Mrs. Stephanie Schwappach, 6 Red Math teacher, has been teaching for 15 years. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her family, studying genealogy, and traveling. Some of her favorite foods include chocolate, steak, chips with pineapple salsa, and pasta. One thing you may not know about Mrs. Schwappach is that she can sing. In fact, she used to sing in weddings many years ago. The best part about teaching at HMS is that Mrs. Schwappach loves being around her kiddos. Her favorite time is when she sees that "Aha" look on her students' faces after understanding a new math concept. Thanks Mrs. Schwappach for all that you do to help students grow.
Mrs. Mindy Bernal, our 7 Red Science teacher, has been teaching for 28 years. In her free time, she enjoys journaling, hiking, photography, scrap booking, painting, and yoga. She loves spending time with her husband and kids as well. Some of Mrs. Bernal’s favorites are soda, especially Coke. Something unique about Mrs. Bernal, is that she makes and keeps a picture collage for each year she has been teaching, and they are displayed throughout her classroom. She also has an uncanny resemblance to Ms. Frizzle from Magic School Bus at times. Her favorite thing about teaching HMS students is having fun lessons and watching the kids enjoy learning. Thanks for making science fun Mrs. Bernal!
Mrs. Amanda Holcmann, our Special Education transition room teacher, has been teaching for 18 years at HMS. When she is not teaching, Mrs. Holcmann loves spending time outdoors, camping, and going to sporting events for her 3 children. Some of her all time favorites are dark chocolate and Mexican food. One thing you may not know about Mrs. Holcmann is that she is a great cook. According to her, the best thing about teaching is getting to know the kids and interacting with her students helping them learn new things each day. Thank you Mrs. Holcmann for all that you do to help our students learn and succeed.
Mrs. PJ Bolk has been working with students as our librarian secretary for 28 years in the Highland School District. In her spare time, she enjoys going camping and boating with her family and loves reading from her Kindle. She loves brownies, snickers, Almond Joys, Reese's Peanut Butter Cups for sweets. Other favorites include pork chops, Chinese, and Mexican food. One thing you may not know about Mrs. Bolk, is that she worked for U.S. Secret Service for 10 years before coming to the Highland School District. She met Ronald and Nancy Reagan and Jimmy Carter. Mrs. Bolk and her husband also owned their own napery business - making cloth tablecloths & napkins in South Carolina. Her favorite time at HMS is when she is busy with all of the students coming to the library to read or pick out a great book. Mrs. Bolk will be retiring at the end of this school year. We will sure miss her. Thanks for your dedication to HMS, Mrs. Bolk.
Mr. Greg Allen, our HMS Band instructor, has been teaching for 25 years. In his spare time he enjoys playing frisbee golf and cooking barbeque. Obviously, his favorite food is barbeque. One thing unique about Mr. Allen is that he used to play drums in a rock-n-roll band. According to Mr. Allen, the best thing about working with HMS students, is watching the moment the students eyes light up when they achieve success. He enjoys their sense of humor and loves watching them progress. Thanks for bringing the joy of music to our kids Mr. Allen.
Mrs. Karen Nave, 6 Black science, has been teaching for 31 years. When at home, she really loves to be outdoors landscaping and taking care of her animals. For a sweet treat, Mrs. Nave enjoys chocolate with nuts and ice cream. One thing you may not know about Mrs. Nave is that she loves to do Zumba workouts. According to Mrs. Nave, the best thing about working with HMS students is doing hands on activities. She likes the discovery part of science and to see the problem solving ability of her students in action. Thanks for all that you do for our students at HMS! Keep recycling.
Mrs. Kris Reed has been teaching for 12 years, but this is her first year teaching 8th grade ELA on team 8 Black. In her spare time she enjoys reading, hanging out with friends and family, and going to concerts. Anything gluten free is her go to, and she loves Hershey’s Chocolate as well as all kinds of coffee. If you did not know this, Mrs. Reed is an open book! She loves sharing her experiences with her students. What she loves the most about teaching is making relationships and getting to know kids and then seeing them grow and change. Another thing that is important to her is knowing that her kindness can make a difference in her students’ lives. Thanks for going that extra mile for your students every day Mrs. Reed.
Mrs. Sue Zuccarrelli, an assistant on team 7 Black, has been working with kids for 12 years. In her spare time she enjoys cooking, baking, reading, and spending time with her grandchildren. Some of her favorite things are plain Lays potato chips, Hershey’s Gold, and anything with chocolate and caramel. You may not know this, but Mrs. Zuccarrelli is a tumbling and trampoline judge, and she can make an amazing monkey sound. She enjoys working with our HMS students because everyday is a different adventure. She loves working with our staff because they make her laugh. She also enjoys being able to joke with our students and get to know them as individuals instead of just looking at them as only students. Thanks for all that you do Mrs. Zuccarrelli!
Link for Information for our HMS Musical Auditions for Dear Edwina Jr. https://docs.google.com/document/d/1sGj9orWVBwhzIpd5iPMeM_cmgWTge9Wn-g2lx3EZX8k/edit?usp=sharing
Celebrate your 8th grader with a personalized ad in the HMS yearbook. All information is included on the attached flyer.
Santa came to HMS today to award some gifts to our readers in the library! https://drive.google.com/file/d/1A71yg2LdBIqLfhd5lw_es6CtRl4FUVsI/view?usp=sharing
Enjoy our HMS Band Concert Sing-a-long! We are so proud of our kids! Great job! https://youtu.be/hFPVAU2T-GM
Team 8 Black 1st Quarter Honor Roll Recipients! Great Work!!
Mr. Riley Litzenburg, an assistant in our SDEP program, is new to education this year and we are excited to have him on our team. In Mr. Litzenburg’s spare time he enjoys watching sports, hunting, hanging out with friends, and playing fetch with his dog. His favorite foods include nachos, pizza, BBQ, steak, Twix, and Reeses. What he enjoys most about working with students is making connections that have a lasting impact on their success. Thanks so much for all that you do, Mr. Litzenburg!
Mrs. Emily Ham, our 6 Black language arts teacher, has been teaching for over 5 years. In her spare time she enjoys reading, watching sports, going to the theater, and singing. Some of her favorites include Lion’s Choice and Reeses. One thing you may not know about Mrs. Ham is that she is an amazing singer. What she enjoys most about teaching is working with her students and getting to know them. Thanks Mrs. Ham for all that you do to help our kids grow!
Mrs. Angie Hartlieb, our 8 Red Math teacher, has been in education for 20 years. She enjoys spending time with family and housework. Some of Mrs. Hartlieb's favorites are laffy taffy and sour patch straws. Something you may not know about her is that she loves to sing. Mrs. Hartlieb loves working with HMS students because she loves watching adolescents become the people they are through education! There is nothing much better than being part of building confidence and helping students understand something they didn't think they could do. Thanks Mrs. Hartlieb for helping out kids succeed not only academically but also socially and emotionally.
Mrs. Deb Holcmann, our administrative assistant, has been involved in education since 1987 for the Highland School District. In her spare time, she loves being with family, scrapbooking, walking, bocce ball, and baking. Some of her favorites are Pepsi and PayDay candy bars. Something that you may not know about Mrs. Holcmann, is that she lived in a Ski Chalet in the UP in Michigan. She really enjoys working with middle school students because they are always willing to help out. Mrs. Holcmann has been the heart of HMS for such a long time. She will be retiring at the end of this semester. We sure are going to miss her! Thanks for everything Mrs. Holcmann.
Today Mrs. Coziar’s 7th grade math classes participated in the annual worldwide Hour of Code, where students experience computer coding. Students chose different topics of interest to code, such as Minecraft, Flappy Bird, Dance Party, Star Wars, Angry Birds, and sports games. Students can experience this at any time by going to code.org at home!
Mrs. Monica Martin, our HMS school nurse, has been working with students at HMS for 9 years. In her free time, she loves reading, cooking, and traveling. Her favorite food is anything seafood and when she has a craving for sweets, she prefers Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups. One thing unique about Mrs. Martin, is that she loves trying new cuisine. Mrs. Martin really enjoys working with middle school students because middle school was difficult for her but she had great teachers who helped her and inspired her to work with middle school students. HMS is the best place she has ever worked. We are truly blessed to have Mrs. Martin on our team at HMS! Thanks for everything. We know this year has not been easy on our nurses!
