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September 19, 2021

Principal's Update

HMS Eagles,


Good afternoon! I hope you have enjoyed your weekend with family and friends and are ready for a Chiefs win this evening! As you all know, this week provided some unique challenges at HMS and other schools across the nation with the arrival of a TikTok challenge that left middle school and high school buildings in a disarray. While these acts certainly were frustrating and disheartening, the level of support from our families when that communication went out was outstanding. There were emails and calls from families who were so sad to hear of these acts, and willing to do whatever they could to help get our school back on track and support the leadership at HMS as we worked through these issues. Mr. Broyles, Mrs. Selock and myself could not be more appreciative to you all for reaching out and helping to be a part of the solution. The families and students we have the honor to serve is second to none. Thank you for partnering with us, it certainly means so much to us. My hope is that we are headed for brighter days.


A few highlights:

  • Clubs Start on 9/28- We are so excited to announce that after school clubs are back and gearing up to begin on Tuesday, September 28. After school activities/clubs will be held on Tuesday's and run from 3-4 pm. We will provide a late bus to get students home who choose to stay and need it, or parents can plan to pick up students at HMS if that works better. There will be a signup required by all students who wish to stay for clubs by Monday at 9 am. We will advertise this weekly and remind students, as well. Right now we have a Gaming, DIY, Book, Eagles Express Store, Yearbook, Intramural, FCCLA, Fresh Gardening, and Step Team Clubs available for students to choose from. ** Please note, not all of these clubs will meet every single week...students will receive information of when that club will meet when they sign up *** We will continue to share more information on this, but we are very excited to be able to offer this for our students this year.
  • Parent / Teacher Conferences - We are excited to be hosting Fall Parent/Teacher Conferences here at Heritage Middle School on October 18 & 19 from 3-7 pm. Due to the ongoing pandemic, we will be hosting conferences in a virtual format this fall. In the event that a virtual format does not meet the needs of your family, an in-person conference will be provided, just reach out to your child's teachers or a principal. More information will be shared in the coming weeks as we prepare for this annual opportunity for us to connect with our families!
  • No Haunted House - Sadly, it has been decided that there will not be a Haunted House this year at HMS. We hope to be able to offer this next year for our students and community when things are safer. Thank you for you understanding and support during these challenging times.
  • Facilities Master Plan- Every few years, LPS revisits and updates its Facilities Master Plan to ensure that we are properly addressing current and anticipated facilities needs while also meeting the overarching vision/goals of the District. This process is just getting underway. One of the key first steps is to engage our patrons and staff to gain an impression of our community as it relates to issues that could influence this planning effort. While much of the focus of this work will be centered on facility needs, it is important to point out that the District regularly updates its Strategic Plan, which casts a forward looking vision for the District. The LPS Strategic Plan, which includes the Liberty Public Schools Graduate Profile and the Liberty Public Schools Vivid Vision, focuses on five key areas: Learning, Teaching, Leadership, Professional Growth, and Community. Should you be interested in having some added context before taking the survey, please consider spending a few minutes to review these important high-level documents. Since your input matters greatly to us, please consider completing the Liberty Public Schools Facilities Master Plan Patron Survey, which should take approximately 5 minutes to complete and will remain open through Thursday, September 23, 2021. Thank you for your support of the District and your willingness to assist us in developing our Facilities Master Plan.


Have a great week!


Best,

Dr. Allegri

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Mark Your Calendars!

Oct 15 - 2 Hour Early Release

Oct 18 & 19 - Parent Teacher Conferences (3:00-7:00 pm) - *virtual platform*

Oct 21 - 2 Hour Early Release

Oct 22 - NO SCHOOL

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Q & A Session 1

Parents,


With the new competency based grading system (P-I-N) that many of our teachers have adopted and are using at HMS, we are getting some great questions from parents that we thought might be good for us to answer for everyone. We want to be very transparent with this process and let you know that we are going to everything we can to support you and your child as we transition to this new grading style. With any change, it can be hard and can cause discomfort. Therefore, we ask that you parter with us, communicate openly, and let us support you as we move forward. We have decided it would be good to add this Q and A section to the weekly newsletter and address concerns and questions each week. If you'd like to submit a question, please do so on the form below and we will do our best to answer them each week. If you feel your question needs immediate answers, always feel free to reach out to your child's teachers or any principal. We are all in this together, and we thank you for partnering with us.


