I can report to you that parent participation has jumped to 52%, but we still need to add 23% more—or 80 families.Our faculty, staff and Trustees are already at 100% participation. Now it is your time to shine!
Please join me in supporting Highland’s students right now! Simply click on the “Make a Gift” or “Make a Pledge” button above. Every gift OR pledge, of any amount, counts as participation. That’s right. You can simply give a gift right now and be done, or make a pledge and then fulfill it any time before the end of our fiscal year in June.
On September 17, Highland's Board of Trustees approved a revised Mission Statement and new Inclusivity Statement. The changes to the Mission continue our emphasis on service, character, and leadership.
Highland School prepares students to thrive, lead and serve in a diverse and dynamic world, developing essential skills and character by challenging them with a demanding academic and co-curricular program.
To learn more, please visit 'Our Mission' on our website.
On Thursday, October 25, 2018 at 7:00pm, Highland School will hold a special community screening of the documentary, Angst: Anxiety isn't cool but talking about it is to raise awareness around anxiety and open up a dialogue between families and experts.
The event, which will take place in The Rice Theater in the Highland Center for the Arts, will feature a viewing of the 56-minute film, followed by an informative panel discussion including number of private counselors and psychologist from the Warrenton area. Learn more at https://angstmovie.com.
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
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!
For more information or to purchase tickets, please visit www.highlandauction.org
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.
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!
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!
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 email@example.com or call 540-878-2777. GO HAWKS!
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.
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
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.
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.
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 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.
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!
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.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org. 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:
Director of Experiential and Service Learning
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: