Principal's Message

Mrs. Sewell



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Mrs. Sewell

Dear Parents, Families, and Friends,

As I begin my fourth school year as Principal of Highland Elementary, I am energized and deeply committed to making a positive difference in the lives of your children. We will accomplish this by setting high academic expectations for all children and providing supportive systems to assure expectations are met. It is our goal that all students make progress toward college or career. We will achieve this by addressing school culture, setting high standards for teacher performance, increasing academic expectations for all students, and engaging the community.

I am pleased to share some of the exciting and outstanding programs at Highland Elementary. Highland offers a variety of academic programs including Title 1 Reading Support, Schools Uniting Neighborhoods (SUN), SMART Readers, as well as Harvest Share, Snowcap, Books to You, and more. 

We embrace the challenges of the future while we continue to cherish and celebrate the traditions of the past.  Our remarkable staff, involved parents, and committed students come together to make Highland a wonderful and unique place.

We hope your visit to our website will give you a quick snapshot of life at our school.  Please explore our links to find out more about curriculum, programs, and daily events at Highland Elementary.

If you would like to contact me, my e-mail address is You can also reach me by phone at 503-665-7158.

I’m looking forward to working with you and your student as we work toward an academically successful school year.

Shawnda Sewell
Highland Elementary School