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Highland Park Middle School's Weekly Family Newsletter

May 15, 2022

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May is Asian American & Pacific Islander Heritage Month

“Success is a collection of problems solved.”

― I. M. Pei, Chinese-American architect

Upcoming Important Dates

  • Monday, May 16: Mid-Quarter 4 Grades available on Campus One-Stop

  • Tuesday, May 17: FAST Testing • 8th grade • during Foundations

  • Wednesday, May 18: FAST Testing • 6th & 7th grade • during Foundations

  • Monday, May 23: FCC Meeting • Virtual on Zoom • 8:30 - 9:30 a.m. (agenda and Zoom link forthcoming)

  • Thursday, May 26: HPMS Spring Concert, featuring HPMS orchestras, beginning band & intermediate bandNEW TIME -7:00 p.m. • Auditorium

  • Monday, May 30: Memorial Day • No School

  • Thursday, June 2: Art Showcase Event • 4:30 - 7:30 p.m.

  • Thursday, June 2: Red Balloon Book Fair 4:30 - 7:30 p.m. • Media Center/Library (see information below)

  • Friday, June 3: Team Day Trips

  • Tuesday, June 7: Sharks 8th Grade Recognition • 2:00 p.m. • Auditorium

  • Wednesday, June 8: Tecolotes 8th Grade Recognition • 2:00 p.m. • Auditorium

  • Friday, June 10: End of Quarter 4 • Last day of School

May is Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month

AAPI Month is observed every May (since 1977), in order to recognize and celebrate the contributions of Asian Americans and Pacific Islander Americans to United States history and culture.


Listed below are a few resources for our students and families who are interested in learning more about AAPI history, along with local events celebrating AAPI month.








HPMS Students Going to History Day Nationals!

Congratulations to the following students who are going onto nationals this year (typically it means going to Washington D.C., however, this year, the event is virtual):


  • First Place National Qualifier: Soren Mechelke & William Martin: "The Cuban Missile Crisis: Untying the Knot of War "

  • Honorable Mention: Hazel Dressler, Sophia Elmstrom, & Violet Scalise: "The Women’s Suffrage Parade of 1913"


Soren & William will make their Nationals presentation during the week of June 12 -16. Good luck!

HPSHS Cross Country for 2022-23

Middle school parents and students! The Cross Country season starts on August 15, 2022. There is an informational meeting for runners on Wednesday, May 25 at 3:05 in room 3303 in the high school. Cross country is open to all students grades 7-12.


We have a fun team atmosphere and welcome all runners, regardless of ability. Information about the season and links for registration can be found on the team website:


Last fall we had about 30 middle school runners. Email Coach brad.moening@spps.org if you have questions.

Highland Park Sr. H.S. Meet & Greet May 18

All middle school parents, especially those with a child attending Highland Park Senior High (HPSH) next year, are invited to the Parent Spring Meet and Greet in the HPSH Fieldhouse lobby at 7:00 p.m. this Wednesday, May 18, 2022.


The Meet and Greet will be followed by the May 18 HPSH Parent Teacher Student Association (PTSA) meeting at 7:30 p.m., also in the Fieldhouse lobby. If you have any questions, please email the HPSH PTSA email at hpshptsa@gmail.com.

You May Still Purchase a Yearbook in Person

HPMS Yearbook orders are no longer available for online purchase, but we will have additional yearbooks available for pre-purchase on a first-come, first-serve basis, as supplies are limited. The cost for a yearbook is $20, and must be paid in advance of a yearbook purchase.


If you are still interested in purchasing a yearbook for this year, you may pay either Ms. Wise in Room 1323, or Mr. Andrastek in the school main office, and a yearbook will be made available when they are handed out to students in June.

Tardies or Behavior May Result in Missing End of Year Team Field Trip

Since May 2, if your student has 7 or more total tardies between May 2 - June 2, they may not be able to go on their end-of-the year field trip on Team Day, June 3, with their team.


In addition, if your student has been dismissed or suspended since May 2, they may not be eligible to go on their end-of-the year field trip on Team Day, June 3.


Please speak to your student about the importance of getting to class on time & behaving appropriately, and thank you for your support!

