October 10, 2014

posted Nov 5, 2014, 10:43 AM by Mike Arsenault

Dear HMS Parents and Guardians,

Another HMS school year has had a wonderful beginning; the transition from summer to school was seamless - maybe somewhat painful given the farewell to summer, but seamless.

Our 73 staff members welcomed 491 students this year. In the early 90's our enrollment was up to 550 and then it reached a low of 430 at the beginning of the 2000's. We are growing again.

I plan to send these HMS At-A-Glance emails to you every two weeks to provide the highlights of upcoming events. For much more detailed information please refer to our website, and contact us, if you have any questions. Website address:http://hms.yarmouthschools.org/

We have been using Power Announcement and PowerSchool to send our emails to you. Both have their technological challenges. As we figure this all out, please bear with us.

The HMS Newsletter (Blog) is another great source of information with text and pictures. Recent posts include Ovarian Cancer Awareness, Elaine Fletcher's featured art work, 6th grade students launching rockets, the PTO donation of t-shirts to the 8th grade, and more. You can subscribe to the HMS Newsletter by filling in your email address and submitting; it's on the top right. HMS Newsletter (Blog) address: http://hmsnewsletter.blogspot.com/

Columbus Day is October 13; it's a no school day.

Teen Read Week is October 14-17. Teen Read Week is an annual event held nationwide every October.  It's purpose: to celebrate reading!  At Harrison Middle School, this means a Literary Cafe for our teens (7th and 8th graders).  For one special week our library is transformed into a cafe-like setting, complete with lamp lighting, jazz music, food and READING!  Parents bring a wide variety of goodies - from apples to muffins - for students to enjoy while also devouringa book.  We look forward to our 9th year of celebrating in this delicious way!

Influenza Vaccination Clinic is October 14. For questions about the vaccine clinic at our school, please call Kristina Truesdale @ 846-2499.

Fundraiser Turn-In day is October 17. Our use of the money has included various assemblies; a trip to Boston for the 5th  grade; Southworth Planetarium for the 6th grade; Maine Audubon, Portland Stage Company, Lowell Historical Society, and Shakespeare presentations for the 7th grade; and Portland Stage Company, Portland Waterfront and Range Pond for the 8th grade. In addition, other classroom connected opportunities frequently pop up with guest presentations by authors and others.

Flex Time is October 20. Staff meet after school every Monday of the month, except one, for professional development that improves teaching and learning. The focus this year is differentiation, Common Core State Standards, Digital Citizenship, and the Inquiry Model.

Winter Sports Night is October 22 at 6:00 PM for only Girls Basketball and Ski Team participants and their parents. The purpose of the meeting is to understand participation requirements and  the Honor Code.

Fundraiser Turn-In day is October 24. This is the final Turn-In day.

7/8 Dance will be held on October 24, in the HMS Cafeteria from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM. The cost is $5.00. Dances are for Frank H. Harrison Middle School 7th and 8th grade students and Yarmouth 7th and 8th grade student residents attending other schools.

I hope you enjoy the upcoming long weekend.

Thank you,

Bruce Brann, Principal
Frank H. Harrison Middle School
220 McCartney Street
Yarmouth, ME 04096