Back to School Packet
This packet is designed to give you all of your "need to know" information to be ready for the first day of school. Please note that the information is in an A to Z format for your ease in locating the information you are looking for. We appreciate you taking the time to read through the Back to School packet. Here is a simple PDF checklist.
After School Care
Our Afterschool Care programs offers structured activities, snacks and homework time for students. Information can be found on the Afterschool Care Program page of our website. Online registration is also available via this page. All fees will be paid via FACTS.
Athletic Forms & Registration
Each fall, students in grades 5 - 12 who wish to participate in athletics must complete a sports physical. Forms for these physicals are available under the Athletics tab. Registration for all fall sports is also available on the Athletics page.
Back To School Ice Cream Social
Each August our community gathers together to kick off our school year with one another. This evening is filled with fun, football and fellowship. Come join us on August 25th to meet new friends and reacquaint with old ones. Ice cream will be served and everyone is encouraged to bring their Blazer pride and watch our football team scrimmage in preparation for the season.
There are several calendars for you to seek information from. All may be accessed through the CALENDAR button at the top of this page. The School Year Calendar 2017-2018 at the top is a PDF of our general days in session and days off. The Main Calendar on this page is our school calendar. This calendar can be viewed in a calendar or agenda format or sorted by category of events. You can also sync the calendar to your Google, Outlook, or Apple iCal. Our Blazer Athletic Calendar is also available online.
Drop off procedures can be found in the attached map. Please take time to review a few changes made for drop off locations this year!
Every family needs to be sure to login to their ParentsWeb account and verify their information. Please be sure your contact information, email, medical and emergency pick up information is correct. Log into ParentsWeb, choose School Information, Web Forms then Family Demographic Form. It is important that this information is up to date and accurate for your child's safety and in case of emergency.
First Week of School
Monday, August 14
Teacher Inservice - NO School
PK3 - PK4: 8:30am - 5:00pm Meet the Teacher
Tuesday, August 15
K - 5th grade: 8:30am - 5:00pm Meet the Teacher
6th - 12th grade: Half Day 8:05am - 12:00noon First Day of School
Wednesday, August 16
PK3 - 5th grade: Half Day 8:05am - 12:00noon First Day of School
6th - 12th grade: Full Day 8:05am - 3:05pm
Thursday, August 17
Everyone attends full day: 8:05am - 3:05pm
Afterschool Care begins
Friday, August 18
Everyone attends full day: 8:05am - 3:05pm
Afterschool Care available
Students who need immunizations for the fall will receive a notification from Nurse Karin. All updated immunizations must be completed before the first day of school. Any questions? Please email Nurse Karin.
Your child may bring a lunch, or may purchase a lunch from our dining service, Twelve Oaks Catering. For more information, please view the Twelve Oaks welcome letter and download a sample pre-order menu.
Click here for PK – 3rd Grade Pre Order Menu – Due August 11
August Lunch Menu
Mass Times for Classes
PK-2nd Grades: Wednesday 8:15am -9:00am
3rd-5th Grades: Friday 8:15am -9:00am
Middle School —Boys: Tuesday 10:00am -10:45am
Middle School —Girls: Thursday 10:00am -10:45am
High School —Girls: Tuesday 8:45am -9:30am
High School —Boys: Thursday 8:25am -9:10am
Students who need to take medications during the school day need to be sure that all medications are in their original container and all forms are properly submitted to support the medication. Any questions? Please email Nurse Karin.
Meet the Teacher
K3 - PK4 students and parents will have the opportunity on Monday, August 14th to meet their teacher and learn more about the coming year. Click on each teacher below to sign up for a special time!
PreK3 - Mrs Dyson
PreK4 - Mrs Guerrero
PreK4 - Mrs Hickey
On Tuesday, August 15th, families of K - 5th grade students will have the opportunity to meet their child's teacher to create a common plan of success for their child in the coming year. Click on each teacher below to sign up for a special time!
Kindergarten - Mrs. Merrill
Kindergarten - Mrs. Gomez-Uranga
1st Grade - Mrs. Wrona
1st Grade - Mrs. Cantrell
2nd Grade - Mrs. Lamers
2nd Grade - New Teacher
3rd Grade - Ms. Flanagan
3rd Grade - Mrs. Krause
3rd Grade - Mrs. Kraner
4th Grade - Mrs. Neiser
4th Grade - Mrs. Rindone
5th Grade - Mrs. San Roman
5th Grade - Mrs. Higginbotham
New Family Welcome
We will be hosting an inside picnic to welcome all of our new families to the community on Wednesday, August 9th at 6pm. Bring the family to meet your buddy family, student ambassadors and others to welcome you to our community.
