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Specialty Breakfast - Week of April 8-12

Monday - Rolled Breakfast Taco - A flavorful combination of Egg, Cheese, Potato, and Sausage rolled in a WG tortilla.  (picked by a Special 8th Grader)

Tuesday - Breakfast Bosco Sticks - Everyone's favorite Bosco Cheese Stick with a blend of Eggs and Bacon stuffed inside the cheesy breadstick. (picked by Janneth Hernandez)

Wednesday - Breakfast Pizza Boat - Pizza with Egg & Turkey Bacon with a smoky Cheese sauce. (picked by a Special 6th grader)

Thursday - Breakfast Tornado - A whirlwind of flavor all wrapped into a delicious package of Egg, Sausage, and Cheese covered by a crispy WG tortilla shell (picked by Angel Castro

Friday - Maple Battered Pancake on a Stick - Savory Pork Sausage link covered in Maple Pancake Batter all on a stick and served with syrup (picked a Special 8th Grader)

HMS Weekly Update 3/25/19 - 3/28/19

Friday- 3/29- NO SCHOOL- SPRING BREAK BEGINS. STUDENTS RETURN ON MONDAY, APRIL 8!

There is a lot of new information included in the Weekly Update. Please be sure to read through it all and don’t hesitate to contact the HMS office if you have any questions.

Staff Vs. Student Soccer Game

HMS will host another Staff vs. Student game on Thursday, March 28th. The game will start around 1:30pm. Permission slips for students interested in playing went home last week.. . The parents of players are welcome to watch!

Stronger Together

Ridge Point Community Church will be hosting a program of encouragement, strength, and hope for families of incarcerated individuals. Meetings will be the 2nd and 4th Thursdays of the month and dinner is provided. If you would like more details, please email Lauren DeRoo.

H.O.P.E.

Helping Others Pursue Excellence is offering a Youth Deterrent Program which is a positive, proactive approach to deterring and reducing youth incarceration. Cared Straight...not “Scared Straight”. If your child is heading down the wrong path and you would like some additional resources and help, this may be a great program. If you would like more details, please email Lauren DeRoo.

Upcoming Field Trips for 6th and 7th graders

The 6th and 7th graders will all be going on a field trip on April 9. Permission slips and details about these trips have been sent home and need to be returned ASAP. All 6th and 7th graders will be on trips on this day. A few parents have stated that they will not be sending their student to school that day. If that is the case, please send a note in to the front office so it can be counted as an excused absence.

Testing Information

We have spring testing upon us. Please mark the following dates as days to avoid doctor's appointments, early dismissals, and another other absences. Late arrivals to school on these days will also mean students will not be able to be tested that day. Testing will start at 8 am each day.

At conferences, you will get a PSAT/MSTEP handout of the information about both assessments.

8th grade: 

  • April 9th- PSAT ELA and Math 
  • April 10th- MSTEP Science 
  • April 11th- MSTEP Social Studies

* PSAT Information for Parents and Students

6th and 7th grade: CHANGED

  • May 1st ELA
  • May 2nd Math

March 27th-Activity Night

The next Activity Night at Holland Middle School will be March 27th from 2:45-5:00. Volunteers will be needed. If you are interested in helping out, please email Mr. Cassidy

Donations Needed for Activity Night!

As a part of the upcoming activity night, we will have a large group game room available (this is replacing the cake walk from last time). We are in need of some prizes for this game room. We are looking for donations of sweet treats such as theater size boxes of candy, other candy, little debbie snacks, etc. If you would be willing to donate could you please sign up at this link.
This way we know if we have enough prizes to make it through the event. Thank you!

Game Changer by Tommy Greenwald

HMS will be hosting the author of the book “Game Changer” Tommy Greenwald on April 11th. Game Changer will be available for sale at the Book Fair during conferences. Students who read the book and complete an assignment related to that book will be allowed to attend the presentation by Mr. Greenwald and get an autograph.

After School Tutoring

After school tutoring will be held Monday through Wendesday 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.

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. Messages from parents are placed at the top of these weekly emails and are very meaningful to our staff.

In our first year, HMS continues to create its own traditions while following the Vision, Mission, and Core Values of all Holland Public Schools.

VISION STATEMENT

Holland Public Schools
The Choice for Educational Excellence
Compassionate Staff, Leading Edge Programs, Committed Community
Right for Me

MISSION STATEMENT:

Embrace, Engage, and Empower each student for success in an ever-changing world.
Core Values
We value…

Success for All-

Our students develop their innate abilities to be life, career, and college ready.
Educational Excellence-We provide state and nationally recognized academic programs and extra-curricular activities measured by high standards of performance and personalized support.

Innovation-

We continuously improve through the study and implementation of best practices and programs with high expectations for achievement. 

Passion-

We employ committed, talented, and passionate individuals who care for the students and families they serve.

Inclusion-

It is our collective responsibility to foster respect, a sense of belonging, and success that honors each individual.

