Highland Happenings

March 2020

NEW: College Readiness Recognition at Graduation

Highland has a school culture of college readiness for all. Our emphasis from the time freshmen step on campus is meeting the University of California/Cal State University systems' "A-G" requirements. When students meet with counselors, their course selection sheet is arranged to easily identify the "A-G" requirements, a sequence of high school courses that students must complete with a grade of C or better to be admitted to a four-year university. The following represents the basic level of academic preparation required for college work:


A) Social Studies (2 years required, 3 recommended)

B) English (4 years required)

C) Mathematics (3 years required, 4 recommended)

D) Lab Science- Biology and Chemistry (2 years required, 3 recommended)

E) Language other than English (2 years required, 3 recommended-- Bi-literacy = 4 years)

F) Visual and Performing Arts (1 year required)

G) College Prep Elective (1 year required)


Students who meet the A-G requirements will be honored at graduation with a blue/green/white cord.

Highland's Performing Arts Programs take Center Stage this Spring

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Senior Ethan Howard Earns 1st Chair in All State Wind Symphony

Ethan Howard has been a member of the All-State band and symphony for four years. His junior year he earned 5th chair in symphonic band, and this year he earned top honors-- 1st chair trombone in the All State Wind Symphony in Fresno. That's the top chair in the highest honor band in the state, says Geoff Ruud, his band instructor.


Ethan has been playing trombone since the fifth grade. He comes from a musical family. Father Mark teaches music at Chipman, and mother Rochelle plays piano. He has taken countless lessons and probably has over 10,000 hours of practice. Months ago, Ethan took a lesson from a professor at the Coburn School of Music, From him he learned, "If you can conceive it, you can achieve it!"


Recently Ethan was accepted to the following colleges: Western Michigan, where his parents attended college, and CSU Long Beach. His goal is to continue playing music and earning a degree in Musical Performance.

Scots Shine at Spotlight Festival

On February 7th, Highland’s Advanced Drama had the privilege of attending the Spotlight Festival at CSU Bakersfield, with nearly 20 schools in attendance. The level of excellence that Highland Drama maintains was shown through the recognition of Michael Morales, whose student-written scene was one of three chosen out of MANY to be performed by CSUB alumni who are now industry professionals. Molly Jiron was the only student awarded for her monologue performance. Our ensemble scene also received some of the highest praise we could have asked for. Proud day to be a Scot!

Seussical The Musical and Read Across America Week

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Senior Connor Deming as The Cat in the Hat

Director Justin Thompson is no stranger to theatre. He has performed in many productions, from high school to college to community theatre, but no one production catches his excitement like Seussical the Musical. Since 2005, Thompson has played Horton, the heroic elephant, in four different productions of Seussical. This year's production is a first-- first time directing and first debut at Highland. Performances run Thursday at 6 PM, Friday at 7 PM and Saturday at 2 PM and 7 PM. Tickets can be purchased for $10 at the door.


Seussical was also the center of Highland's Read Across America week, with over 500 elementary students in attendance.

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Junior Wrestler Gabby Machado and Coach Angel Posadas

Gabby Machado earned the guitar (pictured above) for her win at the SYC Championships, 131 weight class. Gabby has earned the top spot for two years in a row! This year she qualified for the State tournament where she had a great experience wrestling against the top wrestlers in California. Gabby is our first state qualifier in the past three years.

HBCU Caravan

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Seniors Receive Scholarships

Ms. Hudgins and Ms. Jenkins accompanied 22 students to Bakersfield College to attend the Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) Caravan. At this particular event students were able to meet with college representatives from all over the country and receive on-site admission and scholarships. In the 2 hours they spent at BC, Highland students received 34 on-site acceptances, 5 partial scholarships, and 1 full ride scholarship. It was an absolutely amazing day and to see their smiles as they got accepted.

Coffee with the Principal

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Next gathering: Thursday, April 16th, 6 PM in the WAH

Our next Coffee with the Principal will feature our Advanced Placement (AP) program as well as Dual Enrollment and Concurrent Enrollment opportunities.


Please join us in the WAH at 6:00 PM.