MMS Parent Newsletter
March 27 - March 31st
Number Of School Days Left: 42
McCormick Middle School
Location: 5700 Dacy Lane, Hays, TX, USA
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Hays Hope Line (Report things here)
Pleae click on the link below and report any bullying, harrassment, or any issues students are having on campus.
Save The Date (Reminders)
March 30th - March Madness Knockout Challenge
March 30th - Math Benchmark (Students need a district chromebook fully charged on this day)
April 7th - No School
April 10th - Staff Development (No school for students)
April 17th - Deadline to purchase a Yearbook
April 25th- ELAR STAAR test (Students need a district chromebook on this day)
"McCormick Middle School is a team of dedicated educators that will create a safe environment where students are motivated to achieve academic success. We will empower our students to be respectful and engaged learners resulting in a culture that inspires excellence not only in their school, but also in their community."
We will see you this Thursday for our Tiger March Madness!!!!
Welcome Back! It was great seeing the students back. We are in the last stretch of this school year. We have 9 weeks left. It is important all students come to school every day.
This Thursday, we are having our March Madness Knockout Challenge. This is sponsored by our MMS PTSA. The cost is $2 for students and parents are welcome to participate in the event as well.
Please remind your child to bring their chromebook everyday fully charged and ready to go each day.
We have our district track meet this Tuesday and Wednesday. Soccer and Tennis tryouts are this Thursday and Friday. Please read the information in the Athletics section of the newsletter.
For the remainder of the school year, any student that is assigned to ISS on a day of an athletic event or any extracurricular activity will not be allowed to participate.
Please make sure you order your child's yearbook. The deadline is approaching.
Please be mindful of your speed when dropping off and picking up your child. I have noticed many parents speeding. The speed limit is 10mph while you are on campus. I try to assist the students crossing Dacy Ln. but there are some days I am not on campus or cannot make it out there. I appreciate everyone's help with this.
Thank you for all that you do. Have a great weekend!
Principal McCormick Middle School
Congratulations to Ms. Harding for being selected as our Teacher Of The Year!
Congratulations Mrs. Mitchell for being selected as Staff Member Of The Year!
HAYS CISD District Summer Musical
Does your student want something to do over the Summer Vacation? Come Audition for the HAYS CISD District Summer Musical 'The Little Mermaid'. Applications to audition are due 4/28/23 and Auditions will be held May 15th and 16, 2023.
Directed by several of our Hays CISD directors. Come swim Under the Sea with us this Summer.
Hello MMS Families!
Rising 8th Grade Parents! We will begin creating graduation plans when we return from Spring Break. Students will meet with a counselor to make a plan of action for high school. Keep in mind that nothing is set in stone. Changes can always be made along the way.
Appointments for parents to go over the plan, ask questions, or make changes will be available. An email will be sent with a Calendly link where you can select your appointment in the near future. Please remember to become familiar with the information provided below so we can create the best plan possible for your child.
Course verifications will be in late March or early April. Students will be able to make changes to their original course selections at that time. Thank you all for your help with this important process!
High School Credit Courses Offered at MMS & How They Contribute to a Graduation Endorsement
Please review the JHS Rising 9th Grade Course Selection Information flyer.
If your student would like to visit with a counselor, please click on the link below and fill out the Google form. A counselor will call in the student as soon as possible.
Purchase Online at:
(Online Sales End April 17th)
$30 Until Jan 30th / $35 Feb – April / $40 May 1st – Sold Out
TO PAY IN PERSON: Students May Bring Cash/Check to Coach Clewell in Room 214
Please Make Checks Payable to MMS Yearbook
We will be taking our math BENCHMARK this Thursday! It is very important your student brings their chromebook fully charged! Please remind them to use their testing strategies and show their work! This will be a test grade. They will do great! After their benchmark, they will be wrapping up Unit 8 with a Unit Test on Friday.
We will be taking our math BENCHMARK this Thursday! It is very important your student brings their chromebook fully charged! Please remind them to use their testing strategies and show their work! This will be a test grade. They will do great! After their benchmark, they will be wrapping up Unit 9 with a Unit Test on Friday.
We will be finishing up our novel study of The Outsiders. As we conclude the novel, students will be working on character analysis for one of the major characters. We will also start working on an essay over the novel that will be a major grade.
We will be taking our CBA #2 on Tuesday and Wednesday. This test will be over 3 units we have been learning throughout the spring semester. Please make sure that your student is studying for their test each night.
We will begin Unit 8 South Asia vocabulary and mapping.
