• Dear Parents/Guardians,

    Hello and welcome to what I know is going to be a great year at Highland Middle School.  I am Mrs. Dorsett, your student’s English Language Arts and Reading teacher.  There are just a few things that I wanted to make you aware of for the upcoming school year. 

    Tutoring Days: Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 7:50 – 8:20.


    Absences: When students are absent, it is their responsibility to come to me and get the work that was missed. Students shall have a time equal to days absent from class plus one day to complete all missed assignments. If they are absent on a day that a project is due, they are expected to turn the project in upon their return. 


    Late Work: Refer to the HMS Student Handbook.


    Grades/Assignments:  Please refer to district grading polices that can be found on our district web page.


    Supplies:  I expect each student to come to class on a daily basis with their binder, a pen/pencil, a library book/book from home and paper. 


    Discipline:  The students need to follow the guidelines set by the HMS Student Handbook.  In addition, they need to display appropriate manners and respect to all.  For the most part, a verbal warning will be given to the individual or to the class in general.  Then, if the inappropriate behavior continues, the student may receive one of the following:  detention, teacher/student conference, phone call home, note home, or e-mail home.  If the poor behavior continues the student will receive a detention or a referral to the office.


    Communication:  First and foremost, communication has to be open between the student, parent, and teacher.  You may contact me through e-mail at any time.  If you have access to e-mail, I highly encourage you to send me a quick e-mail, so I will have it for my records.  You may also leave me a voice message or use your student’s planner to communicate with me.

    Conference period: 11:20am – 12:15pm

    Remind: Please feel free to join my remind group. This is a tool I use to send out a reminder text to students, and their parents, about upcoming grades, assignments, when I have posted to skyward. I feel it is important to keep the communication constant between students, teacher, and parents. If your child is in

                    1st period- TEXT the number 81010 and in the message section put @mdorset

                    2nd period- TEXT the number 81010 and in the message section put @mdorsett

                    3rd period- TEXT the number 81010 and in the message section put @b61890


    Good Strategies for This Year: Students are highly encouraged to read for at least 25 minutes each night.


    I’m looking forward to a wonderful and successful year with you and your child.  If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me. 


    Michelle Dorsett


    (817) 847-5143 ext. 5235