Highland Middle School

Middle School Students needed for High School Musical

There are a few spots in this year's High School Musical, SpongeBob, that may be appropriate for students in grades 6-8. If your child is interested in auditioning, please see the below information packet. All questions can be directed to the Producer, Mrs. Saint at [email protected]  

HMS Hello Highland / Dismissal Time

Our Hello Highland night is scheduled for Tuesday, September 27 from 6:00 to 7:45 PM. Hello Highland is structured as an open house event and families can come and go anytime during the open house hours. Throughout the evening, teachers will be in their classrooms to greet families and share information about their classroom, Highland Middle School, or the curriculum.

However, if you would like to talk about your child specifically, please sign up for a parent conference in any classroom. Students are welcome to attend Hello Highland with their parents/guardians.

To view your child’s classroom numbers and list of teachers, please use the Skyward App and navigate to the Schedule tab. Homeroom teachers will also have this information available; if needed, please stop by your child’s homeroom when you arrive.

Due to Hello Highland, Highland Middle School students will be dismissed early on September 27 at 12:45 p.m. All other buildings will follow their normal dismissal time on this day. 

Informational Bulletin:

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.

HMS Picture Day - Thurs 9/29/22

Picture Day for HMS is Thursday, September 29. Families may prepay online or complete a paper form and send the payment in with your child on Picture Day. Picture Forms will be in the office closer to picture day for anyone who would like a hard copy. 

Please see the below instructions from The Photography Studio
The online prepay allows you to purchase your packages online with a credit card.  The prices are the same as our order form and the prepay remains online until 1 day after the pictures are taken. If you prepay, you still must either print out the confirmation from prepaying, and hand that to our photographers when we take the student’s picture or completely fill out an order form and write the prepay code on your form.  We do receive the information when you prepay online.

The link to prepay is: https://photosbyjames.orderschoolpix.com/53178

The prepay password is: PREPAY

Type your email address in and hit the access button

There are instructions on the top left that help if you have any questions. Please feel free to call or email the photography studio if you have any additional questions! Our email address is: [email protected] or call us at 724-728-1345

We also email links after the pictures are taken, if you would like the link, please provide your email address on the form, even if you do not wish to prepay, you may still view the proofs once they are posted if you provide an email address on your order form.

Highland's Security Guard

Introducing HMS's Security Guard - Mr. Houser:

Mr. Houser is with the company, CSI (Corporate Security and Investigations LLC). He is 25 years old and currently a sergeant in the US Marine reserves. Between military and civilian security, he has a total of just over 6 years of security experience. He grew up in the Fox Chapel area, just outside of Pittsburgh. Mr. Houser says, "I am honored to work within your school district and pledge to keep the students and staff safe!"   Some of his hobbies include fishing, hiking/camping, and other outdoor activities!

Highland Yearbook Sale - Thru 11/20/22

Orders are open for the 2022-2023, HMS yearbook. Orders are accepted through 11/20/22 at https://www.yearbookordercenter.com/

The cost is $14 each.  No extra yearbooks will be ordered, so please reserve one during the sale window.  Thank you for your support of the HMS yearbook.


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]

Robotics Camp

Please enjoy the videos below from the Blackhawk Robotics Camp! 

2023 Pennsylvania Teacher of the Year Finalist: Ryan Hardesty

2023 Pennsylvania Teacher of the Year Finalist: Ryan Hardesty 

The 12 finalists for Teacher of the Year have been announced by the Pennsylvania Department of Education, and one of them is Blackhawk teacher Ryan Hardesty!  

The Pennsylvania Teacher of the Year program recognizes excellence in teaching by honoring K-12 teachers in public education who have made outstanding contributions to Pennsylvania school-aged children.  

The 2023 Pennsylvania Teacher of the Year will be announced at a state awards ceremony in Harrisburg in December and represents Pennsylvania at the National Teacher of the Year ceremony at the White House.  

Click to expand the image above:  Hardesty.pdf

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.


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


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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2022-23 Academic Calendar Approved

The academic calendar for school year 2022-23 was approved by the School Board of Directors.  
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Highland's Middle Post Newsletter

Please see below the Middle Post Permission Slip

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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



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


HMS - Hello Highland

Join us from 6:00 - 7:45 pm for our open house presentation, Hello Highland.
Student dismissal at 12:45
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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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