Mrs. Dawn Hubbard has been in education for 22 years, currently teaching geography on 7 Black. She enjoys spending time with her family and going to all of her kids activities, for example, swim meets and baseball games. She also loves doing anything outdoors . . . fishing, walking, etc, as well as playing board games and cards. Some of her favorite foods are seafood and pizza, and she loves 100 Grand Bars, Twix, and M&Ms. One reason why she loves teaching is that she loves all the different personalities of her students because they are never the same, making every day a new adventure. Thanks Mrs. Hubbard for all that you do for HMS and our students. It is truly appreciated.
Mrs. Courtney Sellers, our HMS Art teacher, has been teaching for 9 years. In her spare time she loves spending time with her little gals, her dogs, and her husband. They love hiking and riding bikes. Food is tough for her, but an oat milk latte is the way to her heart. What she enjoys most about teaching is seeing the joy on students' faces when they create a masterpiece they didn't know they were capable of. Secondly, getting to connect and know who each of her students are. Mrs. Sellers goes above and beyond to support her students. Thanks for all that you do!
Mrs. Sue Thiems, an assistant in Mrs. Holcmann’s room has been working in education for over 20 years. In her free time, she enjoys reading, bike riding, walking, and working out. Some of her favorite “go tos” are Diet Dr. Pepper and Peanut M&Ms. One thing you may not know about Mrs. Sue Thiems is that she has tandem jumped out of an airplane! Wow! What she enjoys most about teaching is the look on the students face when they finally get something that was really had for them. Mrs. Thiems will be retiring at the end of this semester. We sure are going to miss her! Thanks for everything!
HMS Parents, I want to make you aware of a free opportunity offered by HSHS Athletes Advantage Sports Medicine. On Dec. 17 and 18, our Athletic Trainer, Erin Hoepfner, will be at HMS to offer baseline ImPact Concussion Testing during PE. Highland High School currently tests all of their athletes that are involved in a contact sport. We now have the opportunity to offer ImPact testing to our HMS students if you are interested. This is program is free and completely optional. In order to participate, you must fill out and return the Release of Information form as well as the Medical Consent form. I will attach all paperwork as well as a letter and flyer from our Athletic Trainer explaining the program. We will also distribute the permission forms in PE to bring home. If you are interested in having your child participate in this program, please fill out all paperwork and have your child turn permission releases into their PE teacher by Tuesday, Dec. 15. For students who are absent, we will provide another opportunity for testing after the new year. If you have any questions, please contact Erin Hoepfner at email@example.com or our Athletic Director, Matt Herndon, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please click on the following link for more information on ImPact testing as well as access to permission forms: https://5il.co/noe7 https://5il.co/noe6 https://5il.co/noe8
Mary Jakel, an assistant in one of our SPED classrooms, has been working with students for over 20 years. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her families and friends. Her favorite food is ice cream and she is a grandma of seven! What she enjoys most about working with students is making a difference in each kid's life and the impact she has had on them everyday. Thanks so much Mrs. Jakel, for the dedication and love you show your students. We are truly blessed to have you at HMS
Lindsay Felchner, our school psychologist, has been working with students at HMS for 4 years now. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, especially her new nephew! She also loves being outside enjoying the wonderful fall weather! Ms. Felchner loves BBQ pulled pork and (pink) Starbursts! One thing you may not know about Ms. Felchner is that her grandma is one of the most important people in her life! She talks to her everyday and she has been like a second mom to her throughout her whole life. The best thing about working at HMS is working with and helping students from all different grade levels. She loves seeing students overcome challenges, accomplish their goals, develop confidence, and persevere even when the days are tough! Thanks so much Ms. Felchner for all that you do to help our kids succeed.
Chris Frey ,“supreme overlord” and “master” of 6 Red Social Studies, as his students call him, has been teaching for 6 years. In his spare time he enjoys playing sports, watching movies, and playing games with his kids and friends. Mr. Frey’s favorite food is Sushi and his favorite candy is Whatchamacallit. Something you may not know about Mr. Frey is that he is a pretty decent Skater. What he enjoys most about teaching is, “the money, the fame, and tormenting the children with his sense of humor.” Ha! Ha! Thank you Mr. Frey for all of your hard work and dedication to making Social Studies fun and challenging!
Sharon Schmitz has been teaching for over 22 years at HMS, serving as our 8th grade science teacher on Team 8 Red. In her spare time she enjoys Teaching yoga, running, walking, biking, hiking, and swimming. She also enjoys spending time with her family, especially her five but soon-to-be six grandkids. Mrs. Schmitz loves being outdoors enjoying nature especially when sitting on her back patio in the morning drinking her morning coffee. Dots are her favorite candy but she also enjoys anything with dark chocolate. Something you may not know about Mrs. Schmitz is that she can sing! What she enjoys most about teaching is seeing her students have those ah ha moments being creative and solving problems with projects in her classroom. Thanks Mrs. Schmitz for all of your hard work.
Mrs. Miller, our ELA teacher on Team 7 Red, has been teaching for 21 years. In her time off, she loves watching football, spending time with friends & family, and Cooking & Baking. Milk Duds, Pizza, and Twizzlers are some of her favorites. Something that you may not know about Mrs. Miller, is that she played volleyball in college and she is a grandma! According to Mrs. Miller the best thing about teaching is getting to see all the different student personalities and watching them change academically and personally throughout 7th grade.
Mrs. Leslie Gurley has been teaching for over 12 years working as a Special Education teacher. In her spare time, she enjoys cooking, watching tv, gardening, going for walks, and playing cards. Mrs. Gurley loves sweet treats including zero, butterfinger, and payday. One of Mrs. Gurley’s favorite thing to do is ride roller coasters. She loves teaching here at HMS because her students put a smile on her face every single day. Thanks Mrs. Gurley for all that you do to help are kids achieve success.
Mrs. Karen Bryarly has been teaching and learning her entire life. She currently supports our SDEP program at HMS. In her spare time she enjoys being with her grandkids, traveling, gardening, canning, motorcycling, drag racing, volunteering, and cooking. Mrs. Bryarly’s favorite sweet treat is fudge and one of her special talents is Four Wheeling. What she love most about working with kids is getting them to ask questions in order to learn. Thanks Mrs. Bryarly for always greeting us with a smile.
HMS Virtual Veterans Day Assembly Please join us in honoring our Veterans by watching our 2020 Virtual Veterans Day Assembly. A special thanks to Josh Case and Dawn Hubbard for helping to put this together. Happy Veterans Day to all who served. Thank you for your service. https://youtu.be/PfYElDIBEVg
Mrs. Ruth Olliges has been in education for 6 years working as an assistant. She enjoys camping, hiking, and going on trips with her family, going to the movies, and hanging out with friends. Some of her favorite foods are Chicken Fettuccine and Twix candy bars. One thing you may not know about Mrs. Olliges is that she played the flute and piano while growing up. She loves being around the students and enjoys helping them with cool projects the teachers set up. It's fun watching them get excited working on their projects. It makes her smile. Thanks so much Mrs. Olliges for going the extra mile to support our kids.
Ms. Jessica Schrage, our Team 6 Red Science teacher, has been in education now for 5 years. In her spare time she enjoys reading and boxing for fitness. If you want to surprise her with a sweet treat, Skittles, Whoppers, and Heath are her favorites! One thing you may not know is that Ms. Schrage coaches a boxing class at Alphas. According to Ms. Schrage, she likes getting to do labs with all of her kiddos. She also likes to see them get excited about science. Her goal is to make her class not feel "like school." She wants the class period to zoom by so fast, because the kids were all having fun. Thanks for working hard to help our kids see the fun in science.
Mrs. Deb Johnson, Special Education Teacher on 8 Red, has been in education for over 22 year. In her spare time she love spending time with her grandkids.Her favorite sweet treat are Hersey Bars. Something you may not know about Mrs. Johnson is that she is a licensed cosmetologist. She loves working at HMS because she can’t wait to spend time with her awesome students and staff! Thank you Mrs. Johnson for all that you do to help our kids grow!
