Highcroft Hotline

January 5, 2020

Highcroft's Mission

At Highcroft, we help learners grow in a safe, caring community where ALL are valued and supported to become leaders.

Upcoming Events


  • 6: School Resumes
  • 9: 5th Grade Parent Orientation Evening at Central Middle, 6:30 pm/7:00 pm
  • 15: Board of Education Meeting, 7:00 pm, 471 N. Woods Mill Road
  • 16: 5th Grade Students to Central Middle, 9:15 am - 11:45 am
  • 16: All Read, 3:25 pm - 3:45 pm
  • 20: No School, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
  • 21: Kindergarten Registration, 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • 21: 5th Grade West Middle Evening Program, 6:30 SSD, 7:00 General, 8:00 MOSAICS
  • 23: PSO Meeting, 7:00 pm
  • 28: Chorus Concert, 6:30 pm, MPR
  • 29: Late Start, School begins at 11:05 am
  • 29: Spirit Day - Crazy Day

Lucas Letter

Happy New Year!

We look forward to welcoming students back to school tomorrow, and embarking on the second half of the school year! As a reminder, the application period for Granting Dreams 2020 is open. The online applications can be accessed by clicking here. The Granting Dreams application period is open until 4 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 14.

The following is information on upcoming Community Ed opportunities:

Summer Expo February 9 - FREE Event for Families
What will you be doing this summer? Plan your child’s summer with 100+ local and regional exhibitors. Admission is FREE! Stop by the Community Ed tables to get a special 15% off discount on summer registration. Learn more at www.summerexpostl.com and be sure to check out the Summer Expo Facebook Event Page for updates.

Community Ed Summer Registration Opens February 9
Make a splash, unleash your imagination, discover nature, explore new experiences and get out and play this summer with Parkway-Rockwood Community Ed! Choose from 300+ full-day and half-day programs, camps and classes at 30+ convenient locations throughout Parkway and Rockwood. Registration opens February 9 at www.prcommunityed.org.

Parents Guide to YouTube and Snapchat - Free Speaker Series
Wednesday, February 26 | 7-8 p.m. | Crestview Middle
What are the benefits and drawbacks of YouTube and Snapchat for minors? And what can parents do to promote responsible use? This presentation will answer those questions, and help parents better communicate with their teens about social media. Learn more and register for free today.

In partnership,

Cartelia Lucas



January's Acts of Kindness Calendar Created By The 3rd-5th Kindness Leaders

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Strings Update

Mrs. Woods, Strings Teacher

Third Graders did a wonderful job performing at their Open House! They were very attentive and displayed the ROSE values as they performed for the first time with an audience. Since Open House, they have learned the A Major Scale and will be starting Twinkle Variation this week. They will be working on lots of new repertoire for the spring concert. The spring concert will be Monday, March 30th at 6:30 pm in the Highcroft Gym.

Fourth Graders are preparing for 4th Grade Strings Day. Please make sure your child turns in the form by Friday, January 10th. 4th Grade Strings Day is on Saturday, February 8th at Parkway West High School. Highcroft students need to arrive at 3:00 pm with their instrument and strings binder. Fourth Graders are filling out a winter practice chart which started last month as they play in class and at home. Those who complete the chart will get to decorate the practice tree in the strings room!

Fifth Graders are finishing up learning the repertoire for the All-District Orchestra Concert. Their newest piece is called Rhythm 'n Blues. Fifth Graders are filling out a winter practice chart which started in December as they play in class and at home. Those who complete the chart will get to decorate the practice tree in the strings room!

Musical Notes

Mr. Spector, Music Teacher

Kindergarten is learning about high and low sounds. How do those sounds make a melody? Students are expressing that with their voices and through movement.

First Grade is reviewing SO MI melodies and practicing echo patterns in groups and rounds. They are creating and exploring the world of melodic contour.

Second Grade is journeying forth into the world of meter and time signatures. They will be using “ice skating” and tennis balls to explore various meters.

Third Grade is beginning their recorder unit. They will explore and create beautiful music with a new, exciting instrument that is sure to please our ears.

Fourth Grade is exploring the art of the Blues. 12-Bar Blues is a form of the blues which we will study and soon we will write our own song!

Fifth Grade will begin their study of popular music and musicology. We will study different genres of popular music and focus on the genres’ forms for expression.

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