October 24, 2014
Dear HMS Parents and Guardians,
We appreciate the value of spending the first few weeks of school establishing expectations and procedures for teaching and learning. Students and staff have moved from expectations and procedures into academic routines and we are firing on all cylinders. And, as our Superintendent reminds us, " Highly qualified staff, motivated students, and engaged parents are our greatest resources, complemented by significant instructional technology, community investment in education, and well-maintained, updated facilities."
School Safety: We are planning a Lock Down on October 29. This is part of our Emergency Management Plan to be prepared for an intruder inside of the building. The Yarmouth Police Department will join us to provided feedback on the procedure. During a lock down students stay in place and keep "low and quiet". All rooms have black out shades to use so that no one can see into the classroom. Rowe, YES and YHS will also have a lock down drill this fall.
Picture Retakes: Picture re-takes will be held on. Students who want to have their picture re-taken have to bring their original packet/pictures to the re-take session. Students who are new to HMS need to bring an order form to the photo session. These forms are available in the main office.Communication: We want to thank all of you who responded to the communication survey. We value your feedback and want to hear more through focus groups. In addition, I am planning to review our website this year and am looking for parent input as well. We welcome you to join us for a conversation on one of the evenings listed below. We'll talk about what is working well and what could be improved:
November 4: We would like to meet with our 8th grade parents.
: We would like to meet with our 7th grade parents.
: We would like to meet with our 6th grade parents.
: We would like to meet with our 5th grade parents.
Bus Loop: For the safety of the students, please access the bus loop only in the morning after and in the afternoon after . Our buses need full access to the loop to make the turn to drop-off and pick-up students. In addition, no one should be parking on the circle during school evening events in order to give access to emergency vehicles.
HMS Blog: HMS News (Blog) is another great source of information with text and pictures. Recent posts include 6th grade students studying geology, Bountiful Bowl, Maine Skaters Medal, and The European Green Crab. 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/
Student-Teacher Interns: Stephanie Hill and Patrick Fulford from UMO will join us on October 27, for 10 weeks. Stephanie will be working with Stephanie Robison, 6th grade language arts and social studies teacher, and Patrick will be working with Brian Skilling, 5th-8th physical education teacher.Civil Rights Team: On October 28, the HMS Civil Rights Team will attend a day-long workshop sponsored by the Office of the Attorney General Civil Rights Team Project. This year's workshop will focus on the concept of identity. How we see ourselves? How do others see us? And what does this have to do with civil rights.
Community Forum: Casco Bay Create Awareness Now (CAN) is excited to bring you a multi-community forum for parents on social hosting laws and liabilities. The panel of presenters will provide parents with information on: Maine Laws on Social Hosting, Legal Issues / Liabilities, Youth Violations and Local Trends in Alcohol / Drug Use by Youth.
Where: Falmouth High School
FREE Multi-community event
For more information: www.cascobaycan.org
Fund Raiser: Coupon booklets are available in the HMS office. $20 cash or check made payable to HMS. Coupons good through 12/2015.
Bruce Brann, Principal
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