HMS Parents, The SIJHSAA, which is the athletic association that Highland Middle School belongs to, held a special meeting Thursday, mainly dealing with the girls and boys basketball situation. As you all know the IDPH has moved basketball to a higher risk sport in the Governor's All Sports Policy. This change by the IDPH will not enable schools to participate in this sport at the present time. The Governor has stated that basketball isn't canceled - it's postponed. Thus, at this point girls and boys basketball practices set to start on November 16 and contests to start on Nov. 30 are presently postponed. This also means that we have to cancel boys and girls open gyms. As usual, this situation is out of our control, and we are saddened by it as well. When we have more information we will pass it along! Thank you for understanding and being flexible as we navigate this journey.
ATTENTION: Boys basketball open gym has been cancelled for tonight, Thursday, November 5. We apologize for any inconvenience. Thank you!
In an effort to raise awareness, educate individuals, and support those who have been affected by cancer, HMS will be participating in our own version of No-Shave November. Please click the link below for additional information: https://view.genial.ly/5f921389dc2ea40d939ca47d
NO SCHOOL TOMORROW - Tuesday, November 3, Election Day!
ATTENTION: FCA Meeting is cancelled for tonight. They will meet again in 2 weeks. Thank you!
Reminder: The HMS Book Fair opens today! Use this link to start shopping - http://bit.ly/HMSbookfair Thank you for your support!
Mrs. Nancy Klaus has been involved in education for over 38 years. She loves going to her grandchildren’s activities and cannot miss a St. Louis Cardinals game. She is their number one fan! Some of her favorites are Coca-Cola and baked lays potato chips. She also enjoys driving in her red mustang convertible. The best thing about teach, according to Mrs. Klaus, is working with her student, there is never a dull moment. They make life unbelievable!! Thanks for dancing your way into our hearts at HMS.
Mrs. Ann Kleinmann, our 8th grade math teacher, has been teaching for 15 years.In her spare time she loves spending time with her family and friends. She loves pizza but when looking for something sweet she loves sea salt dark chocolate caramels. Mrs. Kleinmann shares her birthday with her sister, but they are not twins. According to Mrs. Kleinmann, she like helping students gain confidence in their problem solving ability. Thanks Mrs. Kleinmann for working so hard to help our kids.
VIP Shirt orders have been extended! The store will close at the end of day on Sunday, November 1. Please use this link to order. Students and staff are encouraged to wear their VIP shirts every Thursday. Thanks!! https://aa-sportswear.com/vip_shirts_hcusd5_2020/shop/home
Mrs. Linda Berg, one of our 6th grade special education teachers, has been teaching for 31 years. In her spare time, she enjoys outside activities, especially gardening and water activities. One thing that makes Mrs. Berg unique is that she is an excellent kayaker. What she enjoys most about teaching is working with her students and seeing the growth they make in a year. Thanks for all that you do to keep are kids on the right track.
Mrs. Kristin Reynolds, 7 Black Math, has been teaching for 7 years. In her spare time, she enjoys playing board games, putting together puzzles, and watching TV. Some of her favorites include Ski, Peanut or Almond M&Ms, Mexican, and Italian food. Something that you may not know about Mrs. Reynolds is that she has played in an orchestra for 7 years. What she loves most about teaching is watching her students learn and grow over the course of the year. It is very rewarding to see each and every student grow academically, emotionally, and socially. Keep up the great work Mrs. Reynolds.
GIRLS Basketball open gym will be held this Sunday, November 4th, from 6:30-8:00pm. Also, on Wednesday, November 4th from 6:30-8:00pm. Please turn in your Covid waiver forms prior to open gym. Please enter through the gym doors. Bring a mask and a water bottle.
The Scholastic Book Fair is coming...Virtually! We are thrilled to still offer our annual book fair to our HMS families. Please see the flyer for more information. Our fair will run from November 2-15, 2020. Happy Shopping! https://5il.co/mjc8
Congratulations to the Boys Cross Country team for finishing in 5th place today at the State Meet. Way to go!
Congratulations to Payton Frey for finishing in 6th place today at the State Cross Country Meet.
Good luck to all of our runners at DuQuoin today! Here is the link for the live streaming of the state cross country meet today - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCD9lhaAlbFN6CJodOId8MFw
Boys basketball open gyms will begin Tuesday, October 27. They will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays, starting the week of 10/26-11/12. They will be from 6:30pm-8:00pm. Do not forget your Covid form, mask, and water. Please enter through the gym doors.
HMS Parents: If your student plans to attend any of our upcoming open gyms they MUST fill out this Covid waiver prior to attending. If we do not have one on file, the student will not be allowed to attend. If you have filled one out before for a tryout or other activity, you do not need to fill out another one. https://5il.co/mee7 Thank you!
Mr. Derek Reckmann, our HMS DSR instructor, has been working with kids and coaching for the past 5 years at HMS. He enjoys playing golf, playing cards, and watching sports in his spare time. When he needs to get away from sports he enjoys working with his hands building or remodeling something. Mr. Reckmann loves Italian food and will never turn down a bag of skittles. A special talent that Mr. Reckmann has is memory recall. On a good day, he can retell a random story from years ago basically to a T. What he enjoys most about working with HMS students is watching his kids work together to achieve a common goal and seeing their excitement when they accomplish something small or something great.
8th Grade Parents: If you have a student that is interested in playing spring soccer, please fill out this quick survey - https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdm-naRx5kfwE6ZBWBuhW4g-jf4DXd6bVxohfC63fXKyvzp1Q/viewform?usp=sf_link
Attention FCA members, or those wanting to join, tonight's meeting at 7:00 pm has been moved to the HMS gym. Please enter through the gym doors. Please bring a drink, pizza will be served. Make sure to wear your mask. The meeting will end at 8:30 pm. Thank you!
Mr. Patrick McGinthy has been teaching Music/Band for 12 years. In his spare time, he enjoys traveling and doing outdoor activities with my family, weightlifting, watching sports. His favorite food is chicken wings and he is still an old school video gamer. What he likes most about teaching is seeing students develop an appreciation, understanding, and practical application of music. Thanks for all that you do to support our kids at HMS! Keep up the great work!
Mrs. Cordean Jones has been teaching Special Education for almost 28 years, 25 years at HMS. In her spare time, she and her husband love to go camping. They have a camper that we leave at a campground called Pleasant View Campground near Mark Twain Lake in Mo. We both love to travel. Our goal is to visit all 50 states in the U.S. She also loves spending time with family and friends. Mrs. Jones enjoys eating out, going to movies, concerts, and tourist attractions. She also loves being in the water swimming, boating, or going on float trips. She loves big dogs! Labrador Retrievers and German Sheppards are her favorites. She also has one wonderful son and a beautiful daughter in law and can’t wait to be a grandma someday! Mrs. Jone’s favorite food is pizza and favorite candy is M & M's plain. She is great decorator of cakes and she used to work at Baskin Robbins! Mrs. Jones loves teaching because she loves seeing students have pride in their work. She loves the moment when students begin to understand something that they thought they couldn't do before. It really makes her day when kids who don't like to read discover that there are good books that will keep their interest! Thanks for being an amazing teacher!
Good luck to our cross country runners at the Mascoutah Regional! Go Dogs!
Good luck to our runners who compete in the Mascoutah Regional! Go Dogs!
Mrs. Heather Athmer, our amazing 8 Red American History teacher, has been teaching for over 20 years. She loves to spend time with her family outdoors. According to Mrs. Athmer, there is nothing better than a fall camping trip, side by side ride, or a trip to our hunting ground. She also loves watching her children do what they love, play softball, and shoot trap. Mrs. Athmer also loves to scrapbook, go shopping, spend time with friends, play games with her family, or watch a good movie. Her favorite candy is Reese's and her favorite food would have to be anything Mexican. One thing you may not know about Mrs. Athmer is that she grew up on a farm and showed cows all over the midwest. She loves teaching because of the kids and the moments when you see the kids excited about something that you are teaching or an opportunity you are helping provide for them!
