Our School Community

Family Engagement

Since 1968, when Highland Community School was born, we have depended on our parent body’s knowledge, experience, dedication, strength, and resilience. The Montessori philosophy encompasses the theory of developing the “whole child.” As part of that vision, we realize how greatly our children grow with the support of their whole families.

Parent Board of Directors

The Parent Board of Directors meets monthly on the 2nd Tuesday of each month, except July. Meetings will take place either in person or on Zoom. Meeting details can be obtained by emailing bod@highlandcommunityschool.org.

Committees

Family committees are designed to help facilitate the needs around Highland. The committees are fully parent-run and meet as often as needed. To get involved in a parent committee, email Ms. Elizabeth here.

The current list of Parent/Family committees are as follows:

  • Facilities 
  • Finance
  • Hustle
  • Social Justice
  • Strike Squad (Events)
  • Turbo Team (Skilled Work)

 

Clubs & Sports

Clubs and Sports can be an essential part of a child’s life, and our afterschool enrichment depends on family involvement. Most of our club leaders and coaches are current family members. Interested in supporting after-school enrichment? Please email Ms. Elizabeth for more information. 

Family Education

Highland offers Family Education in multiple formats throughout the year including small group discussions, Book Clubs, and  in-person and virtual workshops. Look for upcoming events in Notes Home and on our Google Calendar

Children with involved parents are more likely to:

  • Attend school regularly
  • Have better social skills, show improved behavior, and adapt well to school
  • Earn higher grades and test scores, and enroll in higher-level programs
  •  Be promoted, pass their classes, and earn credits
  •  Graduate and go on to postsecondary education

Benefits of parent-involvement activities for parents include:

  • More confidence in the school
  • Higher teacher expectations of their children
  • Higher teacher opinions of themselves as parents
  • More self-confidence

Commitment to Community 

Community hours are the many ways that parents and other family members get involved throughout the year. Each adult family member supports our students with the commitment to volunteer at least 36 parent hours each year. They can be completed in several ways. Attending orientations/parent teacher conferences, parent committee meetings, school events, supply making, washing classroom laundry, etc. all count toward your 36 hours. Parents can always feel free to check with your child’s teacher to see if there is anything they need.