Equity-

We ensure that our policies, practices, and programs serve our growing and evolving community.

Safety-

We provide all students and staff powerful learning opportunities in safe, secure, and predictable environments.

Collaboration-

We intentionally develop family and community partnerships to share the responsibility for the success of our students.

Proactive-

We study and respond to the ever-changing needs of our community and intentionally invest the necessary resources to support our vision and mission.

HMS Weekly Update 3/18/19 - 3/22/19

There is a lot of new information included in the Weekly Update. Please be sure to read through it all and don’t hesitate to contact the HMS office if you have any questions.

Thank You!

Thank you to all of the parents and community speakers who came in to present to our students for Career Day last week. We are grateful for all of the time and efforts the presenters put in to make this a great day! The students really enjoyed it and they learned so much. It was a fun and exciting way to learn about possibilities for the future!

Parent Survey:

If you did not have a chance to take the survey at Conferences, please follow this link, and take a few minutes to do so

Staff Vs. Student Soccer Game

HMS will host another staff vs. Student game on Thursday, March 28th. The game will start around 1:30pm. Permission slips will be going home for students who are interested and eligible to play. As we have limited slots, there may need to be a drawing for students to play. The parents of players are welcome to watch!

Upcoming Field Trips for 6th and 7th graders 

The 6th and 7th graders will all be going on a field trip on April 9. Permission slips and details about these trips have been sent home and need to be returned ASAP. All 6th and 7th graders will be on trips on this day. A few parents have stated that they will not be sending their student to school that day. If that is the case, please send a note in to the front office. Please ask your child about the paperwork and send it back as soon as possible. If the cost of the trip presents a difficulty for your family, we have included a scholarship form in the permission packet. Please return this paperwork right away because it is a lot to organize and prepare for field trips with so many students and we need as much time as possible.

Testing Information

We have spring testing upon us. Please mark the following dates as days to avoid doctor's appointments, early dismissals, and another other absences. Late arrivals to school on these days will also mean students will not be able to be tested that day. Testing will start at 8 am each day.

At conferences, you will get a PSAT/MSTEP handout of the information about both assessments.

8th grade: 

  • April 9th- PSAT ELA and Math 
  • April 10th- MSTEP Science 
  • April 11th- MSTEP Social Studies

* PSAT Information for Parents and Students

6th and 7th grade: CHANGED

  • May 1st ELA
  • May 2nd Math

March 27th- Activity Night

The next Activity Night at Holland Middle School will be March 27th from 2:45-5:00. Volunteers will be needed. If you are interested in helping out, please email Mr. Cassidy.

Donations Needed for Activity Night!

As a part of the upcoming activity night, we will have a large group game room available (this is replacing the cake walk from last time). We are in need of some prizes for this game room. We are looking for donations of sweet treats such as theater size boxes of candy, other candy, little debbie snacks, etc. If you would be willing to donate please sign up at this link.
This way we know if we have enough prizes to make it through the event. Thank you!

Game Changer by Tommy Greenwald

HMS will be hosting the author of the book “Game Changer” Tommy Greenwald on April 11th. Game Changer will be available for sale at the Book Fair during conferences. Students who read the book and complete an assignment related to that book will be allowed to attend the presentation by Mr. Greenwald and get an autograph.

After School Tutoring

After school tutoring will be held Tuesday through 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.

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. Messages from parents are placed at the top of these weekly emails and are very meaningful to our staff.

In our first year, HMS continues to create its own traditions while following the Vision, Mission, and Core Values of all Holland Public Schools.

VISION STATEMENT

Holland Public Schools
The Choice for Educational Excellence
Compassionate Staff, Leading Edge Programs, Committed Community
Right for Me

MISSION STATEMENT:

Embrace, Engage, and Empower each student for success in an ever-changing world.
Core Values
We value…

Success for All-

Our students develop their innate abilities to be life, career, and college ready.
Educational Excellence-We provide state and nationally recognized academic programs and extra-curricular activities measured by high standards of performance and personalized support.

Innovation-

We continuously improve through the study and implementation of best practices and programs with high expectations for achievement. 

Passion-

We employ committed, talented, and passionate individuals who care for the students and families they serve.

Inclusion-

It is our collective responsibility to foster respect, a sense of belonging, and success that honors each individual.

Equity-

We ensure that our policies, practices, and programs serve our growing and evolving community.

Safety-

We provide all students and staff powerful learning opportunities in safe, secure, and predictable environments.

Collaboration-

We intentionally develop family and community partnerships to share the responsibility for the success of our students.

Proactive-

We study and respond to the ever-changing needs of our community and intentionally invest the necessary resources to support our vision and mission.

HMS Weekly Update 3/11/19-3/15/19

There is a lot of new information included in the Weekly Update. Please be sure to read through it all and don’t hesitate to contact the HMS office if you have any questions.