Weekly Sunshine Surprises with our Sunshine Cart at HMS Each week we are choosing 2-3 staff members to honor for all of their hard work they are doing this year! The teachers get to choose a couple of items from our Sunshine cart as a thank you for all that they do each day! A big shout out to the Highland PTO for providing the funds to make this happen! We truly appreciate it! Mrs. Dena Geiger, our wonderful Math teacher on team 6 Black, has been teaching for 20 years. She enjoys hobbies that involve building, creating, and design work in all mediums including woodworking, sewing, crocheting, painting, welding, etc. She loves farming, livestock, and gardening, also. Mrs. Geiger’s favorite food is meat lover pizza with alfredo sauce and favorite candy is Reese’s peanut butter cups. Something unique about Mrs. Geiger is that she can drive Tandem trucks and Tractors on her farm. What she likes most about teaching is talking with the kids every day. Congratulations Mrs. Geiger for spreading some sunshine in our world!
Highland 5 Marion 0 going into the bottom of 7th inning
Highland 2 Marion 0 after five innings
Highland 2 Marion 0 after four innings
Highland 0 Marion 0 after two innings
Good luck to the baseball team vs. Marion in the 3rd Place game today! Finish strong!
Bulldogs lose a tough one 6-4 to Benton. Valiant effort by the boys. Next game is Tuesday at 9:30 am for third place.
Going to bottom of nine with Benton up 6-4.
Highland 4 Benton 4 after eight innings
Highland 4 Benton 4 after 7 innings! Let's go Dogs!
Benton 2 Highland 1 after six innings
Benton 2 Highland 1 after five innings
Benton 2 Highland 0 after four innings
Benton 2 Highland 0 after three innings
Baseball 0-0 after two innings
Baseball 0-0 after one inning
Good luck to the baseball team vs. Benton today in the state semi-final! Go Dogs!
State Baseball Tournament-Saturday, October 10th Highland vs. Benton Grade School at 1pm. The game will be played at Centralia Rotary Park. The address is 1719 South Perrine Avenue. Good luck Bulldogs!
Highland wins 5-2 ! The Dogs will play Saturday at 1pm in the state semi-final against TBD in Centralia.
Highland 5-1 after six innings
Highland 4-1 after five innings
Highland 4-1 after four innings
Highland 3 Millstadt 1 after three innings
Baseball after two innings of play 0-0
Baseball score after one inning 0-0
Good luck to the baseball team as they play Millstadt in a quarter final game at home @4pm. Come out and support the team! Go Dogs!
Good luck to the cross country teams vs. Mascoutah and Dupo today!
Our 6th grade McTeacher night at McDonald's is actually Tuesday 10/13, not 10/8 as our announcements stated. We apologize for any confusion. Please join us next Tuesday, 10/13 from 4-8pm for a drive thru version of our annual McTeacher night!
The winner of the baseball quarter-final next week will play Saturday, October 10th in the state semi-final in Centralia vs. TBA and time to be determined.
Highland will host the baseball state quarter- final vs. Millstadt at 4pm on Wednesday, October 7th. Go Dogs!
7 Red students practicing how to use a map grid using Battleship in Ms. Braundmeier's class today!
Highland wins the regional 6-2 over Triad! Way to go Dogs!
Highland 6-2 after 6!
Highland adds a run. 6-0 going into bottom of the 6th.
Dogs up 5-0 after 5 innings of play!
Dogs come up with a big double play to kill Triad threat. Top of five Highland leads 2-0.
Highland takes the lead 2-0
Top third at Triad 0-0 score. Dogs at bat!
Reminder: Cheer parent meeting for all students interested in trying out for cheerleading, tonight at 6:00pm in the HMS plaza. This is for parents only due to the social distancing restrictions. Please make sure to wear a mask.
A big 5-3 win tonight for the baseball team vs. Mascoutah. The championship game is tomorrow night at 4pm vs. Triad @Triad HS. Come out and support the team!
Great effort by the softball team but they fell short vs. Mascoutah tonight! Great season ladies!
From Triad : If the Regional games at 2pm gets done early. The second game will start sooner than 4:30.
Good luck to cross country vs. Triad today! Good luck to the baseball and softball teams vs. Mascoutah in the regional today! Both the baseball and softball teams play at Triad HS.
Today Mrs. Taylor's 6 Black social studies students traveled to Mesopotamia to explore and experience the ancient civilizations of the Fertile Crescent.
HMS MAKE UP PICTURE DATES: Tues., Oct. 20 Student & Staff Make-Up Picture Day @ Plaza 7:00am-10:00am Thurs., Oct. 22 REMOTE LEARNERS Make-Up Pictures- at Voegele Studio by Appointment. Please see the Voegele website for details at https://voegelestudio.com or contact 618-654-7291
Correction baseball plays Mascoutah at 4:30 Monday in Regional.
Baseball Regional Monday at Triad HS vs. Collinsville at 2pm. The winner plays Tuesday at 4pm at Triad HS. Good luck boys!
Softball will play Mascoutah Monday at 4:30 at Triad HS in the regional! The winner will play for the championship Tuesday at 4:00 pm at Triad HS. Good luck ladies!
Good luck to baseball vs. Triad today! The boys will be playing a nine inning game today!
8th baseball up big after one inning!
HMS Families: Our 2020 apparel sale is live! Please check out the new options we have for our shirts and other items in this year's store. This is a fundraiser for our school. All items will be delivered to school and sent home with students approximately mid-October. If you do NOT want your items sent home with your child (i.e. it's a gift), please email email@example.com or call the office and we will record your choice. Thank you for supporting Highland Middle School! https://aa-sportswear.com/hms_spirit_wear_2020
7th baseball will play at Triad HS on the turf!
Good luck to 8th baseball vs. Highland St. Paul and 7th baseball vs. Triad. Also, good luck to softball vs. Triad!
Good luck to the baseball and softball teams at Carlyle today! Good luck to cross country that has a home meet vs. Edwardsville Liberty and Lincoln!
Good luck to softball at Mascoutah today.
Good luck to softball vs. Edwardsville today at home.
Softball wins big over Collinsville 18-6. Way to go ladies!
Good luck to both the baseball and softball teams vs. Collinsville. Reminder the games are being streamed over the Kahok Sports Network.
Good meet by the cross country teams today vs. Alton! Great effort!
Tuesday the "Kahok Sports Network" will broadcast the baseball and softball games live. Here is the link! https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCMhmtJV7lVHGVXX2kHKB8yQ?view_as=subscriber
Highland Middle School is collecting textiles to be reused or recycled in our USAgain bins located at the corner of Troxler Ave. and Rt. 160. Clothing, footwear, linens, and accessories (gloves, hats, belts, bags, purses, etc.) are accepted 24/7 in any condition- in closed bags please. We would love to have your garage sale leftovers! Every time a bin is full, a tree is planted and funds are earned for HMS! We can earn an extra bonus for items collected by Oct. 14. We appreciate your support!
Triad wins 4-2 in a well played 8th grade game.
Triad up 4-2 after five innings in the 8th grade game.
The 7th grade baseball team lost 13-4 to Triad! Good game tonight by both schools!
Lions Peace Poster Contest: We have received the information for the Lions Peace Poster Contest. Students in grade 6 and 7 are eligible to participate. Geography and Social Studies teachers should have all the information needed for students. The Lions will provide the poster board for the project. The theme for this year is: PEACE THROUGH SERVICE. All posters are due October 29, 2020.
Good luck to the baseball teams vs. Triad tonight at GCS Stadium. Go Highland!
The 7th grade softball team won 13-2 over Alton. Good job!
Softball with a big 15-2 win over Alton. Way to go ladies!
Good luck to the softball team at Alton! Reminder from Alton that they do not allow visitor spectators.
Congratulations to the baseball and softball teams on wins last night vs. Mascoutah. Congratulations to all the runners last night on a job well done in the intrasquad meet.
Good luck to the baseball and softball teams vs. Mascoutah today. Also, good luck to our cross country runners in their intra squad meet.
Good win last night by the 7th grade baseball team with a 16-5 win over Wesclin.
Softball gets a nice 9-5 win over Wesclin tonight and 8th baseball with a victory over Wesclin. Good job!
6 Black students participated in our archaeological dig in class today!
Happy Birthday to these Team 8 Red folks for the months of August and September! They were great sports, and we are pretty sure they're smiling under those masks. We love our kiddos!
7th baseball game called after 5 innings with the game tied 1-1.
Softball rained out. Will make up Friday at Triad Middle School at 3:45.
