Highland High School
Hawk Talk May 2017
We are at the end of another great year for the Hawks. As we wrap up the year I just want you to know how much we appreciate all you do to support your students and the staff at Highland. I am always amazed by how much work goes into ensuring that kids are on the road to success and you are at the center of that work. Thank you for partnering with us.
Baccalaureate and graduation are right around the corner. Due to how large baccalaureate has become we are going to have two sessions. Session one will be at 1 pm and session 2 will be at 3 pm on Sunday, May 21. All seniors were emailed instructions to their school email accounts on how to go about signing up for a session. Please remind your student to do sign up and join us. Baccalaureate lasts about an hour and is a great opportunity to pause and reflect on the last four years. Graduates attending should wear their cap and gown to the ceremony.
Graduation will take place at 7pm in Hawk Stadium on Tuesday, May 23. We hope you will come join us as we celebrate the accomplishments of the Class of 2017.
Thank you again for all of you help and support through the year. I am incredibly fortunate to work with all of you and your students.
Highland High School
Highland High School
CLASS OF 2017 Commencement Information
In addition to the below information, it is important Seniors do the following: Keep grades up, attend all classes, have transcripts from online classes turned in (classes outside of GPS should have been completed by April 28th), clear themselves by May 17th through the Bookstore and Library (books & fees) and possibly Athletics, and Music (uniforms/equipment), and complete all discipline assignments.
Baccalaureate Ceremony, sponsored by the Class of 2017, will be held on Sunday, May 21, 2017 at 1:00pm and 3:00pm in the Highland High School Auditorium.
Baccalaureate is a more solemn and uplifting ceremony, in comparison to the celebratory atmosphere of the Graduation ceremony. It is intended to be a family ceremony that celebrates this achievement in your children’s lives.
Due to overflowing turnout and capacity constraints in recent years, we will be hosting two Baccalaureate sessions this year to accommodate the Class of 2017. The schedule for Baccalaureate will be as follows:
Sunday, May 21st 2017
Session 1 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm (graduates report to Hawk Hall at 12:30pm in cap & gown attire)
Session 2 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm (graduates report to Hawk Hall at 2:30pm in cap & gown attire)
Students who plan to participate should be dressed in their graduation cap, gown and tassel and meet in Hawk Hall by 12:30 pm for the 1:00pm ceremony and at 2:30pm for the 3:00pm ceremony. Students may sit with their friends.
Commencement Rehearsal will be on Tuesday, May 23, at 7:00 am, in Hawk stadium. The seating assignments for Commencement will be posted on May 19th in the Office, Hawk Hall and the Bookstore. Please check your seating assignment for row number and stadium side (East or West); faculty member assigned as your line leader; and evening room assignment. Rehearsal is MANDATORY; Seniors must be in attendance and on time in order to participate in commencement. Seniors, please see Mr. Bassett, Assistant Principal with any questions.
Commencement Ceremony will be Tuesday, May 23, at 7:00 pm. Students must report to assigned rooms at 6:00 pm. Students not in rooms at this time will not be allowed to walk. Keep in mind, graduation night traffic will be heavy, please give yourself extra time.
ATTIRE for Graduation Activities
· Gown, Hood, Cap, & Tassel–Your tassel should be placed on the right side of your cap. Caps are not to be altered in any manner. Bring bobby pins for your cap if necessary.
· Gentlemen – Shirt, dress pants, socks and dress shoes required. No jeans or shorts are permitted.
· Ladies – Dresses or blouse and dress pants and dress shoes required. No jeans or shorts are permitted.
· Students dressed inappropriately will not be permitted to participate in the ceremony.
· IMPORTANT NOTE: All Graduation caps and gowns must be purchased through Jostens to ensure continuity of Graduation attire. Contact Jostens at www.jostens.com or 602-765-7227 or visit the Bookstore if you have not placed your order. Please note: All Graduates will wear black caps and gowns.
The Senior Class has requested that no noisemakers be used at their graduation ceremony.
Many times, names of fellow students cannot be heard because of noisemakers.
Thank you for supporting their request.
IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER
May 17 - Senior Finals - 7th hour - Assigned Rooms
May 18 - Senior Finals - A, 4th, 5th and 6th hours - Assigned Rooms
May 19 - Senior Finals - A, 1st, 2nd and 3rd hours - Assigned Rooms
May 19 - Senior Picnic - 1:30pm-3:30pm - HHS Practice Fields
May 21 - Baccalaureate - 1:00pm & 3:00 pm - Auditorium (Seniors arrive @12:30pm or 2:30pm --Hawk Hall in cap & gown attire)
May 23 - MANDATORY Graduation Rehearsal - 7:00 am - Hawk Stadium (regular school attire)
May 23 - Graduation Ceremony - 7:00 pm - Hawk Stadium (Seniors arrive @ 6:00pm in cap & gown attire.)
