HIGHLINE HIGHLIGHTS ASPIRATION
What YOU Need to Know CITIZENSHIP
March 17, 2011
Highline Academy Named One of Denver’s
Top Public Elementary Schools
5280 Denver’s Magazine
What A Year! It’s hard to believe that it’s almost spring break! Once again, the year is flying by, but before it does, I
want to take the opportunity to make sure everyone is aware of all that we have accomplished. Highline Academy is
becoming recognized at the district and state level as a school of excellence making it an amazing year for recognition.
In September, 5280 magazine named Highline Academy one of ―Denver’s Best Elementary Schools‖ in the metro area,
which included Denver, Aurora, Castle Rock, Cherry Creek, and Boulder. The Legacy Foundation recognizes
―excellence in educator effectiveness‖ has honored Highline Academy for student leadership and its impact on student
achievement. Recently we received notification that Highline Academy has been honored with a ―Governors
Distinguished Improvement Award‖ for student growth numbers from 2009 2010. I just received yet another letter
(attached) from the Colorado State Board of Education informing me Highline Academy has been named one of the top
22 schools in the state for improving achievement for students who have been consistently underperforming. We top it
all off with the acquisition of our new facility on South Dahlia Street making for quite a year!
Clearly this recognition is for the whole community. My sincerest thanks go first to the amazing teaching staff we have
here at Highline. They are the hardest working and most committed group in the city. Next our parent/guardian
community, without your support in good times, as well as the tough times, our school wouldn’t be what it is today.
Highline was truly built by our families. A huge thank you must also go to our students who come to school every day
with the intention of showing us their best. I would also like to recognize all of the past work done. Highline would not be
where it is today without the hard work of its founding principal (and still a HA parent) Alyssa Whitehead-Bust. There are
many people who contribute by working behind the scenes every day and of course, the leadership of our board of
The old proverb really is true…. ―It takes a village to raise a child‖.
Thanks everyone for making Highline what it is, and working with us to continue to make it what it can and will be!
Don’t forget to read the Board of Directors update, there is exciting information about an opportunity to tour our new
IMPORTANT DATES AND REMINDERS
Saturday, March 19 , Silent Auction, 6:00-10:00pm
Monday, March 28 – Friday, April 1 , NO SCHOOL Spring Break
Saturday, April 9 , Community Pot Luck Luncheon
Monday, April 11 , Board Meeting, 6:15pm
Tuesday, April 12 , Restaurant Night
GENERAL SCHOOL REMINDERS AND UPDATES
Tennis Anyone: Spring is here and that means our tennis team is starting up again. Interested 6 – 8
grade students should contact Ms. Norman.
Uniform Reminders: Students must be in school uniform every day. Students who come to school out of
uniform may not be permitted to attend class. Parents will be called and asked to bring a uniform. Staff
will not open the uniform closet. Here are a few reminders about items we have been seeing a lot of lately
that are not part of our uniform: Button down blouses or shirts, capri pants, polo style dresses, leggings,
brightly colored tights and socks. Remember skirts, skorts, and jumpers may not be shorter than 2 inches
above the knee.
Yearbook Pictures: Ms. Enyert is working on the yearbook and is looking for any pictures you may have
taken on field trips, at school functions, sports events, dances, cultural fair etc. If you have any to share
please email them to her at email@example.com ASAP.
Science Fair: K-5 grade science fair proposal forms are due to Mr. Kosten by March 25th. There is a
$3 (non-refundable) fee to participate in the science fair. This fee will give your student a poster board, a
packet of information about the science fair project, a certificate for completion, a science medal,
recognition in school paper and assembly. Top winners will earn a prize and trophy. Scholarships are
available on request. You can get your proposal forms from homeroom teachers. Good-Luck and have
Friends of Highline is Growing its Circle! We have 10 Friends of Highline and want to grow our circle
to 100! For as little as $10 a month, you can become a Friend of Highline. This tax-deductible donation is
a fast and easy way to provide direct support to our classrooms! If you want to join our circle of
supporters who believe in the school’s mission to foster a diverse and equitable academic community,
please go to GivingFirst.org/HighlineAcademy and sign up for a recurring gift. Note ―Friends of Highline‖
under special instructions. Your automatic monthly donation will provide an immediate and long-lasting
impact. Join our circle and become friends forever!
Restaurant Night: Experience flavor tourism at Pei Wei Asian Diner on Tuesday, April 12 , any time
between 11:00am and 9:00pm and Pei Wei will donate a portion of the proceeds to Highline Academy.
Valid at the Colorado & Evans location only, 3970 Buchtel Blvd.