Baseball and Softball are going on as planned today. Thank you!
Good luck to our baseball and softball teams that vs. Triad today! Go Bullpups!
The 8th grade boys baseball game scheduled for Triad Middle School at 3:45 has been moved to the turf field at Triad High School.
Mondays softball game will now be at 4pm and will only be one game for the 7th grade.
Game time changes for Triad games next week to get both games in! Monday-Softball home starts at 3:30 Tuesday-8th baseball at Triad at 3:45 7th baseball home at 3:30 Softball at Triad at 3:45
Congratulations to the 7th grade baseball team on a 10-1 win over Granite City last night!
Reminder baseball and softball pictures are Thursday!
Good luck to the 7th grade boys baseball team at Granite City today! They play in the park in Granite on Diamond #2.
Good luck to softball today vs. St. Boniface!
The softball team won both games vs. Collinsville Middle School today! Way to go ladies!
8th grade baseball team picked up a nice 11-0 win over Collinsville Middle School. Way to go!
Softball up 8-0 after two innings
Good luck to our softball and baseball teams who play Collinsville Middle School both at home today!
Tomorrow is the first day for cross country practice! Remember to have your updated physical turned in to the office and paperwork turned in!
Reminder Greenville cancelled the middle school baseball game slated for Monday, August 24th.
8th grade Bullpups led 9-4 when the game was called due to darkness vs. Edwardsville Liberty. Great job Bullpups!
7th grade Bullpups lose 8-3 to Edwardsville Liberty
Ladies win 13-2 in softball! Good win Bullpups!
Good luck to our baseball team vs. Edwardsville Liberty and the softball team vs. Roxana
Experiment time on 8red!
Please click the following link for our Final Drop Off/Pick- up procedures. Some changes have been made! Thank you. https://5il.co/jkmb
Please click on the link below for access to the HMS Virtual Open House. Once you have the link open, click on the post it note's text to view each presentation. https://view.genial.ly/5f33112d3996610d6904d466 Thank you for watching! HMS Administration
8th Grade BASEBALL Parents, Due to incoming rain possibly heading our way, please have your child come to the gym doors at HMS for 11:45-12:45. Bring tennis shoes and gloves. Thanks!!
Please click on the link below for important dates to start the school year at HMS! https://docs.google.com/document/d/e/2PACX-1vQrpE2dimtIZCRcH3EaP5PqN1SIEVU3Guc8h7XlVQIOvNM5SFbgVgJGR84dFWbvOskwxHmeMi_coKnq/pub
JR Potthast baseball / Softball August Camp ***Instead of the normal big camp I usually hold, I have decided to do smaller group sessions: girls and boys mixed or not. Call for info!! Purpose: To prepare for Fall try outs – Middle school, and fall teams. College-age private sessions AGES: Middle school and up. Primarily a Pitch, hit, and throwing rotation camp. What ball rotation do I need to have on balls thrown from positions? Why is it the most important aspect of throwing a ball? Heavy on the hitting! Expect 1200 developmental swings for the older campers and 1000 swings for the younger campers! Dates: TBA: Bring H2O and work ethic. Location: South of tennis courts - Highland High School baseball cages Cost: tba: Group sizes of 9 and under. I suggest 3 sessions for best results!! For questions, please call 618-960-4467 – Mail check to JR Potthast, 50 trout dr. Highland, IL 62249
UPDATE: Please view the following video link for back to school information from Nurse Martin: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1O7g-ggMAtK-w6bVFXdMxcLlf5R4hCAXC/view?usp=sharing
Reminder- HMS/HHS Pictures take place on Tuesday, July 28 at HMS from 8-3 and 5-8. Click the link below for more information: https://docs.google.com/document/d/e/2PACX-1vTLY1zxVIg9L69t0L7Rg7VtyFEi6c8lIt_MCIPuG3EeFA4rxEFcqLgPRwRC7Xu2ZoaZsR02-CyygBJN/pub
HMS/HHS Pictures Begin Tuesday!, July 21st!! Click the link for information https://docs.google.com/document/d/e/2PACX-1vTLY1zxVIg9L69t0L7Rg7VtyFEi6c8lIt_MCIPuG3EeFA4rxEFcqLgPRwRC7Xu2ZoaZsR02-CyygBJN/pub
If you are having trouble registering your student with the original link sent to your email, please use the following link instead: https://secure.infosnap.com/family/message?code=actionprivate You will need your snapcode to use this link.
Good afternoon, Due to several questions being posed regarding the remote learning environment option, we have prepared a FAQ document. Please click the following to access: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1JSAGLSCufXZ4YTwzqD47UO4ydIWJzPh1OQ2CfzqaYFs/edit?usp=sharing
Please use the following link for information on the Highland CUSD No. 5 Return to School Plan: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1AZ9odB0dAlBodnC9oVDGjR1_mQzzbAAfVSkAC8GtNC0/edit?usp=sharing
Congratulations to our second place winners in the Illinois Masonic Student Assistance Program's first STEAM Competition: Jenna Bellm Malachi Hampsch Landon Goodin Luke Schoen
We certainly had quite a year this year. Here is a look back at HMS 2019-2020! Have a great summer! https://youtu.be/IAUK0ZgV-6o
Reminder! Today is the last day for Locker Cleanout/Textbook Return at HMS from 8:00-3:00. Make sure to turn in all books including textbooks and AR books. If books are not returned you will be billed the cost of replacement. Please click the link below to view a more detailed look at the plan for students: https://docs.google.com/document/d/e/2PACX-1vThHcsENRktJkVlkeWwtOe0uB8gxV6IdmgAmIHfq_tM8ENDuOFcxcpBu6c4qx4u9I9HivvQS01dsIx7/pub
Reminder! Today and Wed. Locker Cleanout/Textbook Return at HMS from 8:00-3:00. Please click the link below to view a more detailed look at the plan for students: https://docs.google.com/document/d/e/2PACX-1vThHcsENRktJkVlkeWwtOe0uB8gxV6IdmgAmIHfq_tM8ENDuOFcxcpBu6c4qx4u9I9HivvQS01dsIx7/pub
Reminder! Monday- Wed. Locker Cleanout/Textbook Return at HMS from 8:00-3:00. Please click the link below to view a more detailed look at the plan for students: https://docs.google.com/document/d/e/2PACX-1vThHcsENRktJkVlkeWwtOe0uB8gxV6IdmgAmIHfq_tM8ENDuOFcxcpBu6c4qx4u9I9HivvQS01dsIx7/pub
Check out some of our HMS Academic Award Winners! https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/e/2PACX-1vR3lUvqhc_empGzuf6Mm66BA6e35hscE84M3iokbS2L-I8G97F8YIUKQ8tZKyvWFFlpZFM5ZOedU2AB/pub?start=true&loop=true&delayms=3000
Highland Middle School's Award Night is a special night for students, families, and faculty members. This year we have a created a video in lieu of an in person ceremony. Click the link to view. https://youtu.be/f13EL4f0sLQ
Ms. Weder and Mr. Baumgartner will be hosting One Final Google Meet Lunch this Wednesday, May 13th at 2pm. Please log into your school email to fill out the sign up Form: https://forms.gle/L2LVLu6dbJJm9Z2MA
HHS Girls Volleyball Any current 8th grade girl interested in playing volleyball this fall, please contact Coach Hagarty at firstname.lastname@example.org for information regarding summer workouts.
Please click on the following link for important information from HMS concerning picking up belongings and turning in textbooks, etc. https://5il.co/fvi2 Thanks, Liz Weder
Teacher Appreciation week is upon us! Whether it's a social worker, science teacher, secretary, or substitute, everyone at HMS is a teacher and deserves recognition. Please reach out to your teachers and thank them for all they have done for HMS! https://youtu.be/Dg2Ko5YUjNw
HMS Announcements, May the 4th be with you! https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/e/2PACX-1vQsu_E8Kk7PUKuyb9aQLUIzrSZHANBx2xjWiaH3QZRAQhheTg-hccNnlKzyfiSaUoH2Bag3dMzXRcxN/pub?start=false&loop=false&delayms=3000
Please click on the link for a video message from Ms. Weder. https://youtu.be/kow7rWu7DKA Thank you!
