The HMS Family Digest

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Hello HMS Families, let's have an awesome hybrid week! A-K last names come in person Monday-Tuesday, L-Z last names come in person Thurs.-Fri. Wednesdays are all virtual. Looking forward to seeing you!

Dr. Fowler and Ms. Miller

Classlink is currently down. Hoping it's back up soon. Check your email in the morning, students!






WHY? – Let’s show our academic gains in comparison to the other middle schools in the county. We all have been working so hard to learn during this wild year, so it’s time to measure our progress and see how much we have grown!

HOW?- Your class percentages on tests/quizzes will be on the board per class so you can track how well you are doing. Prior to the actual Benchmark and end of Q3, you will conference with your teacher about your last benchmark/semester grade. Your attendance percent will be on the wall for RA.

REWARDS- If you show growth on your benchmark or quarter 3 grade, then there will be tiered rewards! (The RA group with the best attendance gets rewarded, too!)

Growth in Math, ELA, Social Studies, Science classes:

1 class- Prize

2 classes- Extra Recess

3 classes- Popcorn

4 classes- Pizza

Virtual Students- Will receive rewards too for your growth!! We can send slushie passes, Sonic Drinks, etc.

Start Date- Monday, January 25

End Date- Friday, March 19


Boys soccer interest meeting!

Tuesday & Friday this week in the cafeteria with Coach Allen at 7:50am!!! If you are full virtual then email


Coach Turner said to be paying attention to announcements this week because you all might start conditioning this week!


Coach Brian Threet said this is the last week of softball conditioning Jan.25th-28th, 5:30-7:30pm at HMS. Tryouts will be Feb.1-5th at HMS. If you have questions you can ask Coach Threet: or 615.425.8136.


This Week's events!

Monday (25): Kicking off our CHEATHAM CHAMPION CHALLENGE!/ RTI READING testing: please take it serious as it determines your next RTI class./Coach Woods speaking to wrestlers 7:50am in cafeteria.

Tuesday (26):Soccer interest meeting 7:50am in cafe or email

Wednesday (27): An awesome day of learning! Everyone is virtual!

Thursday (28):RTI READING testing: please take it serious as it determines your next RTI class. /Coach Woods speaking to wrestlers 7:50am in cafeteria.

Friday (29): 6th, 7th, 8th grade RELATED ARTS ends (start new one on Monday)/ Soccer interest meeting 7:50am in cafe or email

The Harpeth Herald Newspaper!

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

20-21 Calendar

YEARBOOKS ON SALE until January 29TH! Last chance to buy yearbooks!

January 25- start using badge or barcode to get on the bus

January 25& 28- (Mon & Thurs)-

-Kicking off our CHEATHAM CHAMPION CHALLENGE! Ends: March 19th.

-RTI READING testing: please take it serious as it determines your next RTI class.

-Coach Woods speaking to wrestlers 7:50am in cafeteria.

January 25-29th: softball conditioning

January 26 & 29 (Tues & Frid)-

-Soccer interest meeting 7:50am in cafe or email

January 29- 6th, 7th, 8th grade RELATED ARTS CHANGES

February 1-5th- National School Counselor Week! Thank a counselor!

February 1-5th- softball tryouts at HMS

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

Congrats to SRO and Teacher of the Year!!!

Congrats to Todd Bell (SRO) and Dawn Green (6th grade ELA) for being incredible in their field. Both suit up and show up daily with a desire to help and protect children. They are devoted to Harpeth Middle School and getting to know our students better every day. Officer Bell spends time helping at other schools when needed. Mrs. Green also serves on the Ark board. Each of them stay connected to our community as well as serving within HMS. We are SO GRATEFUL to work with them daily and celebrate in their achievements!!!
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Information that stays in the newsletter:

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 basketball games and wrestling matches this season. Fans must purchase tickets online by using GoFan. Harpeth Middle School:

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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