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!

Jul
11
2016

Open Chair Positions

Hello Jag Families!

The start of school is just around the corner, and HHMS PTO is looking to fill a few open positions for the upcoming year. Thanks to our awesome families, many are filled but the following are still available:

Book Fair co-chair (1) – Plans Book Fairs
Walkathon co-chair (2) – Plans annual walkathon (past chair available to consult)
Fundraising Chair (1) – Oversees fundraising chairs/committees and helps coordinate spirit/fundraising nights at local restaurants
If one of these positions interests you, please email President Connie Hynes at President@hhmspto.net

Jun
10
2016

School Board Meeting About November Referendum

We wanted to let parents know that the School Board’s final discussion on the upcoming school funding referendum will be Monday, June 13 at 6pm in the Education Support Center, 2801 Grantline Rd, New Albany. If enough people vote to pass the referendum in November, Highland Hills will see improvements in the car rider drop off/pick up area, a new canopy, outdoor educational area, and audio enhancement systems in the classrooms to better facilitate learning.  While we are thankful to have the beautiful facility we have in HHMS, not all of the district’s schools are as new, and some have reached a point where they are inadequate, unsafe, and/or unhealthy for students and staff.  Passing the November referendum will allow the District to fund the projects that will give all students a positive, safe, and equitable educational environment throughout the county.  Additionally, while the referendum must be worded as a tax increase on the November ballot, there will actually be no property tax increase for our county because other debt will be retiring to offset it.  For more information, there is a short video available at https://youtu.be/UneTbtTuL74  .  We hope you will watch and/or attend the School Board meeting on Monday for more information about this important issue for our children and their schools!

May
24
2016

Four Stars!

PTO received word today that HHMS has been recognized by the State of Indiana as a 4-Star School for the 2014-2015 school year! From Mr. Krammes: “You should be very proud of all the hard work, time, effort and energy you give to your students each and every day – I am very proud of what you do as parents to support HHMS!”  PTO also recognizes the hard work of our teachers, staff, and administrators; it definitely takes a team effort to be the Greatest Middle School on the Planet!

May
23
2016

Last PTO Meeting and Box Tops

Tuesday, May 24 will be our last PTO meeting of the year, and we will meet at 6pm in the Media Center/Library.  This will be a transition meeting with both our old and new Board.  We still have committee chair/co-chair opportunities and would love to hear from you if you’d like to be part of shorter term projects such as Spirit Wear and Walk-a-Thon. Email info@hhmspto.net for  more information and/or join us at the PTO meeting!

And finally, this Friday, May 27 is the last Box Tops Friday of the year. Remember to trim the Box Tops and make sure they’re not expired before turning them in.  We appreciate everyone’s help with Box Tops this year!

May
15
2016

DC Payment Due and Parent Technology Meeting

7th grade parents: The 2nd DC Trip payment is due Monday, May 16.  Payments should be placed in a sealed envelope with the student’s name on the front, and they should be dropped off to the Main Office before school starts at 9am.

Also, on Thurs, May 26, the district will host a Parents’ Guide to Teenage Technology informational meeting at HHMS from 6:15-7:45pm. This free event will provide information on keeping kids safe on modern technology and social media.

Apr
27
2016

Election Results

Elections were held last night, and your officers for the 2016-2017 school year are:

President: Connie Hynes
1st Vice President, Volunteers: Heather Peters
2nd Vice President, Communications: Karen Bassett
Treasurer: Marsha Weaver
Secretary: Holly Amsler
Member-at-Large, Hospitality: Mary Ritchie
Member-at-Large, Programs: Cathleen Palmer

Thank you to all who threw their hat in the ring!

Apr
25
2016

PTO Elections

It’s that time of year again–PTO elections!  We will hold elections at our regular meeting Tues, Apr 26 at 6pm in the Library/Media Center. Per our by-laws, newly elected officers will transition with outgoing officers next month. We look forward to wrapping up another great year at HHMS, and we hope to see lots of you at Tuesday’s meeting!

Apr
19
2016

Tumbleweed Spirit Day and Teacher/Staff Appreciation Day

Wendnesday, April 20 will be HHMS PTO Spirit Day at the Highlander Point Tumbleweed.   We will receive 15% of your sale, but you must tell your server you’re there for HHMS or you can print out one of these coupons and give to them: Fundrasier 4.20.2016

In other news, Hospitality Chair Mary Ritchie wanted to remind everyone that Teacher/Staff Appreciation Day is May 4.  We had a great response when we asked for dessert donations at Christmas, and we’d like to ask for them again to help teachers and staff know how much we appreciate them this May.  If you can donate a dessert, please email Mary at hospitality@hhmspto.net .

Thank you as always for all the support you show the school and your PTO!

 

 

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