Highland Middle School eNews

 August 8, 2017

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Highland Family:

Go to the PARENTS tab of our website at the top to find:


Be sure to mark your calendars-

Wednesday & Thursday, August 9 & 10: Student registration for anyone who did not complete registration at Camp Scottie. Registration will require a proof of address from every child new to Highland (proof of address may be a utility bill in your name, a paycheck stub, or a lease agreement).  

Wednesday, August 16: First Day of School! Student attendance at Highland on the first day of school requires student registration. Registration will require a proof of address from every child new to Highland (proof of address may be a utility bill in your name, a paycheck stub, or a lease agreement).

Monday, August 21: JCPS schools will be delayed 21 minutes to provide time for students to participate in an eclipse activity. More to come on this event!Thursday, September 7: Open House. Walk through your child’s schedule and meet the teachers!

Tuesday, October 10: First official Parent Teacher Conference Day.


Find your bus stops at the Bus Finder link on the JCPS website: https://www.jefferson.kyschools.us/content/bus-finder

Car Riders

Car riders may drop off children starting at 7:00am at the gym doors (west side of school along Richmond Drive). In the afternoon, you will pick up from this same location; the car rider tags allow us to announce your child’s number to have them ready so make sure they know it!

SAFETY: Please wait in the car line (even if you don’t have a car rider number) to avoid children having to cross the pick-up line of car traffic; parents parking near the car line in the afternoon and crossing traffic to get their children create an unsafe situation.  We are afraid a child may get injured in this area running into the parking lot. Parent/student walkers should always use the cross walks located on Richmond Drive.

Always turn right out of the back parking lot in the mornings and afternoons. The car rider line creates a horrible blind spot and we don’t want a collision with child or car!

School Supplies

School supplies are not required on the first day of school.  Just bring a pen or pencil and some paper. We follow the JCPS school supplies list: box of colored pencils, pen, pencils, loose leaf paper, 7 two-pocket folders and notebooks (2 compositions and 5 spiral).


Your child will not need a backpack during the first two weeks of school so please do not bring backpacks until we issue lockers.

Student Handbook

Be sure to review the expectations listed in the Student Handbook. http://schools.jefferson.kyschools.us/Middle/Highland/pdfs/handbook.pdf

IC Parent Portal

Be sure you have access to Infinite Campus Parent Portal. You can change/add email addresses from this site. If you do not have access, you may receive your IC portal activation code and directions by emailing campus.portal@jefferson.kyschools.us and provide your name, child's name(s) and contact phone number. If you want a login for both parents/guardians, please provide both names. Once your info is verified you will receive an email with login instructions.


This is a rare opportunity to save money on the cost of a sports physicals. These sports physicals are good for the entire school year so get yours done this summer!
Clinics are at the GLOH Clinic, 4100 Taylor Blvd. 882-0224 on the second and fourth Mondays of the month at 6pm through September: August 14, August 28, September 11, September 25.

Don't miss this great opportunity!

The Highland sports physical packet can be printed from this website under the PARENTS tab.

Athletic Director: Kennieth W. Ellis (Ken)



Cheer: Stephanie N. Ware



Cross Country: Tyler Fraser

Tryout dates Aug. 2 at 6:00 PM Highland Field



Field Hockey: Lucy A. Miller



Football:  Kendrick Watson



Volleyball: Lauren Benz

Tryout dates July 24 & 25 from 4:00-6:00 PM Highland Gym


Site-Based Decision Making (SBDM) Council

Our SBDM Council has elected to change our current schedule from a six-period day to a seven-period day to (a) reduce class sizes and (b) offer more related arts and core-content elective courses for students. We see this as the next great step at making learning time more meaningful and individualized with the smaller class sizes. We are also excited to provide a range of related arts and electives (taught by core content teachers) to make learning more exciting and aligned with developing the IB learner profile of all our students.

The Highland SBDM Council regularly meets on the second Wednesday of every month in the library from 2:45-4:00. The Highland SBDM Council is a policy-making body that oversees administrative policies, staffing and budget. Your SBDM parent representative can be another resource for you to share ways you would like to see Highland continuously improve.

You may contact your SBDM Parent representatives: Tiffany Baker (tiffany1576@gmail.com), Joy Jacobs-Lawson (jmjaclaw@gmail.com), Ollie Parker (okparker@gmail.com), and Cristy Plank (plankhome@gmail.com).

Your teacher and administrative representatives are: Thomas Aberli, Janae Bartleson, Philip Dunnagan, Tua Gravatte, Tamira Kimbley, Jean Maclean, and Tonya Coleman.