Sign Up to help
Sign Up to stay for dinner
Middle School and High School students will participate in orientation activities on the first day of school, August 15 during regular school hours.
All parents will have the opportunity to hear about this coming year and all of the great things we have in store! Come to hear from our administration and teachers and get all of your questions answered to kick the year off with a strong start.
High School: Tuesday, August 22, 6:00pm
Middle School: Wednesday, August 23, 6:00pm
PK3 - 5th Grade: Thursday, August 24, 6:00pm
ParentsWeb is your virtual portal to the school. It contains a list of resource documents, including the parent-student handbook, the current academic calendar, permission slips, and much more. You may also view your child’s class schedule, grades, homework, progress notes, teacher contact information, and more. Please note that ParentsWeb also houses the school directory, which includes contact information for The Highlands families and school staff.
Pick up procedures can be found in the attached map. Please take time to review a few changes made for pick up locations this year!
Each year our Middle and High School students attend a retreat to start the year. These formation retreats are a great way for our classes to bond and grow. Retreats offer students an opportunity to begin to focus on the year and look forward to the challenges, fun and growth that await them. Mark your calendars today as these are mandatory!
Middle School Girls: September 13 - 15
Middle School Boys: September 20 - 22
9 & 10 Girls: October 11 - 13
11 & 12 Girls: August 27 - 29
High School Boys: September 6 - 8
We have an obligation to keep all students safe. Therefore, all volunteers are required to complete the Safe Environment training and screening process. This program exists to help keep all of our children safe and secure on campus and school events. See the Safe Environment page for more details. Summer is the best time to get all of the steps taken care of so that you are able to volunteer and be on campus once school starts!
PK3 - PK4: Child backpack to hold folder, nap pillow, nap blanket (we provide mat) and leakproof waterbottle.
K - 5th Grade: All supplies are provided for students. Backpack needed (no wheels)
Middle School: Supplies are provided by parents. Click here for a list of needed materials.
High School: Supplies are provided by parents. Teachers will inform students of needed materials the first week of school.
Class schedules for Middle School and High School are now available on RenWeb / Parents Web. Log in, choose Student Information, then Schedules.
We expect students to keep their reading skills sharp and engaged during the summer months. Students entering grades 1 - 12 are expected to complete required summer reading. Lists are provided below. We also encourage students to participate in summer reading programs at local public libraries for great incentives.
Grades 1-5 Reading List
Middle School Reading List and Assignment
High School Reading List and Assignment
AP English Literature
AP English Language
AP US History
Teacher assignments for PK3 – 5th Grade is now available on RenWeb / Parents Web. Log in, choose Student Information, then Schedules.
Textbooks: Kindergarten – 12th Grade
Books can be ordered online through MBS Direct, and once on the MBS Direct website, you will select your child’s grade level to find a list of required books. High School and Middle School students will select their classes in order to see a list of books specific to their schedules. MBS Direct is offering FREE shipping August 8 & 9. More details available here.
Uniforms can be purchased from Parker Uniforms store in North Dallas on Alpha Road (near the Galleria), or ordered online. The Highlands dress code outlines appropriate dress by grade level and gender. You may purchase shoes from any store, provided that they comply with the dress code. All ties for high school are purchased from our front office for $10 each.
In the fall, we are rolling out a few adjustments to our uniform. Here are a few of the updates:
Sensible Seasons: Students will be able to choose which uniform options to wear based upon the weather. Is it 85 degrees in November? No problem, wear the warm weather options. Is it 45 degrees in April? No problem, wear the cold weather options.
PreK and K: Boys will be able to wear the polo year round. Oxfords will be optional. Parker will now carry the smallest sizes of the P.E. pants.
4th and 5th Girls: We are transitioning for all PK-5th to be in navy sweaters. This means for next year, 4th grade girls will wear navy sweaters. 5th grade girls will wear navy sweaters. (Burgundy sweater may be worn by 5th grade for 2017-18 only)
Middle School is going ABLAZE: Middle school will wear red t-shirts and sweatshirts for P.E. (Grey shirts/sweatshirts can be worn for 2017-18 only) Girls will wear red sweaters. (Burgundy sweater may be worn for 2017-18 only) Boys will wear the grey sweater. (Navy sweater may be worn for 2017-18 only)
PK - K Uniform Quick Reference Sheet
1st - 3rd Lower School Uniform Quick Reference Sheet
4th - 5th Lower School Uniform Quick Reference Sheet
Middle School Uniform Quick Reference Sheet
High School Uniform Quick Reference Sheet