Information for Parents of New/Incoming Highlander Way Students
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Information for Parents of New/Incoming Highlander Way Students



Essential information for parents of 6th graders who'll be entering Highlander Way Middle School in the 2010-2011 school year.

Essential information for parents of 6th graders who'll be entering Highlander Way Middle School in the 2010-2011 school year.



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Information for Parents of New/Incoming Highlander Way Students Presentation Transcript

  • 1. Highlander Way Middle School Welcome 5th Graders ! SOON to be MIDDLE SCHOOLERS You ARE the Class of “2017”
  • 2. Administrative Team
    • Mr. Jason Feig, Principal
    • Mrs. Marge Hamill, Asst. Principal
    • Mr. Duane DeMeyer, Asst. Principal
  • 3. Home of the HAWKS
    • A GREAT school to attend
    • Dedicated and committed staff
    • Active PTO- Sabrina Waker, President
    • Involved parents 
    • High MEAP scores
  • 4. Academic Expectations
    • AM
    • Hawk Academy
    • 6:45-7:30AM
    • M-Th
    • Study Hall
    • 2:20-3:20PM
    • M-Th
    • LUNCH
    • Hawk’s Nest
    • Lunch Period
    • M-F
    • Math Power Hour (MPH)
    • Reading Destination (RD)
    • Deciphering Science (DS)
    • WRITE ON! (W0)
    • (Program Success)
  • 5. TEAM S.T.E.P. (Students and Teachers Elevating Performance)
    • Mission Statement:
    • Highlander Way Middle School is a united community whose members support and encourage each other to become positive, well-rounded, life-long learners and successful leaders of the future.
  • 6. Vision:
    • At HWMS we will:
      • Provide a rigorous, standards-based educational program that prepares students for success in high school and beyond.
      • Provide a caring, nurturing environment in which all students can feel supported and safe emotionally, intellectually, and physically.
      • Create an environment of educational excellence by using a variety of instructional strategies.
      • Build positive personal characteristics such as integrity, cooperation, honesty, and encourage respect and appreciation for individual differences.
  • 7. Beliefs:
    • We BELIEVE in each of the 3 R s:
    • R igor
    • R espect
    • R esponsibility
  • 8. TEAM S.T.E.P.
    • Sign-up if you are interested in notification of S.T.E.P. meetings or would like to attend or serve on this committee.
    • (Forms are located at the entrance.)
  • 9. What’s NEW for you to look forward to:
    • 6 th graders will:
    • Take the 4 core subjects: English, Math, Social Studies and Science
    • Have 2 Encore classes ( “Specials” ) each day
    • School begins earlier at 7:21 AM -2:21 PM
    • Switch classes each hour
    • Have Lockers have COMBINATION locks.
      • (Lockers for 6 th graders are usually near their homeroom.)
    • Lunch = 30 minutes and includes outside recess time
  • 10. TeachingTeams
    • Students enjoy teaching teams of 4 core teachers: Math, English, Social Studies, and Science
    • Teaming helps provide a smaller caring atmosphere within our large school setting.
    • Team classes are clustered together in the 6 th grade wing.
  • 11. A moment in Math
  • 12. A glimpse into Language Arts
  • 13. A peak at a Science class…
  • 14. A second in Social Studies class…
  • 15. Encore Classes
    • Life Skills
    • PE (gym)
    • Technology Literacy
    • World Language
    • Multi-Media Press
    • Most of them Change Quarterly
    • Applied Technology
    • Art
    • Band - Full Year
    • Choir - Full Year
  • 16. And a little exploration in Band ! (Plan a daily practice time at home.)
  • 17. Choir
  • 18. What’s the same?
    • Breakfast and lunch are available every day (lots of new choices)
    • Computerized cafeteria system
    • Parents can pre-pay for food items
    • Students use their ID cards for the cafeteria and library media center
    • May ride the bus to and from school
  • 19. Our Cafeteria
  • 20. You may eat with your friends!
  • 21. What About the Bus?
    • Students will ride buses with other middle and high school students.
    • Bus supervisors wear orange vests and are on duty from the time students get off the bus in the AM and until the last bus leaves in the PM.
  • 22. What if I drive my child to school?
    • Student drop off areas are on Highlander Way main entrance, or the 6th grade wing in the north parking lot.
