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HMS Weekly Update 1/21/19 - 1/25/19

MONDAY, 1/21- NO SCHOOL

There is a lot of new information this week. Please take the time to look over all of the upcoming events and ways to get involved. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact the HMS front office at 616-494-2425.


IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR PARENTS ABOUT 2nd SEMESTER SCHEDULES... PLEASE READ!


We have had to make changes to a large number of student schedules for 2nd semester. There are a number of reasons that your child may have a schedule change. There are some schedule changes that will affect whole grade levels. For example, all of the 6th graders will move from PE into Art, all of the 7th graders will move from Art into PE. There are also many more individualized changes. For example, if a student needs more/less support in reading or math, they may be changed into a different class. We additionally will be creating two new classes and this will cause some schedule shifting to fill these classes. There are also some classes where teacher changes were necessary to provide needed classes to students. One of the biggest changes will be that Mrs. VanEck will now longer be teaching the Read 180 class and will be taking over Mrs. Bleeker’s 7th hour, 8th grade class. Mrs. Bleeker will now be teaching a different section of 8th grade during 4th hour.

To keep parents and students informed on the changes, we will be giving each student a print-out of their 2nd semester schedule on Friday, Jan. 18. Please look for this hand-out to come home that day so that you are able to review the changes with your child. After reviewing the new schedules, if you have any concerns, please email the school counselor Karen Legg (klegg@hollandpublicschools.org). The new semester class schedules will start on January 22.

Protect Young Eyes- Parent Presentation
There will be an internet Safety Presentation for parents on January 22nd at 6:30pm at Holland Middle School in the cafeteria. This is available for all HPS parents. Students will be participating in a presentation from Protect Young Eyes in all HPS schools throughout the week.
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-digital-culture-of-kids-fo…

PPC Meetings - 


The HMS PPC (Parent Participation Committee) will have two meetings on Monday, 1/14. The purpose of these meetings is to brainstorm ways for parents to connect with HMS. The meetings will be at 7:30am and 5:30pm in the front window area (where all of the beanbags and couches are located). Take the time to connect with other parents and bring ideas on how we can get our middle school parents more involved in school. We could use your help and PPC will be posting the ways you can help.
https://www.facebook.com/Holland-Middle-School-PPC-1484065…/


BABYSITTING 101 Class-


Mrs. Legg has been talking with a babysitting class facilitator from Smart Sitters of West Michigan. The facilitator is is willing to come in after school to teach a babysitting 101 class. The cost of the class is $35 per student (if we have at least 12 participants) and it will last approx. 4 hours. The class covers the following topics...
Marketing and organizing your babysitting skills
The character of a babysitter
Engaging and meeting the needs of children in each age group
Administering first aid and taking care of emergencies
Keeping kids safe
Common problems babysitters face — and the solutions!
Students will be given the following tools as a part of the class...
Comprehensive student work-book 
Starter first-aid kit
Certificate of completion 
We are currently attempting to see if there is enough interest to have a class offered here. We have not set up the exact time for the class because we are gaging interest first. The class would most likely be offered after school (2:40-4:40) for two afternoons sometime in March. We would provide a snack If you would be interested in having your son or daughter participate in the class, please email Mrs. Legg at klegg@hollandpublicschools.org to let her know or if you have questions.

PAY IT FORWARD KINDNESS WEEK SET FOR JAN 28-31
The BE NICE clubs will be hosting a PAY IT FORWARD KINDNESS week during the last week of January. As a part of this weeklong activity, we will be asking students to consider small acts of kindness that they may do for others both in and out of school. We will give students ideas but also wanted to let parents know that this is going on in order to give you an opportunity to talk to your child about ideas and encourage him/her to get involved. There are many opportunities for students to demonstrate kindness to neighbors, at home, and to others in our community. Performing acts of kindness is one of the best activities you can do with your kids. It’s a great way to bond as a family, it is a lot of fun and teaches kids about compassion and service. Please make this a part of your conversation at home during this month. We will also incorporate this idea into our HMS Families meeting this month.


After School Tutoring-


After school tutoring will be held Monday-Thursday this week from 2:45-3:45 for all students who qualify. If you are interested in your child taking advantage of this opportunity, please email Mr. Cassidy at ncassidy@hollandpublicschools.org.


Positive Behavior Update at HMS

At HMS, students and teachers are encouraged to be on the lookout for students who model the Be NICE (Notice, Invite, Challenge, Empower) expectations everyday. We call these "Upstander Shoutouts". Students can pick up an Upstander Shoutout form from any teacher, fill it out, and then turn it into the office. Mr. Cassidy will then read the shoutouts on the morning announcements and students who are nominated will receive a Be NICE t-shirt.

Upstanders from the past week were:

Angel Garcia
Payton Heer
Mya Dailey

Seal Michigan


This week 6th and 7th grade students will receive a presentation about the SEAL Michigan teeth sealant program. They will bring home the information this week and consents to participate will be due back on 1/22. The Dental Van will be at HMS in February.

Report Cards- 


All grades will be turned in by teachers on Tuesday, 1/22. We hope report cards will be mailed home by Friday, 1/25. We will post an update when they are mailed home.

Shout Outs -

Did you know that every week Mr. Cassidy sends out an email to staff called “The Holla”? It is an accumulation of positive notes provided to him about our staff from staff, parents, and community members. If you have something positive that you would like to share, please send an email to Mr. Cassidy at ncassidy@hollandpublicschools.org

From the Nurse’s Office: 


Are They Sick? WHEN TO KEEP A CHILD HOME FROM SCHOOL
It is important, for the health of ALL students, staff and families that your child not be at school when sick. The following guidelines are appropriate reasons to keep your child home from school:
A fever 100 degrees or higher. Your child should be fever free for 24 hours without fever reducing medicine before returning to school.
A consistent, goopy, runny nose.
Green or yellow drainage from the eye. Crusty eyes or eyes that are stuck shut in the morning.
A bad cough – one that you wouldn’t want your well child around.
A sore throat, especially with fever or swollen glands in the neck.
Has distracting pain from earache, headache, sore throat or recent injury.
Shortness of breath or other problems with normal breathing. Wheezing.
A child that seems ill – unusually tired, pale, difficult to wake, headache, body ache, confused or irritable and/or lack of normal appetite.
A rough night (for example, if your child was up all night coughing or having trouble breathing)
A rash that is associated with fever or severe itching.
Vomiting and/or diarrhea within the last 24 hours or as directed by your physician.
Your child should be free of vomiting for 24 hours before returning to school
If your health care provider has prescribed antibiotics, your child needs to remain at home for 24 hours after starting antibiotics.
Any infectious or contagious disease that can infect other children such as chicken pox, influenza, whooping cough or gastroenteritis.
As directed by your child’s health care provider.
If your child is staying home from school, it doesn’t always mean you have to take him/her to the doctor. Most childhood viral illnesses can be taken care of with fever-reducing medication, fluids, rest and TLC. However, if you have any concerns about any of the above symptoms please contact your health care provider.

HOW DO I PREVENT THE SPREAD OF GERMS?


Preventing the spread of germs comes down to the basics. Practicing excellent hand hygiene and respiratory etiquette will prevent the spread of germs. Hand washing with warm water and soap will reduce your chances of being infected. Teach your child to wash their hands properly. Covering your mouth and nose when coughing and sneezing will present the spread of germs. Also teach your child to cover his or her cough and sneeze. If you are ill, stay home. This will prevent germs from spreading throughout your school community.

 

-- 
Nick Cassidy

Principal

Holland Middle School

616-494-2425

HMS Weekly Update 1/14/19 - 1/18/19

There is a lot of new information this week. Please take the time to look over all of the upcoming events and ways to get involved. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact the HMS front office at 616-494-2425.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR PARENTS ABOUT 2nd SEMESTER SCHEDULES... PLEASE READ!

We have had to make changes to a large number of student schedules for 2nd semester. There are a number of reasons that your child may have a schedule change. There are some schedule changes that will effect whole grade levels. For example, all of the 6th graders will move from PE into Art, all of the 7th graders will move from Art into PE. There are also many more individualized changes. For example, if a student needs more/less support in reading or math, they may be changed into a different class. We additionally will be creating two new classes and this will cause some schedule shifting to fill these classes. 
To keep parents and students informed on the changes, we will be giving each student a print-out of their 2nd semester schedule on Friday, Jan. 18. Please look for this hand-out to come home that day so that you are able to review the changes with your child. After reviewing the new schedules, if you have any concerns, please email the school counselor Karen Legg. The new semester class schedules will start on January 22.

Protect Young Eyes- Parent Presentation

There will be an internet Safety Presentation for parents on January 22nd at 6:00 at Holland Middle School. This is available for all HPS parents. Students will be participating in a presentation from Protect Young Eyes in all HPS schools throughout the week. Visit the Protect Young Eyes website for parent resources and view a brief video to see some of what the presentation will entail.

PPC Meetings

The HMS PPC (Parent Participation Committee) will have two meetings on Monday, 1/14. The purpose of these meetings is to brainstorm ways for parents to connect with HMS. The meetings will be at 7:30 am and 5:30 pm in the front window area (where all of the beanbags and couches are located). Take the time to connect with other parents and bring ideas on how we can get our middle school parents more involved in school. We could use your help and PPC will be posting the ways you can help.

BABYSITTING 101 Class-

Mrs. Legg has been talking with a babysitting class facilitator from Smart Sitters of West Michigan. The facilitator is willing to come in after school to teach a babysitting 101 class. The cost of the class is $35 per student (if we have at least 12 participants) and it will last approx. 4 hours. The class covers the following topics:

  • Marketing and organizing your babysitting skills
  • The character of a babysitter
  • Engaging and meeting the needs of children in each age group
  • Administering first aid and taking care of emergencies
  • Keeping kids safe
  • Common problems babysitters face — and the solutions!

Students will be given the following tools as a part of the class:

  • Comprehensive student workbook 
  • Starter first-aid kit
  • Certificate of completion 

We are currently attempting to see if there is enough interest to have a class offered here. We have not set up the exact time for the class because we are gauging interest first. The class would most likely be offered after school (2:40-4:40) for two afternoons sometime in March. We would provide a snack If you would be interested in having your son or daughter participate in the class, please email Mrs. Legg to let her know or if you have questions.

PAY IT FORWARD KINDNESS WEEK SET FOR JAN 28-31

The BE NICE clubs will be hosting a PAY IT FORWARD KINDNESS week during the last week of January. As a part of this weeklong activity, we will be asking students to consider small acts of kindness that they may do for others both in and out of school. We will give students ideas but also wanted to let parents know that this is going on in order to give you an opportunity to talk to your child about ideas and encourage him/her to get involved. There are many opportunities for students to demonstrate kindness to neighbors, at home, and to others in our community. Performing acts of kindness are one of the best activities you can do with your kids. It’s a great way to bond as a family, it is a lot of fun and teaches kids about compassion and service. Please make this a part of your conversation at home this month. We will also incorporate this idea into our HMS Families meeting this month.

