Welcome to Highlander Way Middle School

The HWMS staff wishes you a safe and relaxing summer.

Important dates to help with your summer vacation plans:

August 11 - 6th grade WEB program and orientation (Students only) 8:00-noon

August 11 - 6th grade student/parent self-guided tours, noon-12:30

August 11 - 7th & 8th grade orientation by alpha time slots, 1:00-6:00 p.m.

August 17 - First day of school, Q1 begins, ½ Day, no afternoon classes


We don’t want you to miss important mailings.  If you have a new address, please submit  Proof of Residency (driver’s license, current utility bill or purchase or lease agreement) to Karen in the HPS registration office at [email protected] or at one of the Highlander Middle School offices.


For the past two years, all students have received free school breakfasts and lunches regardless of a family's income based on waivers from The United States Department of Agriculture. Those waivers are set to expire at the end of this school year. For the 2022-2023 school year, families will need to complete a Free and Reduced Price Meal application to qualify for free or reduced priced meals. Those applications will be available on the Food Service website at HowellSchools.com/Meals after July 1, 2022. If a family currently meets the income guidelines and completes a Free and Reduced Price Meal application between now and June 30, 2022, those students will receive either free or reduced meals for the first 30 school days of the next school year.

Paper copies of the free and reduced applications will also be available after July 1st.



Testing Out Guidelines and Procedures for August 2022

According to the Michigan Merit Curriculum Law, Section 380.1278(a)(4)(c), "a school district or public school academy shall also grant a student credit if the student earns a qualifying score, as determined by the department, on the assessments developed or selected for the subject area by the department or the student earns a qualifying score, as determined by the school district or public school academy, on 1 or more assessments developed or selected by the school district or public school academy that measure a student's understanding of the subject area content expectations or guidelines that apply to the credit."

Students are required to earn a grade of 77% or higher on the test-out exam in order to earn credit for the course.  Students who already have credit in a class cannot test out of it. Failure to earn a 77% or better will not be reflected on the transcript. Students are expected to take both the midterm and final exams in order to receive credit (1.0) for a full year course and should plan on testing during two test sessions or staying longer than the scheduled time. Students taking the midterm and final exams may take a break between tests.  Students are welcome to bring QUIET snacks to eat while testing.                                                 

Sign up

Students should sign up to test out of a course in their current school’s Counseling Office through June 2.  Students may sign up through June 10 in both the Freshman Campus(FC) or High School 10-12 Main Office.


Downloadable study guides will be posted on the HHS Guidance Department website, in the Testing Out link. 

Textbooks for Biology, English 9, Algebra 1, and World History can be checked out of the FC Media Center through June 10. Textbooks for all other courses may be checked out of the HHS 10-12 Media Center through June 10. 

Test Schedule


August 5 


August 8 


August 9


 August 12


August 15

English  9-11:30am


8:30 -11am



Make-up for band students 8:30am -1pm

World Language 12:30pm - 3pm


12:30pm  - 3:00pm


12:00pm - 2:30pm

Students should notify the 10-12 building main office at 540-8300 or email [email protected] if they wish to cancel their test out. Students should contact their school counselor or Ms. Adrian with any questions.



Attention 7th grade families - HUMAN GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT

Human Growth and Development is a required encore class for all 7th grade students.  As a parent, you have the ability to opt your student out of this class.  To do so, please email Nancy Folk at [email protected] and include you and your child’s first and last name. 

Schedule concerns/requests

The link will reopen in the fall to request a schedule change or voice a concern.  Please click  

Schedule change request

Our goal at Highlander Way Middle School is to provide a variety of academic and elective class opportunities to our students, and to accommodate their class choices to the greatest extent possible.  

Unfortunately, we will not be able to accommodate all requests for schedule changes, but will address all requests as completely as possible based on class availability.


Future immunization need letters are being sent home with report cards. If you receive notification that your child is in need of State required immunizations, it is now time to either contact your health care provider to make an appointment for them to receive these vaccines or to contact the Livingston County Health Department for a waiver.  Vision Screening, Immunizations, COVID-19 Vaccinations, and Waivers appointments can be scheduled on the LCHD website at:  www.lchd.org

In either case, please turn your student’s updated immunization record or the original stamped waiver in at the Highlander Way Middle School counseling office as soon as you can.  Orientation, August 11, or the first day of school, August 17 are great times to do so. 

By November 1 our building must be in compliance with State law and we don't want any students to miss out on instructional time!


The following clubs and teams have been offered in the past.  Please watch and listen for announcements regarding dates, times and places.


Archery Club
Art Club
Baking Club
Bible Club
Brown Bag Book Club
Dungeons and Dragons Club
Euchre Club
Heart and Sole
Howell Jr. Bass Nation Club
Interact Club
Middle School Ski & Board Club
Photography Club
White Hats Computer Science Club

Quiz Bowl



Sports Physicals for 2022-23

For the 2022-23 school year, a MHSAA sports physical is required for all students who participate in sports. A physical examination must be completed on or after April 15, 2022 to be considered a valid physical for 2022-23. The MHSAA two-page physical form has not changed and is available on MHSAA.com.

The following sports are offered at the Middle School level.  Please watch and listen for announcements regarding tryouts, practices, etc..

Girls and Boys Cross Country (6th, 7th & 8th)
7th & 8th Grade Girls Volleyball
7th & 8th Grade Boys Basketball
7th & 8th Grade Girls Basketball
Middle School Competitive Cheer (combined with Parker Middle School)
Middle School Wrestling (combined with Parker Middle School)
Middle School Girls and Boys Swim and Dive (combined with Parker Middle School)
Girls and Boys Track (6th, 7th & 8th)
Howell Archery

Fall 2022 Cross Country for 6th, 7th and 8th graders


HWMS practice begins on August 23rd.  Please click here for more information about the season, summer running opportunities, etc.  Contact Coach Lounds with questions.




Our teachers use PowerSchool as their grade book to track your child's academic progress and attendance, and the PowerSchool Parent Portal gives you access to this information. Beginning with the 2017-2018 school year the district transitioned to online report cards which are available in the PowerSchool Parent Portal. Directions on how to access both the PowerSchool Parent Portal and your child's report card are below.

PDFs require Adobe Acrobat Reader (version 7 or higher). Click to download for PC or Mac.

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 high school level classes (Algebra, Geometry and 8th graders taking Spanish and French) 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.  WEB, TIES and Leadership students are also recognized.

Information on the awards and awards program are shared each spring.   Invitations are mailed home.

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


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