HMS Bearcat Bulletin

May 2018

A Note from Ms. Buschmann

This is always a strange time of year, planning for next year while still trying to wrap up the current school year, but it also is a time for reflecting on what worked and what we can do better. We are excited about changes for next year that will make our great school even better- Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports and an improved Response to Intervention program. We also look forward to continuing and adding to successful programs such as the Maker Space, Genius Hour, Student Council and a robust academic program.

One change for next year that you can get a head start on is Online Registration. Please read the article below and find out how to get started.

Online Registration

The office staff and I are really excited that all of your registration forms will be completed in our student information system (Infinite Campus) this year- no more huge paper packets to fill out for each of your students! The registration is already opened up for you; to begin the process log onto the parent portal. If you need login information, contact our technology department, 573.486.3121 x1314. The online registration link is at the bottom left-hand corner once you log in. It will be helpful to have current contact information for any of your child's emergency contacts as well as current medical diagnoses and medications. We will have a laptop available in the office if you need internet access or would prefer a device to your phone.

You must complete online registration for your student to be scheduled for classes! We will have a registration day the first week of August. 5th and 6th-grade students will be able to pick up letters from their homeroom teacher on that day, and 7th and 8th-grade students will be allowed to choose their locker if registration has been completed and approved by that date.

Teacher Appreciation

As Americans, we are so lucky to have the right to an education. It is not just the privileged few who are taught to read or given the opportunity to study. While all children in the U.S. have that right, the children in Hermann have the opportunity to learn from the finest in their profession. They make complicated processes seem easy, they listen to students, have fun with students, and turn a collection of individuals into a community. We owe them our appreciation all of the time, but take this opportunity of Teacher Appreciation Week to remember to express it. Special thanks to the 8th-grade girls for helping the students of HMS share their appreciation with our teachers.
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Bearcats at the Ballpark

Saturday, June 30th, 6:15pm

700 Clark Avenue

St. Louis, MO

Join HMS and HHS Band and Choir members as they sing "Take Me Out to the Ballgame" on the field at Busch Stadium this summer. The Cardinals will face the Atlanta Braves and fans 16 and older will receive a Carlos Martinex Bobblehead. Seats are in the Left Field Pavilion area (a $47 value) and available for $20 if you purchase through HMS.

Tickets will be available May 15 at the choir concert, or at the HMS office during school hours through May 16. You can also make arrangements to get tickets with Mrs. Schwartze by calling 573.486.3121 x1205 or emailing

Student of the Month

The character trait for April was citizenship. The trait of citizenship encompasses many of the other character traits- responsibility, respect, empathy, and honesty. Students who presented their ideas of citizenship included being a good person, being nice to your community, lending a helping hand, and working together. Each student at the middle school articulated their idea of citizenship on a piece of paper and student council members put those together into a flag that now hangs in the HMS lobby.

The nominees for April:

Front Row (L to R): Emily, Max, Kara, Dayton, Dalton, Alexis, Natalie

Middle Row (L to R): Kameron, Kyle, Landon, Logyn, Caden, Lilyan, Iteara, Reese, Quin, Maggie

Back Row (L to R): Tenley, Andrew, Emma, Tavis, Austin, Sammi, Allyson, Colin, Ryan

Not Pictured: Dory, Blaine, Eric, Hunter

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April's winners:

5th Grade- Hunter

6th Grade- Eric

7th Grade- Blaine

8th Grade- Colin

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8th Grade Celebration Reminders for Friday, May 11

  • Students should be dressed in dress pants (no shorts or jeans) and their 8th-grade shirt, in the library and ready to go by 5:45
  • Fricke Studio will be in the Band room for professional photos if you are interested in purchasing those
  • Students who made reservations with Families in Action will have a dinner and dance to follow the ceremony; students should be picked up by 10:00 pm unless they have been invited to the Honor Society Lock-In
  • Special thanks to Marlene Kottman, the HMS Parent Advisory Committee, Families in Action, Jill Brooks, Dustin Hoener, Crystal Pehle, HMS Faculty and Staff, GCR-1 Board of Education and Dr. Tracey Hankins for their support of this event.

HMS is Teaming Up to Fight Type 1 Diabetes

When one of our fifth graders was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes (T1D) this year, he and a classmate decided to do a Genius Hour project on T1D and include a fundraiser for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF). JDRF funds research that will help families challenged by type 1 diabetes. Recent advances in the field of T1D include the first artificial pancreas system, blood glucose monitoring on cell phones, and additional advances are in the pipeline. Lane and Nolan got the word out to friends and family members and hosted a hat day for students, HMS teachers contributed in order to wear jeans on Wednesdays, and the project was shared lots of times on Facebook. The result- $2163.50! The response was so positive, they had to increase their goal twice.

The teacher jeans days were each accompanied by a theme. When brainstorming, one of Lane's ideas was to have teachers wear floaties. While it was decided that might not be so practical for getting through a day of teaching, his classmates decided they would do it and call it "Life Savers for Lane." Eventually, Mrs. Alferman's class settled on "Save a Life, Drown Diabetes" and surprised Lane by all wearing floaties on the hat day.

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Pictures from around HMS

Captain Leif Johnson works with the 5th Graders as part of the Adopt-a-Pilot program, Sammi won the Montgomery County Historical Society Essay Contest, 6th-Grade readers theater, Genius Hour Chess Competition- Tavis was the tournament winner, assembly games, Honor Society Induction, and Special Olympics- what a fantastic month!
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Ongoing Fundraising Efforts

Please keep in mind a couple of easy ways to raise funds for HMS.

1. Boxtops for Education

2. Shutterfly- start your order at our storefront and 13% of each purchase will be sent to HMS.

Visit our Storefront:

3. Best Choice UPC's

Upcoming Events


May 7-11- Teacher Appreciation Week

May 7- Band Concert

May 8- HMS Honor Society Induction

May 10- School Board Meeting, 6:00

May 11- 8th-Grade Barbeque and Promotion Ceremony Rehearsal

May 11- 8th-Grade Promotion Ceremony, 6:00 p.m.

May 15- 7th and 8th Grade Enrichment Fair, 5:00 p.m.

May 15- Choir Concert, 7:00 p.m.

May 16- Make-Up Day for weather

May 16- 6th Grade Awards, 8:15 a.m.

May 16- 5th Grade Awards, 9:15 a.m.

May 17- Make-Up Day for weather, Last Day of School for students

May 17- 7th and 8th Grade Awards

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