Headshot of Principal CassidyWelcome to the 2020/21 school year!  This is sure to be a learning experience unlike anything we have ever seen.  

Our passionate Middle School staff is excited to see students again and we are working hard to make sure that we have the safest and most effective learning environment possible.   Whether you have chosen in-person or online, our goal is to do everything in our power to support your family and prepare your child  for high school and all of the opportunities beyond.

-Nick Cassidy
Principal

What's Happening at HMS:

HMS Weekly News 9/21/2020 - 9/25/2020

HMS WEEKLY UPDATE 9/20/20

 
Please read through this weekly update and if you have any additional questions or concerns, please email the following staff members:
Mr. Cassidy (ncassidy@hollandpublicschools.org ) safety protocols, general questions
Mrs. Bair (rbair@hollandpublicschools.org )- Online instruction, schedules
Mrs. Legg (klegg@hollandpublicschools.org ) Online instruction, schedules
Mrs. Ortega (aortega@hollandpublicschools.org ) Registration
Nurse Byl (ebyl@hollandpublicschools.org ) Medication or health related questions
 

Calendar Items-

Please continue to check the Holland Middle Webpage for updated calendar items.
 

Parent-Teacher Conferences-

Parent-Teacher Conferences are just around the corner. We are looking at a different format for conferences to reduce exposure and eliminate wait times. More details will be shared out this week.
10/8- 4:30-7:30- Parent-Teacher Conferences
10/13- 4:30-7:30- Parent-Teacher Conferences
10/15- 12:30-3:30- Parent-Teacher Conferences
 

Google Classroom Guardian Emails:

All parents should have been invited to their student’s Google Classrooms. This is sent out from the email on file in Infinite Campus.
When this occurs, you will have the opportunity to accept it and determine how often you will get the updates. This link will provide information on what you will see and more information on how to accept it. If you do not receive an invite from all of your student’s classes by September 18th, then please send an email to rbair@hollandpublicschools.org. Please check your SPAM first too!
Sports Spectators- HPS sports are underway. However, due to COVID restrictions limited spectators are allowed at events. Please read the following article regarding the changes to spectators.
 

Student Support Groups-

Mrs. Legg, our school counselor, will be forming some support groups for students this year. With the COVID restrictions, the groups will run a little differently than they have in the past. The groups will be done virtually (through Google Meets) in the evenings so that ALL students may have the opportunity to participate including the online students. To start the year, there will be two support groups around the following themes...
Divorce/Separation Changing Families
COVID and other Anxiety
Please email Mrs. Legg at klegg@hollandpublicschools.org if you would like to have your child participate.
The Be Nice Club is going virtual this year! We are going to have our meetings on Zoom in the evenings this year so that ALL students can join (even if they are participating in online learning or involved in sports or can’t stay after school because of transportation). For those of you who are new to HMS, the Be Nice club organizes activities in our school to create a more supportive environment for students. We also try to help spread the word about Be Nice and the importance of taking care of your mental health and stress. Email Mrs. Legg if you are interested in joining our club and she will give you the details on the meetings.
 

HMS Greenhouse/Paver Dedication-

Over the pandemic our greenhouse got an upgrade with the addition of a paved walkway leading up to it. The Art and STEM departments are offering the community a chance to have one of those pavers dedicated to a person or family. For a suggested donation of $20 an Art student will paint the name (3 word limit) and a design on one of the pavers in honor of whomever you choose. Deadline to sign up has been extended to this Friday, September 25th. For more information, please email Bill Boerman at Bboerman@hollandpublicschools.org. All proceeds go to support the Art and STEM departments at HMS. Spread the word!
 

Note from the Nurse’s Office-

"For any health related questions, please contact our School Nurse, Emily Byl, at 616-494-2574 or ebyl@hollandpublicschools.org.
If parents would like to drop off medication prior to the start of school, we ask that you please count the amount of pills prior to dropping them off. The nurse will be available at both open houses to receive medication or you can contact her for an alternative time.
Health related information is available on her school nurse website at https://sites.google.com/hollandpublicsc.../emily-byl-bsn-rn."
"Please remember that if you are keeping your child home for any reason, please call our attendance line. If your student is ill, we may require additional measures for them to return to school. If you have any questions, please contact the school nurse at 616-494-2574 or at ebyl@hollandpublicschools.org"
During this time especially, it is extremely important to focus on our mental well-being. This can be done by making sure we are taking time out of our day to focus on us. Here are a few examples of things to try to decrease stress and boost your mental health:
1. Going outside
2. Reaching out to loved ones
3. Journaling
4. Taking care of your body by exercising, eating healthy, and getting enough sleep
5. Doing something you’re good at
6. Asking for help
7. Breathing exercises
8. Yoga or meditation
9. Putting a limit on social media!"
 