If you know now that your student will not be returning next year, please give us the courtesy of
notification at this time by calling Faye in the front office at extension 101.
Sunflower and Sprouts Cards: When you re-load your Sunflower or Sprouts card Highline does not get
credit for your re-load. In order for HA to get credit you need to purchase a new card from the school. The
re-loadable King Sooper cards do give HA credit every time you re-load them at the store.
FROM THE BOARD
Please join our Board of Directors at our next regularly scheduled meeting on April 11 2011, at 6:15 in the
ANNUAL SILENT AUCTION: The Board would like to thank the PWP, all of the parent-guardian
volunteers, and our faculty and students who have worked so hard the last several months to prepare for
this Saturday’s Silent Auction and fundraiser. As many of you know, the State and DPS are projecting
drastic funding cuts for K-8 education that will have a dramatic effect on students throughout the state
(including at Highline Academy). Your support for this important fundraiser is therefore appreciated more
than ever. Our Board is pitching-in and working with our facility team and the PWP on a few ―surprises‖
(hint, our new school building) for this year’s event. As always, the Board encourages your participation
in this important community building and fundraising event!
FACILITY UPDATE: Please take a moment to read the facility update and report from the Board and our
Administration included in last week’s Thursday folders. Additional copies are at the front office. The
project is proceeding well, and our team has not identified any barriers to timely a completion of the new
building. Abatement is almost complete, and work on the new roof will begin shortly. Work is also
scheduled to begin on the new gym walls and superstructure.
SAVE THE DATE! FACILITY TOUR AND POTLUCK: On Saturday, April 9, 2011 our Board and
Administration will host a community event to share additional information about the new building project.
The event will include a potluck lunch, guest speakers from our facility team and updates regarding the
status of project. Students, parents and guardians will also have the opportunity to help identify ―a wish
list‖ for the new building, and to volunteer with project needs. The event will then shift from our Cherry
Creek location to the new site on Dahlia, where families can tour the new building! Students will be
encouraged to submit ideas for a ―time capsule‖ project to be a part of our ground-breaking ceremony this
BOARD SERVICE: Each year, our Board undergoes a review to evaluate or current strengths and needs,
and searches out applications for new Board members (or members of the community who wish to serve
on a Board committee). As a member of the Board of Directors at Highline Academy, or as a committee
member, you will experience a unique opportunity to serve the children in the school’s care and to help
expand educational opportunities for children in Denver more broadly. Highline Academy currently serves
just over 500 children in grades K-8 through an educational program that emphasizes academic
excellence and character development. Our school is characterized both by its strong track record of
academic success — our students consistently outperform their peers in the district on state proficiency
tests — and by its highly diverse and inclusive environment. Our students come from nearly every
conceivable background, and almost 40% qualify for free or reduced lunch. Importantly, Highline
Academy increasingly is viewed as a model for effective education reform efforts in Denver and beyond.
As the governing body of the school, the Board of Directors sets Highline’s long-term strategic goals and
works collaboratively with the principal as chief administrator to help ensure goals are achieved. Five
strategic priorities currently inform the work of the Board: 1) ensuring sound operations, including the
development of new revenue streams; 2) monitoring academic excellence; 3) monitoring school culture;
4) ensuring a high-quality learning environment, including the acquisition of a more appropriate facility;
and 5) creating space for innovation, including the possible replication of Highline Academy. If you are
looking for a way to enrich your service to Denver’s children, Highline Academy or educational reform
more generally, board service is an option to consider, and we hope you’ll consider service with Highline’s
Board of Directors. Please consider this excellent opportunity, and look for more information regarding
the application process over the next few weeks (or contact a current Board member for additional
information). If you or someone you know is interested in Board service, please contact Jennifer Holladay
GRANT WRITING: The Board is still looking for volunteers for our grant writing team. Volunteers will
need to possess one (or more) of the following skills:
• Excellent writing skills. You need not only know how to write, but you need to write extremely
well. Success in obtaining the grant hinges in large part on the quality of your written proposal.
• Strong research skills. Part of the work of the grant writer is the identification and selection of
appropriate potential donors. You will research grant-making organizations and analyze them to identify
likely funding sources for specific projects and programs.
• Discipline and organization. A grant writer must be able to keep track of grant application
deadlines and follow-up on submitted applications. It is also essential to keep track of trends in the field
and be aware of changes in the priorities of funding institutions, as well as new funding sources.
If you are interested in helping with this important project, please contact Board member Ruth Kedzior at
Tom Bulger, President
Highline Academy Board of Directors