Principal's Weekly Update

Parent update

Principal’s message

Happy Sunday!

I hope everyone had a great weekend, see below for updates. Only a few weeks left until report cards, please be sure you have Parent Portal access (see below). We are also sending out weekly progress reports as well. The best thing you can do if you have questions is to contact your student’s teachers.

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Zoom Requirements

**Zoom requirements: All students are mandated to use their legal first and last name, as well as show their camera in order to gain entry to Zoom, as a safety and security measure. We know there are camera issues with some tablets, please make sure teachers know of those issues, so we can support.

Google Classroom codes for the overall grade levels

Google Classroom Codes by grade level- this is for students to join- all Zoom codes are in these classrooms below:

6th grade: nq662fm
7th grade: 2a3fulp
8th grade: 36ucv74

Temperature Checks

BCSD Temperature Checks-- Beginning Monday, October 19, 2020

Beaufort County Schools, like many districts across the state, will be implementing an extra precaution that we hope will deepen your confidence that we are doing everything within our power to protect our school communities – and that is, adding the practice of taking temperatures to our daily operating procedures. All students and school staff will have their temperature taken when entering our buildings each day.

Although COVID-19 does not always present with a fever, it is widely known that fever is one of the body's first reactions to infection. To that end, we believe that monitoring body temperatures, even when you're healthy, can help detect disease early and determine if it is okay to be physically present for work or school. As a result, schools have been given the following general guidance for taking temperatures – although some may make school-specific adaptations as may be necessary.

  • Of note, all students will have their temperatures taken. If a student’s temperature registers at 100.4 or higher, a preliminary health assessment will be made by the school nurse.

Please note that neck gaiters are not allowed per BCSD.

Parent Portal Information- How to access grades

I am sending you the information to make a parent portal in PowerSchool, this portal will give you access to your student’s grade and attendance. The portal is a very helpful tool in keeping parents up to date in what their students are doing. It is also a good tool to communicate with teachers as all their emails are just a click away.

If you already have an account please use it as the system will not let you an email more than once. If you are having any problems getting into that account please let me know and I will be more than happy to help. Please email me at

I am here to help you if you should need anything.

Administrative and Counseling Teams

Administrative team:

Pamela Maddox- 6th grade:

Ryan Milling- 7th grade:

Casey Swofford- 8th grade:

Counseling team:

Chrystal Yon- 6th grade:

Annette Ballard-7th grade:

Laura Mason- 8th grade:

Email addresses are the

HEMMS Re-Entry Plan

Hybrid Schedules

Remember we are back to 8:45-3:45

Car Rider, Bus Rider and Meals Info

Car rider Information
Bus Information and Meals

Hybrid Schedule:

AA/BB: The AA/BB schedule will be implemented as follows:

  • Fundamentally, students will participate in live instruction, three days per week – two will be in person, and one will be through remote learning.
    • Ex. If they are an “A-Day” student, they would attend on Monday and Tuesday. If they are a “B-Day” student, they will attend on Thursday and Friday. Wednesdays will be reserved for remote learning for all students.
On the remaining two days of the week, instruction will continue for all students. Through the District’s gradual release instructional framework, students will participate in continuous learning experiences which will be facilitated through a variety of approaches determined by individual schools or teachers. Notwithstanding the selected approach, all BCSD students will receive the same number of guaranteed instructional minutes. Additionally, instructional pacing will be adjusted to ensure that students are exposed to academic material consistently across grade levels.

We will not be able to accommodate students prior to 8:15am, unless you have registered for morning care below. Morning care may be available for families, beginning at 7:45am. Drop offs cannot happen prior to 8:15am, unless you are enrolled in morning care, and due to capacity issues, no random drop offs may take place. Interested in morning care? Please complete the survey below and we will be in touch with those families:

Survey for morning care:

Students will be required to wear a mask (no neck gaiters allowed) during the school day, aside from when they are eating, as masks are required (by both County Ordinance and by policy) in the building.

Absences: Parent notes or medical excuses for days where students miss class (for virtual or when we return to traditional) can be scanned and emailed to This does take a few days to turn around, so please be patient.

