The HMS Family Digest

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HMS students, teachers, and parents are awesome!

Hey HMS families, it's about that time. We still have students not logging on and some randomly being virtual and hybrid. We need your help. Our attendance is super important and right now we are all on the struggle. Let's be a team and start communicating. Thank you!

Dr. Fowler

Shout out to Mrs. Austin and Ms. Johnson!

Mrs. Austin and Ms. Johnson finally had the opportunity to get our HMS mural up on the outside of the wall. It looks so nice; thank you, ladies!!

Everyone is invited to take a picture in front of it and submit to

Please let us know how your 5th or 6th graders will be returning to HMS on September 28th.

The survey is open from now until Wednesday at 3pm. We have a Covid Team meeting at 3pm and will use this data to prepare for the return of the students. Thank you for your help in this!

This week's events! (Tier 2 and 3 RTI students log in at 7:55. Tier 1 will start after Fall Break)

Monday (21): Soccer 5pm at Hillsboro

Tuesday (22): Picture Day 1! (See blurb about it below)/ Volleyball: 8th grade night before Varsity game

Wednesday (23): A great day of learning!

Thursday (24): Picture Day 2! Football at Hillsboro/ Volleyball at Charlotte

Friday (25): Volleyball tournament at HMS, 5:30pm! Good luck!

A message from Mr. Vaughn, Band Director!

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20-21 Calendar

School Calendar 2020-2021

August 17th-October 9 Begins the hybrid model (Mon-Tues: A-K in person & L-Z virtual, Wed: All are virtual, Thurs-Friday: L-Z in person & A-K virtual)

September 22- Volleyball 8th grade night

September 22 & 24 picture day 8-10am. 22nd for A-K kiddos, 24th for L-Z kiddos- virtual students email to set up your time to come those days.

September 28-October 2nd: SPIRIT WEEK!

October 1- Football, Cheer, Soccer 8th grade night at the football game

October 13-16-Fall Break

October 26-30th - Red Ribbon Week "Be Happy, Be Brave, Be Drug Free!" with Door Competition and a can food drive for the Ark and the News Channel 2 School Food Drive

October 23-Report Card Day

November 2- 11am-7pm- Parent Teacher Conference day

November 3- Election Day, No school

November 11-Veteran's day- No school

November 13- Progress Reports

November 25-27-Thanksgiving Break, No school

December 18- 10:45 Dismissal

December 21-Jan.1-Holiday Break

January 4-Teachers come back

January 5- Everyone comes back

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

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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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Hybrid students on virtual days....

Students that have internet and devices, you still need to log into your classes on time, participate in the activities, show your screen, and submit assignments.

It is wise to start logging on 10-15 minutes ahead of time to ensure you get there on time.

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From HMS faculty and staff....WE LOVE YOUR KIDDOS!

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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.