HPMS Weekly Update - 3/17/23
Updates and resources for the families of HPMS students!
We had another great week at HPMS! Congratulations to our fantastic advanced band students who received a rating of Superior with Distinction! This is the highest possible rating, and they've achieved it now for the second year in a row under the leadership of Ms. CiGi Curry. We are so proud of this amazing accomplishment!
In addition, I want to congratulate our 23-24 Teacher of the Year Mrs. Jennifer Parks, our 23-24 Support Staff Member of the Year Ms. Zip Scott, and our 22-23 Induction Teacher of the Year Nominee Ms. Sarah Smith! We are proud of the outstanding educators we are blessed with here at HPMS. Please feel free to join me in congratulating them as you feel led.
It is hard to believe, but the end of quarter 3 is here. The quarter will end next Wednesday, and report cards will be posted digitally through Parent Portal on Wednesday, March 29th. Please speak to your students now to make sure they have completed any work that needs to be submitted for Q3. Please also encourage them to finish strong as quarter 4 is an extremely busy quarter with many events, in and outside of school. It is important for them to give great effort as we are in the final stages of preparing for state testing which will take place in May. Thank you in advance for your support at home!
HPMS FFA Spring Plant Sale
The HPMS FFA Spring Plant Sale will take place April 5th-7th from 3:30PM-5PM at our greenhouse! I've included the flyer for your reference above.
8th Grade Car Wash
The 8th Grade will be having another car wash to raise money for their field trip. It will take place on April 1st from 9AM to 1PM. Cost is $10 per ticket. Tickets can be purchased in advanced or the day of the event.
CFEC Family Survey
As a part of our continued partnership with the Carolina Family Engagement Center, we complete surveys each year to provide feedback for continual improvement and development of community engagement. When you get an opportunity, we would greatly appreciate your assistance in completing a family survey for us. Thank you so much for your help!
Family (English): https://uofsc.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_bDCTkJ0cb1tTidg
Family (Spanish): https://uofsc.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_7ZC4AosGuW4OgFo
MH Awareness Survey 2023
Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation is working with the South Carolina Department of Education and Anderson County School District Two to help us improve our ability to address the mental health needs of our students. We would be grateful if you would complete an anonymous Parent/Guardian Survey to help with these efforts. The survey will take about 10 minutes to complete. Participants are eligible to win a $100 weekly drawing and a $500 grand prize drawing. When you click on the link below, you will be given more information about the survey before you are asked to participate. Thank you for helping us with this important work.
LINK TO LEARN MORE ABOUT THE SURVEY:
MH Awareness Parent/Guardian Survey 2023
8th Grade Roper Mountain Science Center Field Trip
This is just a reminder that our 8th graders will be going to the Roper Mountain Science Center on April 6th. The permission forms and money are due no later than March 23rd. Please contact Mrs. Ann Taylor (email@example.com) if you have any questions about this upcoming trip.
Update from HPMS CDF
Mrs. Janet Taylor has provided another career education update on our 7th graders:
"This week our 7th grade students learned how to complete a job application. We discussed the importance of knowing how to complete a job application. Students learned how participating in school, sports and other organizations can help develop transferable skills and soft skills that can be used on a job application. Students also were made aware volunteer work can be used as experience when completing a job application. The students successfully completed a generic job application. Our students should be ready to complete a real job application when the time comes in the future! Great job 7th grade!"
BHP Dance Line Auditions
Mrs. Boarts, principal of BHP, has asked for help in spreading the word about BHP Dance Line auditions:
-This is an awesome opportunity to showcase your talent, be a part of a team, and support your BHP Bears at home football games!!
-Who is eligible to audition: Current 6th – 11th graders who will be enrolled in 7th – 12th grade at Belton Middle, Honea Path Middle, or BHP High School during the 2023-2024 school year.
-When are auditions: Auditions are held at Upstate Dance and Baton (21 North Main St Honea Path) on Friday, March 17th at 6:30pm.
-The audition routine will be taught during the audition time. Basic requirements are: Flexibility, presentation/showmanship, positive attitude, and the ability to learn quickly. Tryout attire should be black shorts, a solid color tank top, hair in a high ponytail, and makeup as it would be for gameday.
-There is a new class beginning February 20th – March 6th at Upstate Dance and Baton to help girls prepare for the spring audition. To enroll in this class, contact 864-844-1248. This class will meet each Monday 7:45-8:15pm. There is no fee for this class.
-For specific questions concerning the BHP dance line auditions and responsibilities throughout the year, please contact the dance line coach at 864-844-1248 / firstname.lastname@example.org
4K and 5K Registration
We've been asked to help share this information for any of our families who may have future ASD2 students. Registration for rising 4K and 5K students is open now! You can enroll by using the link below.
