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A note from the Principal
Happy Holidays! I hope everyone was able to enjoy the Thanksgiving Break with family and friends. It was a great chance for students and staff alike to re-charge their batteries and get ready for a strong finish to the semester. The first semester ends before Winter Break, so the last day for middle school students will be Thursday, December 19. Dismissal will be at regular time that day. The first day back after break will be Monday, January 6.
Thanks again for everyone’s help with the Eileen’s cookie dough fundraiser. We rely on this funding source to provide the extra supplies and programs that come up during the school year. We know that parents play a big role in making the fundraiser successful year after year.
Now that we are in the cold months of the year, I wanted to remind everyone of our morning plans. When students are dropped off in the morning, they can either be dropped off at the front door for breakfast, which starts at 7:45, or at their pod area. If the temperature or wind chill is below 20 degrees, we have students come inside and sit in front of their lockers. The first bell rings at 8:10 so if students arrive before that, they will need to dress for the weather and be prepared to stand outside unless it is below 20 degrees. The other option in the morning, if students arrive early, is to sit in the Commons area and study or play board games. We are fortunate to have several college students who come and help supervise that area every day. The Commons area is supervised starting at 7:00 a.m. and is open to anyone as long as they follow the rules.
If you haven’t checked out the middle school website lately, you can view it at
www.ms.hastingspublicschools.org. There are a lot of pictures and links to information on the site. On the left side of the website are links to the weekly Lesson Plans for each team and the links to contact any teacher on the staff. There is also a place to fill out a Bullying Report or a Safety Concern if you have something to report. You can give your name or remain anonymous when filling out the report. We want all students to be safe and free from bullying, and we will check out every report that is filled out. Of course, you can always call the school with concerns as well.
Encourage your child to get involved in the different clubs and activities offered at HMS. Research shows that students who are involved in activities often do better in school and are happier about going to school. This can carry over to their classroom performance and other areas of life as well. Check out our daily announcements on PowerSchool or sign up for a weekly email to get the latest news. If you are not on the email list, contact the school and we will get you added. You can also add grandparents or other relatives to the email list if you wish. My email is firstname.lastname@example.org.
Finally, I want to thank parents again for being supportive of the middle school as we work to educate your children and help them grow into productive young adults. The middle school years can be challenging and we want to work together to “assure the essential, and expand the possible.”
David Essink, Principal