The Falcon Connection

Your link to Quail Hollow Middle School | August 31, 2017

Important Dates

Dates are current as of publication. Check the QHMS website and social media for updates.


SEPTEMBER

  • Mon 4 Labor Day - NO SCHOOL
  • Tues 5 Fall Sports Tryouts Begin, 7:30am School Leadership Team Meeting
  • Tues 5 PTSA Mix and Mingle at Cameron Wood Swim and Racquet Club
  • Fri 8 Deadline: Back to School Paperwork due
  • Tues 12 Municipal Elections Voting Day
  • Thu 14 8:15 am First NJHS Meeting
  • Mon 18-19 MAP Testing, School-wide adjusted schedule
  • Mon 18 Home Softball/Volleyball v. Southwest
  • Tues 19 Away Softball/Volleyball at Community House
  • Thu 21 Teacher Workday - NO SCHOOL
  • Fri 22 Teacher Workday - NO SCHOOL
  • Mon 25 Home Softball/Volleyball v. South Charlotte
  • Tues 26 Home Softball/Volleyball v. JM Robinson
  • Wed 27 Home Football v. Southwest
  • Thu 28 Deadline for Proof of Immunizations for 7th Graders (read more below)
  • Thu 28-29 Progress Reports

Off to a great start!

The first days of school kicked off what will be an amazing year to come! This week has been full of learning routines and procedures, meeting new faces, and beginning to dive into the curriculum for this school year! We are excited for the 2017-18 school year and supporting all Falcons to soar to their potential!

SCHOOL NEWS

Open House: Thank you for coming!

Thank you to all of the families that attended Open House! In case you missed it, here is the link to Principal Neill's message to families.
QHMS Open House 2017-18

Dress Code

Please take time to review the Dress Code with your student. There is one update to note: bottoms must be fist length when the students arms are fully extended. A few more highlights: straps must be three fingers wide (no off the shoulder tops), leggings are only allowed with a top that is fist length or longer. Check out the dress code here.

PE Uniforms

Is your Falcon taking PE this semester? Download your PE uniform order form here! All students are expected to change clothes and wear a Quail Hollow Middle School P.E. Uniform for class. This uniform consists of a gray t-shirt and maroon shorts.

These are a few of our favorite things!

Would you like to show your appreciation to a teacher or staff member but just not sure what to do? Check out our list of Favorite Things! https://joom.ag/7N9L

PTSA Mix & Mingle

Tuesday, Sep. 5th, 7-8:30pm

3228 Birnen Drive

Charlotte, NC

  • QHMS parents are invited to enjoy this back to school celebration to thank our current volunteers and welcome our new parents into the QHMS family. We will also be having our first General Membership meeting of the year. Light snacks and drinks will be served. Hosted by the QHMS PTSA Executive Board. View more here!

Title IX Lessons

On Thursday, September 7, students at QHMS will be participating in age-appropriate lessons on the following topics as mandated by the Office for Civil Rights: sexual and gender-based harassment, consequences of sexual and gender-based harassment, steps to take if they or another is being harassed based on sex/gender, encouragement to report such harassment, and safe strategies for bystander intervention. Families can view the lessons here. If you would like to opt-out of these lessons, please complete the opt-out letter that will be sent with students on Friday, September 1 and return it to school by Thursday, September 7th.

Get Connected: Join Clubs and Activities At QH

Fall Sports Tryouts

Want to tryout for Football, Volleyball or Cheerleading?? Tryouts for Fall Sports will begin Sept 5th. 7th and 8th graders must have a packet completed. Packets are available in the front office. Turn in completed packets to Coach Blackley in the gym before tryouts begin. We are still looking for a softball coach to begin tryouts. If you can help, please contact Coach Blackley.

CROSS COUNTRY FOR YOUTH

Cross-Country for Youth (CCFY) is a unique fitness program that introduces young people to cross-country training and character-building concepts to develop the whole person. CCFY programming takes place twice a week. A typical day of activities begins with a general introduction, the character focus of the day, an overview of cross-country principles and continue with stretching, a group run and wrap-up exercises. The character development concepts include Integrity, Respect, Sportsmanship, Responsibility, Perseverance, Teamwork, Commitment, Courage, Discipline and Leadership.