Parent/Teacher Conferences for Middle School:

March 12th- 12:30pm- 3:30pm (Students dismissed at 10:37am for ½ day)
March 14th- 5:30pm-8:30pm 

*The Book Fair will be held in the Media Center during all conference times*

Survey at Conferences- Parents will be asked to take a brief survey during conferences. We use this information for school improvement planning and to monitor progress on some of our goals.  You can also take the survey at home at this link.

Upcoming Field Trips for 6th and 7th graders-

The 6th and 7th graders will all be going on a field trip on April 9. Permission slips and details about these trips have been sent home and need to be returned ASAP. Please ask your child about the paperwork and send it back as soon as possible. If the cost of the trip presents a difficulty for your family, we have included a scholarship form in the permission packet. Please return this paperwork right away because it is a lot to organize and prepare for field trips with so many students and we need as much time as possible.

Testing Information- 

We have spring testing upon us. Please mark the following dates as days to avoid doctor's appointments, early dismissals, and another other absences. Late arrivals to school on these days will also mean students will not be able to be tested that day. Testing will start at 8 am each day.

At conferences, you will get a PSAT/MSTEP handout of the information about both assessments.

8th grade: 

April 9th- PSAT ELA and Math 
April 10th- MSTEP Science 
April 11th- MSTEP Social Studies

6th and 7th grade:

*Tentative-May change*
April 30th ELA
May 2nd Math

PSAT Information for Parents and Students

6th and 7th grade: CHANGED
May 1st ELA
May 2nd Math

March 27th-Activity Night-

The next Activity Night at Holland Middle School will be March 27th. Volunteers will be needed. If you are interested in helping out, please email Mr. Cassidy.

Choir Concert for 6th and 7th Grades Cancelled

The Choir Concert scheduled for March 5th for 6th and 7th grade students has been cancelled.

8th Grade High School Transition Update-

Mrs. Loveland, High School Counselor, will be meeting with students at HMS in “My Life” classes on March 4th and 5th during the day. She will be working with 8th grade students to prepare for high school and to select elective courses for 9th grade. Students who are not taking a “My Life” course will be meeting with her on March 12 in the morning.

Game Changer by Tommy Greenwald-

HMS will be hosting the author of the book “Game Changer” Tommy Greenwald on April 11th. Game Changer will be available for sale at the Book Fair during conferences. Students who read the book and complete an assignment related to that book will be allowed to attend the presentation by Mr. Greenwald and get an autograph.

After School Tutoring-

After school tutoring will be held Tuesday-Thursday this week from 2:45-3:45 for all students who qualify. There is no tutoring on Monday. If you are interested in your child taking advantage of this opportunity, please email Mr. Cassidy.

HMS Classroom Observations-

HMS hosted its first ever Parent Rounds which took a group of parents into multiple classrooms to observe student engagement. Parents were also able to discuss their observations, hear about priorities at HMS, and goals as we move forward. We plan on hosting another classroom observation opportunity for parents this spring. Please email Mr. Cassidy if you are interested in joining the next round of observations.

PBIS Updated-

Students are rewarded for modeling the DUTCH (Diverse, United, Thrive, Committed, Honorable) expectations with DUTCH tickets. Those tickets can be redeemed by playing PLINKO for various prizes or placing tickets in a drawing for a weekly prize. The last few weeks students have had the chance to win Athletic Passes, Large Pizzas, VIP Lunches, and Taco Bell Gift Cards.

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. Messages from parents are placed at the top of these weekly emails and are very meaningful to our staff.

Best of the Best-

A few teachers from Holland have been nominated for the Best of the Best with the Holland Sentinel, including our very own Bill Boerman.  Go online and vote for teachers who make a difference or nominate one who has made a difference for your child.

In our first year, HMS continues to create its own traditions while following the Vision, Mission, and Core Values of all Holland Public Schools.

VISION STATEMENT

Holland Public Schools
The Choice for Educational Excellence
Compassionate Staff, Leading Edge Programs, Committed Community
Right for Me

MISSION STATEMENT:

Embrace, Engage, and Empower each student for success in an ever-changing world.
Core Values
We value…

Success for All-

Our students develop their innate abilities to be life, career, and college ready.
Educational Excellence-We provide state and nationally recognized academic programs and extra-curricular activities measured by high standards of performance and personalized support.

Innovation-

We continuously improve through the study and implementation of best practices and programs with high expectations for achievement. 

Passion-

We employ committed, talented, and passionate individuals who care for the students and families they serve.

Inclusion-

It is our collective responsibility to foster respect, a sense of belonging, and success that honors each individual.

Equity-

We ensure that our policies, practices, and programs serve our growing and evolving community.

Safety-

We provide all students and staff powerful learning opportunities in safe, secure, and predictable environments.

Collaboration-

We intentionally develop family and community partnerships to share the responsibility for the success of our students.

Proactive-

We study and respond to the ever-changing needs of our community and intentionally invest the necessary resources to support our vision and mission.-- 

Nick Cassidy, Principal

Holland Middle School

616-494-2425

Success for the HMS 7th and 8th Grade Bands at MSBOA District 10 Band & Orchestra Festival! 

