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   HMS Garden Night    Monday Evening  Starting at 6:30 p.m.  (Check Facebook for updates! Click Here)
HMS and HHS will NOT be operating on an "opening schedule" when school starts in August 2014. These two buildings will be going full days right away and only K-5 will have an opening schedule with 1 p.m. dismissal the first week. The decision will be made on Thursday, August 21st as to whether the opening schedule for K-5 will be extended into the second week of school, so stay tuned.  Please also make note that the HMS start and end time is now 8:10-3:35. and HHS is 8:05-3:30. All elementary times have stayed the same, 8:10-3:20 p.m.
 
Hastings Middle School, 201 N. Marian Road, (402) 461-7520
Summer:
Summer Office Hours: 7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Current News and School Supplies:

Welcome students, parents and guardians to the 2014-2015 school year at Hastings Middle
School. We will have a lot of new faces this year at HMS. Jason Strong will be our new Assistant Principal/AD, Sara McPherson will be the new Secretary, Mandy Buderus will be 8th grade Reading, Caitlin Bruckman will be Skills, Sarah Canada will be 6th grade SPED, Troy Ehmke will be the Band teacher, Belinda Larson will be 6th grade SPED, Carrie Larson will be 6th grade PE, Tony Lauters will be 7th grade Math, Blake Marquardt will be 6th grade PE, Aaron Oswald will be 7th grade Math/Reading, Carlynn Sjomeling will be SPED, Staci Stunkel will be 6th grade Art, and Jillian Wiest will be 7th grade English.
 
Find and complete the enclosed forms and return them on August 7.
 
We will host an informational meeting for all parents and students who are new to HMS. This meeting will take place in our common area on Thursday, August 7, at 6:30 pm. 
The school 
will be open for tours after the meeting. THIS WILL BE THE SAME INFORMATION THAT WAS DISCUSSED AT THE MEETING HELD ON MAY 6.
 
On Thursday, August 7 all 8th grade students may pick up their schedules in the gym
between the hours of 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM. Student pictures will be taken (please see the
enclosed form), lunch deposits may be made, and paper work turned in.
 
On Thursday, August 7 all 7th grade students may pick up their schedules in the gym
between the hours of 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM. Student pictures will be taken (please see the
enclosed form), lunch deposits may be made, and paper work turned in.
 
On Thursday, August 7 all 6th grade students may pick up their schedules in the gym
between the hours of 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM. Student pictures will be taken (please see the
enclosed form), lunch deposits may be made, and paper work turned in.
 
Parents, please have your students wear clothing for school pictures that follows
the dress code. If the dress code is not followed, pictures will have to be re-taken
for the yearbook. Students should NOT be wearing hats, sunglasses, low cut
tops, or spaghetti strap tops. Thanks for helping us out with this.
 
Get ready to buy your 2014-2015 60-page, FULL COLOR yearbook when you come on August 7. We will have a table set up in the commons area. Take advantage of our early- bird pricing and get your yearbook for only $19.00! Payment must accompany order.
 
Opening Week Schedule:
                           Thursday, August 14       HMS Open House 6:30-7:30  
                           Friday, August 15            Seventh and eighth graders only from 8:10-3:35 
                           Monday, August 18         Sixth graders only from 8:10-3:35
                           Tuesday, August 19        All students report 8:10-3:35
 
Students will report to their homeroom after doors are opened at 8:05 a.m. on the first day.
For the 2014- 2015 school year classes will begin at 8:10 a.m. We ask that students not
arrive at school before 7:50 in the morning and leave immediately following their last class
unless directly supervised by a teacher or coach. All students must leave the school grounds by 3:50 unless directly supervised.
 
REGULAR SCHEDULE:  8:10 - 3:35
WEDNESDAY SCHEDULE:  8:10 - 2:34
OPENING WEEK SCHEDULE:  Regular: NO Hot Weather Schedule for HMS
 
SCHOOL LUNCHES will be $2.85 per meal. Extra helpings and ala cart items will be charged to the lunch account and cost extra. Please discuss with your child that money deposited in their lunch account must be used as intended. It is the student’s and parent’s responsibility to understand and determine the spending within their account. If the account is low, then extras and ala cart items cannot be purchased. Students will use their student ID card that has a barcode that is swiped. The barcode will record lunch purchases and determine the balance in the student account. Lunch account deposits may be made each morning prior to 8:10. Deposits may be made in any amount (weekly, monthly or a particular dollar amount). REMEMBER that all extra items will be charged directly to the student lunch account. You can keep track of your child’s daily purchases on PowerSchool.
 
