HPMS Weekly Update - 2/24/23
Updates and resources for the families of HPMS students!
We had a great week at HPMS!
HPMS Family Literacy Night Survey
We invite HPMS families to attend our 2023 Family Literacy Night event this coming March 2nd! To help us plan, please fill out this survey if you plan to attend. The flyer I have posted above was sent home earlier this week with students. If you had any trouble with the survey previously, please try again now that it has been corrected. We hope you'll be able to join us!
Rising 9th Grade Parent Informational Event
"BHP is excited to host 2 family informational sessions on all things BHP! On March 1st we will have a 10:00am session and a 6:00pm session in our BHP Auditorium to host families in an effort to help you learn more about our school and how you can best help your child achieve success during their years here. We will cover course offerings, graduation requirements, ParentPortal and Google Classroom Information, and more. We will also be giving several giveaways at both events, including a free hotel stay in downtown Greenville. All families are invited to attend either session."
Career Education Update
Mrs. Janet Taylor, our CDF, provided me with the following update regarding this week in career education at HPMS:
"7th grade students completed a virtual job shadow today. This exercise allowed the students to explore a career and see what skills are needed, how much the job pays and what training is required for the job. The students did a terrific job and learned a lot!
February is the month for Career Specialists to focus on job shadowing with our students. I am happy to report that the majority of our students have completed some type of job shadowing this month. This exercise allows our students to look at careers closely to determine if it would be a good fit for them or not. I am extremely proud of the effort our students have put into this exercise. I have been able to have some really good discussions with our students based on their experiences."
BHP Dance Line Auditions
Mrs. Boarts, principal of BHP, has asked for help in spreading the word about BHP Dance Line auditions:
-This is an awesome opportunity to showcase your talent, be a part of a team, and support your BHP Bears at home football games!!
-Who is eligible to audition: Current 6th – 11th graders who will be enrolled in 7th – 12th grade at Belton Middle, Honea Path Middle, or BHP High School during the 2023-2024 school year.
-When are auditions: Auditions are held at Upstate Dance and Baton (21 North Main St Honea Path) on Friday, March 17th at 6:30pm.
-The audition routine will be taught during the audition time. Basic requirements are: Flexibility, presentation/showmanship, positive attitude, and the ability to learn quickly. Tryout attire should be black shorts, a solid color tank top, hair in a high ponytail, and makeup as it would be for gameday.
-There is a new class beginning February 20th – March 6th at Upstate Dance and Baton to help girls prepare for the spring audition. To enroll in this class, contact 864-844-1248. This class will meet each Monday 7:45-8:15pm. There is no fee for this class.
-For specific questions concerning the BHP dance line auditions and responsibilities throughout the year, please contact the dance line coach at 864-844-1248 / firstname.lastname@example.org
4K and 5K Registration
We've been asked to help share this information for any of our families who may have future ASD2 students. Registration for rising 4K and 5K students is open now! You can enroll by using the link below.
You need assistance, please go to Honea Path Elementary (4K and 5K) or Wright Elementary (5K) between 8:00 and 2:00.
4K spaces are limited.
BHP Softball Hitting Camp
I have posted the flyer from Coach Jennings regarding BHP's softball hitting camp below. It will take place in Belton on 2/18/23 from 9AM-11AM. If you have any questions, please contact Coach Jennings at email@example.com.
Power Hour Notes
I also want to ask for your assistance as we re-emphasized to our students this week the importance the intervention period they have each day (Power Hour). We also made it clear that it is required that they use plug-in ear buds or headphones with their Chromebooks while completing green lessons during the first 20-25 minutes of Power Hour Mondays through Thursdays each week. This is so that they can listen to the lessons that are on their instructional level to receive that extra learning. The vast majority of our students complete and pass these lessons faithfully every week. We have the highest completion and pass rates that we've had as a school, but I believe that we can be even better. When looking at the data, there is a direct tie between those who consistently complete and pass these lessons and those who grow academically throughout the year. This is because the lessons help to fill in gaps or accelerate learning. They are only one part of the whole picture because nothing can ever replace the work of our great teachers; however, they are an essential part of the measurably excellent success we've seen at HPMS.
