Greetings Highland Families! We hope you and yours enjoyed a summer filled with special memories! If you are new to Highland - we are thrilled to have you join our outstanding community. On behalf of the PTO Board, welcome to the new school year!
We welcome each of you to the Highland PTO! Our Parent Teacher Organization is a non-profit organization in which every parent, teacher, and staff are automatically a member. The role of the PTO is to support and fund storyline curriculum, provide additional resources and enrichment for teachers and staff, and strengthen the Highland Community. Each member has many opportunities to help with and enhance each students’ education and experience at Highland. We are a dynamic Storyline community while sharing a commitment to high academic standards and unique learning experiences. The PTO works diligently to support our Storyline curriculum to ensure our teachers and staff are equipped for success throughout the year. During these ever-changing times we understand the constant new normal, challenges, opportunities and hopeful silver linings that each individual family is experiencing. Throughout these unique circumstances we have faced, the feeling of community and togetherness means more than ever. We hope the opportunity to experience this school year together as a community will offer a measure of comfort as we continue to navigate this uncharted journey.
Community will be a continued focus of the PTO in effort to best enhance Highland Elementary this year. Our monthly PTO Meetings offer specific insight about our school, its happenings and progress. Typically, they are held in person at Highland. The first meeting of the school year will be held virtually via WebEx on Tuesday, September 14th at 7-8pm. We will introduce the board, discuss the role of the PTO, describe the Storyline concept, and outline our Giving Campaign for the 2021-22school year. Our budget for this upcoming school year will be presented and voted on. Please join us and look for a communication to come with meeting details. Our website, www.highlandpto.org offers a substantial source of information where you will find anything and everything Highland related. In addition, please remember to “like” us on Facebook at Highland School PTO. The level of parent involvement at Highland is remarkable. Being involved in your child’s education can offer a multitude of opportunities and meanings. An important aspect of parent involvement is volunteering. As we continue to learn how we can best serve the teachers / staff as the year progresses, we will be sure to share these volunteer opportunities with the community via email and the PTO website.
We are beyond fortunate at Highland to have such an amazing and constant community of parents, teachers, students, volunteers, and businesses. Thank You! The PTO appreciates and values every members’ individual contribution to our school. Truly, it could not be done without each of you and your efforts. Your feedback and insight are of great value! It will continue to offer the foundation of our great sense of community - which is more imperative than ever. Please know we are here for any suggestions, ideas, and contributions. We look forward to sharing the 2021-22school year with each of you.
Warmest Welcome Back!
Highland Elementary PTO Board -Sigourney, Tarra, Jill, Denise, Julie, Stephanie, Taelor, Emerson, Carina & Natasha
Meet Your 2021-2022 PTO Board
Sigourney Guilford - President
I am honored for the opportunity to be your Highland Elementary PTO President. This will be my third year in the position and served two years prior as a PTO Event Coordinator. I have twin daughters, Remy and Tatum in 5th Grade and two dogs, Tucker & Beck. I enjoy adventures with my family, traveling, camping, hiking and reading. Highland has been a great gift to our family and we are grateful to be a part of this outstanding community. I look forward to continuing to foster the growth and strength of Highland Elementary.
Tarra Ha - Vice President
I have 2 daughters at Highland - Samantha in 5th grade and Charlie in 2nd grade, and one Golden Retriever named Elsa. I currently work as a FAN Advocate for the Bend La Pine School District. I am looking forward to serving the Highland community this coming year. When I am not at Highland, I enjoy running, reading, camping, and fly fishing.
Jill Craviero - Treasurer
I have two children at Highland. My son, Cade, going into 4th grade, and my daughter, Stella, going into 1st grade. I’m so thankful to be given the opportunity to give back to this school which has given my children such a wonderful home, especially during the last couple of very difficult years. I previously worked as a CPA in public accounting and then in private industry in homebuilding. Currently, I’m working with my husband performing the accounting function for his outdoor watersports company.
Denise Hewes - Secretary
This will be my third year as the PTO Secretary. I co-lead the Highland Mileage Club running program and have been a Highland Robotics coach in the past. I have two children, both at Highland, Xavier (incoming 4th grader) and Sierra (incoming 3rd grader). I enjoy yoga, bicycling, and xc skiing in my spare time.
Julie E. Furnas - Communcations Coordinator
This is Julie's second year as the Communications Coordinator. She has a 2nd grader at Highland and a 4 year old attending her first year at preschool. Julie is a movie buff who works in the non-profit sector. She loves to write, volunteer, travel and teach her kids that giving and being kind is what makes the world a better place.
Stephanie Wilhite - Giving Campaign Coordinator
Stephanie Wilhite is in her third year as the Giving Campaign Coordinator. She has a 4th grader, Fischer, and a first grader, Reid. Stephanie enjoys using her experience from her past career as a speech pathologist to help in her kid's classrooms and support the PTO community at Highland. She also enjoys biking, camping with her family, skiing and reading.
Taelor Little - Event Coordinator
I have four children, two will be attending Highland this year. Rosalie will be in 2nd grade, and Calvin is an incoming Kindergartener. I also have two year old twins, James and Georgia. This is my first year on the board, and I am excited to contribute to this awesome community. Outside of school, our family enjoys swimming at the lake, hiking, snowboarding and camping.
Emerson Levy - Enrichment Coordinator
This is Emerson’s first year serving on the PTO board as the Enrichment Coordinator. She is excited to work with the Highland community. Emerson has one first grader, June. In her spare time, Emerson loves to garden and watch too many home design shows.
Natasha Cagle - Volunteer Coordinator
I am looking forward to a fantastic year at Highland. This is my first year with Highland. My son Hudson is 5 years old and starting kindergarten and will be in Mrs. Chamber’s class. I am a staffing consultant in the office services division for Express Employment Professionals. I am originally from Trinidad and Tobago and grew up in Boston. I enjoy spending time with Hudson and going for walks. I love fashion and dance. As a mom, I love teaching my son that you can do things for others without expecting something in return. Empathy, honesty, compassion, respect, and manners go a long way.
Carina McCarthy - Storyline Liaison
This is my eighth year as a Highland mom. My son, Wyatt, has moved onto Pacific Crest and my daughter, Sadie, is a first grader this year. One of my favorite places to be is in the woods with my dogs, and I'm often on a trail with them. I am looking forward to once again serve the Highland community this year as your storyline liaison.