HMS 7th grade band at MSBOA festivalThe HMS 7th and 8th Grade Bands participated in the Michigan School Band and Orchestra Association's District 10 Band & Orchestra Festival on Thursday, March 7th at Grandville High School. Each band prepared three pieces to perform for three adjudicators followed by a sight-reading session, wherein each band had 5 minutes to study a piece of band repertoire they had never seen before and then play it. Sight-reading was also judged in light of an overall musical performance and factored into the overall final rating for each band.
HPS congratulates the HMS 7th Grade Band, under the outstanding direction of Ross Huber, for their incredible success at this event! The 7th Grade Band received a Division 1 Superior rating overall taking home straight one's across the board from the judges in both performance and sight-reading!
HPS also congratulates the HMS 8th Grade Band, under the direction of Bethany Van Oss, for their overall Division 2 Excellent rating, receiving two 2's and one 1 in performance and a 1 in sight-reading.
Both bands worked extremely hard in preparation for what was the HPS middle school bands' first time participating in MSBOA District 10 B&O festival since 2006. Once again, congratulations to all on a job well done! #hpsproud"HMS 8th Grade Band at the MSBOA Festival

HMS Weekly Update 3/4/19 - 3/8/19

There is a lot of new information included in the Weekly Update. Please be sure to read through it all and don’t hesitate to contact the HMS office if you have any questions.

Parent/Teacher Conferences for Middle School:

March 7th- 4:30 pm- 7:30pm
March 12th- 12:30pm- 3:30pm (Students dismissed at 10:37am for ½ day)
March 14th- 5:30pm-8:30pm 
*The Book Fair will be held in the Media Center during all conference times*

Upcoming Field Trips for 6th and 7th graders-

The 6th and 7th graders will all be going on a field trip on April 9. Permission slips and details about these trips have been sent home and need to be returned ASAP. Please ask your child about the paperwork and send it back as soon as possible. If the cost of the trip presents a difficulty for your family, we have included a scholarship form in the permission packet. Please return this paperwork right away because it is a lot to organize and prepare for field trips with so many students and we need as much time as possible.

PATH Information Meeting-

HMS will be hosting an information meeting about the PATH (Program for Academically Talented at Hope) program for the 2019-2020 school year on Monday, March 4 at 6:00pm in the HMS Media Center. This meeting is for parents of students who want to learn more about this program. This is not a meeting for parents whose students are already attending PATH. Students who qualify for PATH are able to receive special instruction in either mathematics, science, or writing. The PATH classes, taught at Hope College, are designed to provide academic challenges and enrichment for the most capable and academically talented students. Students who are interested in the program will be given the opportunity to take part in a formal selection and qualifying process which requires them to take an assessment later this school year. If you have questions about the meeting, please email Mrs. Legg at klegg@hollandpublicschools.org.

Testing Information- 

We have spring testing upon us. Please mark the following dates as days to avoid doctor's appointments, early dismissals, and another other absences. Late arrivals to school on these days will also mean students will not be able to be tested that day. Testing will start at 8 am each day.

Also, there will be a table set up to assist with assessment questions for parents at conferences.

8th grade: 

April 9th- PSAT ELA and Math 
April 10th- MSTEP Science 
April 11th- MSTEP Social Studies

* PSAT Information for Parents and Students-https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/…/psat-8-9-studen…

6th and 7th grade:

*Tentative-May change*
April 30th ELA
May 2nd Math

March 27th-Activity Night-

The next Activity Night at Holland Middle School will be March 27th. Volunteers will be needed. If you are interested in helping out, please email Mr. Cassidy at ncassidy@hollandpublicschools.org

Choir Concert for 6th and 7th Grades Cancelled

The Choir Concert scheduled for March 5th for 6th and 7th grade students has been cancelled.

8th Grade High School Transition Update-

Mrs. Loveland, High School Counselor, will be meeting with students at HMS in “My Life” classes on March 4th and 5th during the day. She will be working with 8th grade students to prepare for high school and to select elective courses for 9th grade. Students who are not taking a “My Life” course will be meeting with her on March 12 in the morning.

Game Changer by Tommy Greenwald-

HMS will be hosting the author of the book “Game Changer” Tommy Greenwald on April 11th. Game Changer will be available for sale at the Book Fair during conferences. Students who read the book and complete an assignment related to that book will be allowed to attend the presentation by Mr. Greenwald and get an autograph.

After School Tutoring-

After school tutoring will be held Tuesday-Thursday this week from 2:45-3:45 for all students who qualify. There is no tutoring on Monday. If you are interested in your child taking advantage of this opportunity, please email Mr. Cassidy.

HMS Classroom Observations-

HMS hosted its first ever Parent Rounds which took a group of parents into multiple classrooms to observe student engagement. Parents were also able to discuss their observations, hear about priorities at HMS, and goals as we move forward. We plan on hosting another classroom observation opportunity for parents this spring. Please email Mr. Cassidy if you are intersted in joining the next round of observations.

