Lakeland Highlands Middle School


A Message from our Principal

Students & Parents,

If you are new to Lakeland Highlands Middle School let me be the first to welcome you! It is our belief that while at our school, every student has the ability to reach a high level of success and we are truly excited to see where your time at LHMS will take you.

Lakeland Highlands has a diverse selection of Academies to offer students. This provides us with the unique opportunity to use our students’ interests to create an engaging and rigorous academic environment. During your time at Lakeland Highlands, you can expect to not only grow in your academic knowledge, but also to see how the classes you are taking apply to the various career fields that your interests may guide you to explore.

We want every student who has the privilege to call themselves an LHMS Cougar, to head to High School knowing they have the skills necessary to become an advocate for themselves and take an active role in their academic pursuits. We take great pride in the fact that we are able to equip our students with the knowledge and skills necessary to achieve their goals, no matter what their dreams may be.

For those who are already a part of our LHMS family, we are excited to have you back for another year! We can’t wait to see what the year holds for you as you continue on your journey towards reaching star status this year.

Please help us stay connected with you by joining our REMIND 101 Text Message Service for 2016-2017.  We will use this service to send out reminders, brief announcements, and other necessary information. CLICK HERE to sign up online, or follow these instructions to sign up via text from your phone.

Due to changes in federal regulations, we are asking that all parents opt-in Polk County’s School Messenger system. This will be our primary way to inform parents of school related messages. Click here for directions on signing up for School Messenger. However, please ensure that your Parent Portal information is up to date, as your email address is required to set up an account on our School Messenger system.

Also, please update your Parent Portal information as we will use that contact information as another means to communicate with our parents.

Remember, our teachers set the stage, but it’s up to you to become the star!

Mrs. Telay Kendrick, LHMS Principal



Lakeland Highlands Middle School was established in 1975 and is located in Southwest Lakeland just off South Florida Avenue. LHMS operates on a seven period day. In 2012, LHMS became a pre-academy with tracks available in fine arts, aviation, medicine, media design, culinary arts, and video game design. Read more about the different pre-academies.

Latest News

Give Me 10 with Kendrick

Our PTSO has started a new program with our principal called “Give Me Ten with Kendrick.” Every week Mrs. Kendrick will have the opportunity to get to know one of our Cougars over doughnuts and juice. This is an opportunity for our students to better get to know our principal...Read More »

Jazz Band & Solo and Ensemble

Congrats to the LHMS Jazz Band and Ms. Hansen. The ensemble received straight Excellent ratings and has made enormous progress since August!

Additionally, members of the LHMS Band recently participated in the Solo & Ensemble Festival. LHMS students earned over 50 Superior awards and  12 Excellent awards. It was a fantastic...Read More »

Book Fair March 10-16

 The LHMS Book Fair will return March 10-16.

Any parents interested in volunteering to help, the online sign up can be found here.

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Transition Meeting May 16

Attention parents of current 5th graders!

Tuesday May 16 will be Middle School preview night for students coming to LHMS in 2017-2018. More info coming soon. Please see this FLYER for more information.

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Congrats HOSA Students!

Congratulations to the members of HOSA (Health Occupations Students of America) and Ms. Higgins!

The HOSA Tri-County Regionals took place January 21, and LHMS students placed 1st, 2nd, or 3rd place in all categories. Categories included: Medical Spelling, First Aid Skills, Medical Reading, Medical Terminology, Knowledge Test of Health Careers, Medical...Read More »

Parent Cougar Newsletter

The latest edition of the Parent Cougar Newsletter can be seen/downloaded HERE.

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