The Final Bi-Weekly Update for the 2020-21 School Year
Dear Hannah Ashton Middle School Community,
I want to start this year’s final HAMSLetter by thanking our scholars, families, and HAMS staff for a successful school year! This year has been unlike any other. We have been determined, bold, and brave in the face of global pandemic and social unrest. We cannot thank our school community enough for your support of our students as they work to the best of their ability to pursue academic success.
Although we have had many start-ups and modes of learning this year, we have been able to implement many learning opportunities to support our scholars. This year has boasted learning opportunities such as Project/Problem Based Learning, Virtual Career Day, projects from our Innovation Lab, Math Olympiad, National Junior Honor Society Ceremony (with 46 NJHS Scholars!), and our upcoming Virtual Cultural Festival, grade level incentives/field days, and the 8th Grade Celebration Ceremony! Our teachers have worked tirelessly to create lessons and projects that engage our scholars – regardless of the modality in which they are learning. I am incredibly grateful for the hard work of the educators in our school.
As the school year comes to an end, I want to remind our scholars of how incredibly proud we are of you. You have worked incredibly hard this school year, and I am honored and proud to be your principal! At HAMS, we strive for excellence and we understand that knowledge is power. Continue to strive for excellence, and always remember to that what you do today is an investment in yourself. Continue to demonstrate safety, responsibility and respect toward yourself and toward others.
Until next school year, here’s wishing you love, laughter and learning.
Principal Breen Slauter
Fourth Quarter Grades/Report Cards
It is important for scholars to finalize and submit any assignments on or before the last day of school. Please check with your scholar's classroom teachers to determine the due date for any pending assignments. There will be NO EXTENSIONS for assignments beyond the last day of school.
Report cards will be posted on Power School on June 4th.
Chromebook/Mobile Hot Spot collection will begin the last week of school.
- Hybrid scholars will be responsible for turning in devices through their grade level teams during this week.
- Virtual scholars will have until June 4th to return their devices to the building.
Please have scholars remove any stickers prior to turning them in. Devices, hot spots (if assigned one), and chargers should be submitted in good condition. The District's IT department will assess damages to any devices.
8th Grade Celebration!! - May 25th
Our 8th grade scholars will be participating in their Celebration Ceremony on Tuesday, May 25th from 8am to noon. The day's events are outlined below:
- 8am - Virtual Students Arrive
- 8:15am - Ceremony Begins
- 9:30 am- 11:30am - Celebration Activities
- 11:30am - LUNCH
- 12:00pm: VIRTUAL Scholars will be picked up to go home. (Please note: Virtual Scholars must be picked up by noon, as they can not stay for the remainder of the day and will not be provided with transportation home.)
Virtual Culture Festival - For HAMS Scholars
Yearbook order have been extended through May 27th!
Student yearbook sale extended until May 27, 2021!!!!
Order yours today www.inter-state.com/yearbook HAMS code: 57126J
By extending our sale 2020-2021 yearbooks will be available for pick up in early August, our school office will contact scholars to arrange for pickup.
Virtual Scholars we want to include the great work you have been doing at home, please submit your photos HERE for consideration for the year book
Can you believe that we’re down to only 2 weeks left of 8th grade? You’re days away from having a new high school student! All of us at HAMS are gently guiding scholars to finish up last minute assignments, assessments, and missing work. As we’ve said before, this year has been full of challenges for all of us, so we want to finish strong and start high school on a positive note. Part of this will be enjoying our last days with your student, working on some engaging project based work, and celebrating the school year and scholars. Asalways, if our teachers can be of any help, don’t hesitate to reach out.
From the Language Arts Department
Dr. Smith’s classes read The Most Dangerous Game this week. We also took our HMH reading assessment and despite a rough year, students are finishing with nice reading growth. We’ll spend the rest of the year working on a project of their choice centered around the story.
Mrs. Ramsey’s class will be writing our Rube Goldberg 3 paragraph essays to accompany the Science project in Mrs. Rahm's class. Also, any missing work for the 4th quarter needs to be turned in.
From the Math Department
Integrated Math 1:
Most students have completed the district-sponsored Spring diagnostic. The class's overall growth is approximately 70%. We are currently working on identifying similar triangles and writing geometric proofs relative to triangle congruence. Each Integrated 1 student is required to complete seven ALEKS topics this week, as well as two triangle sorting activities. Please check PowerSchool to ensure the expectations for your child are being met.
Students in Ms. Taylor's math classes have been working on personal finance activities. We have been looking at different careers and using their salaries to create a monthly budget. Next week we will be looking at the number one topic students ask about in math class TAXES!
From the Social Studies Department
This week we continue to work on our Civil War Magazine. Students should have completed the Cover, Puzzle, Advice Column, Map, and Editorial. Next week we will turn in the magazine for a final grade. In the meantime, students have three check-in grades that show their current progress.
From the Science Department
In Mrs. Rahm's science class we continue to work on our Rube Goldberg Engineering Project. Virtual students are expected to turn on their camera each day to share their progress. Student's first video flip grid progress check is due Friday May 14. The whole project is due Wednesday May 26. Please make sure your student turns in their paper study guides (for a grade) and science supplies at the end of the year! Thanks so much for your support at home!
If you have any questions for the team, don't hesitate to contact us. Thank you for sharing your student with us.
The 8th Grade Team
This summer, help your child become a confident, enthusiastic reader in the Summer Reading Skills Programs, in partnership with Xavier University a non-profit organization and taught by instructors from the Institute of Reading Development.
Strengthen Skills, Build Confidence, Enjoy Reading
These programs teach key reading skills for every grade, from phonics and sight words for younger children, to comprehension, textbook strategies and writing skills for older kids, and everything in between.
Guided by a knowledgeable and supportive teacher, students in these programs experience reading success again and again, developing their skills and building confidence in outstanding books at the right level of challenge for each age.
Your child will build the skills, confidence, and motivation he or she needs to become an avid, enthusiastic reader, who enjoys reading for school and for pleasure.
How the Programs Work
Your child will attend weekly live online classes that build skills and provide great experiences with terrific books – books that are filled with interesting characters, exciting storylines, and engaging themes. Between classes, your child will practice reading and complete fun interactive lessons that develop core skills and build confidence.
An Institute of Reading Development teacher will provide all the support and instruction your child needs to grow as a reader and student. Your child will get a jumpstart on the next school year and be ready to make it a big success!
Let’s Discuss Your Child’s Reading Development.
Call to speak with a reading program advisor.
A variety of weekday and weekend options are available.
8th Grade Celebration
Tuesday, May 25th, 8am-12pm
1482 Jackson Street
Virtual Cultural Festival
Thursday, May 27th, 8am
This is an online event.
Last Day of School/End of Q4
Friday, May 28th, 7:30am-2pm
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2020-21 District Calendar
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