PBIS Updated-

Students are rewarded for modeling the DUTCH (Diverse, United, Thrive, Committed, Honorable) expectations with DUTCH tickets. Those tickets can be redeemed by playing PLINKO for various prizes or placing tickets in a drawing for a weekly prize. The last few weeks students have had the chance to win Athletic Passes, Large Pizzas, VIP Lunches, and Taco Bell Gift Cards.

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. Messages from parents are placed at the top of these weekly emails and are very meaningful to our staff.

In our first year, HMS continues to create its own traditions while following the Vision, Mission, and Core Values of all Holland Public Schools.

VISION STATEMENT

Holland Public Schools
The Choice for Educational Excellence
Compassionate Staff, Leading Edge Programs, Committed Community
Right for Me

MISSION STATEMENT:

Embrace, Engage, and Empower each student for success in an ever-changing world.
Core Values
We value…

Success for All-

Our students develop their innate abilities to be life, career, and college ready.
Educational Excellence-We provide state and nationally recognized academic programs and extra-curricular activities measured by high standards of performance and personalized support.

Innovation-

We continuously improve through the study and implementation of best practices and programs with high expectations for achievement. 

Passion-

We employ committed, talented, and passionate individuals who care for the students and families they serve.

Inclusion-

It is our collective responsibility to foster respect, a sense of belonging, and success that honors each individual.

Equity-

We ensure that our policies, practices, and programs serve our growing and evolving community.

Safety-

We provide all students and staff powerful learning opportunities in safe, secure, and predictable environments.

Collaboration-

We intentionally develop family and community partnerships to share the responsibility for the success of our students.

Proactive-

We study and respond to the ever-changing needs of our community and intentionally invest the necessary resources to support our vision and mission.-- 

Nick Cassidy, Principal

Holland Middle School

616-494-2425

HMS Weekly Update 2/25/19 - 3/1/19

Parent/Teacher Conferences for Middle School:

  • March 7th- 4:30 pm- 7:30pm
  • March 12th- 12:30pm- 3:30pm (Students dismissed at 11am for ½ day)
  • March 14th- 5:30pm-8:30pm

Honor Roll Celebrations-

We are proud to announce that 331 students were on the Honor Roll (3.0 GPA or above) for last marking period! We have been delayed in honoring these students because of the snow days but we have a celebration planned on the following days...

  • 8th grade celebration will be Friday, March 1 
  • 7th grade celebration will be on Monday, March 4
  • 6th grade celebration will be on Tuesday, March 5. 

Thank you to Holland 7 movie theater and Christ Memorial Church for donating the treats for our celebration!

Upcoming Field Trips for 6th and 7th graders-

The 6th and 7th graders will all be going on a field trip on April 9. Permission slips and details about these trips are going to be sent home and need to be returned by Friday, March 1. We are looking for parents who are interested in chaperoning the trips and the chaperone/volunteer forms are included in the permission slip packets that the students are bringing home. Please ask your child about the paperwork and try to send it back as soon as possible.

PATH Information Meeting-

HMS will be hosting an information meeting about the PATH (Program for Academically Talented at Hope) program for the 2019-2020 school year on Monday, March 4 at 6:00pm in the HMS Media Center. Students who qualify for PATH are able to receive special instruction in either mathematics, science, or writing. The PATH classes, taught at Hope College, are designed to provide academic challenges and enrichment for the most capable and academically talented students. Students who are interested in the program will be given the opportunity to take part in a formal selection and qualifying process which requires them to take an assessment later this school year. This meeting is for parents of students who want to learn more about this program. This is not a meeting for parents whose students are already attending PATH. If you have questions about the meeting, please email Mrs. Legg.

Parent Instructional Rounds-

Holland Middle School will be hosting a small group of parents on February 28th. This group will meet together in the morning to hear about areas of focus at HMS. They will then go into multiple classrooms to look at ways our students are being engaged in the learning process. If you may be interested in taking part in this please email Mr. Cassidy.

Choir Concert for 6th and 7th Grades Cancelled-

The Choir Concert scheduled for March 5th for 6th and 7th grade students has been cancelled.

High School Transition Meetings-

It is already time to start planning for our 8th graders going into the High School! Below are the dates are the specific times for the Parent Informational Night on Tuesday, February 26th at Holland High School:

  • 6:00-6:30 pm- AP/Honors Information Meeting 
  • 6:30-7:30 pm- High School Parent Information Meeting 
  • 7:30- 8:00 pm- Holland Early College Information Meeting

Mrs. Loveland, High School Counselor, will be meeting with students at HMS on March 4th and 5th during the day.

