Highland Middle School

HMS Summer Hours

Happy summer to our HMS students, staff, and families! 

The summer hours for HMS are below. We kindly ask that you contact the office before your visit so we can ensure our staff are available. The phone number for the HMS office is 724-843-1700. 

Summer Hours: 7:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

The HMS Office will be closed on the following dates:
June 16, 17, 23, 24, and 27
July 1 and 4

Administrator's Message

Highland Middle School
Highland Middle School will continue to focus on ensuring students have a rigorous learning environment centered on collaboration, problem solving, and critical thinking. We invite students to continue to grow academically and take an active role in their education. 


Last Day - Thursday, June 2, 2022

The last day of school for students is Thursday, June 2. 

  • Bus dismissal will begin at 10:15 a.m.  
  • Students who are being picked up whose last names are A-L will be dismissed at 10:15.  
  • Students who are being picked up whose last names are M-Z will be dismissed at 10:25.  

IPad Collection

Grades 5-7

Students in grades 5-7 can keep their iPads over the summer.  Please review the below two PowerPoints concerning summer use of iPads. Securely, the district’s web content filtering solution, will remain active on your child’s iPad over the summer. Via securely, the school will be notified of inappropriate web content and searches. However, should you want to add additional filtering on your child’s iPad for the summer, which is recommended, directions for that process via Jamf are in the below presentations.  

Grade 8

iPads and keyboard cases will be collected for students in grade 8 on June 1. Students do not need to return the power chargers or bricks. Students will receive a new iPad in 9th grade. Please review the below PowerPoint about the collection process for iPads for our 8th grade students. Staff will go over this information with students as well.  

Highland Middle School - Finals Schedule

Below is a listing of the finals scheduled at Highland Middle School

May 6 - English Analysis 7 - Cox
May 11 - Social Studies - 6th grade
May 20 - ELA - 6th grade
May 20 & 23 - Reading 7 - Cox/Veri
May 20 - English 8 - Shasteen
May 23 - English 7 - Cox
May 23 & 24 - French - Clyde
May 25 - Math - 6th grade
May 25 - Social Studies 8th grade
May 26 - Science - 6th grade
May 26/27 - Math - Holiday/Ream/Kelley
May 26 - Social Studies - 7th grade
May 26 - English Analysis 8
May 27 - Science - 6th grade
May 27 & 31- Latin - Stein
May 27 - English Reading 8 - Shuleski
May 31 - Science 8
May 31 - Science 7

2022-23 Scheduling Information & Band/Chorus/Orchestra Sign-Up

Please review the following videos for your grade level:

Please use the link below to sign up for Band, Chorus and Orchestra.

2023 Pennsylvania Teacher of the Year Finalist: Ryan Hardesty

2023 Pennsylvania Teacher of the Year Finalist: Ryan Hardesty 

The 12 finalists for Teacher of the Year have been announced by the Pennsylvania Department of Education, and one of them is Blackhawk teacher Ryan Hardesty!  

The Pennsylvania Teacher of the Year program recognizes excellence in teaching by honoring K-12 teachers in public education who have made outstanding contributions to Pennsylvania school-aged children.  

The 2023 Pennsylvania Teacher of the Year will be announced at a state awards ceremony in Harrisburg in December and represents Pennsylvania at the National Teacher of the Year ceremony at the White House.  

Click to expand the image above:  Hardesty.pdf

Student/Parent Pick-Up - Beginning April 4th

Due to the success of the two waves of parent pick up dismissal last Friday, we will begin dismissing in two waves for the rest of the year starting the week of April 4. This week we will keep dismissal as it has been all year at 2:45, to provide families time to make arrangements. Starting next week, April 4, we will have two waves of parent pick up for dismissals. 

Busing times will continue as normal, starting at 2:45. 

Starting April 4-
Students whose last names are A-L can be picked up at 2:45
Students whose last names are M-Z can be picked up at 3:00

Should your child need to be picked up during the opposite time above, please just let your child know.

Camp KOK Informational PowerPoint

Please see the informational PowerPoint below.

HMS Homework Help

HMS will start our Homework Help program in October. Homework Help will occur on Tuesdays after school until 4:30. If you are interested in your child staying for Homework Help, please ensure you have signed and returned the attached permission slip. Signing the permission slip does not mean your child has to stay for the program, it just gives permission in the event your child would like to stay. 

For more information about the program including the permission slip and the calendar dates, please see the below letter.  

HMS Parent Organization

If you would like to be a part of the HMS Parent Organization, please take the below survey.

Families can attend in person at HMS or via Zoom. The Zoom link was emailed to families who signed up for the Parent Organization. Should you need the Zoom link, please email Amy Anderson at [email protected]  

Directions on how to log in to Schoology

If you need support logging into Schoology, follow the below directions.

Schoology/Email Login and Microsoft Office 365 - Student Use


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This number is for NON-EMERGENCY calls. If you have an emergency, call 911. 
In an ongoing effort to promote a safe learning environment, the district is providing the community with an anonymous tip line phone number. The purpose of the tip line is to allow the community the ability to share information anonymously regarding issues that may put others’ safety in danger.  Community members can report information about drugs, weapons, alcohol, violence or any threat to safety.  While this can be done anonymously, the more information given (including one’s name), the greater the ability the district has to do a complete investigation and resolve the situation quickly. 

How To Print Report Cards from Skyward

When report cards are posted to the SKYWARD Family Access Portal, please follow the direction sheet attached for how to view and print document.


As we are constantly assessing the safety and security of our children and our schools, we remind you that information is power. Students who hear or see any threat about self-harm, harm to another person, or harm to a school should report this immediately so it can be investigated. Blackhawk School District has dedicated a Tipline for these situations. The information for the Blackhawk Tipline is below. In addition, the Pennsylvania Office of the Attorney General has created an anonymous Tipline as well called Safe2Say. From Safe2Say students can report their tip via the app, online, or through a phone call. The Office of the Attorney General then communicates with the school district and necessary law enforcement about the tip.


We want our students and our community to know that we recognize the importance of students reporting any threatening situation. The information for both Tiplines is below. We have already told students about our Blackhawk Tipline and we will be informing them of the Safe2Say Tipline in the next few weeks. To read more about Safe2Say, please visit their website at: https://www.safe2saypa.org. We do remind students and parents that if there is an emergency situation that requires attention immediately, please always call 911. 

Resources Available to Students

Please see the attached letter for resources such as Schoology, Email, Office 365, etc. available to students. 

Medication Policy Form



2022-23 Academic Calendar Approved

The academic calendar for school year 2022-23 was approved by the School Board of Directors.  
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Highland's Middle Post Newsletter

Here is the fourth issue of the Middle Post - Enjoy reading!
A May Bonus Issue!

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Emergency Assistance for Low-Income Families  https://www.media.pa.gov/Pages/DHS_details.aspx?newsid=529
For anyone struggling with thoughts of self harm, thoughts of suicide, or struggling with mental health, especially during this period of social distancing, there is a number that anyone can text 24 hours a day to speak with someone. The number is 741 741.
If you need assistance finding food, paying housing bills, accessing free childcare, or other essential services, please click: http://www.211.org/services/covid19

HMS Contact Information

Principal - Dr. Amy Anderson 
724-843-1700 x 3001 
Acting Assistant Principal - Mr.  Bryce Egger
724-843-1700 x 3003 

Guidance Counselor - Mr. Sami Hanna

724-843-1700 x. 3024

Middle School Secretary - Mrs. Shawn Weyand



Highland Middle School Contact Information
402 Shenango Road
Beaver Falls, PA 15010 
Phone: 724-843-1700
Fax: 724-843-0934 
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