NEU Highgrove News

September 2021

2021-2022 School Year

Dear Highgrove Families,

The start of our school year, 2021-2022, has been a wonderful welcome back to school for our scholars and staff. Our scholars have quickly adapted to safety procedures and expectations. They are also demonstrating our school wide character traits, TERRIFICC!

No Excuses University at Highgrove Elementary

Highgrove Elementary has a 12 year history as a No Excuses University School. Our mission is to serve the whole child, with a focus on building 21st century skills in order for ALL scholars to be productive and world ready citizens. Our vision continues to be the unrelenting focus on high levels of learning for all scholars. Our vision is to prepare our scholars with a strong academic and character foundation for a successful Preschool through High School experience. In addition, we introduce our scholars to the opportunities afforded by a college and career education. It endorses a “No Excuses” commitment of every staff member to take ownership of each scholar, their educational achievement, social-emotional wellness, and safety.
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Upcoming Additions

Riverside Unified School District strives to staff all schools at the appropriate teacher to student ratio. Highgrove Elementary has several grade levels that are impacted with higher ratios than expected. In the coming days, we will need to adjust classroom assignments in order to accommodate our growing student population. This is a wonderful opportunity for all students. We will be able to lower the class sizes for our primary students, and reduce combination classes. Beginning Tuesday, September 14, 2021:

  • Mrs. Solorzano will transition from teaching Kindergarten to First grade.

  • Mrs. Crane will transition from teaching a First and Second grade combination class to a straight Second grade.

  • Mr. Curtis will transition from teaching a Fourth and Fifth grade combination class to a straight Fifth grade.

  • Mrs. Colmer will transition from teaching a Fifth and Sixth grade combination class to a straight Sixth grade.

  • Ms. Miranda Simpson is joining us September 7 to teach 3rd and 4th.

  • Ms. Bowen is joining us on September 14 to teach Kindergarten.

  • Ms. Calderon is joining us on September 14 to teach Third grade.

  • Ms. Nollett is joining us on September 14 to teach Fourth grade.



Please know it is our goal to make this transition as smooth as possible. Class changes can be made easier with the support and cooperation of parents. Thank you in advance for your understanding and support during this transition period for students at Highgrove Elementary. If you have any questions, please call us at (951) 788-7296.

Character Counts at NEU Highgrove

We take pride in how well our scholars demonstrate strong character every day. This month of September we are focusing on Respect and Responsibility. Please share with your child the many ways they can demonstrate these traits at home and at school.

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Data Confirmation 21-22

Every year, Highgrove requests that parents and guardians update their contact information and emergency contacts. We also request for parents to complete other necessary forms related to media and district handbook. This school year, 2021-2022, we have launched Data Confirmation via the Aeries Parent Portal. We are requesting that all of our parents/guardians enter the Aeries portal to complete Data Confirmation. Please visit the website below for instructions on how to create an account and or enter to update your information. Please return a signed copy of the confirmation to school with your child. Do not hesitate to contact us at 951 788-7296 for assistance.

Safety and Attendance

Thank you parents for sending your children to school with masks and for reminding them of our safety procedures. If your child is not feeling well, please have him or her stay home. Please contact the school to provide a reason for why your student is absent. You may find RUSD's Safety Plan at the link below.

Vision to Learn

Vision to Learn, a non-profit organization, is partnering with RUSD's schools. Vision to Learn will provide free vision care to students through the use of a mobile vision clinic, next week, September 16 and 17. Please ask your child for the letter that will be sent home the week of September 6, 2021.

English Learners Advisory Committee

Our English Learners Advisory Committee will have its first meeting of the year on Monday, September 13 at 8:00 am. ELAC is a school-level committee comprised of parents, staff, and community members designated to advise school officials on English learner programs and services. We will meet through the virtual Google Link below.

School Site Council

Highgrove would like to invite you to participate as an active and voting member or alternate member on the 2021-2022 Highgrove School Site Council/ Title 1 Advisory Council. Any parent of a student enrolled at Highgrove Elementary or Riverside community member may serve on the council. It is a great way to become involved in the decisions concerning the school’s academic and Title 1 programs. This commitment only requires that you attend seven to eight meetings.


If you are interested in being part of our SSC for the position of parent/ community member representative, complete the nomination form that was sent home the week of Sept. 6 and return it to the front office by September 14, 2021. You may also contact Mrs. Melina Torres at 951 788-7296 to give her your nomination. Afterwards, we will send home ballots to vote for the parent/ community member representatives who will join the council.