• Message From the Principal

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    Upper body Picture of Principal Shawntanet Jara


    March 01, 2020

    Dear Solana Highlands Families,

    Discovery Lab/ Stream spotlights…Mrs. Kim Royster, our Music Instructor

    Mrs. Royster grew up in Northern California, but moved to southern California to go to college and has been here ever since! She earned her BA Music Education degree from Azusa Pacific University. For nearly 30 years, Mrs. Royster has taught middle school chorus or elementary music. Mrs. Royster loves teaching music through a whole-body and mind approach in which students engage in music through PLAY: speaking, singing, moving, creating, improvising, playing games, listening, acting, and reading. When she’s not teaching in the Music Discovery Lab, you may find her singing, reading or outside hiking with her family and dog!

    Kim Royster Photo

    Imagining a Vivid Vision

    During the 2019-2020 school year, the Solana Beach School District has been engaged in a process to design a new vision and mission for all the schools in our community. There is a very broad representation of teachers, staff, administrators, school board members, community members, and parents engaged in this process. Thank you to Christine Murphy, Donna Leffel, Nancy Reitzler, Denise Anello, Robert Reponte and Faryl Kander for representing Solana Highlands! We have held three meetings in which we are Imagining Our Vivid Vision and we are closing in on completing this very important task. The reason this is critical for our school and district is the product will guide our future work and how we conduct all our business as an organization. The immediate goal is to create both a mission and vision that is clear, memorable, and will withstand the test of time. The larger goal is to use these ideas to focus our attention and effort on what is truly meaningful to all our stakeholders with the outcome of impacting students’ lives not only in school but also in the future. At our final meeting on March 24, the committee will focus on the developing the “Portrait of a Future Ready Learner” and “Advancing toward a mission and vision”. Before the end of the year, I look forward to sharing the results of this exciting process. It is our hope this new mission and vision will set the course for many years of excellence in our district and our school.

    Lost and Found 

    Lost and found items are always available for students to look through each day. During conference week, all lost and found items will be available on the rack located next to Judy’s desk. Please stop by at your convenience. All unclaimed items will be donated to a local charity on Monday, March 16th. 


    Shawntanet Jara
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    Mrs. Jara’s Twitter: @LeadwLovePower
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PTASolanaHighlands/

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