May
17
2017

Yearbook Orders and Upcoming Dates

Jag Families,

From Yearbook teacher Ms. McGowan: It’s not too late to order yearbooks! Order your student’s at www.yearbookforever.com

Also we wanted to pass along the date and times for awards ceremonies. All will be held on the last day of school, May 26, in the auditorium (Note these are in order of time, not grade!):

6th grade @ 9:45am
5th grade @ 10:50am
7th grade @ 1:10pm
8th grade @ 2:15pm

We hope everyone has a great rest of the week!

May
14
2017

In the Home Stretch

Jag Families,

We hope everyone has enjoyed a beautiful Mother’s Day weekend! We wanted to remind everyone that Monday, May 15 is our final PTO meeting of the year, and it will be at 4pm in the Library/Media Center. All are welcome to attend, and we especially encourage anyone interested in committee chair positions to join us.

In looking back over this year, we have felt fortunate as a PTO to have been able to do so much for our students, staff, and teachers, and that success is due to our amazing families and local businesses, all of whom have gone out of their way to support us.  We are especially thankful that we were able to pull together the Adventure Bash/8th Grade Bash parties, and we hope all of our students enjoyed themselves. We want to recognize several businesses and individuals who sponsored the night’s activities and made them even better than we could have provided on our own:

Arc Weld Inc., Altitude Trampoline Park, Vissing Law LLC, Hexion, Samtec, Dr. Black’s Eye Associates, Chick-Fil-A, Domino’s Pizza, Dairy Queen, Cindy Knopp, Amanda Elliot,  Jackie Schulz, Jennie Mitchell, Culver’s, Coca-Cola, FCHS Students, and of course HHMS families and staff! We had about 150 of you volunteer to make those parties a success, and we absolutely could not have done it without so much help.

Thank you all for such a wonderful year at HHMS, and we hope to see lots of you at our PTO meeting tomorrow!

Apr
27
2017

Jags/8th Grade Bash Info

Jag Families,

We wanted to give you all some information to help our Jags/8th Grade Bash run smoothly. As you know, Friday is the Jags Bash for those kids who’ve RSVP’d. Parents should bear right in the main parking lot and circle up to the front doors to drop off 6th/7th and 8th graders. At pick up, we need parents to park and walk up to the front awning to meet their students. Students will receive shirts at lunch today (Thursday) and should wear them to school on Friday. If they are absent on Thursday at lunch, we will have their shirts at the Bash on Friday. Those who have not paid for their shirts must bring their money to the Bash. A very limited number of extra shirts will be for sale at the Bash for $10 each.

Drop off times are as follows: 5th graders – stay after school & meet in back of auditorium; 6th/7th: 5:30pm; 8th: 7:45pm.

Pick up times: 5th: 5:45pm; 6th/7th: 7:45pm; 8th: 10pm.

Thank you again to all our amazing parents who have volunteered their time to make the Jags/8th Grade Bash happen! We’re looking forward to a fun night to celebrate our students’ hard work this year!

Apr
25
2017

Last Plea for Jags Adventure/8th Grade Bash Volunteers

Jag Families,

It’s t-3 days and counting until our Jags Adventure and 8th Grade Bash parties! Many thanks to everyone who has signed up to volunteer for this event. We very literally cannot pull this off with all of you!  For those who have not yet gotten a chance to sign up, we are still very very much in need of volunteers for the 5th and 8th grade Amazing Race stations, as well as several other stations during the 8th Grade Bash. We especially want this to be an amazing (and safe!) night for our 8th graders, and having these stations covered will make that happen.  Please sign up at http://www.signupgenius.com/go/60b0a44aaa628a13-jags

We also could use some more pictures of 8th graders from this year for a slide show.  Send pictures to President Connie Hynes at president@hhmspto.net or conniehynes@live.com.

Thank you again to all our families for making our school community so wonderful!

 

Apr
18
2017

Success Cards, 8th Grade Pics, & Jags Bash Volunteers, Oh My!

