Hawk Happenings

Great things are happening at Highlander Way Middle School

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MARK YOUR CALENDARS FOR SOME VERY IMPORTANT DATES

October 19 6th Grade WEB activity during HAWK Hour

October 19 Order BOO Grams at lunch $1 - They'll be delivered on Halloween in HAWK Hour

October 22 DC Fundraiser Kick-off Assembly, watch for more information

October 22 Band Concert, HHS Rod Bushey Performing Arts Center, 6:30, (students arrive at 6:00)

October 22 Quarter 2 schedule concerns & schedule change requests due, by 2:30

October 23 Fall Choir Concert, 7:00-7:30, (students arrive 6:45), HHS Rod Bushey Performing Arts Center

October 24 Encore Common Assessment

October 24 Chamber Singer applications due (applications available outside Rm 138)

October 24 DC Fundraising Parent Kick-off meeting, 6:00-7:00, Freshman Campus Cafeteria

October 25 Brown Bag Book Club, during lunch, media center

October 25 Social Studies Common Assessment

October 25 Reaching Higher, 12:21-2:16

October 25 Chamber Singer Auditions, 2:25-3:30, Rm. 138 (applications available outside Rm. 138 - due October 24)

October 25 Dance and Open Gym sponsored by Student Council, 2:30-4:00, $4 (Pizza, pop and candy also sold)

October 26 Science Common Assessment

October 26 Order BOO Grams at lunch $1 - They'll be delivered on Halloween in HAWK Hr.

October 26 Quarter 1 ends

October 29 Quarter 2 begins

October 29, 30 & 31 Boys Basketball Tryouts, 2:30-4:30, HWMS Gym

October 29, 30 or November 1 Archery Tournament Team Tryouts (Email HowellArchery@gmail.com for info)

October 31 BOO Gram orders delivered in HAWK Hr.

October 31 World of Work Wednesday (students may dress for the World of Work in a school appropriate outfit that represents an occupation or career field they are interested in.)

November 1 Talk to Your Teacher Thursday Bingo (Students will be given a Bingo card with information on colleges and careers.)

November 1 Reaching Higher, 7:30-9:20

November 1 Yearbook meeting, 2:20-3:15, Rooms 223 and 234

November 1 Chamber Singers rehearsals begin (continue weekly through 5/30/2019)

November 2 Quarter 1 Report Card grades will be available in PowerSchool

November 2 Fight Song Friday (Students are invited to wear college apparel)

November 5 Mock Elections

November 5 HWMS PTO Buffalo Wild Wing Celebrity Server Night, 5:30-8:30, Latson & Grand River in Howell

November 6 NO SCHOOL Election Day

November 7 Drama Club meeting, 2:30-3:30, cafeteria

November 8 Reaching Higher, 9:02-10:51

November 8 Brown Bag Book Club, during lunch, media center

November 9 Thanksgiving lunch

November 12 Boys Basketball at Ore Creek M.S., 4:00, Hartland

November 12 Middle School Swim & Dive Co-ed/Combined Team mandatory parent meeting, 6:00, Parker Commons

November 13-14 Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp Presentation/Auditions, 8:00-2:00, band/choir rooms

