Highland Schools
Soccer previews for New Paltz and Highland, girls and boys

Soccer previews for New Paltz and Highland, girls and boys

Photos by Rich Corozine   Last season was a kind of break-even season for the New Paltz and Highland boys and girls soccer teams. The Highland boys won their first Section 9 title in 17 years; the New Paltz boys — just two seasons removed from their first-ever Section 9 title — had one of...
Highland BOE reorganizes for 2015-2016 school year

Highland BOE reorganizes for 2015-2016 school year

The Highland Central School District Board of Education met on Tuesday, July 7 for its annual reorganization meeting in which newly elected board members were sworn in. Incumbents Mike Bakatsias and Debbie Pagano pledged to perform their duties for another three-year term each and new board member Ed Meisel took the oath for the first...
Highland High School graduates 138 students (with photo gallery)

Highland High School graduates 138 students (with photo gallery)

Photos by Lauren Thomas   The Highland High School football field was the setting last Thursday, June 25 for the 138 members of the graduating class of 2015 to claim their diplomas. Principal Peter Harris, a 1991 Highland High School graduate, welcomed the senior class and their families and friends, asking the parents of graduates...
Highland music students receive Recognition Awards from Highland Music Boosters

Highland music students receive Recognition Awards from Highland Music Boosters

Six music students in the Highland Central School District were honored last Tuesday, May 26 at a presentation held in the community room at the Highland Firehouse. Each accepted a Recognition Award certificate and will receive a $100 check to be used in any way they wish to further their music education. This was the...
Three run unopposed for School Board in Highland

Three run unopposed for School Board in Highland

Along with the 2015-2016 budget and two propositions (one to purchase school buses and another to establish a capital reserve fund), Highland voters on May 19 will be asked to approve three candidates on the ballot for three seats opening up on the Highland Central School District Board of Education. Incumbents Debbie Pagano and Michael...
Highland High School to stage “Mary Poppins” on March 20-21

Highland High School to stage “Mary Poppins” on March 20-21

The Highland High School (HHS) Harlequins will stage “Mary Poppins” for their spring production this year. And if the run-through at a recent technical rehearsal was any indication of what to expect at the performances this Friday and Saturday, March 20 and 21, children and adults alike are going to thoroughly enjoy a lively show....
Local school superintendents Deborah Haab and Maria Rice share their goals for 2015

Local school superintendents Deborah Haab and Maria Rice share their goals for 2015

2014 was a challenging year for local school superintendents Deborah Haab in Highland and Maria Rice in New Paltz. Each continues to work with the challenges brought by implementation of the Common Core standards and each saw a capital improvement project come to the forefront after years of working out the details. Highland passed a...
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...