HMS Weekly Update

January 18-22, 2021

Martin Luther King Jr. Day

No School on Monday. Have a great weekend!

PLEASE Help US Stop the Spread!

1. Do not send your child to school if they are waiting on COVID-19 tests results.

2. Please monitor your child's symptoms each morning. If they have a fever, or do not feel well, do not send them to school! Please use good judgement!
3. Make sure your child has a mask on before leaving your home.
4. Encourage your child to practice social distancing.
5. Students who are quarantined are not allowed to attend after school events.

6. Do not attend large social gatherings.

Student Laptop Distribution

On January 25th we will begin assigning each student a laptop. We will be sending home permission forms and instructions on Wednesday January 6th. Each student must pay a one-time usage fee of $12.50. Please either send a check for that amount made out to HMS, $12.50 cash (exact change), or pay via RevoPay:


https://payorportal.revopay.com/index.php/bridegwaypaymentssystems-school/properties/hernandomiddle1/login


The sooner everything is completed the sooner your child will receive their device.


You may download the permission forms below. The deadline to pay the $12.50 fee is January 15th.

COURSE SELECTIONS 2021-2022

Current 6th and 7th graders, your course selection sheets for next year may be turned into the counselors office. The due date for this is January 29.

YEARBOOK DEADLINE APPROACHING

Time is Running Out. Order your yearbook through the link on the HMS Homepage or at Jostensyearbooks.com.

Basketball Attendance Rules

In order to meet the 25% capacity mandate, students will not be allowed to attend home or away basketball games. Each player will be given two ticket vouchers to give their family members.

All attendees must wear a mask. Social distancing is encouraged. Parents, after your child plays, please leave so we can possible accommodate other guests.

Course Selections for 2021-2022

  • Report cards were issued Thursday, January 7 to students at HMS.
  • Current 6th and 7th grade students received course selection sheets for the 2021-2022 school year on Thursday, January 7. These are due to the counselor's office no later than January 29, 2021.
  • VIP students may download these from the counselor's website. Please scan/take a picture of the form and return to the counselors by email at hmscounselorsdcs@gmail.com. http://hmscounselorsdcs.weebly.com

Lauren Allinder: HMS Teacher of the Year!

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Major Clarity

Supporting College & Career Readiness for Every Child


This year, your child has access to MajorClarity, our school's online career planning platform designed to help your child discover future careers, then take ownership of their personal academic goals.


Your child has access to features like:

  • Novel career path “test-drives” and hundreds of occupations to explore
  • Quick assessments to determine personality and learning style
  • Easy college application and scholarship tracking.


Counselors will be meeting with all 7th and 8th grade students beginning the second semester to navigate MajorClarity features and complete their Academic Career Plans. We will provide you additional information after your child has completed this activity with the counselors.

ATTENTION NEW: TEACHER OFFICE HOURS

Each teacher/department is offering online office hours for VIP students who need assistance. Please check your teachers' Schoology pages for details.

VIP Seminar Help!

If you need help please call Mrs. Wilkins at the front desk. We will be hosting daily classes. Please bring your student and your device so we can sit down and help you. You must call and set up and appointment.

Free Microsoft Word and Excel

For those of you who do not have Microsoft Word. You can install Word for free on your computer with your your child's email account. Everyone who has a DCS Office365 email account gets 5 free installations. Here's how to do that (see the attachment below).

Schoology Help

The document below has a list of videos and instructions to assist students and parents with Schoology.

Parent Portal

Parents- For access to your child's schedule, attendance, and grades please make sure you have access to Parent Portal. If you need a new account set up or password reset please contact melba.quesada@dcsms.org or kelly.winn@dcsms.org.

ATTENTION NEW STUDENTS!

Please click on the attached PowerPoint below and review. It has just about all you need to know. Please contact one of our counselors if you have questions.