The Hawks Nest News!

Huntington Middle School October 2022

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October Calendar of Events

7 - No School / Student Holiday

7 - Parent Conferences

7 - Infinite Campus Training

10 - 14 Fall Break

18 - STEM Night

23 - 31 Red Ribbon Week

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After School Tutoring Program!

All Grades 6th - 8th

Free tutoring is offered to all students Monday - Thursday from 3:00 - 4:00pm. Students can get help with class assignments, homework, complete make-up work, and learning targets for the week. Students will also be able to enhance their reading and math skills while making progress on our online learning platform called IXL and My Pathways.


Transportation will NOT be offered, therefore, tutoring students should have their own mode of transportation home. If your students will be a car rider, please be here no later than 4:05pm to pick up your student in the front of the gymnasium.


Snacks will be provided to all tutoring students. Parents, please fill out the Permission Form and return it to the front office. If you have questions, please contact our counselors, Mrs. Gibson or Mrs. Roberts at 478-542-2240.

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Enhance Your Reading!

Happy Fall! This is the perfect season to sip hot cocoa, roast marshmallows, and snuggle up with a good book. As we continue to learn new tools and techniques that strengthen our understanding of texts, we should be engrossed in daily reading for 30 minutes to practice those reading skills. The only way to grow is to practice a skill over and over. Find a good book that matches a topic you’re interested in, kick your feet up, and enjoy.



In reading connections, we’re learning sentence structure, character development, inferencing and drawing conclusions. Additionally, we’re growing as writers through the practice of grammar and transitions. Students should go over their notes at home, use Google Classroom resources to help them study, and be reading daily. The more students practice the concepts we learn in class, the easier the concepts will be.



Mrs. Green

Reading Intervention

Reading at Home

Forming good reading habits promote vocabulary, comprehension, fluency, and writing skills. It’s important to encourage your children to develop their reading skills by practicing every night. If students are consistently reading at home, they will fall in love with it. Remind them to read about topics that are relatable and interesting. This will give them a purpose for reading and make them more engaged with their books. Encourage reluctant readers by reading to them or allowing them to share the stories they have read with you.

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The Influenza (Flu) Vaccine

Parents,

The Houston County Health Department will be offering Flu shots to all students at no out-of-pocket expense to you. Huntington Middle School assigned date is October 26th from 12:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. Please sign and return the Consent Form to your child's homeroom teacher or to the front office.

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BE SUPPORTIVE


1. Make sure bed and wake-up times are taken seriously. Students need their rest, but they must wake up on time to stick to their normal routine.

2. Make sure students eat breakfast, lunch, snacks, etc. (Students are typically more effective when they have food in their bodies.)

3. Make sure learning area is clear of distractions (toys, TV, devices, etc.)

4. Make sure students have time to release energy through nonacademic activities (recess, board games, etc.)

5. Be positive and confident. Keep your child encouraged. You’ve got this! You are amazing!

Community Collaboration!

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Parent Engagement!

Thank you to the parents that attended our Parent Events last month. We had a great turn out for the Lunch and Learn where parents learned How to Help their Child be Successful in School. We also had our first Action Team Meeting and parents provided input for a successful school year.

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Title I Handbook

Parents,


Our 2022-23 Title I Handbooks are available online in English and Spanish. Please visit our website under the Title I Parent Engagement tab to view these documents. If you would like a hard copy of the handbook, please request a copy in the front office.

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Helpful Tips For Parents


Be consistent. Set firm, clear rules and stick to them!

Have comfortable conversations with your child. Talk with your child and listen. It may not be the best time for you but stop what you are doing and listen.

Give your child an appropriate amount of freedom and responsibility.

Spend time together as a family unit.

Be sure that criticism is constructive and not destructive.

Work to build a relationship of mutual respect and trust.

Help your child find activities in which he or she excels.

Sports!

Football

October 5th or 6th - 2nd Round of Playoff TBA

October 20th - County Championship TBA


Cheerleading

October 1st - Cheer Competition HSM Host at HMS

October 29th - Cheer Competition FMMS Host at HCHS

Red Ribbon Week October 23rd - 31st

Why do we celebrate Red Ribbon Week?


Studies show that young people who learn to say no to drugs are less likely to be involved with crime, delinquency, and other destructive behaviors. It is in every community’s best interests to take an active stance, and Red Ribbon Week is the perfect opportunity.

This event grew out of the efforts of the people in Calexico, California, the hometown of DEA Special Agent, Enrique “KiKi” Camarena. While working undercover in Mexico in 1985 to gather information on drug traffickers, Camerena was killed. Camarena clubs were formed in which members pledged to live drug free.

A red ribbon became the symbol of this fight against drug abuse. Parent associations in other areas joined the fight and adopted the red ribbon. Eventually, this caught on nationally and in 1988, the U.S. Congress proclaimed Red Ribbon Week. –Excerpt from Positive Promotions Magazine.


National Bully Prevention Month


National Bullying Prevention Month is a campaign in the United States founded in 2006 by PACER's National Bullying Prevention Center. The campaign is held during the month of October and unites communities nationwide to educate and raise awareness of bullying prevention. Initially held the first week in October, the event was expanded in 2010 to the entire month.

PACER developed the initial campaign, National Bullying Prevention and Awareness Week, to raise awareness about bullying. Historically, bullying had been viewed as “a childhood rite of passage” that “made kids tougher,” but the reality has always been that bullying can leave devastating and often long-term effects such as a loss of self-esteem, increased anxiety, and depression for those involved. This initiative has helped shift thinking away from bullying as “rite of passage” and toward the knowledge that bullying can be prevented and stopped through education and awareness.