HMS Bearcat Bulletin

April 2017

A Note from Ms. Buschmann

It was an exciting month of March at Hermann Middle School. We were glad to have the opportunity for parents, grandparents, family friends and community leaders to be in the building for both Missouri Read-In Day and our Student Showcase. We wrapped up Volleyball season, started Track, and had great concerts from the Music Department. There is a lot to report, so this newsletter is long, but I hope you enjoy seeing and hearing what is going on at HMS.

Missouri Read-In Day

We had a great time on march 10 celebrating and enjoying reading. We were joined by community leaders in the morning, loved ones at lunch, and high school leaders in the afternoon. The video below shows some of our teachers' favorite books and book memories and features pictures of the day at the end. Enjoy!
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The Gasconade Co. R-I School District $0.50 Levy Issue

The Board of Education for the GCR1 Schools voted to place a 50 cent operating tax levy increase on the April 4, 2017 ballot. The $0.50 increase will support operating expenditures including:

  • instructional materials and supplies
  • technology
  • transportation costs
  • recruitment and retention of staff.

Approval will allow the flexibility to provide the needed resources to prepare students to be competitive in careers and post-high school education.

Be sure to vote Tuesday, April 4.

MAP Testing

Beginning on April 18, we will be administering the Grade- Level Assessments (GLA's) which are part of the Missouri Assessment Program (MAP). The MAP Grade- Level Assessments are based on the Missouri Learning Standards and include multiple-choice and technology enhanced items, and some tests include a performance event in which the student generates a response based on a prompt. The performance events include writing an essay, solving a multi-step math problem and setting up a scientific investigation.

These assessments are used to monitor student progress in meeting the Missouri Learning Standards, to inform the public about students' performance, and to help us make informed decisions about curriculum and assessment. As with all assessments, we want to set students up for success. We have been working hard throughout the year to make sure students have the knowledge and skills necessary, but you are certainly in a position to help as well. Here are a few things you can do:

  • Avoid scheduling appointments during the testing window (April 18- April 28)
  • Make sure your child gets a good night's sleep
  • Encourage your child to eat a nutritious breakfast with protein for lasting energy

It is also important to note that cell phones are not allowed in the testing room. While our day-to-day expectation is that students keep their phones off and out of sight, this is not the standard for testing. Any phones brought into the testing room will be collected until students are dismissed from testing.

At HMS we know that these tests show a very small piece of a student, but they are an important measure. Thank you in advance for your commitment to making sure our students can show their best at this time.

Student Showcase

We had a great turnout for our Student Showcase on March 28. Thank you to all that attended. The great variety of projects as well as the number of ways students are using technology in their learning was astounding. It was also a treat to get to hear the 6th grade band, 7/8 Grade choir, and sample popcorn from the FACS classes. Special thanks to the teachers that helped organize and display student learning and for giving up their time in the evening to share their classrooms with parents and patrons. Enjoy the pictures below from that evening.
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News for 8th Grade

The time at Hermann Middle School for our 8th graders is drawing to an end. They have been a great group for my first year at the middle school and have helped guide me through the year, but now it is time to celebrate them and their accomplishments.

8th Grade Celebration: Friday, May 12 at 6:00 p.m.

Students are in the process of designing their class t-shirt. They will wear this T-shirt and khaki pants for the ceremony. Fricke Studio will be on hand for professional photos and Families in Action will provide a meal and dance for the students afterwards. More details will come home when it gets a little bit closer.

8th Grade Cardinal Game: Thursday, May 4

Students are invited to attend a Cardinal game with their classmates. The cost of the ticket will be $15, and students will need to bring money for food and drink. We will not be back until 6:30 p.m. Students will need to have a ride here to pick them up. If they will be riding home from the middle school with anyone other than a parent/guardian, they will need a note giving them permission. Any student who does not attend the game will need to be at school. A travel release with all of the details will be sent home soon.

Other Events

We will be having awards and the 8th grade barbecue this year, but we have a few other dates to nail down. We will send a complete schedule home as soon as possible.


There will be no school on April 13, 14, or 17. We will return to school and MAP testing will begin on April 18.

Student of the Month

The character trait of the month for March was Positive Work Ethic. Our brains are trained to do what is easy, so we must constantly make a conscious decision to work hard at things that are hard for us. The students recognized this month do a great job making that decision day in and day out. Also included is a video that shows what happens in our brains as we practice physical things- it is the same as when we use those nerves to make hard decisions!
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The nominees were:

Back Row (L to R): Sami, Addie, Heidi, Taylor, Ben

Middle Row (L to R): Kaley, Claire, Rosie, Holly, Conner, Drake

Front Row (L to R): Paige, Serena, Alison, Emmy, Megan

Not Pictured: Cheyenne

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Congratulations Student of the Month Winners

5th Grade- Allison

6th Grade- Kaley

7th Grade-Sami

8th Grade-Addie

Teacher of the Month

Congratulations to our nominees:

Mrs. Worland, Mr. Sachs, Mrs. Stephan, Mrs. Engemann, Ms. Burns, Coach Dace, Mrs. Weir, Mrs. Dann, Mrs. Brethorst, Mrs. Alferman, Ms. Brown, and Coach Walton. The winner for March was Ms. Burns.

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A Few Photos from Around HMS this Month

Below are some highlights from the month including a visit from the St. Louis Symphony, Book Trivia Winners, Pi Day festivities, Coding in Advanced Keyboarding, Reading Week Spirit Day Winners, and the reveal of the HMS flag by Honor Society and its designer Kale.
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Ongoing Fundraising Efforts

Please keep in mind a couple of easy ways to raise funds for HMS.

1. Boxtops for Education

2. Shutterfly- start your order at our storefront and 13% of each purchase will be sent to HMS.

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