After School Tutoring-

There will be no after-school tutoring on Monday, 1/14 as teachers will be in a meeting.

Positive Behavior Update at HMS

At HMS, students and teachers are encouraged to be on the lookout for students who model the Be NICE (Notice, Invite, Challenge, Empower) expectations every day. We call these "Upstander Shoutouts". Students can pick up an Upstander Shoutout form from any teacher, fill it out, and then turn it into the office. Mr. Cassidy will then read the shoutouts on the morning announcements and students who are nominated will receive a Be NICE t-shirt.

Upstanders from the past week were:

Rowan Stendel
Gabi Rooks
Jarrell Robinson
Kris Reed

Seal Michigan-

This week 6th and 7th grade students will receive a presentation about the SEAL Michigan teeth sealant program. They will bring home the information this week and consents to participate will be due back on 1/22. The Dental Van will be at HMS in February.

Report Cards- 

This Friday, 1/18 marks the end of the 1st semester. All grades will be turned in by teachers on Tuesday, 1/22 with report cards going into the mail on Thursday, 1/24.

Shout Outs -

Did you know that every week Mr. Cassidy sends out an email to staff called “The Holla”? It is an accumulation of positive notes provided to him about our staff from staff, parents, and community members. If you have something positive that you would like to share, please send an email to Mr. Cassidy.

From the Nurse’s Office:

Are They Sick? WHEN TO KEEP A CHILD HOME FROM SCHOOL
It is important, for the health of ALL students, staff, and families that your child not be at school when sick. The following guidelines are appropriate reasons to keep your child home from school:

  • A fever 100 degrees or higher. Your child should be fever free for 24 hours without fever-reducing medicine before returning to school.
  • A consistent, goopy, runny nose.
  • Green or yellow drainage from the eye. Crusty eyes or eyes that are stuck shut in the morning.
  • A bad cough – one that you wouldn’t want your healthy child around.
  • A sore throat, especially with fever or swollen glands in the neck.
  • Has distracting pain from an earache, headache, sore throat or recent injury.
  • Shortness of breath or other problems with normal breathing. Wheezing.
  • A child that seems ill – unusually tired, pale, difficult to wake, headache, body ache, confused or irritable and/or lack of normal appetite.
  • A rough night (for example, if your child was up all night coughing or having trouble breathing)
  • A rash that is associated with fever or severe itching.
  • Vomiting and/or diarrhea within the last 24 hours or as directed by your physician.
  • Your child should be free of vomiting for 24 hours before returning to school.
  • If your health care provider has prescribed antibiotics, your child needs to remain at home for 24 hours after starting antibiotics.
  • Any infectious or contagious disease that can infect other children such as chicken pox, influenza, whooping cough or gastroenteritis.
  • As directed by your child’s health care provider.

If your child is staying home from school, it doesn’t always mean you have to take him/her to the doctor. Most childhood viral illnesses can be taken care of with fever-reducing medication, fluids, rest and TLC. However, if you have any concerns about any of the above symptoms please contact your health care provider.

HOW DO I PREVENT THE SPREAD OF GERMS?

Preventing the spread of germs comes down to the basics. Practicing excellent hand hygiene and respiratory etiquette will prevent the spread of germs. Hand washing with warm water and soap will reduce your chances of being infected. Teach your child to wash their hands properly. Covering your mouth and nose when coughing and sneezing will present the spread of germs. Also, teach your child to cover his or her cough and sneeze. If you are ill, stay home. This will prevent germs from spreading throughout your school community.

Nick Cassidy
Principal
Holland Middle School
616-494-2425

Middle School Band Honors

HMS 7th and 8th Grade Band Students Participate In MSBOA All-Star Honors Band

Five Holland Middle School Band students were nominated for and chosen to participate in the Michigan School Band and Orchestra Associations’ District X Middle School All-Star Band at East Kentwood High School this past Saturday, January 12th. 3 HMS 7th graders and 2 HMS 8th graders diligently rehearsed their band music for this event the entire day with many other middle school band members from school districts all over West Michigan in preparation for their concert that evening. All students participating in this event were nominated by their band directors for their talent, work ethic, leadership, and musicianship that they demonstrate in their normal band classes on a daily basis. Students at this event had the luxury of being able to play band literature of more challenging caliber than what they might not otherwise be exposed to in their home school district bands. They also had the unique challenge of being expected to play and put their individual instrument parts together with students from other school districts whom they had never played with before. In the end, the hard work and long hours of rehearsing definitely paid off, as the students put on a fantastic concert, made new friends, and gained an incredibly valuable experience they will remember for a long time to come! Congratulations to HMS 7th graders Emmett Book, Gretchen Timmer, and Noah Kelly, as well as HMS 8th graders Zak Shanahan and Jaelynn Ybarra-Brandon on a job, well done!

Middle School MSBOA

HMS Weekly Update 1/7/19 - 1/11/19

Welcome Back Everyone!

We hope that everyone had a great break and was able to spend that time with friends and family. Much of the break was spent by HMS staff recovering from the Staff vs. Student Basketball game that took place on December 21st. Most of the bruises and injuries have healed and the staff will be ready to welcome your students back tomorrow! We finished December on a positive note with some great culture-building events such as the Activity Night, a school family meeting, and then Staff/Student Basketball game. Keep checking your weekly updates for other events that will be held this winter.

Congratulations to Bill Boerman for winning the Excellence in Education Award. 
Please see the link below:
https://milotteryconnect.com/…/ottawa-county-educator-wins…/

Pictures from the Staff vs. Student Basketball Game
https://www.youtube.com/watch…

Seeking Career Speakers and DATE CHANGE!

Would you be interested in sharing information about your career with Holland Middle School students? Do you know a friend or family member who would be willing to speak to our students about their career? Mrs. Legg is organizing a career day. There has been a date change for this event... due to some conflicts with speaker schedules it will now be held on March 8 from 12:30-2:45. Mrs. Legg is still working on putting together a list of speakers. Please email Mrs. Legg or call 616-494-2478 if you or someone you know might be available to talk to the students about your career.

PPC (Parent Participation Committee) Information- 

PARENTS...please connect with our Parent Participation Committee (PPC)
Facebook Page
! We could use your help and PPC will be posting the ways you can help.
 

After School Tutoring-

This will run Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday this week from 2:45-3:45 for students who qualify.

Lost and Found- 

The lost and found is overflowing with coats, hats, gloves, etc. If your child is missing something please make sure that they check it out or you can stop by and check in at the office to check it yourself. Prior to Christmas break all items will be donated.

DUTCH High Fives-

Some of you may have received a postcard from one or more of your child’s teachers. These DUTCH High Fives are shout outs for your child going above and beyond at school.

Positive Behavior Update at HMS

At HMS, students and teachers are encouraged to be on the lookout for students who model the Be NICE (Notice, Invite, Challenge, Empower) expectations everyday. We call these "Upstander Shoutouts". Students can pick up an Upstander Shoutout form from any teacher, fill it out, and then turn it into the office. Mr. Cassidy will then read the shoutouts on the morning announcements and students who are nominated will receive a Be NICE t-shirt.

Upstanders from the past week were:

Tyler Downing
Tyler Smith
Manuel Navarro
Kiley Jenson

Shout Outs-

Did you know that every week Mr. Cassidy sends out an email to staff called “The Holla”? It is an accumulation of positive notes provided to him about our staff from staff, parents, and community members. If you have something positive that you would like to share, please send an email to Mr. Cassidy.

From the Nurse’s Office

Are They Sick? WHEN TO KEEP A CHILD HOME FROM SCHOOL
It is important, for the health of ALL students, staff and families that your child not be at school when sick. The following guidelines are appropriate reasons to keep your child home from school:

  • A fever 100 degrees or higher. Your child should be fever free for 24 hours without fever reducing medicine before returning to school.
  • A consistent, goopy, runny nose.
  • Green or yellow drainage from the eye. Crusty eyes or eyes that are stuck shut in the morning.
  • A bad cough – one that you wouldn’t want your well child around.
  • A sore throat, especially with fever or swollen glands in the neck.
  • Has distracting pain from earache, headache, sore throat or recent injury.
  • Shortness of breath or other problems with normal breathing. Wheezing.
  • A child that seems ill – unusually tired, pale, difficult to wake, headache, body ache, confused or irritable and/or lack of normal appetite.
  • A rough night (for example, if your child was up all night coughing or having trouble breathing)
  • A rash that is associated with fever or severe itching.
  • Vomiting and/or diarrhea within the last 24 hours or as directed by your physician.
  • Your child should be free of vomiting for 24 hours before returning to school.
  • If your health care provider has prescribed antibiotics, your child needs to remain at home for 24 hours after starting antibiotics.
  • Any infectious or contagious disease that can infect other children such as chicken pox, influenza, whooping cough or gastroenteritis.
  • As directed by your child’s health care provider.

If your child is staying home from school, it doesn’t always mean you have to take him/her to the doctor. Most childhood viral illnesses can be taken care of with fever-reducing medication, fluids, rest and TLC. However, if you have any concerns about any of the above symptoms please contact your health care provider.

HOW DO I PREVENT THE SPREAD OF GERMS?

Preventing the spread of germs comes down to the basics. Practicing excellent hand hygiene and respiratory etiquette will prevent the spread of germs. Hand washing with warm water and soap will reduce your chances of being infected. Teach your child to wash their hands properly. Covering your mouth and nose when coughing and sneezing will present the spread of germs. Also teach your child to cover his or her cough and sneeze. If you are ill, stay home. This will prevent germs from spreading throughout your school community.-- 

Nick Cassidy
Principal
Holland Middle School
616-494-2425

HMS Weekly Update 12/17/18 - 12/21/18

Important Dates:

Holiday Break- December 22-January 6

It is a busy week at HMS!

Spirit Week:
Monday - Comfy and Cozy Sock Day (What you would wear on a typical Sunday while you watch the Lions break your heart again?)-No Pajamas
Tuesday -  Red and Green Day
Wednesday - Flannel Day 
Thursday - Holiday Accessory Day- Hats are allowed if they show your festive Holiday spirit. 
Friday - Holiday Character or Festive Sweater Day- Dress up as your favorite Holiday Character….Buddy the Elf, Clark Griswold, Ralphie Parker, The Grinch, Frosty The Snowman, etc.

Friday, 12/21-

Students will take part in the 2nd meeting with their school family and then all students will report to the gym for a Staff vs. Student basketball game. Permission slips will be sent home with students who have expressed interest in playing.

