Haymarket Happenings

June 2021

A Year To Remember...

It is easy to fall back on all the hardships from this past school year, but I urge you think positive and find things that went well. While some have this that this was a "lost year" I completely disagree! Our students, staff, and families worked way too hard to say it was a lost year.

Here are some of things I learned this year:

  • One size doesn't fit all when it comes to educational set up. We had students who thrived in a virtual only environment while some really needed that in person learning opportunity.
  • There is such thing as education technology fatigue. Our teachers worked tirelessly to use familiar programs, but also learned a great deal of new ones. We now have a great opportunity to hone in on what really works out there!
  • Our HMES teachers are amazingly resilient and intelligent. I knew this from the start of my tenure here at HMES, but it has been amazing watching them grow as professionals this year.
  • We need to do better. I love our students. I love the families they come from. I love the communities they live in. Before COVID-19, we really tried to make our schools and communities equitable—but we really need to try harder.
  • Relationship building is more crucial than ever before.
  • And SOOO much more!

We thank you all for your continued partnership and understanding these last 14 months during this unprecedented time in our history. It has to be an "all-in" situation for our kids and we had many successes because we did this work together!

Lastly, I realize there are many questions about next year. Please keep in mind that things change on a continuous basis in terms of the pandemic. We also have a new fearless leader leading PWCS come July 1st! Stay tuned over the summer for information from PWCS and HMES.

From all of us at Haymarket, thank you and enjoy your summer!

Last Day of School - June 11th Information

Friday, June 11th will be a 1/2 Day Dismissal with 2 waves of buses

  • 1st wave (buses and car/van riders) @12:20pm
  • 2nd wave @ 12:50pm

* Lunch will be served in a grab and go format (eating in classrooms)

* Adjusted lunch times will result in changes to your child's schedule (Synchronous / Asynchronous). Please look for schedule information from your child's classroom teacher(s).

IMPORTANT - Device Collection

As we head into the summer, we will need ALl devices brought back to HMES.

In Person Students

  • Bring computer and charging cord on your child's last day of in person.
  • T/Th kids - if you don't have a back up at home to use on Friday, you can drop it off during the designated times listed below

Virtual Only Students

  • Saturday, June 12th between 9am-12pm at HMES at front door, OR
  • Drop off during the week 7th-10th between 10am-2pm (Not Friday due to early release)

Summer School Students

  • Student attending summer school will be able to pick up their new, updated device starting on Monday, June 21st (you will get a reminder from us)

Devices not returned by June 25th will be assumed lost or damaged and families will be billed according to current value.

Summer Reading

We are excited to share that ALL students will be receiving books, materials, resources, and more from us at HMES! Here is what they are getting:

  • 5 books each
  • Workbook with activities and writing practice
  • A Family guide for how to use the above materials
  • Summer reading information (public library)
  • Math/Science/Social Studies Choice Board
  • Reading Choice Board
  • and MORE!

In person students will be given these materials next week. We will be sending information out to everyone as to when our virtual only students can pick up these materials.

Over the summer we will be sending parents an email with Zoom links for book chats with staff at HMES!

Placement Input

If you haven't already, please complete the information on the link below for placement input for next year. As a reminder, we don't take specific teacher requests on this form. This form will close on Friday, June 11th.



PWCS has added a new Reading app to Clever called Sora. This app allows PWCS students to have safe and convenient access to hundreds of age-appropriate e-books and digital audiobooks from the PWC Public Library System (PWPLS). Sora is available for use on any device at school, home, and anywhere 24/7. Sora offers engaging reading opportunities with fun avatars and achievements within the platform to encourage a focus on learning. In partnership with PWPLS, Sora also connects seamlessly with their digital collection to provide access to even more age-appropriate digital books.

To access Sora, help your student get to Clever. Go to the PWCS Resources and click on the SORA app.

Your child should have immediate access to hundreds of books as described above.

