|HMS and HHS will NOT be operating on an "opening schedule" when school starts in August 2014. These two buildings will be going full days right away and only K-5 will have an opening schedule with 1 p.m. dismissal the first week. The decision will be made on Thursday, August 21st as to whether the opening schedule for K-5 will be extended into the second week of school, so stay tuned. Please also make note that the HMS start and end time is now 8:10-3:35. and HHS is 8:05-3:30. All elementary times have stayed the same, 8:10-3:20 p.m.|
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A Note from the Principal
What an exciting and busy school year it has been at Hastings Middle School! It’s hard to believe another year is almost over. I hope your child had a great experience this year and was able to grow both academically and socially. Our students excelled in the classroom, on stage, in athletics, and in lots of different leadership roles. We should all be very proud of our kids and look forward to what the future holds for them. Thank-you parents for all that you do to support your students, the teachers, and our school!
By the time you get this newsletter, we should be finished with our NeSA (Nebraska State Accountability) Testing. All grades were tested in reading and math, and the 8th graders also took a science test. This was the second year that all testing had to be done on computers, which is always a challenge getting everything lined up. Our technology staff does a great job trouble-shooting any problems that come up. We won’t have the finalized test scores for awhile, but we know from preliminary results that our students did well and gave their best effort.
As you know, the last few weeks of school can be a very busy time. Our teachers will do their best to keep students focused and actively engaged. Please help encourage your children to come to school and finish out the year strong. There are a lot of activities scheduled during May and the month will go fast. A few events happening in May are:
Reality Store for 8th grade May 2
Glow Run for all grades May 9
Civil War Day for 8th grade May 12
8th Grade Promotion May 20 at 2:00
Each team will have an Awards Celebration at the end of the year. Information about the days and times of the celebrations are included in this newsletter. The 8th graders’ last day will be Monday, May 19, and the 6th and 7th graders’ last day will be Tuesday, May 20. The 8th graders do not have to attend school on May 20, but will need to report to the high school at 1:30 to get ready for 8th Grade Promotion at 2:00.
We will also have summer school at HMS from June 2 – July 2. Sessions will run on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday from 9:00-12:00. Everyone is invited to summer school and there is no cost. Forms are available in the middle school office. We will also be having summer school for students who failed a core class second semester.
This has been an enjoyable year working with your students. Students brought home a lot of hardware from every academic competition they were involved in all year long. For those students heading to the high school, we will miss you and wish great things for you and your future. For students coming back to HMS in the fall, have a great summer, and we look forward to seeing you in August! Everyone have a safe and enjoyable summer vacation!
6A Monday, May 19 11:15 MPR
6B Monday, May 19 9:55 MPR
7A Tuesday, May 20 11:00 North Gym
7B Monday, May 19 1:15 MPR
8A Monday, May 19 1:30 Chautauqua Park
8B Tuesday, May 19 2:00 Commons
Yearbooks are scheduled to be distributed on Thursday, May 15.
If you have not purchased a yearbooks, we hope to have a few available for
sale. Watch for more information.
6th Grade News: We are wrapping up our units of study after
working hard on the NeSA tests. On the last
day of school, all sixth graders will go bowling.
Cost will be $4 per student. Please watch for
a note with more information.
7th Grade News: English: 7B Superheroes are finishing the year strong with poetry. We are planning our first annual English 7 Poetry Slam later in May. Our final project will be a poetry scrapbook or a poetry t-shirt. More information to come, but your Superhero should decide which project to choose.
Reading: We have begun our journey into the lives of Ponyboy, his brothers and friends in The Outsiders. We are reading the novel in class and will be incorporating all of the skills we have learned throughout the year in reading, on the guide for the story. What a great way to end the year!
Math: Math students will participate in special Earth Day activities – let’s just say it involves garbage and lots of percents! Additional end-of-year topics will include geometry, probability, and data analysis. We are looking forward to Pentomino Puzzles, probability activities of Wipe Out, Farkle, and Pig Golf, and creating Candy Graphs with percents and central angles, using both protractor measured angles and the online tool available at nces.org
8th Grade News:
8A Award Ceremony – 8A teachers invite parents to the Pavilion
at Chautauqua Park on Monday, May 19th at 1:30 for our End of
the Year Award Ceremony. Students will be dismissed from the
park at 3:25. In case of rain, we will hold the Award Ceremony in
the north gym at the Middle School. Come help us recognize our