About South Highlands
Applications for all students are available in the fall for the following year. Children entering kindergarten and first grade are tested individually. The standardized tests are norm-referenced according to age. Children entering grades 2-5 are given standardized tests in a group setting. A copy of the child’s current report card must be presented for review at the time of testing for grades 1-5. Students are ranked by test scores and accepted accordingly. Placement is subject to review of the student’s final report card. Siblings are given priority.
Parents are required to sign contracts for students entering South Highlands. A new contract must be signed yearly for each student. Contracts stress responsibilities of students and parents including academics, discipline, and attendance.
School tours are available for parents beginning in October. Please call 865-5119 for details. More information is available at the district's website: http://www.caddoschools.org/magnet-schools
You will find answers to the most frequently asked questions here. We hope this will help you. Make your selection by clicking on one of the links here below
- Where can I locate an application?
- How do I drop my child off at the beginning of school?
Do not drop off students before 7:20 a.m. Students in grades 2-5 may be dropped off on Thora Boulevard and students in K –1st grades need to be dropped off in the carpool line/bus loop. Peer helpers will be in the bus loop to help students unload. Please do not drop children off on Erie Street or in the driveway by the library.
- What should I do when I want to pick up my child at afternoon dismissal?
Have your car tag visible and enter the car pool line from Thora Boulevard and pull to the last spot available. Make sure you do not block traffic at any time and give preference to buses. Keep a lane of traffic open for emergency vehicles and neighborhood traffic. Children in grades 2-5 may sit on the sidewalk on Thora to be picked up but this is not allowed for younger siblings.
- What are school starting and dismissal times?
School starts at 7:45 a.m. and dismisses at 3:10 p.m.
- What should I do if my child is going to be late?
Your child will be considered tardy if he/she is not in their classroom at 7:50 a.m. You will need to accompany your child into the South Highlands office to be checked-in as tardy and pick up your child’s attendance card. Any child who walks to his/her classroom without checking in with a parent in the office will be marked as an unexcused tardy.
- If I want my child to be dismissed early, what should I do?
Write a note to the teacher including the student’s name, reason for dismissal, time of dismissal, and signature of parent. If someone other than a parent is going to pick up your child, please include that information in your note. A parent/guardian must report to the office to pick up the child. No children should be checked out after 2:30 p.m. Please do not send a note requesting a child to be in the office at a certain time to be checked out. Your child will be called when you arrive.
- If I want my child to ride a different bus or carpool home, what should I do?
A note must be sent to the school office explaining the change in departure. A bus pass must be issued from the school office if your child will be riding a different bus home. Note: This procedure is to be used in both long term situations (such as riding to a grandparent’s house each day) and short term situations (such as going to a friend’s house one afternoon.)
- When my child returns to school after being absent, what should I do?
Please send in a note with the student’s name, date(s) of absence and reason for absence (attach doctor’s excuse if needed). This needs to be handed in to the homeroom teacher.
- How do I get my child's homework when he/she has been absent?
You may request homework assignments after two consecutive days of absence from school. You may request additional assignments following the completion of previously assigned works. You need to call 865-5119 prior to 10 a.m. Parents may pick up the student’s assignments after 2:30 p.m. and before 3:30 p.m. in the school office.
- What if my child is sick and won’t be at school today?
Call Mrs. Patrick, attendance clerk, at 865-5119 before 9:30 a.m.
- How often are report cards and progress reports sent home?
Report cards are issued at the end of the 9 weeks throughout the year. Graded papers are sent home on Wednesdays in the SH Tiger Folders at least every 2 weeks. The final report card of the year is mailed from the Caddo Parish School Board approximately one week after the end of school.
- How do I go about scheduling a Parent-Teacher Conference?
Conferences are scheduled by contacting the classroom teacher. If you would like to schedule a conference with any administrative staff, please contact the school office at 865-5119.
- When I have a question, to whom do I talk?
Parents should first contact the classroom teacher to clarify questions. If they still have questions, they should contact the appropriate person:
Mary Harris, Principal – School wide suggestions, ideas, or concerns
Melissa Williams, Counselor – Questions about testing, Gateway, and counseling
Belinda Scott, Instructional Coordinator – Questions about curriculum or textbooks
April Willis School Secretary – Money related issues (t-shirts, yearbooks, pictures, etc.)
Tamika Patrick & Bonnie Gillen – Absences, attendance, tardies, homework for ill child, messages to teachers, medication questions, or changes in transportation
Your Child’s Teacher - Academic progress or concerns, playground or peer concerns, report card questions or corrections, volunteering to help
Cafeteria (868-6988) - Questions about individual accounts, special dietary requirements, reservations to eat lunch with your child
Transportation (603-6535) – Overcrowded bus, late bus, child not home when expected, or route information.
- When I come to South Highlands, do I need to sign in?
Yes. All visitors must report to the school office, sign in on the computer, and wear the yellow visitor’s pass.
- How are parents involved?