We are wrapping up our unit on modeling and solving equations, order of operations, and distributive property. We will have our unit test this week. Please make sure your student plugs in their chromebook each night so it is charged and ready for the next day. Thank you for helping with this.
We will be reading chapter 7-10 of The Outsiders. We will focus on analyzing characters and mood.
We will be taking our math benchmark test on Thursday, 3/30. This will be counted as a test grade.
Students will take a quiz on Unit 9 (Surface area and Volume) on Tuesday. Students will also be taking their benchmark on Thursday which will be taken for a major grade. It is a practice released STAAR test.
March 27-31: This week students will be writing a short story. We will do all of the work planning, writing, revising, and editing the story in class. This will be due the following week and taken for a major grade. Students who need extra help writing their story are encouraged to attend tutoring.
We will are continuing to work on flow of energy through living systems. Students will be creating food webs for different biomes as well as creating energy pyramids. At the end of the week, we will prepare for our CBA which will be over the last two units.
In 7th Grade Texas History, The week of March 27 - 31 we will continue our examination of the impact The Great Depression, The Dust Bowl, and WWII had on Texas in the 20th Century.
We are wrapping up our unit on 2D shapes, and will have our unit test this week. Please make sure your student plugs in their chromebook every night so it is charged and ready for the next day. Thank you for helping with this.
We will continue to work in Unit 5. We will finish our nonfiction text from the week before and then begin a fiction short story for the remainder of the week. The following week students will write their own short story.
This week we will be taking the math Benchmark on Thursday. This will count as a test grade for your child. We will prepare for it earlier in the week and will also go over surface area.
Students will be reviewing concepts from throughout the year to prepare for their Benchmark on Thursday. The Benchmark will be taken for a major grade. It is a released practice STAAR test.
We will continue to working in Unit 4: The Fight For Freedom. This week we will continue to read our informational text and analyze characterization and author's craft.
This week we begin our final unit over living systems. We will be learning something new each day so please be sure your child is at school so they do not fall behind. Assignments will be posted in schoology.
This week we will be concluding our Unit on the Civil War and starting our Unit on Reconstruction. Please bring all laptops charged and ready to go.
We are wrapping up our unit on transformations. We will have our unit test this week. Please make sure your student plugs their chromebook in each night to charge it so it is ready for the next day's work. Thank you for helping with this.
We will continue to analyze our poem from the previous week. Students will have a quiz over the poem once we finish analyzing it in small groups.
Concert Orchestra: Concert Orchestra members are coming off a historic and successful first UIL contest effort. Members of this orchestra have five new selections to learn and are to be specifically working on "Rosin town" and "Sparticus" as we begin discussing vibrato in class.
Beginning Orchestra: Parents of beginning orchestra members should be seeing and hearing their child tending to personal practice on their instrument at home at least 30 min a day, at least 5 days a week. Students of this orchestra should have the song "Mountain Climbing" perfected and are to be working on "Cabbage Countdown" as we begin to learn "Elevator Song" in class.
Students will begin intro to Playwriting. Students will write their own plays and perform them in class.
Students will continue to learn about the history of Theatre and create different projects
from theatre around the world.
Students will continue to learn about the history of Theatre and create different projects from theatre around the world.
This week, MS art 1 will be working on a perspective project. MS art 2 and HS art will finish painting their paper mache projects
MS 1 students are working on creating tessellations, MS 2 students are working on an acrylic painting that gives the illusion of a neon sign, and HS 1 students are working on creating surreal collages.
Spanish (Perez)We will start Unit 6: Shopping. We will review numebrs and colors in order to describe clothes in Spanish.
Spanish I students will continue their unit on Family but will be learning vocabulary on homes and its furniture.
Spanish II students will continue working on Entertainment but doing more wiriting and reading.
Spanish III students will continue their unit on Identity but focusing more on their communities.
PE/Boys Pre-Athletics/Boys Athletics
Boys Athletics (Rich)Track
District Championship is Tuesday and Wednesday. Soccer Tryouts are Thursday and Friday. Tennis Tryouts are 3/23 and Monday 3/27
Boys PE (Watson)
Students will be starting a new section of the Fitnessgram testing. The test will consist of arm flexibility, push-ups, sit-ups, trunk lift, and the pacer test.
Boys Pre-Athletics (Rich)
Speed and strength development. We will soon begin working 7 on 7 football
PE/Girls Pre-Athletics/Girls Athletics
Girls Athletics (Wylie)Track district is this week. Tuesday is girls running
Wednesday is girls field events and 3200. All track gear needs to be returned Thursday and Friday.
