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Paw Print- March 8th

Paw Print

March 8th, 2023


Message From Our Principal


Greetings, Highcroft parents and families!  This week is ‘Severe Weather Awareness’ week.  We completed our severe weather drill this morning in alignment with the statewide tornado drill.  For the first time since the pandemic, we actually moved to safe spaces and got into the ‘head tuck’ position.  Be sure to discuss this important drill with your student(s).  


Please do not hesitate to reach out with any questions or concerns.  Have a great rest of your week! 


Catherine Shearin, Principal



Classroom Picture Day - Change
Thursday, March 16th was scheduled to be Class Picture Day as well as Individual Spring Picture Day. We have realized that the Class Picture schedule conflicts with the many students who are participating in First in Fitness on that day.  We are working with Strawbridge to reschedule Class Pictures to another day.  Thursday, March 16th will still be Spring Picture Day for students.  First in Fitness students will have their picture taken prior to leaving for First in Fitness.


Lost and Found

With the constant fluctuations in our temperatures, our Lost and Found is overflowing with coats, sweatshirts, hats, etc.  Please ask your child to swing by the Lost and Found area (by the exit doors to the playground by the cafeteria) to find anything they are missing.  Unclaimed items will be donated on March 31st. 


Single Subject Acceleration (SSA)

Single Subject Acceleration (SSA) is the practice of skipping a grade level of content in ONE SUBJECT AREA, or assigning a student to a higher-grade level than is typical, given the student's age, for the purpose of providing access to appropriately challenging learning opportunities. Testing for eligibility is required during the WCPSS mandated testing window.  A student must be enrolled AND attending a WCPSS public school to participate in SSA Testing. 


Students are only able to TEST AND QUALIFY in ONE SUBJECT AREA...either ELA OR Math. Prior to requesting SSA Testing, it is imperative to your child's success that you consider all of their traits and abilities, not just an academic strength in one subject.


*A virtual parent information session will be held on Wednesday, March 15 at 6:30pm. The link will be sent via the Wednesday 15th Paw Print and will also be posted on Mrs. Walters' website. Please plan to attend this session if you are considering SSA for your child.


*The SSA Test Request Window for Highcroft Drive Elementary is Monday, March 20 - Friday March 24. The link for the SSA Test Request form will be posted on Mrs. Walters' website on Monday, March 20th . Test Requests will not be accepted after 4:00pm Friday, March 24. SSA Testing will take place April 18th through May 3rd . Specific dates and times will be sent to parents who submit a Test Request form.


Please visit Mrs. Walters' AIG & SSA Website for more SSA information, or email Mrs. Walters directly at with questions about SSA.

Thank You!


There is no order necessary for the yearbook.  In May every student will receive a yearbook.  If you would like to keep it, you  just need to send in $17.  If you do not wish to keep it, please return the book back to school.





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