Update 2/8/23
According to a press conference today (2/8/23), the evacuation zones have been lifted and the road closures have been opened. All students should be able to be transported to and from school tomorrow, February 9, 2023 as normal. 
 
For families who chose to evacuate, absences for the remainder of the week will be considered excused. Absent students can work from Schoology, should they be able to. Families of K-4 students can either contact their child’s teacher for work or can get caught up upon their return to school. Should your family be impacted and you need assistance, please reach out to your child’s school. 

Highland Middle School

Camp Kon-O-Kwee


Each year, Camp Kon-O-Kwee/Spencer becomes the classroom for all 5th grade students when we conduct our Environmental Education Program. Students in 5th grade will be given an informational packet to bring home to their families about Camp KOK. The packet is also attached to this message. Should you have any questions about Camp KOK, please reach out to your child’s teacher.  

PMEA Junior High District Chorus Festival - January 20, 2023

Congratulations to Highland students Kayla Brunson (8th), Lillian Cunniff (8th), Aithan Holiday (7th), and Sam Ringling (8th) for their participation in PMEA Junior High District Chorus Festival! 

HMS Service Club Donation Collection

Highland's Service Club is collecting the following items for deployed servicemen and women.  Donations will be taken until February 18th.  Donations can be dropped off in the box in Highland's lower lobby.  Thank you!  

DRINK MIX PACKETS
CHAPSTICK
POP TARTS
COUGH DROPS
SNACK SIZE CRACKERS
BEEF JERKY
GRANOLA BARS
SIPPING SOUPS                                                  NO CHOCOLATE 
MAC AND CHEESE CUPS                                       NO GLASS
CHEF BOYARDEE MEALS
WRAPPED CANDY
GUM
TOOTHPASTE
TOOTHBRUSHES
FLOSS
INDIVIDUAL MICROWAVE MEALS
TEA BAGS
MONETARY DONATIONS ACCEPTED AS WELL

Restorative Practice PowerPoint

The PowerPoint from the Restorative Practice presentation is below:

2023 Pennsylvania Teacher of the Year Winner: Ryan Hardesty


 
Mr. Hardesty wins 2023 PA Teacher of the Year!



HMS Homework Help

HMS will start our Homework Help program on October 18. Homework Help will occur on Tuesdays after school until 4:30. If you are interested in your child staying for Homework Help, please ensure you have signed and returned the permission slip. Signing the permission slip does not mean your child has to stay for the program, it just gives permission in the event your child would like to stay.

For more information about the program including the permission slip and the calendar dates, please see below.

HMS - Breakfast and Book Club

Starting Thursday, September 22, 2022 -- the second annual "ALL THE COOL KIDS ARE READING"  Breakfast and Book Club will begin at Highland Middle School.  See the attached flyer for details.

HMS Club List by Grade Level

Clubs will begin in October at Highland.  Please see the list of available clubs by grade level below.



Schedules

Student schedules should be available in SKYWARD later in the week of August 8. We will send communication to our HMS families when the schedules are available for your view with directions on how to access the schedules. Families will be asked to verify/update family contact and emergency contact information and review the HMS Handbook prior to viewing student schedules. Should you want to review the handbook ahead of time, it can be found here: HMS Student Handbook

Should you have any questions about schedules, please reach out to the HMS Guidance Counselor, Mr. Hanna, at [email protected]

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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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. 
 

Medication Policy Form

Announcements

Highland Artist in Residence - Spring of 2022

Please see the attached article from Mary Brenholtz from the Pittsburgh Center for Arts and Media.  We made the front page of one of their digital publications!


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Highland's Middle Post Newsletter

Please see below the Middle Post Permission Slip

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Resources

 
Emergency Assistance for Low-Income Families  https://www.media.pa.gov/Pages/DHS_details.aspx?newsid=529
 
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
 

HMS Contact Information


Principal - Dr. Amy Anderson 
724-843-1700 x 3001

Assistant Principal - Mr. Drew Bosco
724-843-1700 x 3003
 

Guidance Counselor - Mr. Sami Hanna

724-843-1700 x. 3024


Secretary - Mrs. Shawn Weyand

724-843-1700

 

 
Highland Middle School Contact Information
402 Shenango Road
Beaver Falls, PA 15010 
Phone: 724-843-1700
Fax: 724-843-0934 

HMS Student Handbook

Upcoming Events

Links

Drop Off/Pick Up

Drop Off Times: 
8:00 a.m.-8:25 a.m.

Pick Up Times: 
Last Names A-L 2:45 p.m.
Last Names M-Z 2:55 p.m.

Bus Departures:
2:45 p.m. - 3:15 p.m. 
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