Highview Happenings

September 23, 2022

From the Principal's Desk...

Dear Highview Families,


Happy Fall! I hope you and your loved ones are healthy and well during the start of this beautiful season. We had another busy, productive week here at Highview School. Our academic priorities and routines are in full-swing, and students are engaging in relevant experiences that help to move them forward as learners. During the week of October 3, we will administer our aimswebPLUS benchmark assessment for both ELA and Math. This assessment will help to pinpoint specific areas of strength as well as next steps for future learning. If you have any questions about this assessment, please reach out to your child's classroom teacher.


This week, our School Counselor, Ms. Melissa Lipson, facilitated our kick-off assembly for Social-Emotional Learning (SEL). She focused on reviewing Kelso's Choices for Conflict Management. As a school community, we commit to empowering our students to be able to solve small conflicts and/or problems with minimal to no adult assistance. Of course, the teachers and staff are always willing to assist a child in need when solving conflicts or problems.


I would like to thank our classroom teachers for their hard work in building learning communities in which all students feel loved, safe, and valued. Students check-in on the Mood Meter regularly to describe and reflect upon their emotions. Additionally, teachers and students are working together to put the final touches on their Classroom Charters. These important tools not only involve students in community-building, but also encourage them to talk about their feelings on a regular basis.


Our support staff is well underway with planning for related services for students. They have been working alongside classroom teachers to create cycles and rotations for providing students with enrichment and/or additional support in the areas of English Language Arts and Mathematics. Our support staff is a diverse group of professionals who have deep knowledge in a variety of related services, which include counseling, ENL, remedial math, remedial reading, occupational therapy, physical therapy, and speech. They add tremendous value to our school community!


We are thrilled to welcome Dr. Marc Brackett, Founder of the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence, to Highview Elementary School on Wednesday, October 19, 2022. He will be walking through our classrooms to see the amazing work our teachers are doing to promote the social-emotional and physical well-being of all students. In the evening, he will facilitate a workshop for parents/guardians only, which will begin at 6:00 p.m. in the Highview Auditorium. This parent workshop will focus on social-emotional wellbeing and is open to parents/guardians of students in Grades K-4 here in the Nanuet Union Free School District. Please see the flyer below for more details. We are so excited for this special event!


As we move into this upcoming long weekend, I want you to know how incredibly proud I am of our Highview School community. I cannot thank YOU, our families, enough for your unwavering dedication and support. We could not do this important work without you! I hope you have a restful long weekend and wish you nothing but happiness and joy if you are celebrating one of the upcoming holidays. We look forward to seeing our Highview Knights back in school on Wednesday, September 28, 2022. Enjoy the beautiful long weekend!


Sincerely,


Matthew Lutz

Principal

mlutz@nanuetsd.org

Code of Conduct

The Board of Education is committed to providing a safe and orderly school environment where students may receive and district personnel may deliver quality educational experiences without disruption or interference. We ask that you read and review the Code of Conduct for Grades K-4 with your child. Our goal is to ensure students are engaged in learning while making positive contributions to our school community.

Digital Backpack

Each week, documents will be loaded to our Digital Backpack, which is linked to the bottom of the Highview homepage. We encourage you to check the Digital Backpack, which is updated every Friday, to ensure you have updated information on important dates, events, and opportunities being offered to students and families.

Lunch and Recess (NEW Price Information)


Grade 3 Lunch/Recess is from 11:45-12:30 p.m. daily
Grade 4 Lunch/Recess is from 12:45-1:30 p.m. daily


Please see the following specified prices for breakfast and lunch in all Nanuet Schools:


  • Breakfast at all Nanuet Schools is $1.65
  • Lunch at all Nanuet Schools is $3.00


Please note: Students are also allowed to purchase snacks that are available in the cafeteria. If you'd like your child to purchase a snack, please make sure there is enough money in the account. You can anticipate snacks costing around $2.00 in addition to the cost of lunch. This is just a friendly reminder in an effort to avoid tears -- we want to protect little hearts with tender feelings!


The district will continue to utilize a CASHLESS system.


Payments are accepted as follows:


  • A check or money order made out to Nanuet Union Free School District Lunch Room Account
  • Through the district’s online payment system: www. PayPams.com



An application for Free/Reduced meals has been mailed to all families. We encourage you to complete it. Once the completed application has been received and reviewed, a notification will be mailed to your home. Families that currently receive Medicaid or Snap benefits are automatically qualified through Direct Certification.


Please complete the application as soon as possible so there is no lapse in your child's eligibility.

Meet the Teacher Night - Principal's Presentation (Final Posting)

You can access the Principal's Presentation from Meet the Teacher Night by clicking here.

New Student Group

Ms. Lipson, our School Counselor, has worked to create a "New Student Group" for those Highview students who are new to the Nanuet Union Free School District. The purpose of this group is to help students adjust to being in a new school. Additionally, this group provides students with the opportunity to socialize with one another (and the counselor) without the parameters and structures of a formal counseling group.

RULER Mentor School (2nd Posting)

After a rigorous application process, Highview Elementary School was one of six schools internationally to be selected as a RULER Mentor School. Highview Elementary School has demonstrated exemplary practices in training and facilitating the RULER approach to social-emotional learning and is now recognized as a leader in the RULER community. Highview Elementary School has integrated SEL into our school culture with a focus on instilling these values into the core of our teaching and learning practices, resulting in a positive shift in school climate and better quality student and staff relationships. We look forward to continuing to learn and grow in this new mentor role.


Please save the date! On October 19, 2022, Dr. Marc Brackett, Founder and Director of the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence, will visit Highview School. He will host an assembly for students during the school day and a workshop for parents/guardians in the evening. You can view the "Ruler Mentor School Letter for Families" below to learn more. Specific details are forthcoming. We certainly hope you join us!

Safety and Security Protocols

As you know, the safety of our students and staff is our top priority in the Nanuet Union Free School District. In an effort to ensure our building is safe and secure, we have made some revisions to our visitor policies and procedures at Highview School. The protocols are outlined in the document below.


2022-2023 Safety and Security Protocols - Highview School

Dates to Remember

Monday/Tuesday, September 26 & 27

Rosh Hashanah

Schools Closed


Thursday, September 29

Picture Day

Bring your best smile!


Monday, October 3

Board of Education Meeting at 7:30 p.m.


Monday, October 3 - Friday, October 14

PTA Ms. Chocolate Sale


October 4 - October 7

Fall aimswebPLUS Administration (ELA & Math)


Wednesday, October 5

Yom Kippur - Schools Closed


Thursday, October 6

K-4 Welcome Back Picnic

5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

G.W. Miller Upper Fields


Friday, October 7

Spirit Day

Wear black and gold!


Friday, October 7

Staff Development Day

Early Release for Students at 12:00 p.m.

No Lunch Served


Monday, October 10

Columbus Day - Schools Closed


Tuesday, October 11 - Friday, October 14

Achieve3000 Literacy Level Set Administration


Wednesday, October 12 - Monday, November 7

PTA Carousel Cakes Sale


Monday, October 17 - Friday, October 21

Fall DRA Administration

DRA is the Developmental Reading Assessment


Monday, October 17

PTA Meeting at 7:30 p.m.

Highview School Library


Tuesday, October 18

Board of Education Meeting at 7:30 p.m.


Wednesday, October 19

Dr. Marc Brackett Parent Workshop at 6:00 p.m.

Highview School Auditorium


Friday, October 28

Highview's Halloween Happenings

6:00-8:00 p.m. at Highview School

This event is for Highview students only.