Maverick Minutes

Week of 16-20

Thank You for Making an Impact on Education at HiRMS!

The following students and staff members were recognized at the November 9th Board of Education Meeting for their impact on HiRMS and Education. Danielle Cooper was instrumental in leading our Breast Cancer Awareness Week/Ribbon Photo along with her dedication to YCI. I had the honor of hearing her perform, "Whom Shall I Fear" in honor of breast cancer survivors during a YCI meeting on October 23rd. Caleb Topper is considered one of the most respected young men of our 8th Grade class. He is involved in many extra curricular activities that include baseball, wrestling, quiz bowl and yearbook! Mr. Tinnel serves as a PLC chair, track coach, and SLT chair. He is in the Cabarrus County Leadership Cohort, sponsors the run club and is coordinator of the National Geographic Bee in which we have had state qualifiers for two consecutive years. He was recognized by his peers who stated, “Chase has led and continues to lead the SIT by advocating for staff and students when decisions are put in front of the team. Chase always has a positive attitude in the face of negativity and consistently maintains professionalism.” Mrs. Hill, has been instrumental in the development of new behavioral practices at HiRMS as we move towards an environment that targets the reason of the behavior. Her colleague states, “She is always willing to listen to the student and she tries to make sure they understand where they went wrong and how they can make it better. She’s very consistent and fair with all kids regardless of race, gender, etc. Morning detention, phone calls to parents, dress code can be a full time job and she is very professional, always dressed nice and treats students and teachers with respect.” Congratulations to all of these Mavericks!!!!

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Elon Homes For Children Book Drive

A small group of 8th graders is hosting a Book Drive to assist Elon Homes for Children. We are accepting books for all levels of readers, from picture books to adult thrillers. The Book Drive will run through December 4th. Each ELA teacher has a designated “turn-in” box in their classroom. The team with the most books donated will win a popcorn and soda party.

8th Grade ELA PLC in Action!

Lots of planning going on and the utilization of OneNote! Great job 8th grade!
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8th Grade in Action!

Door Decorating Contest!

Door Decorating Contest

We would like to start a new tradition here at Hirms for the holiday season. We had a door decorating contest our 2nd year here and the kids and teachers all had a great time participating. Remember, not all students celebrate Christmas, so please be mindful of your students when designing your door. We hope it will be something everyone looks forward to every year! Here are the details:

Categories: Most creative

Most Festive

Most Fun

Holiday’s Around the World

Best Overall

Time Frame: You may begin decorating doors on Monday, December1st.

Judging will take place on Thursday, December 17th. Winners will be announced at the Winter pep rally on December 18th.

Goal: To promote holiday cheer in the building and support teacher and student involvement.

*Use MAVtime as needed to create your homeroom masterpiece!!!

Prizes: Popcorn Party for Most Creative, Festive, Fun and Holiday Around the World

Stay Tuned Next Week for our Gingerbread House Competition!

SLT Minutes for November

Here are the minutes from the November SLT meeting.

- If you want to add something to the agenda, please let me know before I send out the monthly meeting reminders. It helps me organize the agenda.

- Budget currently stands at approximately $6,139.54.

- Purchase order from Ms. Sherman approved. $80 for a student art exchange program.

- Ms. Rucker and the Media Center volunteered to cover Ms. Wingler’s purchase order for the Math Mysteries Series enrichment and remediation tool of $199.96 + shipping.

- Purchase order of $1,314.23 for Science Department equipment approved. This includes beakers, thermometers, chemicals and batteries.

- Purchase order of 15 microscopes for the Science Department was tabled. Ms. Roberts is going to work between grade levels to help share the current microscopes.

- Purchase order of 120 copies of City of Ember for 8th grade Science was tabled. Reopen for discussion in the Spring.

- No action taken on “testing help” email process. We should continue the current procedure.

- Discussion on substitute teachers and the lock-down procedure. Ms. Snyder and Officer Mason are currently reevaluating our safety plan.

- Discussion on students inside the glass doors before 8:35am. Ms. Snyder will observe. Tabled.


We are so excited to celebrate the wedding of Laura Castrodale to Adam Warr! We welcome him to our HiRMS family and wish them the best in their future! Stop by and congratulate Laura Warr!
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Thursday, Dec. 3rd, 7pm

10175 Weddington Road Ext.

Concord, NC

This year we would like to give back and come together to celebrate the holidays. We will have a buffet dinner at the Great Wolf Lodge for faculty, staff and a guest. The cost is $10.00 per person and the food and venue will be well worth it. Please make checks payable to HiRMS and give to Mary White. We do need you to RSVP by 11/20 so that we have an accurate count! Also, I need to know if you are going to bring a can enter their email or your email twice!

RSVPs are enabled for this event.


November 17 - Wrestling vs. Winkler (home)

November 18- Grade Level Meeting

November 19 - Staff Meeting @ 8:00

November 19 - Wrestling vs. Kannapolis (home)

November 19- Listening Session with Lowder @ NWCH @ 6:00

November 23- Basketball vs. HRMS (home)

November 25- Annual Leave Day (Correction from last week)

November 26-27-Holiday

*PTO will provide Thanksgiving to our staff - TBD

*all sporting events begin at 4:30