The HMS Family Digest

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Hey HMS families! We hope everyone enjoyed some rest and family time. We are looking forward to learning and growing over the next 3 weeks until Winter Break! Let us know if you need anything. Blessings!

Dr. Fowler and Ms. Miller

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Covid Info Reminder from Nurse Debbie:

• In regards to COVID-19, if a student has a family member living in their household who is awaiting the result of a COVID-19 test, then they should attend school all-virtual until that family member receives the results. The student should not attend school in-person during this time period. For questions, please contact your child’s school administration team or school nurse.

Laptop information

5th and 6th grade Virtual learners: please email to set up a date and time to get your student's laptop.
5th and 6th graders still needing to get their laptops, please 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. Here is the link to the agreement form, Will Lockert’s video about laptops, & more.

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

Don’t forget:

-Students MUST wear their mask and wear them appropriately. None of us love wearing them; however, this is the time we are living in. If this is what it takes to stay in school and stay safe then it is what we have to do. Please help us with this and remind your student.

-Students can bring their own water bottles to fill up with our touchless water machines.

This Week's Events:

Monday (30): A great day of learning!

Tuesday (December 1): Mrs. Kelley Hurt's birthday! Basketball at SMS!

Wednesday (2): A great day of learning!

Thursday (3): Basketball at Home!

Friday (4): A great day of learning!


Attendance update from the BOE

Very important to note about attendance. If you are in person, you can no longer be “virtual” on random days without approval from administration. We are trying to get attendance as back on track as possible countywide. 👍🏼 #Repost


As the second quarter of the 2020-21 school year begins, the Cheatham County School District has some important announcements regarding attendance.

Elementary and middle school students are scheduled to attend school five days a week – either all-virtual or traditional (in-person).

High school students are scheduled to attend school five days a week – either all-virtual or hybrid (a combination of in-person and remote learning).

High school students are expected to attend school on their required in-person days (Monday and Tuesday with last names of A-K or Thursday and Friday with last names of L-Z) or they will be counted absent.

***There will be no switching back and forth this quarter between all-virtual and in-person learning unless approved/requested by the school administration.

Students who have been quarantined are expected to work virtually from home as long as they are physically able to.

Additionally, the district has other guidelines in place regarding virtual students. Visit our website for more information.

20-21 Calendar

School Calendar 2020-2021

October 5- Dec. 14- YEARBOOKS ON SALE!

December 18- 10:45 Dismissal

December 21-Jan.1-Holiday Break

January 4-Teachers come back

January 5- Everyone comes back. Happy 2021!!!

January 8-Report Card Day

January 18- No School- MLK Day

February 1-5th- National School Counselor Week

February 5- Progress Reports

February 12- 11:45 Dismissal for students- Teacher PD

February 15- President's Day, No school

February 22- School Bus Driver Appreciation Day

March 1-5th- Read Across America Week

March 19-Report Card Day

March 22-26-Spring Break, No school

April 2- Good Friday, no school

April 23-Progress Reports

May 3-7- Teacher Appreciation Week! AND specialties! (Mon: Custodial/Maintenance, Tues: Technology staff, Wed: Nurses, Thurs: Cafeteria staff, Fri: Daycare staff)


May 27-Admin. Day- No students

May 27- Report card pick up

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.

All things for Virtual learning below:

Below is the Classlink page that takes you to Schoology.

HMS stance on grading and feedback:

*Note: Skyward and Schoology are still syncing so for now, you could see a difference in grades on each.

Friday's first Progress Report could look a little different. Many teachers have not recorded grades or very few, for the simple fact of teaching students to log in, use the platform, and reviewing content from last year. However, they have been giving 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.

This is the perfect time 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, this progress report could have numerical grades but could 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

Tech Triage

Mr. Parks is in charge of the Tech Triage number! Call him up with your tech problems at home when you are on virtual days- 629.888.3268. Or please email or
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