HMS Bearcat Bulletin

September 2016

A Note from Ms. Buschmann

Happy Fall! Although the weather hasn't quite turned yet, it is after Labor Day, Football Friday Nights are well under way, and Starbucks is serving Pumpkin Spice Latte, so in my book fall has arrived. I hope your family has gotten back into the morning , after school, and bed time routines that come with back to school. Here at Hermann Middle School, we have practiced classroom routines and procedures and I am impressed by all of the learning going on in our classrooms.

I believe strongly that a child's education is a partnership between home and school, so I hope this newsletter gives you a little more information about what is going on at HMS. I also want to encourage you to make use of the Parent Portal of Infinite Campus to see our daily announcements and keep up to date with your child's grades. We also look forward to seeing you at Parent Teacher Conferences if not before.

Missouri Retired Teachers Foundation Grant

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Congratulations, Mr. Landolt, on being awarded a $500 grant from the Missouri Retired Teachers Foundation. The grant will help buy high interest books for boys in his 7th Grade reading class.

NWEA Testing

We are getting near the completion of our first round of NWEA testing and we are getting great data. Much like marking the wall with your child's height every year on his or her birthday, NWEA will provide us with detailed information about your child's growth in reading, mathematics, and language usage. Teachers can identify strengths and areas in which your child might need additional instruction using the reports from NWEA. We are looking forward to setting growth goals with your child and sharing the results with you at Parent Teacher Conferences.

Parent Advisory Committee Meeting

Thursday, Oct. 27th, 6pm

164 Blue Pride Drive

Hermann, MO

Please join us for the first Parent Advisory Committee meeting of the 2016-17 school year. All are invited to attend. Ms. Buschmann will make a short presentation about current issues at Hermann Middle School to be followed by a question/answer session.

MAP Testing Results

The MAP results for the spring 2016 testing session have arrived and will be available for pick up during parent teacher conferences. If you would like your child's results prior to conferences, please contact the office or Maranda Anderson at 573.486.2116 ext 1306 to arrange a time to pick them up.

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Sunny D Book Spree

HMS teachers are currently collecting SunnyD and Fruit2O labels to earn free books for their classroom libraries. Please collect your UPC codes and send them with your child. The promotion runs through November 30. For more information you can go to

Student E-Mail

E-Mail is a 21st century tool. Using this tool professionally, appropriately, effectively and responsibly requires practice and skill. At HMS, we want our students to have the skill of using e-mail as an effective and safe communication tool that can promote student-to-student and faculty-to-student collaboration and improve the efficiency and effectiveness of student work.

HMS student e-mail accounts were recently activated and teachers have begun instructing students on proper use. Student e-mail accounts are to be used for educational purposes only and, like all other technology at school, must be used according to the district acceptable use policy.

The following guidelines are provided to assist students in the effective use of e-mail:

Uses for Student e-mail:

  • Teachers may send email to communicate reminders, course content, pose questions related to classwork, etc.
  • Students may send email to teachers with questions or comments regarding class
  • Student may send emails to one another to collaborate on group projects and assist with school classes

General email guidelines for students:

  • Email is to be used for school-related communication
  • Do not share your or another person's email address with those outside of school
  • If you are questioning the appropriateness of an email you are about to send, do not send it
  • If you receive an inappropriate email, do not forward- notify a teacher or the principal

Consequences of misuse:

  • Should a student be found to have inappropriately used the email system, the email will be turned over to the principal. Depending on the situation, the student may lose email privileges, receive detention or suspension, or be turned over to the appropriate authorities.