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                                   May 9, 2011

                                    PLAN to succeed.
                                   MISSION STATEMENT

The Mission of Highland Middle School is to provide all students with a PLAN for academic
success by:
                                Practicing essential skills
                                Linking prior knowledge to future learning
                                Accepting responsibility for achievement
                                Never settling for less than the best
McTeacher’s Night:
Was a successful event! Thank you for your participation! Our school earned $700.00!
The wining Class was Mrs. Mendoza’s Discover with 67 flyers! Congratulations HMS!

Well Done!
Congratulations to Dave Cotner who will be the recipient of the 2011 Crystal Bell Award!! Thank
you Mr. Cotner for making a difference in our school system and with our students!!

Debate Club:
The Highland Middle School has recently completed its first Debate Season. Student
response was overwhelmingly positive!!.
The students learned Debate techniques, Congress style speaking, Parliamentary
Procedure, and engaged in lively debate with a variety of topics ending in an Official Middle
School Congress Debate. Debate Coaches, Mrs. and Mr. Griffin look forward to expanding
the season next year and thank Mrs. Mucha and staff for all of their support!

Orchestra News: The Highland Orchestra Banquet will be held on May 24th @ 6:00pm in the HHS
Voyager news:
The Voyager team has recognized their stand out students for the third quarter grading period.
These students are:
Language arts students are Abby Rivera, Britney Mauldin, Alex Vaca, Shane Peisker, Manasi Arya.
Math students are Hannah Ryzewski, Zach Syvertsen, Gino Padilla, Adam Homrich, and Ashley
Meloy. Science students are Jordan Hlinko, Paola Madrigal, Alicia Alcaraz, Jack Gluth, and Jenna
Beck. PE students are Branden Pulleyblank, Kelsie Hirchak, Melanie Wright, Adam Zehner, and
Daniell Rudnickas. Social studies students are Drew Stivers, Megan O’Donnell, Selena Santana,
Nick Sansone, and Mikayla Goetz. We also recognized some exceptional students of the month. Our
students of the month for April are Adam Homrich and Felicity Hillegonds. The students of the
month for May are Killian O’Donnell and Sydney Macon. Congratulations to all these fine young
men and women for a job well done.

Our field day has been planned for May 23 with a rain date of May 25. This will be a fun filled day
of wacky relays, a picnic, and field day activities. We are in need of some parent volunteers to help
with the relays, assisting Mr. Cotner on the grill, and serving food. We will be sending out notes at a
later date.

Explorer News:
Last newsletter of the year! Here’s what’s happening in Explorer classrooms:
● Mrs. Grinnell’s science classes are finishing up their chapter over climate and the various biomes
of the world. The next chapter is about bacteria and viruses, discussing the characteristics of
bacteria and describing reproduction of and treatment for various viruses.
● Mrs. Madura’s reading classes are working on a unit about informational texts. It includes
articles such as “Toward a Rainbow Nation” and “What Makes Teens Tick.”
● From Mrs. Kusbel: “Students and parents have received the information about the Asia Travel
Project and the nation that they will study. The students will present their projects beginning
Monday, May 23rd. The students will have the week of May 9 -13th to work on these projects in the
Media Center, but the majority of the project will be done at home. Parents and students are
reminded to note the due dates for each section. This will help the students pace themselves
through the project. Thank you.”
● Mr. Kikalos’s language arts classes are moving through poetry concepts, writing tales of monster-
slaying based on Lewis Carroll’s “Jabberwocky,” and the honors classes will be finishing the year
with Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

A reminder that Explorer students will be visiting the zoo for a field trip on Wednesday, May 18th.

Dream Team News:
In classroom news, students are completing a project for Mr. Havens’ classes. The project pertains
to the US Civil War. Information was given to the students. If you are unaware of this project
please ask your student about it.

In team news, the end of the year is quickly approaching and there are several important dates that
the Dream Team staff would like parents/guardians to know.

Field Day - At the end of each school year the Eighth grade hosts a field day for their students.
Both Eighth grade teams will be in need of chaperones for this event. The date for our field day is
May 23rd; with the rain date scheduled for May 25th. Information for field day will be sent home with
your student in the coming weeks.
ECA’s - The End of Course Assessments or ECA’s are coming soon for all Algebra I students. The
dates for the ECA’s are May 26th and 27th. Please make sure your student is well rested and well
fed in preparation for these exams since the do count towards high school credit.

Finals - Students will all have final exams at the end of this semester. Exams will be given on June
1st and 2nd. Students will take three finals each of the last two days of this school year.

