Aug
15
2018

Terrific Third Thurs and FUNd Fest

Terrific Third Thursday (TTT) will begin in September (not tomorrow!). We will have more information soon on participating restaurants for our monthly HHMS PTO Spirit Day. In the mean time, keep clipping and collecting those Box Tops!

FUNd Fest flyers and collection envelopes will be coming home with your student(s) tomorrow. This is our main fundraiser for the year and makes it possible for us to put on events and support our teachers and students in numerous ways. Collection period runs through September 5. Thanks in advance for your support!

May
16
2018

Our Final Terrific Third Thursday of the School Year!

Tomorrow is Terrific Third Thursday, our last TTT of the school year! Remember to send in Box Tops (trimmed, unexpired, and put in a baggie with your student’s name on it), visit Chick-Fil-A on State Street (remember to tell them you’re there for HHMS PTO before you pay so we get credit for the visit), and shop at Kroger with your HHMS PTO linked Kroger Card!

May
13
2018

The School Year is Winding Down…

Hi Jag families,

It’s hard to believe, but this school year is rapidly coming to an end! We had a wonderful Jags Bash thanks to our generous sponsors, families, and volunteers–THANK YOU! We wanted to let you know of some important dates and events coming up:

Tomorrow, Monday, May 14 is our final PTO meeting at 4pm in the school library. This is a transition meeting with both our current and incoming PTO Boards, and we hope to see lots of you there! The meeting agenda is available here: May 2018 PTO Mtg

Tuesday, May 15–The second payment for the 2018 DC trip is due. Pay online at http://www.martinschooltravel.com/ 

Wednesday, May 16–This is the last day to purchase yearbooks online at http://www.yearbookforever.com. The price is $35. After this date, students can still purchase yearbooks, but they will need to see Mrs. Deakin in A-202, and cost at that point will be $40 cash only.

Wednesday, May 30–Last student day as well as awards day. Parents should arrive early to sign in at Door #1 if they are attending the awards ceremony. Teachers typically contact parents of students who are receiving awards. The awards day schedule is:

6th grade @ 9:45am
5th grade @ 11:15am
7th grade @ 1:10pm
8th grade @ 2:15pm

And finally, you may have noticed a lack of emails in the last several weeks.  Our website provider has shut down this functionality (hopefully only temporarily) for all PTOs using their service due to problems with their server. Unfortunately, in shutting down this service, they have removed our access to our email subscription list. We have about 2/3 of our emails, however, many people signed up directly on our website after our last export of emails, so we may not have yours. If you will be a returning family next year and want to be sure we have your email to stay on top of news, please email us at info@hhmspto.net with Subscribe in the subject and we will make sure you’re on our list.

We hope everyone has a wonderful week!

Apr
25
2018

Need Parent Volunteers for 8th Grade Bash!

We have been able to fill a lot of our volunteer positions for this Friday’s Jags Bash, however, we are critically short on volunteers for the 8th Grade Bash. Since this is a celebration and send off for our 8th graders finishing out their middle school years, we do not want to have to cancel any of the planned activities for their Bash. If you are able to help, please sign up at http://www.signupgenius.com/go/60b0a44aaa628a13-jags . Thank you to all the parents who have already signed up–your help is very much appreciated!

Apr
17
2018

Terrific Third Thurs, Jag Bash, and Junior Achievement, Oh My!

Jag families,

It’s already the third week of the month, which means Terrific Third Thursday is this Thursday! Eat at the State Street Chick-Fil-A (remember to say you’re with HHMS PTO before you pay!), shop at Kroger with your HHMS PTO linked Kroger Card, and send in all those Box Tops that have been collecting dust in a drawer (trim and send in a baggie with your student’s name on a slip of paper inside the baggie).

Jag Bash is almost here! Thank you to everyone who has signed up so far to help with the event; your assistance is absolutely invaluable! We still need more volunteers, especially during the 8th grade celebration and for cleanup (we must leave the building by 11:20pm, so all hands on deck!). If you can help, please sign up at http://www.signupgenius.com/go/60b0a44aaa628a13-jags  Any volunteers who still need to fill out a background check form, you can get it here: http://hhmspto.net/files/2018/04/Limited-Background-Check.pdf We also still need pictures of 8th graders for the 8th grade slideshow that will be shown during the 8th grade Bash. We’ve extended the deadline to Friday, April 20. Send pictures to hhmsclassof2018@gmail.com with the student name in the subject line.

