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

Weekly Update 

HMS Weekly Update- 5/23/21


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  

Stay Connected:

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Important Upcoming Dates:

5/26/21-   10:45 am-  Rising Freshmen meeting with High School Coaches on the bleachers by the football field at HMS.     This is only for students.    

5/31/21- No School- Memorial Day   

End of the Year Celebrations:

6/10/21- Last day of school with dismissal at 10:35. 8th grade awards assembly will be 8:30-10:00 in the cafeteria. We are still working out details on how/if we can include parents. 

Needed Immunizations for Incoming 7th Graders and New Students:

Students entering 7th grade and students entering any grade in a new school district, need to have the following immunizations by the start of school as mandated by state law:

• 4 doses of DT/DTP/DTaP/Td OR 3 doses, if the first dose was given after the first birthday

 • 1 dose of Tdap at 11 years of age or older, upon entry into 7th grade or higher

 • 4 doses of polio OR 3 doses, if dose #3 was given after the 4th birthday

• 2 doses of MMR (measles/mumps/rubella) vaccine at or after 1 year of age

• 3 doses of Hepatitis B vaccine

• 1 dose of MCV4 (quadrivalent conjugate meningitis vaccine)

• 2 doses of varicella (chickenpox) vaccine at or after 1 year of age OR evidence of immunity (blood test) OR reliable history of having had chickenpox

If a parent is waiving one or more vaccines, which are required for their child to enter school, the parent will need to make an appointment at their local health department to obtain a NEW waiver prior to the start of school.  

Antigen Testing for Athletes:

As you may be aware, orders from MDHHS require all athletes ages 13-19 to complete a COVID-19 antigen test on a weekly basis throughout their season. Students who turn 13 years old during the season are not required to participate in testing until after their 13th birthday, and students who will be 12 years old or younger for the entire season are exempt from the testing program altogether.  

The Middle School will test from 7:00 a.m. - 8:00 a.m on Mondays for the remainder of the season.

In order for your child to participate in the testing program, the two attached forms (consent form and code of conduct) must be completed and returned to the middle school office. Completed forms can also be emailed to skisner@hollandpublicschools.org. Hard copies of the forms will be distributed to team members at practices. 

A link to the MDHHS Interim Guidance for Athletics is available at the following link: March 20th Interim Guidance 

Please know that your child must participate in the testing program in order to be a member of a team this season. If you have any questions, please contact Sara Kisner, HPS Athletic Trainer, at skisner@hollandpublicschools.org or 494-2235.  

Notes from Nurse Byl: 

"Children 12 and older are now eligible to receive the Pfizer vaccine. Here's what you need to know: https://allergyasthmanetwork.org/news/covid-vaccine-for-children/  

If interested, here's where you can sign up: https://vaccinatewestmi.com/events/categories/ottawa-county/" 

"May is Asthma Awareness Month. Asthma is one of the most common lifelong diseases. 1 in 13 Americans (more than 25 million) live with asthma, a disease affecting the lungs and causing repeated episodes of wheezing, breathlessness, chest tightness, and coughing. Learn more about Asthma here: https://www.epa.gov/asthma "

 

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HMS Weekly Update- 4/12/21 - 4/16/21

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.
 

Stay Connected:

Sign up for HPS text alerts regarding school closings, emergencies, and school related information.
Important Upcoming Dates:
4/12/21- Students return to in-person instruction
4/13/21- PSAT Testing for 8th graders (Required for both face to face and online learners)
4/13/21- Remote Learning for 6th and 7th graders (No Zooms)
Remote Learning for 6th and 7th Graders on 4/13/21
All 6th and 7th grade students will have a remote learning day on April 13th. Students will have assignments posted in their 1st, 3rd, 5th, and 7th period Google Classrooms to complete. There will NOT be live Zooms on this day. Online 6/7th grade students will continue their online work. Mentors will let you know of any Zoom changes.
PSAT for 8th Graders on 4/13/21
 

8th Graders on April 13th:

Just a reminder that we have PSAT on April 13th for ALL 8th graders. This includes both face to face and online students. Students are not to bring their backpack or cell phone on this day. More information is posted in the EXPECTATION link below.
 

