The Highland Academy Weekly

Educating for Leadership, Educating for Life

Principal Greetings

Dear Highland Community,

Happy Thanksgiving! I hope you are able to enjoy time with friends and family in this celebration of gratitude and service to others. We have an amazing community and I am honored to work with wonderful colleagues, students, and parents.

Not only is this four-day break a great chance to reboot and refresh, it is an opportunity for students to spend quiet time working on catching up before the end of the semester. Please encourage your child to log in to Empower, check for missing assignments, and spend time working. Quarter 2 progress reports will be headed your way in late December and this is a great opportunity to catch up.

Thank you for the amazing turn out at the Barnes and Noble book fair. We had a great turnout and a lot of fun activities.

Intensives are around the corner and we are always looking for parent help. If you are available to chaperone, drive, donate goods or time, please let us know. Schedules are in Empower, so if you'd like to see what your child is enrolled in, log in, change the date to Dec 12, and the courses will show up on the home page.

Have a safe and gratitude-filled weekend!

All the best,

~Ms. Johnson & Ms. Crosby,


EVENTS THIS MONTH - Mark Your Calendar!

Thanksgiving Break: November 28 & 29

PTSO Meeting: December 4: 5:30-7:00

APC Meeting: December 5; 6:00 pm

Jingle Bell Jam (dance): December 6; 7-10 pm

MAP Testing: ELA December 5 & 6

Math December 9 & 10

Holiday Bazaar: December 14

Intensives: December 12-18

MIT: December 19 (Last day of the semester)

Winter Break Begins Dec 20

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Student Activity Fee

We rely on student activity fees to pay for contextual learning opportunities both in an out of the building. Our student activity fee is $75/semester. We appreciate payments made through Zangle or by check at the front desk.

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.

A Note From the Nurse

You may have heard about the recent localized illness at Rogers Park Elementary. The state Department of Epidemiology is involved in trying to narrow down the illness. With that said Health Services is offering another open to the public and free flu clinic on Friday December 6th from 230-430.

I also am able to continue giving flu shots from my office free for students or parents (who have insurance that covers immunizations)

Clubs Are Scheduled!

Math Club Tuesdays 2:30-3:30

D&D Wednesdays 1:30-3:30

Archery Thursdays 2:30-4:00

Kraftaoke Fridays 2:30-3:30

Yearbook Fridays 2:30-3:30

Battle of the Books (6th only): Wednesday & Friday at lunch


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.


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