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January 2, 2024

Important Dates & Links

  • January 3: Classes resume
  • January 8-24: MAP Testing Window
  • January 9: PTO Meeting

MAP Winter Testing Window, January 8-24

What is the MAP Growth assessment?


NWEA MAP (Measures of Academic Progress) is a computer-adaptive test that assists teachers in accurately measuring what students know and are ready to learn next. Regardless of grade level, MAP allows educators to measure growth over time and supports parents in tracking their student's progress throughout the school year and across multiple years. Click HERE for more information.


How often will my student take the MAP test?


In 5th through 8th grade, teachers administer the MAP assessment in the classroom during a testing window in the Fall (September), Winter (January), and Spring (April).


MAP tests are given in Math (Number Sense, Computation, Algebraic Concepts, Geometry, Measurement, Statistics), Reading (Word Meaning, Literary Concepts, Information Concepts), Science (Life Science, Earth Sciences, Physical Sciences), and Language Usage (Mechanics, Parts of Speech, Usage, Writing Process).


How do teachers use MAP Growth scores?


Teachers can use the scores to plan the next steps in instruction, personalize learning, and monitor the growth of individual students. Principals and administrators can use the scores to see the performance and progress of a grade level or school.


NWEA provides schools with norms by utilizing anonymous data from more than 10 million students across the U.S. Knowing the top, middle, and bottom scores of these students allows teachers to compare where your student is to other students and help your student grow.


How can families find more information about student MAP Growth scores?


As soon as the MAP testing window is completed, the MAP score report is posted in the student's Skyward Portfolio. Available information includes: RIT score and percentile, comparison to district grade-level average and national grade-level average, growth, and growth projection. Additional information about accessing your student's test scores in HPISD is available HERE.

How can families help students prepare to do their best on MAP assessments?


Although the MAP test is not a test that you study for, like all tests students can be best prepared by being well rested, eating a healthy breakfast, and having the mindset to do their best. These tests are untimed, so students should take their time to read the reading passages and test questions carefully and give their best effort. This will give the best chance for a valid achievement and growth measure on the assessment.


Likewise, consistent school attendance and engagement in classroom instruction has the greatest impact on learning the reading, math, and science standards tested on the assessments.


In addition to achievement and growth scores and percentiles reported, other information is also available: time spent on the test, percentage of guessing, and percent of items correct.


What it is Like to Take a MAP Growth Test - Michael's Story (video)


Please contact your student's school counselor for more information or to discuss your student's scores or school progress.

Join Us for Our January PTO Meeting

Tuesday, January 9 

Lunch service begins at 11:45am / Meeting begins at 12:00pm 

7/8 Assembly Room

Featured Guest Speaker

Chief Mark Rowden, Chief of Police for HPISD

The safety and security of all within HPISD is of the utmost importance. The Highland Park ISD Police Department has the primary responsibility of providing for the safety and security of students, faculty, staff, and visitors. As HPISD continues to be at the forefront of academic success, learn more from Chief Rowden how HPISD Police Department is the leader in the safety and security of our schools.  

Letter from the Principal

Dear Raider Families,

Welcome back to the start of the second semester! Thank you for your continued involvement in your student's education. Your partnership plays a crucial role in your child's academic success and overall well-being.

The start of the second semester is a great time to set new goals and embrace fresh challenges. Encourage your child to approach the second semester with a positive mindset and commitment to learning. If there are any specific concerns you want to discuss regarding your child's academic or social development, please reach out to the school counselor or to your child's advisory teacher.  

Thank you for entrusting us with your child's education.

Go Raiders!

Dr. Skip Moran, Principal

McCulloch Intermediate School (214) 780-3500

Letter from the Principal

Hello Parents and Families,

Happy New Year!

I hope everyone had a safe and restful Winter Holiday. We are excited to see everyone back at school tomorrow and excited to begin the spring semester.

At the end of last semester, our campus leadership teams developed the following spring action steps based on our campus improvement goals:

  • Set goals and work collaboratively as teams to ensure that every student is learning and achieving.
  • Writing to learn across all content areas.
  • Opportunities for cross-curricular planning and application of math concepts and skills.
  • Continue classroom walkthroughs and progress toward teachers' professional development goals.
  • Implement more proactive ways to communicate with all HPMS stakeholders.

While we are not perfect, we strive for excellence every day, and we hope that these action steps will help us achieve our mission and end-of-year goals. As always, thanks for supporting us toward that end.

Our mission at HPMS is to ensure high levels of learning and personal growth for all Raiders in and beyond the classroom. Thank you for helping us achieve our mission!

As always, please let me know if you have questions, suggestions, or concerns.

Thanks and Go Raiders!

Dr. Kevin Hunt, Principal

Highland Park Middle School  214-780-3600

TAG Testing Registration

TAG testing registration for students in grades 1-11 will open December 4 and will close at noon on January 8. No late registrations will be accepted. For detailed information about TAG Testing and to register your student, please click on the links below.

TAG details:


Lady Scots Softball

HP Softball Club Tryouts

Clements Foundation and La Fiesta $100,000 match launched December 12!

The Highland Park Education Foundation is excited to announce that the Clements Foundation and La Fiesta de las Seis Banderas have issued a generous $100,000 match to challenge our community to give! Every dollar you donate to Mad for Plaid between Dec. 12 and Jan. 5 will be DOUBLED up to $100,000. Mad for Plaid is the Education Foundation’s annual campaign, which raises support for HPISD's critical budget needs. Currently, that critical need is raising the bar for teacher and staff salaries districtwide.


Every gift, no matter the size, will help us gift $1.7 million to HPISD for compensation increases. Your donation allows us to do more for our educators now, and we hope you don’t miss the chance to have your gift doubled by giving at


Thank you to the Clements Foundation – established by Gov. Bill Clements, HPHS Class of ’34 – and La Fiesta de las Seis Banderas, for their continued generosity and passion in challenging our community to support every student, every teacher, and every school. 

Together we can ignite every future!

Raiders Reaching Out

Raiders Reaching Out is ready to serve our Raider students, families, and staff in need of support and to honor those who go above and beyond to serve our school and children. Please let us know if you know someone in our Raider community who needs some sunshine sent their way! You can email us confidentially

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