Highview Happenings

March 16, 2023

From the Principal's Desk...

Dear Highview Families,

Happy (almost) Friday, and Happy St. Patrick's Day to all who celebrate! I hope this weekend brings you happiness, joy, and relaxation.

Students in Grade 3 are studying weather and climate in science. This week, a staff member from Veolia (formerly known as Suez), which is an ecological/environmental agency, facilitated a presentation on the journey of water. They visited us here at Highview School. Our students were engaged and really enjoyed the presentation. Thank you to Mrs. Keaveny, our 3-6 Math/Science Facilitator, for organizing this special event for our students. Check out some of the pictures below!

Additionally, our third-grade students will participate in a virtual STEM experience on Monday, March 20. The Liberty Science Center will host this exciting experience for our students. They will be using Tinkercad, which is an online, 3-D modeling program. Please note that your child will need to come to school with his/her Chromebook fully-charged so he/she can participate in the STEM experience.

Our fourth-grade students will visit the Liberty Science Center on either Friday, March 24 or Friday, March 31. If you have not yet turned in the signed permission form, please do so as soon as possible. The form is required for students to be permitted to attend the trip. Additionally, students will need to bring a bagged lunch from home. Students will not be permitted to purchase anything at Liberty Science Center.

As a reminder, we continue to take the safety and security of our students and staff seriously. Please know that if you plan to visit Highview School to attend a meeting or pickup your child, you will need to be prepared to present an ID to the security guard and/or main office staff. Our faculty, staff, and students appreciate your partnership in these important safety matters.

Have a wonderful weekend!


Matthew Lutz



Veolia Visit - The Journey of Water

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Charter Shout-Outs for the Week

On a rotating basis, classroom teachers nominate two students from their classes to receive a Charter Shout-Out. The class charter is a RULER anchor tool used in all classrooms to help students develop expectations for success as learners and members of the community. The Charter Shout-Out gives teachers the opportunity to highlight students who are living up to their classroom charters.

This week, students in Mrs. Saeed-Tarique and Mrs. Mitlof's classes received shout-outs and were recognized over morning announcements. Congratulations to John (3-4 GT), Brody (3-4 GT), and Rayan (3-4 AM). Please see their proud picture below!

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Principal's Pride

Being the Principal of Highview Elementary School brings me, Mr. Lutz, a tremendous amount of joy and pride. I am the luckiest person in the world to be able to work with such incredible students, staff, and families. This week, I would like to highlight the students in Mrs. Bergling's third-grade class. They put together a beautiful display of biographies to celebrate black women in history. This was a perfect way to tie both Black History Month and Women's History Month together. The students enjoyed collaborating with one another to create their biographies. They were even more excited to share them with each other as well as our school community. Way to go, Class 3DB! You are an amazing group of humanitarians!
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Arrival/Dismissal Procedures

Please click the link below to access our Arrival/Dismissal Procedures. It is important that we work together to follow these protocols in order to ensure an efficient, safe process for both students and staff. As a reminder, there are no U-turns permitted on Highview Avenue. If you drive your child to school and arrive after 8:45 a.m., you must park at Grace Baptist Church and walk your child to school. It is unsafe to drop off students in the crosswalk on Highview Avenue while buses are unloading. Thank you for your attention to this matter.

Highview Arrival and Dismissal Procedures

Bus Safety

We are fortunate to offer universal busing here in the Nanuet Union Free School District. As you know, the safety of our students is our top priority. We have three simple BUS rules:

  • Be a good listener.
  • Use a quiet voice.
  • Stay seated at all times.

Please review these rules with your child and remind them that riding the bus is a privilege, not a right. We need to work together to ensure our students experience a safe and orderly bus ride to and from school. Please note that undesirable or unsafe behavior could result in a loss of bus privileges as determined by the Principal or Assistant Principal. We appreciate your partnership.

Code of Conduct

The Board of Education is committed to providing a safe and orderly school environment where students may receive and district personnel may deliver quality educational experiences without disruption or interference. We ask that you read and review the Code of Conduct for Grades K-4 with your child. Our goal is to ensure students are engaged in learning while making positive contributions to our school community.

Digital Backpack

Each week, documents will be loaded to our Digital Backpack, which is linked to the bottom of the Highview homepage. We encourage you to check the Digital Backpack, which is updated every Friday, to ensure you have updated information on important dates, events, and opportunities being offered to students and families.

Health and Safety Protocols

As noted in the news, the fall and winter seasons will be challenging with COVID-19, flu, and respiratory illnesses. Please review the outlined reminders so that we can work together to keep all students and staff healthy and safe. Please see the below letter to outline our proactive approach to the upcoming winter season.

Safety and Security Protocols

As you know, the safety of our students and staff is our top priority in the Nanuet Union Free School District. In an effort to ensure our building is safe and secure, we have made some revisions to our visitor policies and procedures at Highview School. The protocols are outlined in the document below.

2022-2023 Safety and Security Protocols - Highview School

Dates to Remember

Friday, March 17

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Friday, March 17

Early Dismissal for Students at 11:35 a.m.

Monday, March 20

First Day of Spring

Tuesday, March 21

Early Dismissal for Students at 11:35 a.m.

Parent-Teacher Conferences - Afternoon

March 21, 2023 - April 21, 2023


Wednesday, March 22

Marking Period 2 Ends

Thursday, March 23

Marking Period 3 Begins

Wednesday, March 29

Report Card Portal Opens for Parents