FWHMS Family Newsletter

Connecting Families to School - September 2019

New District Attendance Policy

The Middle School recognizes that regular and punctual school attendance is essential for success in ensuring that students attend school regularly in Accordance with Massachusetts General Law. Parents or guardians are responsible for ensuring that their children attend school regularly and punctually, and the parents or guardians are responsible for reporting any absence of their child (Ch. 76 §1A ). The school is responsible for inquiring about any unreported absences and notifying the parents or guardians of a student who has 5 or more unexcused absences in a school year (Ch. 76 §1A & 1B).

The expectation for all students is to achieve a minimum 95% attendance rate. The calculated percentage includes all absences from school including excused absences (medical, personal, funerals). Yearly Progress (AYP) and an acceptable performance level of each school include yearly attendance rate and chronic absenteeism.

Regular school attendance is defined as three (3) excused absences during a quarter.

Students are required to be in attendance on a daily basis in order to keep current with their school work. When an absence occurs, a student is required to do the following:

  • Present a brief written explanation as to why he/she was absent from school

  • Submit a note from a doctor, dentist, or other document (ex. bereavement, legal), within five (5) days of returning to school for the absence(s) to be excused.

After 5 days without a written excuse as outlined in Section I: Excused Absences, the absence becomes unexcused. After 5 unexcused absences, the principal or principal’s designee will contact the parents/guardians to review the attendance policy and/or set up a conference.

If the student is absent for 3 consecutive days or more a doctor’s note must be presented to the main office upon return to school by the student. If the student fails to present the doctor’s note the days will be considered unexcused.

It is the student’s responsibility to request all work missed from the teachers when returning from ANY absence. It is the student’s responsibility to make up any missing class work or homework. After the third day of absence, parents may request homework assignments by calling the main office before 9:00 A.M. Homework will be available for pick-up after 2:00 P.M. in the main office.

Students will be allowed the number of days absent, plus one (1) day to make-up and turn in work.

For example, a student is out sick for three (3) days – all work is due by the end of the fourth day back. After this period, all missing work will be graded per teacher discretion.

Section I: Excused Absences

The following are considered excused absences from school (all others are unexcused):

  • Medically documented illness or injury (seen by physician)

  • Bereavement/family funeral

  • Major religious observances

  • Court Date

  • Out of School Suspensions

  • Severe family circumstances (excused at the discretion of the Principal)

Section II: Unexcused Absences

Parents will be advised of unexcused absences per quarter. After five unexcused absences, the principal or principal’s designee will contact the parents to review the attendance policy and set up a conference if this has not already been done. The school officials will work with students and their parents to help correct the attendance deficiency.

Note: Student vacations during normal school days are not excused. Homework will not be provided prior to the vacation.

Section III: Early Dismissals

The student is expected to present a written note from the parent/guardian to the main office in order to be dismissed early. The student is expected to bring the note to the office prior to 7:55 a.m.

The parent/guardian must sign the student out in the Main Office. When returning to school the same day, the student must sign in at the Main Office.

In order to participate in after school district sponsored activities or evening functions, students may not be dismissed earlier than 11:00 AM on any given day unless that dismissal is deemed excused by the administration.

NOTE: Students will be released only to a parent or guardian unless specific arrangements have been made in advance.

Section IV: Tardiness

Students are considered late after 7:55 A.M. The tardy student must report to the main office to receive a tardy slip. Students are permitted to be tardy for school three (3) times during a quarter. On the fourth, fifth, sixth, seventh, eighth, ninth, and tenth tardy to school, the student will be assigned a detention. If a student has been late to school ten or more times during the quarter, upon the eleventh tardy and each time there after the student will receive a suspension.

A new late record will be started for each quarter. A late note from a parent/guardian is also required for every late arrival to school.

In order to participate in after school district sponsored activities or evening functions, students must arrive to school by 11:00 AM on any given day unless that tardy arrival is deemed excused by the administration.

FWHMS Communication and Happenings

School website (http://www.bmrsd.net/frederick_home.aspx)

Our website is the main hub of information. The following is key information you will find:

  • Daily Intercom Announcements
  • Monthly School Calendar
  • Homework Page
  • Monthly Family Newsletter Links
  • After-school Program Information/Registration
  • BMR Athletes Information/Registration Details
  • Staff names and emails

OneCall will be used in the following ways:


For Emergency only - such as unplanned early dismissals or information on an emergency in the building. They will be sent after 3:30 pm and end before 8 pm.

