Highland Middle School

Pride and Mrs. Wilkinson -- Valentine's Day Project

8th Grade Lock-in Letter

Please see information letter attached.

Period Positivity

Being a middle school girl is hard. Dealing with unexpected needs for period pads at school is a very common and embarrassing issue. After watching many of the girls at Highland Middle School struggle with these issues, Mrs. Dana Cox, Mrs. Amanda Durish, and Ms. Courtney Frengel teamed up to find a way to help make this concern less stressful for the girls in their care. Please read the attached article to learn more about the Period Positivity Project.

HMS Enrichment Opportunities

Please see the attached handout for great opportunities for students at Highland Middle School!

Mr. Hardesty NEA Award Honoree

Mr. Ryan Hardesty was named as one of the 43 public school educators from across the country who will receive the NEA Foundation Awards for Teaching Excellence. Mr. Hardesty, along with the other 43 educators, will be honored at the NEA Foundation Salute to Excellence in Education in May in Washington, DC. Five of the awardees will be chosen as finalists for the top national award. Good luck to Mr. Hardesty! Way to represent Blackhawk! 

HMS Club List by Grade Level

Please see the lists below for the 23-24 Club offerings at Highland.

Homework Help

Homework Help is a free program we run at HMS where students can stay after school on Tuesdays and Thursdays to get support with their Homework. For any student who would like to participate, a signed permission slip must be turned in. Please see the below permission slip and calendar of Homework Help dates. Homework Help will begin on September 19. 

iPad Payment Portal

iPad forms must be completed prior to accessing your child's schedule. If you choose to purchase the iPad insurance, you can click on the below link to pay. Make sure you choose "iPad Insurance". 

If you are choosing to purchase iPad insurance, it must be paid for by September 15.

HMS Parent Organization

If you are interested in joining our HMS Parent Organization, please take the survey HERE

Dates for our meetings are below as well. 

Restorative Practice PowerPoint

The PowerPoint from the Restorative Practice presentation is below:

2023 Pennsylvania Teacher of the Year Winner: Ryan Hardesty

Mr. Hardesty wins 2023 PA Teacher of the Year!

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


Band, Chorus and Orchestra Concert Dates 2023-24

5th - 12th - Music In Our Schools Month Concert - 3/14/24
6th - 8th - Spring Concert - 5/9/24

All Strings - 3/5/24 7 pm BHS
7th - 12th Spring - 5/14/24 7 pm BHS
4th - 6th  Spring - 5/21/23  7 p[m BHS
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Highland's Middle Post Newsletter

Please see below the Middle Post Permission Slip

Click the link to view the Spring issue of the Middle Post:
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 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. TEXT 741 741.
If you need assistance finding food, paying housing bills, accessing free childcare, or other essential services, please click: https://pa211sw.org/

HMS Contact Information

Principal - Mr. Rob Puskas
724-843-1700 x3001

Assistant Principal - Mr. Drew Bosco
724-843-1700 x 3003
Guidance Counselor - Mr. Sami Hanna

724-843-1700 x. 3024

Secretary - Mrs. Shawn Weyand



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

HMS Student Handbook

Upcoming Events


Drop Off/Pick Up

Drop Off Times: 
8:00 a.m.-8:25 a.m.

Pick Up Times: 
Last Names A-L 2:45 p.m.
Last Names M-Z 2:55 p.m.

Bus Departures:
2:45 p.m. - 3:15 p.m. 

August HMS Showcase

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