Bulldog Bulletin

Week of 5/16/22

Building and Connecting Everyday

As we focus our school year on "Building and Connecting", we want every student to be involved and noticed at HEMMS. We are continuing to deploy many activities and programing. Some of them are: Anime Club, afterschool tutoring, Connections Time (Advisory), athletics and many others.


The H.E. McCracken Middle School mission is to build on the academic foundation of diverse

learners and establish high expectations for contributing, independent, and collaborative members of an ever increasing technologically driven society.


Our Vision is to promote:

high expectations for all learners

critical thinking skills

authentic, real world applications


the strength of our diversity

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HEMMS awarded the No Place for Hate

Congratulations! H. E. McCracken Middle School has been designated as No Place for Hate for the 2021-2022 school year! Thanks so much for all the hard work our school counselors invested while working on this program with our students.
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Important News & Updates

Parents are directed to take a look at all building and district updates on the website.

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Our state testing is coming up. Testing will include and the South Carolina READY/PASS assessments, and the Algebra I EOC. We are required by state and federal laws to administer the tests to all students.

H.E. McCracken will be holding testing on the following dates and times.

May 18th – 8:45 a.m.-12:00 p.m. SC READY Math (Grades 6-8)

May 19th - 8:45 a.m.-11:00 a.m. Science (Grade 6 Only)

May 19th - 8:45 a.m.-11:00 a.m. Algebra I EOC (Algebra I Students Only)

Please see the link below for the State Department of Education’s Student and Parent Resources Page. Items such as brochures, sample items, sample score reports, translations and more can be found at this website.


It is imperative that students arrive to school on time. If they arrive late, they will not be able to enter the testing session and will have to participate in make-up testing. Please try not to schedule doctor’s appointments or out of school functions on testing days. If a student does not finish their test in the allotted time, they are moved to the media center to finish their test. Once a student has started testing, they must finish their test on the same day.

During testing, students may not be in possession of any electronic devices that can be used for communicating, recording, timing, creating images, or storing images with the exception of necessary medical devices. Please stress the importance of this to your child. Students may leave their devices at home or they will be instructed to turn off their electronic devices and stored in their bookbag at the front of the room.

Please reach out to Mrs. Ryman, testing coordinator, with any questions at Cassandra.ryman@beaufort.k12.sc.us.

21-22 Year at a Glance-District School Calendar

District Calendar for 2022-2023

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Mark Your Calendars!

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Library News and Updates

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United Way Community Survey

United Way of the Lowcountry continuously evaluates community needs in order to make sure they are providing the best services and support where it is needed most. As such, they would be very appreciative of your participation in their community-wide survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/UWL.

8th Grade Moving Up Ceremony

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8th Grade Semi-Formal

Hey 8th graders!

It’s no secret, but it IS a Masquerade! It’s the 8th grade semi formal dance on Wednesday, May 25th - the same day as the Moving Up ceremonies.

You can get your ticket online from now until May 22, OR you can buy it in person this Friday, May 13 or Monday, May 16th in Ms. Kaney’s office from 8:45 - 1. THERE WILL BE NO TICKET SALES AT THE DOOR. You must get one before Sunday, May 22 at 11:59 p.m.

A ticket gets you in the door AND a masquerade mask. Wristbands will be your tickets, and they will be handed out the morning of Moving Up ceremonies in your alphabetical rooms.

Reminders: This dance is only for McCracken 8th graders.

Once you leave the dance you cannot come back in. If you are caught letting anyone in, you will be dismissed. No food will be allowed out of the cafeteria.

So. don’t hide! Come and join your classmates at the Masquerade - get your ticket today!!

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Yearbook Signing Days

8th Graders will have yearbook signing on Tuesday, May 24th.

6th and 7th Graders will have their signing day on Thursday, May 26th.

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Accessing Tutor.com via Discus (CC)

6th Grade Reading Plus Challenge-May date extended until May 20th.

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News from the PTO, SIC, and Administrators

PTO Spirit Store is Open!

Select the link to order from the HEMMS PTO Store.

Resources for Parents

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PTO needs help to restock the Woo Hoo Cart

The PTO is bringing the Woo Hoo Cart to your students! This awesome reward program will visit all classrooms twice a month, during the first period of the day. Teachers will select students to be rewarded each week. Those students, choose fun prizes or snacks from the Woo Hoo Cart. This is ALWAYS a popular event!