We will be addressing any student who is not following this expectation, and if they are not completing this essential work, they could be assigned after school detention to complete the lessons. We prefer not to do this because the time is already built into the day for them to work. As always, extenuating circumstances are understood, and we do have some students who have tested out of these lessons in math, ELA, or both. For the majority, please help us to ensure that your students are bringing the required materials to school and using this time appropriately to complete the lessons during the time they are given.
I want to provide some clarification regarding our normal procedures here at HPMS as we transition into 2023 in upholding our policies for an orderly school environment:
- On page 3 of our handbook, we have asked that parents and families refrain from dropping off food, money, clothing, or other random items for students. As you can imagine, food and gifts in particular often create a disruption and more students requesting this from their parents. We appreciate your help in keeping our students focused.
- We also ask that parents help us to remind students that they are to utilize the proper procedures for contacting home if needed. Student phones are to be turned off and put away throughout the day. Once students have gotten permission from teachers or staff, we have phones available throughout the school for students to contact home in case of emergency, and our front office staff allows students to use personal devices if needed to contact home.
- We appreciate your continued help in making sure students wear clothing that meets our dress code. The most common issues we see are shorts that are too short, tops that are too short and do not cover the buttocks when leggings are worn as pants, and tops that expose the midriff. The dress code can be found on page 8 of the handbook.
As always, I am happy to go into further detail if more is needed regarding the policies above. We are very blessed to have such supportive and understanding families who appreciate our efforts to provide a safe and focused learning environment for your children.
Our EXCELLENT State Report Card Information
We also need your help in maintaining our morning procedure for students. We hold them in the hallways before 7:45AM each day, and during that time, they should be sitting silently and reading or silently and eating breakfast. We have told students they are expected to have a book of their own. They have gone to the library with teachers at this point, so they should have one. If not, please have them get a book that they enjoy for the mornings so that they are prepared. Overall, students have done a great job with this procedure, but we want to make sure that we maintain it properly as the year progresses.
Additionally, students were provided more information regarding our procedures for dress code, safety, discipline, the handbook, and many other aspects of our school environment for HPMS. We thank you in advance for working with your student to be familiar with how things are done here to make this a focused and safe school environment. I do want to ask also specifically for your help with dress code this year. Overall, everyone has done a truly great job with this; however, the main issues we have seen so far are shorts that are too short, shirts that are too short with leggings, and holes in pants that are above the inseam. Please speak with your students about this this weekend so that they can be in compliance with our procedures.
State Department Tutoring Resource
This is a great resource from the state for students and parents. The link below is a quick Screencastify video that shows how to go to the Tutor.com program through discus. (No audio)
Grade Level Newsletters/Agendas
Free and Reduced Lunch Application
Please remember that lunch and breakfast are no longer provided free at this time for everyone; however, we do encourage everyone to fill out this form, regardless of your previous form status. Please view the application, fill it out, and have it returned to HPMS if you haven't already completed one!
John Michael Hall, Principal of Honea Path Middle School
Rising 9th Grader Family Event
Softball Hitting Camp
Media Center Updates
The flyers above explain how students can utilize Tutor.com for free through scdiscus.org. Also, the link below is to a video tutorial that explains how it works and what features it offers. This is an excellent resource and we want to make sure all of our students have the information needed to access it.
Arrival and General Procedures
Please continue to assist us in the mornings with drop offs. It is very helpful to us and the other parents in line if you will pull forward, at least until the end of the brick flowerbed wall out front to let your child out if you are in the front of the line. We ask that other cars behind the lead car to pull forward as well. This adds only a few extra steps for your student, but it goes much faster for everyone and helps everyone get to class on time if we can unload 4 or more students at a time out front. Students must be in the building by 7:57 in order to be counted as on time.
