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Husky News- May 17th

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May 17th, 2023


Message From Our Principal
Greetings, Highcroft parents and families!  The only thing I can say about last week’s Spring Carnival is… ‘Wow!!’  What an amazing turn out of students, families, and friends.  Now I see what everyone has been missing during the pandemic, it did not disappoint!  Thank you to all who came out, purchased tickets, and enjoyed time at our amazing school.  PTA is estimating 1,100 people attended!  A special thank you to the PTA for planning, organizing, and putting in the countless hours preparing such an amazing event for our school. 

Students in grades 3-5 are busy with review in preparation for the upcoming EOG tests.  Please see the schedule below to know when your child will be taking the EOGs this year.  It is so important that students arrive on time, are well rested, and are in a good mindset for the tests. 

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

Catherine Shearin, Principal


Year Books coming home today!
Your child will be bringing home the school yearbook today.  Every student has received a yearbook.  If you wish to keep the book, please send $17 in the envelope provided.  If you do not want to pay for it, please return the book by June 2nd.  All money and/or books are due on Friday, 6/02.


EOG Testing
End Of Grade testing for all 3rd - 5th grade students will occur during the last 10 days of school.  See our schedule below for dates.  This is an important time of year for students, our school, and our district.  EOG tests are used to measure grade level proficiency and growth from year to year.  It is important that all students are present during testing times.   Please help your child to be prepared for testing by ensuring a good night’s sleep and a healthy breakfast each morning. 

Any 3-5 student who arrives late on EOG Days (see schedule below), will have to wait in the office until testing is completed for the day and then complete the test during the ‘make up’ days. Also, students will not be able to be checked out early on those days until all testing is completed.

Monday - May 29th - Memorial Day Holiday - No School for Students or Staff

Tuesday, May 30th - Reading EOG for grades 3-5

Wednesday, May 31st - Math EOG for grades 3 - 5

Thursday, June 1st - Make Ups

Friday, June 2nd - Science EOG for 5th Grade

                               Read To Achieve for some 3rd grade students

June 5th - 9th - EOG Make Ups (as needed)


Student Chromebooks
Beginning next Wednesday, May 24th, all students in grades 3-5 will keep Chromebooks at school overnight in preparation for the EOGs.  It’s important that every student has a Chromebook that is fully charged and ready for the on-line EOG testing. 

5th grade students will turn in their Chromebooks at the end of the school year.  All 5th grade/rising 6th grade students will receive a new Chromebook at the beginning of next year at his/her middle school. 


Field Day is Coming!
Field Day is always one of the most exciting activities to celebrate the end of the year!  Mr. Masullo has many great activities planned.   Field Day will be on Tuesday, June 6th (rain date of Wednesday, June 7th).  K-2 will be in the morning, 10:00 - 12:00 and 3-5 will be in the afternoon, 1:00 - 3:00.  Mr. Masullo is counting on many parent volunteers so please sign up at the link below. 

Field Day Parent Volunteers


5th Grade Picnic and Graduation
If you are the parent of a 5th grader, mark your calendars now.  The annual 5th grade picnic is scheduled for Thursday, June 8th from 12:00 - 2:30 and the 5th grade Graduation will be Friday, June 9th from 10:00 - 12:00.  Families can bring up to 6 family members for the celebration.  Students may be checked out after the celebration and reception to begin the summer fun and preparation for middle school. 



NCAA Division II Baseball Championship
The USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, NC  is hosting the 2023 NCAA Division II Baseball Championship on June 3-10, and will feature some of the best college baseball talent from across the nation!  They  are offering HDES students FREE tickets to the game on Sunday, June 4th.

Here is a link to the free tickets:

Make sure to use code ELEMENTARY at checkout to access the free tickets! There is a set amount reserved, so make sure you get them while you can!


Planning for 2023-24
It’s hard to believe, but we are already beginning our planning for the 2023-24 school year.  With that being said, families are already thinking about teacher placement for students for next year.  I welcome input about your child, his/her learning styles, and teaching styles.  The way your child learns and the type of teaching style that best meets your child’s needs can be sent to me at  We have an amazing staff of teachers in our school and at every grade level.  Therefore, specific teacher requests should not be included in any information you provide as they will not be taken into consideration when placing your child next year. 


Not Returning to Wake County Schools next year?
If you do not plan to attend a Wake County School next school year, please let us know for planning purposes as soon as you are able.  Please submit the withdrawal form with the last day of school-June 9th.  5th Grade parents this is especially important if you do not plan to attend Mills Park Middle.  They are a capped school for rising 6th graders.  Once we receive the withdrawal form back, this will open a seat for a student on the waitlist.

Withdrawal Form.doc


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