The Highland Academy Weekly

Educating for Leadership, Educating for Life

Principal Greetings

Dear Highland Community,

Thanks to all who came out to our Open House/Back To School Night. We hope you left with answers to your questions, lots of new questions, and most importantly, a sense of community and new connections with Highland staff and fellow parents. We all enjoyed getting to know you and your family better.

We have MAP Growth testing coming up next week. Students will test in their Language Arts and Math classes, which will greatly minimize lost instructional time. The results of this adaptive test are used to drive data-based decisions on personalizing your child's educational needs. You can help by discussing the importance of this test at home, ensuring a good night's sleep, and a hearty dinner and breakfast before their test date. If you have any questions or concerns about this test, feel free to email us.

We have received many requests for an Empower tutorial at our upcoming Parent Workshop on Sept 18. I will be sending an RSVP survey next week to identify Empower needs.

It is our sincere hope that these weekly emails are helpful. If there is something we could do to make this more user friendly for you, please let us know.

We continued to be honored to work with you and your family.

All the best,

~Ms. Johnson & Ms. Crosby,


Ride Share Connections

Use this form to communicate your ride share needs, availability, and location. We will connect you with others in your area to make arrangements to reduce demands on your time and resources, and minimizes traffic: win-win!


MAP Growth Testing Begins (Grades 6-9): September 9-13

Parent Workshop: Digital Citizenship: September 18 5:30-7:00

PTSO BINGO Night: September 27, 6:00-8:00 at Highland

Student Activity Fee

We offer many great learning opportunities and activities for students. Our student activity fee is $75/semester (you can pay all at once or split it up). Alternatively, sign up to volunteer for 20 hours per semester:

Lunch Orders

Click here to pre-order lunches from our caterer, Wooden Spoons Alaska. You can also see the menu for the month, and contact Amy.

Clubs Are Starting Up!

Math Club Tuesdays 2:30-3:30

D&D Wednesdays 1:30-3:30

Kraftaoke Fridays 2:30-3:30

Battle of the Books TBD


Please join the PTSO! You will benefit by being part of an organization that works hard to support our great school. You can find registration forms at the front desk, the website, or here:

If you haven't joined yet, please take this 10 second survey:

Visit our website: to learn more about the mission and members of the PTSO. If you'd like to become a member today, use this link (also found on the website).

Other ways to support the PTSO include:

Support Highland Academy when you shop Amazon! Link your Amazon account to Highland Academy Charter School at: After linking you account, be sure to visit rather than Amazon standard to share a percentage of your proceeds with our school. Sign up takes 1 minute, then just remember to Smile first, and double check that your proceeds go to Highland Academy PTSO in Anchorage (there are many other Highland Academy Charter Schools out there).

Please remember to link your Fred Meyer Rewards card to Highland Academy Charter School PTSO (#92327). If you've already signed up please double check and make sure you are connected to the correct School number: 92327. You continue to earn rewards and Highland earns too!


You can clip your box tops and deliver them to the front office, or you can now scan box tops and link to receipts. More information to come.


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