Welcome to the HMS PTSA website!

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Henderson Middle School is now a S.T.E.M. certified school!

By joining the HMS PTSA, you help us meet our school's needs that are outside the scope of their budget. You also get access to our online Directory with an app for your smartphone.


Voting for the Principal Advisory Council (PAC) - aka School Council - will be from September 18-25 - entirely online this year.  You will receive an email to the address stored in Infinite Campus. Please participate! 

We have two openings for parent members, and three candidates: Lisette George, Glenn Patin, Erica Lee.

We have one opening for a teacher member, and one candidate: Lorren Kelsey.
The link you will receive provides more information about all the candidates and instructions on how to make a selection. This will also be available in Spanish. and there will be a helpline to assist if you have problems (interpreters available if needed). 
Each parent listed in Infinite Campus can vote.  Here are more answers to questions about voting

If you need more information, or information in other languages, contact Kina Champion. 

Please look for the email and vote!  



The September meeting of the PTSA Board is this Wednesday September 26th at 8:30 in the Media Center.  Any PTSA member is welcome to attend our board meetings. 




The FBLA meeting originally scheduled for last week has been rescheduled to Wednesday September 26th in Room 1019 from 4:00 until 5:00 p.m. All students must get a HALL Pass from Dr. Saunders before attending the monthly meetings.




HMS Parent Conference Night is this Thursday, September 27th from 4:30 to 6:30.  This is a time to address specific concerns, such as individual grades, with your child's teachers. 



Please join us for the first Lakeside Cluster Summit meeting of the year being held this Thursday, September 27th at 6:30 pm at Henderson Middle School


The purpose of the Lakeside Cluster Summit is to unify the cluster by improving communication, coordinating academic and social programs, and helping to ensure that the needs of every school throughout the Lakeside Cluster are met.


The Lakeside Cluster includes these schools: Lakeside High, Henderson Middle, Briarlake Elementary, Evansdale Elementary, Hawthorne Elementary, Henderson Mill Elementary, Oak Grove Elementary, Pleasantdale Elementary, Sagamore Hills Elementary, and Oakcliff Elementary.

Each school is represented by the Principal as well as by elected parent leaders (i.e., Presidents/Chairs of PTAs, PACs, and Foundations).  


The Lakeside Cluster Summit meets bimonthly at different schools throughout the cluster and all meetings are open to the community.


Topics on this month's agenda include but are not limited to the following:

  • Interpreter needs throughout the Cluster
  • Improving Cluster Communication and Calendar Synchronization (i.e, Curriculum Nights, Open Houses, etc)
  • Proposed Changes to DCSD's Volunteer Policy
  • Facility Improvement Updates and Work Order Transparency
  • Updates on Staffing Issues (Interpreters, Substitutes, and Nurses)
  • Updates on Lakeside Construction Feasibility Study (if available)
  • Secession Planning for Lakeside Cluster Summit Leadership.

If you have questions, would like to suggest potential agenda topics, or would like to nominate someone for a LCS leadership position, please contact us at lakesideclustersum@gmail.com 


Also, please see our Website for minutes from the previous meeting as well as other helpful Cluster infomation:  https://lakesidecluster.weebly.com




Does your students love to read? Does your student love to compete? The HMS Reading Bowl Team is having an interest meeting on Friday, September 28th at 8:00 AM in the Media Center. Please pick up a registration form in the Library. Completed forms need to be returned to Mr. Mason or you may bring it to the interest Meeting. See Mr. Mason for more information! 




A BIG thank you to those who have signed up already.  Don't miss out on this opportunity to serve HMS.  Click here to sign up to volunteer in the Attendance Office. 



The Board of Education is considering changes to its policy regarding volunteers and visitors in local schools. The proposed policy delineates the expectations of visitors and volunteers, and the requirements for each. Mandated reporter training, fingerprinting, and background checks would be required for some volunteers. Public input is sought prior to the vote at the October 8th Board meetingClick on this link, scroll to the bottom and post your comments directly.  Or email Marissa_Key@dekalbschoolsga.org with your feedback on the proposed policy.


School Volunteers and Visitors

The DeKalb County Board of Education recognizes the importance of visitors and volunteers who play an important role in supporting, encouraging, and advancing student achievement.  Parents and others who wish to support student achievement are encouraged to participate in parent and community engagement activities at approved school or district-sponsored activities. 