And finally, HHMS 5th and 6th graders have an exciting opportunity this year with the Junior Achievement program “JA It’s My Future”, which will be given at HHMS this May. Teachers need volunteers in each classroom in the afternoons on May 9, 10, 11, 14, 15 & 16. The program offers practical information to help our students begin preparing for the working world. Students will learn to research careers, develop their personal brand, create a basic resume, recognize appropriate interview behavior, and more! Volunteers will guide students through the six lessons. Junior Achievement (JA) provides training and an organized kit with all the materials. You do not have to be a career expert; just bring your enthusiasm for helping students. For more information, see the flier here: Highland Hills May 2018.docx or email 6th grade counselor Mr. Williams at cwilliams@nafcs.k12.in.us or Junior Achievement Program Manager Morgan Harper at ​mharper@jaky.org

Apr
11
2018

Lots of News!

Jag Families,

Tomorrow, Thursday April 12 is the last day to turn in RSVP envelopes and t-shirt orders for the April 27 Jags Bash. If you did not receive an RSVP envelope, you can print one out here: Jags Bash Flashback envelope. We have volunteer spots open for this event. Volunteers receive a free t-shirt as a thank you! If you can help, please sign up at http://www.signupgenius.com/go/60b0a44aaa628a13-jags  Volunteers should submit a limited background check form to the school prior to the event.  If you already have a background check form on file for HHMS, you are good to go; if you have one on file at another school in the district, you will still need to submit one to HHMS. The form is available here: Limited Background Check

We are still looking for pictures of 8th graders to use in the 8th grade slide show. If you have photos to share, please email them to hhmsclassof2018@gmail.com with the student name in the subject line. Deadline for submission is Friday, April 13.

At Monday’s PTO meeting, we discussed some changes to improve our bylaws. The bylaws with highlighted changes are available on our website at  HHMSPTObylaws-proposedrevisionsApr2018. These changes will be voted on at the May PTO meeting.

And finally, we held our 2018-2019 PTO Board elections at Monday’s meeting with the following results:

  • Vice-President: Stefanie Mills
  • Treasurer: Marsha Weaver
  • Secretary: Stefanie Davis
  • Director of Communication: Karen Bassett
  • Director of Fundraising: Amy Grellinger
  • Director of Hospitality: Laura Muncy

Additionally, we had open positions on the slate for President and Director of Programs. Per our bylaws, following the election, the Board received nominations for these positions and appointed Hollie Bretthauer for President and Virginia Greer for Director of Programs. We’re looking forward to a great year next year with a great PTO Board!

 

Apr
08
2018

Upcoming News

Monday, April 9 is our next PTO meeting at 5:30pm in the library. We will hold elections for the 2018-2019 PTO Board at that time. Our agenda is available here: April 9 2018 PTO Meeting Agenda and the slate of candidates is available here: 2018-2019slate

We’re very excited about our “Flashback” themed Jags Bash coming up on Friday, April 27! This is a free event thanks to the success of this year’s fundraisers. T-shirts are available to order. RSVP by Thursday, April 12 for your student to attend. If your student did not bring home an RSVP/t-shirt order envelope, you can find the form here: Jags Bash Flashback envelope

We still need volunteers to help make Jags Bash run smoothly. Volunteers receive a free t-shirt as a thank you! If you can help, please sign up at http://www.signupgenius.com/go/60b0a44aaa628a13-jags  Volunteers should submit a limited background check form to the school prior to the event. That form is available here: Limited Background Check

We hope everyone has had a great weekend!

Apr
02
2018

Welcome Back!

Welcome back from Spring Break, Jag Families!

We wanted to remind you of our next PTO meeting, which will be Monday, April 9 at 5:30pm in the library/media center. Elections for next year’s PTO board will take place at this meeting, so we hope to see a lot of you there!

Also,  we are still in need of pictures of 8th graders for our slide show that will be featured at the 8th grade celebration. If you have photos to share, please email them to hhmsclassof2018@gmail.com with the student name in the subject line. Deadline for submission is April 13.

We hope all of our families had a great day back from break!

Mar
18
2018

8th Grade Pictures

Jag Families,

It’s hard to believe, but there’s just one more day of school before Spring Break! We wanted to reach out to 8th grade parents for pictures to be included in the 8th grade slide show. This will be featured at the 8th grade celebration. If you have photos to share, please email them to hhmsclassof2018@gmail.com with the student name in the subject line.

We hope everyone has a wonderful Spring Break!

