Mr. Tom Frost, Art Teacher at Highland, created a short video to show the Chinese New Year Collaborative Dragons that first grade Highland art students created in cooperation with some older Highland students. The result - beautiful dragons now hang in the Art room at Highland.
On January 15th, fourth grade students at Highland Elementary had the opportunity to see the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra (PSO) perform! The program was titled "When East Meets West" and focused on music by western composers who were influenced by ethnic eastern music. In addition to the traditional instruments of the orchestra, the students also saw performances of Taiko drumming from Japan, an erhu solo from China, and a gamelon ensemble from Indonesia. This program is offered by PSO free of charge for 4th graders, and they offer additional programs for grades 2 and 6 as well. For many of the students, this was their first symphony experience. They watched in wonder and amazement as the orchestra members performed each piece. Highland's young ladies and gentleman enjoyed the experience and practiced perfect etiquette while at Heinz Hall. We cannot thank the PSO enough for offering this cultural and educational experience to our students! It was an enjoyable experience for all!
Due to a grant received by the Franklin Center in Aliquippa and a partnership with the Laughlin Memorial Library in Ambridge and Highland Elementary, 20 third and fourth grade students are learning about science, technology, engineering and mathematics after the school day ends. The STEM classes take place after school on Wednesdays at the Laughlin Memorial Library on 11th Street in Ambridge.
STEM Stars is a 12 week off-campus afterschool program which provides third and fourth grade students the opportunity to explore science, technology, engineering and math in a fun, creative, experiential learning environment. The students explore various topics using ASSET, Inc.’s “hands-on, minds-on” elementary curriculum.
Pictured are students exploring engineering and technology while they learn about and construct load bearing structures and catapults. Teamwork is stressed and creativity is encouraged!
Extra! Extra! Read all about it! Highland elementary now has a student newspaper. Several students in 6th grade volunteered to write articles for the student based publication, affectionately known as, The Highland Hotspot. They started the newspaper to share all of the activities and issues that are happening at Highland. The newspaper is sponsored by Mrs. Cooper. Pick up your copy of the Highland Hotspot today!