The Scots' Scoop

Highland Park Middle School's Weekly Newsletter


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Hispanic American Heritage Month • Through October 15

¡Si se puede! / Yes We Can!

- Delores Huerta, Latina American activist and

civil rights activist

Upcoming Important Dates

  • Monday, October 11: Family Communication Community (FCC) Meeting, 6-7 p.m.

  • Tuesday, October 19: Student-led Virtual Conferences by Foundations, 4-7 p.m. (more information to come)

  • Thursday, October 21: No School - Education Minnesota Teacher Conference

  • Friday, October 22: No School - Education Minnesota Teacher Conference

  • Monday, October 25: First Day of Scots After School (SAS)

  • Thursday, October 28: Student-led In-Person Conferences by Foundations, 4-7 p.m. (more information to come)

  • Tuesday, November 2: Digital Learning Day; No In-Person School

  • Friday, November 12: End of Quarter 1

FCC (Family Communication Community) Meeting

Monday, Oct. 11th, 6-7pm

This is an online event.

This will be a virtual meeting on Zoom.

Join the meeting on Zoom:

Meeting ID: 833 9819 3418


  • Schoology - how to navigate Schoology
  • Middle Years Programme & Rubrics

Spanish translation available.

We look forward to seeing you!

Lifetouch Picture Day Postponed

Due to a shortage in photographers at Lifetouch, the Lifetouch Picture Day, originally scheduled for Tuesday, October 12, has been postponed to a later date. We are awaiting more information from Lifetouch regarding the new date for Picture Day. Once we receive the new date for Picture Day, we will inform you here.

Student-Led Virtual Conferences, October 19

Our first set of student-led conferences will be held virtually on Tuesday, October 19, from 4 - 7 p.m. Like last year, conferences will be facilitated by your student's Foundations teacher. Conferences will be arranged by on-line, pre-conference sign-up. Families will receive specific information regarding pre-conference sign-up, including virtual meeting addresses, later this week.

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 and are running late, again, have them enter at Door 20. Door 20 is the only entrance door that has an intercom and 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, and 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).

HPMS Needs Recess Equipment

A few years ago, we added outdoor recess for our students during lunch. After students eat lunch, they are free to go outside and play soccer, volleyball, football, jump rope, and use sidewalk chalk to draw. Our students love recess and go out even when it is cold outside! In addition, recess helps our school climate. Staff comment that they can tell when students haven't had the opportunity to go outside to release their energy.

We are in need of purchasing more playground equipment. To do so, we are raising funds through Donors Choose at this link: Currently, any dollar amount raised will be tripled by Donors Choose! Please consider making a donation. We thank you in advance!

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.

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!