    • To improve student safety, we recommend dropping off and picking up your 6 th grader at the north entry no earlier than 7:25AM
    • All students should be picked-up by 2:30PM.
  • 23. Join OUR TEAM and stay connected!
    • Power School – Our new on-line grading system Parents and students will be able to access student’s grades with username and password protected
    • PARENT-LINK -notification system and electronic newsletters-sent to any family who signs up to receive them. (Sign-up forms located at the entrance)
    • E-mail -we provide all teacher email addresses
    • District web-site and HWMS web-page
  • 24. Students are encouraged to be involved in their school
    • Student Council elections will be held in the fall in each homeroom.
    • After School Dances are sponsored by Student Council. Dances are open to HW 6th, 7th, and 8th graders.
    • Student Council Activities
  • 25. Clubs at HWMS
    • Builder’s Club-Building leaders for tomorrow
    • Sewing Club
    • Creative Writing Club
    • Ski & Snowboard
    • Yearbook
    • Foreign Language Club
    • Fuel Up To Play
    • Science Club
  • 26. Student Safety & Security
    • 6 th Grade students will attend an Orientation Assembly where high expectations for academics and behavior are reviewed and set for a successful year.
    • HWMS follows the HPS Code of Conduct. Disciplinary consequences are greater middle school. (
    • (State laws mandate we enforce discipline
    • more strictly for grades 6-12.)
  • 27. Responsibility
    • Behavior that can be easily avoided by knowing the rules for the following:
      • Dress code
      • Electronics
      • Cell phones must be turned off and out of hand 7:25AM-2:21PM
      • Bullying/Rumor mills/Harassment
      • Horseplay
      • Fighting
  • 28. What about Medication?
    • All medications administered by HPS employees must have an HPS Medication form completed and signed by your physician.
    • Students may not carry any medications, prescription or over the counter.
    • All medication must be brought to school by an adult and be in the original container.
  • 29. Special Education Services
    • Students receiving special education services are encouraged to acquire knowledge, build skills and prepare for their future independence.
    • Each student is assigned a case-manager (teacher) who will oversee their academic goals and objectives.
    • All special education students attend general education, encore, and some may attend pullout integrated or essential classes.
  • 30. Counselors
      • Ms. Houser (A-K)
      • Mrs. Literski (L-Z)
    • We have two counselors eager to help you and your student with:
    • Course scheduling
    • Social and academic concerns
    • Facilitate parent meetings
    • Mediate peer conflicts
    • Teach Problem-Solving strategies
    • Assist students and parents with the transition to middle school
    • Any general school concerns or questions please call us at 517-548-6259
  • 31. Daily Planners
    • Organization is key for your academic success.
    • Student Planners are provided to all students at the beginning of the year.
    • Students are expected to write their assignments in their planners every hour- every day.
  • 32. Daily Planners
    • Parents are encouraged to review their child’s planner each evening as a part of the daily study time at home.
  • 33. Study Time vs. Homework
    • Set up a study space away from “the bedroom.”
    • Plan at least 30-45 minutes per day to study at home.
    • Study in the same place each day.
    • Turn off the radio, TV, and cell phone.
    • Not, “DO you, but Show Me.”
  • 34. Attendance=Good Grades
    • All absences must be called-in by an parent or guardian. Teachers take attendance hourly.
    • A computerized phone machine calls home with unexcused absences.
  • 35. Attendance=Good Grades
    • Unexcused, excessive absences and/or tardies result in a report to the truancy officer and may result in disciplinary consequences.
    • Students are held accountable for tardies in middle school. (Tardies will be excused if the bus is late or the student has a note from a doctor’s office.)
  • 36. Mark Your Calendar
    • 6 th Grade Orientation:
    • Date TBD*
    • Students will get their schedules
    • Have School Pictures taken yearbook and Student ID’s
    • * Parents will receive an Information
    • Packet during the summer.
  • 37.
    • We appreciate you taking the time from your busy schedules to attend this evening .
    • Please feel free to contact us with any questions.