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March 3, 2024

Important Dates & Links

  • March 5: Alan Gratz Community Event
  • March 8: Bad Weather Make-Up Day (no school)
  • March 11-15: Spring Break

Parent Verification Of Elective Course Selections Is Now Open On Skyward

​** Deadline: Wednesday, March 20 **


Incoming 7th Grade Students (Class of 2030)

  • Please keep in mind that any courses that require counselor &/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

Library News


The event we have all been waiting for is here!  #1 New York Times bestselling author and Raider favorite, ALAN GRATZ, will visit MIS/HPMS Tuesday, March 5!  He will speak to all grade levels throughout the day and at a community event at 5:30 p.m. in the Raider Auditorium. HP families and community members are invited to attend! Thank you to HP Arts and HP LITFEST for generously supporting this event. 

Thanks for an IncREDible

Book Fair!

Thank you to all of our Raider families who supported the library's book fair!  It was a RED hot success! Our Raiders were able to get many new books and reading ideas, and the profits will enable the library to buy new materials for months to come. We appreciated the many families who set up eWallets for their students. These digital accounts made shopping super easy.

We are so thankful to Joanna Russell Bliss, Jessica Friedrich, and Lindsay Wagner, our amazing volunteers who helped us cashier throughout the fair.

Thanks to the many Raider ELA  teachers who brought their classes to shop the fair and to the flutes of the Raider Band who provided lovely browsing music for the fair on Thursday afternoon.

Big thanks go to our hard-working student crew who helped us promote, run, and tear down the fair:

Sophia Colenso

Nathan Evans

Marco Gutierrez

Harper Lawrence

Kim-Anh Le

Thuy-Vi Le

Kara Moran

Sam Smith

Lila Uster

Andrew Wallace

Jing Wang

Finally, HUGE thanks goes to our Book Fair Chair Susan Hastedt and Chairs-Elect Amy Moore and Heidi McKinley Florez. These phenomenal volunteers helped us plan, promote, and run the fair. They cashiered for HOURS each day and truly empowRED us to have a successful fair! 

We greatly appreciate all the support of the fair and the library as we try to keep our Raiders in their reading era! 

-Jill Bellomy, Raider Librarian

Congratulations MIS Respectful Raiders

Congratulations to our Respectful Raiders for the 3rd nine weeks.

Nothing But Nets

McCulloch students and staff were "United to Beat Malaria" this week! Led by the MIS Student Leadership Club, we raised money through making baskets during recess that will be used to purchase mosquito nets in developing countries to fight the spread of malaria. We raised almost $2,500. Thank you Raiders!

Mobile Dairy Classroom

6th Grade Science classes were visited by the Southwest Dairy Farmers association Mobile Dairy Classroom this week. We met Honey, a Jersey dairy cow, and learned about the characteristics and anatomy of dairy cows, the importance of dairy food for good health, and modern environmental and food safety practices.

5th Grade Destination Imagination

Congratulations to the 5th Grade Destination Imagination team from McCulloch who won the Renaissance Award and 1st Place in Fine Arts in Motion Challenge at the DI Tournament and will be advancing to the DI State Competition in April. Team members are Lorelei Parma, Brady Thibodeau, Callum Sinclair, Violet Rockow, Anna Burdett, Hunter McCombs, and James Yen. Go Raiders! Take State!

Letter from the Principal

Hello Parents and Families,

Thank you for supporting us through another successful week at HPMS! We really appreciate everything you do. We have a busy week ahead. Please see the upcoming information below:

  • Monday, we will give 7th and 8th grade students the HPISD Student School Climate Survey during Raider Hour. It should only take them about 10-15 minutes. We value our students' feedback and will use this information to inform our school improvement efforts.
  • Tuesday, our author visitor, Alan Gratz will be here at school. His books are extremely popular with our students, and we are very excited to host him.
  • Wednesday, all 7th graders will take a Reading Spring Benchmark. The information from this test will help inform our instruction over the next three months.
  • Thursday, all 7th graders will take a Math Spring Benchmark, and all 8th graders will take the PSAT.
  • And on Friday, we begin Spring Break! Enjoy your break!

Attendance this week: Great job hitting our goal this week!!!

7th grade - 96%

8th grade - 96%

Overall - 96%

Goal for next week - 96%

Study & Social Skill Focus for the week of 3/4 - "Doing Your Best Work"

  1. Look at your task, assignment, or test.
  2. Think about the skills and concepts you need to apply to be successful.
  3. Focus all your attention on that task and ignore distractions and interruptions.
  4. Do not stop working until you finish or are asked to stop.
  5. Take your time and check your work.
  6. Ask for help if you need help.

