Sep
27
2016

Need Walkathon Volunteers for Thursday!

We’ve gotten a great response on volunteers for Wednesday’s 5th/6th grade Walkathon–thank you to everyone who has signed up!  Unfortunately, PTO is in pretty dire need of volunteers to help with Thursday’s 7th/8th grade Walkathon.  With the current number of volunteers, it will be very difficult for us to host this event for students that day.  If you can help on Thurs, Sept 29, we (and our students!) would greatly appreciate it!  Please visit our SignUp Genius at http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f094facab28a13-walkathon to sign up for a time and station.  Thank you as always!

Sep
26
2016

Walkathon Volunteers

Walkathon week is here! We need a few extra people to help distribute Walkathon prizes at lunches on Tues, Sept 27. Please contact Walkathon Co-Chair Stefanie Davis at bandshoosiers@yahoo.com if you can help.  Also, Walkathon will be Wed, Sept 28 and Thurs, Sept 29.  We still need lots of help for the Walkathon days themselves, especially on Thursday. Our students did such a great job raising money, we want to give them a great Walkathon to enjoy!  If you can help please sign up at http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f094facab28a13-walkathon .  Thank you to all our parent volunteers!

Sep
14
2016

September’s PTO Meeting

Our next PTO meeting will be Monday, 9/19 at 4pm in the Media Center/Library.  You can click here to get a copy of the agenda for this meeting. We invite everyone to attend as we will be discussing how our Walkathon funds can be put to best use at HHMS and we need your input! There will be light refreshments. Hope to see you there!

Sep
13
2016

Book Fair and Walkathon Volunteer Opportunities

We still have volunteer opportunities for Book Fair. Please sign up at http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0d4cada629a3fd0-fall1

Also, “Save the Date” for Walkathon: Wednesday 9/28 and Thursday 9/29. Parent volunteer sign-up info will be coming soon! Thanks as always to our many wonderful parents who give so generously of their time!

Sep
07
2016

Final Walk-a-Thon Total–Unbelievable!

Wow, what a month!  After three weeks of donation envelopes coming in, contests, and prizes being earned, we have successfully completed the fall fund drive portion of our Walk-a-Thon!  We ambitiously set our goal at $14,000, but you smashed that out of the park with $29,860!! Students have earned all rewards set for each level (popsicles at the Walk-a-thon, pajama day (date TBD), games at Walk-a-Thon, and finally, Mr. Krammes will walk the plank into our pool in a suit and tie!
Our individual top donor with $500 was Brianna Yates!  2nd place was Drew McMonigle with $300.  Amazing!  The top classes who have won a Culver’s ice cream party are:
    5th Grade – Paul/Ferriell $2,345
    6th Grade – Collier/Sonner -$1,940
    7th Grade – Ms. Elmore – $1,077
    8th Grade – Mr. Kessens – $430*
(*This is a change from the class that was in the lead at the time we gave away the football tickets due to timing requirement for game date.)
Teachers from these classes will be awarded their Amazon Gift Cards this week. Thank you to our teachers for helping to communicate and promote this event! Individual prizes (sunglasses, drawstring bags, t-shirts, and stadium blankets) will be awarded the week of the Walk-a-Thon at lunch.
Thank you everyone who participated and helped make this such a success!!

Sep
06
2016

Walkathon Update and Book Fair

Jag Families,

The last donations that rolled in Friday afternoon are not yet totaled, but so far you helped us raise over $26,500–Amazing!  We’ll update you further this week when we have our final numbers, but many thanks to everyone who donated!

It’s hard to believe it’s almost Book Fair time, but it’s right around the corner.  Book Fair will run Fri Sept 16 through Thurs Sept 22, and students will go down with their English teachers.  Our Book Fair chairs will need a lot of volunteers, so if you’re able to help, please sign up at http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0d4cada629a3fd0-fall1 .

Thanks as always!

Aug
31
2016

Kroger Community Rewards and Walkathon Update

We wanted to remind everyone about enrolling or re-enrolling your Kroger Plus card in the Kroger Commuity Rewards program to benefit Highland Hills Middle School PTO.  Doing so will give us a percentage of your purchase when you use your Kroger Plus card at Kroger’s with no extra effort on your part! Even if you were enrolled last year, you will need to re-enroll for HHMS PTO to continue to benefit from this program.  You can enroll or re-enroll online at http://www.kroger.com/communityrewards or by calling 1-800-KROGERS.  Use our ID# 12420 to connect your Kroger Plus card to HHMS PTO.  Thanks to all who participate in this program!

