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Great Lakes Theatre Residency at HHS National Players Discuss the Great Gatsby at Highland High School Author Elise Broach Visits Elementary Schools STAR Award Winners 2017 Annual Great Gifts Dinner Committee Music Students at Highland High School Exchange Students from China

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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. 

Coming Up: All the Waves We Cannot See

Many students find it difficult to understand waves in science and technology. Highland Middle School students will begin to see and understand those waves through a program that will take place over the course of two weeks in May. Ozobots are miniature infrared sensors using robots that respond to different color-coded sequences, as well as other stimuli, to perform a task. In addition, using a Microwave Optics System to indirectly observe invisible microwaves, students will develop a deeper knowledge of different frequency ranges of the electromagnetic spectrum and how they are used to communicate and decode information to perform a task. Students will compare these technologies to community-used technologies such as cell phones, radios, remotes and satellites. Cost of this Foundation-sponsored grant, which focuses on STEM studies, is $3,017.

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 

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.

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