Frequently Asked Questions Regarding Covid 19-

Q1- How will COVID-19 cases be reported to parents?
A1- HPS has been following the lead of the Health Department in terms of notifications and letters send to parents. As we move forward, Superintendent Davis will provide a weekly update on Fridays regarding any positive cases and the number of students and staff who need to quarantine as a result. If your child is a student who needs to quarantine due to close contact with an individual who has tested positive, you will be notified as soon as possible.
Q2- How will students be notified if they have to quarantine?
A2- If we receive notification of a student or staff member who has tested positive, we will immediately check seating charts in classrooms and buses and talk with teachers to identify students and staff who were within 6 feet of the person testing positive for 15 minutes or more. Once we have identified the close contacts we will contact parents to come and get their child. A letter will be given to parents from HPS with details about quarantine and when they can return to school.
Q3- My child is a friend of someone identified as a close contact. Do they need to quarantine?
A3- Only students who were in direct contact (within 6 feet for 15 minutes or more) will need to quarantine. A contact of a contact, does NOT need to quarantine.
Q4- If my child is on quarantine who will they keep up with instruction?
A4- Teachers have been working with students to get them ready to access all of their classes through Google Classroom and will be posting their assignments in Google Classroom.
Q5- Is it possible to switch my student to online instruction?
A5- As of Friday, September 3 we will no longer be taking requests for schedule or instructional preference changes. The initial deadline for make requests for instructional preference (online vs in-person was August 3rd). We have been able to accommodate most requests, but will not be making any additional changes until 2nd semester.
Q6- If the school is forced to close due to Covid 19, how will my child receive instruction?
A6- For students who are receiving online instruction, nothing will change. For students who are currently receiving in-person instruction, they will move to remote learning through google classroom. While it will have some similarities to remote learning in the spring, it will be a more robust program and will follow traditional grading practices.
Q7- Are students still being held accountable for not attending school?
A7- While we know the Truancy office is likely to handle cases differently this year, the expectation is that students are in attendance everyday or participating in online instruction every day. Attendance is still being monitored and students and parents will still be held accountable for not participating in their chosen instructional program. Students who are not able to attend school due to Covide 19 (isolation or quarantine) will be asked to participate in instruction through Google Classroom if at all possible.
Q8- What is the cleaning protocol for classes where a student has been identified to have Covid 19?
A8- Students sanitize their hands prior to entering every classroom. They also wipe down their desk prior to leaving every class. Common touchpoints (door knobs, counters, etc) are cleaned multiple times throughout the day. Any class identified as having a student who has potential symptoms is given extra attention in our cleaning schedule by our contracted cleaners.
Q9- If I have questions about something related to Covid 19 in the school who should I contact?
A9- Please contact Mr. Cassidy at ncassidy@hollandpublicschools.org or Nurse Byl at ebyl@hollandpublicschools.org.
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HMS Weekly News 9/13/2020 - 9/18/2020

We are moving into our 4th week of school! It has been a very smooth start and we really appreciate the support and understanding of parents as we navigate through all of these new schedules and procedures at HMS. It continues to be very important for parents and students to screen students every morning prior to coming to school. If they have a fever or any possible Covid-19 symptoms, please keep them home. If you are not sure whether or not you should send them to school, error on the side of caution, keep them home and call the school to talk to Nurse Byl.

Please read through this weekly update and if you have any additional questions or concerns, please email the following staff members:

Mr. Cassidy (ncassidy@hollandpublicschools.org ) safety protocols, general questions

Mrs. Bair (rbair@hollandpublicschools.org )- Online instruction, schedules

Mrs. Legg (klegg@hollandpublicschools.org ) Online instruction, schedules

Mrs. Ortega (aortega@hollandpublicschools.org ) Registration

Nurse Byl (ebyl@hollandpublicschools.org ) Medication or health related questions

Calendar Items-

Friday, September 18- ½ Day of school for students with dismissal at 10:49.

