The HAMSLetter

Bi-Weekly Newsletter (January 2 - 16, 2022)

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Happy New Year, HAMS Families!!


We are looking forward welcoming your scholars back to school tomorrow!! Because of our time away from each other, we are hoping that you can help us to reset expectations for school by talking with your scholars about the following:


Masks and Water Bottles
  • Masks: Please help us keep your child and others healthy by encouraging them to bring a mask to school and to wear their mask over their nose and mouth while inside the building and on the bus. We are seeing an increase in scholars who are refusing to wear their masks or are not wearing their masks properly. Scholars who continue to break this school/District rule may receive disciplinary consequences.
  • Water Bottles: Due to Covid restrictions, HAMS does not have water fountains. Instead, we have bottle fillers. Please send a water bottle to school to help your child hydrate through out the day. (This is especially important for scholars who have physical courses such as PE, Fitness, and Yoga).


Report Directly to Advisory Period
  • Scholars should be reporting directly to Advisory period. Scholars should not roam around school in unassigned areas.
  • Scholars are getting grab and go breakfast (6th/8th from the cafeteria; 5th/7th from the breakfast cart), and then directly to Advisory period.


Tardies to Class
  • Scholars are expected to be in class on time.
  • Scholars will be assigned a assigned lunch detention (30 minutes) for their fourth tardy to class.
  • Scholars will receive a referral to the office for the fifth tardy to class.
  • Additional tardies will be result in further discipline.


Hall Passes Required
  • Scholars will not be allowed to leave class during the first 10 minutes of class or the last 10 minutes of class.

  • Scholars should NOT be in the hallways without a written pass from their teacher.
  • Scholars who are in the hallway without a pass are subject to discipline.


Insubordination
  • Scholars are expected to follow reasonable requests of staff members. Staff members have been asked to sweep hallways and restroom and ask students to move to class or lunch. Scholars refusing to follow direction of staff will be subject to school discipline for insubordination.


Increased Discipline for Fighting
  • Scholar safety is of the utmost importance at HAMS. It is crucial that scholars feel safe at school in order to learn. In order to discourage fighting at school, we are going to increase the consequence if students engage in fighting.
  • Students who engage in fighting of any kind on school property may be subject to a 10 day out of school suspension with the possibility of a recommendation for expulsion.



We thank you for your continued partnership and support, and we look forward to a fantastic second half our our school year!!

Second Semester Schedules

The message below was sent out via email on Friday, December 31st:


"Happy New Year, Hannah Ashton Middle School Families!!


Prior to Winter Break, you received a message from us indicating that your scholar will have a schedule change upon our return to school on January 3, 2022. While the plan is still for schedules to change, it will not occur Monday, January 3rd. Unfortunately, there has been a technical issue with our scheduling system, Power School, that has not allowed for us to make the necessary updates to scholar schedules.


When scholars report to school on Monday, they will be expected to follow their first semester schedule until the necessary changes are made in the system. Please help us to prepare our scholars by advising them to report to their first semester Advisory teacher after breakfast upon their arrival.


We hope to have updated schedules completed as soon as possible and will send communication out to families once the technical issues have been resolved.


Thank you for your understanding and your continued partnership with HAMS!!


Best,

Ms. Breen Slauter, Principal"

Quarter 2 Grades

Report cards for this nine weeks will be available to view in Power School on Monday, January 10th. The letter below gives instructions on how to access your scholar's report card in our Power School system.


If you have questions or need to pick up a printed copy of your scholar's report card after January 10th, please contact our Main Office at 614-367-1530.

"Family Fridays" - Coming Soon!!

Beginning second semester, HAMS will be offering "Family Fridays" activities. These events will provide opportunities for families to come to school and engage in fun for all ages! Watch your email and HAMSHoller for upcoming dates and descriptions of Friday activities/events!