Mar
13
2018

Pennies for Patients

Jag Families,

For our Spring Community Outreach, we are partnering with the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. We will be collecting loose change at lunches on Thursday, March 15 to help fund research and patient support for those with blood cancers. See our flier for more information: Pennies for Patients

 

Mar
04
2018

Slate for Upcoming Elections

We wanted to remind you that tomorrow, March 5 is our next PTO meeting at 6pm in the library. Many thanks to those of you who have thrown your hats into the ring for board and committee positions. We literally can’t do what we do for our students, teachers, and staff without you! We have yet to have anyone express interest in the Program Director position. This position oversees non-fundraising activities we do for our school, basically the fun things! Additionally, while our President is willing to serve again, she will have an 8th grader next year and would like to be able to step back a bit and transition someone else in the role while still being able to help and support where needed. If you or someone you know is interested in either of these positions, it’s not too late to let us know! Email info@hhmspto.net. Elections will be at our April meeting with officer transition in May. Looking forward to seeing lots of you at our meeting tomorrow!

Mar
03
2018

Next Week Events

Jag Families,

Our next PTO meeting will be Monday, March 5 at 6pm in the library. We will need to present the slate of candidates for our April board elections, but we are still in need of candidates, especially for Vice President, Secretary, and Program Director. PTO is a great way to stay connected with our school and provide much needed support to our students, teachers, and staff. We need your skills and talent! If you have an interest in being part of the PTO board, please email info@hhmspto.net.

The next HHMS All Pro Dads meeting will be Friday, March 9 at 7:30am in the cafeteria. The topic will be patience. RSVP here: https://allprodadsday.com/chapters/10544

We hope you have a wonderful weekend!

Feb
28
2018

Middle School Survival Night Info

Thanks to all who attended last night’s HHMS Middle School Survival Night! For those who could not make it, 6th grade counselor Mr. Williams has provided the slideshow information at the following site: http://prezi.com/hsdbpdh1qvnz/?utm_campaign=share&utm_medium=copy&rc=ex0share

 

Feb
25
2018

ISTEP Week is Here!

This week is “ACE the ISTEP Test” week at HHMS.  Check out our flier for special dress up days and hat day to benefit the Science Olympiad team!

Ace the Istep Week handout for social media

Also a reminder that the HHMS counselors are hosting “Middle School Survival Night Part II” on 2/27, geared towards 6th grade parents from 6-6:40 and ALL parents from 6:45-7:30. We will be providing desserts and still need lots of help with this. If you can provide a dessert, please sign up at http://www.signupgenius.com/go/60b0a44aaa628a13-comforthomemade

Thanks to all our families for all their help!

Feb
21
2018

ISTEP Week and Middle School Survival

ISTEP week is almost here! Next week will be “ACE the ISTEP Test” week at HHMS. We will have give aways from our PTO as well as the following special dress up days:

Monday – Bright or Neon Shirt Day

Tuesday – Bright or Neon Pants Day

Wednesday – Bright or Neon Sock Day

Thursday – Bright or Neon “your choice” Day

Friday – TBD

We still could use some help with distributing ISTEP goodies; if you can help this Friday, February 23 or Monday February 26, please sign up at http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0d4faaa929a6fc1-istep

And finally, a reminder that the HHMS counselors are hosting “Middle School Survival Night Part II” on 2/27, and it will be geared towards 6th grade parents from 6-6:40 and ALL parents from 6:45-7:30. We will be providing desserts and still need lots of help with this. If you can provide a dessert, please sign up at http://www.signupgenius.com/go/60b0a44aaa628a13-comforthomemade

Thanks to all our families for all their help!

Feb
17
2018

February/March Newsletter

Our February/March Newsletter is available here: http://hhmspto.net/files/2018/02/FebruaryMarch-2018newsletter.pdf

We also have more information on the HHMS Survival Night planned by the counselors. See the flier here: http://hhmspto.net/files/2018/02/SurvivingHHMS2018.pdf

And finally, we wanted to remind our families that school will be in session on Monday, February 19 as that is a snow make up day.  Have a wonderful weekend!

Feb
16
2018

Lots of Info to Pass Along

Jag Families,

We have lots to update for you heading into the weekend!

ISTEP week is almost here! Our students will be taking their first round of tests beginning the week of 2/26. PTO is preparing sling bags filled with a water bottle and a snack to get the first round of testing off on the right foot. We need your help in getting over 1,700 bags distributed to our students. We will be delivering bags to the classrooms of 5th and 6th grade students next Friday, 2/23 and handing out bags to 7th and 8th graders in the commons during their lunch periods on Monday, 2/27.  If you can help with distribution, please sign up at http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0d4faaa929a6fc1-istep A huge thank you to Periago Orthodontics, LLC for their generous donation to fund this!

