The Buccaneer Bulletin

Principal Newsletter - November 4, 2022

Coming Up at the Bend...

November 11 - Veterans Day Ceremony

November 18 - Day of Service

Veterans Day Ceremony

Date: Friday, November 11th

Time: 10 am

Location: HBMS Main Gym

Outline of Events

  • HBMS will honor our veterans with a ceremony put on by our Fine Arts department.
  • Veterans may attend this ceremony by submitting an RSVP using this link.
  • There will be a welcome breakfast for our veterans in attendance starting at 9:30am.
  • Due to limited space in the gym, this event is only open to students, staff, and veterans that RSVP (not all parents).
  • If you have a veteran in your family, please complete one of these slides to add to our display. Share or email your final slides to Ms. Capp at To share a google slide click the "Share" button at the top left, and add Julianne Cappadonna Smith.
  • For the ceremony, please wear the following colors: 6th grade- white, 7th grade- blue, 8th grade- red

Day of Service

The Friday before Thanksgiving break (November 18th), HBMS students and staff will spend the day serving our community! This has been a powerful tradition at Hudson Bend that I am excited to get started again! Our PTO has worked diligently to set up service projects with 28 locations in our area, and our transportation department has finalized routes and drivers!

Students will be bussed to a location in the community with their Grow Time class and teacher to do a service project. Your student's Grow Time will vote today on what type of service project they want to do.

Here is some basic information for you to know about the Day of Service:

  • Your student will be with their Grow Time class for this day.
  • All students and staff will leave campus around 9:30am and return to campus by 1:30pm.
  • Your student will need to bring a sack lunch or buy a sack lunch from the cafeteria that day. They will eat at the site of their project.
  • All students will be back at HBMS by 1:30pm to continue activities throughout the afternoon related to their service project.
  • Parents can meet their student at their site for the service project if you wish to do so. You are required to fill out this Form if you plan on attending with your student. Your student's teacher will have a Raptor visitor badge for you at the site once you RSVP with the link above.
  • You cannot take your student to the site or "check them out" at the site. Your student will ride to and from their service site on the LTISD bus.

We could not be more excited for this year's Day of Service, as it is an incredibly powerful and unforgettable day for all involved. Thank you to everyone who has helped make this happen!

8th Grade Planning Support for High School Transition

  • Our 8th grade counselor, Mrs. Scholla, will be meeting with 8th graders on Fridays to present career and high school planning information.
  • Meetings will be virtual during Go Time.
  • Topics presented will include researching careers of interest, discussing Programs of Study, Graduation Requirements and Endorsements, looking at how career clusters match the high school course catalog, and introducing the Graduation Plan.
  • The presentations will run through mid-January.

Thank you to Ms. Scholla for providing this much needed information for our 8th grade students!

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

Beginning next week (8/22), we will start offering Homework Help sessions 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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