The month of May has been extremely busy at Henderson Middle. We started with our final parent conference night of the school year, then presented a variety of musical concerts (band, chorus, and orchestra), held our annual 8th grade dance, enjoyed an amazing teacher appreciation week, and hosted a Town Hall meeting for political candidates. But the fun is not over. This week, we will have our honors ceremonies as well as our annual health fair.
Yet with all that has transpired, I would like to take this time to make a very special announcement. Henderson Middle School is now a S.T.E.M. certified school! We recently received this honor from AdvancED. AdvancED is a non-profit, non-governmental organization that accredits primary and secondary schools throughout the United States and internationally. STEM is an interdisciplinary curriculum based on the idea of educating students in four specific disciplines — science, technology, engineering and mathematics.After a multi-year journey towards the goal of becoming STEM certified, Henderson Middle School is excited to finally receive our STEM certification. A special “thank you” goes out to Dr. Angela Jackson, who spearheaded this effort, along with thanks to her confidante, Mrs. Alicia Galloway. Their dedication to our program is priceless. The hard work of the STEM committee and teachers was invaluable. Thank you for your commitment. Additionally,
I would like to give a special recognition to the Henderson Middle School Foundation, who purchased the curriculum for our teachers to implement and our students to learn. Finally, thank you to our wonderful HMS students, who made the curriculum come to life! Congratulations to all of the members of the Henderson Middle School family, who helped to bring the distinguished honor to our school community.
ATTENTION: 8TH GRADE FAMILIES
THE FOLLOWING IS VALUABLE INFORMATION ABOUT LAKESIDE HIGH SCHOOL.
PTSA Weekly Email Blast
During the school year the PTSA sends a weekly email to communicate all announcements including activity, class, and sports information. We will also send a few emails over the summer to share important updates about the upcoming school year.
To receive the emails, you must sign up by visiting the Lakeside website at http://www/lakesidehs.dekalb.k12.ga.us/ and clicking on the “Join the PTSA Mailing List” option. In addition to selecting the “All Lakeside Weekly Emails” box, be sure to also select your student’s class box (Class of 2022) to receive emails specifically for that class.
To be sure families receive important alerts such as meeting reminders, school closings, etc., we use a text alert system. To sign up, simply send a text to (252) 677-9370 and include the message @elhsptsa. You will then be asked to enter your name. Your information will not be shared, and you may opt-out of messages at any time by replying, “Unsubscribe @elhsptsa”.
VIKING VISIT DAY – LHS Open House
Viking Visit Day (open house) is usually held the Wednesday before school begins. During the visit students may receive class schedules, purchase spirit wear and other items, select a locker, meet with the principal, browse different clubs, etc. This is a very important time to learn about the school, so definitely make plans to attend.
Registering for Lakeside
PLEASE NOTE: Rising 9th graders who attended Henderson Middle School are already registered for Lakeside. You will, however, be required to provide roof of residency at Viking Visit Day.
Summer Vikings Bridge Program
Rising 9th Graders have an opportunity to attend Lakeside's new " Summer Bridge Program." "Summer Vikings" is designed to help students make a smooth transition from middle school to high school, both academically and socially. Applications are now available in English and Spanish.
Lakeside PTSA Volunteers Needed
If you are a rising 9th Grade Parent with a child attending Lakeside next year, please consider volunteering with the Lakeside PTSA. We have several volunteer opportunities available. Volunteering with the Lakeside PTSA is a wonderful opportunity to make a difference in your student’s experience at Lakeside, and build relationships with Lakeside parents, teachers, and staff. For more information, or to find out about other opportunities, please contact Laura Morse at email@example.com or Julie Dascher at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you for your support!
ATENCIÓN FAMILIAS DE 8OGRADO
La siguiente es información importante acerca de la escuela secundaria Lakeside.¡Les deseamos un Verano seguro y divertido!
