Monday, April 26, 2021

Highland Newsletter 4/26-5/1/21

                                           HIGHLAND HIGH SCHOOL PRINCIPAL'S NEWSLETTER

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Dear Highland Parent, Student, and Ram Supporter,

Summer School dates are set. There is one summer school session this year from June 1st to July 8th. Summer School will be online. There are accommodations for students who do not have internet. Please contact your school counselor to register or for other questions or concerns.

Highland Student Leaders Mckenna Armstrong and Mason Mickelsen met with county officials to request the use of the Portneuf Wellness Amphitheater for the Make-A-Wish Highland Idol Finale. Their request was granted! We are so grateful to the county officials for their support of this event and for Mckenna and Mason for their leadership and hard work. 

This Saturday, May 1st at 7pm at the Portneuf Wellness Amphitheater come and participate in the Make-A-Wish Highland Idol Finale. It is $5 at the door. All proceeds go to the Make-A-Wish foundation to sponsor Kash, from our own Pocatello/Chubbuck community, who Highland is sponsoring. There are still shirts available for sale $12 and wrist bands $1 again proceeds go to Make-A-Wish. Please contact the Highland bursar if you would like a shirt and/or wrist band. 

Yearbook is taking pictures of the Make-A-Wish events and selling the pictures to support Make-A-Wish. Here are the first two photo galleries.
You can find the other photo galleries as they come available on Highland's Website=
Graduation tickets will be available beginning May 10th at your high school during school hours. A group of four (4) reserved seats will be randomly assigned for each graduate.  An additional group of 2 reserved seat tickets per graduate will be available in the overflow section and can be picked up at the same time. 
Tickets must be picked up no later than May 21st.

 If ADA accessible seating is needed within the 4-ticket group, let the school know prior to May 3rd.


Here is the testing schedule to finish out the school year.
  • Mon 5/3 7:45am Gateway Rm-205 AP Gov and Politics Exam
  • Tue 5/4 7:45am Rm-275 & Media Center AP Calculus Exam
  • Wed 5/5 11:45am  Gateway Rm-205 AP Physics Exam
  • Thur 5/6 7:45am Ram Room AP US History Exam
  • Fri 5/7 7:45am Gateway Rm-205 AP Chemistry Exam
  • Mon 5/10 7:45am Ram Room AP World History Exam
  • Wed 5/12 7:45am Media Center AP Lang & Comp
  • Fri 5/14 7:45am Gateway Rm-205 AP Biology Exam
  • Mon 5/17 11:45am Gateway Rm-205 AP Statistics Exam
  • Thu 5/20 Senior Finals 
  • Tue 5/25 Fresh, Soph, Junior Finals 0, 1st and 4th Periods
  • Wed 5/26 Fresh, Soph, Junior Finals 2nd, 3rd and 5th Periods 
Please plan to be present and prepared for each test. Get a good night's rest and a eat a good breakfast. 

Please contact your counselor with any questions or concerns.   

      Dates and locations have been decided for graduation and graduation events. Here are the events for graduates..
      -As of right now we will not be holding an NHS graduation ceremony.
      -April/May=Parent sponsored prom events in April/May. 
      -5/3 Last day to let administration know if you need graduation tickets that are ADA compliant. 
      -5/10 Graduation tickets are available for pickup from the bursar during school hours. 
      -5/19 Senior Pictures in Cap and Gown for Graduation Ceremony Display-Stuart's Photography
      -5/19 at 12:30pm in Media Center=Highest Honors Recognition Luncheon and Awards 
      -5/20 and 5/21=Senior Finals 
      -5/21 Last day to pickup tickets for graduation from the bursar during school hours. 
      -5/26 at 7am Departure from Highland=Parent sponsored Senior Lagoon Trip Day (see school counselor if you need help paying for this, parents have provided opportunities so everyone who wants to can go).
      -5/27 at 9am Mandatory Graduation Rehearsal at Holt Arena-Graduates must show to be able to walk at graduation.
      -5/27 at 11am in Highland Cafeteria=Parent sponsored Senior Graduates Breakfast and Awards. 
      -5/27 at 6pm in Holt Arena=Highland Graduation (4 tickets per graduate, masks required)
      -6/2-6/3/21 9am-12pm Diploma Pickup from Registrar @ Highland High School
      We are excited that we are able to have these events and we are so excited to celebrate with our graduates.
    Here is some more detailed information from Highland Senior Parents=

When:  Wednesday the 26th.  (Yes, this is the day before graduation. Lagoon is closed on Friday)

Time: 7:00 am departure.  Lagoon closes at 4:00pm.  We will return back around 7pm.

Where: Meet the buses in student parking lot at Highland High.

Cost: $45 per student and chaperones need to pay as well.  Please make sure to specify your students name when purchasing ticket.

The students or parents can pay via check or Venmo.

Checks can be made out to - HHS Senior Class of 2021 and or Taylor Shipley /Brooke McMinn

Venmo Account- highlandclass2021

We need to have them specify it is for their LAGOON TICKET and not for donations.

