Welcome to Highlander Way Middle School

Bringing U.S. History Alive

On behalf of Highlander Way and Parker Middle School, we have exciting news to share.  Our current 7th Grade students will have the opportunity to experience their U.S. History Curriculum by traveling to Washington D.C. on May 8-11, 2019.  The trip will include touring important historical locations such as Gettysburg and Mount Vernon as well as touring the major monuments and sites in Washington D.C.  We are partnering with Student Adventures, a Michigan based tour company, to help provide the best opportunity possible. They have worked with schools all over the state to provide safe and memorable experiences to groups like ours.   An informational parent meeting was held on the evening of May 14, 2018.  If you were unable to attend, information is available in the HWMS Guidance Office.  



Each year we recognize students for their academic achievement.  This year’s assemblies will be held in the HWMS gym on:

June 12 – 8th grade from 6:00-7:00 p.m.

June 13 – 7th grade from 8:00-9:00 a.m.

June 13 – 6th grade from 9:30-10:30 a.m.

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 2017-2018 school year. 

Invitations will be sent to families of those students who have met the above criteria.


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



February 13  HHS Freshman Football meeting, HWMS media center, 7:30 a.m.-8:00 a.m.
                   (Information to help you plan for the 2108 season is available in the HWMS
                    main office and in the guidance office)

February 28  HWMS 8th grade students attend HS Scheduling Presentation at HHS FC, 10:15 a.m.
March 5        8th grade students complete Course Selection Worksheet during HAWK Hour
March 6        In-coming 9th Grade Parent & Student Workshop, HHS FC, 6:30-7:30 p.m.
                     This will be an opportunity for parents and students to meet in small groups with counselors and 
                     administrators to discuss the transition to high school and course selection. 
                              If you were unable to attend this presentation, a copy of the presentation is on the
                              Howell Public Schools website under "High School", 'Guidance", then under "Course
                              Selection & Scheduling"

March 7        8th grade students complete course requests in PowerSchool, HWMS media center, 4th-7th periods
April 18        HHS Girls basketball meeting, 3:00, HHS Rm. B-10
May 1           8th grade students attend HHS 2nd Annual College Decision Day Celebration,
                    9:30-10:40, HHS Field House

Howell HS Decision Day

Our 8th grade students will attend the second annual Howell High School Decision Day on May 1.  The goal of Decision Day is to recognize high school seniors for their postsecondary plans and encourage younger students and families to prepare early for postsecondary education.  Decision Day is designed to coincide with the date that most seniors must inform a college of their plans to enroll. Howell High School will have a senior parade and several guest speakers to inspire our 8th graders to start making a plan for a bright and successful future in the world of work, military and college!

May 11         8
th grade dance sponsored by Highlander Way Middle School PTO and Parker Middle School PTO

Join us for an evening Under the Stars!  Our combined middle school 8th grade dance will be held on Friday, May 11 from 6:30 - 8:30 PM at the Freshman Campus.  Tickets are $10 and will be sold during on May 1, 4, 8 and 10th during 8th grade lunch. Tickets will not be available at the door. Please see the flyer for more information!

                    8th Grade Dance 2018.png 

June 1           8th grade field trip to the Historic Howell Theater to view The Outsiders film.    

August 16      9
th Grade Orientation Freshman Campus

                                    8:00-11:00 9th Grade A-L
                                    12:00-3:00 9th Grade M-Z

Howell High School Testing Out Exams

A testing out handout and sign up sheet is now available in the HWMS Guidance Office.  Students can sign up through June 14.  Testing will occur on the following dates August 15 for World Language, Social Studies, Computer Science and English, August 16 for Math and Science and May 17 for PE and Health.  Detailed information is provided in the handout.  



March 15 & 16 Principals and counselors from both Highlander Way and Parker Middle School visit elementary schools
                       March 15 - Northwest, Southwest and Challenger
                       March 16 - Voyager, Hutchings and Three Fires 
April 13           8th Grade HWMS Band and Choir visit elementary schools   
April 23           5th Grade Parent meeting, 6:30-7:30, HWMS cafeteria  (FYI, Parker Middle School will hold their meeting
                       at the same time at Parker).
May 1             2018-2019 Course selection forms due
August 16       6th grade WEB Orientation (students and WEB leaders only), 8:00-noon
August 16       6th grade orientation, tours, etc., (students and parents), 12:00-3:00



The HWMS Student Council and The HAWK News have teamed up to help raise awareness and funds for ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis) research.   A dodgeball tournament has been scheduled.  The finals and winners vs. staff  game will be held during an assembly on March 9. Everyone also has the opportunity to donate $1 or more through May 31.  Those who donate will have their name read on THE HAWK NEWS, their name placed on the red carpet and will receive an ALS wristband.  Please make checks payable to:  HWMS-HAWK NEWS-ALS.


2018-2019 SCHOOL YEAR

August 14 WEB Leader Training (students may apply in spring 2018), 8:00-1:00

August 15 WEB Leader Training 8:00-12:00

August 15 7th & 8th Grade Orientation, 1:00-6:00

August 16 6th Grade WEB Orientation (students and WEB Leaders only), 8:00-noon

August 16 6th Grade Orientation, tours, etc. (students and parents), 12:00-3:00

August 16 9th Grade Orientation Freshman Campus

                      8:00-11:00 9th Grade A-L

                      12:00-3:00 9th Grade M-Z

August 27 First day of school, Quarter 1 begins

August 31 NO SCHOOL

September 3 NO SCHOOL - Labor Day September 5 Picture make-up day for students who missed orientation

September 13 Middle School Open House, 6:00-7:30 p.m.

October 5 HALF DAY, No afternoon classes October 10-18 Book fair, Media Center

October 10 High School/Middle School Conferences (4:30-7:30 p.m.) October 11 Picture retake day

October 18 High School/Middle School Conferences (4:30-7:30 p.m.)

October 29 Quarter 2 begins

November 6 NO SCHOOL Election Day

November 21-23 NO SCHOOL Thanksgiving Break

December 7 HALF DAY, No afternoon classes

December 20-January 1 NO SCHOOL, Holiday Break

January 21 NO SCHOOL, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

January 22 Quarter 3 begins

February 18 NO SCHOOL, President's Day

March 8 HALF DAY, No afternoon classes

March 14 Middle School Conferences (4:30-7:30 p.m.)

March 25-29 NO SCHOOL Spring Break

April 8 Quarter 4 begins

April 19 NO SCHOOL, Good Friday

May 3 HALF DAY, No afternoon classes

May 27 NO SCHOOL, Memorial Day

June 6, 2019 Last day of school


We do our best to have all information be correct and up-to-date.  If you have any questions or corrections, please e-mail Nancy Folk at folkn@howellschools.com.



Mrs. Post presents a check to the American Red Cross
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