Is P - I - N the same as A, C, and F?

There are some misconceptions of what PIN stands for when reporting on grades. P-I-N is not equal to A-C-F or another version of 4,3,2,1, instead Competency Based Grading has students being more reflective of their learning and in partnership with the teacher. P - shows proficiency on a skill/standard, I shows in progress in the learning and understanding, and N indicates the evidence that was submitted shows basic knowledge of the standard, but still not at a level of proficiency. No Evidence means the student has not turned in the work. Parents might see the assignment as listed as "incomplete" with no level of proficiency recorded.


How do I know what my child has learned and what they are struggling with?

One place parents can go to for understanding their student's learning is Canvas. This is one of our tools in which parents can view the student evidence. There are two views, the assignment list and the Learning Mastery View. The learning mastery view will give you the best view on where your child is at in their learning. We will continue to have students show us and you their evidence. Another tool is student trackers that teachers have created for students to show a collection of their evidence. These trackers will show what they have learned, where they are at in their learning, and what they will be learning. These trackers might be digital or paper copies and should be coming home or viewable to you often from the teachers who are using competency based learning. (kind of like a progress report, but it happens more frequently).


Is it bad if we see "I" on the trackers or as a final grade?

It's really important to know that if parents/students see an "I" that is okay. This means they are in progress and we continue to work towards proficiency. The conversations teachers and students are having in regards to their learning and evidence is very powerful! If you see an "N" that means students are unable to speak about their learning or are unable to show what they know.


As always, we are so appreciative of the support as we learn and grow with this, and I hope you always know you can reach out with questions or concerns. I hope this helps.

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Important Health Information

Entering Cold/Flu Season - We are starting to see an increase of students arriving at school with symptoms of illness. Some of these symptoms may seem minor in nature OR similar to allergies. During this time where the county continues to experience a high number of Covid + cases, we need to continue to follow the Covid protocol set forth by the district. Students who arrive at school with one high risk symptom like a new cough, difficulty breathing, or loss of taste/smell or two moderate risk symptoms like fever (100 or greater), chills, nausea/vomiting/diarrhea, congestion/runny nose, sore throat, headache, or muscle or body aches will be sent home and need to get covid test. All above information may be referenced from page 2 of the district Covid guidelines.


We do understand there are gray areas that can be difficult to determine with allergy season upon us, so please know that each student is addressed on an individual basis. Our attempt is to follow the district and county guidelines as closely as possible and it is always better to err on the side of caution. We cannot thank you enough for your continued partnership with the health services team of LPS and your understanding. Please always reach out to our nurse, Tracey Rausenberger, with any questions or concerns.

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Athletics Link

Please click the link below to read all about sports practices, games/meets, and coach and physical information.


https://docs.google.com/document/d/1u68gzQkCNfgFwn2QfxsVR6rDGpsUCIG_-3nvqTl7B8U/edit?ts=60e6699e
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Reminders...

  • SOAR Award Program Returns for 2021-2022-We are excited to be able to share that our LPS employee recognition program, the SOAR Awards, returns for the 2021-2022 school year. Do you know someone in our District who deserves spdecial recognition for how they have served your child or family? If so, we would encourage you to nominate them today, by clicking here! LPS Superintendent Dr. Jeremy Tucker and leadership team members will surprise several LPS staff members each month to present them with a certificate and a special gift card made possible by our Liberty Education Foundation, who are sponsoring the program again this year. Thank you for your support of this tremendous opportunity to recognize our difference makers!

  • Canvas Support - Now that we are back into the swing of things, we wanted to offer some support in regard to Canvas as many of you have never used this platform for monitoring your chid's grades and progress. It is very important that parents become an observer in all the classes your child is enrolled in. Click here to watch a great tutorial on how to do that.

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