GRADUATION NIGHT Procedures & Expectations
1. Graduates must report by 6:00 pm, to assigned classroom and check in with line leader.
2. Graduates will then assemble in Hawk Hall.
3. The graduation procession will walk south from Hawk Hall towards the stadium where they will split in 2 to walk through the “Walk of Honor” from each side of the field while the traditional bagpipe band leads them onto the field.
4. The ceremony begins with presentations from Eagle Scouts Honor Guard, HHS choir and HHS band.
5. Diplomas will be distributed, as follows:
· One full West and East row will stand and move out to line up along the field approaching the appropriate side of the speaker’s platform. At the direction of the line leader and usher, rows will stand and proceed to these lines.
· Student Council names will be called and then the Senior names will be called in alphabetical order, alternating with one senior from the West and a senior from the East, until all diplomas have been awarded.
· When a graduate’s name is called, they will step onto the platform and receive their diploma. Once all graduates have received their diplomas and have returned to their chairs, Spencer Gurr (Senior Class President) will direct graduates to move their tassels from RIGHT to LEFT.
· When the ceremony is over, line leaders will distribute diploma inserts. Immunization records will be included with the diploma insert. KEEP this record, DO NOT throw it away.
· Professional photographs will be taken as you receive your diploma cover.
· Both sides of the stadium will be open for seating of parents, relatives and friends. The main gym will be open and air-conditioned as another seating option. Limited handicapped seating will be available on the track, but is restricted to 4 seats per family. Call 480-813-0051 x4057 to request special seating.
· Students with inappropriate objects (balloons, beach balls, signs, noisemakers, etc…) in their possession will have the object confiscated and/or the student will be removed from the ceremony.
· Students seeking to disrupt the ceremony in any way will be removed by Gilbert Police and security.
· Students smelling of/or under the influence of alcohol, drugs, etc. may not participate in the ceremony and will be subject to appropriate disciplinary action in accordance with District policy.
If you should have any questions, please call Rene’ Warren at 480-813-0051 x4057.
Student Schedule Summer Information
The former mail-in bookstore packet will be accessible on-line through Highland High’s website, in late June. The following information/forms will be accessible online: Your student’s schedule, fee schedule, parking application for Juniors and Seniors, and a schedule change form. All of the fees associated with this mailer will be able to be paid through Infinite Campus, in late June. The name for this information is “Student Schedule Summer Information”. Additional information will also be sent out via Infinite Campus over the summer. Therefore, it is important to update your email addresses, as well. Please contact our Records Clerk, at 480.813.0051 x 4058, if you need to update personal information.
Student Parking Updates
For Juniors and Seniors that would like to purchase parking passes for the 2017-2018 school year, you must do so before the school year begins. Fees can be paid through Infinite Campus in late June. After the permit is purchased the parking pass must be picked up in the bookstore, no later than, August 11th, 2017. If the parking pass is not collected by the student by this date, the pass will no longer be valid. The pass will be awarded to students on the waiting list. A refund for the parking pass will be given upon student/parent request. If a student who applies and purchases a parking pass and no longer wishes to use the pass may receive a refund. Refunds will be granted no later than October 6th, 2017. As usual, students will have to provide their driver’s license when they pick up their parking pass, in the bookstore. Last, Seniors receive parking pass priority.
Link Crew: Getting Geared up to Welcome the Class of 2021
Next year, HHS is excited to introduce Link Crew, a freshman transition program designed to both welcome and support freshmen by assigning each freshman to a junior or senior Link Leader as a mentor during this first year. This Link Leader is a responsible older student who was hand-selected from a large pool of applicants and has met the qualifications for being a good role model and a positive leader on our campus. Hawk Link Crew leaders have already been hard at work, training to welcome and lead their 750+ freshmen next year. Most recently, they participated in the Arizona Governor’s Youth Commission Youth Leadership Day at GCU, as well as the HHS May Leadership Development Day. They will also undergo another intensive multi-day training during the summer as the new school year nears in order to help ensure that the Class of 2021 soars through their first year as Hawks!
Dean of Students
Link Crew Leadership Training
S - Service, helping others
O - Opportunity, embraces challenges and new experiences
A - Accountability, uses time and resources wiselyR - Respect, accepting of others
Ashley Dodd - Accountability
Bradley Thompson - Service
Colby Quackenbush - Opportunity
Marvin Read - Opportunity
Reese Neal - Service, Opportunity
Opportunity - Mr. Neal looks for ways to impact students. First, he actively reaches out to students. He comes into my classes frequently and plays guitar, asks questions, plays Quizlet and in general listens. He takes the time to get to know students.
