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Michael Howton


Dear Highlands Middle School Families


Welcome to the 2016-17 School Year.


Our staff, students, and families form an exciting educational community.  Highlands Middle School’s mission is to provide a safe and rigorous learning environment for all students to reach their full potential.  In simpler terms, we prepare students to challenge themselves at the highest levels possible when they enter Highlands High School.  Highlands Middle School was named the number one middle school in the Commonwealth of Kentucky this past year.   This kind of success proves the commitment to our mission.

Located in Northern Kentucky, Highlands Middle School has a proud tradition of being student-centered and academically challenging. The Fort Thomas community is dedicated to maintaining a school culture that welcomes all children and families. The Fort Thomas Education Foundation and HMS Parent-Teacher-Student Organization (PTSO) support this goal and provide meaningful programs and events to supplement the educational environment.

The staff at Highlands Middle School is knowledgeable and extremely well-versed in the academic, social, and emotional development of middle school aged children. The professional staff employs research-based best practices that serve to meet the educational needs of all students. A variety of instructional resources and materials are utilized to lead HMS students to surpassing benchmarks in the College Readiness Standards. All students receive instruction in the content areas of Reading/Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies with high school credit available in Algebra, Geometry, Spanish and German. Additionally, students participate in Physical Education and Health, as well as “Encore” classes such as Art, Music, Drama, Dance, Strings, Band, Public Speaking, Chorus, Digital Design, Financial Literacy, two World Languages and STEM Lab. 

Highlands Middle School’s 2016-2017 School Improvement Plan focuses on contributing to the improvement of student learning by employing a 1:1 MacBook laptop computer for each student.  We believe this use of technology will engage students even more in their learning.  Instructional decisions and planning are made to support this goal and to provide optimal learning opportunities for all children.

Highlands Middle School is a wonderful place for learning and development. We are proud of its traditions and accomplishments. Our district website offers a wealth of information and excellent resources. Please take the time to visit it regularly.

We are looking forward to an excellent 2016-2017 school year.



Michael Howton




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