Yesterday our entire teaching staff participated in staff development training in order to use a newly adopted program at Highlands. 
Our teaching staff is excited about ability for our students to have access to on-line instruction that is individualized and enables students to review material, to receive feedback, and to advance in the areas of both READING and MATHEMATICS! 
In order to read about this new program, please go to  http://i-readycentral.com/familycenter/what-is-i-ready/. 
We are hoping to create an incentive-based summer program so that our students are able to review and learn during the summer months while earning prizes for their work! More info to come in the next few newsletters...
We will also hold a family instruction event(s) to help all of you learn how to use iReady at home!
We want to give our HAWKS an excellent start to the new school year... and to give them something to do in the summer time!

You can also take a few minutes to watch an informational video for parents by clicking  here!

Highlands' students in grades 3-6 will begin taking CAASPP assessments in late April. Our teaching staff received training today and each teacher will be sending a personalized letter home to parents indicating the exact dates for their class' testing times. 
Please note that testing takes approximately six hours and is administered on four different dates (with the exception of 5th grades taking two additional assessments in Science & Physical Education). 
We know that students perform better when they take assessments with their peers; we ask that you do everything possible to help your child be at school and on time the dates of testing (and every other day!). 
If you would like to learn more about the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium and to preview test questions that have been released from previous CAASPP years, please go to: https://www.smarterbalanced.org/parents/

What is Smarter Balanced?
What is Smarter Balanced?

Thank you to our PFO (Parent Faculty Organization) for bringing this wonderful opportunity to our students and staff... all students enjoyed visual arts instruction from teaching artist, Amy Ivanyi. Our school focus for the artwork was on "friendship". All artwork will be displayed in the MPR during Open House. Please stop by to enjoy!

Coming soon... free-of-charge to our families:
A night of canvas painting with Out of the Box Art... first come, first served! Look for the flyer this week!

April 10 (Wed): PFO Meeting 7:00pm
April 15-19 Health Week 
April 25 (Thurs): McTeacher Night 
April 26 (Fri): Mother/Son Event 
May 27 (Mon): No School Memorial Day 
May 28 (Tues): Minimum Day 12:10 Dismissal 
May 29 (Wed): PFO Meeting 7:00pm
May 30 (Thurs): Open House 6:30-7:30pm

Highlands School General Info...
Highlands Fun for 3's and 4's Preschool has openings on Tuesday/Thursday for the 2019/2020 School Year.  Preschool is from 8:30 am to 12:00 pm.  There is a $75 registration fee and a monthly fee of $242.00.  Children must be 3 years old on or before September 1st and are fully potty trained. Please contact the Site Supervisor, Heather Gonzales, at  hgonzales@saugususd.org .
Attendance Procedures

Per Saugus Union School District Attendance Policy, we are  required to notify parents for all attendance concerns.  We are required to notify you via US Mail with a letter when your child has 3 or more unexcused absences/tardies (Truancy Letter) or 10 excused absences (Excessive Absences Letter).  Furthermore, if your child reaches 6 unexcused absences or a total of 14 absences, we are required to hold an "in person" meeting with a site/district administrator to address the attendance concerns.

Per Saugus Union School District Attendance Policy, we are  required to  notify parents when students have an excessive amount of tardies.  We are required to notify you via US Mail with a letter when your child reaches 7 tardies.  If your child continues to be tardy and reaches 15 tardies, we are required an "in person" meeting with a site/district administrator to address the tardy concerns.

Our next PFO meeting is Wednesday, April 10th at 7 pm in the MPR. We hope to see you there!  

We will celebrate HEALTH WEEK next week! More details to follow very soon with the exciting things we have planned!

Our Mother/Son Laser Tag Night is fast approaching! It will be Friday, April 26th from 6 pm - 9 pm at Valencia Laser Blast. Ticket forms are coming home soon. Space is limited so remember to send your ticket order back right away to reserve your spot for this memorable and fun-filled night!!
McTeacher Night is Thursday, April 25th at McDonald's from 4 - 7pm!!
Save the date for this fun restaurant night! Our own Highlands teachers will be behind the counter to help take your order! Come visit your favorite teacher and take a night off from cooking. 
20% of the proceeds will be donated back to our PFO and the class with the highest percentage of participation will receive a McDonald's lunch party!!

Please feel free to email us  at  highlandspfoexecutiveboard@gmail.com 
with any questions or concerns.  Stay up to date and in the know with what's going on with PFO!  
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Governing Board
 Laura Arrowsmith - David Barlavi - Julie Olsen - David Powell - Christopher M. Trunkey

Colleen Hawkins, Ed.D.

Saugus Union School District Office Number 661.294.5300