Mr. Neal works hard to ensure that he is connected to HHS students.
Katie Rizzo - Service
Jamie LaBoissiere - Service
Diane Green - Service
Chandler Gilbert Community College Teal and Silver Award
Dinah maintains regular contact with parents and students informing them of deadlines, gathering missing documents needed to complete the enrollment process, and helping them to resolve concerns or issues. She schedules and proctors the Accuplacer placement test for hundreds of Highland High School students each year so that students can take advantage of dual enrollment classes through CGCC. Because of Dinah's hard work and commitment, Highland High School consistently has one of the highest number of students participating in the dual enrollment program in the District.
Since Dinah took on her role as a dual enrollment high school liaison, the number of student taking dual credit classes increased by 75%. Highland High School presently serves over 500 dual enrollment students annually. CGCC is honored to present Dinah Guhy with a 2017 Teal and Silver Award for her continued support of and dedication to the dual enrollment program.
Valedictorian - Logan Seaburg
Salutatorian - Allan Jiji
ASU Senior Signing Day
Required Freshman Orientation in the auditorium (west side of HHS - follow the signs):
Last name begins with A- L: Thursday, July 27, 2017, 8:00 am – 12:00 pm
Last name begins with M- Z: Friday, July 28, 2017, 8:00 am - 12:00 pm** ALL Marching Band Kids will attend on Friday regardless of last name
Please click the link below for the entire letter.
GES Scholarship Recipient
Off to Space
Last month we found out the Rian Espinosa and his team had won the state level of "Go for Launch" we are now excited to announce that Rian and his team won the national competition. His team attended a 3 day workshop titled Go For Launch! which was hosted by Higher Orbits and one of the things they did was design an experiment that could be tested in space. His project involved peanut plants and their ability to convert ("fix") nitrogen in space. Their experiment will actually be tested by astronauts in space!
Here is the link to the grand announcement:
Announcement of Winner on Facebook
Way to Go!
Highland Honors Chemistry
Fun with Science
The biology team had a viral outbreak!
The Combined choirs from Highland Junior High School and Highland High School performed the National Anthem at the Diamond Backs game Wednesday, April 26, 2017.
Under the direction of Steve Hickman.
Teacher Prep Program
How Time Fly's!
Highland High School Teacher Prep Program
In this program students who would like to be teachers, perform field experiences in elementary school classrooms. This year at Carol Rae Ranch we had six students who were mentored by their elementary school teachers from their Carol Rae days. We love our teachers!
HERO at JA You’re Hired Competition
JA You’re Hired! Is designed to help students explore concepts and skills that are important in the global job market. Proud of our Hawks for all their hard work!
Travel to Peru
Blood Drive and Food Drive Winners
Wow, Hawks!! Talk about a double dose of awesomeness....
Highland won the award for the highest number of of blood donations in the state (year #10), we also just received word that we won the high school challenge for the food drive competition in our region!!!
Many Thanks to Mr. Allen and Ms. Schlessinger for all their hard work.
Female Athlete of the Week Honors Alena Ellsworth
School: Gilbert Highland
Sport: Track and Field
Two-year captain ... Varsity runner and state contender in the 400-meter and 800-meter since she was a freshman ... Also ran cross country ... Shattered her personal record of 55.36 (from her freshman year) in the 400 dash with a blistering 54.68 seconds at the Sun Angel Classic ... "I get to push myself to the max in track, and I love how healthy my body feels," she said ... Third in state for the 800 with her 2:11 minute performance at the 14th Annual Hohokam Invitational ... Signed with BYU to run track ... "She is probably one of those athletes who could do anything and do it well," coach Robin Hagen said.
Alena has also received an athletic scholarship at BYU next year.
Arizona State Track Meet Champion
Congrats to Coach Erica Rogers, her coach.
If your student has medication in the Health Office, it must be picked up by an adult by 12:00 pm on May 23rd. Per district policy, medication will not be sent home with students. Any medication that is not picked up by this time will be discarded.
Hearing and vision referral letters have been mailed out throughout the school year and summer reminder letters will be going out soon. If you have not been able to address these concerns, summer is a great time to schedule any needed appointments. These factors have an impact on your child's learning and success in school. If you need assistance in regards to obtaining these services, please call the Health Office 480-813-0051 ext. 2203.
If your student has outstanding immunization requirements for the upcoming school year, letters will be mailed out the last week of school. Please plan to get your child any needed vaccines over the summer and turn in a copy to the Health Office at the beginning of the school year. Notification is sent in regards to immunizations required by Arizona state law for school attendance. A reference sheet for local vaccine clinics will be included with the letters and are also available in the Health Office.
Congratulations to Laura!