Roboemails - On Tuesdays and Fridays only (as needed)

For standard communication - such as portal access to progress reports, report card distribution, the monthly newsletter release, registration information for sports/after-school clubs, field trip information, and other information as needed. The emails may be by whole school or by grade level depending on the communication needs.

Social Media - Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat

We use all our social media to share special happenings after they have happened so that families can see what we are doing. You can find us on all platforms at @fwhms2003

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PTO News

Join the FWHMS PTO! The PTO is an active group that strives to bring fun, educational events and programs to the Hartnett Middle School and it’s students. Please consider attending our meetings and getting involved. The PTO meets the third Monday of every month. Our first meeting in Monday September 16, 2019 at 6pm in the Library Conference Room at the school.

This Fall the PTO is excited to sponsor a Color-Thon Walk/Run on October 4th. The money from this fundraiser will help fun after school clubs, field trips, and our summer reading program. It’s going to be a A LOT of fun, and along the way students will have the opportunity to win GREAT prizes!

We want all students to register for the Color Walk/Run by Thursday August 29th. Registration packets were sent home with students on open Door Day, and there will be some available on the first day of school. To register, follow the instructions in the packet, or click here and use school code 140268.



Homework Website

The homework website is a link on the FWHMS website. It is a place for parents and students to view nightly homework Click here to view the new site directly.

Pay Online for School Lunch

You can pay for your child's school lunch online at myschoolbucks.com or download the app. You will need your child's ID number to enroll.

You can view the account balance, see what was purchased, and schedule automatic payments if you wish.

Calendar of Events

Friday, August 30th and Monday, September 3rd

  • No School - Labor Day Recess
Tuesday, September 3rd

  • 6:30 pm - Rescheduled District of One Fun Run Event - Blackstone Bike Path parking to Millville

Friday, September 6th

  • All summer work (ELA and math) is due to your teachers

Monday, September 16th

  • 5 pm - School Council Meeting - Main office conference room
  • 6 pm - PTO Meeting - Lobby conference room

Tuesday, September 17th

  • 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm - Meet the Teacher Night

Wednesday, September 18th

  • 6th grade school pictures

Thursday, September 19th

  • 7th grade school pictures

Friday, September 20th

  • 8th grade school pictures

Tuesday, October 1st

  • Progress Reports on Parent Portal

Be sure to visit our school web site to view our school events calendar.

ABC's of Student Success

A is for Attendance

Attendance is a critical factor for any child's school success. It is impossible to replace the learning that happens on any school day with make-up work. Regular attendance and promptness are good habits that are expected at all levels of school and in the workplace. This year commit to excellence in attendance.


Math @ Home

Copy down a license plate as you are traveling in your car or walking. Read the plate as a number by leaving out any letters. Find other license plates that are greater than or less than your number.


Parent Pointers

  • Set a regular time each day for doing homework. That time should be free of distractions such as television and phone calls.
  • Be sure your child has a place that is quiet and well lit. You could make a homework station in order to make sure all the needed supplies are available.
  • Consistently review your child's homework and agenda during homework time.

School-wide Ongoing Fundraisers

BoxTops - You can find the tops on participating products. Cut out the top and have your child bring it to school. We earn 10 cents for each top collected. Visit www.boxtops4education.com for a listing of products.

Stop & Shop A Plus Program - Register your rewards card to help us earn $$. Log on to www.stopandshop.com/aplus to register online USE SCHOOL ID: 07080 or dial 1-877-275-2758 to register your card over the phone.

Amazon - Please click here to shop on Amazon.com. A small percentage of what you purchase will go to the Hartnett Middle School PTO to help support field trips, assemblies, special events, and after school programming. It is the same Amazon.com you may use, with a small percentage supporting middle school students.

It is the policy of the Blackstone-Millville Regional School District not to discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, religion, national origin, homelessness, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, or disability, in its educational programs, services, activities, or employment practices; as defined and required by state and federal laws. Further information may be obtained by contacting Dr. Janis LaPorte at 508-876-0190 or jlaporte@bmrsd.net.