Emily Mascia, Spanish

Genevieve says that "She is really nice and kind!" According to Alana, Sra. Mascia "cares about all her students, she's really nice and lets us do fun stuff, she grades often, and she's a amazing teacher!"


It is clear that Sra. Mascia has worked to build relationships with her scholars. Congratulations!

HAMS Staff Member of the Month

This year, we have been recognizing a HAMS Staff Member of the Month! Our staff works incredibly hard to support HAMS scholars, and they deserve to be recognized. If you want to recognized a HAMS staff member, please complete the link below. So far, our recognized staff has been Ashley Pittman (Social Worker) and Erin Betsko (Art Teacher).

Grade 5

5th grade Families,



Math (Haswell): Students worked on multiplying and dividing decimals during the month of December. Students will be Map testing during the second week of school. This is important to show growth and what areas we will need to work on in the spring. We will start a new focus into adding and subtracting fractions with unlike denominators. Please make sure that you check dojo for characteristics and messages throughout the quarter.


Humanities (Parsons/Lawson): Students have been working on the concepts of specialization and trade. They are also soon starting a project where they will create their own country that will trade with the countries of their peers

PBL (Moore):


Science (Schmitz): Leading into the break, students will be completing a Sound Energy Jigsaw. Each group of students will have a separate task that they will complete and then teach their classmates what they learned.


Grade 6

Math(Griffin)- Before break, we have been working on Evaluating Algebraic Expressions. Scholars finished a choice board and will continue work on Expressions and Equations when we get back from break. Scholars will continue work on ALEKS Quicktables, ALEKS lessons (7 topics per week), along with assignments on ECHO. Please be sure to check grades and monitor missing assignments. Enjoy your break!



Science (Miller)- Before break, scholars were working in groups to construct roller coasters using pipe insulation. Scholars tested it out with a marble to see if the roller coaster works. Scholars created a blueprint of the roller and completed a google slides document to demonstrate where the greatest potential and kinetic energy takes place.



Math (Babb)- Scholars will continue working on the “Who We Are” Project. They will be developing statistical questions and implementing their own study of the students at HAMS to determine commonalities and differences among us. Scholars will analyze and display the data in the form of charts and graphs.



Science (Babb)- The 3rd quarter is all about Life Science. Scholars will be exploring the basic building blocks of all living things.



Humanities- The new semester will bring a new topic: EGYPT!! We will begin studying Ancient Egyptian history and we will begin the novel “The Golden Goblet.” Stay tuned for some fascinating information and activities!



PBL- To go along with our Humanities standards, we will be starting a PBL in January for the 5 Major World Religions: Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Buddhism, and Hinduism. This PBL will focus on the Portrait of a Graduate competency of “Socially Aware and Global Citizen- Culturally empathetic, compassionate, able to live, learn, work, collaborate, and positively impact the local community and the world.”


The 6th Grade Team wishes you a happy, safe, and prosperous New Year!

Grade 7

In ELA with Ms. Lawrence, students have begun reading Thank You M’am by Langston Hughes. We will move on to read a paired text A Police Stop Change This Teenager’s Life by Amy B. Wang. As a culminating activity, students will research local organizations that support young people in our community and create a news bulletin for that organization.


In Science with Ms. Rogers, we are finishing up our chemistry standards by continuing to learn about chemical equations. In the next few weeks we will be focusing on our Earth Science standards. Students will start learning and working on science content related to the water cycle, ocean currents, weather/seasons, and space. The first week back from break students will have a homework assignment based off of an energy efficiency kit that they will be given. Please, ask students about this kit and remind them of their homework.



In Social Studies with Mr. Perkins, as we approach the end of the quarter I would like to remind all families that I will be accepting late work all the way up to next Friday, December 10. So if you have any missing work please be working on getting those assignments submitted by next Friday. I also would like to remind families that I do allow rework, and resubmissions of all quizzes, tests, and other assignments. So be sure to rework any assignment that you got a low grade on.

