Highland Middle School

October 2021

October 2021

Dear Viking Parents and Students,

Welcome to HMS! We are all facing another challenging new school year and we hope things are starting to settle down. There are a few things I would like to share.

A digital copy of our Parent/Student Handbook can be found on our school website at harnett.k12.nc.us/hms. I encourage all parents and students to review this document as it explains many of our policies and procedures as it relates to our school. All students met with administration the first week of school to review these expectations. Dress code, cell phone, academic and behavior expectations are some areas that can be very helpful to review.

As the new year has started, we have found that our students are in need of reminders about appropriateness of behavior at school. As parents and educators, our goal is to work together to provide the best education possible for our students. This is difficult to do if not supported. We have met with students now on two occasions to discuss personal responsibility. The expectation I have is that we treat one another with respect and kindness. Students will be held responsible for their actions. We ask that our parents have these conversations with their children to help reinforce positive and appropriate behavior at school.

The 7th Grade immunization deadline has been extended to November 30th, 2021 and can be submitted to our school nurse. State law requires students be suspended if this requirement has not been met by the deadline. Students who are new to North Carolina public schools for the first time also must submit a Health Assessment form to the school. This is also due 30 days from enrollment and has also been extended to November 30th. Any questions you have may be directed to our school nurse, Mrs. Powning at npowning@harnett.k12.nc.us.

Our PTO is selling Viking apparel through this Friday, October 8th. You can find order forms online or through your child's homeroom teacher. I've also attached one with this newsletter. If you are looking for ways to support and involve yourself in our school, please consider joining our PTO. They can be contacted at HMSVikingsPTO@gmail.com.

I know that buses have been a real challenge this school year. I appreciate the patience that has been exhibited by many parents and students. Understand that we are short bus drivers and also have to deal with challenges due to illness as well. Many of our drivers are driving two and three routes each morning and afternoon. It is not an ideal situation but we are hoping this is temporary and are certainly doing the best we can.

I have listed some important dates to remember below. Please note that there is an early release day on Friday, October 15. We dismiss at 11:30am. There is no school due to optional workdays for teachers on Friday, October 22nd and Monday, October 26th. The end of the 1st marking period is Tuesday, October 26th and report card link will be emailed to parents.


Britton Sullivan


Upcoming Dates:


7th-Soccer/Volleyball Home vs HCMS

9th-HMS Golf Classic at Carolina Lakes

12th-Soccer/Volleyball @ DMS 4pm

13th-Wear Blue to Stomp out Bullying

Football Home Game vs Shughart Middle School 4pm

15th-Early Release 11:30am

18th-Soccer/Volleyball @ Home vs Shughart Middle School 4pm

19th-Parent Advisory Meeting 5:30pm

20th-Football Home Game vs Coats Erwin Middle School 4pm

21st-Great American Shakedown Earthquake Drill

21st-Soccer/Volleyball @ Coats Erwin Middle School 4pm

21st-Student October Birthday Celebration

22nd-No School, Optional Workday

25th-No School, Optional Workday

26th-End of 1st 9 Week Marking Period

26th-School Improvement Meeting 3pm

27th-Homecoming Football Game vs Harnett Central Middle School 4pm

28th-Fall Pictures

Big picture

Viking Golf Registration

2nd Annual



Fundraiser Golf Tournament


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4 Player Teams

-Captains Choice Format-

$50 Dollars a player ($200 a team)

-$10 Dollar optional Mulligan (one per player permitted)

8:30am Shotgun Start

-Lunch provided after play

-Tournament will be Flighted according to handicaps

-Gross and Net winners

Team Info:

Player______________________________ Handicap_____ Phone #______________________

Player______________________________ Handicap_____ Phone #______________________

Player______________________________ Handicap_____ Phone #______________________

Player______________________________ Handicap_____ Phone #______________________


Contact Brad Peffly (910) 489-7723 or Mike Varano (910) 987-1787

Viking Golf Sponsorship

2nd Annual



Fundraiser Golf Tournament


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Hole Sponsor – $100.00

Includes: 1. Sign on a tee box.

2. Name on our Athletics website.

3. Name in our Athletics Programs for the year.

Name of Sponsor: ___________________________________________

What do you want printed on your sign? ____________________________________________

**THANK YOU for partnering up with the Highland Middle School Athletics Department. We appreciate you helping us to continue to run a first-class program and supporting our student/athletes.

**Checks can be made to Highland Middle Athletics Department.**