Mar
15
2017

Upcoming Elections

Jag Families,

April is almost here, and for our PTO, April is election month. The PTO Executive Board includes the President, Vice President, Treasurer, Secretary, Communications Director, Program Director, Hospitality Director, and (new for next year) Fundraising Director. These eight volunteer positions are all elected to single year terms. All positions are therefore open, though all of our current Executive Board members are willing to run for election again.  With the Fundraising Director position being new we are in particular need for someone to fill that role. This person would oversee fundraising programs such as Walkathon, Box Tops, and Texas Roadhouse gift cards, however, there would ideally be chair persons directly in charge of these events (and we do already have help for Walkathon!), so the task of handling them would not fall solely on the Fundraising Director’s shoulders! The ideal candidate would have good organizational and delegation skills.   Obviously not everyone has the time to consider running for a board position, but if you are interested in increasing your involvement with PTO, we hope you might consider one of our committee chair positions. Most committees handle short term projects that might fit in to a busy schedule more easily. You can see a run down of the various board positions and committee chairs in this document PTO Position Descriptions, and we have a helpful organizational flowchart available here PTO At-Large Org Chart (many thanks to President Connie Hynes for putting these together!). If either an elected position or committee chair position interest you, please contact us at info@hhmspto.net

Mar
13
2017

Spirit Wear and Cancer Week Activities

Just a reminder that all spirit wear orders must be turned into the yellow PTO lockbox or the office by the end of school on Wednesday 3/15. This is the last chance to order HHMS gear for the school year 2016-2017. If your student did not bring home a spirit wear flier, you can see it at http://hhmspto.net/spirit-wear/

Also, for this week’s Cancer Week activities, palm leaves will be sold before school tomorrow, March 14 for $1.00 in memory/honor of loved ones with cancer. We are also collecting new board and card games on Wednesday March 15 to help restock the toy closet at Norton Children’s Hospital.

Mar
07
2017

Hope From Harper Flier

Hi Jag Families,

Some parents let us know they had trouble reading the Hope From Harper flier image in a previous email. We aren’t entirely sure what happened to make the image fuzzy for some, but we’re hoping the direct link here will work better: Hope From Harper Flier When clicking on the link, you may need to right click then open in a new tab to see the image full size.

If you have difficulty viewing the image at the link, please let us know at info@hhmspto.net!

Mar
06
2017

March Chic-Fil-A Spirit Day

Tuesday, March 7 is Chic-Fil-A Spirit Day for HHMS PTO! Visit anytime between 6:30am and 10pm, and be sure to tell the cashier you’re visiting for HHMS PTO before you complete your sale. Valid for dine-in, carry-out, and drive-thru! Attached is a flier you can print and take with you, though as long as you let them know you’re there for HHMS PTO, it will count.  We appreciate the generosity of our local Jag-owned Chic-Fil-A!

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Mar
05
2017

Spring Outreach Project: Hope From Harper

Hi Jags Families,

In the Fall, PTO chose Blessings in a Backpack as our Fall Outreach Project, and for Spring we have chosen Hope From Harper. We are partnering with this organization during Cancer Awareness Week, March 13-17, to raise awareness of childhood cancer. Attached is a flier for the activities that will be happening that week. We will need some volunteers to help with these activities; you can sign up at http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0a4dafad2aa4ff2-hhms or use the shortened link on the flier. We hope everyone has a great upcoming week!

Feb
27
2017

ISTEP/Book Fair changes

We wanted to let everyone know that there were some changes to the ISTEP schedule this morning that changed when some classes are going to Book Fair. The changes affected mostly 7th/8th graders and involved the original Monday and Wednesday schedules getting flip flopped. If your student was expecting to go to Book Fair Wednesday but went today instead and did not have money, have them speak with their English teacher about going at a different time this week (e.g. going during lunches is an easy option). Students without money were still allowed to look around and take notes on things they wanted so they can purchase later.  If you signed up to volunteer during your student’s Book Fair time slot and that time changed today, you can review the schedule at our Sign Up Genius at http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0d4cada629a3fd0-scholastic Just know that the Monday and Wednesday schedules are flip flopped from what is listed there (e.g. Bizzell, Woodruff, and Vorgang will go Wednesday instead of Monday as listed on the Sign Up Genius). We can still use a few more volunteers, as well, so feel free to sign up!

