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To acquire and distribute resources to Highland Local Schools to supplement learning opportunities for its students, staff and community. We achieve this by providing direct support for student development, encouraging staff excellence and creativity, promoting the school district as a center for community learning, and helping to build a strong school partnership.

Foundation News

Annual Dinner Event is Record-Breaker!

Highland Foundation for Educational Excellence extends a sincere thank you to the Highland community for a record-breaking, 13th Annual Great Gifts Dinner on November 4 at Weymouth Country Club. The theme for this year’s event was A Vintage Soirée...Honoring the Past, Inspiring the Future. Guests enjoyed a 1920’s theme and each neighboring township was represented at 1920s-style stations. Guests were given passwords to “enter” into the different township stations to try to win a prize.  

Welcome to Our New Website!

Foundation LogoThe Highland Foundation for Educational Excellence has completed a redesign of its website. The site will further enhance functionality and improve communication with parents, students, donors, staff and the community. The site features an updated and consistent design, easy-to-read content and user-friendly navigation. 

“Much like our partners at the Highland Local Schools, The Foundation is continuously looking for ways to more effectively connect and communicate with members of the school community,” stated Theresa Wright, Executive Director of The Highland Foundation. “The new website allows our organization to more efficiently provide information regarding our mission and vision, as well as grants and programs, our successes, financial reports and future goals.” Additionally, the new site is ADA compliant and offers accessibility features for those with disabilities.

Visitors to the website will notice that the design and functionality mirrors that of the Highland District site in an effort to maintain consistency. The Foundation has added the ability to register for e-communication updates, as well as an updated calendar of events. One important change to note is that all Highland alumni information, updates and alumni database registration is now being filtered through the Foundation site. “For the past year, this information was located on the school district website, but since the Highland Alumni Association works in conjunction with The Foundation, the migration of the information to the new site made the most sense,” explained Mrs. Wright.  

The Foundation will continue to review the web site on a regular basis to ensure that it meets the needs of all users.

Time to Honor Your Highland 'Star'

It’s that time of year to honor your Highland STAR and make their day brighter. The holidays will be here before you know it, and many of us are searching for that perfect gift for teachers or community members who have made an impact on our child’s academic success.

The Staff and Teacher Award Recognition (STAR) program proudly honors a Highland community member of your choice for their outstanding achievements. Each recipient is presented with an award certificate and either a box of bonbons or the Highland Diamond etched with our Highland Hornet and date. A personal note from the donor can also be included with the STAR award. Just fill out the STAR Awards form found online or in any school office, and the Highland Foundation will do the rest!

Each award presented requires a $10 minimum donation for a mini decorated box of bonbons, a $30 donation for a large decorated box of bonbons, or a $30 donation for the Highland Diamond hanging ornament. The deadline for submission is Wednesday, December 13.  Awards will be distributed December 14 and 15.

There are two easy ways to place your order:
1. Pay online with a credit card at highlandfoundation.org
2. Mail your completed form with payment to the Highland Foundation, 3880 Ridge Road, Medina, OH 44256. Please make checks payable to the Highland Foundation.

For more information, contact Michelle Cottrell at 440-935-4223 or email at moonshei87@gmail.com.

College Now Program in Full Swing

College Now LogoThe Highland Foundation has funded the "College Now Great Cleveland" initiative for the past five years. The mission of College Now is to increase college attainment through college access and success advising, financial aid counseling and scholarship services. On-site appointments are held at the high school for parents and students.

During the 2016-17 school year alone, College Now served 116 HHS students, aided in the completion of 170 FAFSA applications and offered 89 individual sessions.

The Highland Foundation is proud to underwrite the College Now program, the first to be offered in Medina County, to our Highland School District. To learn more, visit the College Now web site. To schedule an appointment, please contact CARMEN DANIEL at (330) 485-9364 or via email: cdaniel@collegenowGC.org.

Coming Up: One District, One Book

Photo of Past Program BooksElementary students at all three schools will received a common book to read during a month-long reading celebration beginning in January 2018. The new book will be announced to the schools in January and students will celebrate with a kick-off event. The, throughout the month, students will participate in related activities. This initiative, now in its 4th year, encourages students to engage in reading outside of the classroom.

Coming Up: Beo Strings Residency

Beo String QuartetA young and innovative classical string quartet (2 violins/viola/cello) from Pittsburgh, PA, Beo Strings specializes in a traditional classical repertoire, as well as exploring new musical styles and boundaries. They will work with the 410 students of the Highland orchestra program during a two-day workshop on March 7-8, 2018, on chamber music, technical precision and making artistic decisions as independent performers. The project will culminate with a performance featuring Beo in concert with the HHS orchestra students on March 8 in the high school auditorium.

Committee Inducts First Group into Alumni Hall of Fame

The Highland Alumni Association, in partnership with The Highland Foundation for Educational Excellence hosted the Inaugural Distinguished Alumni Hall of Fame on October 6 at Highland Middle School. The committee honored the first Hall of Fame class and recognized the 50th Anniversary of the Class of 1968. It was a special evening, as Highland Board of Education member Chris Wolny read each inductee’s impressive list of accomplishments.

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Medina, OH 44256