November 14 Boys Basketball vs. Scranton M.S. (Orange), 4:00, HWMS Gym

November 15 Reaching Higher, 12:21-2:16

November 15 Yearbook meeting, 2:20-3:15, Rooms 223 and 234

November 19 Reaching Higher

November 19 Boys Basketball vs. Parker, 4:00, HHS Fieldhouse main Gym

November 19 PTO Meeting, 6:00, Media Center

November 21-23 NO SCHOOL Thanksgiving Break

November 26 Boys Basketball at Novi M.S. (White), 4:00, Novi

November 28-29 Vision Screening, Guidance Office

November 28 Boys Basketball vs. Novi M.S. (Green), 4:00, HWMS Gym

November 29 Reaching Higher, 7:30-9:20

November 29 Reaching Higher graduation, 5:30-7:30, Media Center

December 3 Boys Basketball vs. Holmes M.S., 4:00, HWMS Gym

December 4 Yearbook meeting, 2:20-3:15, Rooms 223 and 234

December 5 Boys Basketball at Scranton M.S. (Black), 4:00, Brighton

December 6 Brown Bag Book Club, during lunch, media center

December 7 HALF DAY, No afternoon classes

December 10, 11 & 12 8th grade team field trips to the Holocaust Museum

December 10 Boys Basketball vs. Ore Creek M.S., 4:00, HWMS Gym

December 12 Boys Basketball at Scranton M.S. (Orange), 4:00, Brighton 

December 17 Boys Basketball at Parker, 4:00, Parker

December 17 PTO Meeting, 6:00, Media Center

December 18 Yearbook meeting, 2:20-3:15, Rooms 223 and 234

December 18 Band Concert

December 20-January 1 NO SCHOOL, Holiday Break

January 3 Brown Bag Book Club, during lunch, media center

January 14-16 Girls Basketball tryouts, 2:30-4:30, HWMS Gym

January 15 Yearbook meeting, 2:20-3:30, Rooms 223 and 234

January 16 Encore Common Assessment

January 17 Social Studies Common Assessment

January 17 Brown Bag Book Club, during lunch, media center

January 18 Science Common Assessment

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

January 22 Quarter 3 begins

January 29 Yearbook meeting, 2:20-3:30, Rooms 223 and 234

January 30 Girls Basketball at Ore Creek M.S, 4:00, Hartland

January 31 Brown Bag Book Club, during lunch, media center

February 4 Girls Basketball vs. Scranton M.S. (Orange), 4:00, HWMS Gym

February 4 Wrestling at Franklin M.S., 4:00

February 4 PTO Meeting, 6:00, Media Center

February 6 Girls Basketball vs. Parker M.S., 4:00, HHS Fieldhouse main Gym

February 6 Wrestling vs. Scranton M.S., 4:00, Parker Auxiliary Gym

February 11 Girls Basketball at Novi M.S. (White), 4:00, Novi

February 11 Wrestling vs. Emerson M.S., 4:00, Parker Auxiliary Gym

February 12 Yearbook meeting, 2:20-3:30, Rooms 223 and 234

February 13 Student Count Day

February 13 Girls Basketball vs. Novi M.S. (Green), 4:00, HWMS Gym

February 13 Wrestling at Holmes, M.S., 4:00

February 14 Brown Bag Book Club, during lunch, media center

February 18 NO SCHOOL, President's Day

February 19-28 NWEA Testing Window

February 19 Wrestling at Ore Creek M.S., 4:00, Hartland

February 20 Girls Basketball vs. Holmes M.S., 4:00, HWMS Gym

February 21 Wrestling vs. Novi M.S., 4:00, Parker Auxiliary Gym

February 25 Girls Basketball at Scranton M.S. (Black), 4:00, Brighton

February 26 Yearbook meeting, 2:20-3:30, Rooms 223 and 234

February 26 Pre-Festival Choir Concert

February 27 Girls Basketball vs. Ore Creek M.S, 4:00, HWMS Gym

February 28 Brown Bag Book Club, during lunch, media center

February 28 Wrestling vs. Stevenson M.S., 4:00, Parker Auxiliary Gym

February 28 tentative - Choir Festival (6, 7, 8 choirs)

March 4 Girls Basketball at Scranton M.S. (Orange), 4:00, Brighton

March 4 Wrestling at Frost M.S., 4:00

March 6 Girls Basketball at Parker M.S., 4:00, Parker

March 8 HALF DAY, No afternoon classes

March 12 Yearbook meeting, 2:20-3:30, Rooms 223 and 234

March 14 Brown Bag Book Club, during lunch, media center

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

March 15 tentative Chamber Singers Choral Festival

March 18 PTO Meeting, 6:00, Media Center

March 19 Band Concert

March 25-29 NO SCHOOL Spring Break

April 2 Yearbook meeting, 2:20-3:30, Rooms 223 and 234

April 3 Encore Common Assessment

April 4 Social Studies Common Assessment

April 5 Science Common Assessment

April 8 Quarter 4 begins

April 11 Brown Bag Book Club, during lunch, media center

April 15 PTO Meeting, 6:00, Media Center

April 16 Yearbook meeting, 2:20-3:30, Rooms 223 and 234

April 17 Yearbook meeting, 2:20-3:30, Rooms 223 and 234

April 19 NO SCHOOL, Good Friday

April 24 Yearbook meeting, 2:20-3:30, Rooms 223 and 234

April 25 Brown Bag Book Club, during lunch, media center

April 25 Yearbook meeting, 2:20-3:30, Rooms 223 and 234

May 3 HALF DAY, No afternoon classes

May 8-11 8th grade Washington, DC trip

May 20 PTO Meeting, 6:00, Media Center

May 22 Band Concert (tentative date)

May 23 Spring Choir Concert

May 27 NO SCHOOL, Memorial Day

June 3 Social Studies Common Assessment

June 4 Encore Common Assessment

June 5 Science Common Assessment

June 6, 2019 Last day of school

 

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IMMMUNIZATIONS AND WAIVERS

All schools in Michigan including Highlander Way are required to report the immunization status of all 7th grade students as well as students who are new to the district.  In order to attend school, these students’ immunizations must be up-to-date or they must have a certified waiver on file.  Future immunization need letters will be sent home with report cards. 

Immunizations

If your child is in need of immunizations, please contact your healthcare provider or the Livingston County Health Department to receive the immunizations that they need.

