The HMS Family Digest

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Hello HMS Families, we hope you are well! We have a few dates that we will do state testing on. This Wednesday is the writing test! We are pumped for our students to show off their writing skills! The other days are April 27, 28, 29, May 4 & 5.

Dr. Fowler and Ms. Miller

Virtual students will need to come to school for TNReady testing. Check your email for your specific dates and times. Thanks!

Bus- bar codes- starting tomorrow...

Per the Board of Education, starting Monday, April 19th, students will not be allowed to ride the bus home if they do not have their badge. Every day we are reminding students to have their badge. Please remind them at home as well. We all want to support this new system that keeps our kids safe and accounted for. Thanks!
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Parent Newsletter "Prize" winners! Thanks for always reading this newsletter :)

Holly Johnson, Cassidy Lovelace, William Gipson, Mary Enoch, & Darlene Ensign! Please email the address you would like your prize delivered to, thanks!

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Postal Food Drive Update

The postal food drive has been postponed until fall, but the Ark will have an "Out of the Ordinary" food drive. Please drop off items such as “out of ordinary” food items like bags of nuts/trail mix, condiments, small bags of sugar, flour mix, and honey, etc on Saturday, May 8, at the Ark from 10 to 2pm.

Thank you so much for your help,

Jennifer Roberts, Ark Board Member

See updates in the calendar at the bottom of the newsletter(MORE HAVE BEEN ADDED): May 18th, 6pm is our Band/Chorus concert outside!! So much fun!

Mrs. Greece Rocks and so does the Chorus!!!

Our band had their first real rehearsal and it was amazing! Click on the links for a sneak peak!

Summer Academy!

Please make sure your child's permission form has been turned in this week as we are planning for the summer. This is an opportunity you do not want to miss. If you have not been contacted but feel your child needs this opportunity, please email Thanks!

The Harpeth Herald Newspaper! APRIL EDITION!

Shout out to Mrs. Pyrdum's Journalism RTI for creating our newspaper! Check it out!

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:

This Week's Events

Monday (19): A great day of learning!/ Soccer at East Hickman

Tuesday (20): A great day of learning! /7:50am interest meeting for HMS football next year in cafeteria/ Soccer at home

Wednesday (21): WRITING TCAP TEST- Please BE HERE ON TIME./ Softball home/ Baseball away

Thursday (22): A great day of learning!/ EARTH DAY!

Friday (23): A great day of learning!/ FINAL WEIGH IN OF RECYCLABLES!/ Progress reports come home!

Call for help!

See numbers below for Coach Katie, Counselors, and Ms. Dennison. Also, if you need Ms. Christy Barton 615.375.4587 or Mrs. Dale Gusty 615.378.7035, please reach out!

20-21 Calendar *MORE NEW THINGS ADDED!


April 21- TCAP test (this is not an all day event)

April 23-Progress Reports

April 27- TCAP test (this is not an all day event)

April 28- TCAP test (this is not an all day event)

April 29- TCAP test (this is not an all day event)

May 4- TCAP test (this is not an all day event)

May 5- TCAP test (this is not an all day event)

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

May 7- 8th grade Park Day

May 8- Community Postal Food Drive

May 10-14 STEAM week at HMS! Using our Step It Up fundraising materials & more!

May 11- 5th grade Park Day

May 14- 4th grade tour and Graduation Walk at HMS!

May 17- HMS Field Day

May 18- Band/Chorus performance outside! 6pm

May 19- 7th grade Park Day

May 21-8th grade tour at HHS during the day

May 21- 6th grade Park Day

May 21- 8th grade Formal 6pm-9pm

May 25am- 5th-7th Awards Programs during the day (No parents in the building, but will be streamed- more info to come)

May 25pm- 8th grade graduation in the evening (students will be given an amount of guests to invite- more info to come)


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

Information that stays in the newsletter:

Below is the Classlink page that takes you to Schoology.

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.
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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.

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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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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