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Principal's Corner

Principal's Corner 
Ernest Spatafore


      Here at Highlands and throughout the district we are trying to imbed a “Growth Mindset” in our approach. We are conveying the message that it’s not just talent and ability that brings success but that effort counts. If you would like to learn more about mindsets, I would highly recommend reading Mindset: The New Psychology of Success by Carol S. Dweck, Ph.D

Dad's Take Your Child to School Day was very well attended. Thank you to Jane Bogart and our cafeteria staff for providing breakfast to a record number of dads.


On Wednesday, September 17th, Team 7B commemorated Constitution Day by joining David S. Ferriero, Archivist of the United States, for a live virtual tour of the National Archives in Washington D.C. sponsored by Discovery Education. They learned about the United States Constitution, other document collections in the Archives, and how historians are actively using primary source documents in their research.Upcoming events:


Monday, September 15

Tuesday, September 16

 Wednesday, September 17 


Weather permitting the Social Studies classes will bring their classes to designated areas outside the building.  (Students will report to the classroom first, for attendance, and then be escorted to the photo location. In case of inclement weather, the location will be the auditorium.)


PTA Meeting

Highlands 7:00 p.m. Room 261


Highlands Informational Meeting at Centro-Hispano

Tuesday, September 22

Highlands will be hosting an informational session at Centro Hispano from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm. Dinner will be served. We are hoping to inform parents of the opportunities available to their children through a partnership with the school..


Open House (7th and 8th grades)

Wednesday, October 1 at  7pm


WPMS offers Chess4Life


We are thrilled to offer the opportunity for your 7th grader to enroll in a Beginner Chess class at Highlands Middle School.


Chess4Life will meet during 10th period.    Chess4Life will be meeting 10th period on “M”days. which will run from 2:33-3:15.  This is not an after school activity, it is a scheduled, course for which your child will receive a grade and during which attendance will be taken.  Our attendance policy will apply.


In order for your child to be considered you must let us know by Monday, 9/22.

If you and your child are interested in this incredible opportunity you may contact the school using one of the following methods:

Email to:

Mrs. Connie Bellantoni (


Mrs. Connie Bellantoni at 914-422-2470

Return the attached form to the main office.




I am interested in having my son/daughter (please print)_______________________________________________


enroll in the NEW  Beginner Chess Class being offered 10th period “M”days.


                                                            Signed: _______________________________________________________


We must receive your reply by Monday, September 22.

You will be notified of your child’s acceptance into this class by Monday, September 29.


October 8 Walk/Bike to School Day


October 14 Author Visit

Jordan Sonnenblick, the author of Drums, Girls and Dangerous Pie will be at Highlands for presentations to our 7th and 8th grades, lunch with students and a writer’s workshop.