The Livingston County Health Department has immunization walk in clinics from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. every Wednesday and until 7:00 p.m. on the 2nd & 4th Wednesday.  An administration fee per vaccine is charged.  There may be an additional charge for the cost of the vaccine depending on VFC (Vaccines for Children) eligibility requirements.  Programs are available to assist those that are unable to pay.  Please contact the LCHD to see if you qualify.  The LCHD is located at 2300 E. Grand River Avenue, Suite 102, in Howell between Golf Club and Chilson Roads.

Waivers

Since January 1, 2015, schools are only allowed to accept non-medical waivers that have been certified by the local health department.  These waivers can be obtained from the health department and will be issued after receipt of education on the benefits of vaccination and the risks to the individual and the community, if not vaccinated.  If you are choosing not to immunize, please call the Livingston County Health Department at 517-546-9850 for more information and to schedule an appointment.  Appointments are limited, so call now. 

Up-dated immunization reports or the original certified waiver forms can be turned in at the Highlander Way Guidance Office at any time. 

 


NEW ADDRESS ?
 
If you have a new address, please remember to provide proof of residency to either the HPS registration office or one of the HWMS offices, so that your address may be changed.  

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 HWMS Behavior Rubric

CELL PHONE AND ELECTRONIC DEVICES

Students must keep their cell phone off, out of their hands and out of sight from 7:25 a.m. to 2:15 p.m.  Students caught using their cell phones will be subject to the following disciplinary action:  1st offense - returned at the end of the day; 2nd call home and 3rd and following offenses - parent pickup and progressive discipline.

DRESS FOR SUCCESS!

If a student violates the dress code, the student will be given an opportunity to self-correct the violation. Continuous violations may result in parent contact/disciplinary action. 

  • Chains and chain wallets are prohibited.
  • Clothing cannot be offensive, distasteful, or distracting.
  • HATS/HEADWEAR Hats and other headwear shall not be worn indoors unless as necessary to fulfill a religious obligation.   Range of discipline: 1st Offense – returned at the end of the day; 2nd and 3rd Offenses – parent pick up; 4th and Future Offenses – hat will be held for the rest of the quarter and parent pick up.
  • Pajamas with an open or snap inseam are not an acceptable from of outerwear.
  • Pants must be worn at the waist (not baggy or sagging).
  • Shoes must be worn at all times.
  • Shorts/skirts must extend past the fingertips when standing straight even if tights are worn.
  • Torn or shredded clothing is not acceptable above the fingertip length.
  • Tube tops, low tops, halter tops, muscle shirts, short shorts, and mini-skirts are not to be worn at school. No midriffs or undergarments can show. Tank tops are allowed if the shoulder straps are three inches wide.
  • Yoga pants, spandex pants and jeggings must be worn with shorts, skirts, or shirts that extend past the fingertips when standing straight.

A reminder to parents and students! Students are encouraged to dress warm, wear layers, and to bring their outerwear to the cafeteria with them on cold days.  Students do go outside during the final ten minutes of their lunch period unless there is inclement weather or temperatures drop below 15 degrees wind chill. 

AFTERNOON ANNOUNCEMENTS

Parents are encouraged to communicate after school travel arrangements with your child each morning before your child leaves for school.  We do provide afternoon announcements each day at 2:10 pm.  If you need to get an afternoon announcement to your student, please contact the office no later than 1:45 pm.  This is a busy time for the office and we do make every attempt to get these messages to your student.  Please help us out and plan ahead.  Thank you!

LOST & FOUND 

Our lost and found continues to grow!  Please remind your students to look for their lost items and when you’re at school, please check the Lost & Found located near the guidance office.  Small items, glasses, etc. may have been turned into the main office.  We have many items which we’d love to give back to you!

PARKING 

Please do not park in the fire lane when you arrive at HWMS.  The Livingston County Parking Enforcement does frequent our parking lot and you may be ticketed.

STUDENT DROP OFF 

Parents are reminded when dropping students off at HWMS in the morning and after school to use the “Kiss & Go Lane” at the North Entry.  Parents may pull right up to the door, with minimal traffic and allow children to safely exit their automobile. 

While we do not recommend parents dropping off or picking up students from the Freshman Campus parking lot on the south side of HWMS, we understand parents do use that parking lot as a drop off/pick-up point.  Should parents choose to use that as a drop off/pick-up point, please tell children to use the cross walk at the sidewalk only.  We also do not recommend parents using the main entry as a drop off/pick-up location as it does create a traffic tie up on Highlander Way Road.  

TWITTER 

If you use this popular social media app, you can follow Principal Post @the hawk post for fun tweets about school.


HONOR AWARD ASSEMBLIES

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 2018-2019 school year. 

Invitations will be 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



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.