HMS October News
Orin Wear, Assistant Principal: 892-9503
Shelley Ax, Administrative Assistant: 892-9501
Amanda Nicoll, Office Secretary: 892-9504
Tanya Boehm, Safety Resource Officer: 892-9523
Johanna Burger, School Nurse: 892-9507
KB Holbrook, School Counselor: 892-9506
Kathy Aldeman, Registrar: 892-9505
Principal Howard's Monthly Message
Fall is here! What a great time of the year! The changing colors are making Houston and Big Lake spectacular places to live and work. As we head into October, many folks are finishing up chores to get ready for winter. The staff and students of Houston Middle School are also busy wrapping up activities and projects for the end of the first quarter. We have lots of news to share and some great activities planned for October. Please take a few minutes to read over October's Monthly News.
- Principal Howard
Swearing at Houston Middle School
There has been an increase in the number of times students and staff are hearing and reporting swearing in the hallways, in the lunchroom, and during open gym/recess. As a staff, we are discussing ways we can be proactive to address inappropriate language at school. Please help us by reminding your child or student about using appropriate language in school. Houston Middle School is an academic institution and there is no reason or place for swearing. Thank you for your support.
- Principal Howard
Upcoming Dates & Events in September
Pastries for Parents
The first Wednesday of each month Houston Middle School will host Pastries for Parents. Pastries for Parents is a time for parents and guardians to visit our school and enjoy pastries and coffee with their child. It's also a great time to visit with our teachers as well. October's Pastries for Parents will be on Wednesday, October 3rd. Please join us from 7:00 AM to 8:00 AM for a chance to visit our school!
Reduced Fees for Activities @ HMS
Houston Middle School meets the requirements of the Community Eligibility Provision for a Title I school. This allows HMS to offer all students free and reduced breakfast and lunches. It allows for a reduction of activity fees for students as well. Activity fees will be reduced by 50% for HMS students for the 2018 - 2019 school year.
The updated fee is a $50 fee per athletic activity for students up to a maximum of $125 per year. For questions, please contact the main office at 892-9501.
Did You Know?
October 1, 1908 - Henry Ford's Model T, a "universal car" designed for the masses, went on sale for the first time.
First Quarter Ends
The 1st Quarter ends on Wednesday, October 17th. Please help to make sure your child has all of his/her work and assignments turned in prior to the end of the 1st Quarter. It's important that students stay current and meet deadlines for assignments.
1st Quarter report cards will be sent home on Monday, October 22nd.
HMS will host a 1st Quarter Honor Roll assembly on Wednesday, November 7th during the school day. Exact times will be in our November Newsletter. (This is a date change from what is posted in the HMS Student Handbook)
Holiday Dinner Planning Meeting
Houston Middle School will be holding its first Holiday Dinner Planning meeting on Monday, October 15th and Monday, October 29th @ 6:00 PM in the Library. Please join the meeting if you are interested in volunteering for our annual Holiday Dinner. We had a great turnout last year and want to keep the HMS tradition alive and well. Please contact Ms. Boehm @ 892-9523 for questions.
Paint Night @ HMS
Red Ribbon Week
The National Family Partnership organized the first Nationwide Red Ribbon Campaign. NFP provides drug awareness by sponsoring the annual National Red Ribbon Campaign™. Since its beginning in 1985, the Red Ribbon has touched the lives of millions of people around the world. In response to the murder of DEA Agent Enrique Camarena, angered parents and youth in communities across the country began wearing Red Ribbons as a symbol of their commitment to raise awareness of the killing and destruction caused by drugs in America.
Red Ribbon Week will be from October 23rd to October 31st.
Combined Choir Concert
Houston Middle School will be hosting a Combined Choir Concert on Tuesday, October 23rd from 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM. We will welcome Big Lake Elementary, Meadow Lakes Elementary, and Houston High School. Each will sing their own songs and end with a combined song showcasing the talent and hard work of all the students.
