Talon Talk

Volume 4 Issue 24

➡️ Principal's Update ⬅️

What will the end of year look like at HMS?

As you are probably aware, next week is HMS MAP testing. Students have been preparing for the assessment for weeks (really all year). So... the question begs...what happens after MAP testing?


In one word….FUN.


HMS will have a daily drawing for students who put in good faith and effort for EACH MAP testing day. Food, drinks, and prizes will be given daily, but students first need to ATTEND and GIVE THEIR BEST EFFORT to be eligible for prizes.


Students complete a MAP self evaluation, and grade their own efforts, and teachers help determine that students met their mark. If students give HMS their best effort, they will be able to participate in a school wide celebration day on both May 18th and 19th.


On the 18th, HMS students will go outside to participate in team Survivor challenges, get fed, and conclude the day with indoor celebrations.


On May 19th, students will complete the Survivor challenges indoors, compete in other wacky games, and win prizes. BUT REMEMBER, students must give their best effort during MAP testing...and THAT is next week.


May 20th, the last day of school, is a half day, and its also a “Lets Make a Deal” competition, with yearbook signings, and a corn dog lunch. Parents, please help get your child excited for next week, and focus


Be looking on Face Book for MAP Tips on Facebook (see below).

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⭐️ Students of the Week ⭐️

✏️ Mathlete of the Week ✏️

🔷 Counselor’s Corner 🔷

The Middle Staff has been meeting with their “Breakfast Club” members each week. What is the Breakfast Club? It is about 10 teachers/counselors/paras who formed small groups of 5-10 students to meet with and get to know each other once a week for 15-20 minutes while eating breakfast.


We know that feeling connected somewhere and having trusted adults in your life is very important to all students both emotionally and academically. Especially this year, it has been a little difficult to make connections, so we decided to start some small groups to make connections--connections between students who don’t see each other through the day and connections between teachers/counselors/paras that haven’t had the chance to get acquainted with these students.


Each Breakfast Club group grabs their free school breakfast and meets in a private room to chat, do short activities, or share what is going on in their lives. There is lots of great discussion, laughing and building a connection as part of the school. We are so happy to meet so many great students and get a glimpse of their lives and personalities! What great kids Holden Middle School has!!


📣 Staff Spotlight 📣

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