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Family and Consumer Science Educators of Michigan Honors Highlander Way Middle School Teacher

Posted on 11/19/2019

  • Amy Kilgren11/19/19 - Highlander Way Middle School teacher Amy Kilgren has been named the 2019 Family and Consumer Science Educators of Michigan (FCSEM) Teacher of the Year. Kilgren was presented with the award at the 2019 FCSEM Conference on Saturday, Nov. 9.

    Kilgren began teaching for Howell Public Schools in 2002. She teaches several Family and Consumer Science (FCS) courses, including Teen Life, Life Skills, and Health and Wellness. These courses provide students with the resources and skills needed to make informed decisions about their wellbeing. Additionally, FCS courses equip students with life skills such as health management and wellness, food science and nutrition, and personal and family finance.

    "I was so surprised to learn that I was nominated for teacher of the year. Over the past 22 years, I have not only been the teacher in my classroom, but I have also been the student as I have learned so much from my students. I am truly honored to represent Howell Public Schools, Highlander Way, the Michigan FACS teachers, as well as, Western Michigan University, where I received both my Masters and Bachelor's degrees. I am proud to be a part of a school district where Family and Consumer Science classes are still being offered to its students," said Kilgren. "No teacher makes it in this profession alone. This award is not mine alone. The award goes to all of the people throughout the years that have helped me thrive. The Howell Public School staff is a phenomenal community of support for me. I want the community members here in Howell and all across the State of Michigan to know that Family Consumer Science Classes, formerly known as Home Economics, are even more important today than ever! I am a FACS teacher because "Adulting" is hard."

    "We are so fortunate to have Amy as part of our team. She always goes above and beyond to find ways to engage our students and prepare them for the future," said Melanie Post, Highlander Way Middle School principal. "At Highlander Way, we know what an outstanding educator Amy is, and it is wonderful to see her recognized at the state level for all that she does."

    In addition to being honored at the 2019 FCSEM Conference, Kilgren will also be recognized at an upcoming Howell Public Schools Board of Education meeting.

     


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    December 10-December 17

    Mrs. Wellman’s class will be selling

    Candy Grams

    during all three lunches

     Candy grams are $1 each

     Candy grams will be delivered to

    HAWK Hour on December 20




    Howell Girls Basketball Free Basketball Clinic

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    WHAT FREE Girls Basketball Clinics 

    WHERE HHS Fieldhouse 

    WHO All Howell Girl Basketball Players In Grades 1st-8th 

    WHEN 
    Saturday December 7th    9-10:30 

    Saturday December 14th   9-10:30 
    Saturday January 11th        9-10:30    
    Saturday January 18th         9-10:30
     
    HOW Put On By Girls High School Coaching Staff And High School Players! Get To Know High School Coaches  & Players! Learn The Varsity System And Drills. Play Games & Have Fun.

     


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  • VAPING Education Awareness Presentations

  • As you are aware, vaping has become an increasing concern in our schools. Even with new laws in place to prevent vapes from getting into the hands of our students, we know they are often easily accessible and targeted at youth. In an effort to educate students about the dangers of vaping, Ms. Cheryl Phillips from St. Joseph Mercy Health Systems will be at Highlander Way on January 9, 2020 to educate our students.  

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    8TH GRADE IMPORTANT DATES:

     

    8th GRADE HHS COURSE SELECTION (INCOMING HHS 9TH GRADERS)

    • Course Request Window Opens 

                          Class of 2024 (Incoming 9th) - March 2, 2020

     

    • Class of 2024 Course Selection Workshop

                Monday, March 2, 2020 7:00-8:00pm at FC

     

    • Class of 2024 School Day Presentation - 

    Wednesday March 4, 2020 10:15am HWMS at FC auditorium

     

    • Class of 2024 School Day Support

          Monday March 16, 2020 10:00-2:00pm at HWMS 

     

    All student course selections must be complete by the end of the day March 20, 2020

     



     

    8th grade Washington, DC trip - April 29 through May 2, 2020


    10/23/2019 

    8th Grade Parents,

    We're excited to tell you that we have so many students signed up for our 2020 8th Grade Washington DC Trip that when you sign up, you'll be put on the wait list!  Attached is the registration info and a step-by-step video to help you register and make payments using the online portal.  Please register your child today and hopefully there will be enough students interested for an additional bus.

    8th GRADE WASHINGTON DC Flyer 2020.pdf 
    https://youtu.be/KBle60XCdw4

    Sincerely,
    Mr. Hill & Mrs. Post


    Washington, DC Trip Fundraiser began on November 15.  Order forms are due December 2.