Each character trait activity is accompanied by a key message delivered by community stakeholders and screened volunteers. Key messages include topics such as Perseverance. One specific Commitment key messages discusses that at 211º water is hot, but at 212 degrees it boils and creates steam and steam can power a train. So, that one extra degree makes all the difference. Commitment can give you that extra leverage to succeed.


The youth will also participate in cross-country meets against youth in other elementary and middle schools in Charlotte, Huntersville and the culminating event, which is the Footlocker Regional competition is comprised of youth from 15 States in the Southeast.


Learn more about the program and register here. Scholarships are available! Download a form here. More info in the video below!

Cross Country For Youth Commercial

YOGARTEENS

It’s time to register for our Fall season for Yogarteens! Yogarteens is a yoga program for 6th-8th grade that offers you the opportunity to practice yoga before school. The season begins on September 27th and we will yoga for 10 weeks. Our yoga practices will be on Wednesdays from 7:30-8:30 so be sure to sign up today to reserve your spot. Interested? Register Online at www.yogarteens.org. Registration ends on September 20th! Contact Mrs. McCaughna for more information. View a video below!
Yogarteens

Join FALCON LEADERS and Take FLIGHT! Falcon Leaders Ignite, Grow, Help & Teach

Falcon Leaders is a volunteer program for Quail Hollow Middle School students interested in supporting teachers, students and staff at Smithfield Elementary from 7:15 to 8:40 am before their school day begins at QHMS. Falcon Leaders may select their preferred day(s) of the week to volunteer, and indicate the type of volunteer tasks they prefer. Support a classroom in a variety of ways, such as reading with students, tutoring small groups, assisting with classroom tasks, or performing clerical tasks. Interested QHMS students are selected for their courtesy, dependability, interest, attitude, and personal character. Applications are available here and in the QHMS front office and are due by 9/20. Questions? Contact Jill Trotter.

Rugby Club coming Winter 2017

WANT TO GIVE RUGBY A TRY?


Quail Hollow Middle School is featuring a new club Rugby team starting Winter 2017. This is a fantastic opportunity for those looking for a sport that ‘fits.’ QHMS Rugby won the NC Middle School Rugby State Championship in 2012-2013. We are looking for a repeat.

QHMS Rugby will have no ‘cuts’ since there is room on the team for everyone (including girls). We need kids who can kick, kids who can run, kids who learn fast and think on their feet, and kids who like to have fun! Rugby is a fast-paced sport which rewards speed, courage, fitness, and teamwork. Rugby players will learn specific rugby skills including how to tackle safely. Coach David Hawkins coached at QHMS during their championship season and has most recently coached rugby across the street at South Meck High School for 3 years. He brings almost 30 years of rugby experience and loves the sport of rugby.


Contact David Hawkins, QHMS Rugby Coach for more info! David@ddhawkins.com 704-591-9640

Take note! Important Info for Falcon Families

Immunizations: Required for 7th Grade

Did you know that your 7th grader must receive one dose of Meningococcal and one dose of Tdap vaccinations by September 28? Please contact your health care provider or the Mecklenburg County Health Department (704) 336-6500 to make an appointment for these required vaccines and remember to provide documentation of the completed vaccines to your school. Be on the lookout for more information about shot clinics coming soon. Big Shot Saturdays are back and help provide these immunizations. Check out the flyer below for more info!

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After-School Programs at the Harris Y

Did you know that the Harris YMCA has spots left in their Middle School After School program? Learn more about this opportunity here: http://www.ymcacharlotte.org/youth-programs/childcare-education/afterschool/resources.aspx. The fees for this program are on a sliding scale.

Hearing and Screening Notice

The speech-language pathologist (SLP) will conduct hearing screenings on any student suspected of having hearing problems, and/or those students new to CMS. A hearing screening can be requested by a parent, teacher or student. If a student fails two consecutive hearing screenings with the SLP, he/she will be referred to the school audiologist for a free hearing evaluation. Parents must sign a "Consent for Hearing Evaluation" form, prior to student contact with the audiologist. Parents who want their student to opt out of these hearing screening procedures, must communicate this in writing to the attention of the SLP. All questions regarding hearing screening procedures can be emailed to the SLP at Terrin.Pigatt@cms.k12.nc.us.

Free Breakfast & Lunch at QHMS for all students

We are pleased to inform you that Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools (CMS) will continue to participate in the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) for School Year 2017-18. Schools participating in the CEP are able to provide healthy breakfasts and lunches each day at no charge for ALL students enrolled in the school. No paperwork necessary! Read more about the CEP Program.

