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Congratulations to all the Highland students who earned AP Scholar status by placing well in the end-of-year national Advanced Placement tests.

Congratulations to Highland's AP Scholars for the 2017/2018 academic year. Our students excelled in the academically challenging college-level courses and end-of-year Advanced Placement exams administered by The College Board. Here's Highland School by the numbers:

AP Scholars: 15
AP Scholars with Honors: 8
AP Scholars with Distinction: 13
National AP Scholars: 2

Special congratulations to Alex Iasso '18 and Cameron Smith '18, who earned National AP Scholars status. Alex will be a freshman at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology. Cam will be a freshman at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute this fall. GO HAWKS!

Interested in joining Highland School for the 2018/2019 academic year? Seats are still available in some grade levels for the Fall semester.
Limited seats are still available in some grades for the 2018/2019 academic year. Interested in learning more about bringing your students from Pre-K2 to Grade 12 to Highland School this fall? Please call Donna Tomlinson, Director of Admission and Indexed Tuition, at 540-878-2740 or email to dtomlinson@highlandschool.org.
Give Local Piedmont is Tuesday, May 1, 2018. Help Highland reach the top of the leaderboard! Your gift during the event will help us earn matching funds and prizes!

Give Local Piedmont, which started at midnight on Tuesday, May 1, is underway. With more than $30,000 in prizes and $100,000 in matching funds, this is a great opportunity to leverage your gift to Highland School. 

Help us reach the top of the leaderboard in total gifts (every gift of $10 or more counts) and total dollars raised.
You can make your gift now at https://bit.ly/2qy387Z and watch the leaderboard throughout the day at https://bit.ly/2qrLGD0. GO HAWKS!

Join us on Saturday, April 14, 2018 for our 90th Anniversary Gala Auction in the Upper School Gym. We're going to party like it's 1928 as we come together to celebrate 90 years of Highland School!

Join us on Saturday, April 14, 2018 for our 90th Anniversary Gala Auction in the Upper School Gym. We're going to party like it's 1928 as we come together to celebrate 90 years of Highland School!

For more information or to purchase tickets, please visit www.highlandauction.org

Tour the Highland campus, meet our students and educators, and learn more about our Pre-Kindergarten to Grade 12 programs on Sunday, March 11, 2018 at 1:00pm in the Center for the Arts.

Join us on Sunday, March 11 at 1:00pm
Join us on Sunday, March 11, 2018 at 1:00pm in the Highland Center for the Arts for our Fall Open House. Intended for interested students and families from Pre-Kindergarten through 12th Grade, our Open House is a great opportunity to meet our teachers and students, tour our campus, and learn more about what sets Highland School – and its students – apart.

Register today
Come at 1:00pm for the Open House and then stay for our Upper School musical 'Sweeney Todd' on Sunday afternoon in The Rice Theater. Click here to register for this event today!

On January 20, Abbey Wills '18 earned 2017 TOPSoccer Buddy of the Year honors at the US Youth Soccer Awards Gala held in Philadelphia, PA.


In January, Highland senior Abbey Wills '18 earned United States Youth Soccer (US Youth Soccer) TOPSoccer Buddy of the Year award. Abbey was recognized as the East Region's award winner before being selected for the national prize at the US Youth Soccer Awards Gala held on January 20 in Philadelphia.

"When I found out that I was selected for this honor I was really surprised," Abbey said. "There are so many great volunteers in the whole organization that are integral to the program."  

Abbey has been involved in TOPSoccer through Virginia Soccer Association (VSA) for the past five years. She is a Nationally Certified TOPSoccer coach, is an active fundraiser for the organization, and is involved with service organizations around Highland. She even got all her teammates on the varsity soccer team to volunteer with TOPSoccer as well!

To top it all off, Abbey is a fantastic student and athlete. Her GPA is 4.5 (she's currently ranked #2 in her class). She's earned national medals in English, Latin, Spanish and Etymology. She is also captain of the girls varsity tennis team.

"It is an honor to have been selected but I am also proud of every volunteer we have in our program," she stated. "TOPSoccer would not be possible without all our combined efforts."

Here is a gallery of images of Abbey receiving her award at the US Youth Soccer Awards Gala held January 20, 2018 at the Philadelphia Convention Center in Philadelphia, PA.

Interested in learning more about TOPSoccer? Check out this great video from US Youth Soccer. Congratulations Abbey!

Nick Ruddle '22 to represent Highland School at All-District Band in Winchester on Saturday, February 3 at Millwood High School at 3:00 p.m.
Congratulations to Highland 8th grader Nick Ruddle '22 who was recently selected for the All-District Band. Nick will be the first student to represent Highland in the district, which covers six counties and the City of Winchester.

Nick earned third chair out of 14 trumpet players selected for the band. He's been playing for two and a half years and studies with Mr. David Detwiler, principle trumpet for the National Symphony Orchestra and retired U.S. Army Band trumpeter.

