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Administrator's Message
Highland Middle School will continue to focus on ensuring students have a rigorous learning environment centered on collaboration, problem solving, and critical thinking. We invite students to continue to grow academically and take an active role in their education. 
Amy Anderson
Principal - Highland Middle School
402 Shenango Road
Beaver Falls, PA 15010
Manufacturing Contest Video -- Vote Today!
Six of our HMS students, under the direction of Mr. Linkenheimer, partnered with Manufacturing Consulting Service Catalyst Connections to create a video centered on the topic: “What’s so cool about manufacturing?” We worked with a local manufacturing company, Adams Manufacturing, for this initiative. We are so proud of the work these students completed and what they learned throughout the process.


This video will be entered into a contest with other middle schools throughout the Southwestern Pennsylvania region. We invite you to watch the video here:


One of the categories of the contest is viewer’s choice. We invite you to vote as many times as you wish until Friday! If you would like to vote for our students’ video, you can do so at the following link or via Facebook at 


Thanks to Mr. Linkenheimer and the hard work of our students: Aidan T., Kendall C., Madison W., Abby M., Max R., and Colin K.

Book Fair - March 1-12, 2018
Our Highland Book Fair will run from March 1 - 12, 2018.  Check out a new option for students to pay for book fair purchases.
 Link to this document :  Book Fair Flyer - Payment
HMS After School Homework Help
See the attached flyer for more details.  Homework Help
8th Grade Parents -- High School Program of Studies Information
Parents of 8th Grade Studies:
Please see below the high school Program of Studies for descriptions and prequisites of classes.
Highland Scheduling Information
HMS Scheduling

We will begin the scheduling process at HMS soon! Please check your SKYALERT or email address for specific scheduling information for your child; it will be posted on Sunday, February 4th. Or, you can read the information on the below attachment. Look for a scheduling paper that your child will be bringing home the week of February 5th. If you have any questions, please contact Kelley Engle or Amy Anderson at HMS at 724-843-1700.

 Scheduling Letter

Cougar Pride Band Welcome Party
Attention 7th and 8th Grade Students and Parents:
Are you are wondering what will be available to you as a member of the band next year? Considering getting involved with the "Cougar Pride Band?" Then join us for a bowling meet and greet! Get together with current High School Band Parents and Students for food, fun, and F.A.Q's! See the official "Cougar Pride Band" Website for more details about the program. See what the High School Band has to offer, and get help deciding whether or not you're ready to take your next step with the "Cougar Pride Band."
Ben Banks Scholarship Fundraiser -- Ladies Night Out
Please join us for a Ladies Craft Night Out to benefit the Ben Banks Scholarship Fund! Please see the flyer for more information. 
5th Grade - Camp KOK
For our 5th grade students, Camp Kon-O-Kwee is coming soon!  Camp KOK will become the classroom for four days from April 24th - April 27th for our 5th grade students to learn about our Environmental Education Program. Attached is the initial paperwork for Camp KOK with information on our parent meetings, the necessary paperwork for students to attend overnight trips, and medication forms (if needed) for your child. We will be sending this packet home with the students this week. If you have any questions about Camp, please talk with your child's teachers or call the HMS Office. 
Report Cards Available to Print
Report cards have been posted to the SKYWARD Family Access Portal.   Please see the direction sheet attached for directions on how to view and print document.
Math Course
We at HMS want to ensure that we are preparing our students for not only their schooling next year, but we also want to ensure they will be ready when they leave Blackhawk to move on to a career, college, the military, or whatever path they want to pursue. This year we have dug deep into our student data in mathematics both on classroom assignments and assessments and on achievement benchmark assessments. In this research, we have noted some gaps in student comprehension. We are concerned with these gaps because, much like building a tower, math builds upon itself as students move throughout the mathematic content. To help bridge this gap, and ensure students are prepared, our math teachers have created a 7 week course for students who are missing targeted math skills. This course will occur during school hours for seven weeks, twice a week, starting in January.  Students may be asked to attend both sessions each week, one session each week, or simply one of the sessions in the seven week course based on the data we have reviewed. We hope that this additional instructional time will help to close the comprehension gap in these specific math skills. This instruction will occur during workshop for our students in grades 6 through 8, and our math department and music department having been working closely together to create this seamless plan. For students in grade 5, this instruction will occur in the early afternoon. We are confident that the additional help and support we are providing to those students will improve their confidence in these specific math areas. If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Anderson at 724-843-1700.

8th Grade Dance and Lock-In Letter
Please see below letter with information on dance and lock-in
Highland Volunteers
Would you be willing to help the HMS PTO this year or would you like to receive emails with minutes from our PTO Meetings? If so, please fill out the Volunteer Form and have your child turn it in to his/her Homeroom teacher. The students will be given a hard copy of this form in school this week to bring home.
Additionally, there is a new form we ask all volunteers to complete, called the Volunteer Confidentially Form. If you are volunteering in any school, please complete this form and bring it to the office of that school. We will also make a copy of your driver's license and we will attach this copy to the form in our files.
Thank you for all that you do!
Giant Eagle - Apples for Students
Apples for Students - Giant Eagle

Help HMS raise funds for our students by signing up for Apples for the Students through Giant Eagle. Every time you use your Advantage Card at Giant Eagle, HMS will earn funds! Follow the below steps to register your Advantage Card.