Monthly Books at HMS-

The HMS Reading Committee has been able to place another order for books to be distributed to ALL of our HMS students! If you are interested in donating to this monthly cause, $1=1 book in the hands of a an HMS student. It takes about $650 per month to make sure that we have enough to order a book for every student. Just this year we have given nearly 3000 books to our students and that was made possible by the generous donations of the Holland Community. With the Scholastic Points we have earned through this we have put new books in our Spanish Immersion Classrooms, Project Based Learning Class, ELA Classes, and Reading Classes! Thanks for your donations and support.

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.

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. Messages from parents are placed at the top of these weekly emails and are very meaningful to our staff.

In our first year, HMS continues to create its own traditions while following the Vision, Mission, and Core Values of all Holland Public Schools.

VISION STATEMENT

Holland Public Schools
The Choice for Educational Excellence
Compassionate Staff, Leading Edge Programs, Committed Community
Right for Me

MISSION STATEMENT

Embrace, Engage, and Empower each student for success in an ever-changing world.
Core Values
We value…

Success for All-

Our students develop their innate abilities to be life, career, and college ready.
Educational Excellence-We provide state and nationally recognized academic programs and extra-curricular activities measured by high standards of performance and personalized support.

Innovation-

We continuously improve through the study and implementation of best practices and programs with high expectations for achievement. 

Passion-

We employ committed, talented, and passionate individuals who care for the students and families they serve.

Inclusion-

It is our collective responsibility to foster respect, a sense of belonging, and success that honors each individual.

Equity-

We ensure that our policies, practices, and programs serve our growing and evolving community.

Safety-

We provide all students and staff powerful learning opportunities in safe, secure, and predictable environments.

Collaboration-

We intentionally develop family and community partnerships to share the responsibility for the success of our students.

Proactive-

We study and respond to the ever-changing needs of our community and intentionally invest the necessary resources to support our vision and mission.

HMS Weekly Update 2/18/19 - 2/22/19

NO SCHOOL MONDAY, 2/18

Additional Support at HMS This Week

This weekend, the Holland community experienced a tragic loss. The shooting death of 14-year-old, Troy “TJ” Wells — a former member of the Holland Public School family — leaves us all shocked and grieving. We extend our deepest sympathy to Troy’s family and friends. There are no words that can adequately express our shared grief in the face of such a tragedy.

While we are still gathering information, I would like to share with you what our schools have planned thus far to support our students and families in the days ahead.
The District Crisis Team and administration met Saturday with local law enforcement representatives to review our safety protocols in preparation for the return to school on Tuesday.

While there is no current threat to our students or schools, the following proactive measures are being put in place to protect the health and safety of students and staff members:

Our District Crisis Team will be on-site at Holland Middle School Tuesday to provide additional support to any students and staff who need it. 
If your child needs immediate attention, of you know someone who does, please email Mr. Cassidy as the Crisis Team may be able to meet with your child before class even starts on Tuesday.

District administration will continue to monitor and assess the details of the events that happened and address any additional supports that are needed.

Our highly trained staff is well equipped in crisis management. They have reviewed our safety protocols. Where we believe necessary, additional safety procedures are being implemented.

Internet Safety Presentation-

The Protect Young Eyes internet safety presentation has been rescheduled for Thursday, February 21st from 6:30-8:30 in the Holland Middle School cafeteria. This is a free event and open to all parents in Holland Public. A free pizza dinner will be offered to parents and students who RSVP for this event. Dinner will start at 5:45. Please RSVP for the Presentation

PATH Information Meeting - 

HMS will be hosting an information meeting about the PATH (Program for Academically Talented at Hope) program for the 2019-2020 school year on Monday, March 4 at 6:00pm in the HMS Media Center. Students who qualify for PATH are able to receive special instruction in either mathematics, science, or writing. The PATH classes, taught at Hope College, are designed to provide academic challenges and enrichment for the most capable and academically talented students. Students who are interested in the program will be given the opportunity to take part in a formal selection and qualifying process which requires them to take an assessment later this school year. This meeting is for parents of students who want to learn more about this program. This is not a meeting for parents whose students are already attending PATH. If you have questions about the meeting, please email Mrs. Legg.

Parent Instructional Rounds-

Holland Middle School will be hosting a small group of parents on February 28th. This group will meet together in the morning to hear about areas of focus at HMS. They will then go into multiple classrooms to look at ways our students are being engaged in the learning process. If you may be interested in taking part in this please email Mr. Cassidy. More details will be sent out this week.

High School Transition Meetings-

It is already time to start planning for our 8th graders going into the High School! Below are the dates are the specific times for the Parent Informational Night on Tuesday, February 26th at Holland High School:

  • 6:00-6:30 pm- AP/Honors Information Meeting 
  • 6:30-7:30 pm- High School Parent Information Meeting 
  • 7:30- 8:00 pm- Holland Early College Information Meeting

Mrs. Loveland, High School Counselor, will be meeting with students at HMS on March 4th and 5th during the day.

