October 24, 2014

posted Nov 5, 2014, 10:44 AM by Mike Arsenault   [ updated Nov 7, 2014, 8:31 AM by bruce_brann@yarmouthschools.org ]

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 Thursday, November 13th. 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.
November 18: We would like to meet with our 7th grade parents.
December 2: We would like to meet with our 6th grade parents.
December 16: 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 7:30 and in the afternoon after 4:30. 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/

New Club: The Yarmouth Education Foundation funded a grant to HMS to create a video production club. The grant included new video cameras, wireless microphones, lights and more. Students will be filming events taking place at HMS and throughout the community. All students at HMS may participate in the Yarmouth Digital Media Club. You do not need to have any movie making skills to join. Meeting Times:Tuesdays  from 2:30 - 4:00 PM in Room 206. Advisor: Mike Arsenault  To check out all the activities at HMS go to http://hms.yarmouthschools.org/activities.

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.
When: Wednesday, Nov. 5 from 6:30-7:30 PM
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.
A sampling of what the coupon book contains:
Free movie & discount tickets to Cinemagic (Westbrook & Saco IMax)
Discount tickets to Regal Cinema
Free Adult All Day Lift w/purchase of Adult ticket to Mt. Abram
$10 off ski tickets at Lost Valley
Free Children's Train Ticket on Narrow Gauge Railroad
Free tickets with purchase of one adult ticket to The Gold Room Comedy Club
Free enrollment to Snap Fitness ($50 value)
Discounts at:
Big 20 Bowling Cent
er, Spare Time Bowling, Vacationland Bowling
Maine Rock Gym, Maine Indoor Carting
Jiffy Lube and Sparkle Clean Car Wash
Discounts for restaurants (specific locations):
Rustler's; Pat's Pizza, Bugaboo Creek Steakhouse, Dimitri's Brick Oven Pizzeria, India Palace, Thai 9 Restaurant, Jewel of India, Johnny Rockets, Mister Bagel, Subway, Dairy Queen, Friendly's,  Blue Wave Grille, Dunkin Donuts,  etc.
There are also discounts for National companies such as: Sears, Sherwin Williams, Hertz, Dick's Sporting Good, Bed, Bath & Beyond, The Children's Place and Sam's Club


Thank you,

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