Dress Code Information
We appreciate in advance your help with our updated dress code for this year. I ask you to please review these for yourself and with your students. They have been covered in school with the teachers, but we greatly appreciate your help at home. The most common issues we see are holes in pants that are far too large or too high, shorts that are too short, shirts that are too short or cut too low, exposed undergarments, and shirts/tops that aren't long enough over leggings. Please also note that we also don't allow blankets/pillows to be carried or hats/hoodies worn in the building.
If you’re interested in volunteering to help with the PTO, or if you're just interested in finding out ways to help support our students and teachers, please contact the PTO at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information! We would love to have you involved!
COVID Contact/Positive Test Procedure
It is critical that you let us know if someone in your household has been diagnosed with COVID or your student has been named a close contact due to a contact that occurred outside of school. If you become aware of this after school hours or on the weekend, please feel free to email me at email@example.com AND Nurse Snipes at firstname.lastname@example.org. We also encourage you to call during school hours ASAP and hold your student out of school until you receive more information from us based on our guidelines from DHEC. Your help with this is critical to keeping the school safe for everyone.
HPMS Parent/Student Handbook
This is our updated version and we ask all parents to familiarize yourself with our policies and procedures.
Links to Information (You may have to right-click on some links to open them)
Car Rider Dismissal Procedures
If you have more than one student attending HPMS, we ask that you follow the procedure for the eldest student. If you are carpooling, we ask that you follow the procedure for 8th graders.
6th Grade - 6th grade students will be dismissed to the front car line, and we will continue to have parents pull forward until you reach your child. 6th graders will be waiting down at the end of the sidewalk in front of the 4K building (except in cases of severe weather). We ask 6th grade parents to approach the school from the Main Street side of Central Avenue. This will keep us from backing up on to 252 from Brock, and it should require very little driving out of the way to get in line. We ask that you do not attempt to turn left from Brock into the front of the school as this is against the traffic laws on that road during school hours.
7th Grade - 7th grade students will cross the road to get in cars which will be on Park Ave. on the right side of the road. Please do not block the entrance/exit to the parking lot in front of the school when you are in line. Park Ave. is wide enough that if you will pull to the right, it will still allow traffic through on Park as needed. Once you pick up your student, please turn left onto Brock Ave. to help us keep that crosswalk cleared. We also prefer that you would get in line from the part of Central Ave. that runs behind the football field to avoid backing up traffic on Park. We realize this may not be practical for all.
8th Grade and Carpooling Students - 8th grade students will go to the parking lot across the street for dismissal. To make leaving easier for you, please park in the center column of spaces in the lot. We are also asking that you turn left out of the parking lot when you leave. We realize that this is less convenient for those of you who normally turn right, but it will keep from having two sets of traffic turning onto Brock Ave. at the same time and creating a bottleneck. If you are picking up two or more students, you are welcomed to use this lot as well, regardless of grade level.
We ask that you drive carefully around the school because there will be several different valves of traffic going to and from the school.
Google Classroom Cheat Sheet for Parents and Students
- 2/28 - SIC Meeting - 3:35PM
- 3/1 - Rising 9th Grader Family Events - Session 1 - 10AM - Session 2 - 6PM @BHP
- 3/2 - Family Literacy Night at HPMS - 5:30PM-7PM
- 3/13 - No School for Students - PD Day
- 3/22 - End of Q3
- 3/24 - Spring Pictures
- 3/29 - Q3 Report Cards Posted on Parent Portal
- 3/30 - 7th Grade Field Trip
- 4/6 - 8th Grade Roper Mountain Field Trip
- 4/10-14 - Spring Break
- 4/20 - Math Spring Diagnostic
- 4/27 - ELA Spring Diagnostic
- 5/2 - Music Ideals Concert @ BHP - 7PM
- 5/4 - SC Ready State Test ELA Day 1
- 5/5 - Middle School Band Concert @ BHP - 7PM
- 5/9 - SC Ready State Test ELA Day 2
- 5/16 - SC Ready State Test Math
- 5/18 - SC Ready State Test 6th Grade Science
- 5/24 - Algebra I EOC
- 5/29 - Memorial Day - School Closed
- 6/1 - Last Day for Students/End of Q4 - Half Day for Students