opportunity to participate in the Census. By participating in the census, it helps with the allocation of money to communities and schools for the next 10 years.

This may include money for special education programs and services, after school activities, teacher training, free and reduced price lunches, and class size reduction.

Census Day is officially April 1, 2020, but counting will begin in March. All responses are kept confidential. You can learn more about the Census by visiting 2020CENSUS.GOV

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