The Buccaneer Bulletin

Principal Newsletter - August 15th, 2022

Buccaneer Families,

Tomorrow is the big day! We cannot wait to welcome our Buccaneers with open arms tomorrow morning. This newsletter contains information that is important for the first day of school. It is an honor to lead your children, and I look forward to meeting each of them!


Laura Keogh, Principal

Coming Up at the Bend...

8/16: 1st Day of School

School Hours

  • Office Hours: 8:20 am - 4:20 pm
  • 8:20 am - Students may enter building
  • 8:20-8:45 am - Students may eat breakfast or go to grade level houses/1st period class
  • 8:50 am - Classes begin
  • 4:10 pm - Students are dismissed
  • View the 2022-2023 LTISD Instructional Calendar here
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Arrival/Dismissal Procedures

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Morning Drop Off

Car Rider Drop Off

  • All HBMS students (grades 6-8) are to be dropped off at the Main Entrance in the front of the school illustrated by the Green route on the map.
  • The Primary entrance is best for cars entering from 620.
  • The Secondary entrance is best for cars entering from the Apache Shores area, as they cannot turn left into the primary entrance from General Williamson.
  • Parents, as you curb at the front entrance, please pull as far forward as possible in order to allow as many vehicles into the front loop at one time.

We have learned that groups of cars arrive in groups due to the light, so pulling forward prevents a backup of cars. Please, DO NOT drop your student off in the faculty and visitor parking lot. HBMS does not have staff available in the morning to monitor the crosswalk for safety.

Thank you for your cooperation in this process and keeping students safe in the morning.

Additional Information:

  • Please have your child/children ready to exit the car prior to entering the drive.
  • Pull all the way up to the cone that is furthest forward in a single line near the sidewalk to drop off your child/children.
  • Allow your child to exit anywhere on the sidewalk, rather than waiting until you are directly in front of the doors.
  • Stay in your vehicle once you enter either drive, just as your would at the airport.
  • Please allow enough time for morning traffic (especially on rainy days).
  • All car riders should be dropped off from the car rider lane only.
  • For the safety of your child, do not let your child exit your car and walk between parked vehicles, as this is not a safe option.
  • The car loops are one way at all times, both morning and afternoon.
  • Being on time allows your child to begin their school day without feeling rushed. It is also important to model being on time.

Other Transportation Options

  • Walkers and bicycle riders will enter the building through the back doors across from the tennis courts.
  • Bus riders will be dropped off at the back entrance by the café.

Afternoon Dismissal

There are 4 dismissal options:

  • Bus Riders
  • Car Riders
  • Walkers
  • Bike Riders

Bus Riders

  • ONLY buses pick up at the back of the school building.
  • Please do not enter the bus lane at the back of the school.
  • Bus riders will exit the back doors of the main hallway.
  • Buses will transport ONLY eligible riders with SMART tags ready upon entry.

Car Riders

  • All car riders will be picked up at the main front entrance.
  • The Primary and Secondary entrances for cars are the same as morning drop-off.
  • The Primary entrance is best for cars entering from 620.
  • The Secondary entrance is best for cars entering from the Apache Shores area, as they cannot turn left into the primary entrance from General Williamson.
  • Cars will be directed into both lanes of the loading zone.
  • Please pull as far forward as possible to the furthest forward cone and do not leave a large gap between you and the vehicle in front. This will allow us room to get many cars in each lane at a time.
  • The car zones are designated as “Inner” and “Outer”, and will fill in simultaneously, but be released one at a time by supervising staff members.
  • Students are to watch for their car and move down the sidewalk anticipating where they will stop.
  • When given the “load up” direction by staff members, because all cars in the Loading Zones have stopped and are in Park, students can then load up.
  • When all cars are loaded and the staff gives the “thumbs up”, the zones will be released one at a time.
  • Shortly after these zones are released, staff members will let the next set of cars enter the Loading Zones and we will do it all again.
  • The first group of cars is usually released about 4 minutes after the dismissal bell (4:14pm) and each group after that takes about 1 minute.
  • Working together with the number of cars that are coming through, we should be sending the last group out at approximately 4:25pm.

Please communicate with your students to make sure that they are watching for you in order to move to where you will stop. This way we do not have to call out names which slows up the process. We will send groups without students if all other cars are loaded.

Thanks for your cooperation in making this process safe and efficient.

Walkers and Bike Riders

  • Exit out of the back doors. Please be aware of cars and buses, as there is no crossing guard.

Please view the map above for further explanation of the dismissal process.
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Call for Artwork!

LTISD visual arts has been asked to collaborate with the Engage and Heal Foundation. You will find more information here. This is not an assignment or project, rather a chance for enrichment and an opportunity for students to experience an art call, be part of an exhibition and possibly a money making opportunity with their artistic response to a specific prompt/theme.

This art call is open to grades 5th - 12th in LTISD. Again, this is an optional opportunity for any student to participate.

Staff Shout Out

Did a teacher or staff member do something outstanding for your child? Use this Form to submit a staff shout out! This will be printed and delivered to the staff member by Ms. Keogh.

HBMS Leadership Team

While our campus leadership team works collaboratively with all students and teachers, the following information should help you reach the appropriate administrator or counselor for your child's grade level should a question or concern arise. We are committed to serving our students and appreciate the opportunity to work together with families to support our learners.


Laura Keogh

6th Grade

Assistant Principal: Matt Holley

Counselor: Dana Page

7th Grade

Assistant Principal: Brian Gill

Counselor: JoAnn Bryan

8th Grade

Assistant Principal: Cristy Castanares

Counselor: Surita Scholla

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