School News

Author shares stories of Iowa travel at Mid-Prairie Elementary

Mid-Prairie East and West Elementary Schools had a special visitor to start off the month of October. Children’s author, Kristi Bradbury, traveled in to read to each grade level at the …

M-P board members get a taste of Scale Up Awards

Mid-Prairie School Board members and administrators got a taste of the Scale Up Awards received by the Mid-Prairie Home School Assistance Program at their regular meeting on Monday, Oct. 11 when they …

Mid-Prairie teacher incorporates music into reading fluency

Mid-Prairie teacher for over 21 years, Diane Miller, has been pioneering a new approach to teaching reading fluency by bringing music into the classroom. Miller is a third-grade teacher at …

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 …
Highland

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …
Lone Tree

Lone Tree school to host American Rescue Plan public session Oct. 12

Lone Tree Community School has been chosen by the Johnson County Board of Supervisors to be host of an upcoming American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) public session. The county, which has been awarded …

Lone Tree leads Grant Wood Area Education Agency in reading proficiency

As the school year begins, the Lone Tree Elementary staff is preparing for another great year. However, once again, this staff is not going to let COVID get in their way of great teaching and student …

Lone Tree FFA chapter teaches younger students about farm safety

On May 11, 2021, the Lone Tree FFA hosted a Farm Safety Day. This year Farm Safety Day took place behind the school, near the football practice field. The fifth-grade students got to take their …

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 …
Hillcrest Academy

Hillcrest Academy to welcome alumni back to campus

After a year off due to COVID-19 restrictions, Hillcrest Academy is excited to get back to the traditional recipe for their Homecoming and Alumni Family weekend. This year’s event weekend is …

Hillcrest Excited for Start of School

The staff and students of the 2021-22 Hillcrest Academy started school on Monday, Aug. 23.

Hillcrest Academy hosts open gym for 5-8th graders

Hillcrest Academy will host open gyms for 5th-8th graders on Sunday afternoons. Students can run with cross country coach Marty Gingerich from 3-3:30 p.m. and enjoy activities like volleyball, …

Hillcrest Academy presents fall production

This fall, the scheduled Hillcrest Academy production will take new direction due to current limitations on traditional performances. Three students selected monologues to prepare and perform in the …
Photo Galleries
Highland Booms for Homecoming Weekend
Highland showed its school pride on Boom Night on Wednesday, Sept. 29.
Mid-Prairie Homecoming
Mid-Prairie Homecoming took place on Friday, September 17. Thaddeus Shetler was crowed Homecoming King and  Olivia Caskey was crowned Homecoming Queen.
Lone Tree Graduation
Lone Tree held its graduation ceremony for 34 graduates on Sunday, May 30, 2021.