HMS Bearcat Bulletin

September 2019

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A Note from Ms. Buschmann

Everyone is settling into the routine of school again. It is wonderful to see all of the academic work going on in classrooms and students working hard. For those of you new to the building, you can look forward (I hope) to a newsletter roughly once a month. The newsletter serves as a means to keep everyone informed about upcoming events and to celebrate the wonderful things happening in this school. I hope you find it useful and informative.

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Reading Tips for Middle School Students

Submitted by Anne Worland, HMS Title I and Gifted Teacher

As a mother of four children, I understand the struggles of beginning school, getting routines going, and keeping a million schedules together! I also know that as kids get older, it can sometimes be more difficult to get them to read every night. Research shows, however, that this is essential to success. Here are a couple of reading tips to try with middle school kiddos:

  • Choice. Choice matters to most children, but especially middle school kids! So, let them choose their reading material, their location, their lighting, their position, etc. Give them as many choices as you can, except for the expectation that they will read 20 minutes or more each night.

  • If your child has a special interest in sports, dinosaurs, K-pop, World War II, whatever --- help them find books and articles featuring their passion. Reading will be a lot more fun if it is about a subject they’re interested in!

  • Have your middle schooler read to a younger sibling or family member. This builds fluency and expressive reading, and it will help everyone out in the evenings. Conversely, your younger child can also read to their older siblings-- boom! Two issues resolved!

  • If your kids are binge-watching their favorite show, make them turn the subtitles on and mute the sound. Now they’re reading, and they are being entertained!

  • Show interest in what they are reading. Ask questions and share your own experiences with your kids. Whenever possible, make reading an enjoyable experience, not a chore.

  • Listening to an expert read aloud can increase engagement and enhance comprehension. Download audiobooks from Scenic Regional Library with a valid library card, or check out this website, which has links to thousands of free audiobooks.

  • Some students struggle with lengthy reading assignments. If your child hesitates to pick up a book that is long or seems too difficult, encourage them to read shorter, more manageable selections. This could be a shorter book, a magazine, or online resources.

  • Build vocabulary through games and apps that help students’ comprehension by “unlocking” difficult words. Dictionaries are one old-school way of building vocabulary, but in this day and age, it’s often quicker to just ask Siri or Alexa. Take advantage of these digital resources, and make sure your kids feel comfortable asking questions about passages they don’t understand.

Teacher Professional Development Days

A couple of years ago, we switched from half to full days off for teacher professional development. We have found that the full day is more effective for adult learning and we hope that it provides opportunities for families to make appointments on days when students will not be missing instruction. The remaining professional development days for this school year are:

October 14

November 4

January 3

January 27

March 9

Student of the Month

This month, we celebrated our students who best exemplified the four principles of our PBIS expectations: Be respectful, be responsible, be safe, and be a learner. Congratulations to all of the nominees:

4th Grade: Gunnar, Allison, Aubree, and Katelyn (not pictured: Zoey)

5th Grade: Aaden, Kamrynn, Hallie, Alaina, Kadence, and Wyatt

6th Grade: Gavyn, Hope, Courtney, Kylie, Erika, Amy, and Alaina (not pictured: Nichole, Jozlan)

7th Grade: Cassie, Donna, Mia, and Gavyn

8th Grade: Gavin, Will, Anthony, Natalee, Amelia, Preston, Alyssa, Kody, Morgan

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Congratulations to our winners- Zoey, Aaden, Kylie, Cassie, and Anthony!
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Boxtops for Education

Box Tops has become even easier- no more clipping logos to send to school. Just download the app, create an account, and then scan your receipts in. The app will automatically credit our account for the applicable items.

Watch the 44-second video below for an overview.

Box Tops New App: Scan for your School

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 8% of each purchase will be sent to HMS.

Visit our Storefront:

3. Best Choice UPC's

4. Coca-Cola Give: Put codes from bottles or12-packs or cases of cans in and designate Hermann Middle School as your giving partner at

Pictures from HMS

Our first two days of school were all about setting expectations and building relationships. Once we established the guidelines, it has been off to the races with academics! Unfortunately, rain forced the bearcat tailgate indoors, but HMS Student Council had fun with their booth and was proud to be awarded the spirit award for student organizations.
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Upcoming Events


September 12- 7th and 8th Grade Football Scrimmage @St. Clair, 5:30

September 12- Board Of Education Meeting, 6:00

September 16- Title I Open House, 5:30- 6:30

September 18- End of the first Mid-Quarter

September 19- 7th and 8th Grade Football @St. James, 5:00

September 23- "Go Gold for Kids" StuCo Pediatric Cancer event @ the basketball game

September 23- 7/8 Girls Basketball vs. Owensville, 5:30

September 26- Cross Country @Belle, 4:50

September 26- 7/8 Football vs. Union, 5:00

September 26- 7/8 Girls Basketball @ St. James, 5:30

September 27- 7/8 PLC Group B

September 27- Student of the Month Assembly, 2:45

September 27- Homecoming

September 30- October 3- 7th Grade Girls Basketball Tournament @Home

September 30- October 3- 8th Grade Girls Basketball Tournament @ Washington


October 3- 4th Grade Field Trip

October 3- 7/8 Football vs. Pacific, 5:00

October 5- Boys Basketball Trivia Night Fundraiser, 5:00

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