Online Students-

Report to the front office by 7:45.
NO BUSSING. Bussing is not offered on this day for online students
WILL NOT BE ABLE TO TEST IF YOU ARRIVE LATER THAN 8
Test: for 3-4 hours (depending on if you receive accommodations)
Will get a small snack and a lunch
Go home- About 1 (Can call home when done if needed)
***Some return for day 2***
 

Face to Face Students-

Arrive to school- Normal Bussing.
WILL NOT BE ABLE TO TEST IF YOU ARRIVE LATER THAN 8
Go to your advisory class
Will then get a pass to another testing location or you will test there
After the test, you will get lunch and have 5th/7th hours
MORE INFORMATION
Expectations for April 13th
for both Online and Face to Face Students
PSAT Information sheet
PSAT Test Information- Referenced in both math and ELA classes
Additional Information about PSAT
 

Covid Update-

After seeing a steady drop in cases over the last 4 months, we have begun to see an uptick in cases throughout the state and area. Please continue to monitor your child for symptoms and if they are experiencing any of the symptoms keep them home from school. If you are traveling during spring break, please be sure to follow guidelines outlined by the CDC and local health department. Please see the following article on quarantine requirements of 7 days for international travel:
 
 

Antigen Testing for Athletes-

As you may be aware, recent orders from MDHHS require all athletes ages 13-19 to complete a COVID-19 antigen test on a weekly basis throughout their season. Students who turn 13 years old during the season are not required to participate in testing until after their 13th birthday, and students who will be 12 years old or younger for the entire season are exempt from the testing program altogether.
 
The first test will take place in the middle school aux gym on Wednesday, April 14th from 7:00 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. Testing will then be held each Monday morning from 7:00 - 8:30 a.m. for the remainder of the season.
In order for your child to participate in the testing program, the two attached forms (consent form and code of conduct) must be completed and returned to the middle school office by TUESDAY, APRIL 13th. Completed forms can also be emailed to skisner@hollandpublicschools.org. Hard copies of the forms will be distributed to team members at practices.
 
A link to the MDHHS Interim Guidance for Athletics is available at the following link: March 20th Interim Guidance.
Please know that your child must participate in the testing program in order to be a member of a team this season. If you have any questions, please contact Sara Kisner, HPS Athletic Trainer, at skisner@hollandpublicschools.org or 494-2235.
 

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HMS Greenhouse Harvest | Summer Hours

Free Veggies from the HMS Greenhouse.

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Summer Sports Camps

The HPS coaching staff and Athletic Department are excited to offer sports camps for our students again this summer!

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HHS Fall Sport Registration

Practices and tryouts for all high school fall sports begin on Monday, August 9th

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Register your Student for 21-22 School Year.

Each year HPS asks parents to register their student(s) for the next school year. Updating the information in your Parent Portal account helps us: 

  • Build class lists.
  • Determine transportation needs.
  • Stay in touch with you during the school year.
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Upcoming Events

  • 26 Jul
    • HMS Greenhouse Harvest - Free Veggies!
      Date: Jul 26
      Time: 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
      Location: East Holland Middle School 373 E 24th St, Holland, MI 49423, United States
      Calendar: Holland Middle Calendar
  • 2 Aug
    • HMS Greenhouse Harvest - Free Veggies!
      Date: Aug 2
      Time: 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
      Location: East Holland Middle School 373 E 24th St, Holland, MI 49423, United States
      Calendar: Holland Middle Calendar
  • 9 Aug
    • HMS Greenhouse Harvest - Free Veggies!
      Date: Aug 9
      Time: 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
      Location: East Holland Middle School 373 E 24th St, Holland, MI 49423, United States
      Calendar: Holland Middle Calendar
  • 16 Aug
    • HMS Greenhouse Harvest - Free Veggies!
      Date: Aug 16
      Time: 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
      Location: East Holland Middle School 373 E 24th St, Holland, MI 49423, United States
      Calendar: Holland Middle Calendar
  • 23 Aug
    • Back to School Open Houses 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
      Back to School Open Houses
      Date: Aug 23
      Time: 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
      Calendar: Holland Middle Calendar
  • 24 Aug
    • First Day of School 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM
      First Day of School
      Date: Aug 24
      Time: 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM
      Calendar: Holland Middle Calendar
  • 3 Sep

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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