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Message from Principal Dr. Winston Tucker

Highland Park Senior High School Students, Parents and Family Members,

Happy New School Year !!! We hope your summer was joyous and refreshing. We at Highland Park Senior High School are excited for the start of school. A new school year brings many exciting opportunities for student achievement and involvement. We are excited to meet and greet our new freshman students as they participate in the Link Crew orientation, connect with their freshman classmates and meet their upper class mentors. We also look forward to reconnecting with our returning students as they continue their education as we prepare all students for college and careers.

Highland’s vision for all students remains: “Highland Park Senior High School students graduate as global citizens prepared for college and careers.” This is more than a vision statement. We take this responsibility of preparing all of our students very seriously. The education of our students is a shared responsibility among the school, parents & guardians, and family and community members. Be sure to stay connected with your child regarding their academic status and social/emotional needs. Encourage your child to connect with their counselor if needed for academic, emotional or career counseling. In addition, as a parent of a high school graduate I strongly encourage parents to support their students in getting involved in school. There are numerous clubs and sports at Highland Senior for students to be involved. Being involved in high school life beyond academics makes for a stronger and more rewarding experience for students during these important developmental years.

We look forward to a rewarding school year and working in collaboration to help our students do their very best academically, socially and emotionally. Scots Rock !

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Mark Your Calendars!

Wednesday, August 31, 2022

  • Counselor office hours for schedule changes 11:00am-2:00pm

Thursday, September 1, 2022

  • 9th Grade Orientation with Link Crew 9:00am-11:45am
  • Counselor office hours for schedule changes 9:30am-12:30pm (time change)
  • New families to Highland Park (grades 10, 11, 12) orientation 1:00pm-2:00pm

Tuesday, September 6, 2022

  • First Day of School at 8:30am

Thursday, September 15, 2022

  • Open house 6:30-8:00pm

Friday, September 23, 2022

  • Picture Day (more info to come)

Thursday, October 27, 2022

  • Parent Teacher Conferences 4:00-8:00pm

School Supply List

A notebook for 8 classes






Certain math classes require a particular graphing calculator and the teacher will inform students if that is needed.

Other specific course needs will be communicated by the teacher.

Students should bring their fully charged iPad to school on the first day.

Class of 2026 Freshmen Orientation

Complete the 2022 Back-to School iUpdate

  • Updating your information in iUpdate will ensure that you receive proper services, eligible transportation and important communications by U.S. mail, phone, email or text. Families will receive phone calls and text message reminders to complete iUpdate. One parent or guardian from each primary household is expected to complete iUpdate.

    Parents and guardians:

    • Complete all annually-required school and district forms including the Technology Use Agreement (for student iPad use), field trip and media permission forms.
    • Add or change primary and/or alternative addresses to ensure accurate school-bus transportation to and from home and/or childcare addresses. Please complete iUpdate by September 1. ​
    • Slideshow of the steps in iUpdate.

    Need help? Call (651) 603-4348 or email familysupport@spps.org

All communications from Highland Park Senior High will be electronic this school year. Please check your email on a regular basis and complete the iUpdate to ensure we have the most current email and phone number listed in Campus.

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A Message from Saint Paul Public Schools Nutrition Services

All families are strongly encouraged to complete an Application for Educational Benefits. These applications determine how much educational funding our school receives, and there are many other benefits for families who qualify for free or reduced meal eligibility. The application can be completed online at schoolcafe.com/spps as part of iUpdate. Paper applications are available at school.

Meal Information

  • Breakfast

All students receive a free breakfast at school. As students arrive at school, they can grab their breakfast and eat in class. Hot and cold breakfast options are available.

  • Changes for the 2022-23 school year: School lunch will no longer be free for all SPPS students.

  • Students who qualify for free or reduced price meals will receive free lunch. See information about the Free or Reduced Price Meal Application above. For students who do not qualify, the 2022-23 paid lunch prices are:

Grades PreK-5: $2.70

Grades 6-8: $2.90

Grades 9-12: $3.10

Second Meal: $5.00

All students will be charged for single item purchases, such as milk and second meals. The prices for single item purchases can be found at spps.org/ns.

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From the Athletic Department

Please review the updated 2022-23 SPPS Athletic Eligibility Rules here:


Interested in Robotics?

Come join the HP Robotics Team!

Highland Park’s FIRST Robotics Team--The Automatons, #2823--was founded in 2009. A core principle of our team is that STEM education and opportunities should be universally accessible, regardless of economic class, gender, race, or location. Because of this, the team does not charge activity or membership fees to our students so that there is no monetary barrier to joining our team. There are no coursework or skill prerequisites to join.

The team is student-run and has an incredible group of coaches and mentors that help support the team in securing funding, designing, building and developing code for some truly amazing robots, conducting outreach and mentoring other teams, and competing at a very high level in local and regional competitions. The Automatons attended the World Championships in 2016, achieved third place in this Spring’s State tournament, and have won various awards for their strong teamwork, creativity, and talent throughout the years.