 

In other news, time is running out to send in your Walkathon donation!  We are so close to our goal with 21% of our students bringing in a donation, and we’d love to see that number go up before the week is over.  If you want to get a ring pop and have a chance to win a trip to the candy bar or other cool prizes during this Friday’s lunch, be sure to bring in at least a $5 donation by tomorrow, Thurs Sept 1.   Ice cream parties will be awarded to one class in each grade which brings in the most money. The classes in the lead so far are:  5th grade – Paul/Ferriell.   6th grade – Lopp/Thrasher.  7th grade – Ms. Elmore.  8th grade – Ms. Williams.  The winning 8th grade class will get also another prize — free tickets to Friday night’s Floyd Central home football game!  Thanks to everyone who has supported the PTO and donated so far!

 

Aug
29
2016

In the Home Stretch!

When you hear the word “Walkathon” do you think…
1. What a great fundraiser!… but I can’t find where I put the paper or donation envelope.
2. I’ve heard about this Walkathon fundraiser but I’m not sure how or when to donate.
3. Walkathon? What is that?

The PTO wants to make it easy for parents to support our students and teachers. We have Walkathon as our big fundraiser so parents don’t have to sell anything to raise money. We have incentives being offered for donation levels of $5, $10, $40, $70, and $100.  We also have prize drawings and school-wide bonuses; see our Walkathon Flyer for more info. This year’s goal is $14,000, and if students reach that, Mr. Krammes has agreed to let the students vote on something crazy for him to do!

It’s easy to donate:
1. Use any envelope. Send cash or check made out to “HHMS PTO” and note it is a Walkathon donation.
2. Include your child’s name, grade and 7th period teacher, if you know it!
3. Include your child’s shirt size and shirt color preference if donating $70 or more, because your child will get a long sleeve, dry fit HHMS t-shirt in Navy, Red, Black, Gold, or Hunter Green.

This is our last week to turn in donations (Friday, September 2 is the last day). We are currently only $4,400 away from our goal! This week, rather than turn in to 7th period teachers, please have your student put their envelope either in the gym box (5th/6th graders) where other office correspondence gets turned in or in the yellow collection box outside the PTO room in the Commons (7th/8th graders). Please turn these in by lunch on Thursday, September 1 to be included in the drawing for prizes on Friday.

Thank you for your support of our school!

Aug
24
2016

Walkathon, and Prizes, and Box Tops, Oh My!

Walkathon donations are starting to roll in–thanks to everyone who has donated so far! We’re working hard to reach that $14,000 mark where students will get to vote on something crazy for Mr. K. to do at school! Walkathon money turned in by Friday morning will qualify a student to be entered into the prize drawing at lunch. Names stay in the drawing bucket unless they’re drawn for a prize.
 
Also, this Friday is our first Box Tops Friday. If you’ve been saving them up, now is the time to turn them in. Remember to trim around them, put them in a baggie with slip of paper listing student’s name and 7th period teacher, and turn in to teacher or office to be entered into drawing for a $20 gift card. The class that submits the most each semester will receive an ice cream party! Questions? Contact Box Tops Chair Camille Gude at RNCami@yahoo.com

Aug
16
2016

It’s Walkathon Time!

Dig out your favorite red, white and blue outfit because it’s time to kick off the 2016 Walkathon, and our theme this year is “Made in the USA!”  The Walkathon is both a fun event for the students to get outside and enjoy music and snacks on the track AND a very important fundraiser for our PTO.  Every student will  soon receive a blue paper with information about the Walkathon and a special envelope to collect money and bring it back to school.  You may start collecting money now.  All money must be turned in by September 2nd.  The Walkathon event itself will take place outside on the track at the end of September.

