September 17, 2021

Dear Families,

Thank you for trusting our staff and I to care and work with your scholars every day. They truly are a great group of kids. The outpouring of support which I have received has been greatly appreciated.

All in all, I feel like in our short time back we are seeing students support each other in positive ways that build community. First and foremost, in an effort to control rumors - and thanks to students coming forward - we discovered a student with a prohibited item: toy bb pistol, at school (9/17/21). In these situations we immediately call the school district for guidance and call the parents to come to the school immediately. This came to our attention at lunch and it was in a student backpack when we confiscated it. There were no injuries and all manner of follow-up and consequences for the student will be adhered to in order to keep our school safe. To be clear this was not a real gun in any shape or form but is taken seriously because they can cause serious injury. I am encouraged that students reported what they saw acting in a way to keep themselves and others safe.

We completed our scheduled lockdown and fire drills this week and I am extremely proud of the way that students handled themselves. “On Time, On Task, On a Mission, Together” has been our mantra since the opening of school and I feel our overall trajectory is in the right direction. We have work to do and we will do it with student voice as the cornerstone. I look forward to the launch of student leadership and accompanying committees next week.

If you could hear and see the excitement in your scholar's interactions, they truly love being together at HTMS! Together, as a community, we are working to ensure this opportunity is able to continue, uninterrupted. Please remember to call the school if your student is diagnosed with COVID or exposed to someone with the virus. This is one way to keep our school community safe. The other way is to get vaccinated as appropriate and wear masks as outlined by the health officials. Mask wearing by our students at school has been above average in the classroom, average in the halls and way below average outside. I announced to students today that parent phone calls and exclusion would be next for students who need to be constantly reminded. We do not want to be a school that has to shutdown or go hybrid so please strongly encourage your students to wear their masks appropriately at all times.

I look forward to engaging with you all at the “Principal Live” portion of Back to School Night to better get to know you and answer your questions as best I can.


Kevin Bacon

Virtual Back to School Night, September 21

Back to School Night (BTSN), September 21st

The HTMS Back to School Night website will be accessible starting at 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday September 21st. We will send out an email with the link as well as post it on the HTMS school site.

On the BTSN site you will find:

Pre-Recorded Information

- A welcome message from Principal Bacon

- Videos from our support team about resources, expectations and more

- Videos from each teacher introducing classroom expectations, content and a room tour

LIVE Q & A and Drop-Ins

- LIVE drop-ins with teachers will be from 6:15-7:00. This is a time to say a quick hello. (Conferences are coming up in November for one on one meetings with your scholars teachers.). Links to each teacher's virtual space will be on the site.

- LIVE Q & A with Principal Bacon will be from 7:00-7:30 p.m. on Google Meet. That link will be on the website. For those that cannot join this session live, there will be a recording on the site afterwards for viewing.

The site will stay up and available for families for re-watching or viewing at a time that works best for you.

We look forward to "seeing" you then!


Suezann Kitchens

Class Size and Schedule Changes

Due to the size of some classes and peer interactions, our school counselors will be working to make scheduling changes this weekend(Sept 18 & 19). Please ask your scholar to check StudentVue prior to returning on Monday, September 20 to see if their schedule was impacted.

Thank you!

Mr. Bacon

Free breakfast and lunch

Each day scholars are able to receive 2 free meals, breakfast and lunch. Grab & Go breakfast is available to pick up at the Flint entrance from 8:50am - 9:10am. Students arriving late due to PPS transportation will be given the opportunity to pick up breakfast in the cafeteria, upon arrival. Hot and cold meal options are served during grade level lunches in the cafeteria. As a reminder, all food is to be consumed outside in the designated eating areas.


If your child is not eating school lunch, please make sure to send food with them before school starts. Food delivery is not allowed on the playground during lunch time.


HTMS Celebrates Latinx Heritage Month

Latinx Heritage Month is September 15 - October 15. HTMS celebrates Latinx Heritage Month to recognize the achievements and contributions of Hispanic American champions who have inspired others to achieve success. Discover documents, exhibits, films, blog posts and activities which highlight Hispanic culture. Join our school community in paying tribute to the generations of Hispanic Americans who have positively influenced and enriched our nation and society.

Here are a number of resources to support teaching and learning about Latinx people, cultures, issues, contributions, and histories.


The 1:1 chromebook distribution for all scholars took place on Thursday, September 16. Devices will be distributed in the upcoming weeks for scholars who missed the distribution. Old chromebooks need to be returned by Friday, September 24.

Chromebooks are considered a school supply which scholars are expected to bring to their classes daily - charged and ready for learning.

Picture Day is coming to HTMS!

Picture day is MONDAY, OCTOBER 11, 2021. You can fill out a form, or try quick & easy online ordering at mylifetouch.com! Use your student's 6-digit ID code to order, or the HTMS code EVT3SFQJD.

El dia de la foto es LUNES, 11 OCTUBRE 2021. Complete su formulario de pedido, o pedidos en linea mas rapido en mylifetouch.com con tu ID escolar del estudiante o la ID del Dia de la Foto EVT3SFQJD.


Pandemic EBT (P-EBT) benefits are additional funds that can be used to support family food purchases. P-EBT benefits were approved for Oregon in May for the 2020-21 school year. P-EBT benefits issuance began at the end of July and will continue to be distributed into August and September for all families enrolled in a Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) school or with individual family eligibility for free or reduced price meals in the 2020-21 school year. Families inquiring about student eligibility, or have other P-EBT questions, can use the following Oregon 211 Info services:

Calendar & Important Dates


21 Back to School Night, 5p - 7:30pm


1 Mid-term, progress reports

7 PTSA Mtg, 6pm

8 State Inservice, School closed

11 Indigenous People’s Day

11 Picture Day