Save the Date: Red Balloon Book Fair is Coming to HPMS

We will be hosting a Red Balloon Book Fair in the library during the week of May 31 – June 3. The book fair will be open to students during the day on both June 1 and June 2, and it will be open to students and families on the evening of June 2, from 4:30 – 7:30, during the Arts Showcase. Students and families will be able to browse and purchase a variety of books, from old favorites to titles that are hot off the presses.


Additionally, purchases may be made online on the HPMS page at the Red Balloon’s website at any time during the sale dates. All proceeds from the sale will go towards the purchase of new books for the HPMS library. This will be a great time to stock up for summer reading! Please send any questions to Adayle.Andrews@spps.org.

From the HPMS Student Library Advisory Board: Enter the Spring Book Art Contest

To honor our appreciation of books and reading here at HPMS, the Student Library Advisory Board (SLAB) is hosting a Book Art Contest now through May 27, 2022. All students in the HPMS community are invited to participate.


Students may create any piece of art that is related to books and/or reading. If the art is based on a book, it can be an actual published book or a book the student wishes existed. If the art is based on reading in general, it will help viewers see the benefits of reading. Here are some project ideas:


  • design an original cover for a real or imagined book;
  • illustrate an important scene or a series of scenes, graphic-novel style;
  • create a portrait of an important character; or,
  • design a piece that will help us all see why we should value reading.


Artwork should be created on unlined paper no smaller than 8 x 11” and no larger than 11 x 14”. On the backside of the artwork, students should include their first and last name and a brief description of their project. Paper is available in the library for anyone who needs it.


Finished artwork may be brought to the library any time between now and the morning of May 27. Members of the Student Library Advisory Board will judge the artwork based on creativity, originality, and attention to detail. Prizes will be awarded for the top projects.


Please send any questions to Adayle.Andrews@spps.org.

Water Bottles and Spraying

Students are allowed to bring water bottles to school for drinking. However, the most recent heat wave that occurred last week had some student making poor choices, including spraying water at other students. Spraying water at school is unacceptable. Doing so creates an unsafe environment, causing students & staff to slip and possibly hurt themselves. In addition, we have had a case where sprayed water has damaged a hand held device.


Students have been informed that any spraying of water anywhere on school grounds, before or after school, is prohibited, and may lead to suspension.


Please encourage your student to be responsible with their water.

Claim Items in Lost and Found Before it's Too Late!

Coats, sweatshirts, water bottles, bags! We are running out of space in our lost and found area! If any of the items in the photos below look familiar, please encourage your students to bring home their lost items. Parents, feel free to stop in and look for lost items.


Unclaimed items will be donated or thrown away at the end of the school year.

SPPS Summer School Registration Open Now

SPPS Summer School registration is currently open. All registration forms, in multiple languages, may be found at https://www.spps.org/Domain/12661.

Dress Code Expectations

As Spring brings about warmer weather, students are expected to dress school-appropriate. If you are unsure about what our school dress code expectations are, please go to the Highland Park Middle School Homepage to find out.

Please Leave These Items at Home

Cell Phones, Earbuds, Electronics

Highland Park Middle School has a "No Cell Phone Policy" during school hours. Please read more about this policy at this link: https://www.smore.com/pz8km.


Other Items

We are seeing more students bringing stuffed animals (e.g., Squishmallows) and blankets to school. These items are not only distracting, but can become unsafe in a school setting. Please leave these, and other items like them, at home.

'Every Meal' Free Weekend Meal Program

Please see information on how to receive a free meal for the weekend here.

COVID-19 Vaccines Available Ages 5 - 17

Some SPPS sites are offering free vaccinations for students of all ages. For more information, please go to https://www.spps.org/covidvaccine.

Experiencing COVID-19 Symptoms?

Please review this updated illness guidance for what to do if your child gets sick or tests positive for COVID-19. The SPPS COVID-19 Team continues to provide information to families who report positive cases to the SPPS COVID-19 Reporting System. If your child tests positive for COVID-19, please notify your child's school and activities with absences and return dates that are determined when making a report or by the COVID-19 Team.


If you or your child are experiencing any of the above symptoms, please do the following:


  1. Go to the SPPS COVID-19 Reporting System Website: https://commedspps.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_9G0WvcJlWfuqwlL & follow the instructions there, then

  2. Call the HPMS Attendance Line at (651) 744-3393, or email highlandmsattendance@spps.org to notify the school if 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 www.sppl.org/calendar. Please have your student take advantage of this free service!



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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.