Jag Families,

Green and Gold Success Cards for All-A and A/B honor roll have been handed out to students. If your student didn’t receive theirs, they can get it in the office. The following businesses have sponsored our Success Card program: Adrienne and Company Bakery; Beef O’Brady’s; Chick-Fil-A; Dairy Queen; Domino’s Pizza; McDonald’s; Subway; Sugarcane Shave Ice; Taco Bell. Thank you to all these wonderful establishments for helping us recognize our students’ achievements!

Do you have photos of HHMS 8th graders? They can be during sports, music, school, back to school pics, or anything from this year. Email President Connie Hynes at president@hhmspto.net or conniehynes@live.com in case one gets full.

And finally, we’ve received a wonderful volunteer response so far for our Jags Adventure Bash and 8th Grade Bash. We really appreciate all the parents who have stepped up!  Unfortunately, we do have quite a few spots we still need to fill–around 80!–and we’re especially short handed for help with the Amazing Race stations. We know this is a large event to put on, but we want to reward this year of hard work for our students. If you haven’t gotten the chance to sign up, we hope you will consider volunteering to help make this fun event happen! If you have high school students in need of service hours, they can volunteer as well! Visit http://www.signupgenius.com/go/60b0a44aaa628a13-jags to sign up.

We hope everyone has a wonderful rest of their week!

 

Apr
16
2017

PTO Meeting and Elections

As a reminder, tomorrow, Monday, April 17 is our next PTO meeting at 6pm in the Media Center/Library. We will hold our elections at this meeting; you can see the list of candidates at http://hhmspto.net/2017-board-elections/

We still need someone to take on the Fundraising Chair position. This person would oversee fundraising programs such as Walkathon, Box Tops, and Texas Roadhouse gift cards, however, there are 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. If this position interests you, please email President Connie Hynes at president@hhmspto.net

We hope everyone has enjoyed this beautiful weekend, and we hope all our students have a great upcoming ISTEP week!

Apr
12
2017

RSVP’s due tomorrow!

Just a reminder that the RSVPs are due tomorrow, Thurs, April 13 for the Jags Adventure Bash and the 8th Grade Adventure Bash. If you didn’t receive the flier and envelope or have lost them, you can get the information on our website at http://hhmspto.net/jags-adventure-bash8th-grade-adventure-bash/ .  If you haven’t gotten a chance to sign up to help, we do still need volunteers; sign up at http://www.signupgenius.com/go/60b0a44aaa628a13-jags .We want to thank the parents who have stepped up to help with this event–we are so thankful for our volunteers!

Apr
09
2017

Jags Adventure Bash/8th Grade Adventure Bash

Jag Families,

By now your student should have brought home an envelope and flier about the Jags Adventure Bash and/or the 8th Grade Adventure Bash. These are fun student events that we are able to plan thanks to the enormous generosity of our school community for this year’s Walkathon. The events are free and t-shirts are only $6, however, we need to have an RSVP by Thurs, April 13 so we can plan adequately. Visit our Adventure Bash page for more information about these events or to get RSVP envelope information if your student didn’t bring home the flier and envelope: http://hhmspto.net/jags-adventure-bash8th-grade-adventure-bash/

Additionally, we will need a lot of parent help. Please don’t assume we will have enough volunteers because we’re such a large school; this often works against us when trying to get enough volunteers to cover our programs. This event will definitely require a lot of volunteers to make sure our kids enjoy a safe event. As a “thank you”, all volunteers will receive a free neon “Jags Bash” t-shirt! Many thanks to those who have already signed up. If you can help, please visit http://www.signupgenius.com/go/60b0a44aaa628a13-jags

 

Apr
04
2017

Chic-Fil-A Spirit Day Today!

Today is HHMS PTO Chic-Fil-A Spirit Day at the State Street location! Remember to “say before you pay” and let the cashier know you’re there for HHMS PTO before you complete your order, and HHMS PTO will receive a portion of the sale. Valid for dine-in, carry-out, and drive-through all day long!

CFA Spirit Day April 2017 Flier

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!

cfaspiritday-mar7

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!

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