Also, with ISTEP’s change to just Monday and Tuesday of this week, we will hand out the remainder of our treats at lunches tomorrow, Tuesday February 28 and will not distribute any on Wednesday. We can still use a few more hands for ISTEP treats, so if you can help, please email President Connie Hynes at president@hhmspto.net.

Many thanks to all our volunteers who make our school such a great place!

 

Feb
27
2017

Beef’s Spirit Day and ISTEP Week

Today is HHMS PTO Spirit Day at Beef O’Brady’s at LaFollette Station in the Knobs. If you eat there today, HHMS PTO will receive a portion of the proceeds from your tab. Thanks to Beef’s and our families for their support!

This week is the start of ISTEP testing. PTO will be giving out some goodies to our students at lunches Tuesday Feb 28 and Wednesday Mar 1 this week. Email president@hhmspto.net if you are able to help either day from 11:00-1:30. Best of luck to all our students!

Feb
23
2017

Volunteer Opportunities

Jag Families,

It’s been another busy week, and we wanted to let everyone know of upcoming volunteer needs we have.

First up is Book Fair, which starts tomorrow, Friday, February 24. We still have lots of open spots, especially for tomorrow mid-morning, which currently has no coverage outside our tireless Book Fair Chairs. If you can help with any of our Book Fair times, we’d greatly appreciate it!! Sign up at http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0d4cada629a3fd0-scholastic Thank you to those who have already signed up to help!

Next week is the first half of ISTEP testing, and PTO is planning to give out some treats and other goodies to our students.  We will be passing out items at lunches on Tuesday, February 28 and Wednesday, March 1 next week. If you are able to help, please email PTO President Connie Hynes at president@hhmspto.net

And finally, the week of March 13-17 is Cancer Awareness Week, and as part of our community outreach program, PTO has partnered with local childhood cancer support organization Hope From Harper to help raise awareness.  We will be assisting with collecting donations that week and sponsoring fun activities such as a door decorating contest.  If you’re able to help that week, please visit http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0a4dafad2aa4ff2-hhms

Thanks as always to our many volunteers; we literally could not do this without you!!

Feb
21
2017

Book Fair is Almost Here!

Book Fair begins this Friday, February 24 and runs through Thursday, March 2.  If you haven’t gotten a chance to sign up to help, we still have volunteer positions open. Sign up here http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0d4cada629a3fd0-scholastic Thanks to those who have signed up so far!

Feb
16
2017

Thank You, Parents!

We wanted to share these beautiful bulletin boards decorated for us by Sharla Carter and Amy Grelinger to promote our Kindness program and the Love Your Pets Contest. We’re so thankful for our creative parent volunteers! You all help in so many different ways, and it really makes a difference in the support we can provide our school.

We also wanted to remind you about our upcoming Book Fair. If you haven’t had a chance to sign up to volunteer, you can do so at http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0d4cada629a3fd0-scholastic . Teacher names are listed, but you may need to confirm with your student which specific time slot their class will be at the Book Fair.

And finally, we have one more day to send in donation items for our Education Foundation basket.  Disney themed items would be great, but we’ll take gift cards and other items as well.  Send in to the school office with your student tomorrow, Friday, February 17!

Thank you again to all our parents and families who truly make our school the Greatest Middle School on the Planet!

Feb
14
2017

Silent Auction Collection Extended

We are extending the collection period to Friday, February 17 for the silent auction donations. Please consider donating for this terrific cause. All proceeds go to the NAFC Education Foundation which supports many causes such as teacher grants (for all of our schools!), Blessings in a Backpack, and Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library. Please help us fill HHMS baskets with Disney movies, toys, blankets, beach towels, gift cards, etc.! You can find these literally everywhere: Target, Walmart, TJ Maxx, Ross, The Disney Store, Sam’s Club, etc. We still need many more items, and together we can do it!! Please share and pass the word!

