Bumpus E-NEWS!

OCTOBER 7, 2021

Bumpus Middle School

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Hello everyone,

Time is flying by this year! I cannot believe we are already at the end of the 1st 9 weeks. The 1st 9 weeks ends on Friday Oct. 8th, and report cards will go home with the students on October 18th. In addition, the Alabama Comprehensive Assessment Program (ACAP) scores are being mailed home on Friday, October 8th.

The ACAP was administered for the very first time during the spring of 2021 to students in the areas of language arts, math, and science (6th and 8th grades only). This assessment provides all of us with important information about your student’s learning, which will enable us to determine how your child is progressing in these areas. In addition, it establishes a firm baseline for growth each year as a student progresses through middle school.

Once you receive your scores, you can better understand the information by accessing the information through this link that will be provided in the letter. The information will include an ACAP parent information sheet as well as a short video explaining how to understand your child’s results. If you have questions or concerns about your child’s scores after viewing the video, please feel free to reach out to your student’s counselor, our literacy coach or grade level administrator.

As we move into the 2nd 9 weeks, we are excited to welcome a new 6th grade math teacher. This will be an additional unit that will allow us to have smaller math classes for our 6th graders. This addition will cause some schedule changes, but having smaller math classes will definitely be a plus for our 6th graders. In addition, we may have to make some other changes in other grades to balance our classes.

Thank you for your continued support and GO BUCS!

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Support non-profit Hoover Helps' 7th annual "Hunger Challenge" at the Hoover vs Spain Park football game on Friday! Donate money to your favorite team to help fight food insecurities in Hoover.

Hoover Helps is a local non-profit that, with the help of you, sponsors, and faith-based organizations, we are able to feed more than 500 Hoover students at all of our 17 schools in the city.

Come out to the big game on Friday and donate for your favorite team or go online now at Hooverhelps.org and indicate which team you are supporting.

Last year the Jags were the winner of the Hunger Challenge and the Bucs want that title back! Game on!! The winner of the fundraiser will be announced after the game.

Dates to Remember

Oct. 8th - End of 1st 9 wks.

Oct. 11th - Fall Break/Teacher Workday - NO STUDENTS!

Oct. 14th - Spirit Night - Chick-fil-A @ The Grove

Oct. 18th - Report cards go home


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Hoover City Schools is partnering with IMPACT Family Counseling to provide the Family Strengthening Program. This program will be offered for free to families with middle school students. The program consists of one evening session a week for six weeks total and will be offered multiple times throughout the school year. If you are interested in participating or learning more about this opportunity, please contact your child’s counselor.

Mrs. Catherine Bruno - 6th grade Counselor cbruno@hoover.k12.al.us

Mrs. MaryAnn Grear - 7th grade Counselor mgrear@hoover.k12.al.us

Ms. Brennita Keith - 8th grade Counselor bkeith@hoover.k12.al.us

The Crisis Center 205-323-7777 (24 hrs) TEXT 205-328-5465

Teen Link 205-328-LINK (5465) Kids Line 205-328-KIDS (5437) available 3-10pm

The Trevor Project 866-488-7346 Jeffco DHR 205-423-4900

Domestic Violence Hotline 1-800-799-7233 Shelby Co DHR 205-669-3000

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 800 ­273-TALK (8255) OR text TALK to 741741

PIRC (Psychiatric Intake Response Center) - 205-638-PIRC (7472)”


If your child has ANY symptoms of illness, please keep him/her at home until you can determine the cause of the symptoms. If your child has symptoms and they have been tested for COVID-19, they must remain home until the COVID-19 test results are reported to you. Per the ADPH Back to School Guidance, if your child has symptoms and has a negative covid test result, the child should stay home for 10 days UNLESS a healthcare provider issues an alternate diagnosis. We don't need to know the specific diagnosis but we need to know there is a diagnosis other than COVID-19 to explain the symptoms. When students report to school with symptoms of illness and subsequently test positive for COVID-19, they have exposed countless others, creating multiple close contact individuals and additional COVID positive cases. Please refer to the ADPH Back to School Guidance pages numbered 13 and 15, or your personal Healthcare Professional if you have questions. https://www.alabamapublichealth.gov/covid19/assets/cov-school-guidance-073021.pdf


Parents: Our annual HNH Flu Shot Clinic will be held on Wednesday 10/20/21. This clinic is for students ONLY! Please note HNH cannot/will not administer flu vaccines to students who are PEEHIP dependents. HNH flu vaccine permission forms will be sent home WITH YOUR STUDENT on Friday 10/8/21. If you want your child to receive a vaccine please fill out the form COMPLETELY and have your child return the form to the health room.

