HES News- Welcome Back!


Welcome Back!

We are very excited to start the 2020-2021 school year with you! I will be communicating via Lumen, S'more Newsletter, and phone calls throughout the school year. Our main source of information will come through e-mail and Facebook. We are looking forward to an awesome year of learning and making new memories together. Please check out the information below for more about what is happening at HES Elementary!
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What about Tuesday Talks and Award Assemblies?

Don't worry HES Families! We will be doing Tuesday Talks via YouTube videos/Zoom with all classrooms.

As for assemblies- they're still happening! We will continue to recognize Students of the Month, Special Class Awards, etc. using Zoom. Parents of students nominated for the month will be sent a link and all classrooms will participate in watching as well.

2020-2021 will be a year of creativity!

Registration Information

The school district is excited about the new program and eager for parents and staff to start learning and using the program.

Parents, if you haven't registered, please let us know and we will send you the registration information to help you get started. 417-443-3361

There is an article with some links to help you navigate the new parent portal. The link is below!

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Meet your Highlandville Elementary Team!

Links are below to get to know our staff and teachers. Please watch with your kiddos so they can see familiar faces on the first day of school. We can't wait to see everyone on Tuesday, August 25th for the FIRST DAY of school!

Meet the Principal (Mrs. Burke): https://youtu.be/yJN9-bMIA6s

Meet the Counselor (Mrs. Crabtree): https://youtu.be/RY2aNi4-jak


Title I Teachers:

Meet Mrs. Bruce:https://youtu.be/ek8GYaVrOsE

Meet Mrs. Kay: https://youtu.be/Yy-yHG8CGuA


Kindergarten Team

Mrs. Ashlin:https://youtu.be/hyQ5lrRdpzQ

Mrs. Thomas: https://youtu.be/mMawrEpn2fg

Mrs. Orr: https://youtu.be/r6tkHNEZuPo


First Grade Team

Miss Edmonson: https://youtu.be/TFxWx58GSKk

Mrs. Jordan: https://youtu.be/_eRCDr8LVS4

Mrs. Highfill: https://youtu.be/9GzT2A2_f1s


Second Grade Team

Mrs. Curbow: https://youtu.be/lGPwkCnKcnE

Mrs. Plaster: https://youtu.be/dpph69I6Go4


Third Grade Team

Ms Yaggy: https://youtu.be/16VBMaUBWwU

Ms Van Conett: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8ylL4Q89iIc&t=2s

Ms Bryant: https://youtu.be/53qt7OtJ9Kg


Fourth Grade Team

Mrs. Claybrook: https://youtu.be/JNCY_TGsrxg

Mrs. Mathews: https://youtu.be/Y7OU8dk9puo

Mr. Nockunas: https://youtu.be/Sa4Ugkhml2k


Fifth Grade Team

Mrs. Grider: https://youtu.be/6dZ5tiR1jOI

Mrs. Mertens: https://youtu.be/z12rKB32LG0


Special Education Teachers

Mrs. Claxton: https://youtu.be/lby70Nvf944

Mrs. Hall: https://youtu.be/UHx1pPpoDTs

Mrs. Middleton/Mrs. Parish: https://youtu.be/RFGIWWjb0mM


Art/Music/PE/Library Teachers

Mrs. Bair (Art): https://youtu.be/ac4rftgFoxM

Coach Newt (PE): https://youtu.be/Kevpc0zaFAg

Mrs. Truitt (Librarian): https://youtu.be/kZ0ImQHVppw

Mrs. Pitts (Music): https://youtu.be/7MxCkvmweIY


Speech Teacher

Mrs. Brown: https://youtu.be/3bWTs_d39IM

First Day of School

Highlandville's first day of school will be Tuesday, August 25th. We are so excited to begin a new year with HES students and parents! Doors open at 7:25!

Please do not send your child in before the doors open at 7:25 so we can ensure temperature checks.

Please click the following link for school supplies lists!


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Flyers will be handed out the first week of school.

A Message from the PTO Ladies

Welcome! Our PTO board members have been working hard all summer to prepare exciting events and activities for Highlandville Elementary. Are you ready to get involved? All are welcome! Come learn more about the PTO, get involved with our upcoming activities, volunteer, and hear monthly updates from the district & board. Please feel free to contact us.

Our e-mail is: pto@spokane.k12.mo.us Let’s have a GREAT year! Go Owls!

Highlandville/Spokane PTO

Here you will find updates regarding PTO fundraising, announcements, and upcoming events!

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Free & Reduced Lunch

Please click the following link for a printable Free & Reduced Lunch Form. We would like all guardians to complete a form!


