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.
PRINCIPAL ADVISORY COUNCIL ELECTIONS
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!
SPIRITWEAR SIDEWALK SALE
Restocked Spiritwear is IN and will be for sale in the breezeway before school every morning, September 17-21. Cash, checks made out to Henderson MS PTSA, and credit cards will all be accepted. In addition to the COOL grey t-shirt ($12) and the AWESOME blue hoodie ($20), there is now an EPIC long sleeved-shirt ($15) (You asked for it, we made it, now come buy it!) and a brand-new style of ULTIMATE gym shorts - ($15) they are navy, dry-fit and come in youth, mens AND ladies styles! All new Spiritwear will soon be on display in the Attendance Office window. Come get your new Cougar Swag!
FUTURE BUSINESS LEADERS OF AMERICA (FBLA)
Is your student interested in joining the Future Business Leaders of America? FBLA Informational sheets are available to pick up in Room 902. Meetings will be held the first and third Wednesday of each month. The next meeting will be September 19th in Room 902 from 4:15 until 5:15 pm. All students must get a HALL Pass from Dr. Saunders before attending the monthly meetings.
For more information about FBLA, visit http://georgiafbla.org/about/.
ATTENDANCE OFFICE VOLUNTEERS NEEDED
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.
SHOP AND HELP THE SCHOOL FOR FREE
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.
YEARBOOKS ON SALE NOW!
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.
SIGN UP FOR TEAM COMMUNICATIONS
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.
ACCESS GEORGIA MILESTONE AND MAP SCORES ONLINE
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.
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 @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 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 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.