For virtual students wishing to get a flu vaccine, please complete the forms linked below and email to mschmith@hoover.k12.al.us by October 18th.

If the form is incomplete in any way the vaccine will not be administered. If you have any questions or concerns please contact the health room at mschmith@hoover.k12.al.us or by calling 205-439-2230. The deadline for all forms to be returned is Monday 10/18/21.



Congratulations to the following students for making the 2021-2022 debate team.

Anika Begur, Haarika Kasukurthi, Hasini Grandhi, Annie Li, Srihitha Vem, Chloe Wagner, Mahi Shah, Kaylee Zhao, Krish Nathan, Vedika Sharma, Greeshma Vinoy, Serena Agraual, Neil Srikantha, Arnav Verma, Brayden Hamilton, Kendal Gary, Sohnee Patel, Advitiya Kana, Aayush Nayak, Kinsley Legvold, Suhana Gupta, and Michael Mazur!


Congratulations to 8th grader Anika Begur who was selected to be a part of the Youth Choir for the World Games 2022. The World Games 2022 Youth Choir is comprised of selected 7th-12th graders from the Birmingham area that will perform at the Opening and Closing Ceremonies of the games. Not only was Anika selected to be a part of the performing choir, she was also selected to be a part of the recording choir, which is a smaller group of students selected to be a part of the professionally recorded part of the performance.
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Join the Writing Bucs!

If you like to write stories and poetry, we'd love you to join the Writing Bucs Community Writes Group!

We meet twice a month on Tuesdays starting October 19th, and are sponsored by the Red Mountain Writing Project at UAB. You will work with a professional writer and with other students who love to write creatively. See Mrs. Burbridge, A123 or email her at wburbridge@hoover.k12.al.us for an application or go to https://bit.ly/writingbucs21. Applications are due October 15th.


Save the date! Spirit Night at Chick-fil-A on 10/14

Next week you have another opportunity to support Bumpus by doing something you are likely doing anyway: eating at Chick-Fil-A! On Thursday, October 14 from 4-7 pm, CFA at the Grove will be giving a percentage of sales from anyone who mentions "Bumpus" during the ordering process. You must mention Bumpus while ordering for our school to receive credit for your order. Thank you for helping to make this spirit night a success!

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Powerschool - Student Portal and Parent Home Portal Information

Powerschool Home Portal for Students

Students can access the portal through CLEVER. Students can follow these directions to view their grades and attendance. If you have any questions about your student's grades, please contact your teachers directly.

Powerschool Home Portal for Parents Information - You will be able to keep up with your child's grades and attendance. Follow the directions on your letter which also contains your Access ID and password.


Required Fees were due 9/30/21!

Registration fees were due last week. Please go to https://secure4.myschoolfees.com to pay your required fees. We have approximately 238 students who still owe fees!

(Please note: Parents of virtual students--please do not pay the Locker Fees if you see them on your account. The bookkeeper will remove them for virtual students.)

After you have paid any previous outstanding balances and the required fees, you will be able to "Continue Shopping" to pay some optional fees and donations! After you click on "Continue Shopping", just click on the green box that says "Registration--Optional Fees" and a page of fees will appear including PTO Donation, other donations, and the Yearbook fee.

After you pay those fees, you can "Continue Shopping" and look at the fees under the green box and see if any of those apply to your student.

If you have not used MySchoolFees before, please click on the following link to the User's Guide.


*If you do not have a MasterCard, a Discover card, or electronic checks, you may pay by exact cash or check at the drop box in the school lobby. Check MySchoolFees to see exactly what you owe.