Please continue to check the Holland Middle Webpage for updated calendar items.

Google Classroom Guardian Emails:

By September 18th, all parents will be invited to their student’s Google Classrooms. This is by using the email on file in Infinite Campus.

When this occurs, you will have the opportunity to accept it and determine how often you will get the updates. This link will provide information on what you will see and more information on how to accept it. If you do not receive an invite from all of your student’s classes by September 18th, then please send an email to rbair@hollandpublicschools.org. Please check your SPAM first too!

Football Information:

MIDDLE SCHOOL FOOTBALL IS BACK! We have been approved to start football practice again.

The first practice will be this Monday (9/14/20) from 2:15pm to 4:15pm at the middle school, practice will be at this time every weekday after that. A schedule will be posted and handed out shortly.

The first middle school game is scheduled for Sept. 30. We will be having 4 games this year. We will get the schedule of who and where we play once the middle school football teams in the area lock in how many teams they will have (so probably about a week before the first game).

Any player who started a different sport may switch back to football now that it has been reinstated.

All paperwork (physical and insurance) has to be completed and handed in to the athletic office in order for a player to practice. Please refer to this website for all that information: There is this link that has useful information: https://hollanddutchsports.com/2020/08/05/hms-fall-sport-information-updated-85/?fbclid=IwAR3qElW8cDb6CcQghqa-179d1IUX6YDlYxYmMs5bIu6BFjAJBZpCbe_le-8

On that website is a link to sign up for football - it is called fall sports registration form: https://forms.gle/pxcaxV3NcXMaHKcH8

Things Players will need due to the different situations this year:

-Lots of water! There are no water fountains or refill stations, and the players must bring their own water. If any parents would like to organize a way to have water given to the players for practice that will be okay. For example we could store bottled water for the players. Players may not share water bottles. PLAYERS ARE ENCOURAGED TO BRING A WATER JUG TO FILL DAILY BEFORE PRACTICE.

-Masks- Masks are going to be needed for practice. A student/player will probably need at least two masks a day for school and practice. Stock up now. If any player has an issue getting enough masks please contact a coach.

-Cleats - players need their own cleats. All other equipment will be provided.

Players also need to recruit - Our numbers are low on the sign up sheet. We would like to have a 7th grade and and 8th grade team. If we have to combine teams this will effect everyone's playing time.

If you have any other questions or concerns please ask coach Werley, Bowers, or Torres or email Coach Lewin - nlewin@hollandpublicschools.org

 

Thank you, 

Mr. Cassidy, School Principal

 

HMS Weekly News 9/4/2020 - 9/11/2020

It has been an amazing 7 days of school!   We continue to be impressed with our kids and their ability to follow our new safety protocols.  Kids are wearing masks, following our directional arrows, and adjusting to a new schedule.  With our first confirmed case of Covid-19 we have received  many questions from parents.   We have included many of those questions in a FAQ section at the bottom of this update.   

Please read through this weekly update and if you have any additional questions or concerns, please email the following staff members: 

Mr. Cassidy (ncassidy@hollandpublicschools.org ) safety protocols, general questions

Mrs. Bair (rbair@hollandpublicschools.org ) Online instruction, schedules

Mrs. Legg (klegg@hollandpublicschools.org ) Online instruction, schedules

Mrs. Ortega (aortega@hollandpublicschools.org ) Registration

Nurse Byl (ebyl@hollandpublicschools.org ) Medication or health related questions  

Calendar Items-  

Friday, 9/4-  No School

Monday, 9/7-  No School

Please continue to check the Holland Middle Webpage for updated calendar items.  

Carpool Line Etiquette- 

Please remember to only drop students off in the lane closest to the school.  It is often quicker to pull into the parking lot and drop them off and use the crosswalk.  The same can be said for picking up your student at the end of the day.   

Safety Protocols at HMS-

All students will sanitize hands upon entering classrooms.

Students will wipe down/sanitize desks prior to leaving class.

