Highland Happenings

January 2020

Happy New Year, and Welcome to 2020!

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Red Cross Club and Donation December

Before we left for break, the Red Cross Club along with the help of the FFA crew held a donation event. Here are the results:

  • 1500 items of clothing donated to the Bakersfield Homeless Shelter
  • 115 new toys donated to the Jamison Center
  • 385 books will be shipped to a rural library in the Philippines

All three organizations commented about the generosity of the students at Highland High School. A huge thank you to the FFA/AG Advisors for collaborating with us on this event. Also a shout out to the participating teachers: Pete Parra, Kathryn Karlen, Carlos Marquez, and Victoria Martinez.

Highland Robotics Going to State

On Saturday, December Highland competed in a regional robotics tournament with teams from Bakersfield, Fresno, and Riverside. Highland took 1st place out of 19 teams and qualified to compete at the California State Robotics Championships in March.

Congratulations to seniors Angel Aldaco, Adesh Boparai, and Alexander Lopez.

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American FFA Degree honoree from the National Convention

One of Highland's 2019 graduates, Harrison McAuliffe, received his American FFA Degree from the National FFA Organization at the 2019 National FFA Convention.

The American FFA Degree is a National Award for agriculture students who excel in the areas of leadership, community involvement, and have outstanding supervised agriculture experience programs through which the member has demonstrated comprehensive planning, managerial, and financial expertise.

In California, only 479 FFA members of 93,927 were nominated for this prestigious award in 2019. The San Joaquin Region was home to 183 of the members with 1 coming from Highland FFA!


Congratulations on a job well done!

Shout out to Scots Alumnus, Savannah Berry

On Sunday, December 8, Savannah Berry (Class of 2014) ran the California International Marathon in a time of 2 hours and 44 minutes. With this time, she has earned her qualification to race at the Olympic Trials for the marathon!

Savannah's father is Manus Berry, our district HVAC technician, and her brother is 10th grader Brandon Berry.

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Just Keep Reading

Highland High is really getting into the Reading Spirit this school year, and in October, the HHS Library encouraged readers by presenting a prize to any student—or staff member—who finished reading a book sometime during the month. Students simply came to the library and told teacher librarian Mrs. Brown about the book they’d read. They received a cool “Zombie-repellent” wristband, perfect for keeping away those pesky Halloween “undead!”

The Highland Library is also displaying our school’s Top Readers with their pictures on the library walls. Come by and check them out! Stay tuned for more cool reading-related activities and celebrations in the library, and “just keep reading!”

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Ms. Alatorre's 2nd Period English 9 class wins the November Reading Competition

Congratulations to Ms. Alatorre’s 2nd period English class for winning the November reading competition. The class read 38 books during the month of November! They will attempt to defend their top spot next semester in the next competition.

Students will be enjoying pizza Tuesday as they study for finals, and they’ll have possession of the trophy (yet to arrive & yet to be named) until another class is able to out-read them in the next competition.

Coffee with the Principal

Monday, Jan. 13th, 9:30am

2900 Royal Scots Way

Bakersfield, CA

Let's kick off the second semester with great conversation and coffee!

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