Highland Schools Finish The First Term On Several High Notes

Monterey, VA – High School Principal April Goff brought the School Board members and Superintendent up to date on recent activities during this month’s School Board meeting.

“We had our Fall Fantasy dance on November the 12th and one of the chaperones asked me if I was bored,” says Goff, “and I said yes and it’s so nice to finally be bored at a high school dance![laughter]. I just wanted to say how impressed I was with their behavior, they were very well behaved.”

“Basketball season is going strong, keeping us all busy; at the present time we have a girls middle school team and a girls varsity team. We had enough boys to do all three, so we have varsity, jv and middle school.”

Elementary School Principal Ms. Blum reported on the Veteran’s Day assembly and parade.

“We had our Veterans Day assembly in November which was a little different, we didn’t do a breakfast, but we had a school wide assembly which was well attended and we had a parade which was a hit with everyone,” says Blum. “There was lots of community support out there streets watching and the children loved it. Mr. Blagg did a nice speech at the courthouse lawn.”

She continues with a report on the successful Lego League team.

“I would like to congratulate and brag on our Lego League team which has a total of eight students; there are five 4th graders and three 6th graders,” she says. “They placed first at the regional tournament for research out of 24 teams and third place overall to advance to the state for the first time ever. And we competed at the state last Saturday and Sunday at JMU. They did not place at the state; they were 96 or better out of 500 and some teams in the entire state, so they definitely represented Highland County well.”

Ms. Blum goes on to discuss the Destination Imagination teams.

“Destination Imagination has four teams,” says Blum. “We have a Rising Stars, two elementary teams and a middle school team. So we’ll be well represented at that competition end of March. I’ve also observed in our classrooms our little kindergartners doing applications on the ipads; and our 5th graders, different applications of course, but it’s amazing these in the hands of children. You don’t know what tomorrow will hold in technology, but mercy our children are ready.”

Ms. Blum closes with remarks for the School Board.

“I would like to especially thank the board for your leadership, hard work and dedication to Highland County public schools; it’s been a pleasure to work with you,” she says.

The next meeting of the Highland County School Board will be Thursday, January 5 at 7 PM in the High School Library.

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