The money raised pays for things like Jaguar Day, 8th grade celebration, Success Cards, and ISTEP treats and also supports classroom needs and teacher appreciation days.  The PTO is offering prizes for making donations of $10 or more, including free HHMS sunglasses, HHMS drawstring bags, and a really cool HHMS dry-fit long sleeve t-shirt.  Any student who donates at least $5 will get a ring pop and a chance to win free passes for food and desserts from restaurants and free passes to Skyzone, House of Boom, Bluegrass Indoor Karting and more.   Everyone who turns in money by this Friday will have their name entered into the prize drawing for this week.  We will have more drawings next week!  The PTO will have grand prizes for the student who raises the most money and the classes that raise the most money.  If we raise $8,000 as a whole school, we will get popsicles at the Walkathon.  If we raise $10,000 , the PTO will plan for the students to have games during Walkathon like cornhole, Frisbee, football, soccer, dance and giant bubble-making.  If we raise $12,000, we will  celebrate with Pajama Day.  If we reach our ultimate school goal of $14,000, Mr. Krammes will do some kind of crazy and hilarious activity that the students will get to vote on.  Please support our school by making a donation to Walkathon!

Aug
14
2016

Weekly Reminders Aug 15-19

Monday Aug 15–8th grade Washington DC final payment and health history form due to school office.

Monday Aug 15–First PTO meeting of the year at 6pm in the Media Center/Library.  We hope to see lots of you there!

Wednesday Aug 17–Spirit Wear orders due to school.  For 7th/8th graders, “teacher” refers to 7th period teacher (sorry for any confusion!)

Aug
08
2016

New Student Social

PTO will be helping welcome HHMS students who are new to the district this year on Wed August 10 and Fri August 12 from 1:45-3:30pm.  We have a few volunteers, but could use a few more to help.  If you’re available either of those days, please contact Hospitality Director Mary Ritchie at mary.ritchie@ymail.com.  Thanks as always!

Aug
06
2016

Open House Survey

HHMS PTO would like your feedback on this year’s open house. If you have a student at HHMS (even if you did not attend) please take a few minutes to complete. It’s short, and information collected will be passed along to HHMS and/or NAFCS administrators. Surveys must be completed before 8/19. Thanks for your help!
https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/HHMSOpenhouse2016

Aug
05
2016

Donations of Candy & Prizes for HHMS Walkathon

HHMS PTO’s biggest fundraiser, the annual Walkathon, is currently in the planning stages.  Our theme this year is a patriotic one – “Made in the USA!”  Kids will be asked to collect donations from family and friends so that we can continue to fund our many PTO-sponsored programs for students and teachers.  The event will be held on September 28 and 29.  Kids who donate will be excused from class to enjoy a fun afternoon outside with music, games, and snacks.  The Walkathon is the culmination of our Fall Fund Drive, and the collection period will run from August 15—September 2nd, so watch for information coming home soon.

We keep our costs for this event in check with the help of local businesses and parents who donate candy, snacks, drinks and items we can use as prizes.  We greatly appreciate the generosity of Palmer Thompson Law for donating 1,800 bottles of water for the 4th year in a row!  New for this year, we will have “Culvers Custard Parties” for one class in each grade that raises the most money, donated by Culvers of Corydon & Jeffersonville.  Thank you to these HHMS family-owned businesses!

If you know of or have a connection to a business that might be willing to support our Walkathon or that can help our PTO volunteers on the “Prize Patrol” get ready for this event, email us at programs@hhmspto.net.  We are looking for free passes for movies, mini-golf, trampoline, go-cart, laser tag, or similar businesses. Any business that could donate prizes that kids might want to win or gift cards in any amount would be so very helpful!

We are also asking parents to donate bags of individually wrapped candy.  If you can donate, please send the candy to the HHMS office by Friday, August 12th.

Thank you so much for your support of this event, and we hope everyone has a great weekend!

Aug
04
2016

Important Upcoming Dates

Jag Families,

PTO wanted to let you know about some important events and dates.

For 8th Graders going on the Washington DC field trip, the blue health forms are due to the HHMS Office by Monday, August 15, 2016.  Extra forms are available at school if you do not have one. The final trip payment of $230 is also due that day.

Monday, August 15, 2016 is also the date of our first PTO meeting. We will meet at 6pm in the Media Center/Library.  We will be varying the meeting times this year to try to accomodate various schedules, and we hope this allows more people to attend.  We will also post agenda and minutes on the website, so even if you are unable to make it to a meeting, you can still stay informed of what’s going on with your PTO!

