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HMS Monthly Newsletter--October Edition

Parent Teacher Conferences

Third Quarter ends on Friday, October 11th. Second quarter classes will begin Monday, October 14th. Parent-Teacher Conferences will be Monday 10/21 and Thursday 10/24 from 4pm-8pm.

New Student Groups

Counselors met in small groups and by grade level with students new to our district. We enjoyed lunch, conversation, and cupcakes together! A good time was had by all. We have a total of 41 new students to the Middle School so far this year. See a couple of pics below.
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Red Ribbon Week

Red Ribbon Week

In 1988, The National Family Partnership (NFP) sponsored the first National Red Ribbon Celebration. Today, the Red Ribbon serves as a catalyst to mobilize communities to educate youth and encourage participation in drug prevention activities. Since that time, the campaign has reached millions of U.S. children and families. The NFP and its network of individuals and organizations continue to deliver this message of hope to millions of people every year, through the National Red Ribbon Campaign™. (

Holden Middle School will bring awareness to drug and alcohol prevention with Advisory Lessons on that topic and a SPIRIT WEEK Oct. 21st through the 24th.

Monday---Rally in Red---Wear Red to Support Being Drug Free.

Tuesday---iTune Out Drugs---Dress as a Rockstar.

Wednesday---Living Drug Free is No Sweat---Dress in Sweats.

Thursday---HMS is “PAWsitively” Drug Free---Dress in Animal Print or Theme

Friday---No School


Children of parents who talk to their teens regularly about drugs are 42% less likely to use drugs than those who don’t, yet only a quarter of teens report having these conversations.


RESOURCES about Substance Prevention & Talking with Your Student

Click on For Parents, Click on School & Family Life, Click on Tough Topics, Click on Drugs: What Parents Need to Know & Click on Vaping: What Parents Need to Know

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Signs of Suicide Program

The Signs of Suicide (SOS) program will be delivered to students as follows: 8th Grade (Sept 30th), 7th Grade (October 1st) and 6th Grade (October 2nd). We encourage you to ask your students about the program. We also encourage you to consider having your student program the National Suicide Hotline Number into their cell phone if they have one. Knowing this resource exists is helpful, but having quick access to it if needed could help save a life (1-800-273-TALK (8255)).

This is the 3rd year of doing this program in our district and we really believe there has been a cultural shift at our school. Mental illness is becoming less stigmatized and students are coming forward more readily to ask for help for themselves or others.

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Facts for Families--Depression

Facts for Families—The Depressed Child

Depression is defined as a condition when feelings of depression persist and interfere with a child’s ability to function effectively in daily life. Depressed children are at increased risk for committing suicide. The good news is that depression is treatable. Early diagnosis and treatment are essential for depressed children.

If one or more of these sigs of depression are present and persist, parents should seek help:

-Frequent sadness, tearfulness, crying

-Decreased interest in activities; or inability to enjoy previously favorite activities


-Persistent boredom; low energy

-Social isolation; poor communication

-Low self-esteem, guilt, or feeling worthless

-Extreme sensitivity to rejection or failure

-Increased irritability, anger, or hostility

-Difficulty with relationships

-Frequent complaints of physical illnesses such as headaches and stomachaches

-Frequent absences from school or poor performance in school

-Poor concentration

-A major change in eating and/or sleeping patterns

-Talk of or efforts to run away from home

-Thoughts or expression of suicide or self-destructive behavior

Myths About Suicide

Myths About Suicide

1. Talking to students about suicide or asking a student if they are suicidal is risky because it might put the idea in their head.

Truth: Bringing up the subject of suicide and discussing it openly is one of the most helpful things you can do. If reading this did not make you suicidal, then you already know talking about it doesn’t put you up to thinking about doing it.

2. If a person is determined to kill themselves, there isn’t much that can be done to stop them

Truth: Most suicidal people do not want to die. They want the pain to stop. Individuals often contemplate suicide, having mixed feelings about death and wavering in their thoughts about wanting to live and wanting to die.

3. Teens think they are depressed but they are just dealing with the emotional turmoil of growing up. Children and teens don’t actually suffer from depression.

Truth: Children and teens can and do suffer from depression. Depression is not an attitude, but a serious mental health disorder. Depression is treatable!

4. People who talk about suicide won’t actually do it. They are just seeking attention.

Truth: There are often warning signs that someone is thinking about suicide. Someone talking about suicide is a warning sign and should be taken seriously each and every time!

5. Middle school students are too young to commit suicide.

Truth: Suicide is the 3rd leading cause of death among persons aged 10-14 (CDC, 2015).