Panther Press

for the Week of August 13th

Reminders from the Principal

After the first two days of school, I would like to personally thank all of the HMS staff for all of their hard work the first few days. The hic-ups have been minor and that is attributed to your professionalism.


Make sure you are reading the Panther Press each week and planning accordingly. Visit the Google Classroom to ensure you know when things are due. Staff Profile Sheets and Textbook Inventory is due today in the classroom.


Do not forget that all teachers are required to administer a unit assessment every 4.5 weeks and they must be labeled as a unit assessment in your gradebook.


When completing your lessons plans, make sure you denote the assignments/assessments that will be entered into the gradebook. These assignments/assessments must be connected to standards. If it is not connected to a standard it should not be in the gradebook. This is a district requirement and at least one assignment must be entered each week. A copy of your lesson plans must be posted in your classroom. The Advisement Lesson Calendar will suffice for Social Development Skills.


The forms for submitting Parent Contacts is in the Google Classroom. Make sure these are up-to-date.


The district has sent out a change in the number of assessments required for each nine weeks grading period. Each nine weeks grading period must have at least FOUR standards-based assessments. The two Unit Assessments count towards these four.


All grade level teachers are expected to be in attendance on their grade level parent night so make plans now: August 20 - 6th Grade, August 21 - 7th Grade, August 27 - 8th Grade.


The first faculty meeting will be August 21. The expectation is that all teachers will be in the conference room (or meeting location) within 10 minutes of the tardy bell so that we can begin on time.


The updated Panther Pass Menu will be published to parents next week in the 1st Nine Weeks Newsletter as well as on the school website and Facebook page.


I need to remind ALL staff members of a couple of things: 1) all staff members are required to remain on campus during the work day unless they have permission from an administrator to leave (teachers must sign out in the front office and classified must clock out), 2) All staff are responsible for electronic communications and items shared through the google platform. A copy of the current staff handbook for HMS will be going up in the classroom next week. We will be adding additional documents as the year progresses. I did not read my email or did not know how to access the google folders is not an acceptable excuse.

Important Reminders for the Week of August 13th Plus

Aug 13 - All staff timecard corrections and timecard approvals due by 3 PM.

Aug 14 - No Faculty Meetings today

Aug 15 - Discipline Assignment due in the Classroom by 3 PM

Aug 17 - Erin's Law/Mandatory Reporter Certificate of Completion due by 3 PM - instructions are in the classroom - print out the certificate and turn in to Mr. Anders

Aug 17 - HMS Panthers Under the Lights - HMS Football scrimmage vs HHS 9th Grade


Aug 20 - 6th Grade Parent night @ 6 PM in the Gym

Aug 21 - Faculty Meeting in Room 106

Aug 21 - AFT rep in the Teacher's Lounge

Aug 21 - 7th Grade Parent night @ 6 PM in the Gym

Aug 23 - HMS Football @ OG for the Jamboree

Aug 24 - Gradebooks must be updated with at least one grade by 3 PM

Aug 24 - First set of Lesson Plans due in the Google Classroom by 3 PM - hard copies will not be accepted

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