Students and staff will follow directional arrows to reduce congestion in the hallway.

Bathrooms will be closed during passing times and all classes will be given assigned bathroom break times.

Drinking fountains have been shut off.   Students can bring water bottles. 

Students will not be assigned lockers.

There will be a staggered dismissal to reduce crowds in the hallway.

Students will eat breakfast and lunch in their classrooms.  

ONLINE STUDENTS:  

All online students should have been in contact with their mentor by now.   Please continue to reach out to them for assistance on accessing Odessyware. 

Students should have received this document from their mentors this week: 

https://docs.google.com/document/d/12wZxX7-D2ls6fcgc2jlgMdXc8iYEbp_tcAXxe-9HpjA/edit?usp=sharing

All future emails will be sent from icmessenger@hollandpublicschools.org or from your student’s mentor.  Their mentor is listed on their schedule as the teacher.  

Note from the Nurse’s Office-

  "For any health related questions, please contact our School Nurse, Emily Byl, at 616-494-2574 or ebyl@hollandpublicschools.org.

If parents would like to drop off medication prior to the start of school, we ask that you please count the amount of pills prior to dropping them off. The nurse will be available to receive medication or you can contact her for an alternative time.

Health related information is available on her school nurse website at https://sites.google.com/hollandpublicschools.org/emily-byl-bsn-rn."

Frequently Asked Questions Regarding Covid-19-

Q1-  How will COVID-19 cases be reported to parents?

A1-   HPS has been following the lead of the Health Department in terms of notifications and letters send to parents.  As we move forward, Superintendent Davis will provide a weekly update on Fridays regarding any positive cases and the number of students and staff who need to quarantine as a result.  If your child is a student who needs to quarantine due to close contact with an individual who has tested positive, you will be notified as soon as possible. 

Q2-  How will students be notified if they have to quarantine?

A2-    If we receive notification of a student or staff member who has tested positive, we will immediately check seating charts in classrooms and buses and talk with teachers to identify students and staff who were within 6 feet of the person testing positive for 15 minutes or more.  Once we have identified the close contacts we will contact parents to come and get their child. A letter will be given to parents from HPS with details about quarantine and when they can return to school.   

Q3-  My child is a friend of someone identified as a close contact.  Do they need to quarantine?

A3-   Only students who were in direct contact (within 6 feet for 15 minutes or more) will need to quarantine.  A contact of a contact, does NOT need to quarantine.  

Q4-   If my child is on quarantine who will they keep up with instruction?

A4-  Teachers have been working with students to get them ready to access all of their classes through Google Classroom and will be posting their assignments in Google Classroom.    

Q5-  Is it possible to switch my student to online instruction?  

A5- As of Friday, September 3 we will no longer be taking requests for schedule or instructional preference changes. The initial deadline for make requests for instructional preference (online vs in-person was August 3rd).  We have been able to accommodate most requests, but will not be making any additional changes until 2nd semester.  

Q6-  If the school is forced to close due to Covid-19, how will my child receive instruction?  

A6-  For students who are receiving online instruction, nothing will change.   For students who are currently receiving in-person instruction, they will move to remote learning through google classroom.  While it will have some similarities to remote learning in the spring, it will be a more robust program and will follow traditional grading practices.   

Q7-   Are students still being held accountable for not attending school?  

A7-  While we know the Truancy office is likely to handle cases differently this year, the expectation is that students are in attendance everyday or participating in online instruction every day.  Attendance is still being monitored and students and parents will still be held accountable for not participating in their chosen instructional program.   Students who are not able to attend school due to Covide-19 (isolation or quarantine) will be asked to participate in instruction through Google Classroom if at all possible. 

Q8-  What is the cleaning protocol for classes where a student has been identified to have Covid-19?

A8-  Students sanitize their hands prior to entering every classroom.  They also wipe down their desk prior to leaving every class.   Common touchpoints (door knobs, counters, etc) are cleaned multiple times throughout the day. Any class identified as having a student who has potential symptoms is given extra attention in our cleaning schedule by our contracted cleaners.   

Q9-  If I have questions about something related to Covid 19 in the school who should I contact?