ID CARDS – All students will be required to wear their student ID cards. Two free student
cards will be provided to each student. If those are lost, replacements will be available to
purchase for $2.00. The ID cards are used for lunches and to check out materials in the library. We believe it is also an important safety feature for every adult to be able to identify
every student.
 
7TH GRADE PHYSICALS - All students entering the 7th grade in Nebraska schools need a
physical examination. This is a requirement mandated by state law and must be obtained
before the first day of school. Parents have a right to object to this medical exam; if they
wish to object, a waiver form must be signed and dated.
 
IMMUNIZATION - All students who have waivers on file for required immunizations will need
to update their immunization status or bring in the physician signed medical waiver or notarized religious waiver BEFORE attending school. The Adams County Immunization Clinics are scheduled for the first Thursday of every month from 1:00-5:00. You must call for an appointment. These are held at the South Heartland District Health Department at 606 N.
Minnesota. A parent or guardian must be present and donations are gratefully accepted.
 
SPORTS PHYSICALS - All students who plan to participate in interscholastic athletics must
have a physical examination and the necessary forms completed BEFORE participating in any practice. These forms may be picked up in the school office.
 
PARTICIPATION IN ACTIVITIES - We encourage participation in activities at HMS. Volleyball, football, basketball, cross country, track, wrestling, music, band, and intramural sports, are great opportunities for students to be an active part of their school. To participate in the activity program and get a real bargain for admission to games, a $35.00 ACTIVITY TICKET MUST BE PURCHASED. This may be purchased when you bring your completed information in on August 7. These activity tickets are also good for admission to Senior High events. Low-income families may request an application for activity ticket reduction.
 
If you shop at Allen’s please save your receipts after September 1 and send them with your
child to school. We receive some refunds from Allen’s in order to purchase a few extra supplies and materials. Also, please save your Box Tops for Education. These two programs can bring in hundreds of dollars that provide things for our school and students. This past year we were able to purchase technology equipment and supplies for the middle school garden with the proceeds.
 
The school will provide each student with an assignment book free of charge. Additional books are $5.00.
 
Worried about shopping for school attire or making unnecessary purchases? Maybe these guidelines from the HMS Handbook will help with the decision-making process. The following items may NOT be worn or brought to school:

Mesh Shirts (unless a shirt is worn underneath)
Spaghetti strapped shirts and/or midriff shirts
Gang attire or clothing that is associated with a gang
Clothing which is offensive racially, sexually, etc.
Torn or ripped clothing
Wallets with chains attached to them
Laser lights
   Biking shorts or cutoff jeans
 Sagging or oversized pants
Clothing promoting drugs, alcohol, or tobacco
             
Middle school is an exciting adventure. We hope this information helps you get off to a great start. We’re looking forward to meeting students and parents this fall!

 
SCHOOL SUPPLY LIST

 8th GRADE
Notebook or folders (whichever preferred by student)
Pens
Pencils
Paper
1-2 Highlighters
Box colored pencils
Texas Instruments-30 Calculator (Algebra students only)
Box tissues for homeroom
2 Composition books
3 Ring binder
1” 3-ring binder, 1 package of pencils, and one subject (70 pgs) spiral notebook, 100 3 X 5 notebook cards and 1ring, pink, yellow, green highlighters, 1 flash drive. (English)
1” 3-ring binder for Reading.
 