Seeking Career Speakers and DATE CHANGE!

Would you be interested in sharing information about your career with Holland Middle School students? Do you know a friend or family member who would be willing to speak to our students about their career? Mrs. Legg is organizing a career day. There has been a date change for this event...due to some conflicts with speaker schedules it will now be held on March 8 from 12:30-2:45. Mrs. Legg is still working on putting together a list of speakers. Please email her (klegg@hollandpublicschools.org) or call 616-494-2478 if you or someone you know might be available to talk to the students about your career.

HMS will have an activity night after school on Thursday, December 20

It will be from 2:45-5:00 pm and include a DJ, dancing, a photobooth, dodgeball, cookie walk, and a video game room! Wristband tickets will be $4 if purchased before the event, and $5 at the door. Tickets will be sold in the lunch periods on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. This event is only for current HMS students and students must be in attendance that day to attend.

We are still looking for a few cookie bakers for activity night. As part of the activities, we are going to have a cookie walk (like a cake walk but with cookies as the prize). Cookies should be divided into plates of around 4-6 so that we can have several rounds of the game. Thank you! Here is the link to the sign-up genius...
https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20F084CA4A62CA02-cookie

We are also still looking for a few parent volunteers for the activity night. We would love some help from parents to set-up, clean-up, chaperone, etc. If you are interested in volunteering please contact our PPC coordinator Candis DeBoer by emailing her at candisdeboer@gmail.com. Thank you!

PPC (Parent Participation Committee) Information - 

PARENTS...please connect with our Parent Participation Committee (PPC)
Facebook Page! We could use your help and PPC will be posting the ways you can help.
https://www.facebook.com/Holland-Middle-School-PPC-1484065…/

After School Tutoring-

This will run Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday this week from 2:45-3:45 for students who qualify. It will be in session on Monday, December 3rd as the teacher meeting has been canceled. Please contact Mr. Cassidy if you have questions.

Lost and Found-

The lost and found is overflowing with coats, hats, gloves, etc. If your child is missing something please make sure that they check it out or you can stop by and check in at the office to check it yourself. Prior to Christmas break, all items will be donated.

DUTCH High Fives-

Some of you may have received a postcard from one or more of your child’s teachers. These DUTCH High Fives are shout-outs for your child going above and beyond at school.

Positive Behavior Update at HMS

At HMS, students and teachers are encouraged to be on the lookout for students who model the Be NICE (Notice, Invite, Challenge, Empower) expectations every day. We call these "Upstander Shoutouts". Students can pick up an Upstander Shoutout form from any teacher, fill it out, and then turn it into the office. Mr. Cassidy will then read the shoutouts on the morning announcements and students who are nominated will receive a Be NICE t-shirt.

Upstanders from the past week were:

Jaidyn Faife

Shout Outs -

Did you know that every week Mr. Cassidy sends out an email to staff called “The Holla”? It is an accumulation of positive notes provided to him about our staff from staff, parents, and community members. If you have something positive that you would like to share, please send an email to Mr. Cassidy at ncassidy@hollandpublicschools.org.

-- 
Nick Cassidy
Principal
Holland Middle School
616-494-2425

HMS Weekly Update 12/10/18 - 12/14/18

Seeking Career Speakers!

Would you be interested in sharing information about your career with Holland Middle School students? Do you know a friend or family member who would be willing to speak to our students about their career? Mrs. Legg is organizing a career day for February 8 (12:30-2:45) and is working on putting together a list of speakers. Please email Karen or call 616-494-2478 if you or someone you know might be available to talk to the students about your career.  

Attention Parents...

We are busy planning an upcoming Activity Night on Dec. 20 after school. We are going to have a cookie walk (like a cake walk but with cookies as the prize) as one of the activities for the kids. We are hoping to have parent volunteers donate cookie prizes. Cookies should be divided into plates of around 4-6 so that we can have several rounds of the game. The cookies would need to be dropped off in the office starting Dec. 19 or during the day on the 20th. Thank you! Here is the link to the sign-up genius

 

We will also be looking for parent volunteers for this event. We would love some help from parents to set-up, clean-up, chaperone, etc. If you are interested in volunteering please email our PPC coordinator Candis DeBoer.  Thank you!

HMS Band Update

Middle School Band Concert will be Monday, December 10th starting at 7:00 pm in the HMS Cafeteria.

All 6th, 7th, and 8th-grade band students must report by 6:25 pm to their warmup room.

Uniform: All black pants, All black shoes, All black socks, and red band polo.


HMS Orchestra Concert

6th, 7th, 8th-grade 

Tuesday, Dec. 11 at 7:00 pm in the middle school cafeteria

Students must report for warm-up, attendance, and tuning at 6:15 pm

The uniform is:  girls wearing the assigned school black skirt and black, velvet top along with black shoes

Boys are to wear:  black dress pants, a long-sleeved white dress shirt, black or holiday tie, black socks, and all black shoes.

Please email Ms. Mayer or email John Reikow (8th grade) if your child needs assistance with obtaining uniform items.

Looking forward:  the orchestra will be selling Wild Tyme seasonings and soup mixes after the Christmas break.

More införmation to come home with students in early Jan.

PPC (Parent Participation Committee) Information

PARENTS...please connect with our Parent Participation Committee (PPC) Facebook Page!  We could use your help and PPC will be posting the ways you can help.

After School Tutoring

This will run Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday this week from 2:45-3:45 for students who qualify. It will be in session on Monday, December 3rd as the teacher meeting has been canceled. Please contact Mr. Cassidy if you have questions.  

Lost and Found

The lost and found is overflowing with coats, hats, gloves, etc.  If your child is missing something please make sure that they check it out or you can stop by and check in at the office to check it yourself. Prior to Christmas break, all items will be donated.

DUTCH High Fives

Some of you may have received a postcard from one or more of your child’s teachers. These DUTCH High Fives are shout-outs for your child going above and beyond at school.  

Positive Behavior Update at HMS

At HMS, students and teachers are encouraged to be on the lookout for students who model the Be NICE (Notice, Invite, Challenge, Empower) expectations every day. We call these "Upstander Shoutouts". Students can pick up an Upstander Shoutout form from any teacher, fill it out, and then turn it into the office. Mr. Cassidy will then read the shoutouts on the morning announcements and students who are nominated will receive a Be NICE t-shirt.

Upstanders from the past week were:

Cicely Vazquez Trajo

Anakarina Morales

Samiyah Seang

Scott Warmack

Avery Norris

First Tee of West Michigan  

The First Tee Homework & Hitting program was created to inspire our participants to excel socially, academically, and athletically. Students who participate must bring in at least 20 minutes worth of school-work, or will be assigned something by The First Tee staff. After students wrap up their homework, they can play putting or chipping games with other students, or work on their swing in the set-up hitting nets. Coaches are there to help students excel in both schoolwork and their golf game.

Start Tuesday, November 27

December 4 and 11

January 8th through March 12th

***This is a free program!***

Communication

Please continue to check the HMS Web Page or Facebook for any updates about events happening at school. Please make sure that you have an up-to-date email address in our Student Information System (Infinite Campus) as newsletters and updates will be emailed. Please be sure to sign up for HPS text alerts.

If you ever have questions about something that happened at school, please reach out to the school as we can get you accurate information.   

Shout Outs

Did you know that every week Mr. Cassidy sends out an email to staff called “The Holla”? It is an accumulation of positive notes provided to him about our staff from staff, parents, and community members. If you have something positive that you would like to share, please send an email to Mr. Cassidy.
.

Nick Cassidy
Principal
Holland Middle School
616-494-2425

HMS Weekly Update 12/3/18 - 12/7/18

Seeking Career Speakers!

Would you be interested in sharing information about your career with Holland Middle School students? Do you know a friend or family member who would be willing to speak to our students about their career? Mrs. Legg is organizing a career day for February 8 (12:30-2:45) and is working on putting together a list of speakers. Please email her or call 616-494-2478 if you or someone you know might be available to talk to the students about your career.

Attention Parents...

We are busy planning an upcoming Activity Night on Dec. 20 after school. We are going to have a cookie walk (like a cake walk but with cookies as the prize) as one of the activities for the kids. We are hoping to have parent volunteers donate cookie prizes. Cookies should be divided into plates of around 4-6 so that we can have several rounds of the game. The cookies would need to be dropped off in the office starting Dec. 19 or during the day on the 20th. Thank you! You can sign up here.

We will also be looking for parent volunteers for this event. We would love some help from parents to set-up, clean-up, chaperone, etc. If you are interested in volunteering please contact our PPC coordinator Candis DeBoer.  Thank you!

Code of Conduct

A few parents have asked where they can find the student code of conduct on the school website

HMS Choir Update

HMS Choir Winter Concert on Tuesday, December 4 starting at 6:30 pm in HMS Cafeteria
Student call time is 5:58 pm in the choir room
Uniform: All black shoes, all black pants, red choir shirt.

HMS Band Update

Middle School Band Concert will be Monday, December 10th starting at 7:00 pm in the HMS Cafeteria. 
All 6th, 7th, and 8th-grade band students must report by 6:25 pm to their warmup room. 
Uniform: All black pants, All black shoes, All black socks, and red band polo.

6th, 7th, 8th-grade Orchestra concert

The concert will take place on Tuesday, Dec. 11 at 7:00 pm in the middle school cafeteria.
Students must report for warm-up, attendance and tuning at 6:15 pm.
Girls are expected to wear the assigned school black skirt and black, velvet top, along with black shoes. Boys are to wear black dress pants, a long-sleeved white dress shirt, black or holiday tie, black socks, and all black shoes. Please email email Ms. Mayer or email Mr. Reikow (8th grade) if your child needs assistance with obtaining uniform items.

Looking forward... the orchestra will be selling Wild Tyme seasonings and soup mixes after the Christmas break. More information will come home with students in early January.

HPS Theatre

If you have not had a chance to check out the HPS Theatre production of “A Christmas Story” be sure to make plans to see it this week.

The Theatre Program for HPS, housed at HHS, is so thankful for the support we get from our Holland Public family! We know that the kind words of support to your students, the times you have to deal with a tired and cranky student that is in the show, and the support you give us in the audience, is what makes us a STAND OUT school district when it comes to Speech and Theatre in the state!

In fact, just this month, Holland High was notified that it was again named one of the top 100 Speech schools in the country!!

In the spirit of the season, we wanted to remind you to get your tickets to CHRISTMAS STORY, the MUSICAL, opening Nov. 29th and running through Dec. 9. We have over 50 students on stage and another 18 working backstage to pull this off. And we have students from 4th thru 12th grade involved...so truly a family musical!

Tickets can be purchaced online,  or go to the high school or district main office to purchase.

