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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. 
I will be on maternity leave until August 8th, but Mrs. Shawn Weyand, our HMS secretary, will be available in the office, via email at [email protected] or via phone at 724-843-1700. In addition, Mr. Arbogast, our Dean of Students, will be in the office this summer once a week as well. 
Our Summer Hours are 7:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. on weekdays. However, we do have some special schedules below.
Tuesday, June 20 .......7:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. 
Wednesday, June 21 .......7:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. 
Thursday, June 22 .......12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. 
Friday, June 23 .......7:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. 
Amy Anderson
Principal - Highland Middle School
402 Shenango Road
Beaver Falls, PA 15010
[email protected]
Summer is Coming!
Summer is coming quickly; we wish all Blackhawk families a safe and enjoyable summer! For final grades for the year, we will mail report cards home. If any student owes a textbook, a flash drive, a library book, or a fine over $10.00, we will send a letter home notifying you in lieu of the report card. We ask that the fine is paid and once it is, the family can come into HMS to get the child's report card. If you would like to ask a question about any library fines, please contact Mrs. Majors at [email protected] For our incoming 5th grade students, we will have a 5th Grade Orientation before school begins. We will send a letter home with the specific information about Orientation so families have time to plan. We hope your children enjoy these last few days of the school year!
Harrisburg K'nex Competition
Invention Convention - 5th Grade
Camp KOK
Camp KOK
Camp Pick Up
 If you would like to pick your child up on Thursday at HMS, please arrive no earlier than 2:15 p.m. You may park in either lot, but please do not park in the bus lot in front of the building. We will have four tables set up in the captured entrance so we can verify your identification and send your child out to you. Please have proper identification with you. If you plan to send someone to pick your child up, please ensure they are on our pick up or Emergency list and they have proper identifcation as well. Students who are not picked up will ride the bus home on Thursday. The students are having a great time especially since the weather has gotten better! 
Day 1 
All students at Camp KOK are having a great first day! They had to stay inside for a while until the storm passed, but we got all activities back on track! Thanks to the staff at KOK, our teachers, our high school counselors, and our students! In the picture below the students are listening to Mr. Chismar and getting ready for dinner! It was taco night!
Day 2
Students are camp are staying warm in the colder weather today! Below are some pictures from a few of our sessions: low ropes course, water ecology, and canoeing. The students are working as team in all of their activities and helping each other throughout the day. 
Day 3
The sun shined down on our campers today! Students had the Counselor Hunt this evening and then listened to a story by Mr. Kier about resilience and preparedness! After it was snack time and off to bed for one last night! 
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Medication Policy Form
If you received a letter from the district that your child still needs an immunization or a copy of proof of the immunization - PLEASE submit this information to your child's school ASAP.

Your child will NOT be permitted to enter the school classroom on the first day of school (August 22, 2017) without written documentation.

Any questions, please email BSD School Nurses -- Susan Hullihen or Melinda Haddox
[email protected] or [email protected]
Summer Office Schedule -- JULY
The following offices will be closed on the indicated dates.

High School Guidance Office - CLOSED
July 3, July 5, July 10 - July 14, July 27, and July 28.

High School Main Office - CLOSED
July 3, July 10 (afternoon), July 14, July 17, July 21

Highland Middle School Office - CLOSED
July 19-21 and 24

Patterson Primary Office - CLOSED July 3 - July 7
Due to heavy construction traffic, there will be NO PARKING in the TRACK and POOL LOTS until further notice. Barricades will be established restricting use. Any pedestrians using the campus for exercise or any visitors are also asked to avoid the back of the campus for safety reasons. All vehicles are to park in the FRONT LOT. 
Letter to Parents -- Concerns surrounding "13 Reasons Why" Netflix Series
BSD Families:

We are writing to inform you about a book which has recently been turned into a series on Netflix with content surrounding mental health and suicide. This series, called "13 Reasons Why" chronicles the life and suicide of a 17 year old girl who leaves tape recordings for the 13 people who she states were the reason she killed herself.... The series is raising concerns from schools and suicide prevention experts, as we want to ensure that parents and families are aware of the sensitive and mature content if their children are watching or talking about the series. Experts say that “suicide is the second leading cause of death for youth ages 10-24” (Yearous, 2017). If your child is watching this series, we recommend that parents/guardians watch it as well or talk to their children about the content. Being prepared with appropriate and positive messages about mental health can certainly help students struggling with their own emotional well-being or that of their peers.

As always, we are committed to ensuring a positive mental health atmosphere for our students and the district takes any statements of self-harm or suicidal ideation very seriously. If your child is making any statements that are concerning to you, please reach out to your Guidance Counselor, School Psychologist, pediatrician, employees at your local hospital, or UPMC Beaver County Crisis so your child can express his or her feelings to a certified professional. If your child were to make any remarks during the school day or at school activities which we found concerning, we would talk with your child and contact home requesting your child to be seen by a professional to ensure his or her safety.

Conversations surrounding mental health and suicide can be a sensitive topic for parents/guardians to have with their children. If you ever require any assistance, please contact your child’s school so we can offer suggestions and provide you with resources. Additionally, please look over our Student Assistance Program brochure which has some helpful information as well as the contact information for our local county resources. The National Association of School Psychologists share that families and schools should listen to the students without judgement and openly discuss any warning signs that are visible. An appropriate adult raising the issue of suicide with a child/student does not increase the risk, but offers an opportunity to provide support and help to those who need it.

If you would like to read more about student mental health and suicide from the National Association of School Psychologists, please click here.

If you would like to read over our Student Assistance Program brochure, please click here.
Registration Forms for BOYS Basketball Under the Lights & Youth Camp
Under the Lights boys Summer League Registration
Boys Youth Basketball Camp Registration
Boys Basketball Grades 5-8: Rise & Shoot Program – Sign up now! Starts April 7
For ALL boys in grades 5 - 8 interested in improving basketball fundamentals in 1v1, 2v2 and 3v3 READ MORE.   
New immunization requirements have come out from the State. Please click READ MORE for details. Students directly impacted by the changes will be contacted with further information. Please note those who are required to get further immunizations will need to submit by AUGUST 15, 2017 to attend school for the 17/18 school year.

All questions must be directed to BSD School Nurses - Ms. Hullihen RN 724-846-9600 x2005 or Mrs. Haddox RN 724-843-1700 x3004
Highland's Cafeteria Getting Slushie Machine
HMS is getting a Slushie Machine for the students to use during lunch. The nutritional information is below. Students are asked to eat something, either packed or purchased, before they have a slushie. If you have any dietary concerns with your child consuming a slushie, please contact Cheri Fleischman, our Food Services Director at [email protected] or Amy Anderson, the HMS Principal, at [email protected] Students are also asked to keep the slushie area clean. If it becomes a mess, the students will not be permitted to use it.

Slushie Information
Upcoming Events
School Board Working / Voting Session
Thu Jul 27 2017
School Board Working Session
Thu Aug 10 2017
School Board Voting Session
Thu Aug 17 2017
School Board Working Session
Thu Sep 14 2017
School Board Voting Session
Thu Sep 21 2017
School Board Working Session
Thu Oct 12 2017
HMS Grading Policy
A 100% - 92%
B 91% - 83%
C 82% - 74%
D 73% - 65%
E 64% and lower
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Why I love HMS


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500 Blackhawk Road, Beaver Falls, PA 15010

Phone: (724) 846-6600
Fax: (724) 846-2021
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