Email Blast semanal del PTSA
Durante el año escolar la Asociación de padres, maestros y alumnos (PTSA, según sus siglas en inglés) envía un correo electrónico para comunicar todos los anuncios incluyendo actividades, clases e información deportiva. También enviaremos un correo electrónico durante el verano para compartir actualizaciones importantes acerca del próximo año escolar.
Para recibir los mensajes a través del correo electrónico, usted debe registrarse visitando la página de internet de Lakeside,http://www.lakesidehs.dekalb.k12.ga.us/. Haga clic en el botón «Join the PTSA Mailing List». Además de seleccionar la opción de «All Lakeside Email», asegúrese también de seleccionar la casilla de la clase del alumno (Class of 2022) para recibir correos electrónicos específicamente para esa clase.
Textos de alerta
Para estar seguros que las familias reciben alertas importantes tales como recordatorios de reuniones, cierres de la escuela, etc., LSH usa un sistema de alerta de texto. Para registrarse, simplemente envíe un texto al (252) 677-9370 e incluya el mensaje @elhsptsa. Usted puede dejar de recibir mensajes en cualquier momento contestando, «@leave».
DĺA DE LA VISITA DE LOS VIKINGOS - Bienvenida a LHS
El día de la visita de los Vikingos (Bienvenida) se lleva a cabo normalmente el miércoles antes que la escuela comience. Durante la visita, los alumnos pueden recibir los horarios de las clases, comprar camisetas, artículos con el logo escolar y otros cosas, seleccionar su casillero, conocer el director, visitar los distintos clubs, etc. Esta es una oportunidad muy importante para conocer la escuela, por lo que definitivamente haga planes para asistir.
Inscribiéndose en Lakeside.
POR FAVOR TENGA EN CUENTA:
Los alumnos que van a comenzar el 9ogrado que asistieron a la
escuela intermedia Henderson ya están inscritos en Lakeside. Sin embargo, a usted se le solicitará el proporcionar constancia de domicilio el día de la visita de los vikingos.
DOWNLOAD DR. LIM'S MATERIALS FROM PTSA PROGRAM ON HANDLING STUDENT STRESS, ANXIETY, AND DEPRESSION
Many thanks to the parents that attended last night's presentation on "Coping with Stress, Anxiety, and Depression." Dr.Nori Lim from Emory shared interesting and helpful information about child and teen development, the importance of emotions, and the critical skills needed to navigate stressful situations. If you missed out, please take time to review the presentation that was shared, and as Dr.Lim suggested, print slides 29-34 (Thinking Mistakes) to discuss with your child. The handouts from last night also included assessment tools for determining your own stress levels as well as those of your student. They are available as well.
CONGRATULATIONS TO HMS STUDENTS CHOSEN FOR FERNBANK STT PROGRAM
Congratulations to the 15 Henderson Middle School students that have been selected for the honor of being a representative in next year's Scientific Tools and Techniques program at the Fernbank Science Center. The STT program is a very competitive program with the application process starting in 8th grade. During the ninth grade year, students will spend a semester studying a variety of scientific disciplines at the Fernbank Science Center.
A BIG CONGRATULATIONS TO THE FOLLOWING STUDENTS:
Shruti Biswas - Team 8D
Anna Kim - Team 8D
Wren Kalin - Team 8E
Elizabeth Blass - Team 8C
Liam Wilson - Team 8D
Saron Betru - Team 8D
Caeley Woo - Team 8C
Benjamin Buxton - Team 8E
Alexander Vastakis - Team 8C
Nancy Puente - Team 8D
Abigail McHoul - Team 8C
Mary Bell - Team 8C
Anna Bakonyi - TEam 8C
Abbie Martinez - Team 8B
Nelly Anaya-Miranda - Team 8A
Best wishes for you in the STT program next year! Way to go!!!!
BUS DISMISSAL 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 @hmsbuss to 81010. If you cannot text, send an email to email@example.com and you will be able to get an email with the bus wave information each day. If you send an email the subject and body of the email can be blank.
