Hilites Last Day of School 2014-15!

Where did it go?

Dear Parents and Guardians,

We had a lovely Graduation on Tuesday as we launched our 45 graduates into high school. They are a remarkable class and we hate to see them go. Also, we are saddened by the departure of so many wonderful families, who have just graduated their "babies."

We hope this group will always stay in touch: Adam, Adhanom, Bussen, Franklin, Hill, Hurza, Kinne, Nelson, Olcott, Porter, Pribyl, Stevermer, Wheeler, Zimmel, Cunniff, Dorschner, Evans, Hoffman, Johansen, Kleindl, Lundquist, Nelson, Pavoloni, Pearson, Peterson,Pitera, Rogers, Rowley, Smallman, Taylor and Youngberg Families. It has been such a pleasure to have your children here with us.

Have a wonderful summer. We are welcoming many new families to our school community and it will be great to get to know them. The school office is open throughout the summer, well, we make sneak in a little break, so stop in to purchase SCRIP or visit.

Report cards and other information including Moby Max log-ins, will be mailed out the week of June 16th. For those anxious to hit the Target aisles, you will find the 2015-16 School Supply Lists and the Summer Homework for 7th and 8th graders on the website under Current Parents>Forms and Resources.

We have some big projects happening next week: new carpeting in the Computer Lab/Enrichment Room, lowered ceilings and new lighting in the first floor classrooms, (Thank to a generous donor!) and tuck pointing on the park side of the building. Summer is perfect for tackling this work.

Thanks to all for an amazing year. May God bless your families during these summer months.

Jane Schmidt



Message from Tia Anderson regarding our presence at City Hall on Monday night.

I think the testimony for the Play Area went really well. There were more people/kids present for our Play Area than any other project. In fact I think it’s surprising that of the 10 play areas on the list, only 2 others (Frogtown farm and Marydale) gave testimony. The overwhelming community support, high usage, and lack of other Ward 3 funded projects provide strong arguments for pushing HPCC Play Area up the list.

Please send my thanks to Highland Catholic for bringing a bus load of families.

Thanks to all of our families and students for bringing our message of support for improving the Hillcrest Playground downtown. Fourth grader, Nora, did an amazing job of addressing the Council. Also, thanks to parents, Mary Kuhl and Renee Beckman-Schwind for preparing their strong arguments, as well. It was a great way to experience city government in action!

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First Grade Storytellers

Our first graders were busy using the Lego Kits to tell the three parts of a story, beginning, middle and end. The lego kits, which are used in many grades, were a gift to the school from our Home and School Committee.

Upcoming Dates

-Summer Vacation!

-E.I. begins on Monday, June 8th - Contact Mrs. Mlaskoch if you are interested in this program or its drop-in features, j.mlaskoch@highlandcatholic.org

-Back-to-School Night - August 25th

-School resumes August 31st

-Block Party Sept. 12th

-All ProDad Breakfast Sept. 25th

Message from Sra. Pradas

We've had a very successful year in clase de español in the Middle School. During the last classes, 5th and 6th grades have been enjoying lots of games to review vocabulary they´ve done this year, playing bingos, smartboard games, card games, seven up, etc. 8th graders have finished by making a new project in their iPads to differentiate the uses of the ver 'to be'. It´s turned out to be a pretty cool and creative project. It was very difficult to choose samples, as all were very unique:

7th graders have recently enjoyed the ¡Viva el español! Day!, experiencing Hispanic culture at first hand. We attended a bilingual mass, had lunch and shopped at El Burrito Mercado, then had a soccer tournament back at school. Here´s what the students have said:

¨I think it was a really fun way to learn that there is Spanish people, restaurants, and masses in our community that we might not know about´

¨It was an amazing and special day ... even more fun being able to enjoy it with my friends¨

¨I enjoyed the cultural experience this day provided¨

¨... We got to see what Hispanic families shop for, learned about the latino culture, and how their lifestyle is¨

¨The church was beautifully decorated, and everyone seemed very close. Ordering in Spanish at the restaurant was fun to practice.¨

Wish you all ´un my feliz verano´ = a very happy summer

Sra. MariÁn Pradas

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