PPC (Parent Participation Committee) Information

PARENTS...please connect with our Parent Participation Committee (PPC) Facebook Page! We could use your help and PPC will be posting the ways you can help.
https://www.facebook.com/Holland-Middle-School-PPC-1484065…/

After School Tutoring

This will run Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday this week from 2:45-3:45 for students who qualify. It will be in session on Monday, December 3rd as the teacher meeting has been canceled. Please contact Mr. Cassidy if you have questions.

Lost and Found

The lost and found is overflowing with coats, hats, gloves, etc. If your child is missing something please make sure that they check it out, or you can stop by and check in at the office to check it yourself. Prior to Christmas break, all items will be donated.

DUTCH High Fives

Some of you may have received a postcard from one or more of your child’s teachers. These DUTCH High Fives are shout-outs for your child going above and beyond at school.

Positive Behavior Update at HMS

At HMS, students and teachers are encouraged to be on the lookout for students who model the Be NICE (Notice, Invite, Challenge, Empower) expectations every day. We call these "Upstander Shoutouts". Students can pick up an Upstander Shoutout form from any teacher, fill it out, and then turn it into the office. Mr. Cassidy will then read the shoutouts on the morning announcements and students who are nominated will receive a Be NICE t-shirt.

Upstanders from the past week were:

Geneva Aguilera
Adnan Shamieh
Abel Walkotten

First Tee of West Michigan 

The First Tee Homework & Hitting program was created to inspire our participants to excel socially, academically, and athletically. Students who participate must bring in at least 20 minutes worth of school-work, or will be assigned something by The First Tee staff. After students wrap up their homework, they can play putting or chipping games with other students, or work on their swing in the set-up hitting nets. Coaches are there to help students excel in both schoolwork and their golf game.

Start Tuesday, November 27
December 4 and 11
January 8th through March 12th
***This is a free program!***

Communication

Please continue to check the HMS Web Page or Facebook for any updates about events happening at school. Please make sure that you have an up-to-date email address in our Student Information System (Infinite Campus) as newsletters and updates will be emailed. Please be sure to sign up for HPS text alerts using the following link: 
HPS Emergency Text Alerts

If you ever have questions about something that happened at school, please reach out to the school as we can get you accurate information.

Shout Outs

Did you know that every week Mr. Cassidy sends out an email to staff called “The Holla”? It is an accumulation of positive notes provided to him about our staff from staff, parents, and community members. If you have something positive that you would like to share, please send an email to Mr. Cassidy.

HMS Weekly Update 11/26/18 - 11/30/18

College Wednesday-

This is the 4th Wednesday of the month and all staff will be wearing College attire and talking about college and post-graduation options with our students. If your child has a college shirt, please encourage them to wear one as well.

HMS 1st Quarter Honor Roll! 

We had 334 students on the honor roll this marking period. Nearly half of our overall enrollment!! Teachers, please be sure to get the tickets out of your mailboxes this morning to pass out to students in the hour before their lunch so they can enjoy the donut celebration at lunch!!!

Here's a breakdown by Grade:

6th - 133
7th - 96
8th - 105

30 students had a 4.0!!!

HMS Choir Update

HMS Choir Winter Concert on Tuesday, December 4 starting at 6:30 pm in HMS Cafeteria
Student call time is 5:58 pm in the choir room
Uniform: All black shoes, all black pants, red choir shirt.

HMS Band Update

Middle School Band Concert will be Monday, December 10th starting at 7:00 pm in the HMS Cafeteria. 
All 6th, 7th, and 8th grade band students must report by 6:25 pm to their warmup room. 
Uniform: All black pants, All black shoes, All black socks, and red band polo.

HMS Orchestra Update

Members of the 7th and 8th grade orchestra will be traveling to the Grand Rapids Deltaplex to perform the national anthem at the Grand Rapids Drive basketball game on Nov. 30. Students have signed up and turned in forms. The bus will depart the middle school at 4:45 pm and return approx. 10:15 pm. Students may bring money to purchase refreshments at the concession stand. Students are to wear jeans, tennis shoes and their red orchestra t-shirt.

6th, 7th, 8th grade orchestra concert
Tuesday, Dec. 11 at 7:00 pm in the middle school cafeteria
Students must report for warm-up, attendance and tuning at 6:15 pm
uniform is: girls wearing the assigned school black skirt and black, velvet top along with black shoes
boys are to wear: black dress pants, long-sleeved white dress shirt, black or holiday tie, black socks and all black shoes.
Please email Ms. Mayer or John Reikow (8th grade) if your child needs assistance with obtaining uniform items.

Looking forward: the orchestra will be selling Wild Tyme seasonings and soup mixes after the Christmas break.
More information to come home with students in early Jan.

HPS Theatre

The Theatre Program for HPS, housed at HHS, is so thankful for the support we get from our Holland Public family! We know that the kind words of support to your students, the times you have to deal with a tired and cranky student that is in the show, and the support you give us in the audience....is what makes us a STAND OUT school district when it comes to Speech and Theatre in the state!

In fact, just this month, Holland High was notified that it was again named one of the top 100 Speech schools in the country!!

In the spirit of the season, we wanted to remind you to get your tickets to CHRISTMAS STORY, the MUSICAL, opening Nov. 29th and running through Dec. 9. We have over 50 students on stage and another 18 working backstage to pull this off. And we have students from 4th thru 12th grade involved...so truly a family musical!

Tickets can be ordered online, or go to the high school or district main office to purchase.

PPC (Parent Participation Committee) Information
PARENTS...please connect with our Parent Participation Committee (PPC)
Facebook Page! We could use your help and PPC will be posting the ways you can help.
https://www.facebook.com/Holland-Middle-School-PPC-1484065…/

After School Tutoring-

This will run Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday this week from 2:45-3:45 for students who qualify. Please contact Mr. Cassidy if you have questions.

Lost and Found-

The lost and found is overflowing with coats, hats, gloves, etc. If your child is missing something please make sure that they check it out or you can stop by and check in at the office to check it yourself. Prior to Winter Break, all items will be donated.

DUTCH High Fives-

Some of you may have received a postcard from one or more of your child’s teachers. These DUTCH High Fives are shout-outs for your child going above and beyond at school.

Mental Health Supports at HMS-

Holland Middle has been fortunate to partner with local counseling agencies to provide counseling and mental health supports to students at school from professional counselors. Lauren DeRoo is at HMS every day and works as the point person between our students and families and these agencies. If you feel your child needs counseling and additional support, please reach out to Lauren. Here is her contact information:
Lauren DeRoo, LLMSW
Community School Coordinator
Ottawa Community Schools Network
A Community School Coalition
Holland Middle School
Holland Public Schools
P: (616)494-2425x2471

First Tee of West Michigan 

The First Tee Homework & Hitting program was created to inspire our participants to excel socially, academically, and athletically. Students who participate must bring in at least 20 minutes worth of school-work, or will be assigned something by The First Tee staff. After students wrap up their homework, they can play putting or chipping games with other students, or work on their swing in the set-up hitting nets. Coaches are there to help students excel in both schoolwork and their golf game.

Start Tuesday, November 27
December 4 and 11
January 8th through March 12th
***This is a free program!***

Note from our Nurse’s Office

We have had several students text or call home from their cell phones when they are not feeling well. We ask that if students are not feeling well that they check in with our school nurse first and then a call home can be made from the office.

Communication-

Please continue to check the HMS Web Page or Facebook for any updates about events happening at school. Please make sure that you have an up-to-date email address in our Student Information System (Infinite Campus) as newsletters and updates will be emailed. Please be sure to sign up for HPS text alerts 

If you ever have questions about something that happened at school, please reach out to the school as we can get you accurate information.

Shout Outs -

Did you know that every week Mr. Cassidy sends out an email to staff called “The Holla”? It is an accumulation of positive notes provided to him about our staff from staff, parents, and community members. If you have something positive that you would like to share, please send an email to Mr. Cassidy.

HMS Weekly Update 11/19/18 - 11/23/18

No School on Wednesday 11/21 Friday, 11/23.  

After School Tutoring

There will be NO after school tutoring on Monday, 11/19 or Tuesday, 11/20. This will start back up after Thanksgiving Break.

STEM Spaghetti Dinner

Our STEM Spaghetti dinner and dessert auction was a success and raised $999 to go towards a 3D printer. Thanks to all who donated desserts, helped serve food, and who purchased some of the tasty treats.

8th Grade Fundraiser for the Holland Rescue Mission

8th graders, during this week, make sure you bring in coins to your first hour class. At the end of the week, student council will collect the money. This will help serve meals to people at the Holland Rescue Mission. Our school has a goal of raising $100. This Thanksgiving, give to our community and make Holland a better place to be.

Mental Health Supports at HMS

Holland Middle has been fortunate to partner with local counseling agencies to provide counseling and mental health supports to students at school from professional counselors. Lauren DeRoo is at HMS every day and works as the point person between our students and families and these agencies. If you feel your child needs counseling and additional support, please reach out to Lauren. Here is her contact information:

Lauren DeRoo, LLMSW
Community School Coordinator
Ottawa Community Schools Network
A Community School Coalition
Holland Middle School
Holland Public Schools
P: (616) 494-2425 x2471

First Tee of West Michigan

The First Tee Homework & Hitting program was created to inspire our participants to excel socially, academically, and athletically. Students who participate must bring in at least 20 minutes worth of school-work, or will be assigned something by The First Tee staff. After students wrap up their homework, they can play putting or chipping games with other students, or work on their swing in the set-up hitting nets. Coaches are there to help students excel in both schoolwork and their golf game.

First Tee Registration

Start Tuesday November 27
December 4 and 11
January 8th through March 12th

***This is a free program!***

Note from our Nurse’s Office

We have had several students text or call home from their cell phones when they are not feeling well. We ask that if students are not feeling well that they check in with our school nurse first and then a call home can be made from the office.

Scholastic Book Drive at HMS

We have received enough money to place another order for our kids! We are not sure which books are available yet, but we will let you know.   

We would love to be able to do this every month throughout the year. $1=1 brand new book for a student. It takes about $700/month to get a book in the hands of every student who wants one. If you are willing to donate you can drop it off in the front office, or mail it to Holland Middle School at 373 E. 24th Street, Holland, MI

Thanks to all of who have donated to this great cause, shared this message, and been a supporter of Holland Middle School.   

If you have questions about this new program, please email Mrs. Kangas at or email Ms. Franklin for more information.

Please feel free to share the above message on Facebook.  

Communication  

Please continue to check the HMS Web Page or Facebook for any updates about events happening at school. Please make sure that you have an up-to-date email address in our Student Information System (Infinite Campus) as newsletters and updates will be emailed. Please be sure to sign up for HPS text alerts using the following link:

HPS Emergency Text Alerts

If you ever have questions about something that happened at school, please reach out to the school as we can get you accurate information.  