Feb
13
2017

Silent Auction Donations and Book Fair Volunteers Needed

Jag Families,

There is still time to send in Disney themed items or other donations for our NAFC Education Foundation silent auction baskets.  If you have items to donate, your student can take them to the office tomorrow, Tuesday February 14 or Wednesday, February 15.  Thanks to all who have donated so far!

Spring Book Fair time will soon be here!  The dates are Friday, February 24-Thursday March 2, and as always, we’ll need lots of help to make this happen.  If you’re able to volunteer, sign up here: Book Fair Sign Up Genius Time slots are broken down by teacher; for teachers with multiple time slots, ask your student when they will go if you would like to volunteer for that time. Thanks as always for helping us with this event!

Feb
08
2017

Silent Auction Donations

Dear HHMS families: The PTO is collecting items for the upcoming NAFC Education Foundation Celebration Silent Auction beginning tomorrow (Thurs, 2/9) until Wednesday (2/15). We would like to make three baskets, and suggested items are as follows:

1) Disney Themed family movie night basket-DISNEY DVDs or Blu-Rays, popcorn, candy, Netflix gift cards, Disney themed candy/snacks, Disney blankets, Disney themed container, Disney gift cards, etc.

2) Disney themed Adventurer/Pirate basket for a boy: Disney or Disney Junior movies, toys, games, costumes, candy, books, Disney gift cards, etc. (Character suggestions are Peter Pan, Cpt Hook, Pirates of the Caribbean, Mickey, Pluto, Goofy, Robin Hood, Lightning McQueen (Cars), Monsters Inc., Buzz, Woody, Star Wars, Power Rangers, Ninja Turtles, etc.)

3) Disney themed Princess basket for a girl: Disney or Disney Junior movies, toys, games, costumes, candy, stuffed animals, Disney gift cards, books, etc. (Character suggestions are Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Belle, Little Mermaid, Minnie Mouse, Rapunzel, Elsa, Anna, etc.)

If you would like to donate something and are unable to send in something from the above suggestions, please feel free to choose from the following list as well.

Restaurant gift cards
Sporting Event Tickets (for dates after 3/15/17)
Passes to movies, bowling, entertainment venues, etc.
Timeshare points
Vacation rentals
IU/UL/Purdue/UK items
Donations from service businesses (i.e. Service contracts, free carpet cleaning, gym memberships, orthodontic gift certificates, etc.)

Any donation items should be taken to the office at school. Thank you as always for being so generous for the kids of NAFCS!

Jan
31
2017

February Newsletter

Jag Families,

Hard to believe over half the school year is over already, but it is!  President Connie Hynes has prepared a newsletter with lots of information on programs and upcoming events, and you’ll find that attached to this post. After clicking on the image, if you’re having trouble reading it, clicking on it again should allow you to view it full size.

Also, the Executive Board has completed a review of our bylaws, which had not been updated in far too long.  We have posted the proposed revised bylaws on the website for your review, available at http://hhmspto.net/files/2016/01/bylawsrevision-2017.pdf .  They will be posted for 30 days, then voted on at an upcoming meeting. Our current bylaws are also available on the website for you to refer to as needed, available at http://hhmspto.net/files/2016/05/hhmsptobylaws2007.pdf .

Have a wonderful rest of your week!

 

Jan
26
2017

January’s Box Tops Friday

Tomorrow, January 27 is the last day to turn in Box Tops for the January gift card drawing. Remember to trim the Box Tops, write your student’s name and 7th period teacher on a slip of paper, and place it in a baggie with the Box Tops. Turn them in to the 7th period teacher or the office. No need to count them or glue them to sheets of paper!  Thanks to everyone who submits Box Tops for us!

