Physical Education class at Highland Park Elementary School offers the opportunity for your child to develop habits for lifetime fitness and health. We encourage you to participate in your child's physical development and fitness. Children need a minimum of at least 60 minutes of physical activity every day and what better way than playing together. Go for a walk, take a bike ride or toss a ball. It is so very important for your children to see you being physically active as role models.
Special Annual events: 4th & 5th grade Fitness Club, Annual Jump Rope Championship, Daily physical fitness competitions, Participation in the UDSD Elementary Marine Corps Fitness Competition, Hawk Day, Family Fun Nights!
Athlete Alley: If you know someone who attended Highland Park that plays or played sports at the middle school, high school, collegiate, amateur or professional level please have them send an 8x10 picture of themselves to Mr. Dunn along with a brief description of their sports career. Please include any special honors. Their picture will be hung on the wall in Athlete Alley to recognize their athletic achievements while encouraging our present students to follow in their footsteps.
Sports Wall of Fame: Highland Park Elementary School has been home to countless wonderful students who have let their talents shine in the world of athletics. Because of this, the Highland Park Sports Wall of Fame has been created and is in need of nominees. Please nominate someone that should be inducted into the Highland Park Sports Wall of Fame! The following criteria must be met in order to nominate someone:
- Must have attended Highland Park Elementary School.
- Must have excelled in sports/athletics in either high school/college/professional levels.
- Must be a good citizen and represent the Highland Park Community well.
Highland Park offers its students many musical opportunities. Highland Park has two major performances each year, one in Winter, one in Spring. Both of these performances are held at the Upper Darby High School Performing Arts Center. The Choruses (Winter-Fifth and Spring-Fourth) as well as the Singing Hawks (select singing ensemble), the Band and the String Ensemble are part of the Winter and Spring Concerts. The Third, Second and First Grade students perform in a program at Highland Park during the school year. Highland Park is also proud to offer the students in Fourth and Fifth Grade an opportunity to participate in the production of an on-stage Musical through the Theater Arts Club. Highland Park Band students also have the opportunity to play in the Elementary Jazz Band. These students are chosen by audition. From the Singing Hawks, String Ensemble and the Elementary Jazz Band, a representative group is chosen to take part in the Upper Darby Cultural/Educational Foundation Gala.
Highland Park Elementary School's art program offers 40 minutes classes once or twice a week. The Elements and Principles of Art are used when introducing a variety of mediums including: drawing, painting, collage, sculpture, and printing. Interdisciplinary lessons are used to tie the arts in with the school wide curriculum. Art club is extended to all fifth grade students. Our art club is involved in an artist in residency program. Members of the Philadelphia Magic Gardens including famous mosaic muralist Isaiah Zagar are currently working with the art club to construct our own mosaic mural at Highland Park. http://www.philadelphiasmagicgardens.org/
This coming spring there will be an Evening of the Arts, showcasing all the beautiful art students have made throughout the school year. Artwork by the students can be purchased with a frame! Also, look out for the district wide art show this spring.
Highland Park Elementary School art students have their work displayed at Starbucks Coffee Company, 1891 South State Road (across from Bond Shopping Center). Each month different student projects are chosen for display.
Upper Darby's diverse culture gives us, as educators, the perfect opportunity to engage students in embracing all of our students' history and culture. The Upper Darby art educators strive to bring students and community together through student engagement in the arts.
A strong library program with a rich curriculum and collection fosters life-long learners and information-literate students. Highland Park supports this philosophy by offering its students a dynamic media atmosphere. The collection is built on curriculum needs as well as student interests. Each library lesson is created to enrich the existing school curriculum and gain students’ excitement with diverse areas of interest. The librarian holds a pivotal role in the learning community by working collaboratively with teachers, administrators, parents and staff to ensure connections are made which reinforce student learning and engagement.
Highland Park's library hosts several events to promote reading and learning each year. Two Scholastic Book Fairs are held with proceeds from each benefiting the school library and students’ home libraries. The Apple Tree Book Club is a school-wide reading incentive program that concludes with a celebration during Read Across America in March. Throughout the year, the library collects used books through donations and yard sales that are distributed in the spring to encourage summer reading. Wherever possible, new technologies are introduced and utilized to support achievement as well. The overall goal of Highland Park’s library program is to assist students in becoming active and creative locators, evaluators, and users of information to solve problems and satisfy their own interests.
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