Soccer try outs will be on April 3rd and 4th. during the class period and after school from 4-5:30pm
Please see Girls Athletics SportsYou for more information. Code: F8K3K8HE
Girls PE (Wylie)
Students will be starting a new unit. We will learn pickle ball and floor hockey. Please continue dressing out each day. Grades are based on participation and dressing out.
Girls Pre-Athletics (Wylie)
Please make sure you are enrolled in our SportsYou app. We will be sharing important information regarding next year on there this week. Code: 29MY7TWS
Johnson High School Information
JOHNSON ATHLETICS BOOSTER CLUB
Gifted & Talented News
In March we will begin a month long project for GT students titled Monumental Moments on the March. Students are to select a project to work on for the month over any topic, event, or person to research. Their project can be 3D model, poster board, Google slideshow, photography, documentary, or wherever their creativity can take them. Students are to post their work on our campus Padlet. These submissions will be used for our campus GT showcase in late March. Details forthcoming. Students are encouraged to work on their project if they finish work early in class or at home. If you have any questions please contact Mrs. Venzor at email@example.com.
Click here to access our MMS GT Fall Newsletter! I look forward to a great year!
This year students will participate in taking the state Interim and Benchmark test. These tests will give us crucial information on where your child is at as we lead up to the STAAR test. We ask all students to make sure their school issued device is charged and they have headphones. Also, only school issue devices are allowed for these tests. If your child is using their own device, they will need to check one out in the library.
Also, during testing we ask for the following:
*No early pick-ups
*Lunch times may vary so we ask that no lunches are dropped off
*Parents not come to campus to eat with their child
02.07 ELAR Interim Shutdown (All Grades)
02.16 Math Interim Shutdown (All Grades)
02.28 ELAR Benchmark Shutdown (All Grades)
03.21 Science Interim Shutdown (8th Only)
03.22 Social Studies Interim Shutdown (8th Only)
03.30 Math Benchmark Shutdown (All Grades)
05.03 Social Studies
It has been brought to my attention that there have been some inappropriate behaviors taken place on the bus. Profanity, racial slurs, verbal threats, and other unsafe behaviors. This is unacceptable and will not be tolerated. I shared with students that I need their help. If they see any of these above mention behaviors please say something. I don’t need to know students’ names, I just need the following information:
· Bus number
· AM or PM Route
Students can fill out a Hays Hope Line report, parents can email me, they can come to the front office to make a report, or they can tell any administrator.
We will review the video from the bus and proper consequences will be applied. Students who exhibited unwanted behaviors may lose bus riding privileges. Our bus drivers have a huge responsibility driving our kids home and they need to be respected and appreciated for the job they do. I greatly appreciate your help with this.
Student ID Badge
All students have been given their ID badge. For safety reasons, all students are required to wear an ID badge every day. Students may use a lanyard of their choosing. Students who do not have their ID badge will need to get a temporary badge.
Consequences for not wearing your ID badge are the following:
1st and 2nd time: Warning
3rd time: Lunch Detention
4th and 5th time: Warning
6th time: Lunch Detention
7th and 8th time: Warning
9th time: After School Detention
10th or more: ISS/Parent Phone Call
I can use parent support with this policy. ID badges is one of our safety protocols to ensure everyone on our campus is safe and supposed to be on our campus. This is something we take seriously and will be consistent with. Students will not be allowed into the classroom without and ID badge. I greatly appreciate your help making sure your child is wearing their ID badge. Thank you.
Late Bus Information
Students attending sporting events
We are going to allow students to attend the sporting events at MMS without a parent. Students are expected to watch the game and to show school spirit. All students must have a school issued ID badge with them in order to attend athletic events. Temporary ID's will not be accepted.
Students that are exhibiting inappropriate behavior, using inappropriate language, and not remaining in a gym will be ask to leave and will not be allowed to attend any sporting events at McCormick.
Also, due to the lack of space in the small gym, parents/visitors will be seated first. Students may be asked to stay in the big gym only to watch the sporting event.
Please read and watch
Dear Hays CISD Family,
We have published part 2 of episode 1 (Fighting Fentanyl: Help is Here) of our Fighting Fentanyl video series.
The link to it online in English and Spanish is: https://www.hayscisd.net/fentanylvideos
As we continue our conversation about the dangers of fentanyl, we will continue to produce additional videos and resource materials.
The main fentanyl webpage is www.hayscisd.net/fentanyl.
