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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
[email protected]
 724-843-1700
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!
Finals Schedule - 6th, 7th, 8th Grade

Finals Schedule:

May 17 – Social Studies 6

May 22 – Reading 7

May 23 – Reading 7 and Reading 8

May 24 – Science 7, Pre-Algebra 7/Math 7

May 25 – Social Studies 7, Pre-Algebra 7/Math 7, Reading 8, Roorback-Math 6

May 26 – Science 8, DeSanzo-Math 6

May 30 – English 7, Latin 8 Part 1, English & Honors English 8, French 8 Part 1

May 31 – Social Studies 8, Latin 8 Part 2, French 8 Part 2

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! 
 
 
 
Reminder -- Highland Yearbooks Sale
5th Grade BIS Yearbooks:
The BIS PTO is also selling the 3-5th grade yearbook at a cost of $18.00. These can be purchased until May 29th at https://ybpay.lifetouch.com. Enter the code: 11782917.  
 
School Brains, Schoology, School Email Information
Please see the informational letter below:
 
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Announcements
Last Day of School - Thursday, June 1 - Release Times Reminder
Last day of school is a 1/2 day.  Release times for each school are as follows:

BHS = 11:00 am
BIS = 11:30 am
HMS = 11:40 am
NPS = 12:45 pm
PPS = 12:45 pm

Breakfast is available for all grades. Lunch will only be served to grades K-2nd.
 
NOTICE from the CAFETERIA -- Lunch Account Balance Payments
Attention Parents!
Please check your student's outstanding cafeteria balances and pay them off before the end of the school year. You can look online under the parents link on the website.  Click here: myschoolaccount.com  or you can also call (724) 846-6600 x1016 for your student's balance.

NOTE: Any UNUSED money left in the student accounts at the end of the year WILL carry over to the next year.
 
Greenhouse Plant Sale -- 9:00 - 2:30 Monday-Friday!
The BHS Greenhouse is OVERFLOWING! Come out and buy some amazing plants and vegetables grown by our very own Ag Science students. Greenhouse will be open Monday - Friday 9-2:30 for the next two weeks. Click "read more" for pricing 
HMS Students Place 1st, 2nd and 3rd in Poetry Contest
CONGRATULATIONS!! Mrs. Cox 7th Grade students won awards in the Beaver County Bar Association Poetry Contest!

Casey Nixon - 1st Place -- Aaliyah McGinnis - 2nd Place -- Bailey Nicely - 3rd Place
WAY TO GO!
 
COLOR GUARD Clinic & Audition Information
Clinics for those in grades 7-11 interested in auditioning for the Color Guard of the Blackhawk “Cougar Pride” Band.
WHEN: After school — 4:30pm on May 4, 9, 11, 23, 25 in the HS Auditorium
Contact Mr. Zaccari at the High School for more information

Members of the Color Guard are full members of the Blackhawk Band and participate in all events including next year’s trip to perform at Walt Disney World!
 
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.
 
Special Olympics Pictures
Check out the fun our students and staff had at the 2017 Special Olympics held on Friday, April 27! Click for photos! 
Registration Forms for BOYS Basketball Under the Lights & Youth Camp
Under the Lights boys Summer League Registration
Boys Youth Basketball Camp Registration
 
Camp Invention Looking for 7-9th Graders for Counselors-In-Training
Get some great experience this summer as a Counselor-In-Training at Camp Invention. July 10-14 @ BIS from 8:30-3pm. Contact Mrs. Brest with any questions, [email protected] Click READ MORE for details.... 
Basketball Camps for All! Check out 3 camps coming up for Boys & Girls
Lil' Cougars Under the Lights - Boys Grades 4-7 -- click read more...
Coach Lodovico's Girls Basketball Day Camp - Girls Grades 4-8
Little Dribblers Mini-camp - Boys & Girls Grades K - 3
 
Blackhawk Boys Youth Basketball Camp - June 5-7 - Grades 2-8
Register now for camp! Camp is open to boys from any school district. Please direct any questions to Coach Roorback at [email protected] or 724-622-8942 
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 play...click READ MORE.   
Camp Invention comes back to BLACKHAWK! July 10-14
Sign up now for a $15 discount on a week's worth of inventing! Camp Invention is full of science, engineering, problem solving, tinkering and just plain FUN! This year's camp is directed by Mrs. Brest and other BSD teachers. Camp is open to KINDERGARTEN - 6TH GRADERS and is held at BIS! To register go to www.campinvention.org or call 800-968-4332. Use code DISCOVER 15 for the $15 discount. 
NEW IMMUNIZATION REQUIREMENTS FOR 17/18 SCHOOL YEAR
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
 
May Issue of The Middle Post

May issue of the Middle Post is below.
May Issue

 
Upcoming Events
May
29
Memorial Day - No School
Mon May 29 2017
Jun
1
Jun 1 - LAST DAY - 1/2 day!
Thu Jun 1 2017
Jun
15
School Board Working Session
Thu Jun 15 2017
Jun
22
School Board Voting Session
Thu Jun 22 2017
Jul
13
School Board Working Session
Thu Jul 13 2017
Jul
20
School Board Voting Session
Thu Jul 20 2017
Links
HMS Grading Policy
A 100% - 92%
B 91% - 83%
C 82% - 74%
D 73% - 65%
E 64% and lower
 
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