Highland Highlights

MAY 2021

Today’s Learners – Tomorrow’s Leaders

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From the Principal

Dear Highland Families,

I hope this message finds you well. May is here and as we head into the last 6 weeks of school, I wanted to share some important end-of-year information. This year has been a year like no other! The impact the pandemic has had on our families and students is something we will see and feel for many years to come.

In the fall, all students will advance to the next grade level. Our Kindergarteners will become First graders, our First graders will advance to Second grade, and so on. We recognize that there is unfinished learning for many of our students at their current grade level. We will make it a priority to identify and address areas of unfinished learning through assessments and instruction focused on acceleration for all of our students when they return in the fall.

We appreciate your support and partnership as we work together to ensure all our Highland Huskies are prepared to learn and lead as global citizens.


Beth Fraze, Principal

Frase de Mayo / May Quote

'Hay algo tan necesario como el pan de cada día, y es la paz de cada día; la paz sin la cual, el mismo pan es amargo.'- Amado Nervo

'There is something as necessary as daily bread, and it is daily peace; the peace without which bread itself, is bitter. ' - Amado Nervo

SPECIAL Announcement from Clear Creek Middle School to our 5TH GRADERS


We want to welcome you and your soon-to-be 6th grader to Clear Creek! Please check out our 6th Grade newsletter:

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¡Queremos darles la bienvenida a Clear Creek a usted y a su futuro alumno de sexto grado! Por favor, consulte nuestro boletín informativo de sexto grado. Esperamos enviar uno cada dos semanas.

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Office News

Here at Highland, we take student safety very seriously.

Please review the following expectations:

1. Any change in student release must be done before 2:15 PM.

2. Anyone different picking up a student will need to bring and show their ID.

3. Be aware, we will not pull students off the bus once they are on.

KG registration is open click below to register online.


We appreciate your cooperation as safety is very important to all of us.

Best Regards,

Maria and Elizabeth


From our Library

Our amazing Libray Specialist has gathered some amazing books and resources that will portray our May Character Traits: Citizenship and Service and other celebrations happening in the month of May.

Please click on the link below:

Library Resource & Activities

Highland's April Attendance

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The Husky PACK

We Have A New Name for the PTC!

The Highland PTC has a new name! We will now be known as The Husky PACK (Positive Allies, Community, and Kids) We feel like this better describes the group and is more inclusive. Remember, if you have a student at Highland then you are already a member of the PACK.

Upcoming Meetings

The meeting for the remainder of the year will be held on Zoom with the meeting ID: 944 485 2973 https://us02web.zoom.us/j/9444852973 (This will be the link & meeting ID for the foreseeable future.)

The next meetings are:

Tuesday, May 11th, 6pm - Discussing end of year

Tuesday, June 8th, 6pm - Planning 2021-2022 school year

The Counselor's Connection

Rocking Resource:

Spring is here and our kids need to get outside and get active! Covid has left too many of us cooped-up and inactive for too long!

The Every Kids Sports Pass is an opportunity I want every kiddo at Highland to take advantage of. This is a great opportunity through Every Kid Sports to have athletic/sports fees covered for students who receive free and reduced lunch (this means ALL students at Highland). Every Kid Sports will cover up to $600 a year per kiddo!!! It is a simple application process and the benefits of getting our kids moving and participating in a sport are endless. If you are interested in having your student take advantage of this opportunity please email me so I can email you the free lunch verification letter.

For more information about this awesome opportunity: https://everykidsports.org/programs/pnw/pass/

To apply: https://everykidsports.org/programs/pnw/pass/application/details/

<3 Mrs. Sedda



This month the character traits we are focusing on and strengthening are citizenship and service. This is defined as cooperating with others and following the expectations wherever students are, at school or at home or in the community. Students will show respect to others, taking care of the classroom, community, and Earth.

We want our Huskies to be leaders who make a difference for others, no matter how small it may be. They become Changemakers. A way to do this is to teach them in your home how being a good citizen would make a positive change in the home. For example, students could have the table set for dinner, take out the garbage and recycling without being asked, or cleaning up after themselves because they are capable.

Thank you,

Stephanie Tammen, TOSA

May Celebrations

Asian–Pacific American Heritage Month
May is Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month. Every year, this is an opportunity to listen and learn about the diversity within AAPI communities as well as how deep the connections are to all facets of American history. We hope you will join us this month in celebrating and honoring our Asian American Pacific Islander community members and their excellence. Learn more here: Celebrate Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month 2021

Mental Health Month

National Mental Health Awareness Month in May focuses on bringing tools, resources, and education to the general public. Taking care of our mental health is as normal as eating healthy, exercising, or even saving for the future. Learn more about supporting Mental Health here

National Foster Care Month
National Foster Care Month is an initiative led and promoted by the Children’s Bureau. Each May, we take time to acknowledge foster parents, family members, volunteers, mentors, policymakers, child welfare professionals, and other members of the community who help children and youth in foster care find permanent homes and connections. We use this time to renew our commitment to ensuring a bright future for the more than 423,000 children and youth in foster care and celebrate those who make a meaningful difference in their lives.


We are proud to share that our very own Amanda Jensen has been awarded the distinction of Gresham-Barlow School District's Teacher of the Year! Miss Jensen is a champion for our students and a committed educator for equity and inclusion. She is deliberate, thoughtful, dedicated, and passionate. We are extremely proud of Miss Jensen for how she leads and teaches us all!

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Every Student Prepared for Success

Gresham-Barlow School District recognizes the diversity and worth of all individuals and groups. It is the policy of this district and the board of education that there will be no discrimination or harassment of individuals or groups in any educational programs, activities or employment. Gresham-Barlow provides equal access to individuals with disabilities.