The Buccaneer Bulletin

Principal Newsletter - December 2, 2022

Coming Up at the Bend...

December 6 - Orchestra Winter Concert

December 7 - Basketball vs. Bee Cave MS

December 7 - Band Winter Concert

December 9 - NJHS Meeting during Grow Time

December 12 - Choir Holiday Concert

December 14 - Basketball vs. Dripping Springs MS

December 15 - Fine Arts Winter Showcase

December 16 - Early Release/End of Semester

Safety During Student Drop Off and Pick Up

As a school community, it is my assumption that student safety is a top priority for us all. In order to best ensure students are physically safe when arriving to and leaving from school each day, it is required that all parents follow the expectations below:

  • All parents must drop off and pick up in the car rider line at the front of the school.
  • Parents cannot park along General Williamson Drive or other nearby locations and escort or have their student walk alone to that location.
  • Pull forward as far as possible in the car rider line and do not stop directly in front of the school if there is space in front of you.
  • Stay diligent and aware of your surroundings as students load in their car.

The best way to ensure your child's safety is to follow the protocol we have established with our car rider line. Thank you for working with us to keep our Buccaneers safe!

Counselor Staffing Update

JoAnn Bryan, 7th grade counselor here at HBMS, will begin her well-deserved retirement at the end of this semester. She has been a valuable asset to the counseling team not only at Hudson Bend but also Lake Travis ISD as a whole for 8 years. Her vast knowledge and deep, sincere care for all students is evident in all that she does. If Ms. Bryan has helped you or your student during her time at Hudson Bend, I highly encourage you to send her a note prior to her retirement on December 16th. Her email is She leaves big shoes to fill! We wish Ms. Bryan the best as she enjoys her retirement with family!
With this news, I am happy to announce that Kendall Sealy has officially accepted our offer for the position of 7th grade school counselor here at HBMS starting January 4th. As many of you know, Ms. Sealy has been a 7th grade Texas History teacher and the 7th grade team leader for many years here at HBMS. This will make her transition to 7th grade counselor seamless as she has already built relationships with this particular group of students. I am confident Ms. Sealy will be an incredible addition to our counseling team and an impactful counselor for our students. Please help me congratulate Ms. Sealy on this exciting new chapter of her educational career!

Yearbooks on Sale Now!

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HBMS Spirit Store

Show off your Buccaneer Pride! The PTO Spirit Store is open. All orders placed before Wednesday of each week will be available for pickup from the front office every Thursday. Go BUCS!

We are also offering a half-off sale on all the remaining PROUD shirts and hoodies.

Morning & Afternoon Homework Help

Homework Help is offered before and after school. This is a quiet work session facilitated by a faculty member for students to get help with or complete homework assignments.

BEFORE SCHOOL - 7:20-8:20am (Monday-Friday)

- Room 748 with Mr. Beatty

- Library with Ms. Hooker

- Room 775 with Mr. Gaffney

AFTER SCHOOL - 4:20-5:20pm (Monday-Thursday)

- Mondays and Wednesdays - Room 752 with Mr. Zambito

- Tuesdays and Thursdays - Room 775 with Mr. Gaffney

- There will not be Homework Help on Friday afternoons

As a reminder, we do not have late buses running routes this year, so if your child stays after school for Homework Help, it is the expectation that you pick him/her up at 5:20pm.

Buc Lounge Amazon Wish List

Thank you for your kind donations and supporting our Buccaneers in this capacity.

Staff Shout Out

Did a teacher or staff member do something outstanding for your child? Use this Form to submit a staff shout out! This will be printed and delivered to the staff member by Ms. Keogh.

HBMS Leadership Team

While our campus leadership team works collaboratively with all students and teachers, the following information should help you reach the appropriate administrator or counselor for your child's grade level should a question or concern arise. We are committed to serving our students and appreciate the opportunity to work together with families to support our learners.


Laura Keogh

6th Grade

Assistant Principal: Matt Holley

Counselor: Dana Page

7th Grade

Assistant Principal: Brian Gill

Counselor: JoAnn Bryan

8th Grade

Assistant Principal: Cristy Castanares

Counselor: Surita Scholla

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