Lagoon will be sending out our tickets about 3-4 weeks in advance.  We need to get the kids to help advertise because we want lots of kids to be able to go.  They can do this through social media, word of mouth, even some posters throughout the school.   

Food venues will be open throughout the park but we will also have an area where they can bring food.  We, as parents/chaperones, will be there to stay with their stuff and also be there incase of any emergencies or if the kids need a source of contact.

If you or your student has a season pass to Lagoon, you need to check with Lagoon if they will honor it due to the fact it is a “student day”  for students only and the tickets are at a discounted rate.  I left a message with Lagoon but I have not heard back.  If you need the bus pass only it will be $10. 

Donations:  We need help with reaching out to people and businesses!!!!  Does anyone have any updates?  If anyone has any connections please let us know so we can reach out.  Our breakfast options and raffle prizes depend on what we can afford.  We need to start collecting as soon as possible.

Checks can be made out to - HHS Senior Class of 2021 and or Taylor Shipley /Brooke McMinn

Venmo Account- highlandclass2021

All Donations will be recognized in Senior Graduation Program

Senior Breakfast:






We need baby pictures!!!

We have Chloe Stoddart doing our senior class video.  All senior pictures have been received but we would like baby pictures to add to it.  Please submit their baby pictures with their names and include any fun student body videos or pictures.  We realize that there were not a lot of opportunities for these types of pictures or videos but if you have something along this line, please send it.

Please submit pictures to:

Jpeg, gif, png all will work

We had the opportunity to speak to administration and get approved to make sure we would be able to continue with our breakfast in the cafeteria at Highland.  Would anyone like to be in charge of decorations or know of any options regarding table cloths or other fun ideas?  We need volunteers to help with decorating and set up and take down along with serving food and helping with the raffle.  Please let me know what you would like to help with.

Raffle:  We will be doing a raffle for the students.  This is usually done at the all Night Party but, since we are doing Lagoon, we want to make this happen at the breakfast.   We need to try and get as many gifts donated as we possibly can.  Gift cards, actual gifts, or services are great examples of things we need.

Please know that our biggest need is for donations and raffle prizes. We welcome any support, or fun ideas.

      Thank you so much to all of our parents and our school district administration who have been working hard to make graduation special and memorable for our students. 

TRIO Talent Search

Purpose: Provide parent(s)/guardian(s) information regarding the TRIO Talent Search program at their school. Communication can be sent electronically through email or other platform.

Email Headline: FREE College Planning Resource – Apply Today.

Email Content: see below.

College planning starts today. TRIO offers FREE services such as tutoring.

TRIO ETS is a federally funded program through the Department of Education that assists students from limited-income background, are first generation (neither their parents received college degree), or have a need for the services provided. We provide the necessary resources and one-on-one interactions based on their individual needs. Some of the services we generally provide are:

·         College Visitation Programs: Students can participate in campus visits, overnight college tour stays; while interacting with faculty/staff, seeing up to 16 colleges/universities and exploring career options.

·         Financial Aid/Scholarship Search: Our professional trained ETS advisors will work with students to complete the FAFSA, offer tips for scholarship writing and keep students up-to-date on available scholarships.

·         Navigating College Admissions: ETS advisors will work with students in completing the admissions process to colleges/universities of their choice and provide resources on next steps for college.

·         Group Tutoring/Mentoring: TRIO tutors and mentors will be available at select high schools to tutor students in specific subjects and/or help students in a variety of areas such as answer questions regarding college transition.

Services might vary, depending on COVID restrictions.

TRIO ETS program offers limited availability – If you have questions please call 208.282.3001.


The counseling center has started a google classroom in order to make accessing information and resources easier. The classroom code is C22SK7K

There is a specific counselor's google classroom for information for graduates. The classroom code for graduates is 3BWSNGP.


Tutoring is available both through a google meet and/or in person. To set up your tutoring, please contact the following teachers:
Mary Johnston-Math Tutoring
Story Holsten-English Tutoring
Pam Fleischman-General Tutoring


We can think, be, and learn more as we work together to continually improve.    

Go Highland Rams!

Highland High School Administration (208)237-1300
-Dr. Brad Wallace-Principal ( phone ext.103
-Travis Bell-Assistant Principal/Athletic and Activities Director ( phone ext.105
-Jena Wilcox-Assistant Principal ( phone ext.104
-Steve Morton-Assistant Principal ( phone ext.107

-Shelley Huelsman ( phone ext.106

-Elaine Whitehead ( phone ext.114

Counseling Center (208)237-1300
-Tami Romriell=students with last name A-D ( phone ext.131
-Christa Santos-Smith=students with last name E-K ( phone ext.109
-Cali Baker(Department Chair)=students with last name L-R ( phone ext.110
-Tricia Harvala=students with last name S-Z ( phone ext.116

School Psychologist
-Debra Erlandson-(