Principal Michele DeWitt

  • Welcome to the 2020-2021 School Year!

    Dear Highland Family,

    I want to be the first to welcome you to the 2020-2021 school year. I want to thank all of you for being so responsive over the summer as we have been working together as a community to plan for the upcoming year. I have the utmost confidence in the staff here at Highland to provide all of our children with a learning experience that is second to none. In the Modified Hybrid and “Heights from Home” we look to you as an integral part of the team. You have a major part in the success of your child's education. Together we will make this a year to remember.

    The first day of school is Tuesday, September 8, 2020. The school board approved starting school in the Modified Hybrid model for Quarter 1 (September 8- November 11). For Highland families this means that majority of the Highland students will be served in “Heights from Home” which is daily instruction via Zoom. Your child’s teacher will communicate with you about the instructional schedule. Some individual or small groups of students may come into school for short periods of specialized instruction, mainly English Learners (EL students) or severe special education students. English Language teachers and special education teachers will contact these families to create a plan for in-person instruction.

    Free child care is available for Kindergarten-age 12 children of Tier 1 essential workers (you must qualify for this service based on your employment.) Child care will be available at Highland from 7:30 am -2:20 pm. Adventure Club will be offered again this school year from 2:20-6:00 pm which is a fee-based program. Information was sent to all families from the district about child care with a survey to complete. Families who completed the survey will be or were contacted about next steps or to gather additional information. The contact person for child care and Adventure Club is Jodi Gadient, her email address is or call her at 763-528-4512 if you have questions.

    OPEN HOUSE will be virtual on Thursday, September 3rd between 4:00-6:00 p.m. Classroom teachers will contact you via Seesaw with specific Open House times and meeting links.

    School Supplies and Computer device pick up -academic supply packs will be available for purchase for $20.00 (Fee pay or cash only). All families will need to pick up supply bags for their children- a sliding fee scale or free will be available as needed.

    PreK 4, Grades 1-5
    Drive up computer and supply pickup will be held on September 3rd from 9 am- 6 pm, or September 4th from 9 am – 3 pm on the east side of Highland Elementary in the bus loading zone. If you are unable to pick up supplies and computer on September 3rd or 4th, you can pick up supplies from the school office September 8- 11th between 8:00 am and 3:00 pm. Please wear a mask when you are picking up supplies.

    Kindergarten Families
    Computer and supply pickup will be arranged with your child’s teacher between September 8th and September 11th during your 1-1 visit to school.

    Computer/Devices - All students will be issued a school device this school year to use at home. About 100 devices are on back order until the end of September so Columbia Heights Public Schools will be issuing devices to Prek 4, Kindergarten and Grade 1 on an as needed basis (only take a device now if you don’t have a home device for your child to use). As soon as the devices arrive at school we will contact families who did not get a school device for pick up. Online completion of the 2020-2021 Technology Acceptable

    Use/1:1 Agreement Form is required to pick up a device. Fill out the form online before you come to school to pick up the computer.

    Food Service information was mailed and emailed to district families. If your child received a free or reduced-price lunch last year, you will need to reapply to the program again this year. The form is available on the district website or available in the Highland Office.


    Michele Janke
    Highland Principal