From Nurse Donahue: For Medication needs and Illness, please reach out to Ms. Donahue for specific questions: Need to leave medications with us for administering? Permission Med Form 2020 In Spanish: Permission Medication Form-Spanish

PTO Interest? Our PTO (Parent Teacher Organization) is getting creative this year with their participation, but they are constantly involved in the daily happenings in our school. We would love to have membership on our PTO. If you are interested in joining, please email Eryn Kushner

Food Service

All district students – virtual learners as well as those resuming face-to-face instruction – will still be able to get free meals, and family income will not be a factor.

Beginning Monday, bus route meal distribution will cease as buses will be needed to transport hybrid students to school. Buses will run at a 60 percent student capacity in order to accommodate physical distancing recommendations as per DHEC. As a result, the fleet will be fully utilized.

Hybrid Students

Your child will receive meals during the two days of the week they are attending school and will also be provided meals for the remaining days of the week. Families of elementary students can pick up food for these additional days on Tuesdays or Fridays. Middle and high school families can pick up food from 9:00-11:00. on Tuesdays or Fridays, or it can be sent home with them.

Virtual Students

Families of virtual elementary school students will pick up their weekly allotment of food from their schools on Tuesdays and Fridays from 2 to 3 p.m. Food can be picked up for virtual middle and high school students on Tuesdays and Fridays from 3 to 4 p.m. If your virtual students are attending different schools, you can pick up food for all of your children at one school site . Meal cards will be provided to families with virtual students within the first week of service and will be required for subsequent pick-ups.

SIC Meeting - 11/18 from 9:30am-10:30am


Students can wear this everyday at school, Monday- Friday.

Technology Update for Parents

Tech Depot Sites are closed, all repairs should happen at the school level.

SERG Group Reading Challenge

The SERG Group is starting their first ever, SERG Star Reader Challenge. Parents can pick up reading logs/flyers from any SERG restaurant, Outside Hilton Head, their school's front office (next week after we receive them), or print a copy from,

SERG Restaurant group is preparing to launch a STAR Reading Program for students K-12 to challenge them to read and log their hours between the dates of September 14th and November 20th. We hope to offer students and parents an additional fun reading and learning opportunity through rewards, no matter if they are in-person schooling, homeschooling, or virtual schooling. All readers can earn rewards for each reading star level they complete. Those who get all 5 stars will be entered to win one of three $1000 Future Scholar 529 Scholarships.

Here's How It Works:
Earn your 1st star and receive a stamp card by logging your first 5 hours read on the form. Redeem at Outside Hilton Head or any SERG Restaurant. Each time your complete another STAR Level Reading Log, visit your favorite SERG restaurant location.

1. Go to any SERG restaurant with your completed readers log and receive your SERG restaurant stamp. Star reader receives a $15 towards their meal and a stamp for their Star Reward.
2. Receive your next Star reading log, available at any SERG restaurant. You are now eligible for your Star Reward.
3. Receive your next star reading log and keep reading towards your next $15 SERG dining & Star Rewards!

Outside Hilton Head and Coastal Provisions have both signed on to sponsor the program. They have committed to rewards for pick up at their locations as well that include neck gaiters, SERG Star Reader Challenge t-shirt, 1 Hr paddleboard or kayak rental from Outside Hilton Head, and a $25 Coastal Provisions gift card. Once the reader has completed all 5 stars, turn in the completed 5-star reading log and the completed stamped card no later than November 20th to the SERG Takeout Kitchen to be entered to win $1000 Future Scholar 529 scholarships.
Students will be celebrated for redeeming their reading logs each time they reach their reading goal and there is no purchase necessary to participate. We hope that everyone enjoys the power of reading!

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How to pay fees

Technology Online Payment Directions

Facebook Link: We update this regularly

2020-21 Calendar update

School supply lists by grade level:

Uniform Requirements:

Reminder that there are no BLHS or MRHS hoodies or shirts allowed during the week, except on Fridays/ Also, remember that all sweatshirts must have logos smaller than an index card. Students are not required to wear uniforms during virtual learning, but should be dressed appropriately.
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All Things Athletics

Athletic Updates:

Athletic Update: Interested in all things HEMM Athletics?

Join our band app:

Hey, join our 'H.E. McCracken Middle Athletic Department' group on BAND - The app for groups and communities!

Thank you to our business partners!

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HE McCracken Middle School

I believe in opening the lines of communication. Here is my cell phone number that I want to share with all of you. Please still continue to use the appropriate channels of communication by reaching out to teachers and counselors, but keep this in case you need it.