Shout Outs

Did you know that every week Mr. Cassidy sends out an email to staff called “The Holla”? It is an accumulation of positive notes provided to him about our staff from staff, parents, and community members. If you have something positive that you would like to share, please send an email to Mr. Cassidy

-- 

Nick Cassidy
Principal
Holland Middle School

616-494-2425

HMS Weekly Update- 11/12-11/16

After School Tutoring-

HMS will begin an after school tutoring program for students who qualify on Monday, November 12th. Please email Mr. Cassidy if you are interested in your middle schooler taking advantage of this free help and which days of the week (M-Th) you would be interested in him/her attending. The tutoring will be 2:45-3:45.

STEM Spaghetti Dinner

Our STEM program will be hosting a Spaghetti dinner and dessert auction to raise funds for a 3D printer. This event will take place on Thursday, November 15th from 6:00-8:00pm. Please email Mr. Boerman at bboerman@hollandpublicschools.org if you would like to help, attend, or have any questions.

8th Grade Fundraiser for the Holland Rescue Mission-

8th graders, during this week, make sure you bring in coins to your first hour class. At the end of the week, student council will collect the money. This will help serve meals to people at the Holland Rescue Mission. Our school has a goal of raising $100. This Thanksgiving, give to our community and make Holland a better place to be.

Mental Health Supports at HMS-

Holland Middle has been fortunate to partner with local counseling agencies to provide counseling and mental health supports to students at school from professional counselors. Lauren DeRoo as at HMS every day and works as the point person between our students and families and these agencies. If you feel your child needs counseling and additional support, please reach out to Lauren. Here is her contact information:
Lauren DeRoo,LLMSW
Community School Coordinator
Ottawa Community Schools Network
A Community School Coalition
Holland Middle School
Holland Public Schools
P: (616)494-2425x2471
lderoo@hollandpublicschools.org

First Tee of West Michigan 

"The First Tee Homework & Hitting program was created to inspire our participants to excel socially, academically, and athletically. Students who participate must bring in at least 20 minutes worth of school-work, or will be assigned something by The First Tee staff. After students wrap up their homework, they can play putting or chipping games with other students, or work on their swing in the set-up hitting nets. Coaches are there to help students excel in both schoolwork and their golf game.

First Tee Registration

Start Tuesday November 27
December 4 and 11
January 8th through March 12th
***This is a free program!***

Note from our Nurse’s Office

We have had several students text or call home from their cell phones when they are not feeling well. We ask that if students are not feeling well that they check in with our school nurse first and then a call home can be made from the office.

Scholastic Book Drive at HMS

We have received enough money to place another order for our kids! We are not sure which books are available yet, but we will let you know. 
We would love to be able to do this every month throughout the year. $1=1 brand new book for a student. It takes about $700/month to get a book in the hands of every student who wants one. If you are willing to donate you can drop it off in the front office, or mail it to Holland Middle School at 373 E. 24th Street, Holland, MI
Thanks to all of who have donated to this great cause, shared this message, and been a supporter of Holland Middle School. 
If you have questions about this new program, please email Mrs. Kangas at ckangas@hollandpublicschools.org or Ms. Franklin at afrankli@hollandpublicschools.org for more information.
Please feel free to share the above message on Facebook.

Communication- Please continue to check the HMS Web Page for any updates about events happening at school. Please make sure that you have an up-to-date email address in our Student Information System (Infinite Campus) as newsletters and updates will be emailed. Please be sure to sign up for HPS text alerts using the following link: 
HPS Emergency Text Alerts

If you ever have questions about something that happened at school, please reach out to the school as we can get you accurate information.

Shout Outs -

Did you know that every week Mr. Cassidy sends out an email to staff called “The Holla”? It is an accumulation of positive notes provided to him about our staff from staff, parents, and community members. If you have something positive that you would like to share, please send an email to Mr. Cassidy

HMS Weekly Update 11/5/18 - 11/9/18

Get Out and Vote on Tuesday, November 6th
Make sure you get out to vote on Tuesday as there are many important issues including the Enhancement Millage. Here is some information on the Enhancement Millage on the HPS website:

http://www.hollandpublicschools.org/…/enhancement-millage-…/

After School Tutoring-


HMS hopes to begin an after school tutoring program for students who qualify the week of November 12th. Please email Mr. Cassidy if you are interested in your middle schooler taking advantage of this free help and which days of the week (M-Th) you would be interested in him/her attending. We hoped to get letters with more information out last week, but we needed to make sure that all funding was approved for this service.

STEM Spaghetti Dinner


Our STEM program will be hosting a Spaghetti dinner and dessert auction to raise funds for a 3D printer. This event will take place on Thursday, November 15th from 6:00-8:00pm. Please email Mr. Boerman if you would like to help, attend, or have any questions.

Mental Health Supports at HMS-

Holland Middle has been fortunate to partner with local counseling agencies to provide counseling and mental health supports to students at school from professional counselors. Lauren DeRoo as at HMS every day and works as the point person between our students and families and these agencies. If you feel your child needs counseling and additional support, please reach out to Lauren. Here is her contact information:


Lauren DeRoo,LLMSW
Community School Coordinator
Ottawa Community Schools Network
A Community School Coalition
Holland Middle School
Holland Public Schools
P: (616)494-2425x2471
email Lauren DeRoo

SCENT FREE SCHOOL-

HMS is a scent free school. This means that cologne, perfume, and body sprays are not allowed to be used and should not be brought to school at all. We have multiple staff and students with severe asthma and those strong scents will trigger asthma attacks. This has been shared with all students. Parents, please support us in keeping our school scent free.

First Tee of West Michigan 
"The First Tee Homework & Hitting program was created to inspire our participants to excel socially, academically, and athletically. Students who participate must bring in at least 20 minutes worth of school-work, or will be assigned something by The First Tee staff. After students wrap up their homework, they can play putting or chipping games with other students, or work on their swing in the set-up hitting nets. Coaches are there to help students excel in both schoolwork and their golf game.

First Tee Registration

Start Tuesday November 27
December 4 and 11
January 8th through March 12th
***This is a free program!***

Scholastic Book Drive at HMS

The books have arrived for this month! Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis, Tasting the Sky by Ibtisam Barakat, or Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly will be sent home with all students who responded to the survey with their choice. We hope to get these books in the hands of kids this week. 
We would love to be able to do this every month throughout the year, but as of right now, we will not be able to place an order for next month. $1=1 brand new book for a student. It takes about $700/month to get a book in the hands of every student who wants one. If you are willing to donate you can drop it off in the front office, or mail it to Holland Middle School at 373 E. 24th Street, Holland, MI
Thanks to all of who have donated to this great cause, shared this message, and been a supporter of Holland Middle School. 
If you have questions about this new program, please email Mrs. Kangas at  or email Ms. Franklin for more information.
Please feel free to share the above message on Facebook.

Communication-

Please continue to check the HMS Web Page or Facebook for any updates about events happening at school. Please make sure that you have an up-to-date email address in our Student Information System (Infinite Campus) as newsletters and updates will be emailed. Please be sure to sign up for HPS text alerts using the following link: 
HPS Emergency Text Alerts

If you ever have questions about something that happened at school, please reach out to the school as we can get you accurate information.

Shout Outs -

Did you know that every week Mr. Cassidy sends out an email to staff called “The Holla”? It is an accumulation of positive notes provided to him about our staff from staff, parents, and community members. If you have something positive that you would like to share, please send an email to Mr. Cassidy

Nick Cassidy

Principal

Holland Middle School

616-494-2425

HMS Weekly Update 10/29/18 - 11/2/18

Parents and students needed-

Monday, 10/29 from 3:00-3:15 in the Media Center. Semco energy will be doing a 15 minute presentation. If we have 60+ participants HMS will receive $1000. Please let Mr. Cassidy know if you can attend. ncassidy@hollandpublicschools.org

After School Tutoring-

HMS will begin an after school tutoring and homework help program in the next few weeks. Please email Mr. Cassidy if you are interested in your middle schooler taking advantage of this free help and which days of the week (M-Th) you would be interested in him/her attending.

HMS is a PBIS (Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports) School. That means we teach all students expectations and then reward students for modeling those positive expectations. Each week we will post updates of what we are doing at HMS to promote positive behavior. Did you know that students receive DUTCH tickets for positive behavior? Every Friday students have the opportunity to cash in 10 DUTCH tickets to play PLINKO for different prizes. Talk to your student about what they have done to earn tickets and if they have played PLINKO.

Pass out Challenge and other Internet “Challenges”

Parents, Please be on the look-out for your child participating in different “challenges” they see online. In the last few weeks it has come to our attention that multiple students had participated in the “Pass Out Challenge”. Every year, there seems to be another “challenge” that is shared on social media that students try with their friends. This particular challenge has been around for generations but is much more common due to social media.

SCENT FREE SCHOOL-

HMS is a scent free school. This means that cologne, perfume, and body sprays are not allowed to be used and should not be brought to school at all. We have multiple staff and students with severe asthma and those strong scents will trigger asthma attacks. This has been shared with all students. Parents, please support us in keeping our school scent free.

Congratulations to Mr. Bill Boerman!

Mr. Boerman, one of our STEM teachers, has been awarded the Excellence in Education Award. This award, sponsored by the Michigan Lottery, recognizes Michigan K-12 public school teachers and staff who are making a significant impact in the lives of Michigan students.

First Tee of West Michigan

"The First Tee Homework & Hitting program was created to inspire our participants to excel socially, academically, and athletically. Students who participate must bring in at least 20 minutes worth of school-work, or will be assigned something by The First Tee staff. After students wrap up their homework, they can play putting or chipping games with other students, or work on their swing in the set-up hitting nets. Coaches are there to help students excel in both schoolwork and their golf game.

First Tee Registration

Start Tuesday November 27

December 4 and 11

January 8th through March 12th

***This is a free program!***

Scholastic Book Drive at HMS

The order has been placed this month for all students who are interested to receive their very own copy of Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis, Tasting the Sky by Ibtisam Barakat, or Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly!

We would love to be able to do this every month throughout the year, but as of right now, we will not be able to place an order for next month. $1=1 brand new book for a student. It takes about $700/month to get a book in the hands of every student who wants one. If you are willing to donate you can drop it off in the front office, or mail it to Holland Middle School at 373 E. 24th Street, Holland, MI

Thanks to all of who have donated to this great cause, shared this message, and been a supporter of Holland Middle School.

If you have questions about this new program, please email Mrs. Kangas at or email Ms. Franklin for more information.

Please feel free to share the above message on Facebook.

Communication-

Please continue to check the HMS Web Page or Facebook for any updates about events happening at school. Please make sure that you have an up-to-date email address in our Student Information System (Infinite Campus) as newsletters and updates will be emailed. Please be sure to sign up for HPS text alerts.

