Highland Families,

    Welcome back to school.  My name is Nevin Van Manen and I am so excited to be your new principal.  This is my 20th year in District 7 and I am thrilled to return to the building where I began my career as a music teacher.  I have three sons and my wife is the music specialist at Riverside.  My highest priority right now is getting to know the students and their families, as well as the staff, at Highland.


    There are many new teachers in the halls of Highland this year.  Scott Carnes is our PE teacher, Kimberly Wilson is our Title I teacher and Kaylee Mindolovich is our third grade teacher.  Additionally, Kara Mahr is our new Speech Pathologist and Corinne Brady is a half-time Behavior Specialist here at Highland.


    This year our district has adopted a new Math program called Ready Math.  This Math curriculum is tightly aligned to the Common Core Standards and features an integrated online practice and assessment tool called iReady.  We believe Ready Math will be an outstanding tool for our continuing work in Math.  District 7 has also adopted a program called Second Steps.  The Second Steps program will meet many of the needs for Oregon’s newly adopted health standards.  Second Steps has a heavy focus on social emotional learning, as well as a bullying prevention and child protection unit.


    Our doors open at 7:30 a.m. for breakfast, and students may enter their classrooms at 7:45 a.m.  Our morning music will begin at 7:55 a.m. and continue until the 8:00 a.m. morning bell.  After 8:00 a.m. your student will be considered tardy.  All students in Grants Pass School District 7 are eligible for free breakfast and lunch.  At the end of the school day, our Kindergarten students will be released at 2:10 p.m. and first-fifth grade students will be released at 2:15 p.m.  Grades K-3 are picked up outside the office side of the building, and grades 4-5, without younger siblings, are picked up outside the Morgan Lane side of the building. 


    You can sign up for a text reminder from me about school related events by texting the message @8e6k82 to the number 81010.


    Feel free to contact me with questions and concerns, and please keep us informed of any needs or changes that might impact your child’s day at school.

    Soaring to new heights,



    Nevin Van Manen







    “Together we learn and grow”