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Welcome Letter From The Principal

Dear Parents,

Summer break has passed quickly and another school year is upon us. If you are new to our HMS community, I would like to extend a warm welcome. Back to School Day, sponsored by the HMS PTO, was a success giving hundreds of students the opportunity to organize their supplies and explore the school. We hope the extended hours of school access have proven to be beneficial for your students and have reduced their anxiety about the first day of school, which is this Tuesday, August 23rd. We are truly excited to see your children and eagerly await their arrival.

There are some safety items I wish to highlight. If you are driving north on Garfield, please remember that you cannot turn left into our upper parking lot during the morning school drop off time. Also, if you are traveling north on County Line Road, you cannot turn left onto Third Street during the morning commute hours. Please be aware of the “No Parking” signs located along the sidewalk in the upper parking lot off of Garfield. You can stop and drop something off, with your hazard lights flashing, but you must leave the area quickly. We apologize for any inconvenience, but these rules are in place to ensure everyone’s safety.

We are grateful for the support we receive from the PTO and hope to see you at the many wonderful events they already have planned. Again, we are excited to welcome our students on Tuesday and we look forward to a great year.

Ruben Peña

Incoming 6th Grade Parents: Save the Date!

cineCalling all incoming 6th Grade Parents!  The HMS PTO is excited to invite you to a fun night out at Cine on Wednesday, September 7, 2016 from 6PM to 9PM.  Let’s kick off the new school year with an evening of getting to know each other!

We will have “very special” guest bartenders working to help generate more fun and excitement!  Enjoy an opportunity to meet teaching staff, other incoming families, and our PTO board.  Your participation will also help to raise funds for the HMS PTO.  We will earn a percentage of sales, and all tips to our “guest bartenders” will go directly to the HMS PTO!

Please mark your calendar to attend this first-of-its-kind night for 6th grade parents only!!

If you have any questions, please contact Janet Lahr or Carol Stephenson at

HMS Bus Routes 2016-17

school_bus_8252APlease click here to access this year’s bus routes.

Spartan Shack Needs Volunteers

fe6179_0e4d26c656f941a58132330026c0e584HMS students love the Spartan Shack where they can purchase snacks, school supplies and spirit wear. The Shack is open from 11am-1:30pm during lunch on days we have volunteers. Parents, we could really use your help! To volunteer for one or more shifts please sign up using the Signup Genius button below. Questions? Contact Susanne King or Emily Van Houtte at
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Purchase HMS Spirit Wear

spartanSpirit wear is here and we have a variety of sizes for students and parents alike!  Click here to access the online store. Fees for credit card payment are included in the price of the items offered online. The deadline to purchase spirit wear online is August 31st. Certain minimums must be reached in order for us to place the online order. If we do not reach the minimum required we will contact you and your credit card will not be charged for the purchase.

Important Upcoming Dates

Mark your calendars for the following events at HMS:
First Day of School: Tuesday, August 23rd (full day of attendance for students)
School Picture Day: Wednesday, September 7th
6th Grade Parent Night at CiNe: Wednesday, September 7th 6pm-9pm
Curriculum Night: Thursday, September 8th

8th Grade Washington DC Trip Forms Due August 26th

logo_transAttention Parents of 8th Grade Students who are registered for the Washington DC trip occurring November 9 – 12, 2016. In May, you received a packet of district required forms labeled as Forms A – D. These forms must be turned in to Mrs. Fetty or Ms. Wachowski by August 26th.

Please be sure to read all forms carefully and complete them as directed:

Form A – District 181 Field Trip Form – please read with your child. You, your child and a witness (spouse, relative) are required to sign & date the form. Be sure to include your address and phone number

Form B – Regulations on Conduct (Do’s & Don’ts) – please read with your child. You and your child are required to print and sign your names. An additional copy of this will be sent home prior to the trip as a reminder of behavioral expectations. On the back is information regarding Cell Phone use on the trip.

Form C – Emergency Medical Release Form – Please make a copy of your driver’s license and medical insurance card and attach that to the back of Form C. This has proven helpful in case of a medical emergency. The copies will be shredded when we return from the trip.

Form D – Medications Form & Directions – ALL STUDENTS are required to have this form completed whether taking medications or not. This applies to prescription and over-the-counter medications. See directions below for the correct completion of each section of the Medication Form D based on your child’s individual medical or potential medical needs.

SECTION 1: Completely fill out general information requested (Name, DOB, Address etc.)
SECTION 2: If your child is taking ANY medications, your child’s doctor must complete and sign Section 2 of the Washington D.C. Medications form.
If your child is not taking any medications (over-the-counter or prescription), write “NONE” in the box labeled “Physician’s Printed Name”
SECTION 3: If your child has asthma and/or are risk of anaphylaxis, Parent signature required.
SECTION 4: Printed and Signed name of Parent(s)/Guardian(s) with Date of signature

Please note: This form is NOT the same as the Sports Physical Form

If you have questions, please email Mrs. Fetty or Ms. Wachowski.

Tomorrow is Back to School Day at HMS

Back-to-school11Monday, August 15th from 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

During this open house event, middle schoolers and their parents will be able to pick up their class schedules and “walk” their new schedules. Students can bring in their pre-ordered school supplies (which are being shipped directly to students’ homes) and set up their lockers. The school nurse will be available to collect medications and completed sports physical forms.

Returning 7th & 8th graders should bring the following items so they are ready for the first day of school: red hall lock, blue gym lock, gym uniform, calculator and French or Spanish dictionary.

8th graders, please bring your completed Washington D.C. forms.

Suggested time frames for each grade to visit HMS are below. Lines tend to be longest at the beginning of each grade’s time frame slot, so feel free to arrive a bit later if your schedule allows.

8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.: 6th graders accompanied by a parent or guardian
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.: 7th graders accompanied by a parent or guardian or mixed grade families
1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.: 8th graders accompanied by a parent or guardian or mixed grade families

Thanks in advance for your help!

**If you are unable to attend Back To School Day, students may stop by HMS to pick up their class schedule and set up their locker during Building Access hours as noted in the following post.

If you have any questions, please email Alice Waverley

HMS August Visiting Hours

In order to allow our teachers to maximize their preparation time for the start of school, HMS politely asks students and parents to schedule their visits to set up lockers and walk their schedules to the following Building Access times.  These times may or may not overlap with office hours so please plan accordingly. Thank you in advance!

Monday, August 15th…OFFICE : 8 a.m. – 3 p.m., BUILDING ACCESS: 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Tuesday, August 16th…OFFICE : 8 a.m. – 3 p.m, BUILDING ACCESS: 8 a.m. – 3 p.m
Wednesday, August 17th…OFFICE : 8 a.m. – 3 p.m, BUILDING ACCESS: Noon – 5 p.m.
Thursday, August 18th…OFFICE : 8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m., BUILDING ACCESS: 3 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Friday, August 19th… OFFICE : 10:30 a.m. – 3 p.m., BUILDING ACCESS: 3 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Monday, August 22nd…OFFICE : 8 a.m. – 3 p.m., BUILDING ACCESS: 3 p.m. – 5 p.m.

It’s Time To Join The PTO

With the start of school nearly upon us, it’s time to pay your PTO membership dues. Annual dues are $35 per family and include one student directory. The PTO helps to fund teacher supplies, special enrichment speakers, and many student activities. Your membership will help us to support these events, making your child’s HMS experience a memorable one. Click here to pay your dues.

Think you may have already paid your dues? Contact Mary Henneman to confirm.