HMS Bearcat Bulletin

December 2016

A Note from Ms. Buschmann

The holidays are upon us. This is a very busy time of year for families and schools alike. I hope you are able to take time to be together as a family and enjoy your children at this special time of year.

At school, we are in the midst of mid-year NWEA testing, boys basketball season, and a kindness challenge being coordinated by a group of 6th grade students. Please enjoy this newsletter and an update on the goings on of HMS. Please note the invitation to our firsts Family Movie Night this Friday, December 9. We will be showing the Secret Life of Pets. This is a free event open to all; I hope you and your family can join us.

Student of the Month

The character trait of the month for November was Honesty. Students were nominated based upon that trait- not only telling the truth, but also being honest and authentic with themselves. Congratulations to all of the nominees!

Front Row: Trigg, Zachary, Allie, Aidan, Trace, Jackson, Konner

Middle Row: Katelyn, Gabby, Fannie, Carol, Reese, Abbey, Michael

Back Row: Damien, Kyle, Fiona, Payton, Faith, Mackenzie, Clayton, Tyler

Not Pictured: Morgan

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Congratulations Student of the Month Winners

5th Grade- Konner

6th Grade- Gabby

7th Grade- Tyler

8th Grade- Kyle

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School Breakfast

With so many busy families and the craziness of early mornings, it can be difficult to make time to sit down long enough in the morning and eat a nutritious breakfast. Yet, we know that breakfast is important. Studies have concluded that students who eat breakfast increase their math and reading scores and improve their speed and memory in cognitive tests. When students eat closer to test-taking time perform better on standardized tests than those who skip breakfast or eat at home. (Source: National School Breakfast Program)

In order to meet the needs of all of our students, we are now offering a "grab and go" option which consists of a smoothie and muffin. This option is available for all students, and several are taking advantage of this nutritious choice.

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American Education Week

HMS celebrated American Education Week November 14- 18. American Ed Week was first celebrated in 1921 and continues to spotlight education. American Ed Week celebrates public education and the individuals who are making a difference ensuring that every child receives a quality education.

At HMS, we had a lot to celebrate. Students identified their favorite thing about school on post-it notes and shared with others. We gave our school a great big "hug" to show our community how much we love it, and students wrote "If I were principal..." essays for a Principal for the Day contest. Students also participated in Teacher Trivia and wrote thank you notes to school personnel. It was a great celebration!

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Family Movie Night

Friday, Dec. 9th, 6pm

Blue Pride Drive

Hermann, MO

Please come and enjoy The Secret Life of Pets. Bring your blankets to spread out on the gym floor or sit in the bleachers. HMS Honor Society will have a concession stand, a raffle, and some door prizes. Everyone is welcome.

This event is free of charge, but we are requesting that, if possible, you bring a canned good to contribute to the Honor Society Food Drive.

A Few Photos from Around HMS this Month

Below are the winners of Ms. Brown's catapult competition, Ms. Kiser's class turkey with feathers describing what her students are thankful for, and our talent winners for November, Carter and Aiden, performing their magic tricks at the student of the month assembly.
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