Jan
22
2017

PTO Meeting

Our next PTO meeting will be tomorrow, Monday, January 23 at 6pm in the Media Center/Library. Our agenda is available here HHMS PTO AGENDA 1-23-17 All parents, teachers, guardians, students and staff are invited and welcome to attend. We hope everyone’s had a great start to their new year!

Jan
06
2017

First Week Back News!

Jag Families,

We hope everyone’s had a great week back from break! Your PTO has hit the ground running and already has news to share!

–On Wednesday this week, we provided coffee, cocoa, and doughnuts to our HHMS bus drivers. We had a great time chatting with them, and what impressed us the most was how much they love their jobs (and our kids!) and how very dedicated they are.  We’re very thankful for the bus drivers who keep our kids safe each day!

–Second quarter Success Cards for All-A and A/B honor roll students will be distributed January 11 during lunches. If your student isn’t in school that day, they can be picked up from the office after that point.  THANK YOU to the following businesses for their generosity in supporting Highland Hills Middle School students! They are each providing one free food/drink item per quarter through our gold and green Success Cards program for the 2016-2017 school year.  Please show your appreciation by supporting these businesses!

Adrienne & Co. Donuts & Desserts, 5801 Hwy 150, Floyds Knobs
Beef ‘O’ Brady’s, 105 Lafollette Station Dr., Floyds Knobs
Chick-fil-A, 2225 State Street, New Albany
Dairy Queen, 700 Highlander Point Dr., Floyds Knobs
Domino’s Pizza, 748 Highlander Point Dr., Floyds Knobs
McDonald’s, 600 LaFollette Station Dr., Floyds Knobs
Subway, Highlander Point, Floyds Knobs
Taco Bell, 900 LaFollette Station Dr., Floyds Knobs

–Floyd Central Dance Marathon is hosting a Movie Night after school Friday, January 13th in the auditorium at Highland Hills. They will be showing the movie Zootopia. Admission is $5 and includes popcorn and bottled water. All proceeds benefit Riley Children’s Hospital. Pick up after the movie is around 6:15.

–On Saturday, January 21 Floyd Central Theater Arts will host a musical theater workshop for students in grades 3-8 who are interested in learning more about performing.  You can use the Broadway Bootcamp Flyer to sign up if you’re interested.

That’s all for now. Enjoy your weekend and stay warm!

Dec
16
2016

A Huge “Thank You and Happy Holidays!” From Your PTO!

Jag Families,

It’s hard to believe the year is half over already, but it is! We on PTO have had such an incredible year so far, and it is thanks in large part to our wonderful parents, grandparents, and guardians who volunteer their time and talents when we put out the call for help. This week we’ve had wonderful desserts donated for teachers and staff and lots of extra hands to help serve cocoa and donuts to our students before they went on break.  Thank you to all our volunteers for helping make these fun (and tasty!) events happen!  You can see pictures from our cocoa and donuts event at https://www.facebook.com/HHMSPTO/photos/?tab=album&album_id=1520123551600584 We’re so thankful to be part of such a wonderful school community, and we hope everyone has a safe and happy holiday and new year!

Dec
14
2016

Spirit Wear and Texas Roadhouse Gift Cards

Spirit wear is in and was sent home today.  Those who ordered Christmas gifts can pick them up from the office.

Also, if students have not brought home their Texas Roadhouse gift cards, have them check with their 7th period teacher. They were delivered Monday to teacher mailboxes.

We hope all our teachers, staff, students, and families have a great last couple days before break!

Dec
12
2016

Cocoa and Doughnuts For Students This Friday!

PTO will be treating students to hot cocoa, toppings and “snowball” doughnuts at lunch this Friday, December 16. We are in need of parents/grandparents to help serve. Even if you can only participate for part of a shift, we still want you! This will be a festive & fun time to help out at HHMS! If you’re able to help, please sign up at http://www.signupgenius.com/go/60b0a44aaa628a13-snowballs Thank you!

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