Monthly Books at HMS-

The HMS Reading Committee has been able to place another order for books to be distributed to ALL of our HMS students! If you are interested in donating to this monthly cause, $1=1 book in the hands of a an HMS student. It takes about $650 per month to make sure that we have enough to order a book for every student. Just this year we have given nearly 3000 books to our students and that was made possible by the generous donations of the Holland Community. With the Scholastic Points we have earned through this we have put new books in our Spanish Immersion Classrooms, Project Based Learning Class, ELA Classes, and Reading Classes! Thanks for your donations and support.

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.

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.  Messages from parents are placed at the top of these weekly emails and are very meaningful to our staff.

In our first year, HMS continues to create its own traditions while following the Vision, Mission, and Core Values of all Holland Public Schools.

VISION STATEMENT
Holland Public Schools
The Choice for Educational Excellence
Compassionate Staff, Leading Edge Programs, Committed Community
Right for Me

MISSION STATEMENT
Embrace, Engage, and Empower each student for success in an ever-changing world.

CORE VALUES
We value…
Success for All-Our students develop their innate abilities to be life, career, and college ready.

Educational Excellence-

We provide state and nationally recognized academic programs and extra-curricular activities measured by high standards of performance and personalized support.

Innovation-

We continuously improve through the study and implementation of best practices and programs with high expectations for achievement.

Passion-

We employ committed, talented, and passionate individuals who care for the students and families they serve.

Inclusion-

It is our collective responsibility to foster respect, a sense of belonging, and success that honors each individual.

Equity-

We ensure that our policies, practices, and programs serve our growing and evolving community.

Safety-

We provide all students and staff powerful learning opportunities in safe, secure, and predictable environments.

Collaboration-

We intentionally develop family and community partnerships to share the responsibility for the success of our students.

Proactive-

We study and respond to the ever-changing needs of our community and intentionally invest the necessary resources to support our vision and mission.

HMS Weekly Update 2/11/19 - 2/15/19

We have a lot of events taking place this week. Please continue to check the HMS Facebook page, the school website, and look for email blasts as there will be much information shared regarding transition meetings and events between now and the end of the year.

School Counselor Week-

February 4th-8th was National School Counseling Week and we would like you to join us in recognizing and celebrating our Super Star Counselor, Karen Legg. Mrs. Legg consistently goes above and beyond for our students and their families. Please feel free to email Mr. Cassidy positive comments that he can share in this week’s Holla about the work Mrs. Legg does every day. We are so fortunate to have her serving our students.

Immersion Parent Meeting-

The Immersion Parent meeting from January 29 has been rescheduled for Wednesday, February 13 in the board training room at the administration office.

  • 8th grade families - 6:00-7:00
  • 5th-7th grade families - 7:00-8:00

Be NICE and Random Acts of Kindness Week-

This week is Be Nice and National Random Acts of Kindness Week. HMS will be celebrating the week by encouraging students to show kindness at school and in the community. There are lots of ways to get involved and participating in Spirit Week is one of them! In addition to the focus on completing Random Acts of Kindness, students and staff will be participating in Spirit Days which will help them remember what NICE stands for in Be NICE (Notice, Invite, Challenge, and Empower):

  • Monday, February 11th- Neon Day (Notice everyone in their bright colors)
  • Tuesday, February 12th- Twin or Matching Day (Invite someone to dress like you)
  • Wednesday, February 13th- Class Color- (a Challenge between grade levels)
    • 6th grade- Blue
    • 7th grade- Green
    • 8th grade- Orange
  • Thursday, February 14th- Superhero Day (Empower)
  • Friday, February, 15th- Red and White Day

Internet Safety Presentation-

The Protect Young Eyes internet safety presentation has been rescheduled for Thursday, February 21st from 6:30-8:30 in the Holland Middle School cafeteria. This is a free event and open to all parents in Holland Public. We are looking into offering dinner to families prior to the event and will share more details later this week. Please RSVP for the presentation here.

High School Transition Meetings-

It is already time to start planning for our 8th graders going into the High School! Below are the dates are the specific times for the Parent Informational Night on Tuesday, February 26th at Holland High School:

  • 6:00-6:30 pm- AP/Honors Information Meeting 
  • 6:30-7:30 pm- High School Parent Information Meeting 
  • 7:30- 8:00 pm- Holland Early College Information Meeting

Mrs. Loveland, High School Counselor, will be meeting with students at HMS on March 4th and 5th during the day.

Careerline Tech. Center Field Trip:

8th grade students will be visiting Careerline Tech. Center this Thursday as part of their class My Life 2.0. This class has a large focus on goal setting and career exploration.

School Count Day-

Wednesday, February 13th. 
Please make sure your child is at school and on time.

Report Cards-

Report Cards were mailed home on Tuesday of last week. If you did not receive a report card for your child, or have questions about it, please do not hesitate to contact the HMS office.

Monthly Books at HMS-

The HMS Reading Committee has been able to place another order for books to be distributed to ALL of our HMS students! If you are interested in donating to this monthly cause, $1=1 book in the hands of a an HMS student. It takes about $650 per month to make sure that we have enough to order a book for every student. Just this year we have given nearly 3000 books to our students and that was made possible by the generous donations of the Holland Community. With the Scholastic Points we have earned through this we have put new books in our Spanish Immersion Classrooms, Project Based Learning Class, ELA Classes, and Reading Classes! Thanks for your donations and support.

