Principal Weekly Update to Families

23 - September - 2022

Message from Mrs. Salmans

Dear Eagles Community,

Parent/Teacher/Student Conferences were a success!!! We had over 98% attendance. If you were unable to attend and haven't reschedule, expect a call. We want to brag about your student and get to know them even better. HMS football continues their winning streak!

Educationally Yours!

- Mrs. Salmans

🦅 🦅 🦅

#1: 📆 Schedule & 🌭 Lunch Menu for Next Week

September 26th

September 27th

  • 7th/8th Volleyball @ Holcomb 4PM

September 28th

September 29th

  • 7th Football @ Scott City 4PM
  • 7th/8th Volleyball @ Cimarron 4PM
  • 8th Football @ Scott City 5:30PM

October 1st

  • 7th/8th Cross Country @ Syracuse 9AM
Big picture


Linked below you will find information about EZSchoolPay., the easy, convenient and secure way to pay for school meals and other school fees. The link below will provide FAQ's. You can even set up a reminder email when your balance is getting low. Just follow the simple steps and you are all set. If you have any questions, please call HMS at 620-544-4341.

#2: 😎 Great Moments from the Week (photos 🚀 engagement)

Big picture

#3: 📆 Upcoming Events


Monday, Sep. 26th, 8am to Friday, Sep. 30th, 3:30pm

Our School

Let's bring our attendance rate up!!! We are at 94% and our goal is 99%. Can we do it?

Check Your Grades:


* log on to:

* type in your email address

* check your email. (You will receive an email that gives you a link to your child/children's personal dashboards.) Each time you want to log in, you will always go through these steps. There is not a "log in" page like most sites have. The company chooses to have parents log in this way every time so that it is safe, secure and confidential.


Research shows that missing 10 percent of the school, or about 18 days in most school districts, negatively affects a student’s academic performance. That’s just two days a month and that’s known as chronic absence.


Social and emotional skills form the foundation of success in life. Why such a bold statement? Think about it—how important is self-control, patience, perseverance, decision-making, and the ability to resolve conflicts peacefully? How crucial is the ability to manage anxiety, anger, discouragement, and other uncomfortable emotions? How essential are the skills required to make and keep friends? Is learning how to empathize important?

All of us learn most of these very important skills through what we call the “Three Es” of Love and Logic—Example, Experience, and Empathy. Parents and educators alike can use the “Three Es” to help the kids in their lives learn the critical social and emotional skills that they will need throughout their lives.

Modeling is one of the most powerful tools for teaching social and emotional coping skills. A powerful form of modeling takes place when our kids overhear us talking about our values. Young people are almost always more interested in what they overhear than what we provide in the form of a lecture. Kids can learn great lessons about coping with tough emotions, temptations, and conflicts by overhearing us verbalize positive self-talk.

Mistakes are priceless learning opportunities. When we err and experience not-so-pleasant results, we learn the importance of making better choices in the future. Learning self-control, empathy for others, decision-making, and other valuable social and emotional skills requires some humbling experiences and plenty of encouraging ones also.

Great parents and educators provide emotional support while allowing kids to blow it when the price tag is small. Few things build a greater sense of optimism and confidence than experiencing setbacks and overcoming them.

Empathy teaches empathy. When children see us using it with others, and experience it directly from us, they are far more likely to pass it on. Social and emotional success requires that children learn how to demonstrate empathy toward others as well as toward themselves.

What about a fourth E?
A fourth E could be explanation. Explanation is a skill that can be helpful under the right circumstances. Explaining is an important tool for teaching social, emotional and academic skills. It works well when we are calm, the child is calm, and we realize that it’s a relatively small part of the teaching process, particularly with challenging youth.



This week and last week, your student discussed and identified things that he or she valued. The purpose of this is because when we are able to recognize our values we are more likely to include and encourage others. Last week we talked about tangible things (people we value, things we value, goals we value). This week we discussed values such as responsibility, family, honesty, and hard work (there were 18 options). Students identified the top 3-4 values for them that they then put on a poster with their names. We will use these posters throughout the year to remind them what they chose and push them to stay true to what they value and who they want to be. They will be hanging up in the hallway on the way to the gym during conferences next week, so feel free to stop and discuss the posters with your student!

Questions you could ask at home include:

–What did you think of the value story (with the monkey) and having to give up different possessions or people? Was it hard or easy?

–Why do you think you made those choices?

–What were your top 3 values? Why?

#7: 🙋🏽 Important Reminders

  • Study Hall is open to ALL students Monday-Thursday 3:30PM - 4:00PM
  • Eligibility grades are run every Wednesday at 10AM. If a student has a "D" or "F", a letter is sent to inform parents. Please allow mail processing time.
  • Checking grades is HIGHLY encouraged.