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WPMS- Highlands Campus

HIGHLANDS NEWS March 20, 2017


Middle School - The Wonder Years:  Now that your child is in middle school, are you beginning to wonder what happened to the sweet, cooperative little person you welcomed into your family a little over a decade ago?  Mostly, do you wonder if you will all get through middle school in one piece? 

Please join our Middle School Guidance Department on Wednesday, March 22 at 7 pm at Highlands for a special program on how to survive and thrive during this challenging period in your child’s life.  We’ll give you tips on what to expect from your 11-14 year-old, how to cope with it and put it in perspective.  You are not alone!


WPMS PTA No Fund Raiser Fund Raiser:  No catalogs! No raffle sales!

No clutter we don't need! Just hoping to have families donate $20 -or whatever you can give - to your child's PTA.  You will receive a YELLOW flyer with an envelope attached marked PTA.

Please send your donation in the envelope!  Your donation funds Field Trips, Assemblies and other enrichment opportunities for your children.  Your support makes these things possible.  Thank you!


Girl Talk:  will meet after school on Wednesday, March 22 in Room 315.  See Ms. Lembo for more information.


Talent Show:  rehearsals are on Tuesday, March 21st and Thursday, March 23!  Stage crew, too!  Meet in Room 313.


Programming Club:  Programming will meet Thursday, March 23rd in Room 206 at 2:40pm.  All programming members must be present in order to participate in the Junior Achievement Job Shadow and visit to Microsoft in The Westchester, White Plains on Tuesday, April 4th.


NJHS Choir:  Rehearsal will be in Room 313 after school on Wednesday, March 22. Reminder that you cannot miss more than 3!


Modified Spring Sports:  Anyone interested in playing a Modified Spring Sport MUST see the nurse, even if you have played a sport before and previously brought paperwork to the nurse.  Sports begin Monday, March 27th. You will not be able to play until told you are medically cleared.



Track & Field


BOYS: Lacrosse


Track & Field


Volleyball Intramurals:  will be on Tuesdays and Thursdays starting March 28th - May 30st with Coach Sette March: Tuesday 3/28 and Thursday 3/30 April: Tuesday 4/4, Wednesday 4/5, Thursday 4/20, Tuesday 4/25 and Thursday 4/27 May: Tuesday 5/2, Wednesday 5/3, Thursday 5/11, Tuesday 5/16, Thursday 5/18, Tuesday 5/23, Thursday 5/25 and Tuesday 5/30.


Flag Football:  Highlands Middle School Spring 2017 Dates: 3/14, 3/22, 3/28, 4/4, 4/11, 4/13, 4/18, 4/25, 5/02, 5/09, 5/11, 5/16, 5/23 Location: Fields above the Stadium Report Time: 2:40pm


8th Grade Washington Trip:  The final payment for the trip is Tuesday, March 21st.  Please plan to make your last payment of $105 (by check or money order ONLY) no later than this date.  You will soon have the opportunity to select your roommates, but only after you have paid in full.  If you have applied for a scholarship, do not make additional payments until you have received notification.  See Mrs. Holder (Room 316) or Mrs. Spiconardi (Room 116) with any questions or concerns you may have.


Homework Center:  Available Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays in the Media Center from 2:40-4:15 pm.  Students may sign up in the cafeteria during lunch and meet in the Media Center hallway after school.  Students must have work (including quiet reading) and stay for the full session.


District News​


“Look Who Got Caught Reading” Campaign Kick Off! - We are asking for students, teachers and staff to celebrate literacy by sending us pictures of them reading their favorite book! Be part of the WPCSD PTA Literacy Celebration poster and collage!  Posters will be hung around school, on social media, in town and at the White Plains Free Book Celebration on May 6th to promote this literacy event.

Parents have to email the pictures in for their children to give permission/release for the PTA to use their image for our advertisement campaign.  Maybe you can be our next STAR, send us a picture of you reading:  dfurrywitt@netzero.com .  Deadline for submission is: ASAP!


SPECIAL NEEDS PTA MEETING:  ALL WELCOME!  The WHITE PLAINS PTA COUNCIL SPECIAL NEEDS COMMITTEE presents "Special Needs Trusts: Determining the Financial Future of Your Child".   Tuesday, March 21, 2017, 7:30 pm, Post Road School Media Center.  Open To All, Free Presented by Adrienne Arkontaky Vice President, Managing Attorney at Cuddy Law Firm.

Reunión del Comité PTA de Necesidades Especiales:  Fideicomisos de Necesidades Especiales: Determinación de la situación financiera Futuro de su hijo Martes, 21 de marzo de 2017, 7:30 pm Post Road School Media Center Secundaria de White Plains - Abierto para todos y gratis - Presentado por Adrienne Arkontaky Vice Presidente, Abogado Gerente en Cuddy Law Firm.


Community News​


First Steps to College:  The White Plains Public Library and the Youth Bureau will be offering three very important sessions for Middle School students about planning for college.  Please click on the link to see more information about it.  It is never too early to start thinking of College!


United States Tennis Association Free Tennis Clinic:  We are quickly approaching the 5th and final session of free tennis lessons being offered to our students by Tennis Innovators at Delfino Park.  The lessons are Friday nights from 7:30-9 for 5 weeks; March 3,10,17,24, and 31.  We have room for 25 students and are hoping to include those who have not yet had the opportunity to take the lessons.  Please contact Coach Adams at <susanadams@wpcsd.k12.ny.us> or 422-2250 to register your child.


WP Public Library Teen Events:  Click on the link below to see events at The Edge.



Box Tops for Education:  Please continue to collect Box Tops.  Again, free money for our school. There will be a collection box in the main office. Questions on Box Tops, contact Maryann Casey <thecaseys@optonline.net>. 


Daily Announcements:  A great way to get daily information is to check out the “Daily Announcements" on the website.  Click on this link and then go the lower right hand side and scroll down where it says SITE SHORTCUTS. There is a daily lunch menu as well as important announcements regarding sports, clubs etc.


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