Highland Middle School

Administrator's Message

Highland Middle School
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. 
 

6th-7th-8th CATS

 

Attn:  6th, 7th, 8th grade parents

Regarding:  CATS class

 

Our 4th 7 week cycle does not end until April 17th (this is the CATS class your child has been in).

Students 5th (last cycle) will begin April 20th.

The CATS rotation never follows the 9 weeks because there are 5 rotations of 7 weeks each.

Even though both CATS classes show in Schoology there will not be work in new class until 20th.

What Cool About Manufacturing Video -- Second Place Award!

This past Wednesday, March 25, the online awards ceremony occurred for the "What's So Cool About Manufacturing?" Student Video Contest. 
The video to the entire awards ceremony can be found here: . 
Our team finished SECOND!  Congratulations to all!
 
 

5th Grade Specials & 6th-8th Band/Chorus/Orchestra Calendar

Parents -- Important ATTENDANCE Information

 
Please reach out if you have any questions or need anything! As we are all learning though this, if there is anything that we need to modify with the quizzes, please let me know!  
 

In order to make our attendance quizzes a bit easier for both students and staff, we are going to modify how we currently take attendance. Starting Wednesday, March 25, students only need to take the Attendance Quiz in one classtheir Homeroom Class; it may be called HR or Homeroom. We know students are working at different hours throughout the day, so students can take the Attendance Quiz any time throughout the day from 8:00 a.m.- Midnight.

 

Students should be able to see the Homeroom Class on their Schoology Page. If the Homeroom Class does not show up in their courses, they should click “My Courses”.  Your child can choose “My Courses” or “Course Listing” to find the Homeroom Class.

 

We have also provided a video on how to find Schoology Courses. The link is below. We will include this video link on our HMS Website.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Apz6XFfNPC0&feature=youtu.be

 

If your child has any issues finding this course, please contact his/her teachers. We are here to help! If your child is unable to log in to Schoology every day to take the Attendance Quiz, please let your teachers know. We will work with you! We hope this change will be easier! Again, we will start this Wednesday, March 25th. 

Link:
How to Find Classes on Schoology 

 

 

General HMS Announcements

General HMS Announcements

For our 8th graders planning to travel to Washington D.C. in May we have two announcements. We will continue to keep you updated as we know more.
  1. The sub sale being postponed until a later time because Bowsers has been shut down by the Governor's orders. Further information is to come.
  2. DC trip payment 3 is postponed until we return to school.

Online Attendance

Online Attendance

In order to help the teachers keep track of student attendance, each teacher will have an "Attendance Quiz" on their Schoology page. 
 
We are just testing these quizzes out this week - so try them out if you can. We will begin utilizing them more as we begin instruction next week (March 23). If you are not able to complete the attendance quiz, please do not let it cause any anxiety- simply contact the teacher.  
 

5th Grade Specials and 5th Grade Computer

5th Grade Specials and 5th Grade Computer

This week (March 17 - March 20) all 5th Grade Specials work is on the Teacher Websites and hard copies of the work was sent home. This week, students can work on their Specials Assignments in the below order:
3/17 - Art
3/18 - Music
3/19 - Physical Education
3/20 - STEAM 
 
For our 5th Grade Specials Classes 
In order to have more consistency with the students' other coursework, starting next week, all 5th Grade Specials Work will be on Schoology. Students have been shown how to use Schoology by their classroom teachers. We will continue a rotation for our Specials Classes so that students only need to complete one Specials Class each day, just like in school! The rotation is below. The teachers will date their work so your child will know which day they should be working on which class. If you have any questions, please contact your child's teacher. We will also post a calendar on our website so your child knows which day they should be completing which work. 
  • Art
  • Music
  • Physical Education
  • STEAM

 

For our 5th Grade Computer Class

We will post work to be completed once in a four day period, just like students had while in school. We will label the work folder on Schoology with the dates, so the students know when to complete it. If you have any questions, please email your child's teacher!  

Flex Day 2-5 Work: March 17 - March 20

Flex Days 2-5 Directions

For our students at HMS, they will be using Schoology in Grades 5-8 for their Flex Day work this week. Students do not need to complete any work on Monday, March 16, as we are closed, but they can begin Flex Day 2 work on Tuesday. 

We sent home hard copies of assignments on Friday with any students who needed it. If your child was absent on Friday, or you need a copy of the Flex Day work because your child does not have access to a computer, please reach out to your child's teacher. 

For our 5th Grade Students in their Specials Classes - Specials Teachers are using their Teacher Websites for the time being for Flex Day Work. Because the students rotate thought the Specials Classes, they will only need to complete one Flex Day Assignment per Flex Day for Specials. Teacher websites can be found on the HMS Webpage on the tab on the left that is labeled "Related Arts Teachers". Students can complete their Specials work in the below order. 
Flex Day 1 - Computer (Completed in February)
Flex Day 2 - Art
Flex Day 3 - Music
Flex Day 4 - Physical Education
Flex Day 5 - STEAM

Flexible Instruction Day

Flexible Instruction Day

Students in grades 5-8 will be able to find their Flexible Instruction Lessons for the day on Schoology. All students have been taught, and individually practiced in each class how to log into Schoology and find the lessons for each class.

