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HCA Blog

Welcome to the HCA Blog, created especially for our HCA families and community. We hope you’ll enjoy getting to know all all of us at Highlands a little better as our administration, faculty, and staff share memories, educational tips, encouragement from God’s Word, and more! Please be sure to call us at 954-421-1747 if we can help you or your family in any way.

April 10, 2017

Why I Believe Easter is the Most Important Event in History

Our Headmaster and blogger of the week, Mr. Lopez, believes the resurrection is the most important event in history…and suggests that each of us ask ourselves this question: “Do I believe Jesus is the resurrection and the life? Read his blog on the life-changing Easter message of Jesus! Read more here…






March 10, 2017
After Loss, Does Beauty Really Bloom?

We know many of our HCA families have gone through challenging times this school year. Mrs. Ruth Pirrie, our HCA Communications Director and blogger of the week, shares about a season of incredible loss when she learned to refocus her eyes on Christ and view things in light of the value of knowing Him! Read more here…





February 23, 2017
Bigger than We Are (A Statement of Defeat or a Prerequisite to Success?)

Get to know Mr. Bob Wanner, our blogger of the week and HCA School Governance Board Member! Today he shares with you an update from the School Board as well as some pretty fantastic encouragement about trusting in God’s power and not our own, because the task is…”Bigger Than We Are.” Read more here…





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Ten Important Things I’ve Learned about Friendship

It’s February (and Valentine’s Week!), the time of year we spend some extra time focusing on the people we love and hold dear in our hearts. Mrs. Celia Huntsman, our HCA blogger of the week, LOVES spending time with her friends, and today she shares 10 important things she’s learned over the years about friendship. Read more here…





John.WilsonJanuary 31, 2017
Celebrating Diversity at HCA & Beyond

Mr. Wilson, HCA secondary teacher and blogger of the week, shares that in the wake of the presidential election, presidential inauguration, and Martin Luther King Day, the concept of diversity has been on his mind. With HCA’s unique population, he would love to see us leading the way as we celebrate the diversity the Lord has blessed in our school. Read more here…





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Again & Again & Again (Thoughts from a Cheer Coach during Homecoming Week)

Mrs. Kim Sullivan, our blogger of the week, coached HCA cheerleading for 7 years, including her own daughter Jenna who now coaches cheerleading, also. Kim taught her girls to support the Knights playing on the court or field, care for each other, and be faithful in their committments. Read about it…and be sure to keep cheering on the Knights at their games this season! Read more here…





jeff-sullivanDecember 20, 2016

Christmas is…???

If we asked what Christmas really is to you, what would you say? Mr. Jeff Sullivan, our HCA Guidance Counselor & 2011 alumnus (who also happens to be getting married in less than 3 weeks!) answers this question in a MUST-READ blog this week before Christmas! Read more here…





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Merry Christmas from HCA’s Governance Board

Meet the Board!
Last Monday at our HCA Staff Christmas Dinner, we snapped a quick picture of our School Governance Board! Mrs. Lori Lassen, board member and HCA blogger of the week, shares a little bit about the board, what they are currently doing, and then introduces each member to you. Read more here…

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Mrs. DeWitt’s Dozen Ways to Create Christmas Traditions with your Kids

Mrs. DeWitt, our HCA blogger of the week, loves students of all ages. She is one of the best of the best in speaking their language–whether at home, in the classroom, in the office, or as they grow up into positions of leadership. This first week of December, she shares a dozen ways to make Christmas come alive for your children, build traditions, and point them to Jesus (truly, the reason for the season)! Read more here…





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Thanksgiving, a Forgotten Holiday?

Mr. Ken Lopez, our headmaster and HCA blogger of the week,
sets the example for the HCA community with his thankful heart. Ken and his wife, Robbin (former HCA teacher), have 3 daughters (all HCA grads), and a whole bunch of wonderful grandchildren. Ken and Robbin extend to you their hearts of gratitude for your support and dedication to our school and ministry. Read more here…





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A Lesson from the Sequoia about Helping your Child Succeed

Have you ever stood beside a giant sequoia tree? Mrs. Leslie Shein, HCA blogger of the week, loves the students and families of Highlands! As an HCA grad, then a teacher, and now an administrator, she relates to families on multiple levels. In this week’s blog, Leslie shares about an amazing tree called the sequoia, and about the value of parents and educators working together to help our children succeed! Read more here…





mo-larNovember 4, 2016
Family, Fall, Feelings of Comfort…and a Cookie Offer for Next Thursday

Cookies, anyone?
Everyone who knows Larry Smith, our HCA blogger of the week and secondary principal, knows the priority he places on family…his own family, his HCA family, and the family of God. In addition to the cookie sample and recipe offer (read the blog!), Larry welcomes conversations with HCA families about raising their children to know, love, and serve Christ! Read more here…





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Building up the Love Bank…at Dodgeball Games, School Plays & Beyond

HCA blogger of the week, Julie Method, knows a lot about depositing into the “love bank” of our kids and teens. As a veteran HCA high school teacher, Theatre  Department Director, and Children’s Ministries Director at Grace, her thoughts apply to us all as we, too, let others know they are loved and accepted in the family of God. Read more here…





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Today’s Readers, Tomorrow’s Leaders

HCA Blogger of the Week, Mrs. Scriver,
 has been a much-loved kindergarten and elementary teacher at Highlands for the past 30 years. She has taught approximately 750 kindergarten students to read, and that number continues to grow! Enjoy reading her thoughts, memories, and encouragement about reading! Read more here…





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Grandparents, Batons, and Very Special Rocks

HCA Blogger of the Week, Mrs. Utz, is pictured here with her grandparents in 1987! Our elementary principal reflects on Grandparents Day 2016, about passing the baton of a godly heritage to our children, and why Headmaster Ken Lopez collects rocks!

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