September 10, 2021

Dear HRMS Families,

This edition of the HRMS News contains information on the start of the school year, self-screening, dental sealants, robotics information, and an A/B Day School Calendar.

Start of School

We are so thankful to have the kids back on campus for a full day of school! I hope that you are hearing positive comments about the start of the school year at home. The end of summer and start of school is a stressful time for everyone. Some kids need additional support. We are committed to partnering with our families to ensure all of our kids feel welcomed and supported here at Hood River Middle School. Please reach out to Student Support Coordinator Sonia Cortez, 6th Grade Counselor Grace Parson, 7th Grade Counselor Maureen Wiseman, and 8th Grade Counselor Connor Ward for assistance. Every person in our front office speaks English and Spanish. Our phone number is (541) 386-2114. We are here to help!

Self Screening

Please make sure that your student self screens before coming to school each day . If your student has any of the following symptoms please stay home:

  • cough

  • fever or chills

  • shortness of breath

  • difficulty breathing

  • new loss of taste or smell

If your student stays home, please call the attendance office at 541-386-2114 and our attendance team can help excuse the absence

Dental Sealants

Parents, teachers, and students at Hood River Middle School! We are excited about the upcoming FREE school-based dental sealant program taking place this school year. Parents save time in your busy schedules and sign your child up for this FREE program held during school hours at HRMS. Dental sealants on molars are proven to help prevent tooth decay by 80%! Helping to keep students in class learning and their smiles healthy for a lifetime.

HRMS students and parents if you missed us at school registration, please take this time to complete your form digitally this year with our QR permission form code! Permission forms are also available at the HRMS front office. Please return those permission slips to the school indicating “yes” or “no” as soon as possible! One Community Health will be at HRMS school soon!

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Dear HRMS Students and Parents,

I'm David Scharfenberg, the STEM and Robotics teacher here at our school. I want to welcome you to our version of Robotics. We will be competing in teams this season, and we are looking for both students and parents to participate. Did you know that coding and robotics are two of the fastest growing career opportunities around the world? What a great way to see if this might be your future job!

Students, we need you to sign up where you can excel at coding, building, and researching and developing the systems to make your robot competitive. Parents, we can only sponsor as many teams as we have coaches. Ideally, we need at least two parents per team of 4-6 students. Your responsibilities are to facilitate your team, helping guide them to the resources they need to understand how to do their tasks.

I am here to help parents be successful so students can be successful in their teams. I can help adults out so they know what to do. My job is to help you!

If you are interested, please fill out the Google Form linked below. I have also added a QR code that you can scan with your phone's camera to access the form. Thanks! I look forward to a great robotics season with you!

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Please let me know if you have any questions, concerns, or words of praise for the people or programs of Hood River Middle School. Thank you and have a great day.


Excellence. Every student. Every day.

1602 May Street, Hood River, Oregon 97031 • 541.386.2114 Fax 541.387.5070

Brent Emmons- Principal