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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. 
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. 
8th Grade - National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) - March 6, 2019
Highland Middle School has been selected to participate in the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) on March 6, 2019. This assessment will be for 8th grade students only. 

NAEP is the largest nationally representative and continuing assessment of what students know and can do in various subjects. NAEP is administered by the National Center for Education Statistics, within the U.S. Department of Education. NAEP is different from our state assessments because it is a common measure of achievement across the country. The results are released as The Nation’s Report Card, which provides information about student achievement to educators, parents, policymakers, and the public.

Around 70 8th grade students were selected by NAEP to be assessed. All families of selected students will be notified by mail and SKYALERT on Thursday. Students will take the NAEP Assessment during the school day. All teachers are aware and students will be given time to make up any missed work. If you do not want your child to participate, please notify Amy Anderson in writing by February 4, 2019. 

In addition to subject area questions, NAEP survey questionnaires are voluntarily completed by students. Your child may also receive an extended questionnaire that takes up to 10 more minutes and asks additional contextual questions. The questionnaires help by providing valuable information about participating students’ educational experiences and opportunities to learn both in and out of the classroom. More information about NAEP survey questionnaires is available at under the section “What Questions Are on the Test?”

Assessments take about 120 minutes for most students, including transition time and directions.

The information collected is used for statistical purposes only.

=         Your child’s grades will not be affected.

=         Students may be excused for any reason, are not required to complete the assessment, and may skip any question.

=         While the assessment is voluntary, NAEP depends on student participation to help policymakers improve education. However, it is your choice if your child is tested.

There is no need to study in preparation for NAEP, but please encourage your child to do his or her best. A brochure that explains what participation in NAEP means for you and your child is available at

Additional Resources on NAEP can be found below:


HMS Locker Room

On Friday evening, a bullet was found in the locker room at Highland Middle School after school hours. The bullet has been turned over to the police. The bullet was accidentally left in a personal item after shooting at the range with a child's family. We thank the Chippewa Police Department for working with us to check and ensure the safety and security of the area, and we are appreciative of the honesty of this child. However, this incident is a great reminder for our students/families to check personal belongings before bringing them into school and for everyone to be diligent when it comes to the safety of our students, staff, and families. 
HMS Mid-Terms Schedule
The following table shows the remaining mid-terms for classes at Highland.
January 7, 2019English 7/ShuleskiEnglish 7/Cox ELA 6th grade
January 8, 2019Reading7 Cox/Veri Soc Stu 6th Reading 8
January 9, 2019Reading 7 Cox/Veri Math 7/Kelley (periods 2,6,8)Reading 8
January 10, 2019Math 7/Kelley (periods 2,6,8)
January 11, 2019Science 6
January 14, 2019
January 15, 2019History/8
January 16, 2019Latin 8/SteinMath 6
January 17, 2019Latin 8/Stein
January 25, 2019H. English 7/ Cox
5th Grade Class Learn about Entreprenuership - 11/30/2018
Powering Pittsburgh: First Place Winners!
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On November 15th, Dominic Eicholtz, Zach Oliver, Jarrod Malagise, and Max Rodgers represented Blackhawk and all of Beaver County in an engineering competition held at Heinz Field. The competition challenges students to come up with alternative power solutions to power Pittsburgh and Heinz Field. The competition was sponsored by Shell and the Pittsburgh Steelers. They presented their ideas on a stage in front of parents, peers, and engineers from Shell and the Steelers. Students advanced in the first round that was held at the Beaver Valley Intermediate Unit in October and then competed against finalists from Washington, Allegheny, and Beaver Counties. The students won the competition and were awarded with $1,500 for STEM resources for Highland Middle School as well as box tickets to the December 2nd Steeler game, signed footballs and hats (as well as other Steeler and Shell “goodies”), and a trophy. Thank you to Ms. Oliver, Mr. Linkenheimer, Mrs. Martin, and Mrs. Cox for their aide in this project. Congrats to our HMS students for their hard work and dedication to the task!! We are so proud of you!
HMS Homework Help
HMS will begin an after-school homework support program the second week in October. Students who attend will work through their homework with a teacher. Please note that the teachers staying after school with the students will not be certified in all subject areas. However, he or she will be there to provide support on student homework. If you would like your child to participate, please complete the permission slip and have your child turn it in to his or her Homeroom Teacher. Signing the permission slip does not mean that your child must attend every day, it just gives us your approval in case your child wants to attend. Please ensure you check the Homework Help Calendar and have your child stay only on the scheduled Homework Help Days. Additionally, all rides must be at HMS to pick up your child at 4:30 p.m. If you have any questions, please contact Amy Anderson. 
HMS Update

HMS Update

We wanted to give you an update on the cleaning/remediation status at HMS. The remediation in the LGI has gone very well. The work was finalized Tuesday night and we had an air quality test done early Wednesday morning. The air quality in the LGI is within EPA guidelines and so we will be able to open the LGI on Thursday. We are appreciative of the HMS student and staff flexibility in having that space closed for the past week. Additionally, we thank Mid Atlantic Environmental Company for their time to ensure the LGI is cleaned and ready for staff and students. We also want to thank our HMS custodial department, Mr. Yingling, and Mr. Fleischman for their dedication to ensuring all spaces at HMS are ready for student use and for their proactive plans to ensure this does not occur again. The cleaning in the two classrooms with water damage will begin next week. We are moving along, getting the appropriate cleaning completed, and being as proactive as possible. 
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.
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/Email Login and Microsoft Office 365 - Student Use


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HMS Middle Post Permission Slip
Please see attached permission slip
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 Link attached to view Highland Middle School's November Middle Post 
BCME logo Blackhawk Awarded 2018 Best Communities for Music Education!
Blackhawk School District has been honored with the Best Communities for Music Education designation from The NAMM Foundation for its outstanding commitment to music education.  The Best Communities for Music Education designation is awarded to districts that demonstrate outstanding achievement in efforts to provide music access and education to all students.
We are 1 of only 2 school districts in Beaver County to receive this honor and 1 out of 583 schools in the NATION!  This is wonderful recognition of the depth of our program and really sets us apart from other districts!
Grade 6 - 12 Student Emails & Microsoft Office! image 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 Contact Information

Principal Amy Anderson
724-843-1700 x 3001 
Assistant Principal Mike Arbogast 
724-843-1700 x 3003 
HMS Contact Information
402 Shenango Road
Beaver Falls, PA 15010 
Phone: 724-843-1700
Fax: 724-843-0934 
Upcoming Events
End of 9 weeks
Thu Jan 17 2019
MLK Jr Day - no school
Mon Jan 21 2019
President's Day - no school
Mon Feb 18 2019
In their own words.
Why I love HMS


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