The Middle Seat

January 19, 2021

8th Grade Parent Meeting (HHS Scheduling)

8th Graders will begin to schedule for high school classes shortly. The High School Counselors will hold an informational meeting for incoming Freshmen (current 8th graders) and their parents on February 4 at 6:30 pm. This meeting will be lived streamed and recorded. Parents should go to hls.media to view the meeting. There will be a way to submit questions during the live stream meeting.

8th graders will receive their scheduling paper (Pink Sheet) which will include recommendations on which classes to take between Feb 1 and 3. High school counselors will be scheduling zoom meetings with students during ALL on Feb 8, 10, 12, 17, and 19 to schedule the student and answer any questions.

Parents are encouraged to attend the meeting and review the Highland High School Course of Study.


Media Center Revitalization Committee

The committee will meet Thursday, Jan 21 at 3:00 pm in the HMS Media Center to begin discussing ideas to update the space. Email Mr. Henry if you would like to be included in these discussions.


PTO Chromebook Covers

The HMS PTO is selling a Hornet Chromebook Case. The case is a soft black zip-up case with a Highland Hornet on it. There are two ways to order

  1. Use the Order Form to place your order. The forms should be dropped off in the office. These can be mailed to HMS or dropped off in the office. Once we receive the order form, your child will get the cover delivered to them in a day or two.

  2. Order online on the HMS PTO Webpage. Click on the Donate button. You can pay through PayPal or credit card. Be sure to put in the notes section the name of your child, and what the donation is for “Chromebook Cover.” The cost is $17.


Classroom Quarantine Changes

The Medina County Health Department has made some changes to students who are exposed to COVID-19 within the classroom setting. You can view those changes here.


7th Grade Career Exploration

Every year 7th graders take part in a Medina County Career Center Career Exploration Activity. In a normal year, MCCC guidance counselors visit Highland Middle School to complete this task. This year, this activity will be done virtually during their A.L.L. class while we are in remote learning. ( Jan 5, 8, 12, or 15) 7th graders should follow these steps to complete their career exploration activity.

  1. Access the Medina County Career Center Career exploration web page at the link below.

7th Grade Career Exploration

  1. From the web page above, clickWatch This Video.

  2. Next, click on the Play the Game link to complete their career Interest Inventory. Students should select “Like very much”, “Like,” or “Dislike” for each item. At the bottom of the page select “Next.” Students should refrain from selecting “Not sure” as an answer as this will make the student’s responses less accurate.

  3. Once their career interest inventory is complete, students should fill out the following form and check their top two career clusters.

Record Career Clusters here

  1. Finally, students should click on their top career clusters to explore some of the careers within their clusters.


8th Grade MCCC Exploration

Every year 8th graders visit Medina County Career Center in person. This year, this activity will be done virtually during their A.L.L. class while we are in remote learning. (Jan 5, 8, 12, or 15) 8th graders should follow these steps to complete their virtual tour activity.

  1. Access the Medina County Career Center Career Exploration web page at the link below.

8th Grade MCCC Exploration

  1. From the web page above, clickTake a Tour to view a video of what the Medina County Career Center has to offer students.

  2. Fill out this form about your interest in MCCC.

Fill out this form

  1. Next, click on the Reality Check link to complete an activity that matches lifestyle choices with career choices. Students should complete the activity and then click “View Jobs” to see jobs available now that would provide them with enough salary to cover the lifestyle choices they made in the “Reality Check.”

  2. If students are undecided about what job they want to pursue, they may take the

Career Cluster Inventory.

Students should select “Like very much”, “Like,” or “Dislike” for each item. At the bottom of the page select “Next.” Students should refrain from selecting “Not sure” as an answer as this will make the student’s responses less accurate.


Where Should I Be in January?

Following Martin Luther King Day on January 19th (and 21st), we will begin our hybrid schedule with the white group students (last names L - Z). On our hybrid schedule, students see all 10 periods during the day. January 20th (and 22) we will welcome back the green group students (last names A - K).


On January 25th we will welcome back all students on the Block schedule. January 25th will follow the A-day schedule.

Our first semester ends on February 5th. Beginning February 8th some classes may change for students such as art, phys-ed, or study hall. All students will receive a new copy of their second semester schedule. Parents may want to look to see if students are able to participate in the early release or late arrival for the third quarter.

Spirit Wear

Have your kids grown out of the Hornet spirit wear already?! You can always get some at the link below and a portion of your purchase contributes to the HMS PTO.

https://hornetmerch.itemorder.com/sale

PTO News

PTO Meetings will be held virtually using Zoom for the time being. The next meeting will be January 14 at 9:00am. Check upcoming Middle Seats for the zoom link.

Officers for 2020-2021

Holly Roe, President

Kim Haws-Falasco, Vice President

Sarah Campbell, Secretary

Abby Boyce, Treasurer

Committee Chairs

Hospitality - Amy Lyons

Supply Sale - Jessica Gaydos

Activities - TBD

PTO Website https://www.highlandschools.org/2/Content2/76

Highland Middle School PTO is on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/HighlandMiddleSchoolPTO/

Email: highlandmspto@gmail.com