HMS FOUNDATION SPONSORS BILINGUAL LIASON
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 new bilingual liaison will be available Mondays and Thursdays from 9am-1pm.
DEKALB COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT OFFERS FREE ENGLISH CLASSES
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.
HMS SHOUT OUTS
2017-18 PTA REFLECTIONS DEKALB COUNTY STUDENT WINNERS
Congratulations to the winning entries in this year's Reflections contest! Five HMS students were selected by Dekalb County PTA judges to receive the following seven awards:
2nd Place – Alexia S.
3rd Place – Alexia S.
4th Place – Katelyn H.
1st Place – Haisam S.
1st Place – Molly M.
2nd Place – Maggie B.
3rd Place – Maggie B.
Our two 1st place winning entries in photography have advanced to the State PTA for further judging.
The County PTA will hold an awards ceremony for all Dekalb County winners at Oak Grove Elementary School on March 15th at 5:30 PM. Make sure you attend to celebrate and receive your certificate and ribbon!
State winners will be contacted individually and invited to attend the State Ceremony, held on March 18th at the High Museum of Art.
The HMS PTSA is proud of all the students who chose to take part in this national art program and appreciates the judges who volunteered their time and expertise to evaluate the entries.
Thank you all for supporting our talented student artists!
CONGRATS HMS READING BOWL TEAM
Our HMS Reading Bowl team came in 3rd place at the County competition.
HMS STUDENTS HONORED AS FUTURE BUSINESS LEADERS OF AMERICA
Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) Henderson Middle School executive team represented well at the GA Region 10 awards and recognition banquet.
Henderson Middle School's Robotics Program (CougarBots) competed in the Regional Tournament this past Saturday at Chamblee High School. Out of the 36 teams present, the CougarBots placed first in the Robot Game and earned the Robot Performance Award. Having won the Robot Performance Award, this qualifies them for the Super Regionals on January 13th at Clarkston High School.
CougarBot members include Vikram S, Ashley P, Ashley R, Candler E, Erin J and Beza B.
Foundation Logo Design Winners
The Henderson Foundation is pleased to announce the winners of the Logo Design Contest.
1st Place - Audrey Ma
2nd Place - Anna Kim
3rd Place - Maya Romanelli
We would like to thank Expert Window and Door for their continued support by donating the prizes for the winners.
Technology Student Association
This past October, Henderson Middle School’s Technology Student Association participated in Technology Day at the Georgia National Fair Grounds. Two of our students, Alena M. and Nelly A., entered the Structural Design Challenge where they had to design and build a cardboard chair that would comfortably support a person weighing up to 300lbs. Alena M. and Nelly A. placed 7th out of hundreds of entries that included both middle and high school students. Congratulations!
HMS Chorus Teacher Dale Duncan Named Semifinalist in Grammy's Top 25 Music Educators
Congratulations to Mr. Duncan, Henderson Middle School Chorus Teacher, for the outstanding accomplishment of being named one of Grammy's Top 25 Music Educators. A total of 25 music teachers from 25 cities across 17 states have been announced as semifinalists for the Music Educator Award presented by The Recording Academy and the Grammy Museum. Initial nominations were submitted from all 50 states.
The Music Educator Award was established to recognize current educators from kindergarten through college who have made a significant and lasting contribution to the field of music education and who demonstrate a commitment to the broader cause of maintaining music education in the schools. Each year, one recipient is selected from 10 finalists and recognized for their impact on students' lives. The winner will be flown to New York to attend the 60th Annual Grammy Awards and a range of Grammy week events.
We, the faculty, staff, and students, are so proud of Mr. Duncan for receiving this high honor. He is the only recipient this year from the state of Georgia and the only middle school teacher on the list. We are so fortunate to have him as part of the Henderson Middle School Family.
HMS RIBBON CUTTING CEREMONY
The HMS Ribbon Cutting Ceremony was held on Tuesday, November 7th. It was an exciting event and several current and former HMS students participated. We are so proud of the beautiful and modern additions to our school. Here are some photos from the event.