Dear Parents, Staff and Community Members: I hope this message finds you and your families safe and well. Today, Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker announced that remote learning in Illinois will be extended through the end of the 2019-20 school year. Although in-person learning has been suspended for the remainder of the year, at Highland CUSD No. 5, I assure you our entire staff remains committed to learning and engaging with all students through remote learning, as well as continuing with our food distribution program. Like you, we are saddened by the reality that our school community will not be able to reconvene in person this school year due to this public health crisis. So many of you have worked so hard to learn and grow in both the classroom and in extracurricular activities that today’s announcement may feel like a step back. However, the final chapter of this school year hasn’t been written yet. These past few weeks have proven our school community is more resilient, more capable and more compassionate than maybe what we previously realized. I’m confident our collective strength will shine through during the remainder of the school year, and we will emerge even stronger. Having said that, today’s announcement will result in significant and multiple scheduling changes in our district. As this announcement about the end of the school year was just made by Governor Pritzker this afternoon, it will take us a few days to sort out the many schedule details that are on the books, including spring concerts, promotion, graduation, etc. Please be patient as we work as a district to get information to you in the next several weeks. I know this is not the school year that any of us imagined, but I want to thank you for your patience and understanding as we have dealt with this unprecedented situation together. This period of Remote Learning offers us new ways to learn and grow, and out of this Pandemic, we will emerge stronger. Plans will be underway soon for the return to in-person learning next school year. It’s important we continue to work together and support our students. I can't thank you enough for all that you are doing as we all work together through this. Sincerely, Michael S. Sutton
Back by popular demand, we will have another Lunch With Mr. B and Ms. Weder this Friday!!! There are only two sessions so please sign up quickly!!! You must use your school email to access the Google Form. We look forward to seeing you! https://forms.gle/Z37XHx5hkBrVjANv9
Please sign up for our Google Meets Lunch with Mr. Baumgartner and Ms. Weder! Use must be signed into your school email to complete the Form below: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScoRVrYimjCF2kzduXAYpYYoZOckpYHEBcYLejC7MRM8IREzQ/viewform
Mr. Baumgartner and Ms. Weder miss seeing all of our students!!! We would like to invite you to lunch this Wednesday. Please fill out the Google Form if you would like to attend a Google Meet. This will be limited to the first 50 students per grade level. https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScoRVrYimjCF2kzduXAYpYYoZOckpYHEBcYLejC7MRM8IREzQ/viewform
We received a lot of positive feedback about the Kahoot challenge. Unfortunately I cannot declare a winner, because many of you took it multiple times until you got a perfect 100%, or you did not use your full name to identify yourself. Reviewing info repeatedly is a great way to learn the content! Thanks for participating.
HMS Video Announcements for March 30th through April 4th. I hope you enjoy!!! https://youtu.be/fWiAOHscZLs
I loved seeing everyone getting an opportunity to get outdoors today. Remember tomorrow is School Spirit Day. Take pics in Bulldog gear or in school colors and upload it to the link below! Thanks for participating! https://forms.gle/w1KukFbQpFbF82sq5
Today's HMS Update is brought to you by Ms. Weder!!!! Please click the link to view the video. https://youtu.be/RKOMrxB36Ls
Wacky Hair Day and More! Don't forget Tomorrow is Outdoor Fun Day! Take a break and get outside and enjoy the 72 degree weather! Submit your pics at: https://forms.gle/w1KukFbQpFbF82sq5 Keep the school spirit going! We miss you!
Wonderful Wednesday- 8Red students brightening the days of those we are trying to protect. ❤️
More pics from our Virtual Spirit Week! Today was Tasty Tuesday and some additional pics from Hat Day! Don't forget tomorrow is Wacky Hair Day Wednesday! Can't wait to see what you come up with HMS! Please add the pics to this form: https://forms.gle/w1KukFbQpFbF82sq5
8red Tuesday at home
Happy National Puppy Day from Team 8 Red!
Check out some images from our Virtual Hat Day for Virtual Spirit Week! Thanks to all participated today! Tomorrow is Tasty Tuesday! Take a pic of your favorite lunch and submit to this link: https://forms.gle/w1KukFbQpFbF82sq5 Updating School Spirit Advisory Leaders soon!
Dear Parents: Quarter 3 final grades are available in PowerSchool for viewing
Please check out this week's Announcements. Here you can find details about HMS's Virtual Spirit Week, birthdays, and even a video from Mr. Baumgartner!!! https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/e/2PACX-1vQsu_E8Kk7PUKuyb9aQLUIzrSZHANBx2xjWiaH3QZRAQhheTg-hccNnlKzyfiSaUoH2Bag3dMzXRcxN/pub?start=false&loop=false&delayms=3000
Monday will be a normal attendance day at HMS. Students should bring books and materials as normal. (Some teams may have already indicated some items are not needed for Monday) Students should take home all materials at the end of the day Monday that are needed to be engaged during the closure. Teachers will review with students at school on Monday expectations for academic engagement. Students do not need band instruments and will not have band sectionals tomorrow.
Below is the district’s schedule through March 30: Monday, March 16 Student Attendance Day (normal schedule) Tuesday, March 17 Teachers & Paras Report (TI Schedule to prep for student engagement days)
Due to the impending school closure, the high school and middle school parking lots will be barricaded per the direction of the Highland Police Department and Highland CUSD 5. Staring Monday, March 16th at 4:00 PM both parking lots will be closed for the duration of the school closure. All district facilities will be closed as well.
HMS Parents and Staff, All after school activities for HMS are cancelled starting tonight Friday, March 13, 2020 until March 31, 2020. This includes all athletics, clubs, intramurals, lessons, or any other group or organization using school facilities. Thank you for understanding, Liz Weder Principal Highland Middle School
Dear HMS Families, We are going to cancel our HMS Trivia Night for tonight Friday, March 13, 2020, in light of the recent meeting recommendations by state officials. It is more important at this time to protect the health of all members of our community. We hope to reschedule before the end of the school year, but we will have to wait and see how things progress to be sure. We will refund any money that has already been paid to attend. The Silent Auction items and basket items will be held until we can reschedule when we feel it is safe to hold this event. All tables will be held until we determine a future date for the event. Please contact the office if you would like a refund or you may wait until we reschedule. Office contact info: 618-651-8800 or email email@example.com. Thanks so much, Liz Weder Principal Highland Middle School
Trivia Night is On!! As of right now we are NOT cancelling our Trivia Night tomorrow, Friday, March 13. Please plan to come and have a great night out! Doors open at 6:30 pm.
Congratulations to 7 Black’s Mag 7 Winners! Keep up the good work:)
6 Black building Roman arches and testing their strength.
Track Apparel Store is Now Open!! Hurry, orders will only be accepted through March 15! Please click on the link to purchase. Thank you! https://aa-sportswear.com/hms_track_field_2020
Parents - If your student signed up for Track, please check your email for an important message regarding Track being cancelled for this week. You will only have an email if your child signed up. Thank You!
Congratulations to the Team 6 Black Super Six Award winners for February!
HMS Parents, We are offering you the opportunity to place early bids if you are interested in our Annual Trivia Night Silent Auction. There are many great items available to bid on this year! To bid please click the link below for more details and to place your bids. Submit a bid: http://bit.ly/HMSAuction1920 We will update the highest bids each day on our HMS website and on our HMS Facebook page after 3:30. You may also check the highest bid by clicking the following: http://bit.ly/AuctionLeaders19 If you would like to join us at Trivia Night and be able to place a final bid for the Silent Auction on Friday, March 13, 2020, please sign up to reserve a table today. Each table consists of 8 person teams with a cost of $80 ($10 per person). To reserve a table to participate in our 6th Annual Trivia Night, click the following link: http://bit.ly/hmstrivia For more information about our Trivia Night check out our Trivia Night Website: http://hmstrivianight.weebly.com Thanks for supporting HMS!
Interested in trying out for either the HHS Basketball or Football Cheerleading teams for the ’20-’21 season? There will be a parent and student meeting on Tuesday, March 17 at 7pm, at the HMS Plaza. This is open to 8th graders and existing High schoolers from any school that will be attending Highland High School at the start of 2020-2021 school year. This meeting will include all paperwork needed to tryout out, all information on tryouts and all details on what our program involves. Sign ups to tryout will open at the start of the meeting. You will need to have the signed paperwork and a current physical on hand before the start of the actual tryouts. If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to Angie Fears at 618-792-4311
Team 6 Black designed tall structures that could withstand an earthquake.
