Speaker Series

posted Mar 20, 2018, 1:08 PM by Highland Communications   [ updated Mar 20, 2018, 1:08 PM ]

Speaker Series with Jay Dicharry
Wednesday, April 18th 6:30 pm in the Highland Library
Childcare will be provided 
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"Building Little Lifelong Athletes"
One topic near and dear to my heart is a parent's role in athletics. As parents, we seek to support our kids at every chance, but often wonder if our efforts are constructive or destructive. I'm a physical therapist, researcher, and author,  and see all too often the pressures that the kids, their parents, and society put on our young athletes as they develop. The goal is to ensure our kids love and learn from the social and sports-specific challenges they face to build better humans - not just to 'win districts!'

                      • On this night, we'll discuss:
                      • how children develop
                      • how parents can challenge their kids at the right time through sports
                      • issues with sports specificity at younger ages
                      • how to talk to your kids about their performance 
                      • important research studies to guide all this discussion. 
    There is no perfect road map, but after this talk, parents will have insight and knowledge to help them deal with the challenges they face with their own family to help the kids succeed at sports for the long term.

    Jays Bio:
    Jay is a physical therapist, biomechanics researcher, author in Bend, Oregon, USA. Jay built his international reputation as an expert in biomechanical analysis as Director of the SPEED Clinic at the University of Virginia, and now as Director of the REP Biomechanics Lab in Bend, OR. Jay blurs the lines between clinical practice, coaching, and engineering to solve injury problems and optimize performance. Jay literally wrote the book(s) on running gait assessments: he is author of “Running Rewired” and "Anatomy for Runners", writes columns for numerous magazines, and has published over thirty-five professional journal articles and book chapters. Jay has had an active research career, and consults and teaches for numerous footwear companies, the cycling industry, the US Air Force, USA Track and Field, and USA Triathlon.  Having taught in the Sports Medicine program at UVA, he brings a strong bias towards patient education, and continues to teach nationally to elevate the standard of care for Therapists, Physicians, and Coaches working with endurance athletes. His research driven focus and expertise in injury prevention, rehab, and performance training is sought out by athletes across the world, and provides his patients with an unmatched level of innovation and success. 

    Lego Robotics!

    posted Jan 16, 2018, 12:13 PM by Highland Communications   [ updated Jan 16, 2018, 12:17 PM ]

    Thanks to support from Highland PTO and our many parent volunteers, Lego Robotics classes are now available!!

    Lego Robotics is an excellent introduction for kids to: engineering, basic programming skills, decision-making and critical thinking as well as implementing and understanding of the scientific and engineering design process as they build real and virtual robots.

    Please read this information carefully!

    • There will be 2, 6 week sessions, 1 before spring break, and 1 after. Please only register for ONE class per child at this time. We want this program to be available to as many kids as possible. If there are still openings after some time, we will make registering for a 2nd class available.

    • Costs: $60 for the 1st child, siblings are $45. Scholarships are available.

    • Days and times: please see your child's level (below) for availability.

    • Volunteers Needed:  This program is dependant on volunteers and we ask that you plan to volunteer for at least 1 class per session. Parents act as a helper for the instructor, no technical skills needed.

    • A snack and drink will be provided at each class

    • Please click on the link below for your child's level and fill out all fields.

    • You may need to download the Sheets or Google Drive App

    • Thank you!!

    Kinder Bots: Using the We-Do, this class is available to all kindergarteners. *Please note the classes taught by Frank Heimerdinger don’t begin until 4:30 so they would be ideal for children at Kids Inc. who stay until 6.  Click Here

    Mini Bots Beginning: We-Do for grades 1 and 2. No experience necessary. Click Here

    Mini Bots Advanced: We-Do for grades 1 and 2. For kids who have taken Highland’s Mini Bot class last year or an equivalent.  Click Here

    Mega Bots Beginning: EV3 for grades 3-5. No experience necessary. Click Here

    Mega Bots Advanced: EV3 for grades 3-5. For kids that have taken Highland’s Mega or Ultra bot classes last year or equivalent. Click Here

    Questions? Contact Angela Chisum at  

    April PTO Meeting

    posted Sep 18, 2017, 2:49 PM by Highland Communications   [ updated Mar 8, 2018, 1:39 PM ]

    Please join us Tuesday, April 10th at 3:30 pm in the cafeteria for our monthly meeting.  

    Coffee and treats will be served, and younger children are always welcome to attend.
    We look forward to seeing you there!

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