Also coming up: The HHMS counselors are hosting “Middle School Survival Night Part II” on 2/27, and it will be geared towards 6th grade parents from 6-6:40 and ALL parents from 6:45-7:30. Our PTO would like to provide delicious “comforting” desserts for the event. If you can help, please bring your desserts to HHMS between the hours of 8:30 am & 4:15 pm on Tuesday, 2/27. Please label your dessert if it contains nuts. Please note we cannot accept items that need to be refrigerated.  If you can bring a dessert, sign up at http://www.signupgenius.com/go/60b0a44aaa628a13-comforthomemade Thank you so much for helping out!

We are still very much in need of candidates for our upcoming PTO board elections. PTO is a great way to stay connected with the school and our students! If you feel like you have the interest but not enough time, know that not all of us are stay at home parents, and if you have a friend who would like to team up as a co-chair, that is a possibility! We encourage anyone who might be interested in either a board or committee position to please email info@hhmspto.net. We literally can’t do it without you!

And finally, we wanted to let you know about a proposed amendment to our bylaws. You can see our current bylaws and the proposed amendment here: http://hhmspto.net/bylaws/ The proposed amendment is in response to changes in state regulation of bookkeeping accounts kept through school accounts. If you have questions, email us at info@hhmspto.net. The proposal will be voted on after publication for a month.

Feb
14
2018

Terrific Third Thursday!

We wanted to remind our families that tomorrow is February’s Terrific Third Thursday! Turn in Box Tops (in baggies with your student’s name on a slip of paper inside), visit the State Street Chick Fil-A (remember to tell them you’re there for HHMS spirit day before you pay so we get credit), and visit Kroger with your HHMS PTO linked Kroger Card!

Feb
11
2018

PTO Meeting Correction

Jag Families,

Last week’s email of upcoming events listed the wrong date for our next PTO meeting. We will meet on Tuesday, February 13 at 4pm in the library. Sorry for any confusion!

Feb
05
2018

It’s Always Busy at the GMS on the P!

Congratulations to the following HHMS parents who will be joining us for a fun evening at Huber’s Plantation Hall on 3/9 at 6pm. In the event you are unable to attend, please let President Connie Hynes know ASAP at President@hhmspto.net, and she will fill the seats with our alternates. We had a huge amount of teacher and parent interest, so we are taking 8 staff members and 8 parents. If you did not get selected but would like to attend with us, we are looking into adding a third table of 8, but it will cost $60/person. If you are interested in purchasing a ticket (or two) for this additional table (so that all of us can sit together) please let me Connie know by the evening of Tuesday, February 6. This is also the last call for donations to our silent auction basket. Email Connie if you have items to donate.

Table 1 Winners
Mary Ritchie, PTO Hospitality Director
Connie Hynes, PTO President
Glenda & Larry McCuen
Natalie & Michael Anderson
Debbie & Eric Goodman

Alternates (in order)
Mindy/Justin Harrington
Jason/Tori Schumate
Angela Sermon
Paige Groves
Holly/Jonathan Hartman
Regan/Josh Metzger
Cheryl/Greg Bickel
Stephanie Ward
Kelly Trask/Spouse
Justin/Cheryl Popp

Our next PTO meeting will be Monday, 2/12 at 4pm in the library.

The next Random Acts of Kindness Meeting will be Tuesday, 2/13 from 3:45-5pm in the school library. All are welcome!

The Random Acts of Kindness Club will be sponsoring a Kindness Gram/Appreciation Station on Wednesday, 2/14 before school and at lunches. Parents are needed to help. Sign up at  http://www.bit.ly/kindnessgramhelp

February’s Terrific Third Thursday is next week, 2/15: Eat at the State Street Chick Fil-A (remember to say you’re there for HHMS PTO before you pay), turn in Box Tops in baggies with your student’s name on a slip of paper, and shop at Kroger with your HHMS PTO linked Kroger card!

And finally, it’s hard to believe, but we’re already looking ahead to this year’s PTO Board elections. All positions are single year positions, and while we have a few board members willing and able to run for their current positions, we have a number of members who will be unable to run due to their students moving on to high school. Board positions include President, Vice President, Treasurer, Secretary, Fundraising Director, Communications Director, Hospitality Director, and Programs Director. Our Vice President, Secretary, Hospitality Director, and Programs Director will all move on, so our need to fill these positions is particularly great. We also have a number of appointed committee chair positions such as Walkathon, Holiday Bazaar, Success Cards, and many others if you would like to take on a smaller role. If you have any interest in running for a board position or taking on a more focused, shorter term commitment through one of our chair positions, please email info@hhmspto.net so the nominating committee can gather candidates to prepare for the election. Involvement in the PTO through board or committees is a great way to stay connected to school happenings and a rewarding way to give back to the school community!

 

 

 

 

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