Parent emails

May 6

Greetings,

Before the school year got completely away from us, I wanted to touch base with everyone on end of the year details. Here are a few important dates:

May 11: We will mail home grade sheets for classes in which a student is earning a D or an F. There is still time to bring low grades up. 

May 19: 6th grade trip to Hannibal. 

May 20: 7th grade trip to City Museum. 8th grade trip to Rock Bridge. 6th grade business day. 

May 24: Attendance trip to Worlds of Fun. We had 75 students qualify for the trip, which is impressive!

May 25: Last day of school. We will have our end of the year awards program at 11:15 in the middle school gym. School dismisses at 12:00.

This will likely be the last parent email blast I send out to you all, and I would like to take time to tell you how much I respect and appreciate our HMS families. You have been great to work with. You expect your students to be held accountable and you expect other students to be treated respectfully and reasonably. In this day and age that is refreshing. Mostly, I want to thank you for raising great kids who have been terrific friends to my own daughters. The students at HMS are kind, generous, and welcoming, which is a reflection on their families.

Thanks for supporting your students,

Troy

"The mission of HMS is to provide a safe place for all students to learn and be academically successful."



April 7, 2016

Greetings,

It's hard to believe how fast the year is passing. We've been working on our MAP testing schedule and end of the year trip schedules and I wanted to share a few details with you. 

MAP Testing: 

MAP testing will begin April 26. All of our testing will be done in the mornings.

6th grade: Mathematics and English Language Arts (April 26-27)

7th grade: Mathematics and English Language Arts (April 28-29)

8th grade: Science, Mathematics, and English Language Arts (April 28, 29 and May 3, 4)

The test results are an important way for us to measure the effectiveness of our instruction and they are an important data set for state reporting. Please encourage your student to get a good night's rest before testing. 

MUSART: 

Our musicians, artists, vocalists, and actors have been working hard this spring. Make plans to appreciate their talents on the evening of April 27th. 

End of the year field trips (We are still waiting on confirmation for some dates. Any changes will be communicated.): 

6th grade: May 19th to Hannibal. The cost of the trip is $17 for students and $26 for adults. Students return to school after dismissal.  More details to follow. 

7th grade: May 20th to City Museum in St. Louis. The cost of the trip is $6 per student. Students return to school after dismissal. More details to follow. 

8th grade: May 20th to Rock Bridge State Park. There is no cost associated with this trip. Students will return to school before dismissal. More details to follow. 

Worlds of Fun Attendance Trip: Students absent for 35 hours or fewer are eligible for the trip at their own expense. Students with fewer than three hours of absences go for free. A detailed letter will be sent home on April 19th. 

As always thanks for all you do to support your students,


Troy Lentz

"The mission of HMS is to provide a safe place for all students to learn and be academically successful."



March 2, 2016

Greetings!

I wanted to send a quick note about parent teacher conferences and upcoming dates. Parent teacher conferences will be held this coming Monday, March 7th, from 1:00-7:00 in the high school commons. We hope to see everyone there. 

Also, March is turning into a very busy month at HMS. Here is a list of March activities.

3/3: Mr. Fearn is taking a select group of sixth grade musicians to Fayette for a performance.

3/7: Parent teacher conferences.

3/8: First day of track practice (7/8th grade students)

3/11: End of 3rd quarter. 

3/18: Mr. Wardrip's second hour Individual Sports P.E. class will be going bowling.

3/22: Mrs. Gholson is taking a group of 7th and 8th graders to Warrensburg for a literature festival. 

3/23: Ms. Hinch is taking a small group of 7th grade girls to a STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) conference at Missouri S&T. 

3/24: NJHS induction ceremony.

3/25: Career day at the high school in the morning and science fair in the middle school gym in the afternoon. Parents are invited to view the displays from 2:45-3:42. 

3/25: Spring break!

Also, (and here I'm trying something new....hope it works) I've attached a picture of a two graphs that we display in our hallway. One is the percentage of students earning a C or above in all their classes. The other is a graph of the average number of office referrals per day by month. I'm not sure every school would be as confident about sharing this data, but I'm proud that our students and teachers work together to have a school where nearly 90% of the students keep their grades up and fewer than two office referrals are generated a day. This would not happen if we did not have such supportive families with whom to work. 

Thanks for all you do!