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

HPMS Mathcounts Team Wins 2nd Place at Dallas Chapter

Congratulations to the HPMS Mathcounts team (led by HPHS junior Andrew Li) who secured an impressive 2nd place among a total of 8 teams in the Mathcounts Dallas Chapter held on February 24. On the team are: Olivia Dong, Madeline Xing, Aiden Xia, and Devin Li. The contestants each placed in the top 16 out of over 80 students and successfully advanced to the Mathcounts state level.  Devin Li stood out with an excellent 3rd place in the written round and 4th place in the countdown round. Well done to all those involved! In addition, a big thank you to Andrew Li, a former HPMS student who is currently a junior at HPHS. Andrew, a Dallas Chapter winner, generously volunteered his time coaching the team round and passing on the good tradition of Mathcounts. The state level competition will be held on March 23rd. Go Raiders! 

Raider Cheer

Attention 7th Grade Parents: Applications for 8th Grade Cheerleading are due on Friday, March 8. No late applications will be accepted.


Please contact Erika Hultsman with questions.

The Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley Jr.

Bravo to HPMS Musical Theatre Class on a fantastic show run for The Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley Jr.!, directed by Katie McDaniel. Flat Stanley and friends took the audience on a fun and entertaining musical adventure that was "flat out" fun!

Congratulations to Miss Mac, Megan Kelly-Bates, Mrs. Durbin-Nyoka, Mr. Glenn, cast, crew, creative team, chairs, and parent volunteers who worked tirelessly on this amazing show!

Special thanks to HP Arts, Raider Drama Booster Club, HPMS and Highland Park Education Foundation for their generous donations that made this show possible. 


Please click HERE for more information.


Please congratulate your HPMS Raider Tennis Team on its 16-0 victory over McKinney Evans this week. The Raiders played very efficient tennis, dropping only a total of four games on the way to the victory. Our next match is Tuesday March 5 against McKinney Johnson at McKinney North High School. The HPMS Raider Tennis Team is in search of a 4th straight District Title!


Please congratulate the HPMS 7th and 8th grade girls track & field teams on a great first meet of the season Thursday night at the Faubion Track Meet. The HPMS girls teams competed very well in the cold, rain, hail, and wind...and both teams came away with 1st place team finishes and several great individual performances! Team and individual results HERE.

7th Grade Team Results

HPMS - 220 points

Dowell - 136

Hays - 90

Faubion - 45

8th Grade Team Results

HPMS - 254 points

Hays - 101

Dowell - 90

Faubion - 59

Please congratulate your 7th and 8th grade boys track and field teams on winning first place at the Mckinney Faubion Quad meet on Thursday! Team results are listed below. To view 7th grade individual results click HERE. For 8th grade individual results click HERE.

7th Grade Team Results

HPMS - 234 Points

Mckinney Faubion - 92 Points

Mckinney Dowell - 64 Points

Prosper Hays - 60 Points

8th Grade Team Results

HPMS - 207 points

Mckinney Faubion - 140 points

Mckinney Dowell - 92 Points

Prosper Hays - 60 Points

Raider Café 2024-2025: Important Dates

We would love for you to join our amazing team!

Volunteer Timeline

  • March 4: All current volunteers can elect to move position or day. Just let one of us know and we will take care of sign up!
  • March 18: VSP goes live and will be open to all new volunteers to claim shifts.

The cafeteria is a great place to serve, see your kids during the school day, and meet new friends. We hope to see you there!

Questions? Please email Katherine Issel or Tracy Port Melech

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.

We appreciate the Teacher Workroom Volunteer Chair, Brook Armstrong, for her dedication in taking care of our teachers, making copies, and taking on special projects! Thanks to Brook's hard work volunteering and recruiting workroom helpers, our teachers' days run much more smoothly. 

Big thanks to Susan Hastedt, Library Volunteer Chair, for helping recruit volunteers in the library and working with our wonderful librarian to host a great Book Fair this week! We are so grateful for the time you spend in our library.  

Special thanks to Blythe Koch, who designed and created our new PTO website.  We are so grateful for all of her talents and the time she put into the new website to get it up and running. We also thank Cathy Geisler, incoming Website Chair, who is starting her job early to keep the website updated!

Field Hockey Spring Clinics

Lady Scots Softball Youth Night

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!



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