Students can stay informed with “all things Bumpus” by clicking on the HCS Bookmark Tab on their Chromebooks and scrolling to the Bumpus News. This gives them access to our announcement monitor slides that are running throughout our school with lots of important information and photos! Go Bucs!


Please email Mrs. Prescott at jprescott@hoover.k12.al.us or call (205) 439-2268 concerning any attendance issues.

A reminder about excuse notes...

*Must be turned in within 3 days of the absence

*Absences are excused for the following reasons:

  1. illness

  2. death in the immediate family

  3. inclement weather

  4. legal quarantine

  5. emergency conditions as determined by the Principal/Designee or Superintendent/Designee

  6. permission of Principal and consent of parent

Remember, a parent excuse should include the following information:
Student Full Name
Dates & reason of absence(s)
Handwritten Parent Signature

ANTICIPATED ABSENCE FORMS - If it is necessary for your student to be gone from school they must complete an Anticipated Absence Form and turn it in within 3 days of the absence. Forms are also available in the 2nd floor office. There is a section on the form to be completed and signed by the parent, then the student fills in his schedule and obtains the signatures of his teachers, and submits it to the grade level administrator for final approval. Approval is based on the student's grade averages and current attendance record. Please note: if the student only plans to be gone for part of a day, he or she needs to enter the time of checkout, and get the signatures of only the teachers whose classes they will miss. Also, there is no need to obtain signatures from virtual teachers, (although they should be notified by email of the absence). Please be aware that failure to complete this form and turn it in will result in loss of credit for work missed and made up.


All students will have free breakfast and lunch during the 2021-2022 school year. While breakfast and lunch will be free, à la carte items such as extra snacks and beverages must be purchased. To replenish your child’s lunch account, please visit MySchoolBucks.com or send cash or check with your student to pay in the lunchroom or a secure drop box for lunch payments is located in the Front Lobby.


Ticketing. Everyone who attends the game are encouraged to buy a ticket online using GoFan.com. Use this link to purchase tickets. https://gofan.co/app/school/AL68127

The following procedures must be adhered to:

  • Tickets are preferred to be pre-purchased through GoFan (see instructions below).
  • All tickets are $7.00 for both adults and children. Children 5 and under are free.



10/7 Football vs Liberty Park @ HHS (home)

10/13 7th gr Football Metro @ HHS @ 6pm

10/14 8th gr. Football Metro @ HHS @ 6pm

10/14 XC Metro Championship @ Veterans Park


There will be a parent meeting in the cafeteria for wrestling following the first practice on Monday, October 18 at 6pm.

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7th-8th Grade Boys Basketball tryouts will be October 18-19th 3:45-5:30. Must have a valid AHSAA physical and Hoover consent form uploaded on Dragonfly to participate. Go to Bumpus Athletics webpage and register on Dragonfly. Any questions, please contact Coach Jeffries or Coach Peckham.

Join this google classroom if interested in trying out I56do65.

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BOYS SOCCER TRY-OUTS - Boys Soccer will hold try-outs the week of November 1-5th from 4:00-5:15 on the soccer field.

GIRLS SOCCER TRYOUTS are October 13 & 14 (W/TH) and

October 18, 19 & 20 (M/T/W). Makeup tryouts are October 21, 22 & 25 (Th/F/M). For returning players, club can take precedence, meaning if they have a game on the day of tryouts they can sit out tryouts. If they have training the night of tryouts, they can leave early.


If you have questions or concerns, feel free to email or call. If the question is specific to a teacher, email the teacher directly. If you have a general question you can email us directly or through bumpushelp@hoover.k12.al.us

If you have a question email your administrator.

Ms. Donna Burke, Principal dburke@hoover.k12.al.us

Mr. Justin Jones, 6th grade Asst. Principal jjones@hoover.k12.al.us

Mrs. Pamela Davis, 7th grade and Principal pdavis@hoover.k12.al.us

Mr. Sean Colosimo, 8th grade Asst. Principal scolosimo@hoover.k12.al.us

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