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.
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.
EMORY LAVISTA PARENT COUNCIL
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.
LAKESIDE CONSTRUCTION ADVISORY COMMITTEE MEETING FRIDAY OCT. 19TH
The Lakeside Construction Advisory Committee (CAC) will meet on Friday Oct. 19th to share updates on the planned expansion of Lakeside. We encourage public participation and ask any potential speakers to sign up prior to the meeting. Contact Katie Bell at Katiebell3@comcast.net to sign up to speak.
Public comment begins at 8:15AM. NOTE: Due to the severe parking shortage at Lakeside we must hold meetings offsite. This one will be at the Briarcliff Woods Beach Club, 1830 Morris Landers Dr., Atlanta, GA 30345.
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.
HENDERSON T.S.A. LASER ENGRAVING WORKSHOP FUNDRAISER
Henderson's Technology Student Association is hosting a Laser Engraving Workshop to assist in raising funds to attend the Fall Leadership Conference on Jekyll Island. This workshop is entirely developed and run by the T.S.A. students. The workshop will take place October 17th from 4:00pm-6:00pm. Please click on the links below to download more information and a permission form. Please do not hesitate to contact Coach Ernst if you have any questions.
T.S.A. PERMISSION FORM
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
HMS LENDS A HAND TO CORALWOOD
On Tuesday, October 9th, Henderson Middle School hosted the students, teachers, and administration of Coralwood Diagnostic Center due to a power outage in their building. The students arrived at approximately 9:15 a.m. and stayed for the entire day. The Coralwood students were housed in the gymnasium and had full run of the gym. Henderson Middle School students were moved to alternate areas for instruction for physical education classes. Additionally, the Coralwood students were able to eat in the cafeteria, just like the older students. They loved it! Henderson Middle School students ate in their classrooms (just like they do for testing). Below are some pictures from the day.
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.