Mrs. Wickenheiser / Ms. Hartzel (Sub)

Welcome to Fifth Grade!

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Dear Parents/Guardians:

Congratulations on becoming a proud parent of a fifth grade student at Highland Elementary School! Five years ago you were entering a school to enroll your child in Kindergarten. Due to your endless encouragement, commitment, and love, your child is now a fifth grade student at Highland.

Since I will be working very closely with your child during the upcoming school year, I would like to take this opportunity to introduce myself to you. I graduated from Bloomsburg University in May 1998 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary and Early Childhood Education with a concentration in Exceptional Individuals. I completed my Master’s Degree in Teaching and Curriculum from Penn State University in December 2003. This past school year, I enrolled in 5 graduate courses ranging in topics from Emotional Security in Schools to Teaching students with Autism. I always enjoy learning new strategies that I can share with colleagues and implement in the classroom. I began my coursework at Penn State Harrisburg this fall to earn my principal certificate.

In addition to spending time with my students, I love spending time with my family. My husband, Ryan, is a fifth grade teacher at Rossmoyne. We have a daughter, Kaity, who will be in eighth grade this year at New Cumberland Middle School. Our son, Andrew, will be a fifth grader at Highland this year. We also share our home with a very loved and spoiled dachshund named Bentley.

I am blessed to begin my 20th year of teaching this year. This will be an exciting year at Highland for you and your child! The fifth grade teachers for the upcoming school year include Mrs. Bingaman, Mrs. Flook, Mr. Connell, and me.  Please know that the fifth grade team will be working very hard to instill in your child a love of learning that will hopefully last a lifetime.

One of my many goals as your child’s teacher is to keep you abreast of your child’s educational and social growth. Feel free to contact me at any time to discuss your child’s progress. The best ways to contact me are via e-mail or by writing/attaching a note in your child’s planner. Each morning, I will be checking your child’s homework planner for a parent signature. By signing the planner nightly, you will know what your child’s responsibilities are each evening. I also encourage you to frequently check my web page for daily assignments, upcoming events, etc.   

I look forward to a rewarding year at Highland with your child. As a fifth grader, your child will be given more independence and responsibility as he/she prepares for the middle school. It is my hope that you will find fifth grade to be a positive year of growth, both academically and socially, for your child.


Mrs. Jody Wickenheiser

 Highland Elementary, Fifth Grade 


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