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!

Because of your generosity, we made our fundraising goal through Give to the Max (GTTM) by raising $7,508! Thank you! Proceeds from GTTM will go to support various school programming needs.

If you have not had a chance to donate, you may still do so at

Picture Re-Takes

Pictures re-takes will be offered during the day on Tuesday, November 30, from 8:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m. only.

Winter Conferences

Winter Student-Led Conferences will be held virtually on Thursday, December 9, 4 - 7 p.m. Information regarding conference sign-up will be forthcoming.

Register Now for Winter Sports


  • 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:

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,

  1. Go to the SPPS COVID-19 Reporting System Website: & follow the instructions there, then

  2. Call the HPMS Attendance Line at (651) 744-3393, or email to notify the school that you will be keeping your child home from school.

Door 20, if You're Running Late

If your student is running late, please drop them off in the parking lot off of Montreal Avenue nearest to Door 20. If your student is a walker & is running late - again - have them enter at Door 20. Door 20 is the only entrance door that has an intercom & door buzzer to let students into school after the school day has begun.

Leaving School Early

If your student needs to leave school earlier than the 3:00 p.m. release time, please send a note with your student the morning of the planned absence. The note should state the date, time, & reason for the early dismissal. The student should bring the note to the office first thing in the morning. Office staff will give the student a pass to leave early and record the absence in the Campus system. At the time indicated on the pass, the student may leave and meet their ride at Door #20 (parking lot).

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 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?

SPPS Attendance Policy

The Law

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

  • Overslept
  • 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, 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

Highland Park Middle School is seeking assistance from our community! As you can see in the photo below, our staff room could be a little more welcoming and comfortable. If you can donate time and/or like-new furniture, then please contact our head clerk, Tami Swenson, in the main office. Some items we are looking for are comfortable seating, lamps, plants, side tables, curtains, and other decor.

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About HPMS

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.