Lakeland Highlands Middle School


Lakeland Highland Middle School offers a variety of programs and activities for students. These programs include elective classes covering a wide range of interests and sponsored clubs and activities. In addition, our school offers academic assistance through tutoring and remedial programs. Below is a list of some of the programs offered at Lakeland Highlands Middle School.

Art Club & Art Honor Society

The LHMS Art Club is open to any student enrolled in an LHMS art class.

The LHMS chapter of National Art Honor Society requires students to have at least a B in their art classes, to promote an objective view of art, and volunteer hours. The chapter sponsors an art sale at the end of each year. See Ms. Ham for more details.



The A-Team is an all academic competition team at Lakeland Highlands Middle School. All (private, public, charter) middle schools compete against each other. The team attracts the academically talented students as well as those who are just really good at solving problems.

Interested students take a test at the beginning of the year over general knowledge in all of the subject areas. The teams (6th, 7th and 8th) will be selected around November. Only 6 students compete for each grade level.  The competition will be held in March.

Sponsors: Mr. Winters  Ms. Davenport

Chess Club

The LHMS Chess Club competes in regional competitions.

Chess Club meets every Monday morning at 8:20 AM in 01-054A.

Sponsor: Mr. Barringer

Cougar Band

The purpose of the Cougar Band Program is to teach students life skills through the use of music.  We will use music to learn self-confidence, teamwork, discipline, and self-expression.   By the end of the school year, each student will be able to display a high level of proficiency in music history, music theory, critical analysis and performance on his or her instrument.

LHMS offers beginning band (no prior experience needed), concert bands and jazz band.  It also provides an opportunity for solos, small ensembles and All County and All State events.

Band meets during the school day, with occasional after school rehearsals and 2-4 performances each year.

Cougar Band Website

Cougar Chorus

Welcome to Mr. King’s Chorus.

For more information regarding LHMS Chorus please follow below link.

Cougars Chorus Website


CougarVision TV is Lakeland Highlands award winning television production program. Applications are submitted at the end of each school year for the following year’s cast and crew.

CVTV is one of the largest TV production programs in Polk County.

Sponsor: Mr. Walls


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Cougar Squad Cheer Team

The Cougar Squad Cheer Team perform at LHMS basketball games. We also participate in the Lakeland and Mulberry Christmas parades. We are very excited to cheer our teams to victory. We also participate in Downtown Lakeland’s First Fridays.

Auditions are held in August/September.


FCA -Fellowship of Christian Athletes

Meets the 1st and 3rd Thursday of every month in Mr. King’s room at 8:30 am.  All are welcome!  Donuts are provided.

Sponsor: Ms. Beagan

HOSA - Health Occupations Students of America

HOSA-Future Health Professionals , formerly known as Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA), is a national career and technical student organization endorsed by the U.S. Department of Education and the Health Science Technology Education Division of ACTE.  Students compete regionally in various events during Jan/Feb.  In addition, HOSA is implemented into the curriculum of the Health Science courses in Middle School, High School and in Post-Secondary education.

Sponsor: Mrs. Higgins

LHMS Spelling Bee

Lakeland Highlands Middle School has an annual Spelling Bee. Winning students are sent to the area written bee and the County Regional Oral Bee which qualifies a Polk County Student for the National Bee in D.C.

Sponsor: Mrs. Youngblood

Math Counts

Lakeland Highlands Middle School has a math competition team called Math Counts. Both individuals and groups work to figure out problems that relate to the real world of engineering. Problem difficulty varies from middle school to upper high school levels. The competition is on a Saturday in February where a team of 4 students competes against other school teams in Polk County. Four additional students attend the competition and all 8 students take a test to compete for top rankings in the county. Members of the team are chosen form all grades, 6th, 7th and 8th, and will work together rather than in separate grade levels as is done in A-Team. This team practices once/twice every week after school beginning in late September.

Competition Components

The competition consists of up to 4 different rounds:  

The Sprint Round (40 minutes) consists of 30 problems. This round tests accuracy, with time being such that only the most capable students will complete all of the problems. Calculators are not permitted.

The Target Round (approximately 30 minutes) consists of eight problems presented to competitors in four pairs (6 minutes per pair). This round features multi‑step problems that engage Mathletes in mathematical reasoning and problem-solving processes. Problems assume the use of calculators.

The Team Round (20 minutes) consists of 10 problems that team members work together to solve. Team member interaction is permitted and encouraged. Problems assume the use of calculators.

The Countdown Round is a fast-paced, oral competition for top-scoring individuals (based on scores in the Sprint and Target Rounds). In this round, pairs of Mathletes compete against each other and the clock to solve problems. Calculators are not permitted.

Sponsors: Ms. Kravcenko

National Junior Honor Society

The NJHS is a service oriented club at LHMS. Every student is responsible for 40 hours of community service. In addition, students are required to maintain a certain GPA, along with other specific requirements, in order to join and remain a member of this group.

This year our students will be earning their service hours working at various charities throughout the Lakeland community.

More info about NJHS.


Technology Student Association (TSA)

Technology Education for Today’s Youth

The mission of the Technology Student Association is to prepare its membership for the challenges of a dynamic world by promoting technological literacy, leadership, and problem solving skills, resulting in personal growth and opportunities.

The common denominator for TSA members is an interest in technology and a desire to be a part of a national organization.

TSA’s curriculum, competitive events, chapter programs and conferences provide academic and personal growth challenges to its members.

TSA hosts more than sixty competitions that incorporate communications, construction, manufacturing, transportation, leadership and related technologies.

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