Hi-lites week of October 14, 2016

Please order greenery by Monday, the 17th. Thanks.

NWEA Map Results

Dear Parents and Guardians,

This week we mailed the NWEA test results to households in Grades 2-8. This document will have scores from any previous tests, too. You should find it interesting. The NWEA website had a Parent Toolkit that you might want to check out when you have time. It is at www.nwea.org Teachers have begun to dig into your child's results and will do some goal setting to help them might their projected RIT growth target.

Highland Catholic School is still relatively new to this test, but we are committed to using the data in the best way to support your child's learning. Just a reminder, these tests are just a snapshot of one period of time in your child's school day. Teachers rely on many indicators to determine achievement and areas of growth.

Grades 2-8 will participate in NWEA MAP Spring testing, too. We do not want students to fret about these tests. Students are guided to do their best and teachers work to keep test anxiety out of the picture.

Jane Schmidt


Orange Shoelaces!

Students at Highland Catholic School were each given a bright orange pair of shoelaces courtesy of our friends at PACER Center to help us celebrate Unity Day.

Unity day is October 19th. Students are encouraged to replace their shoelaces with the bright orange ones for any or all of our school days next week, Oct. 17-19. Students may also choose to use the shoe laces to braid a hair accessory or make a neck band of wristband. We are showing our strong support for kindness, acceptance and inclusion.

More about Unity Day from the PACER website:

About Unity Day

UNITY DAY: Together against bullying — united for kindness, acceptance and inclusion. Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Make it ORANGE and make it end! What are your true colors when it comes to bullying? If you care about safe and supportive schools and communities make your color ORANGE on Unity Day. That’s the day everyone can come together – in schools, communities, and online – and send one large ORANGEmessage of support, hope, and unity to show that we are together against bullying and united for kindness, acceptance and inclusion.

Individuals across the nation, and even world-wide, can participate in Unity Day.

Wear Orange: Make a statement!

ORANGE provides a powerful, visually compelling expression of solidarity,” said Paula Goldberg, Executive Director of PACER Center. “When hundreds of individuals in a school or organization wear orange, the vibrant statement becomes a conversation starter, sending the unified message to kids to know that they are not alone.”

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Upcoming Dates:

Saturday, Oct. 15th Men's Club Pumpkin Sale and Fun. 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Monday, Oct. 17th Last day to place a greenery order. Please do.

Wednesday, Oct. 19th Fourth Grade Family Mass Noon in Chapel

Thursday, Oct. 20th NO SCHOOL

Friday, Oct. 21st NO SCHOOL

Conferences Oct. 27 and 28th

October 28th - NO SCHOOL Conferences