HMS Families - The VFW has asked us to reach out to our families to see if there are any students willing to help bus tables at their fish fry events on Friday evenings. They run today through April 19. You would start at 5:00pm and end at 7:00 pm. They will be fed a meal for working. If anyone is available on any of the evenings, please call Kate Broadhurst at 618-531-6836 to sign up. Thank you!
HHS Football will be offering a 7 on 7 flag football clinic for grades 6, 7 and 8. Instructors will be HHS coaches and players. Practices start on April 13 and end on May 18 and will be held on Monday, Wednesday and Sunday evenings from 6 to 7 pm. Flyers are available at the HMS Information Desk or you may contact Coach Warnecke at firstname.lastname@example.org.
HHS will be hosting a hitting camp for students in grade 8 on March 15, and 19th, 2020. Sunday, March 15 times are 7:00 - 8:30 pm and Thursday, March 19 times are 7:30 - 9:00 pm. Cost of the camp is $40. There will be a number of competitive activities that will be new to the campers and will reinforce the basics. Flyers are available at the HMS Information Desk.
HHS will be hosting a hitting camp for students in grade 7 on March 8, and 12th, 2020. Sunday, March 8 times are 7:30 - 9:00 pm and Thursday, March 12 times are 7:30 - 9:00 pm. Cost of the camp is $40 but you get 2 kids for $40 There will be a number of competitive activities that will be new to the campers and will reinforce the basics. Flyers are available at the HMS Information Desk.
Flag Football Sign Ups - Please see the attached flyer if your student is interested in participating. https://5il.co/daab
HMS Athletics Mazzio's Night - Monday, March 9, 5:00 – 9:00pm. Come out to support the sports teams at Highland Middle School and maybe your favorite coach will wait on you!
Congratulations to our HMS Model UN team who won 20 individual awards out of 55 available and had two of the five delegation awards. 168 kids were present representing 9 schools! They had an amazing Conference this year! Thanks to Mrs. Abbott and Mrs. Athmer and all our HHS helpers for guiding the kids through this process! We are so proud of all of you!
HHS will be hosting a hitting camp for students in grade 6 on February 27 and 29, 2020. Saturday, February 29 times are 4:30 - 6:00 pm and Thursday, February 27 times are 7:00 - 8:30 pm. Cost of the camp is $40 but you get a second child for free. There will be a number of competitive activities that will be new to the campers and will reinforce the basics. Flyers are available at the HMS Information Desk.
Highland community, please come out and welcome home your IDTA State Dance Champions! There will be an escorted parade starting at HMS at 1:00. It will head south on 160 to Broadway and around the square, then back to HMS. Hope to see you all out cheering them on!
Parents - Please read the attached letter from our school nurse regarding the current flu season at HMS. Thank you! https://5il.co/d0qe
HMS Parents, We are approximately halfway through 3rd quarter. You may view your child’s 3rd quarter midterm grades after 3:00 pm on Tuesday, February 11, 2020, by accessing their grades through PowerSchool. We will no longer send individual midterms and quarterly report cards home through email as PowerSchool allows parents and students to gain immediate access to grades. Throughout the year, reminder messages will be emailed home alerting parents when midterm and quarter grades will be available to view. Please go to the following link to obtain your child’s midterm grades: https://ps.highlandcusd5.org/public/ If you are having trouble accessing PowerSchool, please call the HMS office at 651-8800 with questions or concerns. Thanks so much, Liz Weder
Don't delay, sign up for your trivia night table now! Come out for a great night with the family. The raffle baskets and silent auction baskets are incredible this year! Check out this flyer for more details. See you there! https://5il.co/c7ik
HMS proudly presents Disney's Aladdin, Jr.! Doors will open at 6:30 pm each night. Please dress warm as you will be outside until doors open. Concessions will be available, but please remember to enjoy them in the lobby. Thank you for your support! https://5il.co/ctza
We regret we have to cancel Intramural Bowling today. Our staff member and our regular transportation are both if unavailable. We apologize for any confusion. We wanted to get this message out early in case there are changes for your student's transportation home. Thank you!
PARENTS - Due to inclement weather ALL after school activities have been cancelled! This includes tutoring, strategy gaming, Musical, IMSA, Basketball, & Volleyball. Students have been notified. Thank you!
Due to inclement weather tonight the HMS Boys regional game in Centralia is cancelled for tonight. It has been rescheduled for the same time, 5:30 pm tomorrow, Thursday, February 6. Thank you!
Congratulations to the students on team 8 Black who received certificates for either honor roll or high honor roll for quarter 2. Several received special VIP certificates if they raised their GPA by .4. Keep up the outstanding work!
Congratulations to the students on team 8 Black who received certificates for either honor roll or high honor roll for quarter 2. Several received special VIP certificates if they raised their GPA by .4. Keep up the outstanding work!
The first place HHS Cheerleaders are holding a cheer clinic on Saturday, February 15 at Highland Elementary School. Any student in grades 3 through 8 is welcome. **Doors open at 8:30 for check-in** TIME: 9:00AM - 2:00PM **PARENT DEMONSTRATION AT 1:45PM** Mail Registration Form (attached) to: Danette Daiber 1812 Klaus Geiger Rd. Highland, Il 62249 Students may also pick up a flyer at the HMS Office. COST: $30.00 per person if paid by January 31 (INCLUDES T-SHIRT & LUNCH) NOTE: Late registration (after January 31) will be $35.00 (T-Shirts not guaranteed) Highland, IL 62249 CHECKS PAYABLE TO: HHS CHEERLEADERS Email Questions to: email@example.com (Detach and Return by Friday, January 31, 2020)
For Students, Valentine's Day is quickly approaching and Student Council has a wonderful opportunity for you to do something for that special someone -- purchase a candy gram. Candy grams will be sold February 3rd - 6th. Students may purchase candy grams for $1.00 during their lunch hours. Your valentine will receive a full-size candy bar and special handwritten message from you on Thursday, February 14th. Happy Valentine's Day!! For Parents, We have lots of parents ask about whether or not they can purchase candy grams for their own children, their children's friends, teachers, etc. . . . the answer is yes you can. If you would like to purchase a candy gram, please fill-out this form -- https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSf2-Y5QGvqz5MXESnl2tlLr8cdml5H8UkRiIqWANrRj2GGPQw/viewform. Please have your student turn in the money for candy grams in an envelope to the office. They will need to give it to either Debbie Holcmann or Kateri Odle by Friday, February 7th. Please make sure you put on the outside or inside of the envelope who the candy gram is for or who is giving it. Each candy gram is $1 for a full size candy bar. If you have any questions, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks, Dawn Hubbard and Mecala Scholl HMS Student Council Sponsors Candy Gram Message: *I Think You're Worth A "100 Grand"! (100 Grand) *Give Me A Break . . . Be My Valentine! (Kit Kat) *You Are Magnificent & Marvelous! (M&Ms) *Thanks For Being My Friend "Now And Later"! (Now And Later) *A Million "Reese" Ons Why I Like You! (Reese's Peanut Butter Cups) *You're A Real Gem! (Ring Pop) *You Color My World! (Skittles) *You Are My "Sweet Tart"! (Sweet Tarts)
Football Mtg for all 8th graders interested in playing football next fall *Coach Warnecke will be here to hold a football meeting at 7:00 pm on Tuesday, January 28, 2020, in the HMS Plaza for all 8th graders interested in playing football next year. Have you never played before? Now is the time for parents and students to come and hear all about a very successful, winning program, ask questions and find out more. Parents, please attend with your student.
8 Red Honor Roll!
Highland 7th grade boys play at 6:30 pm tonight. Come out and cheer them on as they play Carriel.
Recently one of our students lost a parent unexpectedly. There is a group holding a Dance with a DJ and Silent auction as a fundraiser to help this family. The Dance is Saturday, February 22, 2020. It will be held at Lindendale Park. Doors open at 6 pm with DJ and dinner at 7 pm. There will be 50/50 drawings and Silent Auction items. 100% of the proceeds from this event will be donated to the family. They are asking for Silent Auction donations or monetary donations. If you feel you would like to help them by donating something or purchasing tickets to the dance, please call or text Julia at 618-540-9003.
