HMS Bearcat Bulletin

February 2018

A Note from Ms. Buschmann

As a former Student Council advisor, I struggled with not having a council here at the middle school, but at the same time wasn't sure how to make it work at this level and not compete with our existing leadership groups. We launched a one time per month, afterschool program and the students involved have shown a great bit of interest and responsibility. Below you will see contributions from members and if you follow our social media accounts- facebook and snapchat, you will see pictures of the day from our members. We also have groups working on bulletin boards, spirit events, greeting in the morning and at programs, hosting the Student of the Month assembly, contributing to PBIS ideas, and heading birthday and other celebrations. I am really excited for students to take more of a leadership role and contributing to decisions about how we run our school.

From the Student Council Communication Group

In the last few days, the fifth graders have begun to use the ozobots and the makerspace so that they know how to use them better. The eighth graders are in the makerspace using the #D printer a lot. Also, in PE we are playing many new games, including three-ring circus, which is kind of like capture the flag. We have been having a great time in our classes, learning new things and having fun with our teachers!

Below is the video that we watched at our first meeting encouraging members to be the change that they wanted to see in our school.

Student of the Month

During the middle school years, so many students think perfection is the only option, so showing self-confidence is not easy. In January, we honored those students who show confidence in many aspects of school. Not just confidence in their abilities, but also the confidence to try again even if they are not successful the first time.

The nominees for January:

Front Row (l to r): John, Trigg, Kristen, and Lane

Middle Row: Lila, Lila, Jackson, Brandon, Jack, Ochean, and Danielle

Back Row: Morgan, Taylor, Hilde, Cadence, Morgan, Trace, James, Haley, and Jeremy

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January's winners:

6th Grade- Trigg

7th Grade- Cadence

8th Grade- Morgan

5th Grade- Kristen

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School-Wide Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (SW-PBIS or PBIS)

SW-PBIS embraces the philosophy that, just like academics, social behaviors and expectations must be taught. The PBIS Leadership Team, composed of HMS teachers and staff, have been working hard on lesson plans to accomplish the goal of teaching students all expectations across all settings- from the classroom to the hallway, on the bus and in the cafeteria. All lessons will be centered around our core expectations of Be Respectful, Be Responsible, Be Safe, and Be a Learner.

Parent Involvement Committee Meeting

Thursday, Feb. 15th, 6:30pm

Blue Pride Drive

Hermann, MO

The Parent Involvement Committee is open to all parents and guardians of HMS students. We hope that you will join us to discuss upcoming events, including Read-In Day and the Student Showcase, and have an open forum for questions and answers.

Pictures from around HMS

Below you will see students enjoying flexible seating options during reading, HES and HMS teachers and administrators at the Powerful Learning Conference, some 3D printing, the first meeting of our newly re-vamped Student Council, half-time competition at our day basketball game, Ms. Brown's class is growing wildflowers as part of their research on plants and photosynthesis, HMS's checks from Blue and White Night, and the Therapy Dogs from the library program hosted at HMS.
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Coming Soon to HMS

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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 13% of each purchase will be sent to HMS.

Visit our Storefront:

3. Best Choice UPC's

Upcoming Events


February 3- Blue and White Night at The Eagles

February 5- 9- National School Counseling Week

February 8 - Board of Education Meeting, 6:00

February 9- HHS JV Games hosted at HMS, 6:00

February 12- Professional Development Day

February 14- Happy Valentine's Day (remember balloons and flowers in glass vases cannot be sent home on the bus)

February 15- Science Fair Work Night (tentative)

February 15- HMS Parent Involvement Meeting, 6:30

February 19- Makeup Day, School is in Session

February 20- Freshman Orientation for current 8th- grade students, 6:00 at the HS

February 22- Science Fair Work Night (tentative)

February 23- Student of the Month Assembly

February 27- 7th and 8th Grade Volleyball vs. Washington, 5:30

February 28- HMS Student Council Meeting, 3:15- 5:00


March 1- Science Fair Work Night (tentative)

March 1- 7th and 8th Grade Girls Volleyball@ Owensville, 5:30

March 2- Families In Action Dance @HMS

March 5- 9- National School Breakfast Week

March 5-9- National School Social Work Week

March 5- PBIS Leadership Team Training @Heart of Missouri RPDC

March 6- Statewide Tornado Drill

March 8- Science Fair Work Night (tentative)

March 8- 7th and 8th Grade Girls Volleyball@ St. Clair Middle School, 12:30

March 8- School Board Meeting

March 9- Read-In Day, Dress like your favorite book character, lunch with loved ones