Highlands principal credits school’s parents with expanded programming

Highlands Elementary was the highlight school at the Shawnee Mission School Board Monday and new principal Marilyn Webb focused on the school’s parents.

Webb reminded the board that she had closed two district schools as principal and was glad to be at Highlands in a new building only in its third year of operation.

The parent population at Highlands is remarkable, Webb said, and pointed to the fact that the recent Hawk Night Flight fundraiser saw 235 families signed up out of a school with 297 students. The parents have been highly supportive of school programs including:

  • funding an educational aide to provide for teacher collaboration time to discuss, students , curriculum, and teaching methods;
  • giving vouchers to students at the book fair so everyone can have books;
  • giving out tickets at carnival and other events;
  • installing a new exercise walkway in back of the school;
  • paying for extra windows and a wood gym floor in the new building;
  • providing the Spanish instructional program;
  • parents support the Spanish program at Highlands by providing a teacher through Young Spanish;

Most board meetings begin with a district highlight that focuses on one school or program. Highlands, at 62nd and Roe, draws students from Prairie Village, Fairway and Mission.