The HMS Family Digest

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Let's rock this week!

Hello HMS Families, we have 3 weeks until winter break! Let's make the most of it! Half day on Friday!

Blessings! -Dr. Fowler and Ms. Miller

Bathroom issues....

Parents, please remind your students that we do not draw on the walls of the building. It's getting so out of hand that our custodians are spending more time in the restrooms than anywhere else. We will be repainting the bathroom walls THIS week.

Step It Up Fundraiser brought us a Time of Awesomeness! Thank you for your help fundraising!

Students, we are proud of you!

HMS is home of the BEST students & faculty!

Reminders!

Computers- PLEASE have your student charge them at night and bring them to school every day.

Water-Please send your student with a water bottle so they can refill it during the day.

CARRIDERS:

Everyone picking up a student must come through the carrider line. You cannot park near the school and ask students to walk to the car. We do not have a crossing guard or anyone to monitor them getting into the correct car safely. Please help us out, thanks!

We hope you all had a great Thanksgiving!

Band Newsletter

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This week's events! Bring laptops charged/ Bring a water bottle!

Monday, Nov. 29- A great day of learning!


Tuesday, Nov. 30- 6th grade field trip/Drawing out Math Facts winners!/ Guitar club 3-4pm in Mr. Vaughn's room/Home basketball game v. Hillsboro


Wednesday, Dec.1- Happy December! A great day of learning!


Thursday, Dec.2- Jazz Band playing at BOE/Choir singing at KS tree lighting at KS library 7pm/Basketball at Sycamore


Friday, Dec.3-M&M time/ 11:45am dismissal

Added to swag store!

Rain Jackets! $35 for S-2XL and $40 for 3XL

https://cheathamcountyschools.revtrak.net/hms/hms-swag-sale/#/list

AND, you can send your order on paper with check or cash, attention Cindy Wells, Bookkeeper in front office at HMS!

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Go Fan- to buy tickets for sports events

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Cheatham County School District has paperless tickets, a quicker way to enter middle and high school games this season. Fans must purchase tickets online by using GoFan. Harpeth Middle School: https://gofan.co/app/school/TN72654

November CHAMPIONS OF THE MONTH!

Please spread the word and sharing the post below! Thanks!

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Student Council was spreading kindness this week! They asked their classmates to sign a huge thank you card at lunch for our new custodian, Mrs. Cristina!

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HMS Online Swag Store All Year Long!

https://cheathamcountyschools.revtrak.net/hms/hms-swag-sale/#/list

AND, you can send your order on paper with check or cash, attention Cindy Wells, Bookkeeper in front office at HMS!

BOX TOPS! No longer clipping; now scanning!

CLIP: Traditional Box Tops clips are being phased out of production, but you can still send unexpired clips to school. Every valid Box Tops clip is worth 10¢.

SCAN: If you see this label, do not send it to school. Use the new Box Tops app to scan your store receipt within 14 days of purchase. The app will find participating products and instantly add Box Tops to your school’s earnings online.

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21-22 School Calendar!

November 23rd- Time of Awesomeness from the Step It Up Fundraiser


November 24th-26th- Thanksgiving Break- No School


November 30th- 6th grade field trip


December 3rd- 11:45 Student Dismissal (Staff PD)


December 7th- Choir/Band concert 6pm


December 9th- Band is performing at bball game!


December 11th- Choir is singing at Christmas in Pegram Park


December 15th- Choir & Band to KSES and PES to perform


December 17th- 10:45 Dismissal (choir/band performing for HMS in the am)


December 20th-31st- Winter Break- No School


January 3rd- Admin Day- Staff Only


January 4th- First Day Back for Students


January 7th- Report Cards


January 17th- Martin Luther King Jr. Day- No School


February 11th- Progress Reports


February 18th- 11:45 Student Dismissal (Staff PD)


February 21st- President's Day- No School


March 1st-4th- Inclusion Week! March 3rd- National Inclusion Day- Spread the Word to End the Word


March 18th- Report Cards


March 28th -1st - Spring Break- No School


April 14th- 11:45 Student Dismissal (Staff PD)


April 15th - Good Friday- No School


April 22nd- Progress Reports


May 26th- Admin/Staff Day- No Students


May 27th- Report Card Day

TCAP PORTAL INFO: student printed score report with ID number was sent home before break!

TCAP Family Portal

Parents and guardians deserve clear information about their child’s education and progress. To meet this need, we are excited to share a useful tool from the Tennessee Department of Education—the TCAP Family Portal. The TCAP Family Portal is now available for families of students who participated in the Spring 2021 TCAP administration.

