HMS Parent Newsletter

August 13, 2021

A Note from the Principal

HMS Families:


Welcome to the new school year! I am excited to be joining Hockinson Middle School as the new principal this year. I feel fortunate to have spent the last four years working as the assistant principal at Hockinson Heights Elementary. I am looking to seeing many familiar faces around the HMS campus and to meeting the students who are new to Hockinson!


This new school year brings many exciting opportunities for students to learn, connect with their peers, and explore activities outside of school. I am excited to welcome students back to school in a few short weeks. Enjoy the final few weeks of summer vacation and feel free to reach out to our office with any questions or concerns. please look out for our next parent newsletter on August 27.


Thank you for your support!

~ Meredith

meredith.gannon@hocksd.org

HMS Basics

If your family is new to HMS, welcome! We look forward to meeting all the new Hornet students soon.


Supports for New Students and Incoming Sixth Graders

We want every student to have a great first day at school! To help each student to feel comfortable in their new school, our student leadership team will be available to help new students in a variety of ways. Student leaders will be wearing special HMS Leadership shirts so they are easy to locate around campus before school begins and during the first week. Student leaders will offer school tours on Orientation Day (August 25). They will be there to show students to their classrooms and answer questions about HMS. During the first three days of school, leadership students will continue wearing their special shirts, so please encourage your child to ask a student leader for help if they need it. Our student leaders will also be walking new sixth grade students to the parent pick up area and to the buses on the first day of school.


Student Schedule

Students attend classes on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 8:50 a.m.. to 3:20 p.m. Each Wednesday is a one hour early release and students attend from 8:50 a.m. to 2:20 p.m. Our school calendar can be found here.


Student Attendance

It is important that students attend school regularly so that they can continue to grow as learners. Please keep you child home if they are ill (fever above 100.2, vomiting or gastrointestinal symptoms, or any symptoms of COVID-19). If your child will be absent from school, please notify our attendance secretary at 360-448-6441 or you can report an absence using Skyward Family Access.


Home Base Class

Students will attend Home Base class every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. This class is in addition to their regular six period schedule. Home Base class lasts for 25 minutes. The purpose of Home Base class is to build a community of learners and teach students the skills they need to be successful at school. In Home Base class, students will have time to check grades and complete missing work, have time to read, and have a class meeting to check in with each child. Teachers may also use this time to teach leadership skills and character-building activities.


School Supplies

School supply lists for each grade can be found by clicking here.


Busing

First Student will be providing for bus service during the 2021-22 school year. Information on bus routes and pick up times will be available at Orientation. Families will be able to use the First View App to track pick-up times and to confirm the arrival time for your student's bus. The app will also alert you to any late arrivals and safety notifications. Parents can contact First Student directly with any questions or concerns by calling their dispatch center at (360) 846-2922.


Lunch and Breakfast

All meals will be free for students during the 2021-22 school year. Breakfast and will be served in the cafeteria with students spaced three feet apart during meal times (in accordance with DOH guidelines).

Orientation and Back to School Events

Orientation

Orientation for all HMS students will be held on August 25, 2021. Orientation times are scheduled by the first letter of the student's last name.


9 a.m. A - C

9:45 a.m. D - G

10:30 a.m. H - K

11:15 a.m. L - M

1:00 p.m. N - R

1:45 p.m. S - Td

2:30 p.m. Te - Z


At orientation, students can pick up their class schedule, take a school tour with a student leader, have their picture taken for their student ID, purchase an ASB card, get information on bus routes and pick up times, learn about school clubs and activities, and pick up their school Chromebook.


Back to School Events

There will be a back to school evening event for each grade level. At the Back to School events, parents can meet their child's teachers, find out about what their student will be learning in each class, and learn about class policies. We hope to see you there!


Grade 6: Monday, August 30: 5 - 6:30 p.m. - HMS Commons (A curriculum night will be held at a later date to give sixth grade families a chance to visit each classroom and to ask questions about specific classes).


Grade 7 & 8: Thursday, September 2: 6 - 7:30 p.m.

Student Schedules

Several families have been able to access student schedules online using Skyward. At this point, no student schedules have been finalized. As new students enroll and students leave HMS, we adjust classes so that they are balanced in size and to ensure that students have access to elective choices. If you have accessed your student's schedule. please know that it is subject to change. Finalized schedules will be distributed at student orientation on August 25.

Fall Sports

Sign up for Fall athletics will be coming soon! Fall sports include volleyball (girls) and cross-country (co-ed). Student athletes compete with other schools as a part of the Greater St. Helens League. Registration information can be found here.

In order for athletes to be eligible for sports, students must meet the following criteria before they can be cleared to tryout/participate:

  • Registration on Family ID website
  • Current sports physical uploaded to Registration (physician signature required) click here for form
  • Proof of medical insurance - Insurance may be purchased here
  • Scholastic and WIAA eligibility (see athletic handbook- read current handbook and sign on Family ID)
  • Sport Fee and ASB Paid (For cut sports- wait to make payment until team selections)
  • All past due fines must be paid to participate


Please contact our HMS Athletic Director, ___, at with any questions.


Go Hornets!

School Safety Update

As the school year draws closer, we are working hard to ensure that every student has a safe environment in which they can learn. Our safety and custodial team have spent the summer sanitizing and deep cleaning learning spaces, maintaining the ventilation systems, ...


As you may already know, on July 28, the Washington State Department of Health issued new guidance requiring that K-12 schools require that both staff and students wear masks for the 2021-22 school year, regardless of vaccination status. please plan to send your child to school wearing a cloth face covering of at least two layers that fully covers their nose and mouth. We will provide students with frequent mask breaks and new disposable masks if their mask is soiled or wet.


Thank you for your partnership in keeping all students and staff safe. Should you have any safety-related questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me at meredith.gannon@hocksd.org or 360-448-6440.

Upcoming Events

August 25: Orientation (times by first letter of student's last name)

9 a.m. A - C

9:45 a.m. D - G

10:30 a.m. H - K

11:15 a.m. L - M

1:00 p.m. N - R

1:45 p.m. S - Td

2:30 p.m. Te - Z

August 30: Open House - Grade 6: 5 - 6:30 p.m.

August 30: PWT Back to School Picnic - HMS Field - 6 - 8 p.m.

September 1: First Day of School - early release (2:20 p.m.)

September 2: Open House - Grades 7 - 8: 6 - 7:30 p.m.

September 6: Labor Day - No School

October 8: No School - Statewide Teacher in Service Day