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Highland Park Middle School's Weekly Family Newsletter

January 8, 2023

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Important Upcoming Dates

  • Monday, January 9: Registration for Flipside for Winter/Spring Begins (more information in article below)
  • Monday, January 9: FCC Meeting @ Riverview Public Library, 6-7 p.m. (more information in article below)
  • Thursday, January 12: No Flipside & No Afterschool M.S.sports today (more information in article below)
  • Monday, January 16: No School • Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Holiday
  • Monday, January 23: Winter Sports Session 2 Tryouts — M.S. Boys' Basketball
  • Thursday, January 26: Last Day of Quarter 2
  • Friday, January 27: No School • Teacher Grading Day
  • Monday, January 30: First Day of Quarter 3

January FCC Meeting

Monday, Jan. 9th, 6-7pm

Riverview Branch Library, 1 George St E, St Paul, MN 55107

Agenda:
  • Introductions / Introducciones

  • Principal’s Update

  • Flipside

  • Vaping Awareness - Parent Health Educator

  • Schoology

  • Questions / Preguntas


Note: Riverview Branch Library is on the corner of Humboldt Avenue and George St. in St. Paul. FCC Meeting will be held in the basement of the library. On-street parking only on North side of George Street and on either side of Humboldt Ave.


This meeting will also be simulcasted / live-streamed and recorded. If you cannot attend in person and want to watch the meeting virtually, please go to:


HPMS FCC Meeting Via Zoom

https://us06web.zoom.us/j/81515935909

Meeting ID: 815 1593 5909

Flipside Registration for Winter/Spring Begins

Registration for the Winter/Spring Flipside/EDL program will start tomorrow, Monday, Jan 9th. Families may register online starting Monday on the Flipside tab of the website, or here is the link: Winter/Spring Flipside Registration. Paper forms will also be available in the Flipside office. Registrations are due by January 20th.


Great news: There WILL BE busing all 4 days of Flipside starting Jan. 30 (the beginning of the Winter/Spring session!


Questions about Flipside?

Please contact Flipside coordinator, Nikol Gordon at either (651) 744-6525, or at nikol.gordon@spps.org.

All HPMS AfterSchool Activities Cancelled Thur., Jan. 12

All afterschool activities, including Flipside and HPMS sports are cancelled this Thursday, January 12, as we prepare our building for our Showcase.


The Showcase is an open house only for current 5th grade families who are interested in coming to Highland Park Middle School next school year, 2023-24.

HPMS Yearbook Photo Submissions Requested

A new feature, called Community Upload, has made submitting pictures easier for everyone! Everyone means students, teachers, parents can submit pictures that they would like to see in this year's yearbook. The yearbook advisor (Ms. Wise) will double check that each & every submitted picture is appropriate.


Note: please be aware that just because you submitted a picture(s), does not guarantee that the picture(s) will be in the yearbook. We only have a limited number of pages in the yearbook and therefore not all pictures submitted will be used. Thank you for your understanding! You may have already received a link in your email. However, here is the link to submit a picture(s) for the yearbook as well: https://community.lifetouch.com/invite?code=HPMS2023-23

Project Reach Drive Over But You Can Still Give

WE received some feedback that the link connected to the Project Reach Winter Coat and Toy drive was not working. Although the Drive has ended, they are still accepting toys, coats, and gifts of money. If you want to give to Project Reach, you may bring in a gift to the main office and it will be forwarded to Project Reach.


Project Reach is a Saint Paul Public Schools shelter and street-based program that promotes school stability and academic success of homeless children and youth. Thank you for supporting our HPMS and SPPS community!

HPMS Family Engagement Plan and Title I Compact

Please go to this site: https://www.spps.org/Domain/4531 to view this year's HPMS Family Engagement Plan and Title I Compact.

College Access Opportunity!

6th Grade Breakthrough Twin Cities Application Now Open


Breakthrough Twin Cities (BTC) is a six-year, free academic enrichment and college preparatory program that helps under-resourced students prepare for college success. Students (and their families) enrolling in Breakthrough Twin Cities make a six-year commitment. While it does not cost anything to participate, students and families “pay” for the experience with their hard work and commitment.


The Application Deadline is FEBRUARY 28TH, 2023.


Please visit our website for more information at https://www.breakthroughtwincities.org/student-application/. Click on this video link to watch the Breakthrough Twin Cities video about the program.


To apply, please visit our online application here: https://www.tfaforms.com/4869088


If you have questions, please contact Elisabeth Mulvaney, HPMS 6th grade counselor at 651-744-3399 or email at elisabeth.mulvaney@spps.org.

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St. Paul Public Library Homework Centers

Please go to this link for information regarding free homework help for students.

Attendance Notes

REPORT STUDENT ABSENCES

Please call (651) 744-3393, the HPMS Attendance Line, or send an email to highlandmsattendance@spps.org, when your child is unable to come to school.


PICK UP STUDENTS EARLY

Please send a note with your students on 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 their absence in the Campus system. At the time indicated on the pass, the student can leave and meet their ride at Door #20 (parking lot).


LATE ARRIVALS

No need to call the office if your student arrives to school late. Please send a note with your child. Have them check into the main office.and we will adjust the attendance.

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.

Website: https://www.spps.org/highlandms
Location: 975 Snelling Ave S, Saint Paul, MN, USA
Phone: (651) 293-8950