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Announcements 11-21-22

Highland Hills Middle School Announcement forMonday, November 21 , 2022


Students staying for evening events, need to have a ride to pick them up by 8:00pm or they will lose your privilege of coming to school events.


Parents, our PTO sent home information last week for purchasing Texas Roadhouse Gift Cards. These make great gifts. Ask your student about it if you haven’t seen the order form. Due back by December 2nd.


As part of our PTO Fall Outreach Program, we have the opportunity to help our own local community this holiday season. Please take a moment to look over the wish list and sign up for the angel(s) you would like to sponsor. These families are not receiving assistance elsewhere during the holiday season. To view the wish list and directions for participation, go to https://bit.ly/HHMSSecretAngel2022 . Gifts are due in the office by Friday, December 2nd.  Thank you for your generosity and joyful giving. Have a wonderful holiday season.


Vision screenings will be coming up.  Please remember to bring your glasses if you wear if you have any:

 8th grade 12/7



HHMS Ambassadors – Apply now to be a HHMS Ambassador. The purpose of the Student Ambassador Program is to allow our students the opportunity to represent and promote our school by being encouraging role models. The student ambassadors will be trained to be HHMS tour guides, greeters, and helpers for some school events. Any student in grades 5 through 7 may apply.  See your grade level counselor at lunch for an application.  Applications are due by Tomorrow, Nov. 22nd.


Food Drive – Planning ahead while you shop this weekend – HHMS will be collecting food for our yearly Holiday Food Drive November 28th through December 2nd.  (The week after Thanksgiving) Each grade level has a list of suggested items to bring.





  • Wednesday, November 23  through Friday, November 25 (Thanksgiving Break) – No school ~ office is closed.



Athletics Announcements (We also have an athletic bulletin board located in the Commons near the pool)


The 8th grade girls basketball team improved to 6-0 with a win over River Valley last Thursday. After a close first half the Jaguars held River Valley scoreless in the 2nd half for a 29-8 victory. 8th grade girls basketball game is canceled tonight. ONly the 8th grade game is canceled.


Clubs (We have a club bulletin board located in the Commons near the pool)

  • Art Club ~ Meets until 5:00pm in A251, the second floor science lab.  Taylor Hannon will be the club sponsor.  thannon@nafcs.org

Group One –  12/7/22; 1/11/23; 1/25/23; 2/8/23; 3/1/23; 3/15/23; 4/12/23; 4/26/23; 5/10/23; 5/24/23

Group 2 – 11/30/22; 12/14/22; 1/18/23; 2/1/23; 2/22/23; 3/8/23; 4/5/23; 4/19/23; 5/3/23; 5/17/23; 5/24/23


  • 5th/6th Grade ~  December 13th

  • 7th/8th Grade ~ November 29; December 20

  • Campus Life  – for 5-8th grades meets on every Wednesday after school until 5:00pm in the cafeteria. Campus Life is a positive place where students can have fun with friends, talk about relevant issues, and be heard without judgment. It’s a place where you will be challenged to make good decisions and lead in a positive way here at HHMS.  See Kevin Becht with any questions @ kbecht@yfc.net


  • Chess club ~ (CANCELED FOR TUESDAY, NOV. 22) will meet on Tuesdays after school until 5:00.  We will meet in Mrs. Schroeder’s room (A244).  No experience required.  See Mrs. Milliner amilliner@nafcs.org or Mrs. Schroeder jschroeder@nafcs.org if you have any questions.


  • Debate Club Just a reminder that the debate club will meet Thursdays after school until 4:30 in room A123.  The debate club will meet bi-weekly on Thursdays through quarter 2.  Please see Mrs. Stewart if you have any questions.

    • Dec. 1

    • Dec. 15

  • Dungeons and Dragons club will meet on Thursdays after school in the cafeteria.  Students should be picked up at 5:00.  Students are not allowed to come to Dungeons and Dragons if they do not have a completed club registration form signed by their guardians.   The forms can be picked up in the office or in room 321.


  • FCA ~   Meets on Tuesdays.  Everyone is welcome to join us.  Please contact Chris or Liz Smith with any questions (cesmith@nafcs.org or esmith@nafcs.org).

    •  FCA will have full group meetings on tomorrow:

      • Tuesday, 11/22 at 8:00 am in the gym (fun and games before Thanksgiving Break)

    • The leaders will meet on the following date in November:

      • Tuesday, 11/29 at 8:00 am in Mr. Smith’s classroom (C181) – Leader meeting!

  • Intramurals start this week. If there should be a 2-Hour Delay, Intramurals will be canceled.  Intramurals is for any student who is interested in playing different sports. Any questions, please see Ms. Fox or Mr. Michell. Students can enter the gym through door 28. Doors OPEN @ 7:30am

    • Our 7th and 8th graders meet on Thursday mornings from 7:30 – 8:35AM.

    • Our 5th and 6th graders meet on Friday mornings from 7:30 –  8:35AM.

    • The first semester schedule is posted on the club board.

  • Journalism Club ~  We will meet weekly on Wednesdays in room A185 from 4-5pm.  This is open to all 5-8 grade students and we will be learning the basics of journalism while attending events, conducting interviews and taking pictures to put in the publication we will produce.   If you have any questions, please emai.