Dream Team Awards for the Third Quarter:
The following are the Dream Team’s Stand Out Students for the third quarter. In Language Arts:
 Robert Ross, Clay Keltner, Heather Johnson, Kinsey Younker, & Julissa Iniguez. In Math: David
Alcaraz, Jon Payne, Joci Hansen, Anna Mosiriak, & Clay Keltner. In Science: Shondell Pugh,
Hayley Soltesz, Luke Wadkins, Julianna Shamel, & Jessica Hensen. In US History: Mina Salinas,
Julissa Iniguez, Holly Santaguida, Blake Oliver, & Nate Montoya.

The next awards went to students who the staff believed best displayed the character traits that
HMS highlights each month for the Character Education Program. For the character trait Loyalty
the winners were: Jon Payne, Matt Foundos, Kevin Pappas, Jeremy O’Donnell, & Emily Lozano.
For the character trait Honesty the winners were: KC Cole, Tushar Sharma, Rachel Bremer, Anna
Russo, & Camellia Bogdan. For the character trait Trustworthiness the winners were: Jackie
Smailis, Lindsay Grysmski, Camellia Bogdan, Joe Stoica, & Matt Foundos. Finally, for the
character trait Teamwork the winners were: Holly Santaguida, Jacob Dolan, Kylie Smolar, Beth
Lula, & Nick Kizman.

Finally, the team staff chooses two students, one male and one female, who best represent and
display the ideals of what it means to be an outstanding Dream Team student each month. The
Students of the Month winners for the month of March were: Anna Russo & Robert Ross. The
Students of the Month winners for the month of April were: Chloe Conaway & David Alcaraz. The
Students of the Month winners for the month of May were: Kinsey Younker & Dean Lebeter.
Finally, the Students of the Month winners for the month of June were: Julissa Iniguez & Nick

Congratulations to all of the third quarter award winners!

Spotlight on the Future:

May 10        MS Market Day Pick-up (4:00-5:00 cafeteria)
May 10        EL/MS/HS Orchestra Concert (6:30 PM Monbeck Auditorium)
May 12        MS Choir Concert (6:30 PM Monbeck Auditorium)
May 24        EL/MS/HS Band Concert (6:30 PM Monbeck Auditorium)
May 30        Memorial Day - No School

Jun. 2        Last day for students (full-day)
Jun. 10       Report Cards mailed to parents

Aug. 16       First day for students (full day)

Mon.       May 9           Griffith             @ Highland            4:30
Th.        May 12          LMSAC Meet           @ Lowell              4:45
Wed.       May18           Lowell               @ Lowell              4:45

Girls Coaches: Lyn Scheidel & Heather Oaks
Boys Coaches: Sam Fies & Nick Kikalos
HHS Open Swim:
  May 10, 17 & 24
  $2 per Child/$5 per Family

Summer Sports:
Information is available in the office for – The Lady Trojans Summer Girls Basketball Camp, The
Highland Trojan Football Camp, The Highland Volleyball Summer Camp, The Highland Boys
Basketball Camp, The Highland Diving Camp, Highland Youth Soccer Camps and Stateline
Summer Volleyball League!

Lost and Found: Students please take a minute to check the lost and found table in the
office. All unclaimed items will be donated on June 3rd.

Employment Opportunity: The Food Service Department will be hiring for kitchen employment
for the upcoming school year. Applications are now being accepted. Apply online at

Absences: Parents are requested to call the office (922-5620) between 7:30 & 9:00 a.m.
to report an absence. Students returning from an absence must bring a written explanation
from home with the Child’s FIRST & LAST name on the note, and it must be signed by
the parent or guardian.

PTO will be sponsoring a Recognition Breakfast for students on May 10th during their
Discover classes. Students being recognized will receive an invitation and a breakfast
honoring their achievements this year.

PTO provided a Faculty/Staff Appreciation Luncheon on May 5th. The PTO expressed
their appreciation to the HMS faculty and staff for their hard work and dedication to the
students of Highland Middle School. THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!

PTO Walk-a-thon was held May 5th and 6th during Discover classes. All students who
donated $5.00 enjoyed some fun in the sun and some physical activity. They also had a
chance to win some great prizes.

PTO will be presenting and awarding a $250.00 scholarship to a deserving Highland High
School Senior during Honor's Night at Highland High School on May 26th.

The PTO Board would like to welcome Carin Olah as the new Secretary. We are still
looking for someone to fill the Vice President vacancy. If interested, please contact any
PTO member.

The PTO will be purchasing T-shirts for all the 8th grade students. We wish them good
luck as they begin their High School years!

The next PTO meeting will be held Monday, August 29th at 6:00pm. We will be
discussing events for the upcoming year and hope to see you there!