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2018 Star Award Winners Great Lakes Theatre Residency at HHS National Players Discuss the Great Gatsby at Highland High School Author Elise Broach Visits Elementary Schools Music Students at Highland High School Exchange Students from China

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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

45 Honored with STAR Awards

The Highland Foundation’s STAR Award Program completed one of the largest campaigns to date in May with 45 teachers and staff members recognized. The Staff and Teacher Award Recognition (STAR) awards program proudly honors a Highland teacher, staff or community member for their outstanding achievements and commitment to the district. Each award recipient is presented with a certificate, and a box of bonbons from The Bon Bon Cakery or the Highland Diamond sun catcher etched by Carrie Rischmiller. Proceeds from the STARS program are used to fund unique and innovative learning opportunities for Highland Local Schools and the community. The Highland Foundation awards grants for classroom innovation, special needs, musical enrichment and artist-in-residences. Grants are awarded for projects and programs that demonstrate creative teaching practices, seek to engage students and explore new and imaginative curriculum ideas.

Submit Your Artwork for Highland Foundation Annual Report Cover!

For its 2017-18 Annual Report publication, The Highland Foundation would like to feature the work of a Highland student on the cover. Highland students in grades Pre-K through high school are invited to submit a high-resolution photograph, graphic design or other piece of art that captures the spirit of Highland and showcases educational excellence. Download form for full details: Contest Entry Form

2018 Hornet Dash is 6/24

The 3rd Annual Hornet Dash, sponsored by the Highland Alumni Association in conjunction with The Highland Foundation, is set for Sunday, June 24. The 5k Run/Walk and Kid’s Fun Run will begin at 8:30 a.m. at the Highland Stadium. Onsite registration and packet pick-up begins at 8 a.m. Cost is $15 per adult and $5 for students (includes t-shirt). The Fun Run and Kids Obstacle Course, hosted by Premier Fitness and Performance, is FREE! To guarantee a t-shirt, please register by June 8 through the following link: http://register.chronotrack.com/r/39582. Proceeds benefit The Highland Foundation.

Great Lakes Theatre Residency at HHS

Great Lakes Actors with HHS StudentsHHS Student ActorsActors from the Great Lakes Theatre Company hosted workshops each day, May 7-11 at Highland High School. Sophomore English students had the opportunity to gain an appreciation for the art and writing style of Shakespeare as the actors portrayed scenes from Great Lakes ActorsJulius Caesar. The goal of this hand-on and creative experience is to help English students with reading and connecting to the text of Shakespeare. The Great Lakes Theatre residency, made possible through a grant by The Highland Foundation for Educational Excellence, included acting, discussion and theatre exercises.

Program Continues to Bolster Love of Reading, Community Inclusion

Jeff Nicholas, Highland retired teacher and artist, with Sharon studentsHHS senior Elly Ciesinski guides Hinckley 2nd grader Sophia Schidowka as she creates her own mini artwork.Over the past several years, the One District, One Book program, sponsored by The Highland Foundation, has proven extremely successful in fostering a love of reading for students in grades K-5. Each January, students and staff enjoy a whole-school “book reveal” assembly. This year was no different as students could barely contain their excitement to start reading the book “Masterpiece” by Elise Broach. 

To supplement this month-long program, “Masterpiece” author Elise Broach was invited to each school to offer a presentation on her book and explain what it takes to become a children’s author. 

Save the Date: 2018 Annual Dinner

Please mark your calendars now for the 14th Annual Highland Foundation Great Gifts Dinner Auction set for Saturday, November 10, 2018, at Weymouth Country Club. As always, it promises to be a wonderful event! If you or someone you know is intersted in becoming a member of the planning committee, please email Jill Hennessey, event chairperson, at 

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