Quail Hollow PTSA

Congratulations and Thank You to the following individuals who have volunteered to serve as your PTSA executive officers for the 2017-2018 school year (there will be an offical election at the 5/22 PTSA meeting):


Jill Davis - President

Stephanie Klapheke - Secretary

Tiffani Molesky - VP Fundraising

Karla Hollowell - VP School Support

Melanie Kupreanik - VP Finance


If you are interested in learning more about the duties of our PTSA, and wish to assist a board member or committee next year, let us know! Contact President Jill Davis, jelzdavis@icloud.com or 704.996.7827.

LEND A HAND, SUPPORT QHMS

North Star Reading Buddies

Help nurture the love of reading with a child all year long. The North Star reading buddy program is in it's third year at QHMS and is making great strides getting our children up to speed on reading. One on one mentors are needed at QH once a week. Learn more and sign up here! Have questions? Contact Kris Wawer.

Volunteers needed!

We are in need of 2 parent volunteers to chaperone about 30 young ladies to the EmpowHERment Summit on Saturday, September 16th from 9am to 3pm at East Mecklenburg High School. Transportation and food are provided. http://www. empowherment.com/annual-summit If you are able to help, please let 8th grade counselor Shayla Thompson know and she can provide any additional details. She can be reached at shaylam.thompson@cms.k12.nc.us

Chess Sets Needed!

Do you have a complete, gently used (or new) chess set that you could donate to QHMS? Drop off donations to the front office!

Coming this Fall... QHMS PTSA 2017 Falcon Fund Campaign!

  • Annual fundraiser.
  • Only PTSA fundraiser for the school year.
  • Benefits the students, staff and facilities of QHMS.
  • Projection, Sound and Screen for the multipurpose room, supplies for rocketry class, a keyboard for chorus and conference registration fees for teacher continuing education are a few examples of how the PTSA has supported the school through the Falcon Fund.



Ways to donate…

  • Individual donations.
  • Employer Matching – Does your employer match? Be sure to ask. Over 25% of last year’s Falcon Fund contributions were through employer match including Bank of America, Duke Endowment, Microsoft, Premier and Wells Fargo.
  • Grade level activities. Last year the 6th, 7th, and 8th grade activities generated $3,300 to support the Falcon Fund.



Every dollar given goes directly towards your child’s education! No amount is too small! Thanks in advance for your support!

CMS NEWS & EDUCATION ANNOUNCEMENTS

Parent Survey

CMS wants to hear from you! CMS has launched a 9 question survey that will take less than 3 minutes! Take the survey here!

CMS Annual Notices

At the beginning of each academic year, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools is required, pursuant to federal regulations and state law, to provide students and their parents with certain annual notices. These notices, along with more detailed information, may be found in the 2017-2018 Parent-Student Handbook at www.cms.k12.nc.us, on the Parents page under the Parent Toolkit link. In this handbook you will find the following required notices:


  • Student Records: Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)
  • Protection of Pupil Rights Amendment
  • Non-Discrimination & Equal Access to Facilities: Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964; Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972; Section 504 of The Rehabilitation Act of 1973; and The Americans with Disabilities Act, As Amended of 2008 (ADAAA)
  • Students with Disabilities: Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)
  • Homeless Students: McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act of 1987
  • Student Health: Influenza and Meningococcal Diseases
  • Student Health: Human Papillomavirus
  • North Carolina Safe Surrender Law
  • Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act
  • Use of Pesticides
  • Student Restraint/Seclusion/Isolation
  • Student Discipline
  • Free or Reduced School Lunch
  • Breakfast and Summer Lunch
  • Harassment & Bullying
  • Student Testing Information
  • School Health Education Program: Right to Opt-Out



For information on parent/student appeal procedures, see CMS Board Policy JIIAA at www.cms.k12.nc.us. For information on parental information for Title I Schools, see www.cms.k12.nc.us, search Title I. For information regarding advanced courses, see www.cms.k12.nc.us, search Curriculum and Instruction. For information on a school’s annual report card grade, see www.cms.k12.nc.us, search NC Report Cards. For information regarding the District’s student wellness policy, see CMS Board Policy JL at www.cms.k12.nc.us.


If you have any questions or concerns please do not hesitate to contact the school at 980-343-3620.

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