Flexible Instruction Day Lessons support the learning in each subject area. Teachers will be available online from 10:00-2:00 to provide assistance for students if they need help. Please see the schedules below for teacher online availability. Students who do not complete the Flexible Day Lessons online, or turn them in the following school day, will be reported as an excused or unexcused absence and will receive a zero for the missing assignment. Should you or your child have any specific questions about a specific assignment, please reach out to that teacher. 

As this is a new program, your feedback is encouraged. Thank you for your support!

 

Schedule of Teacher Online Availability

Grades 7 and 8

Period 1         10:00-10:25

Period 2         10:25-10:50

Period 3         10:50-11:15

Period 4         11:15-11:40

Period 5         11:40-12:05

Period 6         12:45-1:10

Period 7         1:10-1:35

Period 8         1:35-2:00

 

Grades 5 and 6

CATS/Specials Teachers           10:00-10:25

Band/Chorus/Orchestra/PE    10:25-10:50

Core Teachers                            10:25-12:05

Core Teachers                            12:45-2:00

Directions on how to log in to Schoology

If you need support logging into Schoology, follow the below directions.
 

Schoology/Email Login and Microsoft Office 365 - Student Use

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Highland's After School Homework Helper

Please see Highland's form for our after school Homework Help.

Vaping Presentation to 7th and 8th grade students

In honor of Red Ribbon Week, we had a presentation to our 7th and 8th grade students on the dangers of e-cigarettes and vaping. Below is a handout on the dangers of teenagers using e-cigarettes and vaping. Additionally, below is a poster with a hotline teens can call to help them quit if they are using these devices. We hope this information will help our youth make healthy decisions! 
 
 
 
 
This number is for NON-EMERGENCY calls. If you have an emergency, call 911. 
In an ongoing effort to promote a safe learning environment, the district is providing the community with an anonymous tip line phone number. The purpose of the tip line is to allow the community the ability to share information anonymously regarding issues that may put others’ safety in danger.  Community members can report information about drugs, weapons, alcohol, violence or any threat to safety.  While this can be done anonymously, the more information given (including one’s name), the greater the ability the district has to do a complete investigation and resolve the situation quickly. 

How To Print Report Cards from Skyward

When report cards are posted to the SKYWARD Family Access Portal, please follow the direction sheet attached for how to view and print document.
 

Safe2Say

As we are constantly assessing the safety and security of our children and our schools, we remind you that information is power. Students who hear or see any threat about self-harm, harm to another person, or harm to a school should report this immediately so it can be investigated. Blackhawk School District has dedicated a Tipline for these situations. The information for the Blackhawk Tipline is below. In addition, the Pennsylvania Office of the Attorney General has created an anonymous Tipline as well called Safe2Say. From Safe2Say students can report their tip via the app, online, or through a phone call. The Office of the Attorney General then communicates with the school district and necessary law enforcement about the tip.

 

We want our students and our community to know that we recognize the importance of students reporting any threatening situation. The information for both Tiplines is below. We have already told students about our Blackhawk Tipline and we will be informing them of the Safe2Say Tipline in the next few weeks. To read more about Safe2Say, please visit their website at: https://www.safe2saypa.org. We do remind students and parents that if there is an emergency situation that requires attention immediately, please always call 911. 

Resources Available to Students

Please see the attached letter for resources such as Schoology, Email, Office 365, etc. available to students. 
 

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 https://www.gianteagle.com/Save/Education--Community-Enrichment-/Apples-for-the-Students/
  2. Sign in if you already have an account or create an account
  3. One you have registered, go to https://www.gianteagle.com/My-Account/My-School-Programs/
  4. Click "Add Another School"
  5. Enter our School ID Code: 5639
  6. Hit Add when you see Highland Middle School

Medication Policy Form

Announcements

resources

Resources

For anyone struggling with thoughts of self harm, thoughts of suicide, or struggling with mental health, especially during this period of social distancing, there is a number that anyone can text 24 hours a day to speak with someone. The number is 741 741.
 
If you need assistance finding food, paying housing bills, accessing free childcare, or other essential services, please click: http://www.211.org/services/covid19
 
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Middle Post

 Below is permission slip for Highland's Middle Post 
 
The February issue is attached below.
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HMS Contact Information


Principal Amy Anderson
Andersona@bsd.k12.pa.us
724-843-1700 x 3001 
 
Assistant Principal Mike Arbogast 
Arbogastm@bsd.k12.pa.us 
724-843-1700 x 3003 
 
HMS Contact Information
402 Shenango Road
Beaver Falls, PA 15010 
Phone: 724-843-1700
Fax: 724-843-0934 

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