Beginning Band, Advanced Band, & Jazz Band Concert
There will be a bake sale after the concert to help fund raise for the Disney trip in April.
HMS will host a Fall Dance on October 31st from 2:30 PM - 4:00 PM sponsored by Ms. Young's class. This dance will be stupendous! Watch for signs with more info. Hope to see you there! Entrance to the Fall Dance is $5.00.
If you child attends the dance, please make sure to pick him/her promptly at 4:00 PM.
MSBSD X-Country Championship Race Results
Congratulations to the following x-country runners who placed in the MSBSD District Middle School X-Country Meet! Go Hawks.
Sam Stapley 4th place for 8th grade
Ben Glover 4th place for 6th grade
Charles Hanson 10th place for 8th grade
Carter Seime 6th place for 7th Grade grade
McCrae Vitek 11th place for 8th grade
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Representative on Special Assignment
More From HMS...
“In a growth mindset, people believe that their most basic abilities can be developed through dedication and hard work—brains and talent are just the starting point. This view creates a love of learning and a resilience that is essential for great accomplishment."
- Carol Dweck
The next time you find yourself stuck in a fixed mindset, try using one of the statements from the growth mindset chart. For example, instead of saying, "I'm not good at this," say, " This may take some time." It might just be the thing you need to keep doing something you're not good at yet.
Did You Know?
October 12, 1492 - After a 33-day voyage, Christopher Columbus made his first landfall in the New World in the Bahamas. He named the first land sighted as El Salvador, claiming it in the name of the Spanish Crown. Columbus was seeking a western sea route from Europe to Asia and believed he had found an island of the Indies.
HMS Counselor's Corner
As we continue the school year, it's important for HMS to always consider the social and emotional well being of all our students. The video below has valuable insights from middle school students on common feelings and questions many ask themselves. The staff at HMS often ask how we can help support our students and how we can show them that there ideas and voices are important. Please know that the staff at HMS are open and welcome to ideas and suggestions on how we can help our students be successful. For questions or concerns, please call the counseling office at 892-9506.
- Mr. Holbrook, HMS Counselor
Middle School Health & Nutrition
Please take a few minutes to watch the video below to learn more about the harmful effects of consuming excess sugar can have on a person's body. It's important that middle school students have a balanced diet and get exercise to remain both physically and mentally healthy.
You must have your students ID number to register. If you get an error message please contact the office at 892-9500 for a parent/guardian access key.
Did You Know?
October 17, 1777 - During the American Revolutionary War, British General John Burgoyne and his entire army of 5,700 men surrendered to American General Horatio Gates after the Battle of Saratoga, the first big American victory.
HMS Handbook Highlights
Student leadership skills are not only important for success in school, but they are also important for life-long success.
The Learning Pit
The Learning Pit are predictable steps or stages everyone goes through when learning something new.
Please treat our guest teachers with respect and kindness.
The Learning Pit
School Nurse News
Greetings From The School Nurse,
The flu is season is here and it's important for students and families to understand how the flu is spread and some ways to minimize how the flu is spread. Watch the video below to learn more about germs, how they are spread, and how to prevent spreading them. Remember, the easiest and most effective and way to prevent the spreading the flu is good hand washing.
If you have any questions or concerns please contact Nurse Burger at 892-9507.
Free & Reduced Lunch
Title I, Part A (Title I) of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, as amended (ESEA) provides financial assistance to local educational agencies (LEAs) and schools with high numbers or high percentages of children from low-income families to help ensure that all children meet challenging state academic standards. Oct 5, 2015
Ways to Keep Informed and Contact Houston Middle School
- HMS Website
- Connect-Ed Messages
- monthly newsletters
- phone calls and emails
Did You Know?
October 24, 1929 - "Black Thursday" occurred in the New York Stock Exchange as nearly 13 million shares were sold in panic selling. Five days later "Black Tuesday" saw 16 million shares sold.