This list highlights the many special school-wide traditions that Highland coordinates throughout the course of the school year. These activities build a sense of community and contribute to the culture of our school.
In addition, each grade level also participates in their own unique traditions, so be sure to check-out these pages for K, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th traditions.
Highland believes in the principles of ABC--Appropriate Behavior Counts! Our staff members look for appropriate behavior and pass out ABC tickets to those students caught being good. The students then deposit the tickets in a special box. At the end of each trimester at an all-school assembly, tickets are pulled and the winning students come forward to receive recognition. We also celebrate many other awesome and everyday achievements of the students!
Annual Veteran's Day Flag Raising Ceremony
Highland honors those who have served our country by having a flag raising ceremony on Veteran's Day. After a special color guard carries out and raises the flag, the students say the pledge and listen to some thoughts on the reason for this national day of honor. Every year, parents who are in the military attend in their uniform. Students learn an essential lesson on patriotism and the price of freedom.
Special Friend Day
A yearly tradition at Highland Elementary is a visit by Highland special friends. All special friends are invited to join the students in the classroom on a designated day in November. The purpose of the day is to showcase the comprehensive learning programs that we provide for students. Special friends have a chance to share their memories of school as they remember it. It is truly a special day for everyone!
All School Dance Unit
In January, the Highland specialists' teachers gather every student at each grade level and teach them a multitude of dances. The dances range from the very traditional Virginia reel and square dancing to the jitterbug. The students enjoy getting an aerobic exercise workout, learning how to dance with a variety of partners, and discovering how music is an important part of any culture.
Highland All School Picnic
Every spring, Highland students and staff enjoy a family picnic together. The picnic meal is accompanied by musical entertainment and a fun silent auction which raises money to support academic programming at Highland. Staff help serve food, grill food, and actively participate in the silent auction along with parent volunteers.
Track and Field Days
Track and field days are two hours of fun-filled activities. The first and second graders rotate between ten different activities. These activities range from an obstacle course to a soccer punt. The third and fourth graders rotate between eight different events. These events range from the 50-meter dash to the long jump. All grades use such skills as running, jumping, throwing, hitting and kicking.
Fifth grade track and field is held at Eastview High School track. Highland Elementary fifth graders compete against fifth graders from four other elementary schools in the district. Each student participates in two sport events, two field events and one-running event. This is an all-day meet.