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 Culinary Competition Team

The Cougar Culinary Competition Team is made up of students interested in competitive cooking.

Sponsor: Mr. Griffith

FCA -Fellowship of Christian Athletes

FCA is open to anyone, Christians, athletes, non-athletes, and those who may be interested in learning more about Christianity.  We meet for fellowship and devotions the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of every month in Mr. King’s room at 8:30. Donuts are provided!  We hope to you see you there!

Sponsor: Ms. Beagan

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

DJ Club

This club gives students the opportunity to learn how to create a online radio show. They have the opportunity to DJ at school activities and dances.

Sponsor: Mr. Walls

Math Counts

Lakeland Highlands Middle School has a math competition team called MathCounts. 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 10 students compete against other school teams in Polk County. Four students work during the team round. 6 students compete as individuals. Members of the team are chosen from all grades, 6th, 7th and 8th. MathCounts meets every Thursday from 4:15 to 5pm.

Go to for more information about the organization.

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.

Sign up for Remind Messages.

Meeting Schedule for 2019-2020.

Sponsors: Ms. Skeates

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.

View TSA Events

Sponsor: Mr. Barringer