     



    OK2SAY

     

    The Michigan Attorney General’s office will be conducted presentations on student safety featuring the Michigan Cyber Safety Initiative (CSI) and the student safety hotline, OK2SAY.  The presentation was given to Highlander Way Middle School students in grades 6-8 on Wednesday, October 16, 2019.  

    Students saw a video featuring peers who promote OK2SAY. Students will learn what the OK2SAY program is, how it works, what types of incidents they can report, how to submit a tip, and what will happen with the tip.  Students then heard a detailed explanation about bullying, cyberbullying, suicide, sexting, sexual abuse, predators and advice on how to protect themselves online. Students saw a video about the power of words, deceptive ways internet predators target teens, along with a segment featuring students from Michigan that have tragically died by suicide due in part to bullying.  The last two videos showed the negative impact of sexting and one provided by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

    Handouts used during our presentations, videos, and additional information, can be accessed at the Attorney General's website, www.mi.gov/csi.  More information about the OK2SAY program, including resources, is available at www.mi.gov/ok2say.

    OK2SAY Opt Out 2019.pdf 

     


     

    NEW SECURITY FEATURE


    We have a new security feature in our main office.   At Highlander Way and Howell Public Schools, the safety of our students is our top priority.  That is why the district is implementing a new visitor management system from Raptor Technologies in all of its buildings. This system will enable us to screen visitors and volunteers in our school and provide us with a safer environment for our students and staff.  

    When visiting our school, you will still use the door buzzer to gain access to the building during the school day. However, the visitor sign-in process will look different. Once you enter the office to sign-in, our office staff will ask you for a government-issued ID such as a Driver’s License, which can either be scanned or manually entered into the system. The system will check to ensure that registered sexual offenders are not entering our school without our knowledge.  The system checks the visitor's name and date of birth using a national database. The registered sex offender database is the only official database checked. No other data from the ID is gathered or recorded, and the information is not shared with any outside agency.  If for any reason you do not have a US government-issued ID, the office staff can use any form of identification and manually enter your name into the system. After your first visit, your information will be stored in the system for a quicker check-in on subsequent visits.

    Once entry to the school is approved, the system will issue a visitor sticker with your name and photo, the date of your visit, and the purpose of the visit. After your visit is complete, you will return to the office to sign out, much like you currently do.

    If you are just stopping by the office to drop something off for your child, or picking up your child, you will not be required to complete the check-in process.

    As we use our new system,  there may be some hiccups along the way. While this may cause a slight inconvenience, in the end, it will be worth it, as we will be able to provide a safer school environment for our students and staff. Thank you in advance for your understanding, patience, and support as we launch the system to enhance the safety of our school and district.

     

     

     


     

     

    UPDATE YOUR CHILD’S INFORMATION ONLINE

     

    You may now update your contact information online through the PowerSchool Parent Portal.  Information that can be updated includes parent phone numbers, email addresses, and emergency contacts.  Additionally, you may submit a change of address. However, you will still need to show proof of residency.


    To update your information, log in to the PowerSchool Parent Portal and click on your child’s name, click on the icon that looks like an arrow on the far right side of the page.  Please note, when you place your mouse over this icon the word “applications” will appear. After clicking on the icon, an applications window will open. From the applications window select “SchoolForms.”  This will direct you to our online registration portal where you will be able to update your information.

    The contact information in PowerSchool is used for our Parent Notification System.  Please make sure that we have your proper email address and phone numbers so you do not miss any updates from the district or your child’s school.

     

     



    LOC

    We're back!

    LOC Credit Union & Highlander Way Student Run Credit Union together for our 4th year!  Students can do their banking every Wednesday morning during 2nd hour.

     

     


    CHAMBER SINGERS AUDITIONS Auditions for this year's Chamber Singers choir will take place on Thursday, December 5th from 2:30-3:30 pm in the choir room.  Pick up an application outside of the choir room, and return it to Mrs. Meinka by the end of the day Wednesday December 4th. All applications must be signed by a parent.

     


    CLUBS


    Let it snow!  The Middle School Ski & Board Club is Ready!  


    Register by Friday, January 3.

    Attached are the Information & Registration forms for the Middle School Ski/Board Club. We will run the club for both Middle Schools beginning January 15!

    2019-20 Howell Middle School Ski_Board Club Informational Packet .pdf 

    2019-2020 Ski_Snowboard registration & order form.pdf 


    Interact Club

     

    Interact Club is a service club for youth.  The club will work on community service projects to help out people and services in Livingston County.   Please contact Mrs. Earl for more information.