The administration and faculty of South Highlands Elementary Magnet School consider themselves to be partners with parents, the primary educators of their children. Research suggests that one characteristic of an effective school is strong parent involvement; the stronger the parent involvement, the stronger the school--provided all the other essential elements are in place. The support and assistance of parents, therefore, is essential to the success of the integrated educational program provided by the school. We have a strong PTA and encourage you to become involved. We value the contribution our parents make at South Highlands, and we consider both a vital part of our fine school, and of our success.
Here are a few typical parent volunteer activities:
Tiger Folder stuffing (Wednesday mornings)
participation in various fund-raising activities
volunteering in the school office
- How do I contact the school?
School Office – 318-865-5119
School Fax – 318-861-6264
- How do I find out who will be my child's teacher?
Class lists are posted in July on the website and also on the front windows of the school office.
- I will be driving my child to school. What time should we arrive?
Walking and car pool students should arrive at school between 7:20 and 7:45 a.m. There is no supervision for children before 7:20 a.m.
- How can my child find the correct classroom on the first day of school?
School staff and adult volunteers will be available to help all children find their classrooms during the first days of school. Younger children should wear tags with name, their teacher, and bus number on them.
- What supplies will my child need?
Supply lists are sent home with each child in April. Teachers will have lists available and may also request additional items. All students should have and use a non-rolling backpack.
DO NOT PURCHASE OR USE ADHESIVE BOOK COVERS--THEY DAMAGE TEXTBOOKS.
See Parent page for current supply list.
- What if my child needs to take medication on an on-going basis at school?
Children are not permitted to carry any type of medication to school. No medicine can be administered without a special form completed by the parent and physician. These forms are available in the school office and on the SH website. ALL MEDICATION MUST BE IN THE ORIGINAL CONTAINER (Medication must be brought to and from school by a parent or guardian and not by the child.)
- How can my child apply to attend South Highlands?
The Caddo Parish School Board has established enrollment and testing policies to govern the application process.
- What are the school mascot and colors?
South Highland’s mascot is the TIGER and our colors are forest green and white.
- Safety: What prevention measures are in place to guard my child’s safety?
We have a full-time security coordinator that monitors the campus and directs all visitors to the school office. All visitors must wear a visitor pass which they are provided when they go to the main office to sign-in. Each entrance and exit is monitored by a closed-circuit security system monitored at the main office.
- How may I contact my child’s teacher?
All of the teachers’ e-mail addresses may be found in the SH Directory and by clicking on FACULTY/STAFF on the South Highlands Home Page. Teachers are available for phone calls before school and after school hours. During regular school hours you may leave a voice-mail, and the teacher will return your call when the school day is over. Calls are not permitted into the classroom during times of instruction.
- What if our address or phone numbers change?
It is very important that the office has correct contact information on every child. Please call us to give us any changes including emergency contact numbers.
- What if we will be out of town and our child is staying with friends?
Call or write a note to the school office letting us know the contact information.
- Why should I purchase a South Highlands Directory?
This is our South Highlands phone, address, and e-mail directory for all of our parents and teachers. It also includes our school calendar and PTA officers with contact information.
- May I observe a teacher or my child in a classroom?
Yes. All observations must be scheduled through Mrs. Scott at 865-5119.
- What will be served in the school cafeteria each day?
The next week’s menu is listed weekly on the Friday Sheet which is also available on our website.
Points of Pride
DID YOU KNOW THAT ….
- SOUTH HIGHLANDS is ranked by the Louisiana Department of Education as the #1 elementary school in the state of Louisiana since 1998?
- SOUTH HIGHLANDS is the only school in our area to be designated as a Blue Ribbon School of Excellence twice (2001 and 2005) by the U.S. Department of Education?
- SOUTH HIGHLANDS is an A+ school?
- SOUTH HIGHLANDS had students competing at the state level in the Louisiana Student of the Year contest in 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, and 2008? The 2008 and 2012 Louisiana Elementary Student of the Year was a SOUTH HIGHLANDS student?
- SOUTH HIGHLANDS maintains a computer lab for all students in K - 5? In addition we also have a hands-on science lab for students!
- SOUTH HIGHLANDS upper elementary students can select an additional hour of content each week? This means another hour of computer lab, science lab, art, drama, choir, strings, etc. for every student!
- SOUTH HIGHLANDS has had 100% PTA membership for over 20 years?
- SOUTH HIGHLANDS was recognized in 2005 as a National PTA Parental Involvement School of Excellence?
- Over 75% of our faculty hold master’s degrees or higher?
- SOUTH HIGHLANDS has TWELVE National Board Certified Teachers?
- SOUTH HIGHLANDS’ faculty has received over $650, 000 in national, state, and local grants?
- SOUTH HIGHLANDS has received the David Middleton Award for the most entries into ArtBreak for 2001, 2002, 2004, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011, and 2012 ?
- SOUTH HIGHLANDS has the lowest suspension/behavioral referral rate of any school in Caddo Parish?
Test Scores You can see our standardized tests scores at the Louisiana State Department of Education. We are so proud of our students' hard work and effort! http://louisianaschools.com/schools/9057#about-our-school