HMS Bearcat Bulletin

October 2017

A Note from Ms. Buschmann

When I am editing the newsletter each month, it provides some time for reflection on the year. I think each month two of my thoughts are the same: (1) It's (insert name of month) already!?! and (2) man, (insert name of previous month) was a busy month! So, It's October already and September was a really busy month.

On October 3, we hosted St. Clair for 7th and 8th grade basketball games during the day. It was incredibly exciting for our students and players. Many Middle School students have never been to a sports event at the middle school or high school. It was a great shared experience for us as a building. Hosting events like this provides for positive feelings toward school and contributes to a positive school culture. We work hard on academics, but I think it is important for kids to also have fun at school- we want them excited to run in the doors not anxious to run out of them. Please see the "Upcoming Events" section at the bottom of this newsletter for additional information about both during and after school events as well as days of significance at school.

Student of the Month

We continue to recognize our heroes at HMS. Mrs. Emmons and her FCCLA members developed a lesson focusing on R-E-S-P-E-C-T, (I hope you all hear Aretha Franklin in your ears too as you see that) and students who demonstrate respect were nominated to be the Student of the Month. The Student of the Month Assembly is a great chance to recognize students who make good choices and make a positive contribution to our school.

The nominees for September:

Front Row- Alley, Caden, Nolan, Isaiah

Middle Row- Jeremy, Ochean, Alivia, Konner, Andrew, Hannah, Gracie

Back Row- Claire, Emma, Morgan, Iteara, Shelby, Teri, Taylor, Will, Lance, Dominic

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September's winners:

5th Grade- Alivia

6th Grade- Will

7th Grade- Isaiah

8th Grade- Lance

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Spotlight on Attendance

Did you know that the average Hermann Middle School student misses less than 1 day of school per month? We are very proud of our attendance rates because we understand that showing up for school has an impact on a student's academic success. Attendance Works is an organization that works to reduce chronic absence. Here are some facts and tips they shared during September- Attendance Awareness Month.

Did You Know?

  • Students shold miss no more than 9 days of school each year to stay engaged, successful and on track to graduation.
  • By 6th grade, absenteeism is one of three signs that a student may drop out of high school.
  • Missing 10 percent, or about 18 days, of the school year can drastically affect a student's academic success.
  • Attendance is an important life skill that will help your child graduate from college and keep a job.

What You Can Do

  • Talk about the importance of showing up to school every day, make that an expectation.
  • Help your child maintain daily routines, such as finishing homework and getting a good night's sleep.
  • Try not to schedule dental appointments and medical appointments during the school day.
  • Stay on top of academic progress and seek help from teachers or tutors if necessary. Make sure teachers know how to contact you.
  • Encourage meaningful afterschool activities, including sports and clubs.

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Student Days Off

We have built in several full days this year for teachers' professional development. Please take advantage of those days for doctor and dentist appointments. Student days off include:
  • October 9
  • October 27
  • October 30
  • January 3
  • January 15
  • February 12
  • March 12

Scholastic Book Fair

Please join us for our Book Fair and share the love of reading.

Where: HMS Library


  • October 19 and 20- open during school hours
  • October 23-25- 7:30 am- 3:30 pm
  • October 26- 7:30 am- 6:00 pm

What: Come find some new books for your child to read, purchase a book for a teacher's library based upon his or her wishlist; and/or see the items that were purchased with reward dollars earned from last year's book fairs.

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School-Wide Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (SW-PBIS or PBIS)

THE PBIS Leadership team at HMS presented proposed school-wide expectations to other faculty members during our professional development day in September. We were able, as a group, to discuss and refine what we expect of all students. Now, the work begins to create lessons to teach the expected behaviors and to develop procedures that will ensure we are proactive and positive in our approach to student discipline.

Student-Parent-Teacher Conferences

Thursday, Oct. 26th, 2-7pm

Blue Pride Drive

Hermann, MO

We will be approaching Parent-Teacher Conferences a little bit differently this year. Prior to the 26th, students will spend part of each class identifying one thing they are doing well and one area of growth. We hope that this will spur students to take charge of their own learning and lead some of the discussion during conferences. We encourage all students to accompany their parents to conferences.

Each student will also have a scavenger hunt/ Bingo card to complete. Each task on the card will help them to discuss a different aspect of their day with a parent or guardian and those that complete at least 5 tasks will be entered for prizes and eligible for an incentive.

Reading and Math Parent Night

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Pictures from around HMS

Mrs. Dann's class researched different aspects of forensic investigations, students in Mrs. Alferman's class practiced their math with Exponent Wars, Hayley performed at the Student of the Month Assembly, the 7th-Grade girls took 3rd in the Hermann Tournament, In art 5th grade students are working on still life drawing, students learned about recycling at the City of Hermann's Recycling Center, Mrs. Englert's class planted their tower garden, and all of these books were added to teacher's library thanks to $500 being awarded to Ms. Buschmann from Scholastic through a contest sponsored by Scholastic and James Patterson.
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October 3 was a busy day for HMS Athletics. Below are pictures from the Cross Country meet at Loutre Shores and the day basketball game.
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Cardinal Calendars

Hermann Middle School students are selling 2018 St. Louis Cardinals Calendars. Individual order sheets will go home later this month, and sales will run from October 20 to November 10. We are asking for your help to make this sales effort a success! These sales help support funding for student activities including field trips, attendance incentives, and eighth-grade celebration.

As an incentive, for EACH calendar sold, the student's name will be entered in a raffle, for example: sell 22 calendars and you're entered 22 times. The more you sell... the better your odds, and you can win more than once! Prizes will be local gift cards and a grand prize of an Amazon gift card will be awarded to the top seller.

Sales Dates: October 25- November 10

Delivery Date: 2nd Week of December (They make great Christmas gifts!)

Cost: $15 (the calendar includes pages of regional coupons) Please collect payment at the time of sales, checks can be made payable to Hermann Middle School

Questions? Contact Cheryl Schwartze (573)486-3121 x1119 or

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


October 9-13- National School Lunch Week

October 9-12- 7th and 8th Grade Girls Basketball Tourn. @ St. James/ Owensville

October 9- Student Day off for Staff Professional Development

October 10- Cross Country at Owensville

October 13- 5th Grade Field Trip

October 13- 7th and 8th Grade Field Trip

October 15-20- National School Bus Safety Week

October 16- 7/8 Grade Girls Basketball @ Sullivan

October 17- 7/8 Grade Girls Basketball @ New Haven

October 19-26- Scholastic Book Fair

October 19- Reading and Math Parent Night, 5:30 at Hermann Elementary

October 19- 7/8 Grade Girls Basketball cs. Union

October 20- November 10- Cardinal Calendar Sales

October 22- 28- Red Ribbon Week

October 23- 7/8 Grade Girls Basketball @ Pacific

October 24- 7/8 Grade Girls Basketball @ Union

October 25- 6th Grade Field Trip

October 26- 5th Grade Fall Parties

October 26- 7/8 Grade Intramurals

October 26- Early release (1:05 dismissal)

October 26- Parent-Student-Teacher Conferences (2:00-7:00)

October 27-30- Fall Break

Events at the Library

We are lucky to have a great public library in our community. Check out some of their events pictured below. More information is available at the library or on their facebook page.