We are at the end of our Rome unit and reviewing for our Unit test about Rome. After we finish our Rome test, we will be focusing on the Middle Ages



In Math for the next few weeks with Ms. Fox, we will be focusing on solving 2-step equations for the missing variable. We are also incorporating the missing angle in a triangle as a 2-step equation. Students should be completing 7 ALEKS lessons a week from Monday-Sunday for homework; this is our online program used to help students grow in math. Please feel free to reach out through text at 614-710-4840 with any questions or concerns.


The seventh grade Enriched Math class with Ms. Lewis has spent time delving into solving 2-step equations. This topic addresses both 7th & 8th grade standards. The beginning of the third quarter will focus on probability and the idea of chance, as well as constructing various geometric figures and angles.

A friendly reminder that all Math Enriched students are required to complete seven ALEKS topics by midnight each Friday (the app is found via the student portal). The ALEKS platform is available 24/7 for additional practice, enrichment, and remediation.

Two more points of interest: 1) Please restock your child’s school supplies, specifically pencils, masks, and lined paper; and 2) The district-sponsored Winter diagnostic growth assessment will be the second week in January – plenty of rest and practice will ensure your child’s success.


Reminders:

  • Please make sure your scholar arrives at school with a charged chromebook or device. We are seeing an increase of students showing up without a computer or with a dead computer. This causes disruption to learning.

  • We are seeing an increase in missing work among scholars. Please continue to look at ECHO for grades and missing assignments for your scholar. Scores that appear in red in Echo are failing scores and need to be reworked and resubmitted. Scores that appear green in Echo are passing scores.

  • Please send your scholar to school with a water bottle. Covid prevents us from using drinking fountains, unless using a water bottle.

  • We are seeing an increase in students touching/taking items that do not belong to them and failing to keep their hands to themselves. Please speak with your scholar regarding the importance of keeping hands to themselves and respecting the belongings of others.


Thank you for sharing your student with us!


Your 7th Grade Team


Grade 8

Washington, DC Updates

The first two payments for the DC trip are past due. If you would like to add your student to the trip please email lauren.taylor@reyn.org. The office can take cash, check, or money orders. Parents can also pay online at dc-trip.ticketleap.com/washington-dc-trip-2022/ there is a credit card fee when using this method. We look forward to this trip every year, and it is such a great learning experience for students.

Unified Arts and Leadership

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Family Meal Program

Hello, HAMS families,


Reynoldsburg City Schools have once again partnered with Children's Hunger Alliance to provide weekend food boxes to those who may be interested. These meal packs have 5 shelf-stable, non-perishable, meals (3 regular, 2 breakfast) and are available to students across RCSD. If you are interested in signing your child up, please complete the form below.


Students will be able to collect their weekend box from Mrs. Pittman on Fridays. If there is no school on Fridays, the boxes will be available on Thursday.


https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdCB8506QJI5x5yZ0xh4EwvsB7cTMKgB8f5HVfT7teGCFczEQ/viewform?usp=sf_link


Please feel free to reach out to ashley.pittman@reyn.org if you have any questions.

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In addition to updates of events in our HAMSLetter, we have created a HAMS family calendar!! You can add this google calendar to your own by clicking the link below.


HAMS Family Calendar

Important 2021-22 Forms

Emergency Medical Forms

Reynoldsburg City Schools requires an updated Emergency Medical Form to be kept on file for every scholar. Please fill out the EMA HERE and return to the HAMS Main Office during Raider Check-in on August 17th or to your scholar's homeroom teacher on the first day of school

Food Services

Reynoldsburg City Schools Food Service Department recognizes the importance of providing
students with healthy and nutritious meals at school. The complete Food Service policy can be located at: https://www.reyn.org/policies.aspx


  • Breakfast—Reynoldsburg City Schools provides a breakfast program to all students in all schools in accordance with federal regulations. For pricing and menu information, please check with your child’s school, or visit: https://reyn.nutrislice.com/menu.
  • Lunch—Reynoldsburg City Schools offers a hot lunch service daily featuring a variety ofitems. Menus and pricing information are available at https://reyn.nutrislice.com/menu.


