Highland Schools
Highland High School welcomes new assistant principal

Highland High School welcomes new assistant principal

On November 10, William Zimmer assumed his new position as assistant principal at Highland High School (HHS). Hired to replace longtime Highland educator Sarah Dudley-Lemek, who was promoted last year to the position of assistant superintendent for administration, Zimmer comes to Highland with 23 years of experience in teaching and educational leadership. Zimmer most recently...
Meet Highland High School’s new band director, Drew Rebecchi

Meet Highland High School’s new band director, Drew Rebecchi

“One of the things that drew me to Highland was the sense of community here,” says Drew Rebecchi, Highland High School’s new concert and jazz band director. Born and raised in North Syracuse, NY, he moved to this area just the weekend before starting his new position. “There seems to be a really tightly knit...
A tour of the school facilities in Highland reveals work to be done (with photo gallery)

A tour of the school facilities in Highland reveals work to be done (with photo gallery)

Photos by Lauren Thomas   Voters in Highland on Tuesday, October 28 will choose whether or not to support the Highland Central School District’s $17.5 million proposed capital improvement project. The vote will be held at the high school in the band room from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. State aid will pay for 66...
New Highland Teacher Association contract causing controversy over coaching positions

New Highland Teacher Association contract causing controversy over coaching positions

The recently ratified Highland Teacher Association (HTA) contract has caused some controversy over wording that gives preference to HTA members in coaching and advisor positions. During the public comment portion of the recent Highland Central School District Board of Education meeting on Tuesday, August 5, a resident asked the board why existing coaches “who have...
Highland High School graduates 140 students

Highland High School graduates 140 students

Last Thursday, June 26. was a perfect early summer evening with a cool breeze over the Highland High School football field. The 140 members of the graduating class of 2014 claimed their diplomas by the light of the setting sun. There were speeches, of course. Principal Peter Harris welcomed the senior class and their families...
Highland music students receive recognition awards from Highland Music Boosters

Highland music students receive recognition awards from Highland Music Boosters

The Highland Music Boosters (HMB) organization was established two years ago by concerned parents of music students in the Highland Central School District who saw the music programs in the schools being cut along with other disciplines that aren’t mandated by the state. As strong believers in the value of music education, the HMB set...
Highland voters pass school budget, propositions

Highland voters pass school budget, propositions

Applause broke out among those gathered to hear the results of the school budget vote in Highland on Tuesday night: The Highland Central School District’s proposed 2014-2015 budget of $39,961,276 million passed by a 63.5 percent majority — 799 in favor to 457 opposed. The Highland district’s budget meets the criteria of the state’s tax...
Alan Barone and Heather Welch file petitions for Highland School Board election

Alan Barone and Heather Welch file petitions for Highland School Board election

Highland voters on May 20 will be asked to approve two candidates on the ballot for two seats opening up on the Highland Central School District Board of Education. Incumbent Alan Barone will run for a fifth term and former Highland School Board member, Heather Welch, will run to re-gain the seat she first filled...
Two file for Highland school board race

Two file for Highland school board race

Voters in Highland on May 20 will see two candidates vie for two available seats on the School Board. Incumbent Alan Barone will run for re-election and former Highland School Board member, Heather Welch, will fill the second space on the ballot. The positions are three-year terms. Welch is running for the seat currently held...
Highland High School inducts 36 students into the local chapter of the National Honor Society

Highland High School inducts 36 students into the local chapter of the National Honor Society

Highland High School inducted 36 students into the Terralta Chapter of the National Honor Society in evening ceremonies at the high school on Thursday, April 3. The new inductees joined 20 seniors and 30 juniors in the current membership. Students are eligible for inclusion in the National Honor Society at the end of their sophomore...
Highland High School Model UN Team earns commendations at Boston event

Highland High School Model UN Team earns commendations at Boston event

If the Model United Nations conference held recently in Boston had been the real UN, the delegation from Highland High School (HHS) would have emerged as a world super-power. For the time being, though, they’re happy with the two commendations they received in their first major conference outing. The HHS Model UN after-school club took...
Highland Elementary School students learn about STEM careers

Highland Elementary School students learn about STEM careers

Fifth-graders at Highland Elementary School got a close-up look at a 3D printer in a presentation held in the cafeteria on Tuesday, March 4. SUNY Ulster assistant professor Sal Ligotino, who coordinates the college’s industrial and surveying technology programs, visited the elementary school to share his expertise with the youngsters. It was all about getting...