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March 24, 2024

3/25 HMS Weekly Newsletter

HMS School-Wide Read-in!
All the information you need to start the week!

Hi Families!  

Monday: 

  • 6th grade meeting 6th graders will have a meeting about spring testing and end of the year field trips!  Students will be advised that during Q4, if a student has one of the following disciplinary infractions, they CANNOT go on our spring field trips
    • No disciplinary infractions related to the use of any controlled substances (tobacco, vapes, etc)
    • No disciplinary infractions related to fighting, physical violence,and/or threats (play fighting and use of hate language too)
  • 5th grade tour: 8:55-10:10

Tuesday: 

  • 7th grade meeting- same as 6th grade
  • 5th grade tour: 8:55-10:10

  • LAST ROBOTICS CLUB FOR THE YEAR:(
  • Tutoring

Wednesday: 

  • 8th Grade Trip to MiCareerquest
  • Early Release

Thursday: 

  • Expect your student's grade reflection home! 
  • 8th grade meeting- same as the 6th and 7th
  • No Clubs today- see you after spring break! 

Friday: 

SPRING BREAK- no school.

Boys and Girls Club Dates

  • Friday, March 29th- April 7th- HPS Spring Break CLUB OPEN FOR DAYTIME HOURSà 9:30-4:00
  • Friday, April 26th- HPS Half Day. Club Open 10:30-4:00. No transport
  • Thursday, May 9th- HPS Half Day for Tulip Time (Club hours TBD)
  • Monday, May 27th- CLUB CLOSED for Memorial Day
  • Monday, June 3rd- Monday 17th—Summer shutdown, CLUB CLOSED. Training in week one or two?

Upcoming Dates for HMS Families:

  • PSAT 8: April 10, 2024
  • MSTEP 6 & 7: April 15 & 16
  • MSTEP 8: April 18 & 22

PTO ITEMS: 

It’s Read a Thon time!!!! The PTO’s largest fundraiser is going on right now! Currently, 431 Holland Middle School students have created Read a Thon pages. If you have not received an email with information about your child’s page here is the link to create the page LINK please ask your child who their ELA teacher is. It is quick and easy to create the page. Students who create a page will receive a prize!!!

  • So far Holland Middle School has raised $1145! This great news but we’d LOVE to raise more!
  • Congratulations to Mr. McCastle’s students who are currently in the lead with the most minutes read! Still time for the students to log their minutes! 

Merchandise sale is going on! Store closes this week Thursday. Items will be available for pick up at the middle school the week of March 25. Here is the link for ordering 

Assessment Resources:

HHS Marching Band Color Guard Try-outs Coming Soon! 

HMS 8th Graders! Want to have an awesome, ready-made family by the time you enter high school in the fall? Consider trying out for the HHS Marching Band Color Guard! There is no experience necessary and you will have an amazingly fun time meeting new friends, spinning and tossing flags, and generally bringing the visual element of the HHS Marching Band show to life! Tryouts will be held in the HHS Band Room on Sunday, April 14th from 1:30-3:30 p.m. and Wednesday, April 17th from 6:30-8:30 p.m. You only have to come to one! This is your chance to be part of an incredibly successful, award winning organization while meeting new people and gaining some of the best friends you will ever have! 
 

MARCH- PBIS UPDATE

Holland Middle Schools Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) team continues to meet on a monthly basis to review behavior data. We look for trends in times and locations where there might be a spike in students needing various interventions. We then look at specific behaviors that have been identified and what interventions have been tried. We then look for strategies to support the student(s) and teachers in maintaining a positive learning environment. 

As part of our mandate we also look for ways to recognize and reward students who are following school rules and demonstrating our DUTCH expectations. Once a month we play a student lead video reminding students what is expected of them in various settings. Students are given DUTCH tickets when teachers notice these positive behaviors. They then can use their tickets to enter drawings for various prizes or a special pizza lunch with several of their friends.

The monthly drawing for 3 (one per grade level) prize boxes continues to motivate students to collect and turn in as many tickets as they can. Lately teachers and administrators have been buying items to include in the boxes. An example of February’s boxes contents include a telescope, mini refrigerator, and a maze ball along with various other goodies that motivate Middle Schoolers to participate. As always, we appreciate any donations you could provide so we can continue to provide quality incentives for our learners.  

March PBIS Update

Holland Middle Schools Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) team continues to meet on a monthly basis to review behavior data. We look for trends in times and locations where there might be a spike in students needing various interventions. We then look at specific behaviors that have been identified and what interventions have been tried. We then look for strategies to support the student(s) and teachers in maintaining a positive learning environment. 

As part of our mandate we also look for ways to recognize and reward students who are following school rules and demonstrating our DUTCH expectations. Once a month we play a student lead video reminding students what is expected of them in various settings. Students are given DUTCH tickets when teachers notice these positive behaviors. They then can use their tickets to enter drawings for various prizes or a special pizza lunch with several of their friends.

The monthly drawing for 3 (one per grade level) prize boxes continues to motivate students to collect and turn in as many tickets as they can. Lately teachers and administrators have been buying items to include in the boxes. An example of February’s boxes contents include a telescope, mini refrigerator, and a maze ball along with various other goodies that motivate Middle Schoolers to participate. As always, we appreciate any donations you could provide so we can continue to provide quality incentives for our learners. 

Summer Programming: 
Michigan State GATE program
ExploreHope

Parenting Classes | Arbor Circle 
Arbor Circle will be holding several virtual parenting seminar classes covering a variety of topics including discipline, communication, child development, and problem-solving. There is also a parenting support group that is starting and this group is designed to strengthen your relationships with a variety of skills & tools. These classes are fun and informative and FREE.  They are for parents & caregivers with kids of any age!  If you would like more information, we have some information sheets in our main office or you can reach out to Ruth Nelson (email rnelson@arborcircle.org) at 616-826-2245.

Notes from the Nurse:

As spring break approaches, we wanted to make you aware that the CDC has issued an official health advisory regarding the potential for measles cases related to international travel. At this time, multiple cases have been reported throughout the United States and in Michigan.  

Measles is one of the most highly contagious airborne diseases seen among children and adolescents. The virus can live for up to two hours in the air where the infected person was present. Symptoms of measles usually begin 7-14 days after exposure but can appear up to 21 days after exposure. Go here for more information on symptoms of measles and how to protect your child.

The best way to prevent this illness from affecting you or your family is to make sure you are up to date with all vaccines. Please reach out to your healthcare provider with questions.

For additional information: CDC measles information for traveling
 

Positive Behavior Team Request PLEASE:

We hope to continue motivating and rewarding our students who are positive influences to their peers by continuing to offer gift baskets that students find desirable. With that in mind we would like to thank all who have donated to our positive behavior team all ready.  We are grateful for your support that makes our monthly drawings possible. WE ARE SEEKING DONATIONS OF $5-$10 GIFT CARDS TO ANY PLACES STUDENTS LOVE (Target, 5 Below, Peanut Store, Meijer, Starbucks, Bigby, Speedway, etc.).  In addition, here is a list of donation ideas (an Amazon wish list is included but Amazon can be more expensive for the same items sometimes)… PBIS donation ideas for monthly raffle baskets. We will be grateful for any donations at any time.  Please feel free to drop them off at the main office.  Thank you for any help you can give!

Staff Shout-outs:  
Please email Rbair@hollandpublicschools.org if you have a staff shout out.  We LOVE to brag on our amazing staff:)