BABYSITTING 101 Class-

The babysitting 101 class starts Monday, Feb. 11 (1st class) and Feb. 25 (2nd class). The time of each session will be 2:45 (after school we will give a snack) until 4:45 (you will need to provide transportation home for your child). The cost for the class is $35 and that pays for the class, a workbook, and completion certificate. If you are interested please email Mrs. Legg at klegg@hollandpublicschools.org and she will send home a sign-up sheet with your child.

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

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.  Messages from parents are placed at the top of these weekly emails and are very meaningful to our staff.

In our first year, HMS continues to create its own traditions while following the Vision, Mission, and Core Values of all Holland Public Schools.

VISION STATEMENT

Holland Public Schools
The Choice for Educational Excellence
Compassionate Staff, Leading Edge Programs, Committed Community
Right for Me

MISSION STATEMENT

Embrace, Engage, and Empower each student for success in an ever-changing world.
Core Values
We value…
Success for All-Our students develop their innate abilities to be life, career, and college ready.
Educational Excellence-We provide state and nationally recognized academic programs and extra-curricular activities measured by high standards of performance and personalized support.
Innovation-We continuously improve through the study and implementation of best practices and programs with high expectations for achievement. 
Passion-We employ committed, talented, and passionate individuals who care for the students and families they serve.
Inclusion-It is our collective responsibility to foster respect, a sense of belonging, and success that honors each individual.
Equity-We ensure that our policies, practices, and programs serve our growing and evolving community.
Safety-We provide all students and staff powerful learning opportunities in safe, secure, and predictable environments.
Collaboration-We intentionally develop family and community partnerships to share the responsibility for the success of our students.
Proactive-We study and respond to the ever-changing needs of our community and intentionally invest the necessary resources to support our vision and mission.

HMS Weekly Update- 2/4-2/8

What a crazy week! There are only a few changes to the newsletter this week since we haven’t been in school since it was sent out last.

Report Cards-

Report Cards still haven’t been placed in the mail due to the snow days. They will go in the mail on Monday and will also include printouts of your child’s STAR assessment reports and their daily attendance and tardies to date. Sorry for the delay.

Monthly Books at HMS-

The HMS Reading Committee has given the opportunity for students to order Stuart Little by E.B. White, The Skin I’m In by Sharon Flake or Wait Till Helen Comes by Mary Downing. If you are interested in donating to this monthly cause, $1=1 book in the hands of a an HMS student. It takes about $650 per month to make sure that we have enough to order a book for every student. Just this year we have given nearly 3000 books to our students and that was made possible by the generation donations of the Holland Community. With the Scholastic Points we have earned through this we have put new books in our Spanish Immersion Classrooms, Project Based Learning Class, ELA Classes, and Reading Classes! Thanks for your donations and support.

Protect Young Eyes- Parent Presentation

The Protect Young Eyes Presentation was cancelled last Wednesday due to weather and has been rescheduled for Thursday, February 21st from 6:30-8:30.

BABYSITTING 101 Class

We have enough students to hold a babysitting 101 class! The dates for the class sessions will be Feb. 11 (1st class) and Feb. 25 (2nd class). The time of each session will be 2:45 (after school we will give a snack) until 4:45 (you will need to provide transportation home for your child). The cost for the class is $35 and that pays for the class, a workbook, and completion certificate. It is not too late to sign up but we only have limited openings. If you are interested please email Mrs. Legg and she will send home a sign-up sheet with your child.

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.

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

In our first year, HMS continues to create its own traditions while following the Vision, Mission, and Core Values of all Holland Public Schools.

VISION STATEMENT

Holland Public Schools
The Choice for Educational Excellence
Compassionate Staff, Leading Edge Programs, Committed Community
Right for Me

MISSION STATEMENT

Embrace, Engage, and Empower each student for success in an ever-changing world.

Core Values

We value…
Success for All-Our students develop their innate abilities to be life, career, and college ready.
Educational Excellence-We provide state and nationally recognized academic programs and extra-curricular activities measured by high standards of performance and personalized support.
Innovation-We continuously improve through the study and implementation of best practices and programs with high expectations for achievement. 
Passion-We employ committed, talented, and passionate individuals who care for the students and families they serve.
Inclusion-It is our collective responsibility to foster respect, a sense of belonging, and success that honors each individual.
Equity-We ensure that our policies, practices, and programs serve our growing and evolving community.
Safety-We provide all students and staff powerful learning opportunities in safe, secure, and predictable environments.
Collaboration-We intentionally develop family and community partnerships to share the responsibility for the success of our students.
Proactive-We study and respond to the ever-changing needs of our community and intentionally invest the necessary resources to support our vision and mission.

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. 

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

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