This program is supplied through generous donations from parents. Use the link provided to the Amazon "wish list" of items YOU CAN PURCHASE and have sent directly to the school, to be used on the Woo Hoo cart. PLEASE CONSIDER DONATING. It is very easy!




Bus riders can find information for routes by following the link below. Bus riders should arrive to their designated route at least 15 minutes prior to the scheduled time.

Bus routes: https://bit.ly/3ilGxcm

Remind app for buses: @hemccrac

Car riders and walkers should enter their designated areas.

6th grade students will enter through the parking lot at the end of the sixth grade hall.

7th and 8th grade students will enter the main entrance to the school.

Before School Care

H.E. McCracken offers a before school childcare program for our students. Please click on the link to see the Morning Care Handbook for more information.

Our School Uniforms

Important Update

Athleisure is not approved uniform clothing. Athleisure outfits can include but is not limited to yoga pants, tights, leggings, jeggings, joggers, and other clothing that look like athletic wear.

Community Partners

Cornerstone Church and LowCountry Community Church have graciously partnered with H.E. McCracken to promote academics and positive student engagement. Some of the sponsored activities are Student of the Month and Positive Behavior Supports (PBIS/PBS) celebrations.

Thank you for all that you do!

Business Partner Highlight

All interested business partners should visit HERE to learn how to support the learning, living (SEL), and great work happening at HEMMS.

Earn money for our school with Publix Partners

Publix Partners is donating a portion of your grocery purchases to our school! Learn how you can sign up and support our school at www.publix.com/partners. Terms & conditions apply.

How does Publix Partners work?

1. Parents sign up for or log in to their Club Publix account https://clubpublix.com/, click on My Publix Partner under your profile, and select HE McCracken Middle School. Publix Partners expires each July and you will need to sign up annually.

2. Pay with the Publix app or enter your phone number at checkout.

3. A portion of your eligible purchases will be donated to HE McCracken Middle School.

Publix Partners has contributed $38.7 million to more than 4,950 schools

across the Southeast.

Stay In Touch

School messenger is designed to keep parents informed. When signed up, school messages go directly to your mobile phone(all rates apply). You can participate by texting Y for Yes to our school's short code number, 67587.

Parent Climate Survey

Hello Parents and Guardians,

Please take the opportunity to complete the Parent Climate survey through the South Carolina Department of Education (SCDE).

K-12 parents can take the survey up until May 27th in Ecollect in the PowerSchool Parent Portal. Parents may submit one survey for each student, according to SCDE guidelines. Each survey will take about 10-15 minutes to complete. Please read each statement and choose the best response from the choices given. As you read each statement, please consider the entire year rather than recent or isolated events.

Your feedback will help to identify areas of strengths and weaknesses and define opportunities to improve parental involvement at your school and in the state. The results will be included in the school’s annual report card and will be used to inform decision-making on the school, district, and state levels. Your answers will be anonymous and confidential. School administrators will receive only a summary of the answers.

Thank you for taking time to give us your feedback. Working together helps to ensure that we have better schools and brighter futures for every student. A strong partnership with families is instrumental in making our education system successful.

Click here to for directions to access and complete the SCDE Parent Climate Survey.

PowerSchool Parent Portal: https://beaufortsc.powerschool.com/public/home.html

If you are unable to access parent portal please contact Ina Rollins, data specialist, at Ina.Rollins@beaufort.k12.sc.us.



The following contact list should be used to communicate, ask questions, etc.

6th grade: General Inquires- Cassandra.Ryman@beaufort.k12.sc.us

Last Name A-M- Laura.Mason@beaufort.k12.sc.us

Last Name N-Z- Suzan.Ballard@beaufort.k12.sc.us

7th grade: Administrator- Samantha.Szwak@beaufort.k12.sc.us

Counselor- Suzan.Ballard@beaufort.k12.sc.us

8th grade: Administrator – Casey.Swofford@beaufort.k12.sc.us

Counselor- Laura.Mason@beaufort.k12.sc.us

Additional Services

Social worker- Sarah.Kwiatkowski@beaufort.k12.sc.us

Translation services- Vanessa.smallpage-herrera@beaufort.k12.sc.us