  1. Go to
  2. Sign in if you already have an account or create an account
  3. One you have registered, go to
  4. Click "Add Another School"
  5. Enter our School ID Code: 5639
  6. Hit Add when you see Highland Middle School
Schoology Login - Student Use


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Medication Policy Form
Fiddler on the Roof Tickets go on sale -- February 27!
Tickets for the general public begin on February 27.  Prices are $10 for adults and $8 for senior citizens and students.
Checks made payable to BHS. To get your tickets ON FEBRUARY 27:  Call 724-581-8086 or purchase in the High School Auditorium Lobby:  Monday-Friday: 11am-1pm and Monday-Thursday: 6pm-8pm
Statement Regarding Florida School Shooting
As we continue to learn more about the tragic school shooting in Florida, our hearts go out to the students, families, school staff, and community who have been impacted. In the wake of this tragedy, we want to reinforce that safety of our students and staff is our highest priority. We will continue to reflect on our current crisis protocols to ensure that we have proactive plans in place at all times. One of the most imperative parts of a proactive crisis response plan is communication. We ask you to continue to keep open lines of communication with your children and for your children to be open with a trusted adult in the school setting if they have any concerns about safety. If any of our students need support or need to talk, please let us know. We will all hug our families close tonight while keeping the victims in Florida in our thoughts. 
All schools will operate on a 2-hour delay on Wednesday, Feb 7.  Based on changing weather conditions in the AM there is a potential for school to be cancelled.   We encourage you to pay close attention to any changes in the status of school tomorrow morning. 
10th Annual All-District Classical Music Showcase -- Applications Due by March 1!
The Blackhawk Music Department is sponsoring the 10th Annual All-District Classical Music Showcase on Tuesday, March 27, 2018 at Highland Middle School in the LGI.    The Classical Showcase is a recital program open to students in grades K-12 attending Blackhawk School District.  
Interested singers and instrumentalists must currently be studying privately with a studio teacher in order to perform a solo/duet.  Interested singers and instrumentalists must currently be studying privately with a studio teacher in order to perform a solo/duet.  
For more information CLICK HERE
For Application CLICK HERE 
ATTENTION STUDENTS IN GRADES 7-11: The Blackhawk "Cougar Pride" Band Program is looking for YOU!
For information about the opportunities available to students next year, please go to the following link:

The Blackhawk High School Band provides opportunities for students looking to continue their instrumental music experience as well as those interested in the Color Guard for:

Current High School Students who will be in grades 10-12 next year
Current 8th Grade Students who will be moving from Highland to the High School next year
Current 7th Grade Students who will be in 8th Grade next year

Get the right information about the band program from the source. Get in touch with current students and parents to get their valuable insight.

Parents and students visit the link above to see if band is right for you.

Yes, you CAN be in band and participate in other sports and activities. Yes, you CAN fit band on your schedule. Bust the band myths for yourself!

Scheduling for next year starts now, but it's not to late to ensure your spot in the band whether you're continuing your band experience, or starting a new one. 

If you have a preschool age child who will be 5 years old by September 1, 2018, it is time to start registering for Kindergarten!  Under the heading "2018-19 KINDERGARTEN REGISTRATION APPOINTMENT SELECTION", click the SCHOOL NAME your child will attend in the fall.  You will fill in a form and select the day/time you will attend registration.  School personnel will contact you with directions on how to complete your registration forms online through the SKYWARD system. 
Managing Grief and Loss

It is very challenging for us all to face the passing of a young person. Any reaction to the death of a peer is normal and your child’s reaction may range from withdrawal to crying or anger. Your child may also ask questions about loss. We have provided resources below that may be helpful for you as you discuss grief.  Please also consider monitoring and discussing your child’s communication (social media, phone, email, text messaging) to help assess their needs. If you feel your child needs support, please contact his or her school’s Guidance Counselor. The Caring Place is also a valuable resource for grief and loss. Their website is:

Handout 1: Addressing Grief

Handout 2: Helping Children Cope

Handout 3: List of Books for Elementary Age Children on Grief
Grade 6 - 12 Student Emails & Microsoft Office!
Students in grades 6 – 12 are provided with a district assigned Office 365 account....The Office 365 account will provide students with a restricted email account, cloud storage, and access to Microsoft’s “Student Advantage” program that will allow students to install Microsoft Office on their home computers for free. Please click 'read more' for tutorials and more information. 
HMS Middle Post - School Newspaper Permission Slip
See below form that needs to be returned to Ms. Kunkel in the Art Room.
Middle Post
Check out the December issue of the Middle Post!
HMS Art Club Permission Slip
See below form that needs to be returned to Ms. Kunkel in the Art Room.

Art Club
Upcoming Events
President's Day - no school
Mon Feb 19 2018
2-hour Delay Day
Tue Feb 20 2018
8th Grade Snowball Dance
Fri Feb 23 2018
All Strings Concert
Tue Feb 27 2018
Classical Showcase
Tue Mar 27 2018
Easter Holiday - no school
Thu Mar 29 2018
to Mon Apr 2 2018
In their own words.
Why I love HMS


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