And finally, Fall Spirit Wear order forms have gone home.  If your student hasn’t brought one home, we have a pdf of the form available here: http://hhmspto.net/files/2016/08/SpiritWearFall2016.pdf Orders are due back to school by Wednesday, August 17, 2016.

We hope everyone has had a great first week back to school, and we look forward to seeing lots of you at our PTO meetings!

 

Aug
01
2016

Kroger Community Rewards Enrollment/Re-Enrollment

Highland Hills Middle School PTO participates in Kroger Community Rewards, which gives us a percentage of your purchase when you use your Kroger Plus card at Kroger’s. This has been an easy fundraiser for our PTO since there’s nothing for our families to sell or keep track of.  Beginning today, August 1, you may register your Kroger Plus card so HHMS PTO receives credit for your purchases.  Even if you were enrolled last year, you will need to re-enroll for HHMS PTO to continue to benefit from this program.  You can enroll or re-enroll online at http://www.kroger.com/communityrewards or by calling 1-800-KROGERS.  Use our ID# 12420 to connect your Kroger Plus card to HHMS PTO.  Thanks to all who participate in this program!

Jul
29
2016

Welcome to the 2016-2017 School Year!

We wanted to take a moment to welcome all our new and returning families to another great year at HHMS, and we hope everyone had a great first day!  If you didn’t get a chance to stop by the PTO table at Open House, we’re including links to the various fliers we included in our welcome packet. There is lots of information on where your PTO money goes, the programs we sponsor, our fundraising and volunteer opportunities, meeting dates, and various ways to connect with us, including website, email, Remind, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram! (Please note: If you did receive a PTO packet at Open House, the flier with our Remind account on it may have a typo.  To join our Remind, text @hhmsp to 81010 or add @hhmsp to your Remind app. The flier below is correct!)

HHMSPTO StayintheKnow2016-2017

HHMS PTO 2016-2017

HHMS PTO Fundraising2016-2017

HHMS PTO How can I help Sheet2016-2017

Many thanks to our wonderful volunteers who helped us with Open House–we truly could not do it without you! And for those interested, you can find information on volunteer opportunities on the flier above and sign up at http://hhmspto.net/volunteer/

Finally, we did want to pass along that the school has a very helpful Remind for their daily announcements as well.  Even if you were on their list last year, you will need to sign up for it again this year.  You can join that list by texting @esnellin to 81010, by adding @esnellin in the Remind app, or visiting http://rmd.at/esnellin to sign up via email.

We wish all our families a wonderful year at the Greatest Middle School on the Planet!

 

Jul
25
2016

Box Tops

Have you been saving Box Tops all summer?  Our Box Tops Chair will gladly take them off your hands at Open House tomorrow, July 26!  Stop by the PTO table to drop them off before you leave school.  Remember to: 1) trim your box tops, 2) put your student’s name on a slip of paper in the baggie with the Box Tops, and 3) check expiration dates (we can’t use expired Box Tops, unfortunately).  Box Tops are an easy way to earn money for our PTO, and we greatly appreciate it!

Jul
25
2016

Open House Volunteers

Open House is tomorrow, July 26, from 5-6:15pm for 7th/8th graders and from 7-8:15pm for 5th/6th graders.  We still need volunteers to help greet families, give out information, and assist with Spirit Wear orders. If you can help during either (or both!) Open House shifts, please sign up at http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0e44afa92fa4ff2-hhms .  Thanks to all our volunteers!

Jul
22
2016

Open House

Hi Jag Families,

It’s hard to believe how fast the summer has flown or that the school year starts just next week, isn’t it?  We are preparing for Open House, which is Tuesday, July 26 from 5-6:15 for 7th/8th grade and 7-8:15pm for 5th/6th.  We need your help to make this Open House a success!  We will provide information, refreshments, spirit wear samples and take orders, and the like.  If you are able to help during either the 7th/8th or 5th/6th shift, we’d greatly appreciate it!  You may sign up at our Sign Up Genius page http://www.SignUpGenius.com/go/10C0E44AFA92FA4FF2-hhms We look forward to seeing everyone back at the Greatest Middle School on the Planet!

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