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  • HMS Daily Announcements 9/18/19

    Posted by Becky Harris on 9/18/2019



    232 West Grand Street • Hastings, Michigan 49058

     (269) 948-4404 • FAX (269) 945-6101

     Web Site: www.hassk12.org


                                Principal Mrs. Beth Stevens  Assistant Principal Ms. Cortney Coats

    HMS Daily Announcements

    September 18, 2019 

    Reminder:  Today, 9/18/19, is a half day of school.  HMS will dismiss at 11:05 a.m. 


    Attendance:  It is proven that good attendance is key to being successful in school.  Do you know that if a student misses even just one day every two weeks, that it results in 10% of the entire school year missed?  Tardies are defined as missing 10 minutes or less of a class period, anything more than that is an absence.  



     No cross country practice today, 9/18/19, due to the half day of school. 

    The girls and boys cross country teams competed at their first I-8 conference Jamboree yesterday.  

    The girls team improved two places as a team by beating Pennfield and Northwest.  They next set their sights on Coldwater and Lumen Christi. Leading the team were experienced 8th graders Lily Comensoli, Adrianne VanDenburg, and Camilla Loss.  The team scoring was rounded out by 6th grade newcomers Shiloh Crandall and Olivia Friddle. 

    The boys defended their number 1 place from last year with a 1st place finish.  Western and Harper Creek pushed the team, but couldn't overcome the boys tight team pack.  The boys were led by Caleb LaBoe, Reuben Solmes, Jonah Teed, Riley Shults, and Micah Johnson.  They had 4 runners in the top 10. Charlie Nickels and Jonah Lewis added team strength by displacing the other teams' 4th or 5th runners.


    Volleyball: Both teams are home again Thursday when they host Marshall.  There will be practice for volleyball players tomorrow on the half day of school. 


    Team Pictures: Cross Country and Volleyball will have individual and team pictures on September 24th.


    T-Shirt Orders: Saxon Pride shirt orders are due this Friday, September 20th.  Orders can be turned into the office.


    FFA Announcements:

    Potential FFA MEMBERS:

    It is that time of year again!!! Attention 6th, 7th and 8th graders. FFA is the largest youth organization in the world that combines leadership skills with science. There are many contests and fun events to take part in. There will be a sign-up/ informational meeting for

    the Middle School FFA on Friday, Sept. 20th, at 2:30-2:55pm in the Choir Room. You can stop by Mrs. Carl’s room to get the papers ahead of the meeting either before or after school. If you miss this meeting, please see Mrs. Carl to sign-up.

    Come and see what the FFA is all about and what it can offer you!!!!!

    Check in with your 7 th hour teacher before coming down and bring a pen or pencil!!!!



    Join our REVOLUTION of FUN.  It’s quick, it’s easy, and it’s a great way to support your student as they use their awesomeness to help others! 

    Fundraiser Update: On September 9th, the entire Step It Up! system went down due to an unforeseeable server malfunction.  ALL personal and financial information is completely secure. The data will be able to be fully restored right where it left off but not until Monday, September 16th.  While data is being restored, your family page may be inaccurate. The company has full records of all transactions. No donations have been "lost." The fundraiser has been extended until September 20th.  Thank you again for your understanding and patience. 

    We continue to take donations until Friday, September 20, 2019.  Supporters may donate online or by cash or check (made out to Hastings Middle School PTO).  All donations will be added to your student’s online totals! The more donations...the more rewards your student earns!

    All students who raise $60 or more will attend our DAY OF AWESOMENESS on Monday, September 30, 2019!

    If you need more information, visit:  www.stepitupkids.com/hastings49058.


    Yearbook - If any students are interested in working on the yearbook this year, please stop by the HMS office to sign up.


    Attention Artists!

    Art Club will begin Wednesday, September 25th!  

    We will meet for 8 weeks on Wednesdays, from 3 pm to 4 pm.

    To sign up, simply come to our first meeting in the Art Room on September 25th.  Our first meeting we will go over specifics about the club and the creative tasks we have planned this year!  

    For any additional questions, please contact Ms. Eggers.



    6th Grade Field Trip:  Sixth graders will attend a field trip to the Battle Creek Outdoor Education Center on Thursday, September 26 or Friday, September 27 depending on Advisory teacher. They will participate in pond exploration, orienteering/geocaching and remote operated vehicle activities. The cost is $5.00 per person.  Please look for your child’s permission slip and return it soon!


    Survey for HMS Counseling Needs Assessment:  HMS Families, the Hastings Middle School Counseling Department needs your help! We would like to ensure that we provide programs that meet the needs of our students and families.  Your feedback is necessary to help guide the selection of programs and activities that will be meaningful to your student. Please click on the following link which will take you to a short survey.  Thank you for your help!

    Hastings Middle School Counseling Needs Assessment


    Parent Night: Parents, please reserve Wednesday, October 2 at 6:30 p.m. for our first of the year informational parent night. Dr. Amy Beck will be presenting information important to all middle school age parents. Topics will include:

    1. Sleep- too much? too little? when to worry
    2. Discipline - how do you talk to them at this age?
    3. Anxiety & Worry - they have a lot more stress than we

    ever did!

    There will also be some time for questions. Please plan on joining us in the Hastings Middle School Commons


    Picture Day:  If you forgot to send money and the picture packet to school for picture day, that is OK.  You can order pictures online. Go to: www.inter-state.com/order and use code 38982D.  There will be a picture re-take day for students who were absent, it is October 9, 2019


    Lost and Found:  Our HMS lost and found items are in a box in the hall between the commons area and the gym.  Please have your student check it, we already have an overflowing box. Students, please check this!


    Lunch information:  Detailed lunch information can be seen in this link  Make sure you fill out the application for free or reduced lunch at https://lunchapp.com/ or, you can get a paper copy to fill out with your student’s first day paperwork. 6th Graders and half of the 7th graders will have A. lunch from 10:55 to 11:25 a.m.  8th graders and half of the 7th graders will have B. lunch from 11:55 to 12:25. I.D.’s are important to have out and ready at lunchtime.


    Backpack Meals:  Hastings Middle School has the good fortune of volunteers who are available to make sack meals twice a week for families who could use the extra help.  If you wish to have your student bring home a backpack meal, Please ask the office for a backpack meal form. 


    Check out all that the Barry County YMCA has to offer! 

    YMCA Information 


    Check out student announcements at:  Student video of Daily Announcements  This is where our own HMS students broadcast the Daily Announcements.  This is so much fun and a great way for students to practice their public speaking skills!


    Family Fare Receipts:  Save your receipts! If each student brought in receipts from Family Fare totalling $250, we would be at our goal of $150,000 in Family Fare receipts!  If we turn in $150,000 in Family Fare receipts HMS will get a check for $1000! Right now we are near $80,000. We want your Family Fare Receipts!


    Box Tops for Education: HMS participates in the Box Tops for Education program.  Save your box tops for us!


    Dates for 2019-2020 School year:

    Day of Awesomeness - September 30, 2019

    Count Day - October 2, 2019 

    Homecoming - October 18, 2019

    HMS Dance - November 8, 2019

    Winter Break - December 23, 2019  to January 3, 2020

    HMS Dance - March 6, 2020

    Spring Break - April 3 to April 10, 2020

    HMS Dance - May 1, 2020

    Last day of school - June 3, 2020

    The full calendar that includes half days, conferences and other important dates is available on the district website:  www.hassk12.org

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