HMS Bearcat Bulletin

October 2019

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A Note from Ms. Buschmann

Students will be preparing for Parent/Teacher/Student Conferences this week. They are reflecting on first quarter and setting goals. A friend of mine says, "What's the biggest room? Room for improvement." Although we have fantastic kids that work hard, there is always a way to get better. For some kids, that might be allowing themselves to make mistakes, for others, it might be working more carefully, or reading a greater variety of materials. I hope that you will join us and bring your student with you for Parent/Teacher/ Student Conferences this Thursday.

Parent-Teacher-Student Conferences

Thursday, Oct. 24th, 1:30-7pm

164 Blue Pride Drive

Hermann, MO

Please bring your student(s) to the conference with you and their teacher(s). It is important that students advocate for themselves and take ownership of their own learning. This is one step that can help them do so.

Teachers will be available to conference one-on-one in their classrooms. Please limit conferences to 10 minutes. If more time is required, you can arrange a separate time with the teacher.

While you are at HMS, check out our Scholastic Book Fair in the library.

Student of the Month

In September, we celebrated students who showed the character trait of Respect. Our peers and the adults around us deserve to be shown respect, but we also owe it to ourselves to maintain our good reputations by showing respect. Our nominees are pictured below:

Front Row (L to R)- Luke, Aubree, Bryson, CJ, Caden, Ellis, Addison, Wyatt, Cohen, Lily

Middle Row- Hunter, Ian, Nolan, Caden, Lane, Katelyn, Kristen, Donna, Emma, Jacob, Amanda, Amanda, Aditey, Nolan, Emma, Grace, Erika, Jaelee

Back Row- Amelia, Kody, Will, Kadyn

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Congratulations to our winners- CJ, Lily, Nolan, Emma, and Kadyn!
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Teacher Professional Development Days

A couple of years ago, we switched from half to full days off for teacher professional development. We have found that the full day is more effective for adult learning and we hope that it provides opportunities for families to make appointments on days when students will not be missing instruction. The remaining professional development days for this school year are:

November 4

January 3

January 27

March 9

Ongoing Fundraising Efforts

Please keep in mind a couple of easy ways to raise funds for HMS.

1. Boxtops for Education- no more clipping logs to send to school. Just download the app, create an account, and then scan your receipts in. The app will automatically credit our account for the applicable items.

2. Shutterfly- start your order at our storefront and 8% of each purchase will be sent to HMS.

Visit our Storefront:

3. Best Choice UPC's

4. Coca-Cola Give: Put codes from bottles or12-packs or cases of cans in and designate Hermann Middle School as your giving partner at

Enrichment Tips from Mrs. Worland

Submitted by Anne Worland, HMS Title I and Gifted Teacher

Does your child bounce off the wall with curiosity and an inner drive to learn? Sometimes kids might have an intense interest in a single topic, or they may seem like a mini-adult when they speak. These students may not always be gifted, as defined by our state guidelines, but they definitely deserve our attention!

At school, these children can be challenged with enriching work and access to new ways of problem-solving. Parents and teachers can work together to enhance learning as needed. As a team, school and home can cooperatively ensure that students feel challenged and engaged!

But what can you do at home to engage your kids? Well, one area is through high quality, enriching games. Games can be strategic, logical, or creative. Typically, luck plays a minor role, if any.

I recommend the following games for engaging students in meaningful play:

  • Blokus: This game uses spatial reasoning and strategy to place a variety of shapes on the board in an attempt to play as many tiles as you can.

  • Mastermind: This is a two-player game that uses deductive reasoning to solve the pattern.

  • Qwirkle: This thinking game requires players to analyze the best play to make the most points.

  • Muggins: This math game helps students practice math facts and fluid thinking.

  • Izzy: This game of black and white patterns uses strategy and flexible thinking.

  • Pictionary: This creative game engages players to quickly depict a word or phrase using only a rapid sketch.

  • Apples to Apples: This vocabulary-building game makes players laugh as they try to make a good match between an adjective and noun

  • Tangrams: These 7 piece shape puzzles reward perseverance, flexible thinking, and spatial awareness.

  • Set: This logic game requires quick analysis and visual thinking.

  • Scrabble: This classic word game expands vocabulary and helps with spelling, as well as strategic thinking.

  • Boggle: This word game requires rapid recognition of words, and helps with spelling.

All these games are kid-tested, and teacher/mom-approved! These games make excellent gifts, and might be good to have on hand in the upcoming winter when your kids are trapped inside and boredom strikes!

Pictures from HMS

The end of September and beginning of October is a busy time at school. Everyone is settled in and ready to work. See below some of the fun things that have happened- football Friday nights, Go Gold for Childhood Cancer, virtual reality, custodian appreciation day, and lots of hard work on the court, on the course, and in the classroom.
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Although it was chilly and damp, much fun was had at our first quarter incentive day. Students earned up to four sessions of choice activities by following our PBIS expectations of being safe, respectful, responsible, and a learner and by completing their work.
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Cardinal Calendar Sales

HMS is selling 2020 St. Louis Cardinals Calendars and we need your help! These sales support funding for student activities such as field trips, reward days and eighth-grade celebration.

As an incentive, for EACH calendar sold, your name will be entered in a raffle. For example: sell 27 calendars & you’re entered 27 times. You can win more than once. Prizes will be local gift cards. The top seller in the school will receive their entries in the raffle AND lunch with a friend delivered to the school. Sample calendars from past years are available to loan or for viewing at school.

Sale Dates: October 24- November 8

Delivery date: second week of December (Christmas Gifts!!)

Cost: $15 (includes pages of regional coupons)

Checks payable to: Hermann Middle School

(please collect payment at the time of sale)

Contact: Cheryl Schwartze 573-486-3121 x1205

Upcoming Events


October 17- 24- Scholastic Book Fair @HMS Library

October 21- 24- Bus Driver Appreciation Week

October 21- Grades Due, 3:00

October 21- 7/8 Grade Girls Basketball @ Sullivan, 5:30

October 22- Four Rivers Conference Cross Country Meet, 2:30 (Middle School races follow HS)

October 24- Early Dismissal for Parent Teacher Student Conferences

October 24- 7/8 grade Girls Basketball vs. Union

October 24- November 8- Cardinal Calendar Sales

October 25- 28: Fall Break- No School

October 28- 7/8 Grade Girls Basketball @ Riverbend in Pacific,5:30

October 29- 7/8 Grade Girls Basketball @Union, 5:30


November 1- Student of the Month Assembly, 2:45

November 1- Families In Action Dance @HMS, 7:00- 9:30

November 4- No School, Teacher Professional Development Day

November 8- Cardinal Calendar Sales End

November 14- Board of Education Meeting, 6:00

November 20- End of Mid-Quarter 2

November 27-December 1- Thanksgiving Break

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