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Announcements 9/26/22

Highland Hills Middle School Afternoon Announcement for Monday, September 26, 2022

  • Fall Scholastic Book Fair will be the week of September 26 – 30th.

  • The HHMS Counselors are hosting a Parent Night on Wednesday, September 28th at 6 p.m. in the auditorium.  We would love to have you join us to discuss how to help your child if they are ever the victim or a bully in a situation…it is a great time to shop at the book fair too!!

  • Book fair will be open to HHMS families on 9/28/22 from 6:45 – 8:00pm.

Bus Routes not running on Monday, September 26th for Highland Hills Middle School

Bus #20-6, Marnie Shallers

Route #1, Slot #8

  • PTO Spirit Night @ Berry Twist on Tuesday, September 27th!

Calling all artist:

Do you love to create art?  Digital art?  Do you love books?  Would you like your artwork to hang in the library?

The book posters currently hanging in the library are digital art made by former Highland Hills students.  It is time to update the posters and add more.  This is a great Fall Break activity for all students who love to create art:

  • Create a book poster for an adolescent book (see list below or pick a book).

  • Students must create original art (do not just copy the current book cover).

  • Students must include the title of the book and the author at the top of the poster (large font).

  • Students should include their name, date, and grade in the bottom right corner (smaller font).

  • Digital artwork works best, but all mediums will work.

  • Artwork should be 8.5 x 11 size (it will be enlarged to a poster on our machine).

  • Email digital artwork as  PDF to ehatton@nafcs.org

  • Turn in other artwork to the front office.

  • We would love to have new posters turned in by October 21, 2022.


Top Books at HHMS that would make great posters:

Sunny Side Up, Smile, Harry Potter, Big Nate, Wonder, The Red Queen, Diary of a Wipmpy Kid, Rodrick Rules, Baby-sitters Little Sitters

  • Sock Drive for Miles for Merry Miracles (PTO) ~ Oct. 17 – 21

  • Water Steps (Student Council) ~ Oct. 24 – 28 with Trick or Treat, Smell My Feet Shoe Drive.

  • Upcoming School Spirit Theme Days

    • Book Fair/Week before Fall Break

      • September 28 ~ Wacky & Crazy Hair and Sock Day

      • September 29 ~ Favorite Character: Dress as your favorite TV, Movie, or Book Character

      • September 30 ~ School Spirit Day – wear Green for Education Foundation Day

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

  • The boys tennis team competed in the Clark/Floyd Tournament this weekend finishing in 2nd place.  Christian Sedwick won first place in #1 singles.  Joel Irwin & Hudson Smith came in second place in #2 & #3 singles.  Doubles teams of Ethan Noble/Kelton Granholm and Tyler Hanke/Sergio Periago both placed third.  Big thanks to alternates Austin Frazier and DJ McDuffy as well.  All the coaches would like to thank all the players for such a fun season.  Be sure to listen to announcements for an end year party sometime after Fall Break.

  • For any 7th grade boy interested in playing basketball this year.  There will be an open gym after school on Tuesday & Thursday from 3:45-5:15.

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

  • FC White lost a tough game against Jeffersonville at home this weekend 20-33 with Mason Roberts and Graham Elrod both scoring rushing touchdowns. Mattox Johnston and Brendan Bertl had good blocking on the O-line. In a big series for the D-line Hunter Hiatt, Cooper Lee, and Tre Goodman stalled their offense.  Michael Brady and CJ Smith also had some great tackles.

  • Highlander Youth Football 5/6 Green defeated Scottsburg 36-20. Defensive highlights included interceptions by both Briggs Hausz and Dawson Nance, as well as bruising play of the interior defensive lineman Bristol Baylor, Caleb McNulty, and Charlie Schilmiller. Offensively, Dawson Nance scored a running touchdown, and Corbin Andres added 4 touchdown runs.

  • The RAK Club is hosting a collection for Birthday Supplies to create Birthday care packages for families who cannot afford to have a birthday party for their kids. We will have collection boxes by the main stairwell near the elevator on each floor as well as a box in the commons by the front office.

  • We will collect items between through Wednesday, September 28th.

Items to donate:

(Any food that you donate should be prepackaged)

  • Cake mix

  • Icing

  • Candles

  • Birthday Gift bags (large)

  • Birthday Cards

  • Assorted birthday decorations

  • Intramurals start this week.  Intramurals is for any student who is interested in playing different sports.

    • 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.

    • Students can enter the gym through door 28.

    • If you have any questions, please see Ms. Fox or Mr. Michell.

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

  •  Intramurals for 1st semester

  • Sudoku club – We are looking for students interested in joining a Sudoku club.  We will start in October and meet on Thursdays after school until 5:00.  Anyone interested should email Mrs. Jenkins (kjenkins@nafcs.org) for more information.

  • 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 email Mrs. Taggart at staggart@nafcs.org.

  • Chess club ~ 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.

  • American 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:

      • September 27

      • October 18

      • November 1

      • November 15

      • November 29

      • December 13

      • January 10

      • January 24

      • February 14

      • February 28

      • March 14

      • April 11

      • April 25

      • May 9

      • May 23

  • The Book Club ~ will take place on Tuesdays from 4:00 – 5:00PM in the Library.

  • 5th/6th Grade

    • October 18th *Fall Break

    • November 8th

    • December 13th

  • 7th/8th Grade

    • September 27th

    • October 25th

    • November 29

    • December 20

  • The Debate Club will begin meeting after fall break.  The first meeting will be in Mrs. Stewart’s room A123 on Thursday, 10/20 from 3:45 – 4:30.  The debate club will meet bi-weekly once the first meeting has taken place.  Future dates will be posted.  Please see Mrs. Stewart if you have any questions.

  • 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

  • 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

  • 10/19/22

  • 11/2/22

  • 11/16/22

  • 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

  • 9/28/22

  • 10/26/22

  • 11/9/22

  • 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

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.

  • October 20 (Thursday)

  • November 10 (Thursday)

  • December 8 (Thursday)

  • FCA ~   FCA will have a full group meeting on Tuesday, September 27 at 8:00 am.  We will be meeting in the gym for some fun and games.  Everyone is welcome to join us.  Please contact Chris or Liz Smith with any questions (cesmith@nafcs.org or esmith@nafcs.org).

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

  • Fall Intersession is Oct. 3rd – 7th (Mon – Fri)

    • The hours have slightly changed in an effort to better accommodate transportation.

    • The Middle School student day is 9:00am – 12:00pm.

    • Student registration will open shortly after Labor Day

  • PTO Spirit Night @ Bearnos on Wednesday, October 26th!

  • Picture retakes will be on Tuesday, October 25th in the Library

New school meal applications are needed from ALL

families in our district. Completing your application

helps your school improve for all its students!

You can access the application from our food & nutrition site: https://www.nafcs.k12.in.us/food-nutrition-services/

Click on the Free & Reduced Meal Application Tab to access the form

  • HHMS Bus Info:

  • Bus ID Pass: There is a $2.00 charge for any reprints of the Z-Pass

  • Students, just a reminder that you should be scanning your bus pass as you get on and off of your bus.  This is helpful in an emergency situation for us to know who is on the bus.  It is NOT required to have a bus pass at this time.  Please be patient with us as we need to get passes out to our new students.  Thank you


  • 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)