Dear HP Families,
It looks like we are gearing up for another beautiful sunny weekend! I hope you enjoy some time outdoors with your family this weekend as the rain is just around the corner.
This was an exciting week at HP as we had an opportunity to welcome our AVID families for an evening of games, fun, and learning. Thank you to all of our families who were able to join us, and thank you to our amazing AVID teachers for making the night go great.
This coming week in our homeroom classes, we are delivering a lesson on respecting the personal space of others. Recently, there have been incidents at HP where students are touching other's clothing, hair, and head coverings worn for religious purposes. This results in students feeling uncomfortable at school, and so I am asking for your help by reminding your student that we are not to touch others without their permission. Thank you for your help in keeping all of our students feeling safe and welcomed at HP.
As many of you know, October is breast cancer awareness month. Many schools do a "pink week" to increase awareness of breast cancer and to support those who have been affected by it, either directly or indirectly. Our Student Leadership team likes that idea but would like to broaden it to various types of cancer, and turn next week into Cancer Awareness Week. Each day we will talk about a specific type of cancer so you can learn more about it, and we encourage everyone to wear the color that is used to represent it. The schedule is as follows:
Monday - Breast Cancer Awareness - Wear PINK
Tuesday - Lung Cancer Awareness - Wear WHITE
Wednesday - Childhood Cancer Awareness - Wear GOLD or YELLOW
Thursday - Brain Cancer Awareness - Wear GREY or GRAY
Friday - ALL Types of Cancer Awareness - Wear LAVENDER or PURPLE
You're invited to Career Day!
Where: Highland Park Middle School
When: Friday, January 25, 2019. 8:30am-10:45am
We are seeking volunteers to speak with our students about their careers and we want YOU to tell your story (again!). Please note this event has moved to JANUARY 25th. We hope to use your stories to build our yearly momentum as a STEAM school earlier and provide students with career connections earlier in the year.
Objective: Connect a variety of occupations to STEAM (Science,Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics) Direct or indirect, we want our students to understand how STEAM influences today's occupations.
While STEAM is a focus of our school, we still want to hear from a wide variety of adults with a wide variety of careers and a wide variety of pathways to their careers. We bet, no matter your career, core STEAM skills like collaboration, communication and problem solving are being used in your workplace!
You will be speaking to 6th, 7th, and/or 8th graders.
- address 30-40 students for approximately 7-10 minutes two different times.
- be available for a short Q & A with the students after each session.
Our students love this event and are looking forward to hearing about you!
If you are interested in speaking, please RSVP to Sarah Watterson and put us on your calendar. If you RSVP, you will receive more details as they date approaches.
If you haven't already purchased Chromebook insurance:
This could mean one of two situations is occurring:
- Your student has checked out a Chromebook but has not paid the insurance fee for this year.
- Your student has not checked out a Chromebook and has not paid the insurance fee. If your student wishes to opt out of the program because he or she has a personal device to use instead, please fill out an opt-out form that can be picked up in the library.
The insurance fee is only $20 and can be paid at the bookkeeper or through the online payment system (click here). If your student qualifies for free or reduced lunch in our district, the fee can be waived by showing the acceptance letter to the bookkeeper (if you do not have your letter, you can get a copy by emailing NSemail@example.com) and we would urge you to fill out the attached form for sharing that status with our school which will help waive class fees, AP testing costs and athletic fees in the future.
Since the fee for damaging a Chromebook without insurance can be as much as $300, we want to reach out and make sure that you know what could happen if this fee is not taken care of.
P.S. Our classrooms greatly benefit from book donations. If you
have any books that are no longer needed and are in good condition at your
home, we would love to have them!