Copy of EEVP.jpg


In this Issue...

  • A Note from the Principal
  • EEVP Open House
  • Materials Pick UpDate
  • Meet the New AP
  • Mark Your Calendar
  • PTO Update
  • Highlands Employment

A Note from the Principal...

Screen Shot 2021-04-07 at 10.03.20 AM.png

It has been a great start to the school year. Thanks for the partnership and support. Next week we begin schedule of services. Your homeroom teacher will send you an updated schedule that includes music, art and gym. Advanced Academics services will beginning as well.

I am very excited to be presenting to you all on Townhall Tuesday this coming Tuesday, September 14th from 6-7pm. This will be a hybrid format, meaning you will be able to come in-person to the Highlands Art Room or connect virtually through google meeting. (see details below) 

This is our annual State of the School Update. I will be sharing all the hard work that is happening at Highlands. Updates include: academic progress, social emotional focus areas, professional learning and development of our amazing teachers as well as exciting developments in outdoor nature-based learning and exploration and environmental learning. 

Please join me! There will be a time for questions facilitated by our fabulous PTO presidents. I am looking forward to sharing Highlands with you in detail on Tuesday Night! 




Highlands is hosting an event specifically for EEVP families to learn more about our year together, ask questions and meet your new assistant principal, Sean Beaverson.

Thursday, September 9 · 4:00 – 5:00pm

Google Meet joining info

Video call link:

Or dial: ‪(US) +1 904-406-7575 PIN: ‪734 069 654#

Materials Pick UpDate

Materials Pick Up.jpg

If you weren't able to pick up your materials yesterday, please feel free to come Friday between 8:00-1:00. The bags will remain in the vestibule at Highlands. If you need help getting the materials please email Courtney Muehlbauer.

Look for the next materials pick up in just two weeks on Sept 22. Our Talent Development team will be putting together Curiosity Lab kits!

New EEVP Leader


Meet your new

Assistant Principal for EEVP

Hello Highland’s EEVP families! I am thrilled to be officially named your Assistant Principal. I have been working in education since 1998 and have been a part of the Edina district as the Digital Learning Specialist for the past four years. It is my honor to get to work on behalf of your students as we strive to thrive on our virtual pathway.

The Virtual Pathway will present some unique challenges, but also some unique opportunities. We are going to grow as a community of learners from our youngest aged students to the adults supporting those students. This is quite a year - and quite an adventure. It’s going to be GREAT!

Please do not hesitate to reach out with questions/concerns or feedback. And as your newly appointed Assistant Principal I have my first request. Please respond to the “First Weeks Feedback” form so we can better know how things are going for your family as we get this year started.

Thank you

Sean Beaverson

We want to know what you think!

Do you have 1 minute to tell us what you think?

We are interested in your feedback on how thee school year is going so far. Please fill out THIS form and let us know! Thanks.


New Family Coffee.jpg

Highlands New Family Gathering

New families are welcome to join us to meet the principal and get to know Highlands better. Our virtual event is coming up next week.

Monday, Sept 13th from 8:30-9:30

or dial +1 785-290-1650 PIN: 297 964 946#

Curriculum Night Logo.jpg

Thursday, September 23rd

This year Curriculum Night will be virtual. Watch your child’s classroom video to get informed about the amazing year ahead. Then come to the Virtual Google Meet Townhall meeting at your grade level's assigned time. Assigned Times between 4:30-6:00. You can ask questions of the teachers or just listen in. Look for more details next week.

Highlands Town Hall.jpg

State of the School Update

Town Hall & PTO General Meeting

Tuesday, Sept 14

6:00-7:00 pm

In person: Highlands Art Room - enter through Door 1


Or dial +1 859-740-9955 PIN: 551 925 176#

Highlands PTO

Highlands PTO.jpg

We hope the return to school learning is going well for all our families! We have many opportunities to support the Highlands school community, which includes the EEVP students and teachers - please read on! 

  • PTO Dues - if you have not done so already, please pay your PTO dues and update your family information in Membership ToolKit here or on the app. MTK is where you will find the Family Directory and the only place to sign up for volunteer opportunities.

  • Volunteer Opportunities – we have many great opportunities to volunteer right away! Check out the Membership ToolKit where these opportunities are posted for sign ups: 
  • Great Gathering Committee Volunteers – be a part of planning the school’s fun Fall fundraiser! Variety of committee positions available. 
  • Classroom Volunteers – Sign ups live now! Help in the classroom by signing up to be a Room Parent (Sign-ups for Room Parentsor Art Adventure Volunteer (Sign Ups Art Adventure ). An orientation meeting for room parents will be held virtually on September 10th. More info to come for Art Adventure

  • Highlands Gear - Last day for the Highlands Spirit Shop is TODAY, Sept 9th – get your orders in now!


Highlands 21-22 Yearbooks are now for sale.

Prices go up October 9!


Highlands yearbooks are now for sale. Order now through the Jostens website for the lowest prices of the year.


Yearbooks are $19 until October 8 and $24 after that. Please order soon. If you'd like a scholarship for your student's yearbook, please contact school social worker Addie Hakes.


Highlands is using a new vendor this year to align with our photo service provider and the rest of the district. With this change hard cover yearbooks are no longer an option for ordering. 


kid w pencil.png

Opportunities to be Part of the Highlands Team:

We have quite a few options for employment right now at Highlands. Please reach out to Shaun Pakenham if you are interested in learning more. Part-time and full time positions available.

Other District Jobs Available 

As a parent of student(s) in Edina Public Schools, you may be or you know people who may be a perfect fit in a supporting role. You’re invited to consider becoming part of our team.

  • Early-Riser or Available After School?
  • Provide a safe ride to school and back home by becoming a school bus driver! We will provide paid training and support for obtaining the required driver’s license.
  • Starting pay ranges $18 to $19 per hour and up!
  • Available During the Student Day?
  • A special education paraprofessional (assistant) position may be for you. Under the guidance of the teacher, you would assist with student learning and growth.
  • Starting pay ranges $17 to $20 per hour.

To view the detailed job postings and to begin an application, please visit the Employment Page on our website at this link, and click on the job you’d like to view. Or call Human Resources Specialist, Megan Kooman at 952-848-4006 for more information.