The HMS Family Digest

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Well that was SNOW much fun...again!

Hello HMS Families! We hope you enjoyed the snow! Last week everyone CRUSHED it at HMS. WOW! We even wore hats to celebrate! Keep it up, champs. So proud!

Blessings! -Dr. Fowler and Mrs. Stansfield :)

MLK Jr. Day!


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HATS OFF TO HARPETH! WE HAVE HAD SO MANY GREAT THINGS TO CELEBRATE! Behavior and character have been superb, for starters!

If you have to quarantine, NO WORRIES! Here is where to get assignments so you do not fall behind!

Keep on rocking this week! We are in your corner!

Band Newsletter

This week's events! (There will be a Titans Gear day sometime. Listen on the announcements!)

Monday, Jan.17- MLK Jr. Day! No school!

Tuesday, Jan.18- A great day of learning!/ Guitar Club 3-4pm

Wednesday, Jan.19- Bring charged laptops!

Thursday, Jan.20- Bring a water bottle!

Friday, Jan. 21- Q2 Rewards! / Walking Club 7:30am/ M& M time!


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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:


Don't forget!


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!

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

swag store!

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

Dress Code reminders- no holes above knees & cover front and back sides with leggings.

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

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!

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

January 18th- Parent Posse meeting

January 21- Quarter 2 Academic Growth rewards! M & M time!

January 28th- Deadline to buy yearbooks!

January 31- 6-8th grade change RA rotation

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 10th- History at Harpeth Night! 6-7:15pm- See every grade level display history! Come & eat hot dogs, too!

March 18th- Report Cards

March 23- 6-8th grade change RA rotation

March 25th- Quarter 3 Academic Growth Rewards!

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

April 7-8th- Possible 6th grade School in the Wild trip

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

April 15th - Good Friday- No School

April 22nd- Progress Reports

May 2-6th- Teacher Appreciation Week

May 13th- Special Olympics

May 16-20- 4H On My Own

May 20- Last day of RTI

May 26th- Admin/Staff Day- No Students

May 27th- Report Card Day

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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:

Contact Carly Moore with any questions. 615.210.3621

Information that stays in the newsletter:

Bus Bar Codes


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.

Below is the Classlink page that takes you to Schoology.


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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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FAX #: 615.952.4723

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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