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March 17, 2024

Important Dates & Links

  • March 18: Classes resume
  • March 19: Deadline for parent verification of elective course selections on Skyward
  • March 29: Student Holiday
  • April 1: Bad Weather Makeup Day

Families, please remember to observe carpool queue lane traffic guidelines to keep everyone safe around the campus.

Parent Verification Of Elective Course Selections

​** Deadline: Tuesday, March 19 @ 4:00pm **


Incoming 7th Grade Students (Class of 2030)

  • Please keep in mind that any courses that require counselor and/or administrator placement are not yet reflected on Skyward. You will receive further communication regarding those classes as needed.
  • Questions? Contact Charlotte Richter at


Incoming 8th Grade Students (Class of 2029)

  • Please review your child's elective choices carefully. If you need to make changes, please contact Ms. Summers as soon as possible. 
  • Questions? Contact Buffy Summers at

Click HERE for instructions on how to verify elective course selections in Skyward.

Letter from the Principal

Welcome back from Spring Break. I hope you had a restful time with family and friends. As we begin the final nine weeks of the school year, we are expecting to finish the year strong, and we appreciate the hard work of our staff and students and the partnership of our families.

Please remember that daily attendance through the end of the year remains a top priority to support student success. Please continue to follow our campus health guidelines to keep our students and staff healthy, avoiding any unnecessary absences. Remember that the state of Texas requires students to attend 90% of classes in order to promote to the next grade level. If you have 18 absences or more, without extenuating circumstances, you will receive a notice from the attendance office to recover missed time. Please contact the office if you have any questions.

Thank you for your continued partnership in supporting your student's consistent attendance and school-ready behaviors. Our teachers are working hard to promote high levels of learning in the classroom every day. Please communicate with your teachers and counselors if you have any questions or concerns about your student's academic progress.

Dr. Skip Moran, Principal

Highland Park Middle School  214-780-3600

Students, please remember to wear your ID to school every day.

6th Grade End of Year Activities: Save the Date

6th graders will have a unique opportunity to participate in a service project and field day activity to celebrate the end of school year as they "Enter to Learn, Go Forth to Serve" from McCulloch Intermediate School. We will need parent volunteers to help with our end of the year service project, packing meals for Feed My Starving Children, on Thursday, May 23. Please click HERE to sign up for a volunteer position with your student's house or to help set up or take down.

Letter from the Principal

Hello Parents and Families,

We hope you had a wonderful Spring Break. We are ready and excited to come back and finish the year and the final grading period strong!

If you would like to nominate a teacher or staff member for the Heart at Work award, the deadline for nominations is March 31. Please click HERE for more information.

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

Raider Media News conducted a sit-down interview with writer Alan Gratz the week before Spring Break. During the interview, Mr. Gratz shared about his writing process and how he became an award-winning author. Alan Gratz has received the Sydney Taylor Book Award, the National Jewish Book Award, the Cybils Middle Grade Fiction Award, a Charlotte Huck Award Honor, and a Malka Penn Award for Human Rights Honor. He has written 19 novels for young adults including Prisoner B-3087, Code of Honor, Grenade, Something Rotten, Ground Zero and Refugee. To view the full interview, click HERE.

Raider Roundup (episode 5): In this week's Raider Roundup, Dr. Hunt has a conversation with Ms. Esparza, an instructional campus secretary here at HPMS. Our Teacher feature this week is of Mr. Webb, one of our 7th grade Social Studies teachers. To view Raider Roundup episode 5, click HERE.

Spring Choir Concert

Community members are invited to attend a spring concert featuring Raider 6th grade choirs, Pop Choir, and HPHS choir. These students will join together on March 27 at 7:00 in the HPHS Auditorium for a special combined concert. Attendance is free. Please join us! 


Please click HERE for more information, including updated dates.


The HPMS Raider Tennis Team won its second consecutive match of the season, topping McKinney Johnson 16-0 in match play. The Raiders only dropped 5 total games on the way to victory. The entire team played hard, was efficient, and exemplified the Raider way with their display on sportsmanship. Our next match will be on March 19 against McKinney Dowell at McKinney Boyd High School. Go Raiders!

Community Member Review of Instructional Resources

This spring, HPISD will consider the adoption of new instructional resources for K-12 Science Courses, Personal Financial Literacy & Economics, and technology application courses including computer science and engineering. Copies of the resources being considered for adoption will be on display at the HPISD administration building during regular office hours now through Friday, March 22.

Parents are encouraged to stop by and take a look at the options and provide feedback on these resources. Resources can also be viewed electronically by clicking HERE.

Thank you so much to our Gift Committee Chairs, Kitsy Smith and Amy Barker, for all the time, effort, and care you put into a successful Spring Gift! Also, thank you to the entire Spring Gift Committee for your attention to detail and willingness to support our schools, teachers, and staff.

Thank you to Sarah Taub, our District Wide Appreciation Chair, for showering our faculty with remembrances and love on Educational Diagnosticians Day! Your care is felt throughout our schools.

Thank you to our awesome Teacher Appreciation Team! Our teachers and staff loved "Raider Teachers Take the Crepe"! The crepes were such a

cute idea and the decor and excitement added so much fun. Thank you Beth Birdwell, Nicki Johnston, Katy Miller, Katherine Sbaiti, and Claudia Williams!

Thank you Raider Challenge Team, Rachel Stephens, Kristin Evans, Jessica Turner Waugh, and Leigh Anne Haugh for the new donor display in the front entrance. We especially want to thank all of the families who donated to this year's Raider Challenge campaign. We appreciate your contribution!

HPISD is now Accepting Heart At Work Nominations 

We are looking for the "unsung heroes" who are going the "extra mile" in serving our students, staff, families and community. In the spring, the District "Heart At Work" award committee will review all those recognized on each campus and choose one professional and one paraprofessional from each campus and the District office to be honored and awarded $500 at the annual staff recognition banquet. 


"Heart At Work" nominations can be submitted by teachers, administrators, staff, students, parents, families, and anyone interested in the well-being of our HPISD community. Candidates can not be nominated by relatives. 


All nominations must be submitted on the "Heart At Work" award nomination form and sent electronically from now through March 31, 2024. Nominees submitted after March 31, 2024, will be considered in the proceeding award cycle of winners. 


To learn more, click here. To submit a nomination, click here. 

HP Field Hockey Tryouts

Lady Scots Softball Youth Night

Tracy Wills Invitational & Fun Run

HP Bass Team Expo & Fishing Derby





Join the HP Bass Team for an 

afternoon of fishing, treats, and fun!  

The high school anglers will be teaching 

techniques to help improve your fishing.


Open to all kids Kindergarten-8th grade

Bring your fishing poles and favorite bait!



La Fiesta Guild Prospective Member Coffee and Happy Hour

Please join us on Thursday, March 27 to learn more about the La Fiesta Guild of the Park Cities and the wonderful organizations we support in our community! Come to our coffee from 9-10:30 am or our happy hour from 5-6:30 to meet current members, hear from some of our beneficiaries, and learn how to get involved!


La Fiesta has returned over $10 million to community partners in the Park Cities since 1986.


Please RSVP to Michelle Hopper at and indicate if you will attend the coffee or happy hour. 

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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