Griffin Guide

September 9, 2022

Dear Families,

Your scholars are growing each day. We have finished up our first round of NWEA testing and we are seeing major improvements from the beginning of last year. We are ready to support scholars for even more growth!

Our mission is to "Educate every child every day; whatever it takes," and our vision is "Excellence for every student and staff member!" This is our promise to you and your scholar.

Here at Highlands we are Unleashing New Opportunities everyday because WE ARE UNO!


Ms. Griffin

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Attendance Goal of 98%


We have set a goal to have students reading at grade level by the end of the year. This is only possible if students show up to school. We are trying to reach a 98% attendance rate each month. Review the chart to see your scholar's grade level attendance rate. Please help us by ensuring your scholar is at school every single day and on time.

Great job Kinder parents! Your grade level had a 4% increase! Let's keep it up so we can reach our goal.


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HISPANIC Heritage Month

Hispanic Heritage Month will start this Thursday! We will celebrate the culture all month. During the month students can dress in traditional Hispanic wear on Wednesdays and Hispanic Countries Professional Sport wear on Friday with jeans.
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Coffee and Connections

We are actively working on providing more opportunities for our community to connect with the school. This year we will have several different series where parents are encouraged to attend.

Our first series is Coffee and Connections! See below for your grade level date and time:

  • 4th & 5th- Friday September 16, 2022 7:30am-8:30am

Grandparents Parade

We will celebrate the hard work of our grandparents Monday September 12th. Scholars received flyers for the parade. Please return this form by Monday morning. Decorate your cars and get ready to be celebrated by Highlands scholars!

The parade will be from 9:00- 9:30am. See you on campus!

Hispanic Heritage Month Program and Celebration

Hispanic Heritage month will start September 15th, 2022. We want to celebrate the many different Hispanic countries that are represented here at Highlands! Students will complete different projects to learn about the Hispanic culture.

We will also host a Hispanic Heritage Program on October 6, 2022 here at Highlands starting at 5:30. Mark it on your calendar!

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Looking for Dancers! Join the High Steppers

Cedar Hill High School High Steppers are hosting a workshop on September 17th. The dancers will then perform at the September 23, 2022 football game. This is a great event for our scholars that love to dance.

Scan the QR Code on the flyer to register! Check out our selfies from last year participants.


Arrival and Dismissal are improving each day. We now have dismissal of all 500 students down to 25 minutes! We are excited to continue to improve this time. Review the reminders below to help ensure a SAFE and TIMELY dismissal:

  • Have your white or purple dismissal card visible at all times during dismissal
  • Avoid last minute changes to your scholars method home
  • Communicate with the teacher 2-3 days in advance of any changes to dismissal
  • Highlands staff will only accept students to change dismissal methods when communicated by the parent first.
  • DO NOT ENTER the parking lot through the exit lanes
  • Follow the directions of the staff that are on duty during dismissal
  • All student after 3:50 must be picked up in the front at door 1
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Parents and Guardians,

Thank you for making this a great start to the 2022-23 school year.

This letter is to remind you that there have been school meal changes for this school year. As you may know, CHISD and schools across the country provided free breakfast and lunch for all scholars during the COVID pandemic. Starting this school year, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is no longer allowing school districts to provide free lunch for all students.

You may have received previous communication regarding prek and kindergarten scholars receiving free lunch this year, that is incorrect. I apologize for the miscommunication. All elementary scholars lunch price is based on their free/reduced application eligibility status.

Our cafeteria staff will never deny our students a nutritious lunch, but after three meal charges scholars are served an alternative meal.

As a CHISD parent you have a few options for your child’s lunch meals:

  • Send your child to school with a nutritional sack lunch from home

  • Complete the free and reduced lunch form to see if your child qualifies for free lunch at school. CHISD will take applications and use family income to qualify scholars for free, reduce-price, or paid meals.

  • Allow your child to purchase their lunch at school. You will need to create an account on MyPaymentsPlus and add funds to your child’s account. You can access MyPaymentsPlus here.

CHISD school lunch prices for 2022-23 are:

Breakfast Meals- Free for all scholars

Lunch Meals

  • $2.75 - paid lunch
  • $.40 - reduced price lunch (for those who qualify)

Thank you for your attention to this matter. If you have any additional questions, please feel free to contact me.


Ms. Griffin


22-23 Parent Teacher Association! We need you!

We are excited to get the Highlands PTA back open and running. PTA is a formal organization composed of parents, teachers and staff that is intended to facilitate parental participation in a school.
Click here If you are interested in Joining the PTA!

Strong Parent and School Connections equal Successful Scholars!

Highlands Calendar

The Highlands Calendar is one central location to see what is going on here at Highlands. Please check the calendar frequently for updates.

Events have been color coded to help us all keep track. See Below for the key:

  • Purple= Community Events that are open to the community to attend
  • Blue= Campus events only for Scholars and Staff
  • Black= Student Assessments
  • Green= Holidays and Recognitions
  • Red= School Closures


  • September 14th- Cub Scout Recruitment Meeting 7:00-8:00pm
  • September 5-22- PreK & Kinder CLI/TXKEA Beginning of the Year Testing
  • September 22- 1st PTA Meeting
  • September 27- Connect w/Highlands Series 2 Tech Tuesdays - 5:30-6:30
  • September 28- Open House 5:30-7:00pm

Sign Up! There is currently a special discount for before and after school care!

We offer before and after school care with Right at School. Please register online. Contact information is listed below. Registration is open now for next year!