"Nick performs with the Highland Brass Quartet and will be playing with the pit orchestra in this year's upcoming production of Sweeney Todd," said Mike Hughes, Highland's Artistic Director. "He is an outstanding trumpet player, playing at a level far beyond his years."

The All-District Band concert will be held on Saturday, February 3 at 3:00m p.m. at Millwood High School in Winchester. WAY TO GO, NICK!
In honor of our 90th anniversary, a generous Highland family has offered $45,000 matching gift for all Highland Fund gifts and pledges received in December. You can make your gift online or by check.

To honor our 90th anniversary, a generous Highland family has offered a $45,000 matching grant for all gifts to the Highland Fund made in the month of December. We will double your tax-deductible gift of any amount if you make your gift by Sunday, December 31, 2017.

Please click on this link to learn more about this generous matching gift: http://gvcmp.us/q4r1tt

You can make your gift online or by check. You can also pay an existing pledge AND get it doubled. Questions? Please contact Marc Belanger at mbelanger@highlandschool.org or call 540-878-2777. GO HAWKS!

Considering a new school for your child? Check out our new '14 Questions' worksheet that will help you with your selection.

Are you thinking about  an independent school for your child? Download our new '14 Questions to Consider When Evaluating a School for Your Child.' Designed as a worksheet, this instantly downloaded booklet covers a wide range of questions that will give you a great starting point in the process of selecting a new school for your student. 

Click here to download our '14 Questions When Considering a New School for Your Child.'

We need to reach 90 alumni gifts by midnight on Tuesday, November 28 to receive a $20,000 matching gift. You can help and every gift counts toward our goal!

Former Athletic Director Barbara Wilkes and current Athletic Director Gary Leake are helping us kick off #GivingTuesday at Highland School by announcing a generous $20,000 matching gift if we reach 90 alumni gifts by midnight on Tuesday, November28! Are you a Highland alum or the parent of a Highland alum who remembers Coach Wilkes or Coach Leake? Make your gift now at http://gvcmp.us/9qo9bc

Recently, fives students and one teacher delivered this year's round of 'This I Believe' speeches to classmates, faculty, and family in The Rice Theater.

In October, five Upper School students in Highland's Leadership Certificate program took to the stage in The Rice Theater for this fall's round of 'This I Believe' speeches.

The assignment asks students to reflect on experiences that have shaped their beliefs. Each students' speeches offered insights into the experiences that have shaped them to this point in their young lives.

The students were joined by Upper School Social Sciences teacher Doug Ferguson. Mr. Ferguson, who has taught at Highland since 1995, mined his own experiences with students that have shaped his own outlook and approach to teaching. 

The assembly is the culmination of a project of Highland's Leadership Studies program and draws inspiration from a series of radio essays originally started in 1951 by Edward R. Murrow. True to the original radio essays, our speakers are asked to reflect on their lives, families, and interests and share something of themselves in their speeches.

Check out the full video below for all of this year's fantastic speeches.

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Tour the Highland campus, meet our students and educators, and learn more about our Pre-Kindergarten to Grade 12 programs on Sunday, November 12, 2017 at 1:30pm in the Center for the Arts.

Join us on Sunday, November 12 at 1:30pm
Join us on Sunday, November 12, 2017 at 1:30pm in the Highland Center for the Arts for our Fall Open House. Intended for interested students and families from Pre-Kindergarten through 12th Grade, our Open House is a great opportunity to meet our teachers and students, tour our campus, and learn more about what sets Highland School – and its students – apart.

Register today
Come at 1:30pm for the Open House and then stay for our Upper School musical 'The Man Who Came to Dinner' on Sunday afternoon in The Rice Theater. Click here to register for this event today!

Highland Senior Addison Norden '18 has been training with the Warrenton Volunteer Fire Company since she was a sophomore. She's a trained Emergency Technician and is becoming certified as a firefighter.

Highland Senior Addison Norden '18 has been training with the Warrenton Volunteer Fire Company since she was a sophomore. She's completed intensive training to become an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT). She works all-night shifts on the weekends and has been running calls since February. Now, she's training to become certified as a firefighter. 

Click here to read more about her in this new blog post by Cathy Campbell.


The Middle School will be presenting Peter Pan Jr. in The Rice Theater for three shows on Tuesday, May 4, Friday, May 5, and Sunday, May 7, 2017!

Recently, Lower and Middle School students gathered in The Rice Theater to sing their rendition of 'Lost By' by Ruth B. Under the direction of John Krumich and Celia Kelly, the students had performed the song at Grandparents Day in April and felt it was a great way to promote the upcoming performances. Check it out!

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Give Local Piedmont on Tuesday, May 2, 2017 is a unique opportunity to help Highland School earn matching funds through this annual day of giving. Every donation of $10 or more will help us earn prizes and matching funds!

On Tuesday, May 2, we have the opportunity to earn additional funding for our 2016-17 Annual Fund through the “Give Local Piedmont” 24-hour fundraising event. Last year the Highland School community rallied to earn over $18,000 in matching funds and prizes for our school!

