• Message From the Principal

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    Upper body Picture of Principal Shawntanet Jara


    March 20, 2020

    Dear Solana Highlands Families,

    As the leader of your school, I can honestly say I have never seen anything like what the world is experiencing. With that, my thoughts continue to be about our school community, our staff, students and families. Taking care of ourselves, our loved ones, friends, neighbors and community is so critically important. Thank you for all your efforts to remain safe and healthy.

    I cannot begin to express my sincerest gratitude and appreciation for the hard work our staff has exhibited in getting our school community up and running next Monday, March 23 to continue student learning.  While these remain unprecedented times, collectively we want to create as much stability as possible using distance learning and a modified instructional day.

    School will resume on this modified day, Monday, March 23, and students are expected to utilize their District issued device to connect back with their teachers and participate in our modified learning program. I know each Solana Highlands teacher is excited to reconnect with students. Our focus on the social emotional well-being of our students at this time is more important than ever. Therefore, students will participate in activities that continue to focus and help them to best healthily explore all the uncertainty and fear that is present around them.

    It is also important to note that this modified instructional day will continue academic learning for students through the duration of the school closure. Students are expected to submit work as directed by their teacher.  Much of the work students submit for review will help teachers refine lesson plans and guide future instructional experiences, and therefore, will not be utilized to produce Progress Report  marks or grades. And most importantly, this will allow your child’s teacher to connect with your child each school day, continuing to maintain relationships with each other.

    There are also opportunities for families to extend the modified instructional day with additional enrichment learning experiences. Additional enrichment resources will follow at a later time.

    Finally, our hope and desire is to return to school following Spring Break, Monday, April 13. At this time I am so looking forward to personally reconnecting with all of our students, our staff, and families during arrival, visiting classrooms, connecting at recess and lunch, and during dismissal at the end of the day. The Solana Highlands staff and I miss you very much and look forward to engaging with each of you in new and exciting ways until we are together again.


    Shawntanet Jara
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