If you ever have questions about something that happened at school, please reach out to the school as we can get you accurate information.

Shout Outs -

Did you know that every week Mr. Cassidy sends out an email to staff called “The Holla”? It is an accumulation of positive notes provided to him about our staff from staff, parents, and community members. If you have something positive that you would like to share, please send an email to Mr. Cassidy

HMS Weekly Update 10/22/18 - 10/26/18

Friday, 10/26 marks the end of the first marking period.


First Tee of West Michigan


"The First Tee Homework & Hitting program was created to inspire our participants to excel socially, academically, and athletically. Students who participate must bring in at least 20 minutes worth of school-work, or will be assigned something by The First Tee staff. After students wrap up their homework, they can play putting or chipping games with other students, or work on their swing in the set-up hitting nets. Coaches are there to help students excel in both schoolwork and their golf game. Click here to register!"

Start Tuesday November 27
December 4 and 11
January 8th through March 12th
***This is a free program!***

Scholastic Book Drive at HMS

We will be placing our next order for our monthly books this week! It is amazing to see so many students carrying THEIR books with pride! This month all students will have the choice of Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis, Tasting the Sky by Ibtisam Barakat, or Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly! 647 students have already responded to the survey and chosen a book! We would love to be able to do this every month throughout the year, but we will be out of money raised after this month. $1=1 brand new book for a student. It takes about $700/month to get a book in the hands of every student who wants one. If you are willing to donate you can drop it off in the front office, or mail it to Holland Middle School at 373 E. 24th Street, Holland, MI


Thanks to all of who have donated to this great cause, shared this message, and been a supporter of Holland Middle School. 
If you have questions about this new program, please email Mrs. Kangas or email Ms. Franklin for more information.
Please feel free to share the above message on Facebook.

Communication-

Please continue to check the HMS Web Page or Facebook for any updates about events happening at school. Please make sure that you have an up-to-date email address in our Student Information System (Infinite Campus) as newsletters and updates will be emailed. Please be sure to sign up for HPS text alerts using the following link: 
HPS Emergency Text Alerts

If you ever have questions about something that happened at school, please reach out to the school as we can get you accurate information.

Shout Outs -

Did you know that every week Mr. Cassidy sends out an email to staff called “The Holla”? It is an accumulation of positive notes provided to him about our staff from staff, parents, and community members. If you have something positive that you would like to share, please send an email to Mr. Cassidy

HMS Weekly Update 10/15/18 - 10/19/18


Parent-Teacher Conferences

The last day for conferences will be Tuesday, October 16th from 5:30-8:30pm. Conferences will take place in the teachers’ classrooms. When you arrive at the school you will be given a copy of your child’s schedule with a map of the school on the back. Parents and teachers are asked to keep each conference to 5 minutes per student. If you feel more time is needed for a conference please reach out to teachers to see if another time can be arranged.

Other events which will be taking place during conferences:

-Mrs. Legg will be offering brief tutorials and tips for keeping track of student grades and progress in google classroom.
-Parent surveys will be administered (all parents who take the time will be entered into a drawing for a $25 Barnes and Noble gift card)

Picture Retakes

Picture retakes will be Thursday, October 18th.

Thanks!
A huge thank you to all of the parents who provided our teachers with a delicious taco bar before the Thursday conferences. It was thoroughly enjoyed and greatly appreciated.

Scholastic Book Drive at HMS

We will be placing our next order for our monthly books! It is amazing to see so many students carrying THEIR books with pride! This month all students will have the choice of Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis, Tasting the Sky by Ibtisam Barakat, or Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly! We would love to be able to do this every month throughout the year, but we will be out of money raised after this month. $1=1 brand new book for a student. It takes about $700/month to get a book in the hands of every student who wants one. If you are willing to donate you can drop it off in the front office, or mail it to Holland Middle School at 373 E. 24th Street, Holland, MI

Thanks to all of who have donated to this great cause, shared this message, and been a supporter of Holland Middle School. 
If you have questions about this new program, please email Mrs. Kangas or email Ms. Franklin for more information.
Please feel free to share the above message on Facebook.

Communication-

Please continue to check the HMS Web Page or Facebook for any updates about events happening at school. Please make sure that you have an up-to-date email address in our Student Information System (Infinite Campus) as newsletters and updates will be emailed. Please be sure to sign up for HPS text alerts using the following link: 
HPS Emergency Text Alerts

If you ever have questions about something that happened at school, please reach out to the school as we can get you accurate information.

Shout Outs -

Did you know that every week Mr. Cassidy sends out an email to staff called “The Holla”? It is an accumulation of positive notes provided to him about our staff from staff, parents, and community members. If you have something positive that you would like to share, please send an email to Mr. Cassidy

HMS Weekly Update 10/8/19 - 10/12/18

*** Thursday, October 11th is a 1/2 day with dismissal at 10:35am***

Parent-Teacher Conferences

Conferences start this Tuesday This will be the first time conferences will be held at HMS and we want them to be as efficient as possible for parents. Conferences will take place in the teachers’ classrooms. When you arrive at the school you will be given a copy of your child’s schedule with a map of the school on the back. Parents and teachers are asked to keep each conference to 5 minutes per student. If you feel more time is needed for a conference please reach out to teachers to see if another time can be arranged.

The times for conferences are as follows:

  • Tuesday, October 9th- 4:30-7:30pm
  • Thursday, October 11th- 12:30- 3:30 pm
  • Tuesday, October 16th- 5:30-8:30 pm

Other events which will be taking place during conferences:

  • Mrs. Legg will be offering brief tutorials and tips for keeping track of student grades and progress in google classroom.
  • Parent surveys will be administered

Picture Retakes

Picture retakes will be October 18th.

Scholastic Book Drive at HMS

Our first order has arrived and we will be getting books in the hands of kids this week! 
We are hoping to get another survey out to kids on books that they would like for next month very soon. Every dollar donated will get a book in the hands of a student for them to keep each month. It will take about $700 every month to accomplish this goal. Checks can be made out to the HMS Scholastic Funds and sent to 373 E. 24th Street, Holland, MI 49423
Thanks to all of who have donated to this great cause, shared this message, and been a supporter of Holland Middle School. 
If you have questions about this new program, please email Mrs. Kangas at ckangas@hollandpublicschools.org or Ms. Franklin at afrankli@hollandpublicschools.org for more information.
Please feel free to share the above message on Facebook.

Playground Balls Needed

Thanks to everyone who has donated balls to HMS! These are being put to great use!
If you have used footballs, basketballs, soccer balls, or kick balls that aren’t being used at your house, Holland Middle School would be grateful if you donated them. We use these for lunch activity time with our students.

Parent Participation Committee

HMS is excited to announce we have a PPC (Parent Participation Committee, formerly known as the PTO)! The co-chairs (Candis DeBoer and Ortencia Bos) are excited to finalize details to launch the PPC and explore ways parents can support our middle school students. Please look forward to more information about future events and the request for parent volunteers.

Carpool and Parking Lot-

There have been several notes about issues in the parking lot before and after school with congestion and unsafe behaviors. Here are some tips to keep kids safe and expedite pick-up/drop-off of students:

  • DO NOT park in the handicapped parking spaces or block them unless you or your student are are handicapped. We have several parents who need these spaces who have not been able to access them. We have requested that HPD begin issuing tickets. 
  • Only drop students off when you are pulled up next to the curb. DO NOT drop off in the middle or left lane as this backs up traffic and puts your child in danger.
  • Only cross at one of the two crosswalks.
  • If there are no open spots along the curb, please pull into the parking lot and walk to pick up your student.
  • Be Patient! There is nothing worth putting our students in danger. 
  • Officer Hamberg will be there most days after school and will try to be present in the mornings. 
  • Please email Mr. Cassidy if you would be interested in helping direct traffic and walkers at the crosswalk from 7:00-7:35. His email is ncassidy@hollandpublicschools.org

Communication-

Please continue to check the HMS Web Page or Facebook for any updates about events happening at school. Please make sure that you have an up-to-date email address in our Student Information System (Infinite Campus) as newsletters and updates will be emailed. Please be sure to sign up for HPS text alerts.

If you ever have questions about something that happened at school, please reach out to the school as we can get you accurate information.

Shout Outs -

Did you know that every week Mr. Cassidy sends out an email to staff called “The Holla”? It is an accumulation of positive notes provided to him about our staff from staff, parents, and community members. If you have something positive that you would like to share, please send an email to Mr. Cassidy.

Nick Cassidy

Principal

Holland Middle School

616-494-2425

HMS Weekly Update 10/1/18 - 10/5/18

Parent-Teacher Conferences

Conferences are just around the corner.   This will be the first time conferences will be help at HMS and we want them to be as efficient as possible for parents.   Conferences will take place in the teachers’ classrooms. When you arrive at the school you will be given a copy of your child’s schedule with a map of the school on the back.   Parents and teachers are asked to keep each conference to 5 minutes per student. If you feel more time is needed for a conference please reach out to teaches to see if another time can be arranged.    

The times for conferences are as follows:

  • Tuesday,  October 9th-    4:30-7:30pm
  • Thursday, October 11th-  12:30- 3:30 pm
  • Tuesday,  October 16th-   5:30-8:30 pm

Other events which will be taking place during conferences:

  • Mrs. Legg will be offering brief tutorials and tips for keeping track of student grades and progress in google classroom.
  • Parent surveys will be administered.  

BE NICE Football Game on Friday

Holland will be hosting a Be Nice themed football game this Friday.  All students and staff who have Be Nice shirts are encouraged to wear them this Friday to support this game and the Mental Health Foundation of West Michigan.   

Holland Middle School  is an official Be Nice school. The Be Nice expectations encourage students to Notice, Invite, Challenge, and Empower. Students will be able to nominate other students every week who model those expectations. Students who are nominated can win a Be Nice shirt. If you see a student wearing a Be Nice shirt please show your appreciation for them Being Nice and making someone else’s day.

Mrs. Legg will be starting a Be NICE Club this week.  

Football and Sporting Event Expectations

HPS administrators and our Community Police Officers will be meeting this week to discuss increased expectations for behavior and what we can do to improve the spectating experience and safety and security for all at Holland Football games and all future HPS athletic events.  Please look for an email and post later this week regarding specific expectations and possible changes.

Picture Retakes

Picture retakes will be October 18th.  

Scholastic Book Drive at HMS

Getting books in the hands of all students is a priority at Holland Middle School.   We placed our first order for all students who responded to a survey at school for them to receive either Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins or Restart by Gordan Korman.   We hope to give options to students every month for them to receive their very own books! Every dollar donated will get a book in the hands of a student for them to keep each month.   It will take just over $700 every month to accomplish this goal. Checks can be made out to the HMS Scholastic Funds and sent to 373 E. 24th Street, Holland, MI 49423

Thanks to all of who have donated to this great cause, shared this message, and been a supporter of Holland Middle School.   