    We will meet from 2:30-3:15 in Rm. 251 on the following days:

    Monday, January 13 - Prepare props for the Dance Project's Black Light Dance
    Monday, February 10 - Activity to be announced
    Monday, March 16 - Activity to be announced
    Monday, May 4 - HWMS spring clean up

     


    ART CLUB

    Beginning January 8, Art Club will meet on Wednesday from 2:30-3:30.  Please join us in Rm. 144.

     

    (The art room is in need of empty cereal boxes)

     


     

    Girls on the Run's Heart and Sole program Registration opens January 21st!

    Girls on the Run is a non-profit organization that envisions a world where every girl knows and activates her limitless potential and is free to boldly pursue her dreams! Their 10 week program for girls in 6th-8th grade combines training for a 5K with a curriculum promoting competence, confidence, connection, character, caring, and contribution. Twice-weekly lessons and interactive activities are led by trained volunteer coaches who create a positive and safe environment for girls to learn about themselves, connect with others, and contribute to the community. The program culminates in a non-competitive 5K event which gives the girls a chance to shine and an overwhelming sense of accomplishment.

    Our program at Highlander Way is open to all 6th-8th grade girls and will meet after school on Mondays and Thursdays from 2:30--4:00 March 9th through May 21st. All registered participants will receive a healthy snack at each lesson, along with a program t-shirt and water bottle, a parent guide book and entry into the incredible Girls on the Run 5K on May 17th. Families are welcome to come run/walk with our girls!

    Girls on the Run's curriculum based program is MUCH more than a running program. You can go to https://www.girlsontherunsemi.org/ to learn more and register.  Scholarships are available and Girls on the Run has never turned away a girl for not being able to afford it! Please don't let that be a barrier!

    Email Julie Friend for more information! friendj@howellschools.com


    SPORTS

    The archery, boys basketball and competitive cheer teams have been chosen and their seasons have either started or start soon.  Hopefully, you'll be there to cheer them on.

     

    HWMS Girls Basketball

    REGISTER FOR GIRLS BBALL TRYOUTS

    Girls basketball tryouts will be held from 2:30-4:30 on January 13, 14, & 15.  
    Those trying out should plan to attend all three sessions and have a copy of their newly completed MHSAA school physical on file in the office.

    Click on the green bar above to register.

    7th grade Coach:  Robert Klein: kleinr@howellschools.com
    8th grade Coach Jason Lounds:  loundsj@howellschools.com



    Parker/HWMS Combined Wrestling

     Parker/HWMS combined wrestling starts 1/13/20.  More Information soon....

    Tony Tedesco, tedescoa@howellschools.com

    Howell Middle School Boys/Girls Swim Dive

    Howell Middle School Boys/Girls Swim/Dive starts February 10.  We are still looking for a coach.  Watch for more information.

    HWMS Boys/Girls Track

     Track starts March 18th, we are looking for a coach. More Information soon....

     


    POPCORN Ms. Wellman's class will be selling popcorn every Tuesday, during all three lunches. It is 50 cents a bag and delicious.


     

    PTO

     

    The HWMS PTO has their own Facebook account.  Please be sure to “like” them on Facebook, as they post a lot of good information about HWMS, PTO and our wonderful students.


    PTO MEETINGS

    September 16, 6:00-7:00, HWMS Media Center

    October 21, 6:00-7:00, HWMS Media Center

    November 18, 6:00-7:00, HWMS Media Center

    December 16, 6:00-7:00, HWMS Media Center

    January 27, 6:00-7:00, HWMS Media Center

    March 16, 6:00-7:00, HWMS Media Center

    April 20, 6:00-7:00, HWMS Media Center

    May 18, 6:00-7:00, HWMS Media Center

     

     


     

    HONORS AWARD PROGRAMS


    Each year we recognize students for their academic achievement.  Our School Improvement Team and the Positive Behavior Support Team have elected to recognize students the following ways:  High Honors for Summa Cum Laude 3.9-4.0 GPA, Magna Cum Laude 3.7-3.89 GPA, and Cum Laude 3.5-3.69 GPA.  Students will also be recognized for All A’s 4.0 GPA for each year and all A’s 4.0 GPA for all three years 6th, 7th, and 8th.  Students taking Algebra and Geometry (high school level classes) will be recognized for All A’s 4.0 GPA based on the first three quarters.  The Presidential Education Award for Outstanding Academic Excellence will be awarded to 8th grade students who have maintained a cumulative 3.5 GPA or above while attending Highlander Way.  All honors will be calculated through the end of Quarter III of the current school year. 