You need assistance, please go to Honea Path Elementary (4K and 5K) or Wright Elementary (5K) between 8:00 and 2:00.
4K spaces are limited.
Link: 4K and 5K Registration Information
Power Hour Notes
I also want to ask for your assistance as we re-emphasized to our students this week the importance the intervention period they have each day (Power Hour). We also made it clear that it is required that they use plug-in ear buds or headphones with their Chromebooks while completing green lessons during the first 20-25 minutes of Power Hour Mondays through Thursdays each week. This is so that they can listen to the lessons that are on their instructional level to receive that extra learning. The vast majority of our students complete and pass these lessons faithfully every week. We have the highest completion and pass rates that we've had as a school, but I believe that we can be even better. When looking at the data, there is a direct tie between those who consistently complete and pass these lessons and those who grow academically throughout the year. This is because the lessons help to fill in gaps or accelerate learning. They are only one part of the whole picture because nothing can ever replace the work of our great teachers; however, they are an essential part of the measurably excellent success we've seen at HPMS.
We will be addressing any student who is not following this expectation, and if they are not completing this essential work, they could be assigned after school detention to complete the lessons. We prefer not to do this because the time is already built into the day for them to work. As always, extenuating circumstances are understood, and we do have some students who have tested out of these lessons in math, ELA, or both. For the majority, please help us to ensure that your students are bringing the required materials to school and using this time appropriately to complete the lessons during the time they are given.
I want to provide some clarification regarding our normal procedures here at HPMS as we transition into 2023 in upholding our policies for an orderly school environment:
- On page 3 of our handbook, we have asked that parents and families refrain from dropping off food, money, clothing, or other random items for students. As you can imagine, food and gifts in particular often create a disruption and more students requesting this from their parents. We appreciate your help in keeping our students focused.
- We also ask that parents help us to remind students that they are to utilize the proper procedures for contacting home if needed. Student phones are to be turned off and put away throughout the day. Once students have gotten permission from teachers or staff, we have phones available throughout the school for students to contact home in case of emergency, and our front office staff allows students to use personal devices if needed to contact home.
- We appreciate your continued help in making sure students wear clothing that meets our dress code. The most common issues we see are shorts that are too short, tops that are too short and do not cover the buttocks when leggings are worn as pants, and tops that expose the midriff. The dress code can be found on page 8 of the handbook.
As always, I am happy to go into further detail if more is needed regarding the policies above. We are very blessed to have such supportive and understanding families who appreciate our efforts to provide a safe and focused learning environment for your children.
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We also need your help in maintaining our morning procedure for students. We hold them in the hallways before 7:45AM each day, and during that time, they should be sitting silently and reading or silently and eating breakfast. We have told students they are expected to have a book of their own. They have gone to the library with teachers at this point, so they should have one. If not, please have them get a book that they enjoy for the mornings so that they are prepared. Overall, students have done a great job with this procedure, but we want to make sure that we maintain it properly as the year progresses.
Additionally, students were provided more information regarding our procedures for dress code, safety, discipline, the handbook, and many other aspects of our school environment for HPMS. We thank you in advance for working with your student to be familiar with how things are done here to make this a focused and safe school environment. I do want to ask also specifically for your help with dress code this year. Overall, everyone has done a truly great job with this; however, the main issues we have seen so far are shorts that are too short, shirts that are too short with leggings, and holes in pants that are above the inseam. Please speak with your students about this this weekend so that they can be in compliance with our procedures.
CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE HANDBOOK (DRESS CODE ON PAGES 8-9)
State Department Tutoring Resource
This is a great resource from the state for students and parents. The link below is a quick Screencastify video that shows how to go to the Tutor.com program through discus. (No audio)
Grade Level Newsletters/Agendas
Click Here for the 6th Grade Newsletter/Agenda
Click Here for the 7th Grade Newsletter/Agenda
Click Here for the 8th Grade Newsletter/Agenda
Free and Reduced Lunch Application
Please remember that lunch and breakfast are no longer provided free at this time for everyone; however, we do encourage everyone to fill out this form, regardless of your previous form status. Please view the application, fill it out, and have it returned to HPMS if you haven't already completed one!
Free and Reduced Meal Application Link
John Michael Hall, Principal of Honea Path Middle School
Media Center Updates
The flyers above explain how students can utilize Tutor.com for free through scdiscus.org. Also, the link below is to a video tutorial that explains how it works and what features it offers. This is an excellent resource and we want to make sure all of our students have the information needed to access it.
Arrival and General Procedures
Please continue to assist us in the mornings with drop offs. It is very helpful to us and the other parents in line if you will pull forward, at least until the end of the brick flowerbed wall out front to let your child out if you are in the front of the line. We ask that other cars behind the lead car to pull forward as well. This adds only a few extra steps for your student, but it goes much faster for everyone and helps everyone get to class on time if we can unload 4 or more students at a time out front. Students must be in the building by 7:57 in order to be counted as on time.
