Volunteer Opportunities

6th Grade
7th Grade
8th Grade Graduation

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HMS Association Facebook  link*


Second Tuesday of the Month at 9:30am in the Learning Center.  - ALL ARE WELCOME!

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HFA News & Announcements

Your Highland Family Association (HFA) has hit the ground running. There’s several new family events and opportunities to get involved in the next 3 months. Bring any combination of your Time, Talent and Treasure – we’re looking forward to seeing you soon! 

Highland Middle Family Association with hornet in a circle

• IMPORTANT NOTE: These events are only possible with volunteer help, and we need parent hands to make them happen. Please donate 1-2 hours of your time where possible.

If you need help finding a SignUp for an event, we can get you connected. Email us at highlandfamilyassociationd70@gmail.com

Upcoming Events: 
Mark your calendars with HFA-sponsored and HMS school events we’re supporting up to Spring Break

6th Grade

• 6th Grade Gym Jam – Jan 20 – Buy your tix!

7th Grade

• 7th grade dance – Jan 26 – the Student Council will publish more information, coming out this week
• 7th Grade Gym Jam – Feb 10

8th Grade

• 8th Grade Graduation Organizational meeting – Jan 30 at 6:30pm – email for more info highlandfamilyassociationd70@gmail.com • 8th Grade Orientation at HMS - Session 2 - Mar 12 - Focus on Extra-curricular activities

All Grades

• HMS Families & Faculty Wolves Game – Sunday Jan 28 at @3pm –
To purchase tickets, visit our webstore: https://d70schools.revtrak.net/fa/hfa/#/v/HFA-Chicago-Wolves-Game-2024
• Treat Day – Feb 9
• HMS Parent / Teach Conferences Staff Dinner – Feb 14
• All School Dance – Feb 23
• Spring Break – Mar 25 to Mar 29

8th Grade Hornets Graduation – Help Needed

Graduation is 4 months away. We need your help in the following roles:

  • Graduation Chair – could split across 2 co-leads to oversee across graduation activities
  • Food – procure and oversee food arrangements
  • HMS Decorations - could split across 3 subcommittees to design and install dance decorations

To support this effort, please reach out to Stacy Markle or Carrie Camino by Jan 19.

Our first meeting is 8th Grade Graduation – organizational meeting on Jan 30 at 6:30pm.

Connect with the HFA
Looking for additional information, have a suggestion, or want to get more involved?
• Join us at an HFA meeting (Feb 13 and Mar 12 @9:30am in the HMS Library)
• Email us at highlandfamilyassociationd70@gmail.com

Volunteer with the HFA

We have great opportunities for you to support our students’ HMS community and meet other like-minded parents. It’s a quick click to add your name to the HFA Volunteer lists and be among the first to be contacted. Signups for volunteer opportunities can be found on the left side of the HFA web page.

Note there is no immediate commitment – we’ll reach out to you with different roles that could fit your schedule. Open roles range from 1-2 hours (i.e., Treat Days, Staff Appreciation, event chaperones) to team-driven efforts (i.e., Gym Jams, Graduation).

Events Date Roles/Time Commitment
6th Grade Gym Jam

Jan 20

Help shape this yearly recurring event for your 6th grader. 8 to 10 hours
7th Grade Gym Jam

Feb 10

Support the existng committee for your 7th grader. 4 to 5 hours
8th Grade Graduation Party


Graduation Chair, Food, HMS Decorations


The objective of the HFA is to promote good will, effective communication, and cooperation between and among parents, faculty, administration and students.  

In addition, the organization will work to plan/coordinate social functions for each grade level, and provide volunteer resources for a variety of programs/activities that support Highland Middle School. Each parent/guardian is automatically a voting member of their school Family Association once their child is enrolled in the school. 

Each academic year, the HFA is responsible to plan and execute fundraisers where the proceeds/profits are used to purchase items and/or fund programs that enhance the educational experience of the students. The organization’s largest fundraiser is Friends of the HFA – that requests families to make an annual pledge to the school.

Highland Family Association (HFA) is an Illinois-based nonprofit organization recognized under section 501(c)(3).

Here’s a Snapshot of What We’ve Done| HFA Projects 

  • Spring, 2021 - HFA is working on sourcing new outdoor furniture for the Court Yard Space so students can enjoy reading outside and small groups can meet in this outdoor space.  
  • Summer, 2020 – HFA supported Learning Center Renovation | Phase 2, that created meeting rooms.  These new spaces are additional work areas for students to collaborate.  
  • Summer, 2019 – HFA supported Learning Center Renovation | Phase 1, sponsoring a “Collaboration Corner – The HIVE” where students can work together on projects and creative tasks, as well as collaborate with teachers for extra help. HFA provided furniture for the new workspace.  
  • Spring, 2018 – HFA funded the installation of a Projector/ Screen System in the Multi-Purpose Room.  
  • Spring, 2017 – HFA transformed the Outdoor Courtyard (adjacent to Learning Center) into usable space for the Staff and Students to enjoy.