Drop Off Procedures

For maximum safety, please follow our drop-off system. During the designated times, staff is on duty to monitor students into the building.

  • Morning drop off times, Tuesday-Friday 7:25-7:50.

  • Please continue to use the inner one lane for morning drop off for the continued safety of students.

  • Students are to be dropped off on the sidewalk at the Elementary’s front entrance.

  • Please do not use cell phones during drop off.

  • At 7:50 the doors to the front entrance will be shut. Staff are no longer monitoring drop off. The building sign will be placed outside that school is in session.

  • After 7:50 students being dropped off are counted as late. Parents are responsible for walking their child in to the elementary office and signing their student in.

Pick Up Procedures

Students being picked up will follow a new procedure to create a safer, more orderly environment for dismissal. Due to Kentling Ave and the front of the elementary school being a designated fire lane and needing to remain clear in case of emergency, we will utilize Saddle Club Road to the north of Highlandville Elementary for dismissal of car riders.

  • Cars or trucks should enter the northern most lane of Saddle Club Road. Follow Saddle Club Road around and pick up and exit facing east.
  • Do not use cell phones while picking up your student. This is for the safety of students and staff.
  • Staff will load the children. Do not encourage students to approach the vehicle.
  • Please refer to the dismissal map. We appreciate your cooperation during the implementation of this new procedure as we work to improve service to our students and families.
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Mrs. Chellsie Cutbirth- Administrative Assistant for 2020-2021

Due to new Covid guidelines- No parents, visitors, or volunteers will be permitted into the buildings until further notice. Parents needing to enter the building should call the office upon entry or schedule an appointment. (417-)-443-3361

**If a child needs to be picked up early from school, you will need to call before 2:30. Call the front office to pick up your student and remain in your car.**


Please give a warm welcome to Highlandville’s new building secretary, Chellsie Cutbirth.

She’s our very own 2006 Spokane alumni. She is coming to us from the Ozark School District. Chellsie’s warm and inviting personality will make a perfect fit for the Highlandville Elementary Team.

Nurse Colby!

Please schedule with Nurse Colby to drop off medication for your student for the 2020-2021 school year.

Nurse Colby Molloy's extension is: 116 & email molloyc@spokane.k12.mo.us

Mrs. Crabtree- HES Counselor

The goal of HES Counseling program is to promote student success and enhance their educational process by assisting them with their academic, social, and emotional needs.

Services Provided by the Counselor:

  • Counseling Lessons- Classroom counseling lessons are taught bi-weekly in each classroom.
  • Responsive Services- individual counseling & small group counseling
  • System Support- Care for Kids, Reading Buddy Coordinator, CARE Team, Character Education Program

Contact Mrs. Crabtree at (417)-443-3361 Ext. 134

Safe Schools Act- HEALTHY Snack Policy

Please be sure to follow the following healthy snack policy. There are extra copies in the HES office if needed.
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New Faces to HES

Mrs. Ashley Claxton

Mrs. Claxton is our new upper elementary Special Education Teacher (grades 4/5).

Mr. Newt Starrett

Mr. Starrett is our new Physical Education Teacher K-5.

Mrs. Lisa Pitts

Mrs. Pitts is our new Music Teacher K-5.

Mrs. Shannon Truitt

Mrs. Truitt will be a familiar face next year. She is moving from her 3rd grade classroom- to being our new Librarian K-5.

HES Discipline

Dear HES Families,

As the new school year 2020-2021 begins, we would like to communicate with you our discipline policy at HES. As a building, it is important to be transparent with stakeholders. We believe in positive reinforcement at HES and value your support.

We have an updated behavior flow chart in our building. This flowchart ensures students and staff both understand the process regarding discipline and office referrals. When a student has a minor/major office referral this requires an administrator consequence, parent contact, and/or signature on referral sheet. Additionally, the use of the flow chart also helps you as a parent understand the processes we have in place.

Please also understand that any violation of the Safe Schools Act or our anti-bullying policy will be sent to the office and dealt with in a direct manner.

To encourage students, we will recognize appropriate behavior with individual, group, and class recognitions. On a weekly basis, every Tuesday, students will be recognized in our morning assembly for their exemplary behavior (now virtual). We appreciate your support in helping us maintain a positive learning environment.

Thank you!

Jessica Burke

HES Principal

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School Menus August

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HES Handbook 2020-2021

Please read our 2020-2021 handbook for any questions regarding our school policies, procedures, discipline, and public notices.

Contact Jessica Burke

Please contact me with questions or concerns. If I am not available- please leave a message with Chellsie and I will get back to you as soon as possible.