Frequently Asked Questions
What time does school start each day? School begins at 7:30 a.m. with morning announcements.
When does school begin for the 2015-16 school year? The first day of school for students is August 6, 2015.
What activity classes does Highland offer? Our students attend P.E., computer, music, and library once each week. Highland students also participate in character education classes and community service projects with our counselor each week. Students are also given the opportunity to join our Drama Club, Science Club, and our Cheerleading Squad.
How can I keep informed about my child's progress? Your child's teacher will put all important information on his/her webpage. We encourage you to sign up for "Active Parent" so you can have access to your child's grades at any time. See your child's teacher or call the office for details on how to activate your account. Progress reports are sent home midway through each grading period.
What is the procedure for car rider drop-off and pick up? All students must be dropped off and picked up in the front loop of the campus. Parents may drop off beginning at 7:00 a.m. Teachers and staff will be on hand to assist students. For safety reasons, parents should not park and walk across to pick up their students. Students are dismissed each day at 2:15. Car riders are picked up in the front circle. We are aware that events take place that result in the need for transportation changes to occur. In the event that you must change your child's afternoon transportation, please contact the office prior to 1:30 p.m.
What is the policy on transportation? Parents are strongly encouraged to use bus transportation as often as possible. The transportation company, First Student, will coordinate bus routes, times, stops and drivers. Only elementary students will be transported on elementary buses. Bus routes are published in our local newspapers a week before school begins. Buses load and unload in the side loop. Teachers and staff are located around the side loop to assist students boarding buses. Contact First Student at 601-859-1633 with any questions about transportation.
What do the terms "Common Core" and "MAP" testing mean? Madison County has adopted these national assessment programs to align our students with all students in the nation. It allows us to target specific strengths and weaknesses in our students. If teachers can identify an individual student's needs, then it is beneficial in planning instruction. Your child's teacher can conference with you about your child's results. We will be testing throughout the year to access growth.
How can I become involved? Join the PTO. There are a wide range of committees. You will also have opportunities to volunteer in your child's classroom, attend field trips, work at the book fair, help with performances, etc. Please don't hesitate to ask!
How much is lunch? Lunch is $2.75. We encourage you to pay by the week or the month. Menus are posted on the main site. You are welcome to eat lunch with your child any day of the week. Parents can also use the webpage to purchase lunch for your child. If you access the cafeteria through this site and know your child's identification number, you can prepay online. This is a new tool that we hope you find helpful.
How much is breakfast? We begin serving breakfast at 7:00 each day. The cost is $1.50.
If I have a transportation change for my child, what procedure do I follow? We would like to limit changes of transportation during the day for safety reasons. In the event that you must change your child's afternoon transportation, please contact the front office at 601-853-8103 before 1:30 p.m.
Who do I call to report issues with my child's bus transportation?
First Student is the contract provider of bus service for Madison County schools. We urge you to promptly report any and all concerns or problems to them at 601-859-1633.
Is the school prepared for emergency situations?
Your child's safety is very important which is why Madison County schools practice safety drills. During a fire drill, students learn how to walk out of the school building quietly and quickly with their teacher. Students return to class when the fire drill is finished. Mississippi sometimes has tornadoes (rain storms with strong winds producing funnel clouds). During a tornado drill, students learn where to go in the building to protect themselves by kneeling on the floor and covering their heads.
Should weather ever become serious enough to warrant cancellation or dismissal of school, that decision would be made by our school superintendent and an announcement would be published to all news agencies as soon as it becomes available. Please check your local television station or radio as well as this website for the latest information.