The HMS Family Digest

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Welcome to December!! Please check Lost and Found & start writing names on your items. Thx!

Hello HMS Champions! We are looking forward to a great week! Friday is 11:45 dismissal.

Blessings! -Dr. Fowler and A.P. Layne

If you wrote a thankful paragraph on Monday and turned it in, you can wear your hat tomorrow, Monday, 11/28/22!

Academics & creativity have been soaring at HMS!

HMS Champions!

Yearbooks are on sale! Don't miss your chance!

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7th grade Land Between the Lakes trip was AWESOME!

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The staff will enjoy the sweet treats for November birthdays tomorrow! Please check your email for the latest update!
Old gift cards sitting in your drawers?
• NEEDS: Unused gift cards -The Posse is working on some surprises for teachers in December. If you’re like me and have unused gift cards in your junk drawer and are willing to donate 12 Days of Christmas initiative, please reach out to Katie to coordinate drops.

• Community Hour at Lockeland Table! -- YUMMY and easy way for the school to receive needed funds!
o HMS received their first Community Hour check from Lockeland Table. The money received will be going towards programs like Nearpod Study Island. Thank you, Hal! This is an ongoing fundraising opportunity benefitting our local schools, including HMS!

As always, reach out anytime to get connected with the Parent Posse at

Clubs for the week!

Monday: YOGA club

Wednesday: Unified Club (Not this week, though)

Thursday: FCA 7:25am

Cross Country Club: Taking this week & December off! Picking up with Track after Christmas. See Ms. Sellers if interested!

This week! ;) It's cold, please bring a jacket!

Monday, 11/28-One more day in your RA rotation since we missed Tuesday!

Tuesday, 11/29-Away basketball game v. Dickson

Wednesday, 11/30- Away basketball game v. Fairview

Thursday, 12/1- Home basketball game v. Sycamore/ Away wrestling match v. Sycamore/Band is playing at the South Cheatham Library Tree Lighting, 6pm

Friday, 12/2- 11:45 dismissal

Band 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 games this season. Fans must purchase tickets online by using GoFan. Harpeth Middle School:

REMEMBER: there is no cash taken at the gate anymore.

Stay up to date on HMS Sports! See our Athletic Facebook page!

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Basketball season is a go!!!! Students! Pay $5 during the day to Mrs. Buchanan!

Our Share Bin is up and running! Interested in paying for other students' lunch? Here is the link for the Pay It Forward account.

Eating with your student!

You can eat with your student on designated days; however, please do not bring in outside food. Thank you!

22-23 School Calendar! We keep dates for the entire school year RIGHT HERE & we just keep adding!

November 23-25- Thanksgiving Break- No School

December 2- 11:45 Student Dismissal (Staff PD)

December 6- Band butter braid delivery

December 6- Band/Choir Winter Concert 6pm HMS gym

December 9- Possible 8th grade CTE day here at HMS

December 10 - Pegram park light up night. 3:15 Chorus performance.

December 11 - Burns park reverse parade. Chorus time:TBA but event starts at 5:00.

December 15- Holiday Lunch, guardians are invited to eat!

December 21- 10:45 Dismissal - In school winter program. 8:30am Chorus performance

December 21-Jan.5- Winter Break- No School

January 5- Admin Day- Staff Only

January 6- First Day Back for Students

January 13- Report Cards

January 16- Martin Luther King Jr. Day- No School

January 23-27- School Board Appreciation Week!

February 6-10- Thank you Counselors Week!

February 10- Progress Reports & buy a Crush for your crush!

February 14- Crush drinks delivered!

February 15- Thank you SRO BELL Day!

February 17- 11:45 Student Dismissal/ Possible 8th grade CTE Day!

February 20- President's Day- No School

February 22- Bus Appreciation Day!

Feb28- March 3- Read Across America Week!

March 2- Spread the Word to End the Word Day!

March 6-10- National School Breakfast Week! Guardians are invited to eat!

March 17- Report Cards

March 23 - Music in our schools month concert. Chorus 6:00 pm

March 27-31- Spring Break- No School

April 3- Thank you AP Layne Day!

April 4- Thank you Librarian Carlton Day!

April 6-- 11:45 Student Dismissal (Staff PD)

April 7- Good Friday- No School

April 21- Progress Reports

April 24- Possible 8th grade night at HHS

April 26- Thank you Assistants Day!

May 1- Possible 8th grade tour at HHS during the day!

May 4 - Formal spring concert. Chorus 6:00 pm

May 1-5- Thank you Principals, Custodians, Maintenance, Tech, Nurses, Cafeteria, Daycare!

May 10- Thank you School Nurse Day!

May 16- Possible NHS Field Day at HMS!

May 18- Possible 4th grade tours at HMS!

May 19- Possible Senior Walk

May 23- Ceremony Day & 8th grade ceremony at night

May 24- Last official Day!

May 25- Admin/Staff Day- No Students

May 26- Report Card Day

Get info on RTI! Click on the link to understand paperwork that was sent home about your child in RTI!

We listen! After our first parent posse meeting, we discovered 3 major things:

1. Standards based grading is great and all, BUT, parents don't know what those standards are in Skyward! Great point! See below!

2. Parents don't always know what or how to study with their students. You will now see a section or the word "STUDY" in each grade level newsletter with how to help your student.

3. We all need each other! Every Tuesday we will have "Tuesday Time to Share" videos where parents share what works for them. PLEASE join us and email Dr. Fowler your video of a suggestion of what works in your house!

How to find the link on our website to the standards!

Our awesome Academic Specialist, Mrs. Morrow, made a link on our website to all of the standards by grade level so you can accurately understand what your child is having success with or needs help in! Email if you get stuck!

Get the lunch app to see what we are having every day!


You can donate to staff or general fund "INVEST IN YOUR CHILD"

You can buy things off our swag store! IT'S READY NOW!

You can pay for classroom supply fees, band fees, sports fee, and LAPTOP !

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Shop at Publix? Did you know every time you shop there, a portion of your purchase could go back to the school?!

For Publix:

  1. Join Club Publix and log into your account at
  2. In your ClubPublix profile, select My Publix Partner to choose Harpeth Middle School.
  3. Pay with the Publix app or enter your phone number at checkout and Publix will donate a portion of your eligible purchase to our school!
  4. See how much our school has earned and learn more at

Handbook (Click link below to access Handbook on HMS website)

For those new and wondering about general items. Dress code: we allow holes below the knees, anything above will need to be patched. We allow shorts to be midthigh, as we know all legs are different lengths. No gum, no hats, but we sure welcome smiles and good attitudes! We keep our phones in our lockers so we aren't distracted during the day; however, every classroom has a phone to be accessed and a phone in the front office. Parents can reach their child at any time of day through calling the school. 615.952.2293.

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.

A reminder about searching:

Students are subject to be searched if there is suspicion of having items that should not be on campus. This is how we protect our students from unwanted items coming in our building.

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

Reminder-CAR RIDERS:

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!


A reminder to try your best, students. Parents to check in with students about assignments to turn in, and check skyward. Parents, if you need your Skyward information, please email

HMS stance on grading and feedback:

At HMS we believe grades are used for communication about where our students are with their learning. Our teachers 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

Below is the Classlink page that takes you to Schoology.

Stay in Touch!

Stay in touch on Instagram: @harpethmiddleschool

Twitter: @HMSIndians

Facebook: HMSIndians

FAX #: 615.952.4723

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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.