High Country News

Family Newsletter for November 2017

Living & Learning the Cougar Way

Vision, Mission, and Core Values

Vision: Walking together on a journey to excellence!


The mission of High Country Elementary is to inspire each child to grow academically and emotionally into lifelong learners through supportive collaboration in a positive environment.

Core Values: What kind of prints do your PAWS make?

Positive Attitude

Act Responsibly

Work Toward Success

Show Respect

High Country Student Mission and Chant!

At High Country we want our students to know and live our mission, just like our families and staff do. In order to make this happen, we have designed a kid friendly mission statement and a chant that represent our focus and values as a campus. We will say our mission statement each day on the announcements and close with our High Country chant.

Student Friendly Mission Statement:

As High Country Cougars, we will reach our goals by being respectful and responsible, working together, and challenging ourselves to grow every day.

Mission Chant:

We're High Country Cougars

And we're ready to grow!

With respect and team work

We'll reach our goals!

Important Dates


  • 11/6 Wild West Dress Up Day to celebrate the Book Fair
  • 11/6-10 Fall Book Fair in library
  • 11/7 Election Day! PLEASE VOTE!
  • 11/10 Veteran's Day: Wear your class' assigned color!
  • 11/10 Early Release: Dismissal at 11:40
  • 11/10 Parent Conference Day PM
  • 11/10 Chipotle Spirit Night 4:00-9:00
  • 11/13-17 Fire Safety Week
  • 11/14 Girl Scouts Visit at Lunchtime
  • 11/14 Girl Scout Parent Information Meeting 6:00-7:00 in Cafeteria
  • 11/20-24 Thanksgiving Holiday No School
  • 11/28 Cougar Paw Picnics for classroom behavior!
  • 11/30 Van Cliburn Program for Grades 4-5


  • 12/8 Polar Express PTA Night
  • 12/11-12/14 Penguin Patch Holiday Store
  • 12/15 Holiday Parties @ 11:00
  • 12/15 Half Day 11:40 Dismissal
  • 12/18-1/2 Winter Break
  • 1/3 Return to School

Check back frequently as calendar is subject to change

Click Below to see more info on our Book Fair!

Campus Visitor and Volunteer Policy

As the holidays approach we have more and more visitors on campus regularly. Please take note of our policy on visitor sign in and volunteering.

All visitors must report directly to the office and sign in using their valid state issued driver's license or state identification. You will not be allowed past the office without completing this sign in process.

When you leave the school, you must sign out through the office by turning in your visitor's sticker.

When checking out a student before 2:40 or after 3:00 you must sign them out using your identification in the office. Students will only be signed out to adults identified as a parent or guardian or listed on their emergency contact list. Other adults will need a note or phone call from the parent to sign out a student.

We love to invite parents/guardians to attend our celebrations and special events. Parents may attend without volunteering by following sign in procedures in the office. School age students who attend EMS ISD will not be allowed on campus during school hours. This incudes party days and special events at HCE. They are always welcome to attend after school events with their families. For example, if your middle or high school student does not attend school for the day, goes in late, or is out signed out early from school, they will not be able to attend any HCE events on that same day. Please note when considering bringing younger children to party days, there may not be enough party supplies, food, activity etc. for them to participate. These parties are budgeted to account only for the students in the class. You may want to bring something for your younger children to have during the party or arrange for them to stay home while you attend. You may be here as a visitor, but may not be able to volunteer if you bring non school age children along to special events.

If you will be volunteering (directly supervising or working with other people's children) at HCES you must also sign in when you get here with your license. A district level background check will also be required to volunteer. The background check must be completed every school year. This includes chaperoning at field trips, Watchdogs, helping with PTA events etc. If you would like to volunteer, please be sure that you have completed the background check process at least three days prior to the event, as it sometimes takes several days to clear.

We welcome Parents/Guardians to eat lunch with students. There are visitor tables provided for you to eat with your child. Students will only be allowed to eat with the adults listed on their Parent/Guardian or Emergency Contact list in our system. Any other adult wishing to eat with a child must have a note from the parent and we may call to verify as well.

Thank you for partnering with us to keep all of our students safe and secure!

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Lunchtime Reminders!

Breakfast is $1.35 and Lunch is $2.55 daily. Please plan accordingly if your child eats lunch daily.

If you need assistance with lunch costs please click the following link and complete the forms: http://www.emsisd.com/Page/485

For lunch menus please use this link: http://www.emsisd.com/Page/484

To sign up for your child's online lunch account and make deposits or track their purchases click here: http://www.emsisd.com/Page/488

For questions about lunch, please contact Lucy Dean, Cafeteria Manager, by calling the office and requesting to speak to her.

Clothing Donations Needed for the Clinic

If you have gently used tops and bottoms that you no longer need, please consider donating them to the High Country Clinic. All sizes are welcome, but the highest need is for size small. We can not take used socks, shoes, or undergarments. Thank you!