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.
CONNECT WITH US ON FACEBOOK!
There is a new Henderson Middle PTSA Facebook page and corresponding Henderson Middle Parents Closed Group. Both are excellent sources for information.
The new Henderson Middle PTSA Page has general school and PTSA announcements:
The Henderson Middle Parents Group is a closed group (you just need to request to be added, and provide your student's name). This is a great place to ask specific questions about school that are then generally answered by other parents in the know. Click on the link below to join:
P.S. - Why did we create a new page? Because the original page was set up years ago as an individual rather than group profile page, Facebook blocked our administrative access.
GIRLS BASKETBALL TRYOUTS
For any young ladies interested in trying out for the 2018-2019 HMS girls basketball team, tryouts will be held on October 22 and 23 from 4:15-5:15. Please wear dark colored basketball shorts and a white t-shirt. A Dekalb county physical must be on file with Coach Ruffin in order to tryout.
BOYS BASKETBALL TRYOUTS
Basketball tryouts for the Henderson Boys Basketball team will be held, Monday, October 22nd thru Wednesday, October 24th from 7:20 am -8:20 am each morning. This is for 7th and 8th grade boys only and you must have a physical on file. See Coach Love, Coach Lille or Coach Smith for details.
HMS ANTI-BULLYING SPIRIT WEEK
October 22nd to October 26th is Anti-Bullying Spirit Week at HMS
YOGURTLAND FUNDRAISER FOR BULLYING AWARENESS
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 24th
Wednesday October 24th during lunch from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm. On the Cafeteria Stage. Yogurtland will be here. They will be selling frozen yogurt for $3.00 per cup. They will bring a variety of flavors. Get them while they last.
STOMP OUT BULLYING DOG TAG SALE
Support the HMS Technology Student Association's STOMP OUT BULLYING Dog Tag Sale. Dog Tags for sale every day this week. Wear your Dog Tag to school on Friday for the visit from WSB News.
PTSA BOARD MEETING
The PTSA Board meets this Wednesday, October 24th at 8:30 a.m. in the Media Center Conference Room. All PTSA members are welcome to attend.
The HMS Student Council is selling "Boo-Grams" for Halloween starting Monday, October 22nd, 2018 to Friday, October 26th, 2018. The cost is $2 and includes a personal message and a treat (no tricks)! "Boo-Grams" will be delivered on the morning of Halloween. Please stop by the table in the cafeteria during lunch or Room 508 and purchase your “Boo-Gram”. Proceeds will go towards the Anti-Bullying Fundraiser.
REFLECTIONS ART CONTEST
Calling all student artists! The PTSA invites you to submit your original work of art to the annual Reflections Art Contest.This year's theme is Heroes Around Me. The purpose is to give you the opportunity to show off your creativity in the areas of Visual Arts, Photography, Literature, Music Composition, Dance Choreography, and Film Production. Entries are due October 24th. CLICK HERE to download a Summary of Rules for Participation. Visit the front office for entry forms OR Download the Instructions and Entry Form HERE.
BIG THANK YOU for our MILITARY
LETTERS TO OUR TROOPS
Hey Henderson! Let’s all give a BIG THANK YOU to our U.S. Military. The Bert Show, a radio comedy show, is hosting a contest in support of U.S. military personnel. The show is collecting letters written by students to send to troops on Thanksgiving. The Georgia K-12 school that raises the most letters will win $1,000. In order to qualify, the top page in the bundle should clearly indicate how many letters are being submitted on behalf of the school, how many letters are included in the bundle, the school name, city, and a point of contact.
All letters are due to your ELA teacher no later than Tuesday October 23rd. We must mail them by Wednesday October 24th. The winner will be notified by November 15!
HMS ALUMNI FUNDRAISER - BOO FOR A CAUSE
Please join fellow Henderson Alumni for “Boo For A Cause”, Annual Haunted House Fundraiser. This year’s event, A Haunted History of Horror, will take place on Saturday, October 27th from 2 to 10 pm and Sunday, October 28th from 5:30 to 8:30 pm at 2427 Tanglewood Road, Decatur, GA 30033. Proceeds from this event will benefit The Marcus Center for Autism and The Michael L. Lazer Scholarship Fund for graduating Lakeside students with Chronic Illness or Disability.
HMS HEALTH CLINIC WISH LIST
HMS has a new full time nurse. Miss Penland needs the following items to stock the student health clinic:
Gloves (non Latex)
Small ice packs
Comb and brush kits
Saline eye wash
Box of salt (gargle for sore throats)
Small bottles of water
YEARBOOK COVER CONTEST WINNERS
Congratulations to our 2019 yearbook cover contest winners. Two designs were selected which will be incorporated into this year's yearbook cover. The cover design winners are:
- Molly Forsythe (8th Grade)
- Savannah Spires (7th Grade)
Five other entries were selected as Honorable Mentions and those designs will be displayed throughout the year book. Honorable mention students are:
- Shane Spillet (6th grade)
- Kayra Basoron (7th Grade)
- Erika Kato (6th Grade)
- Lily Smith (6th Grade)
- Lathan Burgess (6th Grade)
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.