August 6, 2018

Hello Highland View Community!

As I write this letter, I am looking out at the mass of roofers who are madly working to complete our facelift before the students’ return.  The building has been busy with a variety of projects that will certainly improve our quality of life while at school.

This summer, fifty-five of our rising third, fourth and fifth grade students enjoyed a four-week program called Summer UP (Unleashing Potential). This was a pilot year for the program and I was delighted that we were able to partner with Pine Crest ES.  Students who do not typically have opportunities to attend summer camp or summer school engaged in science, art, music, dance, sports, literacy and math. They had a wonderful time.

This year, in place of mailing the parent handbook, you will receive a postcard with the Highland View website address.  All of the information you need to begin the school year will be available online. If you prefer to have a hard copy, please feel free to pick one up from the main office between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.

As always, summer has also brought with it several changes. As you already know, Ms. Michlewicz retired at the end of the 2017-2018 school year and Ms. Sluzenski moved with her family to Vermont. Ms. Stolte fulfilled her ambition to become a PE teacher and is now a member of the staff at Key Middle School.  In order to get a bit closer to home, Ms. McKenna accepted a position at Resnick ES. To allow a bit more time to further her studies, Ms. Higgins has joined the staff at Weller Road, where she will serve as a para-educator. Ms. Field has accepted a position at Bradley Hills ES; Ms. Varos will be a Reading Intervention teacher at Kensington Parkwood ES; Ms. Twining accepted a full time ESOL position at New Hampshire Estates ES and Ms. Miller will be an ESOL teacher at Georgian Forest ES. We will miss them all.  In addition, our Kindergarten enrollment grew quite a bit and we were allocated a fifth Kindergarten teacher in July; Ms. Hudren has agreed to join the Kindergarten team. Ms. Lindon made a decision to retire from MCPS and Ms. Yao is now working in the central kitchen of Food and Nutrition services. We will be interviewing candidates for these two cafeteria positions in the next few days.

I am delighted to welcome the following new staff members:

Melissa Bryant          Kindergarten

Jessica Benitez          Kindergarten

Carly Clark               Second Grade

Natalie Lukehart       Second Grade

Natasha Najmi          Third Grade

Meaghen Alexander  Fourth Grade

Lara Oerter                ESOL Teacher (.5)

Naina Rakes              ESOL Teacher

Laurie Burney           Counselor

Susan Wells              Math Focus

Javier Godinez          Instrumental Music

Anabela Almeida      Parent Community Coordinator

I am also very excited to welcome returning staff members who will be in new positions:

Maureen Hudren    Kindergarten

Kelly Tappis           First Grade Team Leader

Hanna Kim             Second Grade Team Leader

Mr. Hungerford and his team have been working around various construction and repair projects to ensure that every part of the building is ready for students’ return.

Mrs. Fowle and I look forward to welcoming families to our annual Sneak Peek on Friday, August 31 at 2:00 p.m. and to beginning the school year on Tuesday, September 4.

I am confident that the 2018-2019 school year will be a positive and productive one for all of our students and I cannot wait to begin!

Have a great August.


Galit Zolkower




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