A9-   Please contact Mr. Cassidy at ncassidy@hollandpublicschools.org or Nurse Byl at ebyl@hollandpublicschools.org

HMS Weekly Update 8/31/2020 - 9/4/2020

HMS WEEKLY UPDATE  8/31/2020

It has been a great few days back at school!   We have been so impressed with our kids and their ability to follow our new safety protocols.   Kids are wearing masks, following our directional arrows, and adjusting to a new schedule.   We will continue to make adjustments as our school year progresses and will inform parents of these changes.  

Please read through this weekly update and if you have any additional questions or concerns, please email the following staff members: 

Mr. Cassidy (ncassidy@hollandpublicschools.org ) safety protocols, general questions

Mrs. Bair (rbair@hollandpublicschools.org )-   Online instruction, schedules

Mrs. Legg (klegg@hollandpublicschools.org )  Online instruction, schedules

Mrs. Ortega (aortega@hollandpublicschools.org )  Registration

Nurse Byl (ebyl@hollandpublicschools.org )   Medication or health related questions  

Calendar Items- 

Please continue to check the Holland Middle Webpage for updated calendar items.  

Carpool Line Etiquette- 

Please remember to only drop students off in the lane closest to the school.  It is often quicker to pull into the parking lot and drop them off and use the crosswalk.  The same can be said for picking up your student at the end of the day.   

Safety Protocols at HMS:

All students will sanitize hands upon entering classrooms

Students will wipe down/sanitize desks prior to leaving class

Students and staff will follow directional arrows to reduce congestion in the hallway

Bathrooms will be closed during passing times and all classes will be given assigned bathroom break times.

Drinking fountains have been shut off.   Students can bring water bottles. 

Students will not be assigned lockers.

There will be a staggered dismissal to reduce crowds in the hallway

Students will eat breakfast and lunch in their classrooms.  

ONLINE STUDENTS:  

All online students should have been in contact with their mentor by now.   Please continue to reach out to them for assistance on accessing Odessyware.  

All future emails will be sent from icmessenger@hollandpublicschools.org or from your student’s mentor.  Their mentor is listed on their schedule as the teacher.  

Note from the Nurse’s Office:

  "For any health related questions, please contact our School Nurse, Emily Byl, at 616-494-2574 or ebyl@hollandpublicschools.org.

If parents would like to drop off medication prior to the start of school, we ask that you please count the amount of pills prior to dropping them off. The nurse will be available at both open houses to receive medication or you can contact her for an alternative time.

Health related information is available on her school nurse website at https://sites.google.com/hollandpublicschools.org/emily-byl-bsn-rn."

9.24.20 | Middle School Volleyball
Parent/Teacher Conferences

Our teachers are excited to meet with you to discuss your child’s academic progress.  Please take a minute to read through the following details about the upcoming Parent Teacher Conferences at Holland Public Schools.

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Wellness & School Climate Surveys

Information about these surveys and how to opt your student out of participating.

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9.17.20 Middle School Town Hall Meeting

Please check back here often to get information about our next town hall meeting.

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Upcoming Events

  • 5 Oct
    • Picture Retake Day 7:30 AM to 9:00 AM
      Picture Retake Day
      Date: Oct 5
      Time: 7:30 AM to 9:00 AM
      Calendar: Holland Middle Calendar
  • 8 Oct
  • 13 Oct
  • 15 Oct
    • Parent/Teacher Conferences
      Date: Oct 15
      Calendar: Holland Middle Calendar
      Conferences: TK-12th - 12:30-3:30pm
    • Half Day for all Students 7:30 AM to 10:49 AM
      Half Day for all Students
      Date: Oct 15
      Time: 7:30 AM to 10:49 AM
      Calendar: Holland Middle Calendar
      See your school's calendar for details.
  • 16 Oct
    • No School
      Date: Oct 16
      Calendar: Holland Middle Calendar
  • 6 Nov
    • No School
      Date: Nov 6
      Calendar: Holland Middle Calendar

Holland Middle School
373 E 24th Street
Holland, MI 49423
Phone: 616-494-2425
Fax: 616-355-0674

School Times

  • Full Day | 7:30am-2pm
  • Half Day | 7:30-10:49am

MHS Office Hours:

  • 7am- 3pm | M-F (August-June)

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