HMS Bearcat Bulletin

November 2018

A Note from Ms. Buschmann

The first quarter of this year was a flash and we are already well into the second. Thank you to all of the parents and students that were here for Student/Parent/Teacher conferences. Having students participate and take ownership of their learning is very important. Learning cannot end when they leave the classroom, however, so having parents as active participants is equally important. Please come to visit us anytime. Enjoy the newsletter, as always, there is lots going on in the building!

PBIS First Quarter Incentive

As part of our Positive Behavior program, students were able to earn an incentive day by following the expectations outlined in our behavior matrix and having homework complete. Students enjoyed a variety of activities including intramural sports, art studio time, STEM activities, a paint party, Wii games, and board games. Congratulations to those students who earned it!
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American Education Week

Each year, NEA promotes American Education Week. American Ed Week honors the importance of public education and promotes pride in our schools. We are proud of our staff who give of themselves each day in order to support our kids in the classroom and community and to build their character.

Student Council will be sponsoring a spirit week during American Education Week and a 5th-grade student, Taylor, will be collecting school supplies for those that need them as part of her Genius Hour project.

Online Pay through Infinite Campus Parent Portal

How many times have you sent a check with your student for lunches and you still get a low balance call because they forgot to turn it in? Did you know most school-related fees, including lunch accounts, can be paid through Infinite Campus?

Please see the "Making an Online Payment" flyer below for directions and screenshots to guide you through. There is a $3 fee per transaction to compensate for credit card fees, but you can pay fees and add to multiple lunch accounts all in one transaction. Enjoy this convenient feature.

Student of the Month

The character trait for the month of October was Honesty. We honored students at this month's assembly who are honest and have cultivated the trust of their peers and adults.

Congratulations Nominees:

Front Row: Aditey, Mason

Middle Row: Alley, Kealie, Dalton, Andrew

Back Row: Trace, Quin, Caroline

Not Pictured: Jaden

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And the Winners Are...

5th- Kealie; 6th- Jaden; 7th- Trace; 8th- Quin
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Cardinal Calendar Sales

This is your last chance to get your Cardinal Calendar- they make great Christmas presents!

These sales support funding for student activities such as field trips, reward days and eighth-grade celebration.

As an incentive, for EACH calendar sold, your child's name will be entered in a raffle. For example: sell 27 calendars & you’re entered 27 times. You can win more than once. Prizes will be local gift cards. The top seller in the school will receive their entries in the raffle AND lunch with a friend delivered to the school. Sample calendars from past years are available to loan or for viewing at school.

Sale Dates: October 22-November 9

Delivery date: second week of December (Christmas Gifts!!)

Cost: $15 (includes pages of regional coupons)

Checks payable to: Hermann Middle School

(please collect payment at time of sale)

Contact: Cheryl Schwartze 573-486-3121 x1205

Please return all order forms to your child's homeroom teacher or the office by Friday, November 9.

School Messenger

Dr. Smith did an all call for the whole district on the day prior to Parent/Teacher Conferences. This call also served as the test call for inclement weather. If you did not get the call or did not get it on the right phones, please let us know as soon as possible so we can get it fixed. We don't want anyone waiting at the bus stop on a snow day!

Hopefully, you are getting the phone calls, but you could also be receiving the messages by text and not having to listen to me ramble on. Due to federal law, you have to give us permission to send you a text message and only about 30% of our families have opted in. Please see the document below to ensure you are getting all communications from HMS.

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

4. Coca-Cola Give: Put codes from bottles or12-packs or cases of cans in and designate Hermann Middle School as your giving partner at

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October Highlights

Seventh-grade students found out they would be skyping with Gordon Korman, the author of Restart, and all got copies of his book; Student council met and attended the Southcentral District Convention at Richland High School, Averie was the winner of the book prize from the Scholastic Book Fair, Yearbook students visited Peepapalooza, lots of hard work in classrooms along with a little fun, Honor Society collected 564 pairs of socks and $100 for those in need, and fall sports wrapped up.
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Upcoming Events


November 8- Board of Education Meeting, 6:00 p.m.

November 12-16- American Education Week

November 12- PD Day- No School for students

November 16- End of Mid-Quarter 3

November 21-25 Thanksgiving Break

November 22- Turkey Trot @HMS

November 26-29- 7th Grade Boys Basketball @St. James Tournament

November 26-29- 8th Grade Boys Basketball @Union Tournament

(Our Opening Game 11/27 @5:00)

November 30- Student of the Month Assembly, 2:45 p.m. (Afternoon Assembly Schedule)


December 3- 7th Grade Skype with author, Gordon Korman

December 4- 7/8 Grade Boys Basketball @ St. James, 5:30

December 5- Student Council, 3:15-5:00

December 10- 7/8 Grade Boys Basketball @ Montgomery County, 5:30

December 11- 7/8 Grade Boys Basketball vs. Washington, 5:30

December 13- 7/8 Grade Boys Basketball @Pacific, 5:30

December 13- Board of Education Meeting, 6:00

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