The HMS Family Digest
LET FREEDOM RING! LAST WEEK OF SCHOOL!
HMS families, Ms. Miller and I thank you on behalf of Harpeth Middle for your ever present flexibility, support, and understanding this year! We made it! We hope you have THE BEST SUMMER EVER and we will keep you posted on social media & emails as info is needed to be sent. Let's rock this last week!
Dr. Fowler and Ms. Miller
FIELD DAY ROCKED!
THE BAND AND CHORUS CONCERT WAS INCREDIBLE!!!
HHS 8th grade tours were successful! We are excited for these upcoming freshmen!! Good luck at high school!
An Evening Under The Stars!!!
8th graders...rising Freshmen...don't miss your opportunity to tryout for high school teams!
HHS Girls Basketball
HHS Boys Basketball
HMS Boys & Girls Basketball Tryouts for Rising 6th-8th graders!
The Harpeth Herald Newspaper! May and Final EDITION!
LAST WEEK'S EVENTS!!!!
A GREAT DAY OF LEARNING, CLEANING OUT, AND ENDING THE SCHOOL YEAR!
AWARDS PROGRAMS- NO VISITORS, BUT WE WILL FACEBOOK LIVE THE PROGRAMS AND RECORD THEM TO EMAIL OUT. 8:30AM 5TH GRADE/9:30AM 7TH GRADE/10:30AM 6TH GRADE
8TH GRADE CEREMONY 6PM- 8TH GRADERS CAN BRING 3 GUESTS- IN THE GYM. WILL ALSO BE FACEBOOK LIVE AND RECORDED.
VIRTUAL STUDENTS BRING/SEND LAST ASSIGNMENTS COMPLETED. LAST DAY FOR STUDENTS! REPORT CARDS SENT HOME! ALL LAPTOPS & LIBRARY BOOKS SHOULD BE TURNED IN!
Bus- bar codes- GREAT JOB! KEEP IT UP!
MAY Parent of the Month
Mrs. Bernadette Boggs! Thank you for always caring about us, giving us ideas, and showing up to support! We appreciate you and look forward to having your rising 5th grader with us, too!
MAY TEACHER OF THE MONTH & RETIRING...
Mrs. Carla Neet! Mrs. Carla has helped with our students for the last four years. Although she is an assistant to one student, she has ALWAYS assisted anyone else in need. She has a huge heart and we will miss her SO much at HMS! Thank you for being a positive pillar at HMS!!
NATIONAL POLICE WEEK!
TO OUR HMS PARENTS & SRO BELL, WE APPRECIATE ALL OF OUR POLICE OFFICERS IN THE HMS FAMILY!
MAY Parent of the Month
MAY TEACHER OF THE MONTH & RETIRING...
20-21 Calendar *landing the plane!
May 25am- 5th-7th Awards Programs during the day (No parents in the building, but will FACEBOOK LIVE.
May 25pm- 8th grade graduation in the evening- 6pm-3 guests per 8th grader-in gym
May 26- LAST FULL DAY FOR STUDENTS- WE SURVIVED!- REPORT CARDS WILL GO HOME.
*Senior parade- they will park out front of HMS and drive through the neighborhood like they did last year!
May 27-Admin. Day- No students
May 28- Only teachers report to school. REPORT CARDS WILL GO HOME ON MAY 26.
*Summer Academy: June 7- July 2
Postal Food Drive THIS SUMMER!
The postal food drive has been postponed until fall, but the Ark will still host a food drive. The food drive that was scheduled for May 8 at the Ark has now been rescheduled for July 3rd at the Pegram's Independence Day Celebration.
Thank you so much for your help,
Jennifer Roberts, Ark Board Member
Information that stays in the newsletter:
Call for help!
Harpeth Middle School
Front Desk: Coach Katie
Even while we are all virtual, our counselors are still available for you!
Ms. Brandi and Miss. Whitaker
Academic Specialist & Tech help
Ms. Kristian Dennison
Go Fan- to buy tickets for sports events
Below is the Classlink page that takes you to Schoology.
REVTRAK: a place to pay for anything school related
5th and 6th grade Virtual learners: please email Karen.email@example.com 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.
HMS stance on grading and feedback:
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 :)