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.
The LHMS Art Club and Art Honor Society are open to all students with a love for the visual arts. Students do not need to be enrolled in an art class to join.
Students are able to apply for the Art Honor Society if they have an A/B average and have taken at least one visual arts course at the middle school level. See Ms. Ham for more details.
Sponsor: Ms. Ham
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.
The LHMS Chess Club competes in regional competitions.
Chess Club meets every Friday morning at 8:30 AM in the cafeteria.
Sponsor: Mr. Barringer
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.
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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Dance & Cheer Team
The cheer and hip hop team are two squads that perform at LHMS basketball games. We also participate in the Lakeland and Mulberry Christmas parades. This year is our first year implementing a cheer team. We are very excited to cheer our teams to victory. We also participate in Downtown Lakeland’s First Fridays. Last year we won 1st place in the Hip Hop for Health dance competition.
Auditions are held in August/September.
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.
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.
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. Williams
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.
Sponsors: Ms. Beagan
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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