Welcome to Highlander Way Middle School

What's Happening


Dear Families:


Welcome to middle school! Our names are Dr. Trish Poelke, principal of Parker Middle School, and Dr. Timothy Moore, principal of Highlander Way Middle School. On behalf of both of our middle schools, we are so excited to have your student(s) join our schools this coming fall! To prepare students for this transition, we have some important information to share with you.


On Monday, March 4, 2024, both principals will visit all fifth-grade classrooms. Prior to our visit, all fifth graders will watch an informational video about middle school. During our visit, we will answer any questions students may have.   


On Tuesday, March 5, 2024, from 6:00-7:00 pm, we invite you to attend a parent night at your child’s assigned middle school. At this meeting, we will discuss the transition to middle school, and we will answer any questions you may have. You will be able to meet our administrative team and our support staff. Since students will hear similar information during the principal presentations at their school, they do not need to attend this meeting.

  • The Highlander Way Middle School meeting will take place in the (Gym)
  • The Parker Middle School meeting will take place in the Commons (Cafeteria)


Finally, on March 6, all fifth graders will receive an important email asking if they would like to take band or choir in sixth grade. 

  • Have your student(s) check his/her school email.  
  • Have your student(s) click on the Google Form.  If they would like to take band or choir in middle school, have your student(s) select the appropriate option. Band and choir are optional full-year elective classes that introduce our students to the world of instrumental or vocal music.  
  • All students must complete the form whether or not they want to take band or choir.  Make sure to click “submit.” All Encore’s are assigned to students except Band or Choir. 
  • The Google Form must be completed no later than Wednesday, March 20, 2024.  


We look forward to meeting you at our upcoming parent meeting, and we can’t wait to have your student(s) start middle school!  




Dr. Trish Poelke 

Parker Middle School 



Dr. Timothy Moore

Highlander Way Middle School


Howell Public Schools

411 N. Highlander Way, Howell MI 48843