6th grade baseball parents, please see the attached flyer about an upcoming hitting camp. https://5il.co/cefo
Just a reminder that 8th grade Volleyball tryouts start today after school. Please see the attached flyer for more information. Thank you! https://5il.co/cef4
HMS Dance is performing in Edwardsville at the IDTA competition. HMS Lyrical was at 8:34 with their Jazz performance at 11:26. HHS will perform at 9:22, 12:50, and 3:14. Good luck ladies!!!
Due to expected wintery mix in the noon hour, Highland CUSD No. 5 will be closed today, January 17th. This is a difficult decision, but early dismissal creates many issues for many parents. Thank you and have a great day!
Good luck at Regionals tonight!
Congratulations to our HMS cheer team on their 1st Place State Title at the ICCA competition today! This will be the 3rd state title in a row for HMS. They are also celebrating with the HHS team with their state title on Saturday. There will be a parade at around 8:00 pm tonight! Come to the square to celebrate their success!
January 10, 2020 HMS Parents, This week begins 2nd semester. I hope that everyone has had a great year so far. You may view your child’s 1st semester grades today by accessing their grades through PowerSchool. Just a reminder that we will no longer send individual midterms and quarterly report cards home through email as PowerSchool allows parents and students to gain immediate access to grades. Throughout the year, reminder messages will be emailed home alerting parents when midterm, quarter, and semester grades will be available to view. Please go to the following link to obtain your child’s 2nd Quarter and 1st semester grades: https://ps.highlandcusd5.org/public/ If you are having trouble accessing PowerSchool, please call the HMS office at 651-8800 with questions or concerns. Thanks so much, Liz Weder Principal Highland Middle School (618) 651-8800 ext 3202
Hello Everyone, Highland Middle School registration is open for our Seventh Annual Trivia Night on Friday, March 13th!! It is truly a night full of fun!! We will obviously have lots and lots of trivia with prizes to win for first and last place. But, there is even more -- there will be a 50/50 drawing, approximately twenty-five basket raffles and items up for bid in silent auctions. We will send out a list of silent auctions available very soon. We will post a site later and send out to everyone, so you can bid online for any of the silent auctions. Ski will be provided for the evening, free of charge and while supplies last, with water, candy, and Chick-Fil-A chicken and fish sandwiches available to purchase. However, please feel free to bring in your own snacks to indulge in, while you test your trivia skills. Remember -- no alcohol is permitted. In order to reserve a table, please go to the following website and complete the registration form: www.hmstrivianight.weebly.com. In order to reserve a table, you will need eight players at a cost of $10 per player or $80 total. Players can be any combination of ages, as long as they are in sixth grade or above. Mulligans will be available for purchase at the door for $10 per table. We will also have special games at intermissions, like heads and tails, so bring your dollars. It is with great hope that we will have a packed house to enjoy in a wonderful evening of fun!! Register today!! If you have any questions, please contact Dawn Hubbard at email@example.com. https://5il.co/c7ik
Please see the Volleyball Tryout schedule below. This schedule is for 6th & 7th grade only! We will post information about 8th grade as soon as possible. If your child signed up for Volleyball, you will receive a separate email about updating physicals if your child does not have a current physical on file. https://5il.co/c51v
Parents - Volleyball signups have begun! Please talk with your child to see if they signed up. All students MUST have a current physical on file prior to tryouts. They will be held in mid January. If you are questioning whether or not the physical is current, please call the office at 618-651-8800.
Team 8Red “Wipe Out” toilet paper drive will extend to Thursday! Also VIP permission slips and $6 are due by Thursday!
Good evening, Highland Community Unit School District # 5 will not be in session tomorrow, Tuesday, December 17. We are hopeful that school will be in session Wednesday through Friday. Have a great evening!
Good evening, due to the inclement weather, Highland Community Unit School District Number 5 will not be in session tomorrow, Monday, December 16. Thank you.
7th grade girls with a win at the Shiloh Shootout! Great job by the ladies today.
8th grade girls with a win in the Shiloh Shootout. Well done ladies.
Intramural Volleyball has been cancelled for today. We will let you know if you if we can reschedule. Thank you for understanding.
Parents, our lost and found is overflowing! Please have your child check to see if any of the items are theirs. You are also welcome to come check and see if you can claim anything. We hold our annual fashion show of lost items the last week of school before we leave for the winter holidays. Anything not claimed by December 20th will be donated to the less fortunate. Thank you!
Girls Basketball Summer Campers...do not forget that the JV/V Girls Basketball team has invited you to their game vs. Jerseyville on Monday, December 9. You will receive free entry since you attended camp! Don't forget to wear your camp tee shirt. The JV game starts at 6pm and the varsity game will follow.
Boys Basketball Summer Campers...do not forget that the JV/V Boys Basketball team has invited you to their game vs. Chatham on Friday, December 6. You will receive free entry since you attended camp! Don't forget to wear your camp tee shirt. The JV game starts at 6pm and the varsity game will follow.
This is HMS' 14th year participating in the Supply The Troops Drive -- hoping for our biggest year yet!! We will be collecting through the morning of Tuesday, December 3rd. Please see more information below. Thank you so much for you support!! HMS Supply The Troops Drive Highland Middle School will be gearing up for the holiday season, by hosting a Supply The Troops Drive. Our goal is to have the students and staff at HMS, donate enough items to fill at least ten boxes of needed items to send to our troops, who will not be able to celebrate the holidays with their families and friends. It is with great hope, through our generosity, that we can make our troops’ holiday season a little brighter. So, please consider donating to a great cause!! Thank You!! The following are items that can be donated: *Coffee/Hot Chocolate Packets *Peanuts *Dried Fruits/Raisins *Pringles (smaller sizes) *Food For Microwave *Rice Krispies Treats *Granola Bars *Snack Crackers *Gum (plain & sugar free) *Tuna Kits *Hard Candy (plain & sugar free) *Baby Wipes (small/refill size) *Individual Cereals/Pop Tarts *Chapstick *Jerky/Slim Jims *Crossword Puzzle Books *Juice “On The Go” Packets (all) *Playing Cards *Licorice *Suduko/Word Find Books *Oatmeal Packets *please no canned foods or chocolate* https://5il.co/bf65
Don't delay, today is the last day to order your HMS Spiritwear!! https://aa-sportswear.com/hms_spirit_wear_2019
HMS Parents We are holding our Veterans Day assembly at the end of the day today. It begins at 1:15 pm and runs through the end of the day. We would love to have you join us. In order to be respectful to our Veterans and guests, please refrain from picking up your child during this time, unless it is a true emergency. Thank you!
If you ordered cookie dough and need a copy of your order form, you can pick one up today until 5:00 pm, or have your student come to the office on Friday morning. Thanks!
Just a reminder Cookie Dough will be going home with students today. If you have a large order to pick up, come to the HMS Plaza by 5:00 PM. Thanks for your support.
This morning, the Highland Police Department, along with officers from neighboring communities, brought several K-9 dogs to HMS for a drug search that included classrooms, hallways, and lockers as part of our regular safety plan. Students are in class continuing their work and there is no safety concern at this time.
Parents, We just got confirmation that our cookie dough boxes are scheduled to arrive tomorrow. We will have pick up from 2:35-5:00 pm tomorrow. If the order is manageable, we will send it home with your student during the last hour of the day. If it is too much to take on the bus, we will need a parent to come to the HMS plaza and pick up the order no later than 5:00 pm tomorrow, 11/7. All orders MUST go home tomorrow. We do not have refrigerated storage space to hold the orders. Thank you for your support of our school! Liz Weder, Principal
It's the 2019 HMS Spiritwear Sale! We have three different options for you to choose from this year. We are very excited to offer two different sayings as well as an embroidery option. This is a school fundraiser with slogans that we designed, you won't find these elsewhere! Orders are expected in before we dismiss for Winter break. These are perfect for Christmas gifts! Thank you for supporting HMS! https://aa-sportswear.com/hms_spirit_wear_2019