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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 at bboerman@hollandpublicschools.org 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
lderoo@hollandpublicschools.org

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 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 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 at ncassidy@hollandpublicschools.org-- 

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 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 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 at ncassidy@hollandpublicschools.org

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 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 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 at ncassidy@hollandpublicschools.org

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
Site Supervisor
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