On the TCAP Family Portal, families can find detailed, personalized, information about their student’s progress and what to do next. In the TCAP Family Portal, you can:

  • get immediate, on-demand access to your student’s state test results via your phone or computer,
  • track your student’s progress over time with the “Test History” feature;
  • learn the areas where your student demonstrated strengths and the areas where they can grow; and
  • find clear next steps to help your student improve.

Families can register for the portal at familyreport.tnedu.gov with their student’s state ID number. The state ID, which is also referred to as a USID, is located on the top left-hand corner of the printed score report. Use the seven-digit number found on your student's ISR and add two zeroes in front of that number. The resulting nine-digit number will be the username required to create an account for your student. For example, a state ID 1234567 would become 001234567.

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Lunch Menu- click on the actual date

Become a sub!

Looking for a way to help our school? Become a substitute teacher through ESS!

ESS Benefits include:

  • Be on your child’s schedule and present in their school
  • Free entry to sporting events in Cheatham County with proof of ESS badge
  • Eligible for local discounts as part of the Cheatham Advantage Program
  • Eligible for nationwide discounts as part of ESS Discount Program
  • Eligible for Medical and Dental Benefits

You only need 4 free days per month to sub or we have positions available daily if you prefer full time work.

You will need to complete the application here: https://jobs.willsubplus.com/

Contact Carly Moore with any questions. cmoore@ess.com 615.210.3621

Information that stays in the newsletter:

School supplies request $55

Every year we ask for a school supplies donation of $55 for anyone who can swing it. This keeps us floating through the year as we run out of materials or want to purchase more online resources. If you are willing, you can donate on Revtrak or send in cash or check made out to HMS. Thank you!

Bus Bar Codes

EVERY DAY HAVE YOUR BADGE. THANKS!

REVTRAK: a place to pay for anything school related

Here is a link to the HMS Revtrak that is found on the BOE website's quick links page. You can pay for just about anything here. https://cheathamcountyschools.revtrak.net/harpeth/#/list

Bring back your equipment agreement as soon as possible! And the $30 security deposit. Thanks!

Below is the Classlink page that takes you to Schoology.

STUDENT HANDBOOK CHANGES

Hey parents, the new rules says no holes above the knees. We understand with fashion it's hard to find pants without holes now. Please patch holes above the knees or ask your student to wear leggings underneath is all we ask. No need to buy new pants. Thanks!
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Laptop information

Laptops:

As school begins, computers will be distributed. If ever you have questions about the student laptop, email Karen.carlton@ccstn.org to troubleshoot. Or call the tech department above this.
Every student must fill out the computer agreement and we suggest you paying the $30 for insurance in case your student damages the computer.

Please watch this video from Will Lockert about the laptops & new equipment agreement forms will be coming home with the students.
https://www.cheathamcountyschools.net/apps/news/article/1330080

Reminder to all students now: charge laptops at night and shut them down so they don’t update during school.

HMS stance on grading and feedback:

At HMS we believe grades are used for communication about where our students are with their learning. Our teacher give feedback which is vital and often more beneficial than an actual "number grade" because this guides students to understand what they are learning or not.


We are at the perfect time to continue to shift our numerical grade focused culture (which sends students into anxiety stricken panic attacks at times) into one that is more determined for students to LEARN the content. A numerical grade should reflect this learning and help students realize where they are with learning the standards, but often it deters them from trying to learn the content because so much pressure is riding on what grade they received.


However, please note, in the process of learning, there is a struggle and students make mistakes. They won't always master the standard immediately. This is okay! Mistakes are literal proof that a child is learning. This is why teachers reteach and retest. Did you know that when direct feedback is given to a student versus a 65 (or any number) on their paper, research shows that students (adults included) are more motivated to go back, correct, and learn the concept? Not only that, the students RETAIN the information.


All of that to say, our progress reports have numerical grades but also have written feedback on where your student is for right now in their learning. Class assignments this entire school year could have more feedback and less numerical grades as well. As a parent, you will know more about where your child is in their learning. We ask that you help us in this shift and when you talk with your students about school, ask "what are you learning?" instead of "what are your grades?" Somehow, we have a huge disconnect in our culture, not just here at HMS, that many students just want a grade, rather than to learn something. This will not serve our students well going forward, nor will it help our society.


Here at HMS, a numerical grade should represent the level of learning; it's for communication.


If all of this is clear as mud, just let me know and we will talk :)

Dr. Fowler

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Motto & Mission of HMS for our teachers and students:   

Encourage, Inspire, and Uplift our students and faculty professionally, academically, and personally. We are Harpeth Middle Champions. We know what we stand for. We will never give up.
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