If you have questions about this new program, please email Mrs. Kangas at ckangas@hollandpublicschools.org or Ms. Franklin at afrankli@hollandpublicschools.org for more information.

Please feel free to share the above message on Facebook.   

Playground Balls Needed

Thanks to everyone who has donated balls to HMS!  These are being put to great use!

If you have used footballs, basketballs, soccer balls, or kick balls that aren’t being used at your house, Holland Middle School would be grateful if you donated them.   We use these for lunch activity time with our students.

Parent Participation Committee

HMS is excited to announce we have a PPC (Parent Participation Committee, formerly known as the PTO)! The co-chairs (Candis DeBoer and Ortencia Bos) are excited to finalize details to launch the PPC and explore ways parents can support our middle school students. Please look forward to more information about future events and the request for parent volunteers.

Carpool and Parking Lot-  

There have been several notes about issues in the parking lot before and after school with congestion and unsafe behaviors.   Here are some tips to keep kids safe and expedite pick-up/drop-off of students:

  • DO NOT park in the handicapped parking spaces or block them unless you or your student are are handicapped.   We have several parents who need these spaces who have not been able to access them. We have requested that HPD begin issuing tickets.  
  • Only drop students off when you are pulled up next to the curb.   DO NOT drop off in the middle or left lane as this backs up traffic and puts your child in danger.
  • Only cross at one of the two crosswalks.
  • If there are no open spots along the curb, please pull into the parking lot and walk to pick up your student.
  • Be Patient!   There is nothing worth putting our students in danger.   
  • Officer Hamberg will be there most days after school and will try to be present in the mornings.  
  • Please email Mr. Cassidy if you would be interested in helping direct traffic and walkers at the crosswalk from 7:00-7:35. His email is ncassidy@hollandpublicschools.org

Communication-  

Please continue to check the HMS Web Page or Facebook for any updates about events happening at school.   Please make sure that you have an up-to-date email address in our Student Information System (Infinite Campus) as newsletters and updates will be emailed.   Please be sure to sign up for HPS text

If you ever have questions about something that happened at school, please reach out to the school as we can get you accurate information.   

Shout Outs -

Did you know that every week Mr. Cassidy sends out an email to staff called “The Holla”? It is an accumulation of positive notes provided to him about our staff from staff, parents, and community members. If you have something positive that you would like to share, please send an email to Mr. Cassidy

HMS Weekly Update 9/24/18 - 9/28/18

Events this week:

Tuesday, 9/25-  

 HMS will be hosting an 8th grade leadership camp.  Students will participate in team building activities, be able to give feedback on several different events that will be happening at school, and will learn what it takes to be a leader at school.   Camp counselors will be coming to school to lead some of these activities. This is free to the students

Friday, 9/28-  

Teachers will submit grades for the first progress report.  

Student IDs:

All HMS students should have received ID badges and lanyards last week.  They are to wear these everyday. This ID badge is also their lunch card.   Replacement badges will cost $3.

Scholastic Book Drive at HMS

Getting books in the hands of all students is a priority at Holland Middle School.   We will be making our first order for all students who responded to a survey at school for them to receive either Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins or Restart by Gordan Korman.   We hope to give options to students every month for them to receive their very own books! Every dollar donated will get a book in the hands of a student for them to keep! Checks can be made out to the HMS Scholastic Funds and sent to 373 E. 24th Street, Holland, MI 49423

Thanks to all of who have donated to this great cause, shared this message, and been a supporter of Holland Middle School.   

If you have questions about this new program, please email Mrs. Kangas at ckangas@hollandpublicschools.org or Ms. Franklin at afrankli@hollandpublicschools.org for more information.

Please feel free to share the above message on Facebook.   

Playground Balls Needed

If you have used footballs, basketballs, soccer balls, or kick balls that aren’t being used at your house, Holland Middle School would be grateful if you donated them.   We use these for lunch activity time with our students.

Parent Participation Committee

HMS is excited to announce we have a PPC (Parent Participation Committee, formerly known as the PTO)! The co-chairs (Candis DeBoer and Ortencia Bos) are excited to finalize details to launch the PPC and explore ways parents can support our middle school students. Please look forward to more information about future events and the request for parent volunteers.

Carpool and Parking Lot -  

There have been several notes about issues in the parking lot before and after school with congestion and unsafe behaviors.   Here are some tips to keep kids safe and expedite pick-up/drop-off of students:

  • DO NOT park in the handicapped parking spaces or block them unless you or your student are are handicapped.   We have several parents who need these spaces who have not been able to access them. We have requested that HPD begin issuing tickets.  
  • Only drop students off when you are pulled up next to the curb.   DO NOT drop off in the middle or left lane as this backs up traffic and puts your child in danger.
  • Only cross at one of the two crosswalks.
  • If there are no open spots along the curb, please pull into the parking lot and walk to pick up your student.
  • Be Patient!   There is nothing worth putting our students in danger.   
  • Officer Hamberg will be there most days after school and will try to be present in the mornings.  
  • Please email Mr. Cassidy if you would be interested in helping direct traffic and walkers at the crosswalk from 7:00-7:35. His email is ncassidy@hollandpublicschools.org

Communication-  

Please continue to check the HMS Web Page or Facebook for any updates about events happening at school.   Please make sure that you have an up-to-date email address in our Student Information System (Infinite Campus) as newsletters and updates will be emailed.   Please be sure to sign up for HPS text alerts.

If you ever have questions about something that happened at school, please reach out to the school as we can get you accurate information.   

Be Nice-

Holland Middle School  will be an official Be Nice school. The Be Nice expectations encourage students to Notice, Invite, Challenge, and Empower. Students will be able to nominate other students every week who model those expectations. Students who are nominated can win a Be Nice shirt. If you see a student wearing a Be Nice shirt please show your appreciation for them Being Nice and making someone else’s day.

Shout Outs -

Did you know that every week Mr. Cassidy sends out an email to staff called “The Holla”? It is an accumulation of positive notes provided to him about our staff from staff, parents, and community members. If you have something positive that you would like to share, please send an email to Mr. Cassidy

HMS Weekly Update 9/17/18 - 9/21/18

Homecoming Week Spirit Days:

  • Monday: Comfy Day
  • Tuesday: Hat Day
  • Wednesday: Sports Day
  • Thursday: Class Colors (6th Grade: Red, 7th Grade: Yellow, 8th Grade: Green)
  • Friday: Red and White Day

Student IDs:

All HMS students will be receiving ID cards on Tuesday with a lanyard. They are to wear these everyday. This ID badge is also their lunch card. Replacement badges will cost $3.

Test Center Instructional Assistant:

HMS will be hiring a part time Test Center Assistant. Please see the job posting and email Mrs. Bair.

Scholastic Book Drive at HMS

Getting books in the hands of all students is a priority at Holland Middle School. We’d love for your assistance in providing every student with a free book each month. For a donation of only $10, you will sponsor one middle school student to receive a new book each month of the school year. Checks can be made out to the HMS Scholastic Funds and sent to 373 E. 24th Street, Holland, MI 49423.
We are very close to being able to place our first order and provide a book to every student! Every dollar will get a book in the hands of a student! This will be their book to keep!

If you have questions about this new program, please email Mrs. Kangas  or email Ms. Franklin  for more information.
Please feel free to share the above message on Facebook.

Playground Balls Needed

If you have used footballs, basketballs, soccer balls, or kick balls that aren’t being used at your house, Holland Middle School would be grateful if you donated them. We use these for lunch activity time with our students.

Parent Participation Committee

HMS is excited to announce we have a PPC (Parent Participation Committee, formerly known as the PTO)! The co-chairs (Candis DeBoer and Ortencia Bos) are excited to finalize details to launch the PPC and explore ways parents can support our middle school students. Please look forward to more information about future events and the request for parent volunteers.

Carpool and Parking Lot -  

There have been several notes about issues in the parking lot before and after school with congestion and unsafe behaviors.   Here are some tips to keep kids safe and expedite pick-up/drop-off of students:

  • DO NOT park in the handicapped parking spaces or block them unless you or your student are are handicapped.   We have several parents who need these spaces who have not been able to access them. We have requested that HPD begin issuing tickets.  
  • Only drop students off when you are pulled up next to the curb.   DO NOT drop off in the middle or left lane as this backs up traffic and puts your child in danger.
  • Only cross at one of the two crosswalks.
  • If there are no open spots along the curb, please pull into the parking lot and walk to pick up your student.
  • Be Patient!   There is nothing worth putting our students in danger.   
  • Officer Hamberg will be there most days after school and will try to be present in the mornings.  
  • Please email Mr. Cassidy if you would be interested in helping direct traffic and walkers at the crosswalk from 7:00-7:35. His email is ncassidy@hollandpublicschools.org

Communication-  

Please continue to check the HMS Web Page or Facebook for any updates about events happening at school.   Please make sure that you have an up-to-date email address in our Student Information System (Infinite Campus) as newsletters and updates will be emailed.   Please be sure to sign up for HPS text alerts.

If you ever have questions about something that happened at school, please reach out to the school as we can get you accurate information.   

Be Nice-

Holland Middle School  will be an official Be Nice school. The Be Nice expectations encourage students to Notice, Invite, Challenge, and Empower. Students will be able to nominate other students every week who model those expectations. Students who are nominated can win a Be Nice shirt. If you see a student wearing a Be Nice shirt please show your appreciation for them Being Nice and making someone else’s day.

Shout Outs -

Did you know that every week Mr. Cassidy sends out an email to staff called “The Holla”? It is an accumulation of positive notes provided to him about our staff from staff, parents, and community members. If you have something positive that you would like to share, please send an email to Mr. Cassidy

HMS Weekly Update 9/10/18 - 9/14/18

HMS Weekly Update- 9/10-9/14

Monday, 9/10-

 Picture Forms Sent Home

Thursday, 9/13-  

 8th Grade Field Trip Forms Due

Friday, 9/14-

 Picture Day

  - 8th Grade Field Trip to Van Raalte Farms- Civil War Muster

*Forms were sent home on Thursday, 9/6

Schedule-

  -9:00- begin loading buses

  -9:30- presentation at Van Raalte Farms begins

  -11:30-presentation at Van Raalte Farms ends

  -11:45-return to HMS

If you are interested in chaperoning, please email Mr. Cassidy at ncassidy@hollandpublicschools.org.  

Scholastic Book Drive at HMS

Getting books in the hands of all students is a priority at Holland Middle School. We’d love for your assistance in providing every student with a free book each month. For a donation of only $10, you will sponsor one middle school student to receive a new book each month of the school year. Checks can be made out to the HMS Scholastic Funds and sent to 373 E. 24th Street, Holland, MI 49423.

