At Highland Elementary School, our mission is to provide first best instruction and a safe and productive learning environment in which lifelong learners are developed and contribute

 to our global and diverse society.


Our vision is to create a school where students engage in rigorous and standards-aligned instruction that result in high levels of student achievement and the creation of productive and confident learners.

Happy March 2021!

We would like to extend our appreciation to our Highland parents and community.  Operating school during a pandemic is something none of us could have predicted. You did not prepare to have “school” in your homes and our teachers are teaching your children in a way that is new and different too. We know that many are growing weary as this “temporary” way to teach and learn stretches out beyond our expectations.  You, our parents, grandparents, older siblings and more, are doing a great job. Thank you for stepping up and supporting your child, your child’s teacher, and our school. Here are a few reminders:


This is new to all of us: Our teachers have had to reinvent how they deliver instruction with very little time to prepare.  They have been working long hours, trying to get it right because your child’s learning is important, but also because we have high standards for ourselves and we want the very best for our students.

Give yourself grace. You are parents first. Please do not put too much pressure on your children or yourself.  Do expect your child to attend live teaching sessions and work independently, but do not over extend your children. They too are figuring this all out and working in a new and different way.
Please monitor screen time. If your child is on the computer for live sessions and to complete independent/asynchronous work, it is probably enough daily screen time for most children.  Please monitor to be sure that your child is not experiencing computer fatigue due to extended screen time  searching the internet and watching videos. After school is over for the day, it is perfectly okay to put the Chromebook away to charge for the next day and focus on family time.

Asynchronous Work: We have asked our teachers to modify how they assign asynchronous work. We now have two online programs in which every TK-6 grade student should be participating: Dreambox supports math instruction and Lexia supports reading and comprehension instruction.  

During asynchronous instruction, I have asked teachers to focus on the following: 

Students complete work that was not finished during “live” sessions.

Students complete teacher assignments that support “live” instruction.

Students complete one Dreambox math lesson per school day.

Students use Lexia for 10-20 minutes each school day.
Students read or be read to at least 20 minutes each school day.

When your child completes the above and you believe he/she needs extended learning opportunities, he/she is welcome to engage in optional “student choice” activities using any of the apps on the Clever portal. 

Let’s Celebrate!!! We want to promote and encourage your children as they demonstrate success. We recognize classrooms and students in the following ways:


ATTENDANCE: The classroom at each grade level with the greatest percentage of attendance code 7’s (during a 10-day timeframe) will be invited on a virtual field trip with Mrs. Dorsey and Ms. DeRobles.  Attendance code 7 is marked when students attend and engage in live instruction along with the added expectation that our students show that they are working on independent/asynchronous work as detailed above.


Dream More with Dreambox! The classroom at each grade level with the greatest percentage of Dreambox lesson participation will earn prizes. We will also recognize “high achievers” and “week to week growth” for selected students. Prizes will be mailed each week.


We are Loving Lexia!  The classroom with the greatest percentage of students completing the requested 10-20 minutes (based on grade level) of daily Lexia time will be recognized. We will also recognize “high achievers” and “week to week growth” for selected students. Students will be rewarded with Mail from School congratulating them on their efforts along with a sweet treat!
Let's continue to work hard, "do our work," and have a wonderful school year.
Mrs. Dorsey and Ms. DeRobles



parent information

ATTENDANCE: Please call if your child will not be in class. Call Highland at (951) 788-7292

Chromebook Needs: Please call if your child needs help with technology. Call the district tech support line at 951-208-9175 or email support@riversideunified.org

Meals Pick Up Days
:  Tues/Thurs/Fri: from 11:15-12:45

Pick Up School Supplies (Pencils, erasers, paper, whiteboard, dry erase markers): Drive-Up Pick Up is Monday-Friday from 8:30-2:00 p.m.

HEARTS Support (Homework, tutoring, social activities): Daily from 3:00-6:00 p.m.  Please email Mr. Castro at pcastro@riversideunifed.org for enrollment information

March 2021 Calendar: 

Spirit Week-March 1-5.
Read Across America on March 2nd.
RUSD School Board Mtg. on March 4 @ 5:30 (Public Session).
Highland PTA Meeting on March 9 @ 6:00 p.m.
African-American Parent Advisory Council on March 9 @ 6:30 p.m.
2nd Trimester Report Cards Mailed Home on March 15.
School Site Council Mtg. on March 17 @ 9:00 a.m.
ELAC Parent Mtg. on March 17 @ 10:15 a.m.
Spring Break (School Closed) March 21-26.
Cesar Chavez and Dorothy Huerta Family Engagement Celebration on March 31. 
No events available.
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