PaySchools Central is a secure and convenient website application that allows parents to add to their child’s meal account online using any Visa or Mastercard (including Debit Visa and

Mastercard). To use the PAYFORIT.NET online system visit www.PaySchoolsCentral.com website.


Please note that breakfast and lunch will be free for students for the 2021-22 school year, however, we are strongly encouraging all families who are eligible for Free and Reduced lunch to still complete the application https://payschoolscentral.com/. It is still important for families to apply for meal assistance. This is what helps determine how much funding the school district gets for programs that help children, families, teachers and administrators. If your child has been approved for free meals and has a negative balance, you are still responsible to pay off the balance on their account.

Technology Acceptable Use Form

The district offers a variety of technology tools, computer network and internet access to students and staff. Students are permitted and encouraged to bring personally-owned devices to school to support and enhance their education. They are provided filtered, internet access for personal devices, but not direct access to the district's networks, including printers and shared drives.

With these privileges come high expectations for responsible technology use and behavior. All students and staff must sign the district's Computer and Technology Acceptable Use Policy in order to be granted access to the district's network and technology resources. Please review this policy and keep in mind that it may be updated at any time in order to accommodate rapidly changing technology.


The Technology Acceptable Use Form must be completed for each student prior to distribution of his/her/their school issued device.

First Day of Q3/Scholars Return to School

Monday, Jan. 3rd, 7:30am

1482 Jackson Street

Reynoldsburg, OH

NWEA Map Assessment (ELA/Math)

Tuesday, Jan. 11th, 7:30am to Wednesday, Jan. 12th, 2:45pm

1482 Jackson Street

Reynoldsburg, OH

We will be on an adjusted schedule for this assessment. The first two hours of the school day will be for these assessments, with ELA occurring on January 11th and Math on January 12th.

Quarter 2 Report Cards Available.

Monday, Jan. 10th, 9am

This is an online event.

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Student Handbook

Please download a copy of our 2021 - 22 School Year Student Handbook. Hard copies will be provided to families and can also be found on our school website at https://www.reyn.org/hannahj.ashtonmiddleschool_home.aspx

Important Archived News

Masks

Prior to the start to the school year, the District announced that "all Pre-K through 12th
grade students, teachers and staff will be required to wear a mask indoors during the school day to help to decrease the transmission of the COVID-19 virus and its variants, regardless of vaccination status. Masks are also required for everyone who is unvaccinated.

All students are required to wear masks at all times while using public transportation, including school buses. This is mandated per the CDC and the Transportation Security Administration (TSA)’s Security Directive SD 1582/84-21-01. This directive includes students using school transportation for sporting events or extracurricular activities."


We are seeing an increase in Covid cases among our scholars. We are committed to the health and safety of our scholars, staff and visitors to our building, and we need your help!! Many of our scholars are not reporting to school with masks and/or are not wearing them properly. Scholars are wearing masks below their faces, not covering their noses or are not wearing them at all. Please take time at home to talk with your child about the importance of wearing their masks while in the building and on our school buses and providing your child with a mask to wear when they report to school.


We appreciate your assistance in helping to keep our school community healthy!!


Mrs. Breen Slauter, Principal

Ms. Breen Slauter, Principal breen.slauter@reyn.org

Mr. Toby Quinn, Assistant Principal toby.quinn@reyn.org

Ms. Suzanne Robetoy, Administrator of Student Support suzanne.robetoy@reyn.org

Mrs. Ashley Pittman, Social Worker ashley.pittman@reyn.org

Mrs. Quan Boyd, Secretary quan.boyd@reyn.org

Mrs. Kerry Riggs, Secretary kerry.riggs@reyn.org



Office Hours are 7:00am to 3:00pm