Week of September 26, 2022
A Message from Mr. Smith
We are very excited to welcome members of the HMS community to our annual Open House this Thursday evening. While additional details will be found below, please plan ahead to help this event go smoothly. A few things to keep in mind . . .
- Parking is limited. We have arranged with our neighbors at Resurrection Church to allow additional parking there. We will offer a shuttle bus for those who might need it.
- Have a copy of your child's schedule. You will follow their Day 1 schedule. Please feel free to "skip" Directed Studies.
- Class presentations are about 10 minutes. Please arrive to each class as promptly as you can so that you don't miss out!
- This evening is intended for parents and guardians. We anticipate large crowds so we ask that you leave the kids at home.
Would your child like to learn how to carve a pumpkin like a pro and make creations like the one shown here?
On Thursday October 27th from 2:00 - 4:00 Mrs. Flaherty will teach a small group of students the techniques and skills needed to carve pumpkins into works of art. Students need to sign up in room 305 as space is limited. Students will also need to bring a pumpkin big enough to carve that day and schedule a ride home at 4:00.
It's sure to be a "spook-tacular" time!
HMS is Here to Help
We know that making ends meet can sometimes get difficult for some of the families in our HPS community. Therefore, we want to let you know that there are individuals at HMS, as well as each of our other district schools, who are ready to provide information and assistance. With that in mind, please be aware that access to government programs and other resources that are donated by a very generous Hingham community may be available to help families in times of financial or other need. Some examples of such outreach include the federal free and reduced lunch program and assistance with costs such as with athletics, bus/field trips, school pictures, and activity and tuition fees. As well, because of the generosity and caring of parents and others in our community, we are able to support families during the holiday seasons.
Please don’t hesitate to contact an administrator, the school nurse, or counseling personnel in your child's school if you need any kind of assistance. Please be assured that your request will be managed in a way that respects your rights for confidentiality.
HMS Activity Fee
As a reminder, families are asked to pay an "Activity Fee" at HMS each year. These funds help to defray costs associated with after-school clubs and activities. You can complete this process by clicking here.
If you need assistance with this or any other school related fees, please do not hesitate to reach out to either a school administrator, a school counselor, or any faculty member you feel comfortable with.
Hingham Public Schools Chain of Communication
Have you ever had a question about school, but didn't know who to ask? Need help with something but you weren't sure who to turn to? The Chain of Communication section of the Hingham Public Schools website will point you in the right direction. Whether it's a question about grades, athletics, special education services, or even bus routes, this page will tell you who to ask. We hope you find this addition to our website helpful.
Handbook & Code of Discipline - REMINDER
Last week all students at HMS took part in grade level assemblies to discuss the HMS handbook and related topics. Led by administrators, counselors, and Officer Ramsey, these assemblies are designed to explain and reinforce the norms and routines of daily life at HMS. We also discussed the topics of bullying and appropriate social media use. The overall theme of the assembly was that we are all here together every day and we must take care of each other! Copied below is a link to the HMS Handbook, the HPS Code of Discipline, and the corresponding sign off form. We ask that both you and your child review the HMS Handbook and the HPS Code of Discipline and complete the sign-off form by Friday, October 7.
- HMS Handbook - Please review
- HPS Code of Discipline - Please review
- Sign-off Form - Please complete for EACH child at HMS
Wondering what's going on at HMS each day? You can check out our Daily Notices by clicking here. Updated every day!
Paraeducators play an important role in the education of students at HMS. If you or someone know might be interested in joining our faculty, please contact Alison Janulewicz (email@example.com) or apply via Schoolspring.com.
We have been busy planning class parties and enrichment activities for our students and parents! We are looking forward to the months ahead.
Save the Dates
- 6th Grade Fall Festival– October 14th from 2:00 - 3:30 (HMS)
- 7th Grade Halloween Party– October 28th from 7:00 - 8:30 (HMS)
- 8th Grade Bonfire– October 14th from 7:00 - 8:30 (Location TBA)
We rely on our parents and caregivers to make these events a success, so we thank you for your help, and encourage you to volunteer if you haven't already! More information will be coming soon.
PTO Annual Dues
Thank you to the families who have already paid their dues! Dues are $45 per family and can be paid via Venmo (@HMSPTO-1103) or cash/check delivered to the school.
The SEPAC kick off meeting is scheduled for October 6 at 7:00 pm at the HMS auditorium.
Dr. Vinnes will be speaking and we have also extended an invitation to our new superintendent Dr. Adams. At this meeting Dr. Vinnes will be presenting slides explaining new programming and initiatives at each level: elementary, middle, and high school.
You are also encouraged to attend the Special Education School Committee Subcommittee meetings. Our SEPAC liaison on this subcommittee is Tim Miller-Dempsey, and the board consists of Tim, Matt Cosman and Aly Anderson. These meetings can be invaluable in bringing issues within our SPED community to the table. The first meeting will be held on September 28 at 4:30.
School Council Election
We are grateful to the candidates who have stepped up to help fill this important role. Don't forget to cast your ballot for our second parent representative for our school council. Voting closes on Monday, September 26.
Links to Candidate bios and the ballot were previously emailed, but can also be found here.
The HMS Open House is planned for the evening of Thursday, September 29.
In order to accommodate the large crowds we typically see, the evening is broken into two sessions.
Session I - Grade Six
5:45: Principal's Welcome Message in the Auditorium
6:00 - 7:10: Classroom Presentations
Session II - Grades Seven and Eight
7:30: Principal's Welcome Message in the Auditorium
7:45 - 8:55: Classroom Presentations
All parents will follow their students' Day One schedule. Students will provide this to families prior to that evening. Each block will last about 10 minutes, and is designed to provide you with a brief introduction to the teacher and the course. This is not a time for individual conferences regarding student progress.
As we have done in the past, we will offer shuttle service from Resurrection Church to help with parking. Please plan accordingly
We look forward to seeing you!
Wondering what you can do after school? Check the attached document to see what after school activities we have planned for next week. Students can choose to participate in archery, join the art club, use the fitness center, or even go kayaking! There are many options open to all of our students after dismissal, but remember, these are subject to change and will vary each week. All activities end in time to take advantage of the late buses.
Student Social Events
Each year our amazing PTO plans and organizes a number of after-school events for our students. We have several planned for the coming weeks. All require tickets in advance and are open to HMS students only. Please watch for more information on the following . . .
- October 14, 2:00 PM - Grade Six Fall Festival
- October 14, 7:00 PM - Grade Eight Campfire (location TBA)
- October 28, 7:00 PM - Grade Seven Halloween Social
We hope to see many of our students there!
Foster Building Project
Looking to learn more about the Foster School building project? Click the link below.
Learn more about the Foster Building Project
Hingham CARES Events
The Hingham CARES organization is sponsoring the following events:
TUE, 9/27 @ 7PM
Hingham Middle School auditorium
TEENS AND MARIJUANA
Keynote speech by Laura Stack on the risks of today's marijuana on the developing teen brain.
Laura will be signing her book after her speech.
Hingham CARES and Duxbury FACTS are co-sponsors of this FREE event.
Seats can be reserved here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-risks-of-todays-marijuana-with-laura-stack-tickets-407517093597
WED, 9/28 @ 11AM
Hingham Town Hall
RISKS ASSOCIATED WITH MODERN DAY MARIJUANA
Panel discussion on various aspects of modern marijuana
Panelists include: Laura Stack, DA Tim Cruz, Dr. Todd Kerensky of South Shore Health and Jack Richman who is a Drug Recognition Expert with the Hingham Police Department