McCormick scored a B rating
I am very proud to announce that McCormick Middle School received a "B" rating in the latest school accountability. This is a HUGE accomplishment. MMS went from a "D" rating to a "B" rating. This is a result of dedication and hard work from students, teachers, and parents. I greatly appreciate everyone’s hard work!
I am also pleased to announce that MMS has received 2 state distinctions in the area of:
Student Growth and Closing the Gaps
Click On This Link for more information
Way to go Tigers!
Want To Be A Mentor?
Be a Mentor - Change a Life!
A Call to Mentor
The Hays CISD mentoring program pairs adults with student mentees in a proven, effective practice of making a difference in the lives of students. In our ongoing commitment to build student self-efficacy Hays CISD is proud to announce a renewed call for mentors to strengthen student connectedness and develop strong relationships.
Length and Time of Commitment
We ask for a 1 year commitment to meet with a student once a week for 30 minutes, during the school day (during the student’s lunch period will be the preferred time).
What do mentors do? Mentors provide constant encouragement and emotional support for their students. Mentors help students to:
- Accept responsibility
- Use good study habits
- Make positive choices
- Learn problem solving skills
- Have better peer relationships
Good mentoring relationships require a secure mentor training process. Prior to being assigned to a campus and matched with a mentee, all mentors must register with our VIP’s volunteer system, receive a Hays CISD volunteer ID badge and complete all levels of the onboarding process.
Requirements - How to become a mentor: There are only four (4) requirements to become a mentor:
- Consent to a Hays CISD Criminal Background Check by registering through our VIP’s volunteer portal. (Level 1)
· If you have previously volunteered within Hays CISD, click Established Volunteers. If you are registered as an established volunteer, please go into your account and designate an interest in “Mentoring” to update your account.
· If you are NEW to Hays CISD or have not completed the VIPS process, click this link: New Volunteers
2. Once you are approved, the VIP’s system will notify you to complete an online self-paced training module.(Level 2)
- Once your level 2 responses are recorded, the VIP’s system will auto-generate a link to register for one of our 1.5 hr. in-person Onboarding/Training sessions at the PAC happening Sept.13th – 20th. (Level 3)
- Upon completion of in-person training, a Mentor Training Certificate will be issued and approved mentors will connect with the campus School Counselor/Campus Mentor Liaison for matching with a mentee and review check-in procedures. (Level 4)
Research repeatedly shows that having a mentor helps a child to be more successful in school. Children are not the only ones whose lives can be changed by mentoring. For many mentors, the rewards of reaching out to another and building a close, trusting relationship are great, including an increase in personal enrichment, happiness and self-knowledge. In fact, mentoring benefits all of society: healthy, educated and nurtured children tend to grow up to be productive adults and responsible parents. They may even grow up to be mentors themselves.
Thank you for saying “yes” to mentoring!
Please contact ESSER SEL Specialist Tracy Mayhue, Tracy.Mayhue@hayscisd.net
Cell Phone Policy
Student use guidelines during the school day (8:10 AM-3:35 PM)
· Students may use their personal electronics on campus before 8:10 AM and after 3:35 PM.
· Cell phones must be out of sight and on airplane mode in the classroom.
· Students will not have their cell phones out during class or passing periods.
· Cell Phone use is prohibited in bathrooms, hallways, locker rooms, changing areas or any area considered private.
· Principals may allow students to use their cell phones during lunch time.
Violation of electronics procedure
Students who violate the procedure will have the following consequences.
- 1st Offense – Confiscation of the device and returned to student at the end of the day. Student warning
- 2nd Offense – Confiscation of the device and returned to student at the end of the day. Student will be assigned after school detention.
- 3rd Offense – Confiscation of the device, and returned to student at the end of the day. Student will be assigned after school detention.
- 4th or more offense - Confiscation of the device and returned to student at the end of the day. Student may be assigned In-School Suspension.
- Students who fail to surrender devices will elevate consequences immediately.
- Devices will be returned to students at the end of the school day.
- Violations will reset every nine week grading period.
Lunch Deliveries From Parents
Hays CISD Meal Delivery Services
As part of enhanced safety at campuses, beginning in the 2022-2023 school year, all Hays CISD campuses will no longer accept deliveries from meal delivery services or restaurants for student lunches. And, campuses will no longer have drop-off tables for meals. Parents may still bring outside food for their children if they plan to deliver the meals directly to their child’s designated lunch period. All guests are required to follow existing safety protocols and check in with ID at the front office.
Please watch the video below on how to fill out the the lunch application form!