Volunteers are non-paid persons who provide services at approved school or district-sponsored activities.  Persons who, in the course of their service, will come into contact with students who are not their own student and/or who will serve as a tutor, mentor, coach, etc. must complete a district Volunteer Registration process prior to coming into contact with students.  This process will include the mandated reporter training per O.C.G.A. §19-7-5 and the associated district fingerprint and background check. The prospective volunteer is responsible for the cost of the fingerprint and background check.

Parents or guardians who periodically come to the school to visit their own student, are identified in the district Student Information System, and have signed in with the main office are welcomed visitors to the school, but they are not considered volunteers.

Visitors may also include parents, guardians or community members who are invited by the principal or designee to participate in a supervised one-time school activity which takes place on school property such as career days or field days.

Registered Volunteers and Visitors may never be alone and/or unsupervised by staff.  Registered Volunteers and Visitors must at all times remain in areas of the school where they may be observed by staff, e.g. playground, media center, cafeteria, hallway, etc. All student interactions with Visitors and Registered Volunteers must be in an area where the interaction may be easily observed by staff members, e.g. playground, media center, cafeteria, hallway, etc.  Staff may never permit students to have unsupervised, un-observable interactions with Visitors or Registered Volunteers.

This policy does not apply to individuals who are working pursuant to a vendor contract with the district to provide services, e.g. plant maintenance, counseling, etc.  Such individuals must follow the terms of their company’s vendor contract. 

The superintendent or designee reserves the right to prohibit or discontinue any individual or organization from visiting, volunteering or having interactions with students during the school day or during school or district-sponsored activities.  



To provide input on the DeKalb County Board of Education's proposed policy on Suicide Prevention, click on this link, scroll to the bottom and post your comments directly.  Or email Marissa_Key@dekalbschoolsga.org with your feedback on the proposed policy.


Suicide Prevention                                                                      

The DeKalb County School District shall provide to all certificated personnel annual training in suicide awareness and prevention in accordance with state law and rules established by the Georgia Department of Education.

The Superintendent or designee shall develop procedures to address at a minimum, suicide prevention efforts, intervention, and postvention.  Such procedures shall be developed in consultation with school and community stakeholders, school-employed mental health professionals, and suicide prevention experts.

In accordance with state law, no person shall have a cause of action for any loss or damage caused by any act or omission resulting from the implementation of this policy or its implementing procedures or resulting from any training, or lack thereof, required by state law or this policy.  The training or lack thereof, required by the provisions of state law shall not be construed to impose any specific duty of care.  Neither the training nor the procedures are designed to impose ministerial duties but to provide a framework in which educators can exercise their professional judgment in the best interest of students.



Save the Date to Reduce Stress & Anxiety!  ELPC proudly invites you to attend our first educational session of the 2018-2019 year: 


Topic: Helping Reduce School-age Stress & Anxiety

Date: Wednesday, October 17, 2018, 8:45am - 10:00am

Location: Druid Hills Middle School Media Center, 3001 Mount Olive Drive, Decatur, GA 30033

Refreshments & Networking begin at 8:30 am; Panel & Discussion from 8:45-10:00am


Overview:  Stress and Anxiety in school-age children is on the rise and a serious challenge to an effective learning experience and developing lifelong wellness skills.  Although there are many school resources and opportunities in the curriculum to help children build strong skills in this area, we believe we can do more.  This session will include a brief panel discussion as well as interactive small group discussions facilitated by expert School Counselors, Private Practitioners and Community Leaders.  Bring a friend to share your tips for reducing stress in your family.  In this session for families and school leaders, you'll learn:

  • How to recognize the latest signs of anxiety in school age children
  • What innovative steps schools are taking to promote mental wellness and reduce anxiety
  • How you can implement easy strategies and tools to help your children reduce stress and anxiety and thrive during their educational years and beyond.

Emory Lavista Parent Council (ELPC) is comprised of parent leaders from the Lakeside and Druid Hills Cluster to promote educational opportunities for families in our community.  We work closely to align efforts with common priorities across our schools.



Did you know? If you shop at Publix, Kroger, or Amazon, you can help HMS and it won’t cost you a dime.


Kroger:  Simply connect your Kroger Plus card to HMS online (once each year), and Kroger will donate money to the HMS foundation every time you shop and use your card.  Renew your membership now if you haven’t done so this summer!