    Watch your mail!  Invitations are sent to families of those students who have met the above criteria.

    GPA/LETTER GRADE SCALE

    The table below lists letter grades and their numerical equivalents as used in calculating GPA (Grade Point Average)

    A    4.00
    A-   3.67
    B+  3.33
    B    3.00
    B-   2.67
    C+  2.33
    C    2.00
    C-   1.67
    D+  1.33
    D    1.00
    D-   0.67
    F     0


    2020-21 Middle School Orientation

     

    Thursday, August 13, 2020

    • 8:00 - 12:00 PM - 6th grade WEB (Where Everyone Belongs) Orientation for 6th grade STUDENTS ONLY
    • 11:00 - 12:00 PM - 6th grade and newly enrolled parent information session 
    • 12:00 - 2:00 PM - 6th grade parents and students finish the Orientation process including: school pictures, practicing locker combinations and walking through schedules
    • 2:00 - 6:00 PM - 7th and 8th grade Orientation



    Tuesday, August 18, 2020

    • 1:00- 4:00 PM Make-up Orientation for 6th-8th grade students and parents including: school pictures, practicing locker combinations and walking through schedules  

     



     

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    "Are you ready to be on a state level competition team? The Howell Middle School Pom Team is holding their very first ever Fall Tryouts! This weekend, September 14th and 15th, you can come learn a routine and tryout for the team! You'll be able to perform at basketball games and have a chance to compete at states in February. Informational flyers will be available in the office starting Tuesday. Come tryout this weekend. We can't wait to see you there!"
    Thank you!
    Michaela Sheridan
    Howell Middle School Pom Pon Coach
    "Are you ready to be on a state level competition team? The Howell Middle School Pom Team is holding their very first ever Fall Tryouts! This weekend, September 14th and 15th, you can come learn a routine and tryout for the team! You'll be able to perform at basketball games and have a chance to compete at states in February. Informational flyers will be available in the office starting Tuesday. Come tryout this weekend. We can't wait to see you there!"
    Thank you!
    Michaela Sheridan
    Howell Middle School Pom Pon Coach
    "Are you ready to be on a state level competition team? The Howell Middle School Pom Team is holding their very first ever Fall Tryouts! This weekend, September 14th and 15th, you can come learn a routine and tryout for the team! You'll be able to perform at basketball games and have a chance to compete at states in February. Informational flyers will be available in the office starting Tuesday. Come tryout this weekend. We can't wait to see you there!"
    Thank you!
    Michaela Sheridan
    Howell Middle School Pom Pon Coach
    "Are you ready to be on a state level competition team? The Howell Middle School Pom Team is holding their very first ever Fall Tryouts! This weekend, September 14th and 15th, you can come learn a routine and tryout for the team! You'll be able to perform at basketball games and have a chance to compete at states in February. Informational flyers will be available in the office starting Tuesday. Come tryout this weekend. We can't wait to see you there!"
    Thank you!
    Michaela Sheridan
    Howell Middle School Pom Pon Coach
    "Are you ready to be on a state level competition team? The Howell Middle School Pom Team is holding their very first ever Fall Tryouts! This weekend, September 14th and 15th, you can come learn a routine and tryout for the team! You'll be able to perform at basketball games and have a chance to compete at states in February. Informational flyers will be available in the office starting Tuesday. Come tryout this weekend. We can't wait to see you there!"
    Thank you!
    Michaela Sheridan
    Howell Middle School Pom Pon Coach
    "Are you ready to be on a state level competition team? The Howell Middle School Pom Team is holding their very first ever Fall Tryouts! This weekend, September 14th and 15th, you can come learn a routine and tryout for the team! You'll be able to perform at basketball games and have a chance to compete at states in February. Informational flyers will be available in the office starting Tuesday. Come tryout this weekend. We can't wait to see you there!"
    Thank you!
    Michaela Sheridan
    Howell Middle School Pom Pon Coach
    "Are you ready to be on a state level competition team? The Howell Middle School Pom Team is holding their very first ever Fall Tryouts! This weekend, September 14th and 15th, you can come learn a routine and tryout for the team! You'll be able to perform at basketball games and have a chance to compete at states in February. Informational flyers will be available in the office starting Tuesday. Come tryout this weekend. We can't wait to see you there!"
    Thank you!
    Michaela Sheridan
    Howell Middle School Pom Pon Coach
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