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Hastings Middle School                                                                                                      May Issue
Tiger Connection

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 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.  We don’t know for sure how our students did yet, but we know they worked hard 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. The 8th graders’ last day will be Tuesday, May 17, and the 6th and 7th graders’ last day will be Wednesday, May 18.  The 8th Grade Promotion ceremony will be on Tuesday, May 17, at 5:30 P.M. at Hastings High School.
Overview of May’s activities:
May 3    8th Grade Conference Track Meet at Kearney/2:00 PM
May 6    Glow Run for all students and families/Registration at 8:00 PM
May 9    Civil War Day for 7th & 8th graders
                Sneak Peek Meeting for parents of incoming 6th graders/6:30 PM
May 12   7th & 8th Grade Band Concert/7:00 PM
May 17   Last day for 8th graders
                 8th Grade Promotion at 5:30/Hastings High School
May 18   Last day for 6th & 7th graders/Dismiss at 2:35
We will also have summer school at HMS from May 31-June 29. Sessions will run from 9:00-12:00 on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday and will focus on reading and math skills. All incoming 6th,7th, and 8th grade students are invited to attend. There is no cost and those who have been recommended for summer school will receive a letter in the mail. If your child does not receive a letter, but is still interested, forms can be picked up at the middle school office. Mandatory Summer School will be held at the same time and will be for credit recovery for students who failed a class 2nd Semester.
This has been an enjoyable year working with your students. For those students heading to the high school, we wish great things for you and your future. For students coming back to HMS, we can’t wait to see you in the fall!! In the meantime, have a safe and enjoyable summer!
David Essink
Hastings Middle School
News from the Classroom
6th Grade:
English-Sixth graders did a wonderful job on their speeches in April. We will study adjectives and poetry to round out the year.  
Science-Students learned a lot about systems through the worm dissection.  We are finishing up the year with adaptations.
Math-We wrapped up April with our Math NeSA testing.  We'll move on to more math fun!
Reading-Our sixth graders did a great job on the ELA NeSA tests.  We are enjoying our study of Greek Mythology.
END OF THE YEAR EVENTS! Mark your calendars!
-Glow Run is May 6.  Join us for the fun.  You can still accept late registrations the day of the event.
-Awards Ceremony-Tuesday, May 17, from 11:00-12:00.  We will be recognizing academic achievement and participation in HMS activities, along with citizenship and character.
-Wednesday, May 18.  Libs Park for picnic lunch and then bowling.  There will be a $4 charge for bowling. WATCH FOR A NOTE WITH FULL DETAILS THE FIRST WEEK IN MAY.
Students on the 7A pod still have a lot to learn this year. In English, students will finish up their persuasive unit and are moving into a figurative language unit. They will be making a poetry portfolio. Students finished presenting their Revolutionary War projects in social studies and are now talking about the Articles of Confederation and the Constitution. They will discuss the birth of political parties in our nation and will being talking about the war of 1812 soon. In math, students just finished up preparing for the NESA and will wrap up with probability and data analysis. Students also just finished NESA preparation in reading and will finish up the year studying The Outsiders focusing on theme. Lastly, students are working on dissections and will be studying ecology in science. Keep up the good work 7A!       
7B Reading is finishing the year by reading the classic novel “The Outsiders.”
7B Science is just finishing up dissecting crayfish and fish. Then they are moving into a unit on ecology. The science class will finish up the year dissecting frogs.
7B Social Studies will be studying the presidencies of Adams, Jefferson, Madison, and Monroe.
7B Math will finishing the year up with probability and data analysis. 
In 7B English, we are quickly wrapping up our speeches and research on legendary humans. We will then quickly dive into persuasion. Your child will be practicing persuasive arguments in English class. Please ask them to give you their claims and reasons for each topic we discuss. After persuasion, we will wrap up our school year with the power of poetry. 
8th Grade:
Social Studies:  8th grade social studies classes will finish the year with student projects/presentations on a topic from the Cold War era.  Each 8th grade student will select one topic related to U.S. History after World War II and discover more about that topic.  Students will prepare a project and brief presentation to share with their classmates.  This will be our last "big grade" of the year in 8th grade social studies. 
Science: We just finished dominating the NESA Science Test.  This group of kids really put in a lot of effort this year!  We look forward to seeing the results and how we performed.  We will finish the year by learning about Earth's structures and processes.  This includes: layers of the Earth, tectonic plates, plate boundaries, volcanoes, earthquakes, etc.  IF there is any time remaining after this unit we will do a short unit on careers in science.:) Boy, did we have a great year with these kids and they will be missed greatly.
Team 8A - As the end of the year wraps up, we are excited for Reality Store on the 29th, Civil War day on May 9th, an Award Ceremony on May 17th at 2:00, and Promotion on May 17th at 5:30.  More information on the Award Ceremony and Promotion will be coming in the mail.  We have a had great time with your students this year.  Have a great summer!
 FPS:  On Saturday, April 16th, ten HMS students were invited to participate in the State Future Problem Solvers Bowl.  The 6th grade students were Macey Steinkruger, Kiernan Bierman, Kaela Thompson, and Pauline Jonglertham.  The 8th grade students were Landon Power, Nolan Avent, Chase Johnson, Emily Struss, Sarah Spilinek, and Christine Jonglertham.  The 8th grade team placed 5th overall in skits. Congratulations to all students who participated in FPS; we had a great year!
History Day:  On Saturday April 16th, four HMS students presented at the state finals of National History Day.  8th graders Taylor Lockling and Ellie Norlen participated in the group display category with an exhibit focusing on the Hastings Regional Center.   6th graders Sayde Bell and Erika Nielsen showed off their acting skills in the Junior Presentation category with a project about the 19th century explorer, Dr. Livingston.
The students have been working on their projects since early January.  They chose topics, researched their ideas, and created a way to present what they learned.  They had previously placed highly at the district competition.  It was a great day and really neat to see the variety of topics and presentations from students around the state at both middle and high school levels.
If you are interested in being involved with History Day next year, we would love to have your participation.  The practices and meetings will begin December 2016.  Mr. Janda will get you more information in the fall.
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