Dress Code Information
We appreciate in advance your help with our updated dress code for this year. I ask you to please review these for yourself and with your students. They have been covered in school with the teachers, but we greatly appreciate your help at home. The most common issues we see are holes in pants that are far too large or too high, shorts that are too short, shirts that are too short or cut too low, exposed undergarments, and shirts/tops that aren't long enough over leggings. Please also note that we also don't allow blankets/pillows to be carried or hats/hoodies worn in the building.
CLICK HERE AND SCROLL TO PAGES 8 AND 9 FOR 22-23 DRESS CODE INFORMATION
If you’re interested in volunteering to help with the PTO, or if you're just interested in finding out ways to help support our students and teachers, please contact the PTO at email@example.com for more information! We would love to have you involved!
COVID Contact/Positive Test Procedure
It is critical that you let us know if someone in your household has been diagnosed with COVID or your student has been named a close contact due to a contact that occurred outside of school. If you become aware of this after school hours or on the weekend, please feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org AND Nurse Snipes at email@example.com. We also encourage you to call during school hours ASAP and hold your student out of school until you receive more information from us based on our guidelines from DHEC. Your help with this is critical to keeping the school safe for everyone.
HPMS Parent/Student Handbook
This is our updated version and we ask all parents to familiarize yourself with our policies and procedures.
CLICK HERE FOR THE 22-23 STUDENT HANDBOOK
Links to Information (You may have to right-click on some links to open them)
Car Rider Dismissal Procedures
If you have more than one student attending HPMS, we ask that you follow the procedure for the eldest student. If you are carpooling, we ask that you follow the procedure for 8th graders.
6th Grade - 6th grade students will be dismissed to the front car line, and we will continue to have parents pull forward until you reach your child. 6th graders will be waiting down at the end of the sidewalk in front of the 4K building (except in cases of severe weather). We ask 6th grade parents to approach the school from the Main Street side of Central Avenue. This will keep us from backing up on to 252 from Brock, and it should require very little driving out of the way to get in line. We ask that you do not attempt to turn left from Brock into the front of the school as this is against the traffic laws on that road during school hours.
7th Grade - 7th grade students will cross the road to get in cars which will be on Park Ave. on the right side of the road. Please do not block the entrance/exit to the parking lot in front of the school when you are in line. Park Ave. is wide enough that if you will pull to the right, it will still allow traffic through on Park as needed. Once you pick up your student, please turn left onto Brock Ave. to help us keep that crosswalk cleared. We also prefer that you would get in line from the part of Central Ave. that runs behind the football field to avoid backing up traffic on Park. We realize this may not be practical for all.
8th Grade and Carpooling Students - 8th grade students will go to the parking lot across the street for dismissal. To make leaving easier for you, please park in the center column of spaces in the lot. We are also asking that you turn left out of the parking lot when you leave. We realize that this is less convenient for those of you who normally turn right, but it will keep from having two sets of traffic turning onto Brock Ave. at the same time and creating a bottleneck. If you are picking up two or more students, you are welcomed to use this lot as well, regardless of grade level.
We ask that you drive carefully around the school because there will be several different valves of traffic going to and from the school.
Google Classroom Cheat Sheet for Parents and Students
- 3/22 - End of Q3
- 3/24 - Spring Pictures
- 3/29 - Q3 Report Cards Posted on Parent Portal
- 3/28 - SIC Meeting - 3:35 PM
- 4/1 - 8th Grade Car Wash - 9AM-1PM at HPMS
- 4/5-4/7 - Spring Plant Sale - 3:30-5PM @ HPMS Greenhouse
- 4/6 - 8th Grade Roper Mountain Field Trip
- 4/10-14 - Spring Break
- 4/20 - Math Spring Diagnostic
- 4/25 - Rising 6th Grader Family Night - 5:30-6:30PM @ HPMS
- 4/27 - ELA Spring Diagnostic
- 5/2 - Music Ideals Concert @ BHP - 7PM
- 5/4 - SC Ready State Test ELA Day 1
- 5/5 - Middle School Band Concert @ BHP - 7PM
- 5/9 - SC Ready State Test ELA Day 2
- 5/16 - SC Ready State Test Math
- 5/18 - SC Ready State Test 6th Grade Science
- 5/24 - Algebra I EOC
- 5/25 - Awards Day Ceremonies - More Info to Come at a Later Date
- 5/26 - 8th Grade Departs for Field Trip
- 5/29 - Memorial Day - School Closed
- 5/31 - Field Day - Half-day for Students
- 6/1 - Last Day for Students/End of Q4 - Half Day for Students