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Highland teacher arrested on sexual abuse charge

    Justin David Rapier, a Highland High School language arts and yearbook teacher, was arrested Thursday on a sexual abuse charge. more

Highland teachers to get bigger paycheck with TSS funds

Certified teachers in the Highland Community School District will soon see a one-time $700 increase in their paychecks. And just in time for the holidays. The Highland Board of Education voted … more

Election results for Nov. 2 city and school board elections

The Johnson County and Washington County auditors have released unofficial results from the Nov. 2 city and school board elections. All election results are unofficial until the canvass of … more

Highland to Present 'Into the Woods'

The Highland Fine Arts Department will present its annual musical, ‘Into the Woods’ on November 5 and 6 at 7 p.m. in the Highland High School Gym.  Students started rehearsals at the … more

Candidate Q&As: Highland School Board

Highland School Board Megan Allen* Why are you running for school board? I truly believe in education and what it offers and when built and supported you create individuals who will always … more

10 Highland students to attend National FFA Convention Oct. 26-29

Ten Highland Community School students will head to Indianapolis later this month for the 94th National FFA Convention & Expo. The trip, which was proposed by Gina Trower, a middle and high … more

Highland Booms for Homecoming Weekend

Highland showed its school pride on Boom Night on Wednesday, Sept. 29. more

Riverside prepares for Boom Night

Boom Night is coming to the streets of Riverside next Wednesday. The parade route for Highland High School’s Homecoming celebration, following a similar path as the TrekFest parade did this … more

Local schools hire new teachers

The new school year is here, which means new students and new faculty. After the novel COVID-19 became pandemic, many schools faced a loss in staff. Despite this shortage, many schools are still … more

Highland board adds heat policy, discusses open-enrollment waivers

In a less-than-10-minute meeting on Monday, Aug. 30, the Highland School Board added a heat policy to their coaches handbook, OKed the purchase of a new school van and discussed waiving the 90-day … more

Highland Elementary builds naturescape playground

Several months ago, Highland Elementary Principal Jane O’Leary told members of the Elementary Support Organization that the school’s playground was lacking a place for kids who just … more

Masks recommended on Highland school buses, encouraged in school

RIVERSIDE When school begins August 23 for Highland Community students, masks may be as common as books, pencils and homework assignments. Schools Superintendent Ken Crawford said at the school … more

Stransky named to IGCA All-State third team

The Highland softball team had a pair of athletes recognized by the Iowa Girls Coaches Association after finishing a 22-7 season in the regional final. Sophomore Abbi Stransky landed on the … more

Highland Shooting Sports Enjoys New Trap House

The Highland Shooting Sports team held their first event at the newly rennovated facilities on the Riverside VFW on Sunday, July 25, including a new trap house, shooting platform, sidewalks and mics. more

Hills Bank donates over $8,000 to area schools

Hills Bank, as part of the Classroom Cash program, recently donated $1,483.65 to the Highland Community School District, $728.91 to Hillcrest Academy, $662.85 to the Lone Tree Community School … more

Highland continues to build influential STEM programs, improve reading

I was able to do an in-person audit for the Highland Community School District on March 30. I must admit it was nice to return to Iowa for the first time in over a year. This is one of my concluding … more

Highland seeks new alarms and bells for schools

RIVERSIDE The Highland Community School District may have new weather alarm, bell and intercom systemsinstalled in its buildings by the time the 2021-22 school year begins or soon afterward.At its … more

Highland Elementary plans new mural, naturescape playground

Maria Meller, president of the Elementary Support Organization at Highland Elementary, said the school needs some color. “Our school has absolutely no color, it’s all white … more

Highland 8th graders try Lizzie Borden in mock trial

In 1893, Lizzie Borden was acquitted of the axe murders of her father and stepmother in Massachusetts, but in the Highland High School gym on April 29, 2021 she was found guilty. The case was … more

Highland considers block scheduling

Highland science teacher Kurtis Trout and agriculture teacher Gina Trower reported their findings and beliefs surrounding block scheduling. Both suggested it would be an improvement for students and … more
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