  • Random Acts of Kindness Club after school in the library with Ms. Boehnlein.  The next meeting will be:

    • Thursday, December 1

  • Robotics Club ~ For 6th/7th & 8th grade students after school on Tuesday & Thursdays from 4-5:30pm in Room A251.  Sponsor – Chris Mattingly

  • Sign Language (ASL) Club will continue to meet in the Safety Net Room (across from the cafe’) every other Tuesday from 8:15am.  See Deana Schaffer if you have any questions – dschaffer@nafcs.org

    • Here are the dates for our ASL Club meetings:

      • November 29

      • December 13

      • January 10

      • January 24

      • February 14

      • February 28

      • March 14

      • April 11

      • April 25

      • May 9

      • May 23

  • Sudoku club –  will meet on Thursdays in Room A342 after school until 5:00.  Students in grades 5-8 are welcome to join.  Anyone interested should email Mrs. Jenkins (kjenkins@nafcs.org) for more information.

  • Student Council Meetings with Ameilla Dusch and Amy Hucker ~ Room A386 ~  after school until 4:30.  This is the student council group that was picked last spring.

  • December 8 (Thursday)


Good luck to any of our Jaguars that perform or play this evening.  Remember to go out and have a kind heart, a fierce mind, and a brave spirit.  Have a great afternoon.


OTHER Announcements





  • Volunteering in the building/field trips/guest speakers will require a criminal background check each school year.   Here is the google link for Background check – https://forms.gle/vuLRRKRZkPSoFydn7


  • If you are anticipating being out of school for more 2 or more consecutive days, stop by the office to pick up a green Absence form from Mrs. Burger.


  • Car Rider Reminder – please pull you vehicle all the way up (bumper to bumper) so that we can get as many cars in as possible when loading and unloading.


  • No Students should be walking in the parking lot unless with adult supervision.  Thank you

Car Rider Pick-up and Drop Off

All car riders dropping off or picking up students will enter the Indian Creek Lane entrance (NOT our main entrance).  The front is for Buses and Staff Parking only.  Once you pass the tennis courts, you will use:

  • Morning drop-off:

  • To alleviate congestion on the main road in the morning, we will allow vehicles to use either the upper or lower car rider lines to drop off their students based on traffic flow.

  • Only 5th-grade students will be allowed to go straight to their classroom at 8:40am.

  • All 6th, 7th, & 8th-grade students using the upper car rider line will use the back stairwell with supervision to walk down to the Commons/Cafe’/Gym.  These students should NOT stop at their locker or their classrooms unsupervised.

  • Please stay in your lane and remain in that lane.  If you are in the right lane, that will be taking you up to the upper car rider line.  If you are in the left lane, that will take you to the lower car rider lane.  For safety measures, you should NOT switch lanes at the 3-way stop.

  • Don’t release students from your vehicle until 8:40am in both the upper and lower car rider lines. This is for their safety.


  • Afternoon pick-up:

    • The right-hand lane to enter the Upper Car Rider Circle (5th & 6th  Grade ONLY)

    • The left-hand lane to use the Lower Car Rider Circle (for vehicles that have any 7th or 8th Grade students)

  • All vehicles will NEED to stop at the 3-Way stop in the back.  (We are still waiting on the white lines to be painted)

  • Both lanes will exit using the side parking lot (orange below)

  • Cars attempting to enter the front entrance will be directed to the Indian Creek Lane for drop off.  We appreciate your cooperation.

  • If you arrive at HHMS at 9:00, you need to use the front entrance and walk your student in for a Tardy pass. (The back doors will be locked for safety reasons)



  • Highland Hills is actively seeking adult volunteers to join our Mentor Mii Program. If you are interested in becoming a mentor for a student in need, please reach out to Nicole Smith nsmith@nafcs.org. This would involve meeting with a student once a week for approximately 30 minutes.


NEW: Indiana Launches New Platform to Connect Eligible Students and Families with Math, Reading Tutoring

Eligible families can now access the Indiana Learns family platform, an online portal where they can view their grant funds, see Learning Partner vendors, and schedule tutoring services for their qualifying student. Indiana Learns is a new statewide grant program that provides families, demonstrating both financial and academic need, with up to $1,000 to spend on math and reading high-dosage tutoring and approved out-of-school academic programs for their students. Families can visit the Indiana Learns website to check eligibility and log in. Please contact Seana Murphy from Indiana Learns with any questions.


  • The United States Marine Corps “Toys for Tots” Christmas Campaign is in full swing.  Please donate a new, unwrapped toy and place it in the white box in front of Officer Shultz’s office in the Commons.  We will collect toys up until December 5th.  Thank you in advance!



You can make your yearbook extra special by purchasing an ad! When you purchase an ad you get to put your own pictures and message in the yearbook. The yearbook is on sale for $30, so now would be a great time to purchase an ad too! Visit yearbookforever.com to purchase both!


Cold and flu season is upon us.  Just a reminder that students need to be fever free without medication for 24 hours and vomit/diarrhea free for 24 hours before returning to school.  We want to keep everyone safe!  Thank you!