Go to krogercommunityrewards.com. Follow the instructions to set up an account, and then search for Henderson Middle or the organization number QJ092 and connect your card. That's all!


Publix:  Simply sign up for a Publix.com account (if you don’t already have one), select Henderson Middle School, then enter your phone number at checkout. Publix Partners will give back to our school every time you shop.

(If you have a Publix Partners keychain card, you can throw it away soon, they will no longer be useful after September).


Amazon: HMS participates in the Amazon Smile program: Simply use this link before you shop https://smile.amazon.com/ch/46-4690842 and the HMS foundation will receive money back each time.


Tell your family, friends, and neighbors! They can all help our school for free while they shop.




The 2019 HMS Yearbooks are now on sale for $40!  Place your order before August 31, 2018 to receive $10 off - the lowest price of the year.  Personalization packages are also available.  CLICK HERE to download the Jostens flyer.  Flyers are also being sent home with students this week. To order online CLICK HERE.  




To sign up for Team Communications, through a blind email list, click here and update the Student information form by selecting your student's TEAM (6A, 6B, 6C and so on) from the drop down menu.  Be sure to click SAVE in the bottom right hand corner when you're done.  If you have trouble with the link, login to your account using the email and password you used to create your PTSA account at registration, click on "My Account," select "My Forms/Paperwork," click on "Family Information" form and skip to second page for "Student Information."  
Note: Some Team Parents may not wish to use this tool and may ask to send you direct email correspondence from their own email accounts.




Did you know you can look at your child's Georgia Milestone and MAP scores online? They are stored in the Statewide Longitudinal Data System (SLDS). You can access your child's record through Infinite Campus at http://www.dekalbschoolsga.org/infinite-campus/ or https://campus.dekalb.k12.ga.us.

Click on 'SLDS Portal' (on the left side menu), and then click on 'Performance'. (Please note that this is through the website, not the app).


If you don't have an Infinite Campus account yet, it's important that you set one up. This is the website where you can see your child's schedule, attendance, grades, and assignments. Contact the school to get your activation code.

parking reminder for student pickup

In order to make sure HMS students are able to safely maneuver through the car lane and on Bolero Drive during afternoon dismissal, we are asking parents to park on the side of the street closest to the school.  Also, feel free to park in the second parking lot on Bolero Drive at the bottom of the hill if you are waiting to pick up your child.  Please help us ensure the safety of our students by following this procedure.


HMS is now dismissing buses in waves. HMS will use the REMIND app and the PA system in the building to communicate who is being dismissed during the first wave. 

If you would like to join the REMIND group, in order to receive text to see bus routes included in each wave, please follow these directions:

Please download the REMIND app to your phone. Then, to join the HMS Remind Bus Dismissal Group, text @76h69f to 81010. If you cannot text, go online to www.remind.com/join, enter code @76h69f and your phone number or email address. 



HMS has many parents who are still learning English, most of them Spanish speakers, but the interpreter is available only two days. Great news: The HMS Foundation is now funding a bilingual liaison, Alyssa Sali, to assist with Spanish, and to help our teachers and international parents communicate more effectively, so that they can all work together to help our students learn. 

The interpreter is available on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, and our bilingual liaison will be available Mondays and Thursdays from 9am-1pm. 



The DeKalb County School District  offers free English classes to parents! It's not too late to join the family outreach program. Includes, transportation, basic computer classes, access to Rosetta Stone, and classes for children registered in school starting in Kindergarten.

View the flyer in English
Vea el folleto en español  


Be Informed

Subscribe to the weekly HMS PTSA E-Blast newsletter:
 E-blast Newsletter


To receive Remind messages from Principal Patillo:
On your smartphone open your web browser and go to: rmd.at/39b36ab
Follow instructions to sign up for Remind
To receive Remind messages via text message:
Text @39b36ab to 81010 or (678) 256-2458

By joining the PTSA, you help us meet our school's needs that are outside the scope of their budget. You also get access to our online Directory with an app for your smartphone. 




We're asking everyone to be a Henderson Hero and contribute to the PTSA Fund for the year. 

 No Sales. No Pledges. No Hassles. 


$50 per student is all it takes.  That's the suggested contribution, but all donations are greatly appreciated.  We'll gladly accept more. Please give as you are able.
100% of the donations go directly to fund PTSA here at HMS!

We need you and thank you for your support!

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