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VOLUNTEERS NEEDED ON WEDNESDAY APRIL 25 FOR FRONT, ATTENDANCE, AND COUNSELING OFFICES
We need volunteers! Wednesday, April 25th is Administrative Professionals Day and we would like to honor our amazing staff in the Front Office and Attendance Office with time to go out to lunch. If you are available on Wednesday, April 25th anytime between the hours of 11am and 4pm, please contact Sue Boehringer (firstname.lastname@example.org). With multiple volunteers, we can stagger volunteer times to suit your schedule. Volunteers will help in the Front Office, Attendance Office or the Counseling Office.
HMS ALL STAR TEACHER APPRECIATION WEEK
We are celebrating Teacher Appreciation Week on Monday, May 7th to Friday, May 11th. HMS PTSA would like to thank all the teachers and staff for their dedication and hard work this year. We need your help! You can help by volunteering and/or donating $ for gift cards. We have a week of fun filled events - Please click on Sign Up Genius Link for the activities and sign up opportunities. We also would love to give every teacher/staff at least a $10 gift card (as part of our daily drawing). Please sign up to make this a memorable event for all the faculty and staff at HMS.
All Star Week
Monday 5/7 - Gold Medal Italian Lunch
Tuesday 5/8 - Breakfast of Champions
Wednesday 5/9 - Tailgate with Varsity Food Truck
Thursday 5/10 - Timeout for Dessert
Friday 5/11 - Concession Stand Pizza
PTSA SLATE OF NEW OFFICERS FOR 2018-2019
The PTSA Nominating Committee would like to share the PTSA Slate of New Officers for the 2018-2019 school year. The following parent volunteers have offered to serve in two of the key positions:
Danielle Griffin, Secretary
Allyson Martin, Vice President for Programs
We will hold an official vote of these new officers on Tuesday, April 24th at 6:30pm in the Media Center. They will join the parent volunteers that are staying on in their current roles on the PTSA Board for the 2018-2019 school year.
Holly Cole, Vice President for Communications
Matt Evans, Treasurer
Sonya Tinsley-Hook, Vice president for Fundraising
We still need 2 additional parent volunteers to serve as co-Presidents of the PTSA. Ideally, we would like to recruit a rising-6th grade parent and a rising-7th grade parent. The rising 6th grade parent would shadow the 7th grade parent volunteer and the 7th grade parent volunteer would receive guidance from the outgoing PTSA co-President (Amy Kirsch). Please contact email@example.com if you have questions or are interested in serving on the PTSA Board.
HEALTH FAIR VOLUNTEERS NEEDED AND T-SHIRTS FOR SALE
Health Fair is coming! Mark Friday, May 18th on your calendar now. At Henderson Middle School, Field Day is incorporated into the Health Fair. It is a combined event with indoor and outdoor activities, physical and educational stations - including soccer, lacrosse, crunch fitness and over 30 presenters/vendors with representatives from the CDC and local health professionals. Get excited for this fun event by purchasing a T-shirt for your student (and yourself!). If any parents are in the Medical Field and would like to have a booth at the HMS Health Fair on Friday May 18th from 9:30 am to 4:00 pm. Please contact Mrs. Jennifer Morris ( via email at firstname.lastname@example.org ) by Friday May 4th by 4:00 pm.
To volunteer, click the SignUp Genius link below.
Henderson Middle School will be hosting it's 4th Annual Health Fair on Friday May 18th 2018 from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.We ask volunteers to be here by 9:30 am in the Media Center so we can go over where you will be located and what needs to be done.. We are looking forward to another great Health Fair!! Thanks for helping out!
Field Day shirts are $10 (exact cash or check to Henderson MS) and can be turned in with the official below. Paper forms can be picked up from Ms.Morris in the Media Center and completed forms with payment should be submitted to Ms.Morris in the Media Center no later than April 24th. Shirts will be issued prior to May 18th so your student (and you!) can wear them to the event.
To purchase a T-shirt for $10, fill out the attached order form and return it to your child's homeroom teacher.
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!!!!
PTSA PROGRAM ON HANDLING STUDENT STRESS, ANXIETY, AND DEPRESSION
Parenting is hard work and there is no doubt that the middle school years are particularly challenging. Kids are growing physically and emotionally at their own speed – some quickly, some slowly – each with their own unique circumstances. We want our kids to be prepared for high school, not just academically, but socially and emotionally as well.
Mark your calendars now for Tuesday, April 24th at 6:30pm when the PTSA will host a program for parents that will address stress and anxiety among middle school students (and the sources of stress, including, but not limited to bullying and social media).
Our speaker will be Dr. Noriel Lim, assistant professor at Emory University, who specializes in evidence-based approaches to the treatment of anxiety and depression among children, teens and adults.
Developing skills to cope with stress, anxiety and depression are critical, as there has been a documented rise in all three in recent years among middle and high school students.
The PTSA has also adding a new section to the PTSA Website titled “Parent Resources” and while some of the content will be school-specific, the majority of resources are for you as parents. We don’t know what will cause our kids stress – it could be their grades or worrying over things they cannot control, the bus ride home or what to wear to school one day. It is important to pay attention, and while fixing the problem isn’t always possible (or helpful), developing skills to persevere in the face of hardship is.
Please reach out to the PTSA if you have questions, concerns or helpful information you would like to share.
NEW HMS EQUALITY CLUB
Are you tired of labels that don’t fit? Tired of being told to be something you are not? Do you just want to be who you want to be? Come to the new Equality Club. It’s for people who want support because they are being picked on too much for just being themselves, and for those who have seen it happen to others and are willing to give support. We meet on Mondays at 8-8:30 a.m. in Room 1016.
NEW 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.
NEW PARENT INFORMATION
Do you have a rising 6th grader coming to HMS in the Fall or are you otherwise new to HMS? Check out our page with lots of information for New Parents on our Parent Resources tab of the website.
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.
YEARBOOKS FOR SALE
2017-2018 Henderson Yearbooks are on sale NOW for $50. Click here or visit Jostens.com and search for Henderson Middle School in Chamblee, GA to order. Check out personalization and monogram options!
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