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Letter Regarding Middle School Transition to the High School

Dear Highland Middle & High School community:


We are excited to welcome our Grades 6-8 students to our Highland High School pack on Monday, April 8. Our faculty, staff, and administration have been working diligently to prepare for the smoothest transition possible for both the incoming Middle School students and our existing High School students. We are ready and committed to support all students to have the best experience possible. 

When Middle School students arrive on Monday, they will be welcomed with an assembly in the auditorium where they will receive an orientation. Then, they will participate in building tours so they can become familiar with their new space. All families should have received a generic map earlier in the week. Printed copies of a more detailed map will be provided to our Middle School students to assist them in the transition. Rest assured, there will be lots of support available to help students find their way. 

Remember, there is an extensive Questions and Answers document available that contains important information to assist with the transition. A few topics that we want to remind everyone about include:



We anticipate there to be heavy congestion in and around the campus at arrival and dismissal with the merging of the two schools, so everyone’s patience and cooperation are required to ensure we can maintain safety. We strongly encourage all Middle and High School students to carpool or ride the bus in order to minimize this traffic congestion and create the safest parking lot possible. 


Parent Drop-Off 

Drop off for both Middle and High School begins at 7:20 AM in the rear of the building. High School students will enter through the doors near the cafeteria courtyard and Middle School students will enter through the doors near the gymnasium. 


Parent Pick-up 

Dismissal times remain unchanged (HS ends at 2:05 PM and MS ends at 2:15 PM). Middle School parents who must pickup their child should not arrive at the High School before 2:15 PM. 

This is a very important safety step to allow our High School drivers time to leave the parking lot before Middle School parents begin to arrive. 


We appreciate everyone’s flexibility, patience, trust, and confidence as we continue to manage this situation. The outpouring of support from our families, students, staff, and others in the Highland community is so appreciated and has fueled us through many long days and nights in the past few weeks. We will continue to need your patience and flexibility as we settle into this new structure, but each and every member of the Highland Central School District community is committed to providing our students with a positive experience. Should anyone have any questions or concerns, you are encouraged to contact Principal Kevin Murphy at the High School or Interim Principal Andrew Carnright at the Middle School.


We will see everyone on Monday!


With appreciation,

Joel E. Freer, Superintendent of Schools
Kevin Murphy, Ed.D., High School Principal
Andrew Carnright, Interim Middle School Principal