Contact the team coach, Doug Kmoch, at 651-274-7113 for more details.

Parking Permits for Seniors Only

Parking permits will be sold in a lottery system to seniors only. Lottery forms can be picked up in the main office on the first day of school. Lottery forms will be due to the office by Tuesday, September 13th. A drawing will be held and students will be notified. Parking permits may be purchased for $20.00. Spaces will be limited.

Bell Schedule 2022-23

This school year all high schools are implementing an 8/2 bell schedule. This means that most students will take 8 classes over two days. Students will take four classes plus a 30 minute advisory on an A day and then four different classes and a 30 minute advisory the next day which is a B day. The days will alternate A and B. Please see the attached A Day and B Day schedule as well as the bell schedule below. Please note that we do everything we can to honor student elective course requests, however we are not always able to accommodate every student request. As a result students may be placed in an elective class that they did not choose.
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Parent Portal - Access Your Student's Progress

Use Parent Portal and see your child’s attendance, homework assignments, grades and more. Log on to spps.org/onestop and click on “Campus Parent Login”. This valuable tool will provide both information on your student and a means of communicating with your student’s teachers. Report cards are not mailed to homes.

For help with username and passwords, please contact the main office at 651-293-8940.

SPPS Transportation

Students will receive a postcard in the mail with transportation information at the end of August. The postcard lists details about where and when to get on and off the bus. Please arrive at the bus stop five minutes before the bus is scheduled to pick up your child. Track the status of your child’s bus on our school’s website or the Bus Status app.

If you believe your student is taking the bus but did not receive a postcard, please call Transportation at 651-696-9600 as soon as possible.

MTC Unlimited Transit Pass Available for Purchase

The MTC Unlimited Pass is available to purchase for 97.00 per quarters. Bring payment to Shawn Vennemann in the main office (checks payable to Highland Park Senior High School). When the first payment is made, the bus pass will be ordered. When the quarter ends the bus pass will need to be renewed by submitting a payment for the next quarter (schedule is below). If payment is not received by the due date the card will be de-activated. The card will be re-activated when payment is received it will take 24 hours after payment is made to be active again.

MTC Bus Pass Quarter Dates

8/22/2022 to 11/2/2022 payments due now

11/3/2022 to 1/14/2023 payment due by Monday, October 24, 2022

1/15/2023 to 3/30/2023 payment due by Monday, January 9, 2023

3/31/2023 to 6/16/2023 payment due by Monday, March 20, 2022

Office Procedures


Please make sure to always report your child's absence. Dial the attendance line directly at 651-744-3803. Include your child's name (spell their name), their grade, the reason for their absence, your relationship to the child, and a return phone number that you can be reached at if we should have questions.


Please send a note with your child or call the main office at 651-293-8940 if you are picking up your child early. Students are not allowed to ride a bus home that is not assigned to them.

Sign In

All visitors are required to stop in the main office to check in, sign in, and wear a visitor's badge.

Highland Park Cell Phone Policy

Highland Families,

As we start the new school year we are asking for support in enforcing our school wide cell phone policy. We know that cell phones play an important role in the lives of our students and have many benefits. However we also know that for many students they are addictive and very distracting when it comes to engaging in learning, focusing and participating fully in class. Please review the Highland Park cell phone policy with your child and stress the importance of cooperation and compliance with these expectations. Thank you for your continued support.

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COVID-19 Guidelines

Families should familiarize themselves with SPPS’s COVID-19 Student and Family Guidelines, which cover prevention strategies, health screening and monitoring, and isolation guidelines.

Face masks are optional in all SPPS buildings and on school transportation when community levels of COVID-19 are low or medium in Ramsey County. Masks are required when community levels are high. This applies to all staff, students and visitors (ages 2 and older), regardless of a person’s vaccine status, unless a student has a qualifying exemption. SPPS will notify families and staff if COVID-19 levels are high and masks become required.

If your child is exhibiting any symptoms, do not send them to school, even if they are fully vaccinated. Report the absence to the school’s front office and submit a report to the COVID-19 Reporting System the same day for next steps.

Find more information on COVID-19 guidelines for the 2022-23 school year, including vaccines, COVID-19 tests available to students, field trips and more at spps.org/covid.

Student Rights & Responsibilities and School Safety

SPPS strives to create welcoming schools where each and every student is seen, known and valued. There are rights students are guaranteed when they are at school as well as responsibilities that accompany those rights. Read the Rights & Responsibilities Handbook.

Attendance is an important part of student success. We realize there are many reasons that a student may be absent from school. If your child will be absent from school, please notify the school at your earliest convenience. Communication between home and school is a vital component to a positive school experience.

Safety is of the utmost importance at our school and district. Families, students and staff can use the MySPPS app to “Send a Tip” and confidentially report unsafe behaviors in school to SPPS Security and Emergency Management.