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Principal's Message

Welcome to Highland Middle School. In 1992, Highland embraced the middle school philosophy for grades 6, 7, and 8. In this "school within a school" model, each grade level is organized into two teams - Red and Black - in order to meet the unique needs of the students at this age as they transition from childhood to adolescence. Students are assigned to a team of core academic teachers who share a goal of meeting the educational, psychological, physical, and social needs of their students. Common planning time allows the teachers to collaborate on instruction, to meet individually with students as needed, and to meet and communicate with parents and staff. The middle school structure increases the opportunities for flexible use of school time and of providing interdisciplinary units of instruction.

In addition to the core educational teams we have an exploratory team of teachers to provide instruction in Art, Music, PE, Health,
LA Plus, and Tech Integration.   We have a daily advisory class which allows students to start each day with a small group of peers and activities that focus on the middle school student's needs and interests. A wide range of intramural activities, organizations, and community service opportunities provided by the staff at HMS also help us to "do what's best for kids."

Mr. Erick Baer

Principal

ebaer@highlandcusd5.org