Hawk Happenings

Great things are happening at Highlander Way Middle School



June 21 Secondary Quarter 4 Report Cards mailed home


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 Building open for 6th grade students and parents for tours, etc. 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 4 Classes resume September 5 Picture make-up day for students who missed orientation

September 6 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 22 Band Concert October 23 Fall Choir Concert October 25 Chamber Singer Auditions October 26 Quarter 1 ends

October 29 Quarter 2 begins November 1 Chamber Singers rehearsals begin (continue weekly through 5/30/2019)

November 6 NO SCHOOL Election Day

November 21-23 NO SCHOOL Thanksgiving Break

December 7 HALF DAY, No afternoon classes December 18 Band Concert

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 February 26 Pre-Festival Choir Concert February 28 tentative - Choir Festival (6, 7, 8 choirs)

March 8 HALF DAY, No afternoon classes

March 14 Middle School Conferences (4:30-7:30 p.m.) March 15 tentative Chamber Singers Choral Festival March 19 Band Concert

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 8-11 8th grade Washington, DC trip May 22 Band Concert (tentative date) May 23 Spring Choir Concert

May 27 NO SCHOOL, Memorial Day

June 6, 2019 Last day of school




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.


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


"As we begin to see warmer weather, we know that many Highlander Way Hawks enjoying walking to Downtown Howell, The Hive Teen Center and the Howell Carnegie Library after school. We have heard reports that some students are not walking in a safe manner but instead are walking near or in Grand River Avenue. If your child is walking to the downtown area after school hours, please remind them of the importance of staying on the sidewalk and not going into traffic."


Summer Lunch Bunch

Once again, The Salvation Army of Livingston County will be hosting its summer meal program The Summer Lunch Bunch at several locations in our community. The Summer Lunch Bunch is a free community meals program that ensures access to plentiful food during the summer months. Summer Lunch Bunch is not just about free food!   Just as important is the fun, featuring guest speakers, games, prizes, contests, art, science, nutrition, literacy, physical education and more. Summer Lunch Bunch is a great meeting place for friends, and everyone is welcome! For more information on the Summer Lunch Bunch, please click here.


We are excited to let you know that the College of Engineering at Michigan State University provides summer programs for students ranging from 4th to 12th grade. These programs include Making a Game of IT, High School Engineering Institute, Spartan LEGO Robotics and Spartan Engineering for Teens. If your school district would like to advertise these summer opportunities either on your website or at your school a flyer is attached.  For more information you can visit http://www.egr.msu.edu/future-engineer/programs. Thank you for your support of STEM education.



Recruitment and K-12 Outreach
College of Engineering
Michigan State University
428 S. Shaw Lane Room 1410

“Internet of Things (IoT) Resident Hackathon” Camp is for ages 13-17 and will be held at Cleary University from July 22-27th

Students learn how digitalization is transforming industries such as manufacturing, energy, and smart cars. Using a hands-on approach, they securely interconnect sensors, actuators, microcontrollers, single-board computers, and cloud services over IP networks to create an end-to-end IoT system.

Students will develop interdisciplinary skillsets required to prototype an IoT solution for a specific business case with a focus on the security considerations for emerging technologies. Cost: $650 and includes all housing, transportation during program, meals, all camp supplies, and official IoT camp tee. 

On Sunday, the camp will kick off with registration and check-in at the Cleary University campus, a welcome dinner, and an orientation followed by team assignments with some icebreakers. Monday through Thursday, teams will travel each day to the Pinckney Cyber Training Institute and return to the Cleary campus for dinner and evening activities. During the week, the camp will have a trip to a local business to learn about industry applications. On Friday, the camp will conclude with each team giving a “pitch” presentation for their product followed by presentations and awards before checking out of the campus apartments. All transportation and meals are included during the camp. More information can be found at https://www.cleary.edu/iot-camp/ and a flyer is attached.
Direct questions about the Cyber Security camp to Dr. Lance Lewis at llewis@cleary.edu.


This year we are excited to be partnering with a fun, free, and truly easy fundraiser called Shoparoo! Schools nationwide are already earning hundreds and even thousands every year through Shoparoo and it’s a great opportunity for us to really make a difference this year!

Shoparoo is school fundraising made easy: the free app turns pictures of your everyday shopping receipts into cash donations and sweepstakes entries for our school! Yep, it’s that simple. No more cutting labels, selling door to door, or time-consuming coordinating. All you have to do is shop as you normally do, snap pictures of your receipts with the app, and voila Just shop, snap, earn!

As an added incentive for each grade level (6th, 7th, 8th), we are going to have a little COMPETITION! The grade that earns the most Shoparoo points at the end of the semester will get rewarded with an ICE CREAM PARTY! (So be sure to add which grade you are putting your Shoparoo points towards – do this under your “profile” tab on the Shoparoo app – easy to do!)

Get started today:

1. Download the free Shoparoo app from the Apple App Store or Google Play Store

2. Select our school from the list and start taking pictures of your receipts - shop anywhere, buy anything!

3. You can even select a grade to support and have fun with grade competitions!

There’s no limit to how much money we can raise with Shoparoo - the more supporters, the more we will raise for our school. Schools with just 40 supporters are earning an average of $1,000 every year. That’s free, easy money that we could be fundraising too. Check out shoparoo.com to learn more about this awesome app!

Thank you for your support!


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. 


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.


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. 


Quarter 4 report cards will be mailed home.  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.  


 HWMS Behavior Rubric


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.


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. 


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!


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!


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.


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.  


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