 7th GRADE
2 3 ring binder for science and English class
3 composition notebooks (English, science, social studies)
1 spiral notebook for math class
1 pocket folder for reading class (will stay in room)
loose leaf paper for reading and English class
1 pocket folder for social studies
1 set of dividers with tabs for English
pack of highlighters for English
2 highlighters for reading
pencils and pens
colored pencils
markers
2 boxes of Kleenex
Recommended but not required: USB drive
 
 6th GRADE
Pencils and pencil bag with zipper
Eraser
Red pens for checking
Thin, water-based markers (NO PERMANENT MARKERS)
Colored pencils
Highlighters
Four spiral notebooks
Composition notebook
Loose-leaf notebook paper
Two 2-inch 3-ring binder
3 boxes of Kleenex
Trapper with zipper
Two large book covers
Two-pocket folder
1 spiral notebook (music)
 
ALL STUDENTS will need book covers (all books must be covered). Book covers for math books need to be the LARGE SIZE. Please do not purchase the adhesive-bond covers as it leaves residue on the books that is difficult to remove. No wheeled backpacks, as they do not fit in the lockers.


SPORTS

VOLLEYBALL TRY OUTS
There will be a Volleyball meeting for 7th/8th graders on August 15 after school. Tryouts for students entering the 7th and 8th grades will be held on August 19-21.   All forms must be completed and turned into the office and an activity ticket must be purchased in order to tryout for the teams. Volleyball camp for 3rd-8th graders is August 4-6 from 9:00-10:30 am at the middle school.   Cost is $30.00. There is also a girls Basketball camp for grades
3rd-5th from 11:00-12:30 on August 4-6 at the middle school.
 
FOOTBALL PRACTICE
Equipment checkout for 8th graders will be Thursday, August 7, from 9-10:30 and  for 7thgraders from 10:30-12:00. Football practice for 7th and 8th grade boys will begin August 15 after school on the middle school football field. This practice will be in helmet, football shoes, shorts and T-shirt. There will be no practice on Monday, August 18. Practice will resume on Tuesday, August 19. It is important that you are at the football equipment checkout on August 7, have a physical, and purchase an activity ticket for $35.00. There will also be a parent meeting on Monday, August 28 at 5:45.
 
FALL ATHLETIC SCHEDULE
 
VOLLEYBALL

7th GRADE

Sept. 9 -- 4:00 Adams Central Home
Sept. 11 -- 4:00 Barr 
Sept. 16 -- 4:00 Westridge Home
Sept.  18 -- 4:00 St. Cecilia Home   
Sept. 22 -- 4:00 Westridge 
Sept. 25 -- 4:00 Walnut 
Sept. 29 -- 4:00 Lexington 
Oct. 7 -- 4:00 Columbus
Oct. 9 -- 4:00 Walnut Home
Oct. 13 -- 4:00 Barr Home
8TH GRADE

Sept. 9 -- 4:00 Adams Central (A, B, C)
Sept. 11 -- 4:00 Barr Home
Sept. 18 -- 4:00 Walnut 
Sept. 23 -- 4:00 Westridge
Sept. 25 -- 4:00 Horizon Home
Sept. 30 -- 4:00 Holdrege Home
Oct. 2 -- 4:00 Westridge Home
Oct. 7 -- 4:00 Columbus Home
Oct. 9 -- 4:00 Sunrise 
Oct. 13 -- 4:00 Barr 

FOOTBALL
7th GRADE

Sept. 8 -- 4:00 Adams Central Home
Sept. 18 -- 4:00 Walnut Home
Sept. 25 -- 4:00 Barr
Sept. 30 -- 4:00 Aurora
Oct. 7 -- 4:00 Seward Home
Oct. 9 -- 4:00   Westridge Home
8TH GRADE

Sept. 8 -- 4:00 Adams Central
Sept. 16 -- 4:00 Seward Home
Sept. 25 -- 4:00 Barr Home
Oct. 2 -- 4:00 Sunrise
Oct. 7 -- 4:00 Walnut
Oct. 14 -- 4:00 Westridge
                                                          
CROSS COUNTRY (7th AND 8th)
Sept. 4 -- 6:30 Cozad golf course
Sept. 9 -- 4:00 AC Invite at the Elk’s
Sept. 12 -- 4:00 Aurora golf course
Sept. 16 -- 5:15 in Minden
Sept. 22 -- 5:00 Hastings Invite @ Brickyard
Sept. 23 -- 5:15 Grand Island @ Indianhead
Oct. 2 -- 5:15 in York
Oct. 3 -- 4:15 St. Cecilia Invite


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