Please set your alarm for midnight tonight and help Highland reach the top of the Leaderboard! Or pre-schedule your donation right now and sleep all night! Have your credit card ready and click here to give. Make a gift of $10 or more to Highland through Give Local Piedmont, and encourage your family, friends and relatives to do the same.

Thank you for all you have done to help Highland School become the premier educational choice in the greater Piedmont region!  Your financial support this year has allowed us to continue funding key initiatives and make critical staff and program commitments for the future.

Two great service opportunities coming up next week in the Family Service days and the Enkijape Rummage Sale.


Please join us for our 11th annual Highland Family Service Day on Friday, April 21 and Saturday, April 22. The following page lists the various projects. We are tremendously grateful for the Highland parents and students serving as project liaisons to help coordinate and oversee these service efforts. We hope that you and your children will join us as we continue to develop Highland’s tradition of service and selflessness. 

Also, please consider donating your gently used, good condition items to the annual Enkijape Rummage Sale which will take place on April 22 in Chilton Commons. The proceeds from this sale make a huge impact on our sister school by providing scholarships, teacher salaries, and support for special projects to advance their school facilities. In particular we are looking for: housewares, framed art/mirrors, books, games/toys, furniture, collectibles, sports equipment and tools (please, NO CLOTHING). 

Contact Ann Martin for more details about the sale: amartin@attotek.com. Donations may be dropped off at the Chilton Commons entrance: 

Monday, April 17: 8:00 am – 8:30 am 
Tuesday, April 18: 3:15 pm – 3:45 pm 
Wednesday, April 19: 8:00 am – 8:30 am 
Thursday, April 20: 3:15 pm – 3:45 pm 
Friday, April 21: 8:00 am – 2:00 pm 

These are great opportunities to model philanthropy and community responsibility for our children. Please join us! 

For more information, please contact:

Megan Catalfamo
Director of Experiential and Service Learning
mcatalfamo@highlandschool.org

Recently, Highland hosted students and teachers from independent schools from around Virginia as part of a first-ever arts festival coordinated by the Virginia Association of Independent Schools (VAIS).

Recently, Highland School hosted students and teachers from ten independent schools from around Virginia for an arts festival run by the Virginia Association of Independent Schools (VAIS). Students participated in a series of workshops that allowed them to meet students from around the state and try their hand at new artistic mediums that included music, dance, theater, and 2D art.

Students ranging from 9th to 12 grades tried their hands activities ranging from stop-motion animation, bell ringing, and bagpipe playing. One of the many-varied sessions encouraged young artists to interpret poetry through dance.

Workshops were held throughout the Highland Center for the Arts. Teachers made use of the dedicated gallery space and The Rice Theater to showcase students' works and inspire their creativity.

The first-year event was well-received by students as well as teachers. "From everything I heard and saw, I can say with great confidence that the event was a rousing success," said Michael Hughes, Highland's Artistic Director. "We loved being able to bring together so many talented students and dedicated teachers from schools from around Virginia in one place. We're already looking forward to next year's event."

Interested in seeing some of the students in action? Check out a slideshow created from video and photos from many of the workshops:

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For two weeks in March, the Highland Players will present Gilbert and Sullivan's operetta in The Rice Theater.

'The Mikado' opens this Friday, March 3 at 7:00pm in the Highland Center for the Arts. The cast and crew have been hard at work for the past eight weeks and you're going to be amazed by their singing and performances in this comic operetta written by Gilbert and Sullivan.

Performances are March 3,4,10, and 11 at 7:00pm in The Rice Theater. There will also be a matinee performance on Sunday March 5 at 3:00pm.

Tickets are $15 for adults, $7 for students, and $7 for seniors at the matinee performance on March 5. Come out and support the Highland Players!



 

Beloved student-driven event raises funds for area food banks by sharing a soup dinner in bowls hand-made by our ceramics classes

On Friday, March 10th from 5:00pm to 6:00pm, Highland students will be hosting their annual Empty Bowls event to raise money for local food shelters. There will be live music and ceramics bowls handmade by students available for purchase between $10-20. Guests will be able to eat unlimited soup in their bowl and take it home with them. 

There will also be a silent auction for six high quality bowls starting at $20 with a minimum $2 bid increment. After the dinner, there will also be a performance of The Mikado in the Rice Theater by the Highland Players, which we greatly encourage everyone to stay for. We hope to see everyone come out to help support this amazing event!

Tour the Highland campus, meet our students and educators, and learn more about our Pre-Kindergarten 2 to Grade 12 programs at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday, March 5, 2017.

Join us on Sunday, March 5 at 1:00pm
Join us on Sunday, March 5, 2017 at 1:00pm in the Highland Center for the Arts for our Winter Open House. Intended for interested students and families from Pre-Kindergarten through 12th Grade, our Open House is a great opportunity to meet our teachers and students, tour our campus, and learn more about what sets Highland School – and its students – apart.

Register today
Come at 1:00pm for the Open House and then stay for our Upper School musical 'The Mikado' on Sunday afternoon in The Rice Theater. Click here to register for this event today!

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