HMS Bearcat Bulletin

March 2019

A Note from Ms. Buschmann

Thank you to all who were able to join us for our annual Read-In day at HMS. We had a great day and hopefully shared our love of reading and the importance of being a life-long reader with students that day.

If you were able to join us, you may have noticed our new banner hanging in the lobby. HMS has been going through Professional Learning Community training this year, and the first part of that is developing a common Mission and Vision. Our Mission is "Bearcats, be your best! Classroom- Community- Character" which we hope conveys our dedication to not only teaching students but also helping them build relationships in the community and build the character traits necessary for success.

A colleague posted the video that I have shared below, and in light of the recent criminal investigation into cheating in the college admissions process, it seemed very relevant. While Lythcott-Haims' examples are extreme and center around parenting, I believe her underlying message is relevant for all of us. The end result (grade, college admission, or scholarship) becomes the focus of school instead of getting better in the classroom, in the community, or building character. When Dr. Lythcott-Haims talks about how kids need to do the "thinking, planning, deciding..." it rings true to what we see in the classroom. I hope you can set aside 15 minutes or so to watch and join with me in thinking about what we can do to continue to help students build their capabilities, not only in the classroom but also, at home, and in relationships rather than just check a list of accomplishments.

The make-up days for the snow/ice days we have had so far are February 18; April 18; and May 16, 17, 20, 21 and 22.

Trash Bag Fundraiser

Our Parent Advisory Committee is conducting the annual Trash Bag Fundraiser. A letter of explanation and the order form were sent home this past week. In case you missed it, these fundraising bags are much thicker and stronger than those sold in stores and are great for multiple uses around the house. Everybody needs and uses trash bags, so this is an easy way to support our school.

The bags come in the following sizes:

  • White- Tall Kitchen Bag: 15 gallon, 65 bags per roll
  • Yellow- Large Refuse Bag: 39 gallon, 25 bags per roll
  • Blue- Oversize Refuse Bag: 55 gallon, 16 bags per roll

All rolls are $10.

We are taking orders from now until April 9. Please return order forms and money no later than April 9. All money needs to be turned in with the order form. Bag pick up will be on April 30th. The bags are heavy, so any order of more than 3 rolls will need to be picked up; we are unable to send large orders home on the bus.

The homeroom with the highest sales will receive a pizza party and the top 3 individual sellers earn cash prizes. Thank you in advance for your cooperation and continued support. The order form is below in case you need to download an extra.

After- School Homework Help

We have had several students take advantage of the time and teacher support provided at after-school homework help. Please remember that your child can stay Tuesdays and Thursdays from after school until 4:30 p.m. Any student is welcome to join us, but we expect that they have something to work on or read. Please send a note with your child on each day he or she will stay after school so we know that he or she will have a ride home.

Student of the Month

Character Trait

Positive Work Ethic was the character trait for the month of February. It is a fitting time to talk about work ethic. We have had a long stretch of school days and our Spring Break is still almost a month away. It would be easy to start mailing it in, but the students recognized this month don't make that choice. They consistently work hard and challenge themselves to improve.
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Congratulations Nominees:

Front Row (L to R): Aditey, Caden, Landon

Second Row: Evan, Grace, Krystal, Baylee, Kara, Karigan, Zach, Alyssa, Alley, Kennedie, Amelia, Lizzy, Ashton

Third Row: Remi, Erika, Kealie, Gavin, Cassidy, Mandy, Holly, Dominack, Tenley, Sophia

Back Row: Megan, Lydia, Deanna, Brady, Ethan, Brady, Andrew, Shelby, Brittany, Rebecca, Conner

And the Winners Are...

5th- Baylee ; 6th- Kennedie; 7th- Deanna ; 8th- Dominack
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Save the Date: Bearcats at the Ballpark

Once again this year, the music department will be providing students the opportunity to sing "Take Me Out to the Ballgame" on the field at Busch Stadium.

  • Friday, July 12 at 7:15 p.m. versus the Arizona Diamondbacks
  • The first 30,000 fans age 16 and older will receive a replica jersey from the 2009 All-Star Game in St. Louis.
  • The student who refers the most sales will earn an on-field experience for 4 ticket holders prior to the start of the game. This Pregame experience includes viewing batting practice and a professional photo.

Order forms will be given to 7th and 8th-Grade Choir students and all Middle School band students this week.

Ongoing Fundraising Efforts

Please keep in mind a couple of easy ways to raise funds for HMS.

1. Boxtops for Education

2. Shutterfly- start your order at our storefront and 8% of each purchase will be sent to HMS.

Visit our Storefront:

3. Best Choice UPC's

4. Coca-Cola Give: Put codes from bottles or12-packs or cases of cans in and designate Hermann Middle School as your giving partner at

Pictures from HMS

The end of February and beginning of March brought our 3rd Quarter incentive day, Missouri Read-In Day, music concerts, 7th and 8th-grade Volleyball season, hard work in the classroom, Pi Day, Coding, and Teacher Professional Development.
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Upcoming Events


March 26- After School Homework Help, pick up at 4:30

March 27- HMS Student Council Meeting, 3:15- 5:00

March 28- After School Homework Help, pick up at 4:30

March 29- Student of the Month Assembly, 2:30 p.m


April 2- 7/8 Track @Union, 4:00

April 2- After School Homework Help, pick up at 4:30

April 3- Paraprofessional Appreciation Day

April 4- After School Homework Help, pick up at 4:30

April 5- 7/8 Track @Hermann, 4:00

April 8- 7/8 Track @Pacific, 4:00

April 9- After School Homework Help, pick up at 4:30

April 10- 5/6 Rehearsal for Kid Flix Concert during specials

April 11- After School Homework Help, pick up at 4:30

April 11- 7/8 Track @Owensville, 4:00

April 11- Board of Education Meeting, 6:00

April 15- 18: MAP Testing Spirit Week

April 19- No School; Spring Break (Return to School on Tuesday, April 23)

April 16- 7/8 Track Meet at Home, 4:00

April 25- 7/8 Track @ Bland Invitational, 4:00

April 27- 7/8 Track @ Pacific Relays, 10:00 a.m.

April 30- Trash Bag Pickup and Student Showcase

April 30- 5th and 6th Grade "Kid Flicks" Concert, 6:30 @HHS Auditorium

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