The Falcon Connection

Your link to Quail Hollow Middle School | August 20, 2017

Important Dates

Dates are current as of publication. Check the QHMS website and social media for updates.


AUGUST

  • Tue 22 7th and 8th Grade Open House 3:30-6:00
  • Wed 23 6th Grade Open House 11:00-1:00, 4:00-6:00
  • Mon 28 Welcome Back - First day of 2017-2018 school year

SEPTEMBER

  • Mon 4 Labor Day - NO SCHOOL
  • Thu 21 Teacher Workday - NO SCHOOL
  • Fri 22 Teacher Workday - NO SCHOOL
  • Thu 28 Deadline for Proof of Immunizations for 7th Graders (read more below)

SCHOOL NEWS

Welcome Back!

We are so excited to begin the new school year! The faculty and staff at Quail Hollow Middle School are committed to the success of all of our Falcons and can't wait to help our Falcons soar in the 2017-18 school year!


This edition of the Falcon Connection has several pieces of important information to help you get ready for this school year!

Open House

Open House for 7th and 8th graders and their families is Tuesday, August 22nd from 3:30-6:00 and for 6th graders and their families on Wednesday, August 23rd from 11:00-1:00 or 4:00-6:00. Families will complete Back to School Paperwork before picking up student schedules. You can save time by completing the paperwork in advance (there are only 3 sheets this year!). At Open House, you will have the opportunity to meet teachers, order PE Uniforms and Spirit Wear, as well as sign up for before/after-school clubs and activities. You will also be able to get transportation information if you did not receive it in the Back-to-School Mailing.

Back to School Paperwork

We're going a little bit more green this year and have condensed many of the forms into ONE signature page! We will still need a Emergency Health Form for all students as well as a Learning Compact from each student and his/her family. Save time and print them out before Open House!

School Supply Lists

Make sure you've checked out the School Supply List for this school year! Please make note that Divergent is no longer on the supply list for 6th grade. There will be some supplies available for families at Open House that have been generously donated by Forest Hill Church. Stop by the Media Center to pick them up!

Dress Code

Review the dress code before the first day of school! There is one update to note: bottoms must be fist length when the students arms are fully extended. A few more highlights: straps must be three fingers wide (no off the shoulder tops), leggings are only allowed with a top that is fist length or longer. Check out the dress code here.

Immunizations: Required for 7th Grade

Review the flyer below for information about immunization requirements for 7th graders. The deadline is September 28. Students that do not have up-to-date immunization records on file may be excluded form school. Below, there is also a flyer with information about BIG SHOT Saturdays where you can get immunizations!
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Get Your Physical -- Save the Date for Fall Sports!

Fall sports for 7th and 8th graders kick up as soon as we return to school! Mark your calendars that tryouts are scheduled to start after Labor Day for Football, Golf, Cheer, Softball, and Volleyball. As the start of school approaches, prospective athletes can find the required tryout paperwork on the CMS Athletics website, or get a copy from the front office. Note that a current physical is required, so make plans now to visit your doctor. Meet Mr. Blackley, Athletic Director, at Open House!

Hearing and Screening Notice

The speech-language pathologist (SLP) will conduct hearing screenings on any student suspected of having hearing problems, and/or those students new to CMS. A hearing screening can be requested by a parent, teacher or student. If a student fails two consecutive hearing screenings with the SLP, he/she will be referred to the school audiologist for a free hearing evaluation. Parents must sign a "Consent for Hearing Evaluation" form, prior to student contact with the audiologist. Parents who want their student to opt out of these hearing screening procedures, must communicate this in writing to the attention of the SLP. All questions regarding hearing screening procedures can be emailed to the SLP at Terrin.Pigatt@cms.k12.nc.us.

Free Breakfast & Lunch at QHMS for all students

We are pleased to inform you that Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools (CMS) will continue to participate in the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) for School Year 2017-18. Schools participating in the CEP are able to provide healthy breakfasts and lunches each day at no charge for ALL students enrolled in the school. No paperwork necessary! Read more about the CEP Program.

Quail Hollow PTSA

Congratulations and Thank You to the following individuals who have volunteered to serve as your PTSA executive officers for the 2017-2018 school year (there will be an offical election at the 5/22 PTSA meeting):


Jill Davis - President

Stephanie Klapheke - Secretary

Tiffani Molesky - VP Fundraising

Karla Hollowell - VP School Support

Melanie Kupreanik - VP Finance


If you are interested in learning more about the duties of our PTSA, and wish to assist a board member or committee next year, let us know! Contact President Jill Davis, jelzdavis@icloud.com or 704.996.7827.

THANK YOU!

Our teachers have been busy getting ready for the school year and we are so fortunate to have the support of our community to help us, too! Thank you to Forest Hill Church for donating huge boxes of school supplies and spending a Saturday at the school helping out, to Elevation Church for adding a gravel area to our courtyard under the picnic tables, to Dawn Rogers Photography for taking beautiful staff photos, to Quail Hollow Families (including 7th grader, Cooper Moore) for installing two Gaga Ball Pits (see photo!), and QHMS PTSA for all of the support they provide in so many ways!

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CMS NEWS & EDUCATION ANNOUNCEMENTS

CMS Annual Notices

At the beginning of each academic year, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools is required, pursuant to federal regulations and state law, to provide students and their parents with certain annual notices. These notices, along with more detailed information, may be found in the 2017-2018 Parent-Student Handbook at www.cms.k12.nc.us, on the Parents page under the Parent Toolkit link. In this handbook you will find the following required notices:


  • Student Records: Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)
  • Protection of Pupil Rights Amendment
  • Non-Discrimination & Equal Access to Facilities: Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964; Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972; Section 504 of The Rehabilitation Act of 1973; and The Americans with Disabilities Act, As Amended of 2008 (ADAAA)
  • Students with Disabilities: Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)
  • Homeless Students: McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act of 1987
  • Student Health: Influenza and Meningococcal Diseases
  • Student Health: Human Papillomavirus
  • North Carolina Safe Surrender Law
  • Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act
  • Use of Pesticides
  • Student Restraint/Seclusion/Isolation
  • Student Discipline
  • Free or Reduced School Lunch
  • Breakfast and Summer Lunch
  • Harassment & Bullying
  • Student Testing Information
  • School Health Education Program: Right to Opt-Out



For information on parent/student appeal procedures, see CMS Board Policy JIIAA at www.cms.k12.nc.us. For information on parental information for Title I Schools, see www.cms.k12.nc.us, search Title I. For information regarding advanced courses, see www.cms.k12.nc.us, search Curriculum and Instruction. For information on a school’s annual report card grade, see www.cms.k12.nc.us, search NC Report Cards. For information regarding the District’s student wellness policy, see CMS Board Policy JL at www.cms.k12.nc.us.


If you have any questions or concerns please do not hesitate to contact the school at 980-343-3620.

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