The Highland Academy Weekly

Educating for Leadership, Educating for Life

Principal Greetings

Dear Highland Community,

We've had a busy week of MAP Growth testing. Thanks for your help preparing your child for testing. The results of this test will help us identify areas of growth for your child. We have a few make up tests throughout the week next week.

As a 6-12th grade school, we work through many issues that our society is currently facing. One of those issues is the use of appropriate and respectful language. We have a strong Culture of Respect for Everyone at Highland, and we try to hold all stakeholders accountable to that. Words are powerful. Students need to understand the impact of degrading and demeaning words, what to do when they hear these words, and how to advocate for themselves and others. We have been addressing this issue as a school and will continue to hold our students to high expectations. Please take time to discuss the power and impact of words with your child, and let us know if you have any questions or comments. We take the physical and emotional safety of our school very seriously.

September is attendance awareness month. Please help us meet our attendance goals by having your child here by 7:55 on a daily basis, and call any absences or tardies in by 8:00 every day. There is a direct correlation between attendance and academic progress. Please use the Rideshare Connections link below if you would like to connect with other families who live your region to help get you child here on time.

We continued to be honored to work with you and your family.

All the best,

~Ms. Johnson & Ms. Crosby,


"All labor that uplifts humanity has dignity and importance and should be undertaken with painstaking excellence." - Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.


Parent Workshop: Digital Citizenship: September 18 5:30-7:00

PTSO BINGO Night: September 27, 6:00-8:00 at Highland

PSAT: For 10th & 11th Graders, Oct 16, 8:00am-12:00 pm (limited seats available)

A Request From the Language Arts Team

Our Language Arts department is in need of copies of To Kill A Mockingbird and Romeo & Juliet. If you happen to have copies of these books that are gathering dust and you'd like to donate them, we'd gladly take them. Also, if you happen to see any books with the Highland Academy stamp on the top, please return them. We'll be emailing you directly if your child did not return a book last year, and we appreciate any help you can offer.

Volunteer Opportunities

We are currently in need of a parent volunteer on our Safety Committee that meets monthly on the second Tuesday of the month at 7:30 am, and a parent to help take plastic, glass, and aluminum to the recycling center twice a month. If you are able to help with either of these duties, please let us know.
Lunch Orders

Click here to pre-order lunches from our caterer, Wooden Spoons Alaska. You can also see the menu for the month, and contact Amy.

Ride Share Connections

Use this form to communicate your ride share needs, availability, and location. We will connect you with others in your area to make arrangements to reduce demands on your time and resources, and minimizes traffic: win-win!

Student Activity Fee

We offer many great learning opportunities and activities for students. Our student activity fee is $75/semester (you can pay all at once or split it up). Alternatively, sign up to volunteer for 20 hours per semester:

Clubs Are Starting Up!

Math Club Tuesdays 2:30-3:30

D&D Wednesdays 1:30-3:30

Kraftaoke Fridays 2:30-3:30

Battle of the Books TBD


Please join the PTSO! You will benefit by being part of an organization that works hard to support our great school. You can find registration forms at the front desk, the website, or here:

If you haven't joined yet, please take this 10 second survey:

Visit our website: to learn more about the mission and members of the PTSO. If you'd like to become a member today, use this link (also found on the website).

Other ways to support the PTSO include:

Support Highland Academy when you shop Amazon! Link your Amazon account to Highland Academy Charter School at: After linking you account, be sure to visit rather than Amazon standard to share a percentage of your proceeds with our school. Sign up takes 1 minute, then just remember to Smile first, and double check that your proceeds go to Highland Academy PTSO in Anchorage (there are many other Highland Academy Charter Schools out there).

Please remember to link your Fred Meyer Rewards card to Highland Academy Charter School PTSO (#92327). If you've already signed up please double check and make sure you are connected to the correct School number: 92327. You continue to earn rewards and Highland earns too!


You can clip your box tops and deliver them to the front office, or you can now scan box tops and link to receipts. More information to come.


Tip of the week: Log in to Empower, select a Block, and explore a playlist. Ask your child to give you a tour.

After School Activities

Students involved in clubs are welcome to stay after school. However, we have many students who are not in clubs, milling around. It would be great if we could get them picked up earlier than 3:30, but understand if this is a hardship for you.