HMS UPDATE

December Newsletter

From the Principal

To the HMS Community,


On behalf of the Helen Morgan School staff, I wish all of our students and their families a Winter Break full of joy and happiness.


Please see below for a variety of updates, highlights and pictures that provide a glimpse into the amazing world of HMS.


Proudly,



Doug Layman

Principal

Helen Morgan School

PARCC Reports

All HMS PARCC reports have been mailed home. Please read Dr. Johnson's letter that came with the report. Helpful links that will help parents interpret the report and provide additional information about the assessment are below:

Understand The Score

Be A Learning Hero

The PARCC Assessment

Are You BullySmart?

This month, the Center for Prevention conducted a series of four workshops with all of our 4th grade students. The workshops focused on identifying forms of bullying, what to do if a student is involved in bullying and how students can be Upstanders. A particular focus this year was on cyberbullying. More and more students are communicating online (iMessage, a variety of apps like Instagram, Xbox Live, etc..) and the need for students to be good Cyber Citizens is crucial to maintaining a safe online environment for all.

Where Did We Go This Summer?

Thank you for responding to our survey. Check out this map to see the various places, near and far, that we visited this summer.

Veterans Day: A Military Family Perspective

Mrs. Leary visited Mr. Gorecki's LA classes to share with students the sacrifices that families, particularly children of veterans make, and that they, too serve their country as military children. Students viewed and discussed age-appropriate video segments that conveyed the impacts of parent deployment on military children as well as the resilience and maturity of these special young people when missing a deployed parent, moving every couple of years, and adapting to unfamiliar circumstances upon the return home of a serving parent. Mrs. Leary also answered students questions and listened to their own stories of parents who serve or have done so in the past.

Saying Thank You to our Veterans

In November, many HMS students created "Thank You" cards for veterans participating in the Hudson Valley Honor Flight. This program allows our older veterans to visit- many for the first time- the World War II, Vietnam and Korean War memorials in Washington, D.C.. The video below summarizes this year's trip and at the 8:30 mark you can see many thankful veterans, boarding the flight home, opening our students' cards.

Hudson Valley Honor Flight Mission 10

Education Nation's Parent Toolkit

This toolkit will help you navigate your child’s journey from pre-kindergarten through high school. It is designed to help you track and support progress at each stage.

Building Social Skills

Building Social Skills
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HMS PHOTO ALBUM

Delivering Presents from the HMS Toy Drive

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Tuba Christmas

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Strings Concert

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Band Concert

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Choral Concert

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Explorations

Doug Layman

Guitar Class by Doug Layman
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