Counselors' Corner

Welcome June! We cannot believe how quickly this year has passed.

This year Haymarket had their first ever Virtual Career, Hobby, & Interest Day, where students could explore a variety of careers, hobbies, and interests and start thinking about their own strengths and interests and how they could tie into future life goals. Our very own SCA members conducted nearly 2 dozen interviews to help bring this to our student family.

We'd especially like to thank all the contributors to our Virtual Career Day:

PWCS Strong:

Mr. Thomas, PWCS Bus Driver

Patty McNeely, Yoga & Mindfulness (also a PWCS School Counselor!)

Local Businesses, Organizations, Hobbies & Interests:

Leigh Ann Saperstone, Photographer and owner of Saperston Studios Photography & Retouch (https://saperstonestudios.com/)

Livy LoBalbo, Animal Rehabber, Founder and Owner of AERO Animal Education and Rescue Organization (https://aeroanimalrescue.org/)

John Baker, Small Business Owner, All Star HVAC (https://www.myallstarhvac.com/)

Linda Tuschmann, Potter, Schoolhouse Pottery (Schoolhousepottery123@gmail.com)

Dr. Heather Young Durick, Epidemiologist and Professor at George Washington University, & former HMES Parent

Raechel Katx, Race Car Driving, EFI Specialties and Performance LLC (http://efispecialties.com/)

Jessica White, Cheer Coach at Phoenix Elite (https://www.phoenixelite.us/)

Jessica White, Marketing with IBM

Roger Gonzalaz, Sports Journalist with CBS

Kate Bauman Smith, Nurse

Kate Bauman Smith, Weightlifter

Leann Paradise, Genealogist

Xan Chen, Future School Psychologist, Graduate Student

We have enjoyed working with your children and cannot wait to see their growth over the Summer!

Don’t forget to:


-Eat healthy

-Enjoy the outdoors!

-Practice Mindfulness


We wanted to pass on this summer resource provided by Dominion Hospital. This is a summer intensive program to support students in the transition back to school. This program is being offered at both the Chantilly and Falls Church locations.

For more detailed program information

please call (703) 227-8192.

Enjoy your Summer! We are SO proud of you all! The flexibility and resiliency shown this year was tremendous!

Mrs. Schenck, Mrs. Criser, Ms. Scott

Public Library Summer Reading 2021

June 14 – August 15

Animals of all kinds roam lands, swim in the deep blue oceans, and soar through the air. Many have both a tail and a tale to share as part of this year’s Summer Reading theme, “Tails and Tales!” From June 14–August 15, we invite you to join us for Summer Reading at Prince William Public Libraries.

To participate, visit one of our libraries, register online at pwcva.gov/library, or through the Beanstack Tracker app on your smartphone. Track your progress digitally by checking off activities on the app. This year, we’re introducing a special game card for babies and toddlers, as well as our returning game cards for grades K–5 and 6–12 to keep them engaged and excited about reading all summer long. We will also have a Summer Reading Bucket List Challenge for adults to enjoy!

Come into any of our libraries after 10 activities for a free book and to be entered into a grand prize drawing. Complete all the activities for a bonus entry for the grand prize drawing. We’ll be continuing virtual programming all summer long. You’ll recognize some of your favorites, like Puppetopia, Mr. Jon, and Wildlife Ambassadors, as well as some exciting new programs like Jim Gill Presents and Talewise. There will also be plenty of hands-on programs like STEAM and craft Take-and-Makes to enjoy. As we continue to monitor all guidelines and the status of the health of our county, we will also explore the possibility of offering in-person programming.

To get involved in Summer Reading fun, visit pwcva.gov/library today!

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Summer Office Hours

Our hours will vary this summer depending on the month due to a condensed schedule. Hours will be posted on our front door as well as on our website.


  • Monday-Friday 8:00am-4:00pm


  • Tuesday, July 5th - Thursday, July 29th 7am-5am
  • building will be closed on Fridays in July