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What's Happening at SHMS - October 2021


Scott Highlands Middle School Saints Sheild

ACP Newsletter

SHMS works with the Associated Clinic of Psychology (ACP) to provide students with mental health support. Their monthly newsletters provide relevant information on mental health and different ways to support students.

Click here for ACP's most recent newsletter!

Items brought in during the day

If you drop off an item for your student during the day the office will send them a Schoology message asking them to come to the office during passing time to pick up the item.  Students have been instructed to turn on their notifications in Schoology in order to see the message.  It is the responsibility of the student to read the message and come to the office.  To avoid multiple interruptions to class time we do NOT deliver items to students.

**Exception - if you are dropping off your students iPad they will not have access to Schoology so they will be called during passing time.

Picture day: October 14th and 15th

Please "Save The Date!"

Student photos at Scott Highlands Middle School will take place during student Physical Education classes on Thursday, October 14 and Friday, October 15.  

Click here to order student photos!

If you prefer a paper order form they are in the main office.  Have your student stop by to get one and then fill it out completely and return with your payment on picture day.

student absences

To report an absence, send an email to (preferred) or call the 24 hour attendance voicemail number at 952-423-7587. Please provide the following information:

  • Student’s Name (please spell the student’s first and last name)
  • Grade
  • Name of person reporting absence
  • Reason for absence

**The direct line to Colleen Pudwill, school nurse, is 952-423-7583

Homework help at public libraries

Work with a volunteer tutor for help with homework assignments in any subject. Go to and search for HOMEWORK HELP for more details.

Open to K-12 students, no appointment necessary.

Burnhaven Library - Wednesdays 5:30-7:30 - October 13-May 25, 2022

Galaxie Library - Tuesdays 5:00-7:00 - October 12-May 24, 2022

Yearbooks on sale now!

Yearbooks are on sale at the lowest price of the year. Hurry up and pre-order yours NOW! They sell out EVERY year. Don’t be disappointed.

Click here to go to the Josten's website and then select Scott Highlands Middle School.

No bus passes

Transportation is not able to accommodate students riding an alternate bus with a friend.  Please make other arrangements if there is a need for your student to go home with a friend.

Competitive math team

Competitive Math team is ready to start for the 2021-2022 season. We would love to have you participate! Math club is a competitive team. We are in competition against schools within our district as well as schools in the Twin Cities. Practice takes place Monday mornings from 7:30 to 8:00. The first practice will be Monday, September 27th in room 49. You will need to be committed to practice math skills. You will also need to be available after school on Mondays when competitions take place. More information will be shared at the first meeting so if you are interested please attend.

Paraprofessional substitutes needed

Parents of SHMS Students:  SHMS is in need of caring adults to work as clerical substitutes (paraprofessionals) working directly with students throughout the school day.  As a paraprofessional substitute, your primary task is to assist our teaching staff in the classroom to support students that need a little extra help throughout the day.  Being a substitute allows you the flexibility of working when you have time in your personal schedule – this could be 1 day/week or 5 days/week.  These positions are essential in order to provide the needed supports for students throughout the school day.

The clerical substitute requirements include:

  • High school diploma

  • Must be able to pass a pre-employment physical (paid for by the District)

  • Must be able to pass a pre-employment background check (paid for by the applicant)

  • Must complete a Personal Care Assistant Certificate of Training

  • Must attend a new hire orientation

Click here to apply!

Please contact Barb Hall at 651-423-7761 or with questions.

ISD 196 nordic ski team

Join the ISD 196 Nordic Ski Team! Nordic Skiing is a safe and fun winter sport and is a great offseason training option. Open to grades 7th through 12th. No experience necessary. Learn more at the Parent/Skier Information Meeting on Monday, November 1st at 7:00 pm at Eastview High School. For more information, visit the Nordic Ski Team website or email

Alpine Ski Team for 7th - 12th Grade

Calling all 7th and 8th-grade skiers. You are invited to the Apple Valley/Rosemount High School Alpine Race Team season kick-off meeting.

  • Date:  Thursday, October 14 
  • Time:  7-9 PM
  • Location: Scott Highlands Middle School Lecture Room A
                    14011 Pilot Knob Rd, Apple Valley, MN 55124


  • 7:00-7:45 21-22 Program Overview
  • 7:45-8:00  Captains- Captain’s practice and apparel   
  • 8:00- 8:30 ???Questions???? and !!!!Answers!!!!!
  • 8:30- 9:00 Team registration and apparel purchases   

Contact Head Coach Tom Schulz with any questions:

Join the SHMS Speech Team

There will be an informational meeting on December 8th in Lecture Room B from 3:15pm - 4:45pm. Please contact Coach Walton with any questions.

If you are interested, please join the Schoology group by entering this code: X6QS-4ZSP-2WVB7

Sign up on MyPaymentsPlus by December 13th. 

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Save Receipts for School Supplies!

The Minnesota Department of Revenue offers two valuable tax benefits for parents who purchase school supplies for their K-12 students, the K-12 Education Credit and Subtraction. These benefits can reduce parents' taxes to increase their refund, but is only available for those who keep their receipts. Purchases for most school supplies, field trips, and musical instruments for school band are eligible.

Most Minnesota parents qualify for the K-12 subtraction, which reduces their taxable income. Parents under certain income limits may also qualify for the K-12 credit, which can refund up to 75% of their costs - even for parents who don't owe any taxes. To learn more, watch a short informational video linked here, and visit the Minnesota Revenue website linked here.