Lunch Application Forms
Only needs to be done 1 per household
Or also adding money to child’s lunch account
Please review our parent drop off and parent pick up procedures.
McCormick Middle School Information
- School starts at 8:10am and ends at 3:35pm
- Students will have 7 class periods
- Students will have 5 minutes to get from class to class. We do count tardies. Tardies will begin the second week of school
- We have 3 lunch periods separated by grade levels. 6th grade will eat first, followed by 7th grade, and 8th grade will eat last
- If time permits, students will be allowed to purchase snacks after everyone has been given the opportunity to get a lunch. Snacks can be purchased with cash or charged to student's lunch account.
- We do not have academic lockers at MMS.
- Every student will be given a school device (unless students choose to use their own)
- Students will need a Hays CISD device during STAAR testing
Student Dress Code
Please click on the link for a visual of our dress code do's/dont's andour dress code descriptions.
Student Drop Off/Pick Up
Our doors open at 7:30am each day. I will not have any supervision outside until 7:30am. You can drop off your child earlier but there will not be any supervision. We will release car riders at 3:32pm each day.
In the morning, please drive all the way up the hill as far as you can. Please do not drop off in the "Red Zone" where it says no parking. Also, do not drop off students in the front of the school. We need to keep this area clear for buses.
We are locking the back doors at 8:00. If your child arrives to school after 8:00, please drop off in the front of the building.
In the afternoon we want to fit as many cars in as possible. I will stop traffic to let the buses go ahead of everyone. We are trying to get the buses loaded as soon as possible so they can get on their routes.
Please DO NOT tell your child to walk to your vehicle while you are waiting in line.
PLEASE DO NOT do any Uturns when you are in line. This is a safety concern.
I appreciate your understanding with this.
As you know the line at parent pick up is extremely long. We are doing the best we can and I appreciate everyone’s patience. The line will get faster. The following items are some things your child can do to make the line go faster:
- Make sure your child is looking for you
- Try not to get out of your car for your child to put things in trunk
- Drive all the way up the loop until you cannot drive up anymore
Visitors On Campus
We are so excited to open our doors to visitors again! As always, safety will remain our number one priority. Please review the District Safety Procedures prior to visiting our campus by clicking here.
A few reminders:
- All visitors will continue to check in at the front office
- All visitors will need to show official state identification (Texas Driver’s license or state issued ID card)
- Visitation may be denied due to lack of appropriate identification required for criminal background screening
- All students must wear their ID tag while on campus. Please make sure your student wears their ID daily.
We are excited to offer volunteering opportunities again! Interested in volunteering? Learn more: Hays CISD Volunteers In Public Schools (VIP)
Please click here for additional information and safety reminders: Campus Safety Protocols
We look forward to seeing you soon!
¡Nos da mucho gusto volver abrir nuestras puertas a visitantes de nuevo! Como siempre, la seguridad siempre será nuestra primera prioridad. Por favor revise los Procedimientos de Seguridad del Distrito antes de visitar alguno de nuestros campus al hacer CLIC AQUÍ.
Unos cuantos recordatorios:
- Todos los visitantes deberán registrarse en la oficina de la entrada principal.
- Todos los visitantes necesitan mostrar su identificación oficial del estado (Licencia de Conductor o Identificación del Estado de Texas)
- Se podrá negar la visita en caso de falta identificación apropiada para la verificación de antecedentes.
- Todos los estudiantes deberán usar su Credencial de Identificación mientras estén en el campus. Favor de asegurarse que su hijo(a) porte su ID diariante.
¡Nos emociona poder volver a ofrecer oportunidades de participación voluntaria nuevamente! ¿Le interesa participar como voluntario? Infórmese más en: Voluntarios en Escuelas Públicas de Hays CISD (VIP)
Haga CLIC AQUÍ: Protocolos de Seguridad en el Campus para mayor información y leer los recordatorios de seguridad.
¡Esperamos verlos muy pronto!
Happy Birthday Shout Out!
Wish your child Happy Birthday on our school marquee! Please click the link below to put a birthday message on the school marquee!
North Side - Facing child nutrition
South Side- Facing entrance
CNN Student News
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Hi all – HaysCo has an emergency rental assistance program for those impacted by COVID. The program aims to prevent people from being evicted by paying back rent, though it also helps with back due (and I think currently owed) utilities. I invite you to learn more about the ERA program on our website: https://hayscountytx.com/emergency-rental-assistance-program/
Click on the title below for resources in the community. Please check this out...great information!
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Please apply below to be a guest teacher for the district.