This Week's Letter from Principal Lara Drew





    May 18, 2021

    Dear Highland Terrace Families,

    We are having some challenges with links working in the communication system.  Below is an update with the links that were not working.

    Our HT Tradition - Festival of Cultures

    For the last 7 years, our Highland Terrace community has come together annually on an evening to share their cultures.  When we were able to gather, Highland Terrace Families would grab their 'passports' and visit booths set up by our very own families and learn about their fellow community members' cultures, try food and play games.   Our HT singers and marimba band would perform along with special performances from some of our families, representing their cultures.  It was always guaranteed to be a very colorful and delicious evening.  It has been my honor to meet and work with the HT families willing to share their time, a bit about themselves and their heritage these last 7 years. 

    This will be my family's last year at HT so I wanted to put something together for you all to enjoy.  Over the past few months, HT families sent in photos and videos. We assembled those into a short video that you can view with this link Festival of Cultures 2020-2021. My hope is that when we can all gather again the Festival will continue at Highland Terrace.  We are hoping to find someone to coordinate future cultural events, please reach out to me with any questions if you are interested.   Kristie Timss -

    Festival of Cultures Link:


    Highland Terrace Family and Student Survey Results:  In the fall, families, students, and staff took a district-wide survey designed to help our district and school identify strengths and opportunities for improvement.   The results from this year and our three-year longitudinal data is available in the following links. 

    EES Parent Longitudinal 18-21  

    EES Student Longitudinal 18-21

    We also want to invite you to learn more about what our survey feedback is showing and help us reflect on our ongoing goals and action plans.  We look forward to you joining us. 



    Lara Drew


    Principal | Highland Terrace