If you have questions about this new program, please email Mrs. Kangas at ckangas@hollandpublicschools.org or Ms. Franklin at afrankli@hollandpublicschools.org for more information.

Please feel free to share the above message on Facebook.   

Playground Balls Needed

If you have used footballs, basketballs, soccer balls, or kick balls that aren’t being used at your house, Holland Middle School would be grateful if you donated them.   We use these for lunch activity time with our students.
 

Carpool and Parking Lot-  

There have been several notes about issues in the parking lot before and after school with congestion and unsafe behaviors.   Here are some tips to keep kids safe and expedite pick-up/drop-off of students:

-Only drop students off when you are pulled up next to the curb.   DO NOT drop off in the middle or left lane as this backs up traffic and puts your child in danger.

-Only cross at one of the two crosswalks.

-If there are no open spots along the curb, please pull into the parking lot and walk to pick up your student.

-Be Patient!   There is nothing worth putting our students in danger.   

-Officer Hamberg will be there most days after school and will try to be present in the mornings.  

-Please email Mr. Cassidy if you would be interested in helping direct traffic and walkers at the crosswalk from 7:00-7:35. His email is ncassidy@hollandpublicschools.org

Communication-  

Please continue to check the HMS Web Page or Facebook for any updates about events happening at school.   If you ever have questions about something that happened at school, please reach out to the school as we can get you accurate information.   

Be Nice-

Holland Middle School  will be an official Be Nice school. The Be Nice expectations encourage students to Notice, Invite, Challenge, and Empower. Students will be able to nominate other students every week who model those expectations. Students who are nominated can win a Be Nice shirt. If you see a student wearing a Be Nice shirt please show your appreciation for them Being Nice and making someone else’s day.

Shout Outs -

Did you know that every week Mr. Cassidy sends out an email to staff called “The Holla”? It is an accumulation of positive notes provided to him about our staff from staff, parents, and community members. If you have something positive that you would like to share, please send an email to Mr. Cassidy at ncassidy@hollandpublicschools.org

HMS Weekly Update 9/3/18 - 9/7/18

Monday, 9/3- No School- Labor Day

Friday, 9/7-  Picture Day
 

Carpool and Parking Lot-  

There have been several notes about issues in the parking lot before and after school with congestion and unsafe behaviors.   Here are some tips to keep kids safe and expedite pick-up/drop-off of students:

-Only drop students off when you are pulled up next to the curb.   DO NOT drop off in the middle or left lane as this backs up traffic and puts your child in danger.

-Only cross at one of the two crosswalks.

-If there are no open spots along the curb, please pull into the parking lot and walk to pick up your student.

-Be Patient!   There is nothing worth putting our students in danger.   

-Officer Hamberg will be there most days after school and will try to be present in the mornings.  

-Please email Mr. Cassidy if you would be interested in helping direct traffic and walkers at the crosswalk from 7:00-7:35. His email is ncassidy@hollandpublicschools.org

Schedules-  

There were many changes to schedules made last week.  While there may still be some cases that involve schedule changes, most are now set and will remain in place until Semester when some student electives will switch.   Thanks for you patience and understanding as made those needed adjustments.

Communication-

 Please continue to check the HMS Web Page or Facebook for any updates about events happening at school.   If you ever have questions about something that happened at school, please reach out to the school as we can get you accurate information.   

Lockers-  

We are still working on getting lockers updated.  If your child was not assigned a locker and needs one for for their belongings or equipment, please email Mr. Cassidy.    We have noticed that most students are not using their lockers at all.

Attention 7th and 8th Grade Girls-  

If you are interested in joining the girls volleyball team, we have practice everyday at HMS from 3-5pm.  Please pick up a physical form and insurance form from Mr. Werley in the gym or from the High School Athletic Office if you are interested in playing.  Please see Miss Crennell or Ms. Bleeker with any questions.

Be Nice-

Holland Middle School  will be an official Be Nice school. The Be Nice expectations encourage students to Notice, Invite, Challenge, and Empower. Students will be able to nominate other students every week who model those expectations. Students who are nominated can win a Be Nice shirt. If you see a student wearing a Be Nice shirt please show your appreciation for them Being Nice and making someone else’s day.

Shout Outs -

Did you know that every week Mr. Cassidy sends out an email to staff called “The Holla”? It is an accumulation of positive notes provided to him about our staff from staff, parents, and community members. If you have something positive that you would like to share, please send an email to Mr. Cassidy at ncassidy@hollandpublicschools.org

HMS Weekly Update 8/27-8/31

HMS Weekly Update 8/27-8/31

It was a good first two days at Holland Middle School.   Thanks to everyone for all of the support and well wishes.   We are still ironing out a few wrinkles and appreciate your patience and understanding.   

Calendar reminders:

Friday, 8/31-  No School

Monday, 9/3-  No School- Labor Day

Schedules-

 There are some adjustments that will be made to teacher and student schedules this week in order to adjust the hour a Spanish class is offered and to create a couple of new sections of Language Arts.    In the end, this will help us meet the needs of our students and help reduce class sizes in a few of the classes. Unfortunately, we might not be able to make these changes for a couple of days as we need to be able to have the staff ready for the moves.  

Communication-

 Please continue to check the HMS Web Page or Facebook for any updates about events happening at school.   If you ever have questions about something that happened at school, please reach out to the school as we can get you accurate information.   

Lockers-

 We are still working on getting locker updated.  If your child was not assigned a locker and needs one for for their belongings or equipment, please email Mr. Cassidy.    We have noticed that most students are not using their lockers at all.

Attention 7th and 8th Grade Girls-

 If you are interested in joining the girls volleyball team, we have practice everyday at HMS from 3-5pm.  Please pick up a physical form and insurance form from Mr. Werley in the gym or from the High School Athletic Office if you are interested in playing.  Please see Miss Crennell or Ms. Bleeker with any questions.

Be Nice-

Holland Middle School  will be an official Be Nice school. The Be Nice expectations encourage students to Notice, Invite, Challenge, and Empower. Students will be able to nominate other students every week who model those expectations. Students who are nominated can win a Be Nice shirt. If you see a student wearing a Be Nice shirt please show your appreciation for them Being Nice and making someone else’s day.

Shout Outs -

Did you know that every week Mr. Cassidy sends out an email to staff called “The Holla”? It is an accumulation of positive notes provided to him about our staff from staff, parents, and community members. If you have something positive that you would like to share, please send an email to Mr. Cassidy at ncassidy@hollandpublicschools.org

Weekly Update 8/10/2018

Dear Holland Middle School Families,

We are very excited to welcome you back to school in two weeks.  There are several important notes about the Open House on August 20th.    During this time your child will get his/her schedule, locker, chromebook,  and be able to tour the school to find their classes and meet their teachers.  

Important Details for the Middle School Open House:

When:   August 20th from 5:00pm-7:00pm

Where:  373 East 24th Street, Holland

Meetings with the Administrative Team:

When:  5:30pm and 6:30pm

Where:  Cafeteria

Notes:  These meetings will last about 15 minutes during the Open House

Chromebook Distribution

When:   5:00pm- 7:00pm

Where:  Media Center

  • Holland Middle Students will receive new Chromebooks this year!  

Important Technology Registration Details:

•Parents please come with your students to the Technology Registration room. This will be in the Media Center during Open House.

•You’ll need to pay the $20 Technology Fee for each Holland Middle School student, and sign the Acceptable Usage Policy with your student.

•Chromebooks will be issued on the first day of classes - only to students who have completed Technology Registration.

•Families who do not complete Technology Registration during Open House will need to come to the Holland Middle School main office by Friday, August 24, to complete the Technology Registration process.

School Supply List

Please visit the Holland Middle School webpage for a school supply list.  

Athletics

Practices for middle school fall sports begin on August 15th (7th-8th football) and August 21st (6th-8th boys/girls cross country, 7th-8th boys soccer, 6th-8th girls tennis, and 7th-8th volleyball).

In order a student to participate, the following requirements must be met prior to the first day of the season:

A current physical examination form must be on file in the athletic office. In order to be valid for the 2018-19 school year, the physical must have taken place on or after April 15, 2018. Physicals completed prior to this date cannot be accepted. The form must be signed by the parent/guardian and the student

Insurance fee of $30 per school year must be submitted to the athletic office. The fee can be waived by submitting a waiver form (available in the athletic office and online at www.hollanddutchsports.com) prior to the first day.

Contact the athletic office at 494-2250 for more information.


Estimadas familias de Holland Middle School,

Estamos muy emocionados de darle la bienvenida a la escuela en dos semanas. Hay varias detalles importantes que deben saber sobre el Open House que tendremos el 20 de agosto. Durante este tiempo, su hijo obtendrá su horario, su casillero, su Chromebook y podrá recorrer la escuela para buscar sus clases y conocer a sus maestros.

Detalles importantes para el Open House de la escuela intermedia:

Cuándo: 20 de agosto de 5:00 p.m. hasta 7:00 p.m.
Dónde: 373 East 24th Street, Holland

Reuniones con el equipo administrativo:
Cuándo: 5:30 p.m. y 6:30 p.m.
Dónde: Cafetería
Estas reuniones durarán aproximadamente 15 minutos durante el Open House

Distribución de Chromebook:

Cuándo: de 5:00 p.m. a 7:00 p.m.
Dónde: Media Center


¡Los estudiantes de Holland Middle recibirán Chromebooks nuevos este año!
Detalles importantes de registro de tecnología:
• Padres, por favor, acompañen a sus alumnos a la sala de registro de tecnología. Esto estará en la biblioteca durante las horas del Open House.
• Tendrá que pagar la tarifa de tecnología de $ 20 por cada estudiante de Holland Middle School y firmar la Política de uso aceptable con su estudiante.
• Se les darán los Chromebooks a los estudiantes el primer día de clases, solo para los estudiantes que hayan completado el Registro de tecnología.
• Las familias que no completen el registro de tecnología durante el Open House deberán acudir a la oficina central de Holland Middle antes del viernes 24 de agosto para completar el proceso de registro de tecnología.

Lista de útiles escolares:


Visite la página web de Holland Middle School para obtener una lista de útiles escolares.

Office Staff

Holland Middle

373 E 24th Street
Holland, MI 49423
Phone: 616-494-2425
Nicholas Cassidy
Principal
616-494-2426
Rene Bair
Assistant Principal
616-494-2431
Kimberly Stevenson
Associate Dean of Students
616-494-2569
Fatima Morales
Secretary
616-494-2435
Amanda Ortega
Registrar
616-494-2433

School Times
7:35-2:42

Half Day
7:35-10:35