Hendricks Herald

October News

Message from Mrs. Riddle

Happy Fall! We are finishing up our first quarter at Hendricks Middle School! It has been a quarter of new beginnings, new challenges and new "firsts"! Our first football touchdown, our first football win, and our first TWO trophies in the new trophy case (competition cheerleading, 2nd place & boys varsity cross country, 2nd place)! Thank you for your continued support in all of our new "firsts" this year!

Important Dates

October 1-31: National Bullying Prevention Month

October 1-31: National Farm-to-School Month

October 1-31: National Principals Month

October 1-31: Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October 15: 8th grade Band Night at WFHS

October 16: State XC Championship Bleckley County Elementary School 10 AM

October 17-23: National Teen Driver Safety Week

October 18-22: Bus Driver Appreciation Week

October 20: Flu Shot Day from 2-6 PM at Browns Bridge Community Church

October 20: Family Wellness Night

October 20-21: Early Release for Parent Conferences

October 22: Professional Development/ Student Holiday

October 23-31: Red Ribbon Week

October 29: Picture Retakes

SPLOST for Schools

The November 2, 2021, 1% Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax or SPLOST for Schools is an opportunity for Forsyth County voters to continue the current sales tax for another five-year period or when a cap of $300 million is collected in order to:

• Continue to make payments on voter-approved Bonds ($50 million),

• Complete maintenance and life cycle projects at existing schools,

• Build one new elementary school, which will be a replacement and larger school for Midway, our second oldest school in the county,

• Fund safety, STEM, fine arts, CTAE/College and Career Development, special education, technology, transportation, and athletics,

• And to purchase land.

SPLOST is not a property tax. It is charged on goods purchased in Forsyth County regardless of where the purchaser resides.

As you know, Forsyth County Schools’ student enrollment has increased 43% over the past decade. To meet the needs of our students, voters have approved various referendums.

We encourage you to be informed on this issue and to share the information with others. The district has posted a flyer, video, and more information at www.forsyth.k12.ga.us/splost. Advance voting is October 12-29. Times, dates, and polling places are also located on this website.

Learning Environment for 2nd Semester

If you wish to change your child's educational setting for semester 2 (January-May), please complete the survey linked below by November 4th at 4:00 pm.

As you are carefully thinking through this process and making the best decision for your family, please consider the following:

  • If you do not want to change your child's educational setting, you do NOT need to complete the survey.
  • If you wish to make a change, the survey window will be open from Monday, October 11th through Friday, November 5th at 4:00 pm.
  • You should only complete this form once during the window for each child. We encourage you to be certain of your decision prior to submitting the educational setting change request.
  • If you do not complete the survey during this window, your child will remain in their current educational setting through the end of the year.
  • If you make a change for the second semester, it is a commitment through the end of the school year.
  • Students are not guaranteed to have the same teacher for the second semester.

HMS Semester 2 MS Education Setting Change Request Form

As always, please let us know if you have any further questions or concerns.

Fall Early Release Days: Conferences & Beacon Testing

Fall conferences will be held virtually on early release days, Wednesday, October 20th, and Thursday, October 21st this year. Students will be dismissed at 1:30 PM. Teachers will be reaching out to parents of students who may be struggling with grades, attendance, or behavior to schedule a time to discuss interventions and supports. If you do not receive a request from one of your child's teachers for a virtual conference, your student is showing appropriate progress in their courses. However, if you still feel the need to have a conference, you may complete this form (also located on our school website) to request one if time permits

We will also utilize the two early release days to administer the Beacon tests in ELA and Math. These are formative assessments to give us some baseline data on our Hendricks students. They will not be graded or recorded in the student's file.

The schedule for these two days can be found here. **Hybrid students are invited to attend the full day on the early release days in order to participate in Beacon testing and attend their scheduled classes.

Covid-19 Information

If your student is exhibiting any signs of COVID-19 (cough, nasal congestion or runny nose, sore throat, diarrhea, nausea or vomiting, headache, loss of appetite, fatigue, muscle pain or soreness, fever, shortness of breath, or new loss of taste or smell), particularly if they have been exposed to someone who has tested positive, please allow them to stay home and rest until you determine if a doctor's visit is necessary. We long to keep the school open and this can happen if sick students stay home until they feel well. Our wonderful teachers are working so hard to make sure their assignments are accessible in ItsLearning. Students can log in and take care of these when they're feeling up to it.

Covid-19 Facts for Families

Nominate an HMS Teacher for Teacher of the Month

Does your student have a teacher at Hendricks who has gone the extra mile? Please take the time to nominate that teacher to be a teacher of the month here at Hendricks. Thank you for taking the time to recognize the teachers. Keep the positivity coming by completing the nomination form linked here.

Flu Shots

FCS is again partnering with the Forsyth County Health Department to conduct a no-cost flu shot clinic for Forsyth County children, ages 4-18 at Browns Bridge Church, from 2 until 6 PM, on Wednesday, October 20 (K-8 early release for parent conference day).

Quarter 1 Progress Reports

Quarter 1 grading period ends on October 13, 2021. Progress reports for quarter 1 can be viewed or printed from Parent Portal on October 21, 2021. If you need to set up your account in Parent Portal, please click here. Students will not receive printed progress reports at school

Chick-fil-A Thursdays

Enjoy a delicious chicken biscuit on Thursday mornings at Hendricks. Beginning at 7:45 each Thursday, chicken biscuits will be sold for $4.00 in the carline and bus lanes until all biscuits are sold.