The Scots' Scoop
Highland Park Middle School's Weekly Newsletter
November 21, 2021
November is Native American Heritage Month
It does not require many words to speak the truth.
- Chief Joseph, leader - Wallowa band of Nez Perce
All translations are computer generated. We apologize in advance for any unintended errors.
Upcoming Important Dates
Thu., Nov. 25 - Fri., Nov. 26: No School - Thanksgiving Holiday
Tuesday, November 30: Lifetouch Re-take Picture Day
Tuesday, November 30: Quarter 1 Final Grades available on "One-Stop"
Thursday, December 9: Winter Conferences - Virtual
Wed., Dec. 22 - Fri., Dec 31: No School - Winter Break
Thank You • Give to the Max HPMS!
If you have not had a chance to donate, you may still do so at https://www.givemn.org/organization/Highland-Park-Middle.
Register Now for Winter Sports
WINTER SPORTS REGISTRATION IS OPEN NOW!
- Girls' Basketball begins November November 22, 2021
- Wrestling begins November 22, 2021
- Boys' Basketball begins January 24, 2022
Middle School Participation in High School Sports: Please see this for more information on middle school participation in High School athletics: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1Nlrd7Vj99aY6NtXO7RlJdW1t--JNsm8KVdgNp8WYkk4/edit?usp=sharing
Complete the on-line registration form.
If you have already completed the registration form, please do not submit a duplicate registration. If you would like to add a sport to your already completed registration complete the Registration UPDATE form.
Experiencing COVID-19 Symptoms?
Common COVID-19 symptoms include: fever greater than or equal to 100.4° F, new onset and/or worsening cough, difficulty breathing, new loss of taste or smell OR at least 2 of the following: sore throat, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, chills, muscle pain, excessive fatigue, new onset of severe headache, new onset of nasal congestion or runny nose.
If you or your child are experiencing any of the above symptoms, please keep your child home from school. Then,
Go to the SPPS COVID-19 Reporting System Website: https://commedspps.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_9G0WvcJlWfuqwlL & follow the instructions there, then
Call the HPMS Attendance Line at (651) 744-3393, or email firstname.lastname@example.org to notify the school that you will be keeping your child home from school.
Door 20, if You're Running Late
Leaving School Early
Homework Help at Highland Park Public Library
On Tuesdays and Wednesdays, from 4 - 7 p.m., the Highland Park Public Library has a homework help center! The library has volunteers available to help with homework assigned to anyone from kindergarteners to college students. They also have school supplies and internet access.
The Highland Park Public Library is located at 1974 Ford Parkway. For more information, you may call the library at (651) 695-3700, or visit the Saint Paul Public Library calendar of events online at www.sppl.org/calendar. Please have your student take advantage of this free service!
A Message from Saint Paul Public Schools Nutrition Services
For the 2021-2022 school year, breakfast and lunch is free for all students. All families are still strongly encouraged to complete an application for Education Benefits/Free or Reduced Price Meals. These applications determine how much educational funding our school receives for classroom programming, & there are many other benefits for families who qualify for free or reduced eligibility.
A new form must be completed each school year. Additionally, families who have completed an application and have experienced a change in household income or size are encouraged to complete a new application.
How to apply for free and reduced-price lunch?
- Applications can be completed
- Families are encouraged to complete applications by December 15 each school year.
SPPS Attendance Policy
Once enrolled in a public school, a child 5 years old to 18 years old (unless already graduated from High School), must attend school everyday, every class, on time, unless lawfully excused.
Lawfully Excused Absences
- Sickness - too sick to be in school
- Medical Appointments
- Religious Holidays
- Extreme Family Emergencies - house fire, death, etc.
Examples of UNEXCUSED Absences
- Missed school bus
- Suspended from school bus
- Staying home to babysit
- Weather too hot or too cold
- Family vacation
- Parents/Guardians MUST communicate with the school office every time a child is absent.
- Please note that not all absences will be excused.
- You may call the HPMS attendance line (651) 744-3393, email the school at email@example.com, or send a note to the main office stating the reason for absence, and please be specific.
- All unknown absences are automatically marked as UNEXCUSED.
Upgrade Needed in HPMS Staff Lounge
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At Highland Park Middle School, it our mission is to:
- Provide our students with a sense of community and global perception in a nurturing and caring learning environment,
- Help students acquire the skills necessary to value themselves, and take pride in their accomplishments, and
- Develop respect and understanding of other people and their cultures.