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Did you know that PowerSchool has our Daily Announcements? When you open PowerSchool via the Portal on our web page, click on "School Bulletin." You will be able to read all the announcements pertaining to HMS activities. This page is updated daily. From the school web page: Portal -> Grade Book -> Student/Parent Gradebook Portal -> log in -> School Bulletin

The deadline to order yearbooks is this week by Sunday, March 29.  You can only order online at www.ybpay.lifetouch.com

HMS yearbook code for online ordering is 11596315. Please contact Laura Yax with any questions at .

Students Shatter 'Pi Day" Records!

So how did you celebrate this epic Pi Day on 3-14-15?  8th graders at Highland Middle School participated in the annual Pi Day Memorization Contest and students in Mrs. Taylor’s math classes spent the day working on Pi-centered math activities. In the memorization contest, the top 3 finishers all defeated the school record of 241 digits! Chris Sollenberger came in 1st place with 326 digits memorized; John Naizer took 2nd place with 296 digits; and Blake Kucinski was the 3rd place finisher with 271 digits memorized. Winners took home pies as prizes, of course! Pictured from left are Blake Kucinski, John Naizer, Chris Sollenberger.

HMS Writers Take 2nd Place!
On March 14, students from Highland Middle School competed against students from 26 other area middle schools in the Power of the Pen Regional Tournament, held at Norwayne Middle School. Overall, the Highland teams earned 2nd place with the 8th grade team taking 3rd and the 7th grade team taking 4th in their respective grade-levels. Individual awards went to 7th grader Beau Bilinovich (10th place), 8th grader Lorelyn Nolte (8th place), and 8th grader Quade Mainzer (5th place). Quade also won a "Best of the Best" award for one of his stories that he had written previously at the district tournament. Quade competed with some of the best writers from across the entire state to win this award, and his story will be published in the annual Power of the Pen "Book of Winners." Congratulations to all our talented HMS writers!  

HMS Art Show Set for April 13-18
The annual Highland Middle School Art Show will be held from April 13-18 at the Highland Community Library during regular library hours. An opening reception will be held from 6:30-8 p.m. on Monday, April 13. Coordinated by art teacher Lee Palencar, this is a wonderful demonstration of the talented student artists at HMS. We encourage the public to stop by!

HMS Team Nabs 2nd Place

Congratulations to the HMS Academic Challenge Team for earning a 2nd place finish in the Medina County competition on March 7. Team members include in back from left: Braeden Clements, Armin Gasser, Ben Petersen, Blake Kalina, Joey Alcini and Chris Sollenberger. In front from left are Julia Clapper, Cecilia Mainzer, Quade Mainzer and advisor Mrs. Wendy Shemo. Missing is Eli Fragnoli.

Google CS First
6th grade students may sign up for the Google CS First program to be held after school on Fridays.  icon Google CS First Permission

HMS Character Cards (4th Round)
Highland Middle School announces the 4th round recipients of the Hornet Character Card! The following students have been chosen and recognized for their positive character by their teachers and they are continuing to make a positive difference at school. The 4th round recipients of the Hornet Character Card include: Max Mendel (gift card winner), Robby Cerrito, Allayna Wirebaugh, Maria Vitko, Mallory Doak, Gabrielle Quartaraco, Elijah Wood, Emily Kellogg, Allison Schaefer, Chandler Szalay, Nick Cassidy, Sarah Cooper, Isa Bennett, Travis Mordaunt, Tyler Grafton, Sammy Geiger, Eric Biesiada, Dane McNulty, Anna Lapp, Zander Throckmorton, McKenzie Yu, Tess Gallaspie, Danny Buck, Summer Howman, Will Cullen, Alyssa Ellis, Lauren Hill, Braeden Clements, Tommy Barch, Brianna McBee, Katy Felix, Amy Urban, Luke Earnest, Bryant Burns, Katie O’Donnell, Jack Sliter, Morgan Ramsey, Margaret Houska, Danielle Pembridge, Grace Mino, Ava Mastrianni, Olivia Russo, Gabriele Phillips, Kennedy Shelton, Taylor Sabol, Christina Polick, Nick Phillips, Bricke Skillicorn, Matt Pace, Stephanie Jirousek, Branden Agnew, Morgan Kim, Tori Kinsey, Alicia Francisco, Will Weyls.

HMS Rube Goldberg Competition Winners
The Highland Middle Rube Goldberg Club had their annual competition recently at the Highland Community Library. The task was to zip a zipper using as many creative steps possible. The winners of the competition with the most steps was the Garage Dwellers and included team members Lane Cline, Ty Clements and Colin Spittle. Capturing 2nd place with a “magic” theme was the team of Tyler Dominak, Max Mendel and Travis Mordaunt. In 3rd place with a “games” theme was Games Connection with team members Olivia Scavuzzo, Grace Stiller, Lilly Tekempel and Elizabeth Duffield. All the groups and challenges were creative and fun to watch! Great job to Highland Middle Schools' future engineers!

Check out “Monumental Middle”
A new “Monumental Middle” in now available. The “Monumental Middle” is a series of short videos designed to share and support the goals of HMS and provide students and families some helpful tips for success through the middle years. https://sites.google.com/a/highlandschools.org/mr-roberts-desk/video-blog-the-monumental-middle

Drop-Off / Pick-Up Procedure
All drivers must drop-off or pick-up students in the back (west) of the building between 6:50–7:25 a.m. and 2–2:45 p.m. This is to ensure everyone's safety. Cars are to use the entrance from Wilbur Road only. Buses use the entrance on Rt. 94. We recognize that the morning can be congested. Dropping off by 7 a.m. will help to alleviate that congestion. The building is open and students can go to the gym to sit or to cafeteria and eat. Driver cooperation is appreciated.

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Social internet networking sites are an effective method to communicate and exchange information. Highland Schools employs Twitter and Facebook accounts as another media outlet for our community. However, there have been times that school personnel and/or law enforcement agencies are made aware of derogatory, vulgar and profane comments posted on student Facebook pages, or similar social networking sites. If your student has an account, insist on monitoring the postings and pages closely. As parent, you should have all login and password information for your children's accounts.

Phone extensions:
Mr. Rob Henry, Principal - x1200
Mr. Christopher Roberts, Assistant Principal - x1202
Mr. Rob Gilbert, Counselor - x1206
Mrs. Phyllis Kulbis, Secretary - x1201
Mrs. Jan Novosielski, Office Aide - x1204
Attendance Line - x1511
Main Line - (330) 239-1901

Highland Middle School, 3880 Ridge Rd, Medina, OH 44256