Husky Update

Week of 11/29/2021

Hello HMS Families

We hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving Break and that all Huskies were able to spend time with family and friends. This version of the Husky Update has important information related to our school calendar, at-risk parent conferences, our yearbook presale, and the PTSA See's Candies fundraiser among a few other important topics.

Please see the postings below for more information and thank you for reading!

Parent Conferences and Minimum Day, Thursday 12/2. 11:55 AM release.

On Thursday, December 2nd, We will be holding parent conferences for students who may be in danger of failing one or more courses based on current course progress. If needed, individual students and families should have received an invitation from their teacher to schedule an appointment for these conferences via ParentSquare. These notifications went out to families prior to the start of the Thanksgiving break, so please check your ParentSquare inbox to see if you have a conference invite from any of your student's teachers. All conferences will be conducted virtually.

All students will be released at 11:55 AM on Thursday 12/2.

If your student was not scheduled for a conference, you can reach out to their instructor at any time using any one of our parent communication tools to follow up on their progress. Please see our post below regarding contacting your student's teachers using Scholoop and ParentSquare.

Thank you!

Band and Choir's Second Winter Concert will take place on Wednesday 12/8/21 at 4PM

Thank you to all who attended our first Winter Concert. Our second Winter Concert will take place on Wednesday 12/8/21 at 4 PM. The Choir will open the concert, followed by our Beginning Band classes and finally our Advanced Bands 1 and 2. Seating will be provided, however, since it is outdoors, feel free to bring along some folding chairs or lawn chairs if you would like to maintain increased social distancing. If you plan on attending, please stay for the entire program out of respect to all of our outstanding performers.

Following Thanksgiving Break and possible travel, please remember the following:

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2021-2022 Yearbooks are now on sale with pre-sale pricing!

Our yearbook students do an amazing job commemorating each school year with a beautiful album full of features and images. Our middle school yearbook frequently sells out, so make sure you place your order soon to reserve your copy. Click HERE to be redirected to the ordering site. The presale price is $35. For cash purchases, please visit our front office and we will be happy to assist you.

Contacting teachers using Schoolloop and ParentSquare

As we close out November and enter into December and January, the months are short and go by very quickly. If you have questions or need clarification regarding an assignment or your student's progress, the sooner we can get in contact, the better. There are a few different ways to accomplish this.

The most common tool for many families to track assignments, grades, and contact teachers is through Schoolloop. Schoolloop allows you to view the complete roster of teachers and assignments for your student's classes with quick-link shortcuts for sending an email, or "loopmail" as it is called in Schoolloop. If you already have an account, great! If you don't, you can create one in about one minute by following this link. CLICK HERE.

The next most common platform we have is ParentSquare. ParentSquare is our direct messaging platform which we use to keep in contact with families and make them aware of upcoming events and to help them stay current on all things Hollencrest. This is also the secure platform by which we will be sending our paperless reports cards. All parents receive ParentSquare notifications, but only registered parents will have access to advanced features such as direct messaging to teachers and access to secure documents such as report cards. A walkthrough to messaging in ParentSquare can be found HERE. If you have not registered, you can complete your registration using this link. CLICK HERE. Some of our teachers have also set up office hours and meeting availability through ParentSquare, so please be sure to register as soon as possible.

If you would prefer to virtually sit down with your student's teacher, our counseling team can help coordinate a meeting for you. Both of our counselors can be reached by accessing the "Counseling Corner" portion of our HMS website.

Winter Break 12/17-12/31. School resumes on Monday, January 3rd.

Thursday 12/16 will be the last day of the Fall Semester for students. Friday 12/17 will be a Student-Free Day. We will see all students back for the start of the Spring Semester on January 3rd.