Troy Lentz

"The mission of HMS is to provide a safe place for all students to learn and be academically successful."  




February 3, 2016

Greetings, 

I wanted to take a moment to touch base with everyone on a few items of note and important upcoming dates. This semester's parent teacher conferences fall fairly late in the quarter. To help keep parents and students informed, teachers are making special efforts to keep the Virtual Assignment Notebook and Powerschool updated. Additionally, students are being required to log in to Powerschool every Tuesday during advisory. They check their grades and enter them into a form that graphs their progress over time. Our goal is for students to take more responsibility for their own learning.

Below are a few important dates:

February 12: D and F notices mailed home. 

February 26: National Junior Honor Society applications due.  

March 7: Parent teacher conferences.

March 11: End of third quarter.

February is a month that can be a grind for middle school students. If there is anything we can do to make your student's school experience better, please don't hesitate to share. 


Thanks for all you do,

Troy Lentz

"The mission of HMS is to provide a safe place for all students to learn and be academically successful." 

@HMS_Bulldogs




January 7, 2016

Greetings and Happy New Year,

Your students have done a fantastic job of starting second semester. December happened to be the month with the lowest number of office referrals and the month with the highest percentage of students earning a C or above in all their classes. So far the students have picked up where they left off. 

I did want to take a moment to inform you about a few things that will be happening next week.

Practice Tests

Next week our students will take practice map tests. State testing has changed a bit this year, for the second year in a row. Thankfully, the state has released practice items early this year to give students and teachers a chance to get comfortable with the computer based format. Next week 8th graders will take practice mathematics and communication arts tests on Tuesday and Wednesday. 7th graders will take practice tests in those subjects on Wednesday. 6th graders will take their practice tests on Thursday. 

8th Grade Trip to MATC

On Thursday the 14th, our 8th graders will travel to Moberly to tour the Moberly Area Technical College (MATC). Harrisburg students are fortunate to be able to take MATC classes while still in high school. We are excited about taking the 8th graders on the tour before they begin crafting their four year plans for high school with Mrs. McBride.

I hope 2016 has gotten off to a good start for your family. Please don't hesitate to share any questions, suggestions, or concerns you may have. 


Troy Lentz

"The mission of HMS is to provide a safe place for all students to learn and be academically successful." 

@HMS_Bulldogs


November 17, 2015


Greetings!

Before November got away from us, I wanted to touch base on important dates and information. 

Dates: 

November 20th: The middle school homecoming dance will be Friday night from 8:30 to 11:00. Coronation will be at 10:30. The cost is $5.

D and F slips will also be mailed out on the 20th. 

November 23: School in session. 

December 7th: HMS will participate in the nationwide program "Hour of Code." 7th and 8th graders will spend one hour learning to write computer programming code in their mathematics classes. 6th graders will do the same in their social studies classes. To learn more click here

December 16th: Christmas program. 

December 21: School in session. 

December 22: Last day of school. 

Parent Survey: 

I want to take a moment to thank everyone who completed the parent survey. The results are as follows: 

  1. The teachers at HMS present a challenging curriculum to my student:  strongly agree, 66.7%; partially agree, 24.2%; partially disagree, 9.1%; strongly disagree, 0%.

  2. The teachers at HMS are committed to my student’s success:  strongly agree, 66%; partially agree 30%; partially disagree, 4%; strongly disagree, 0%.

  3. My student feels safe emotionally at HMS:  strongly agree, 40%; partially agree, 60%; partially disagree, 0%; strongly disagree, 0%.

  4. My student feels safe physically at HMS:  strongly agree, 78.%; partially agree, 20%; partially disagree,2%, strongly disagree, 0%.
We especially appreciated the comments parents took time to write. The survey results were included in our building school board report. Comments were shared during a faculty meeting. We are interested in improving our school and we know we need your input to do so.

Grade Cards:

In our enrollment packets at the beginning of the year we asked families if they wanted grade cards mailed home; however, this item would have been easy to miss. Many of our families rely on PowerSchool for grades and we are interested in reducing waste. If you want a paper copy mailed home, don't hesitate to contact the office and we will adjust our list. 

Overall, we are enjoying a successful year, but I know things don't always go smoothly for your students. If there's something we can do to better support your child, please let me know. 

Thanks for all of your support, 

Troy Lentz

"The mission of HMS is to provide a safe place for all students to learn and be academically successful."

@HMS_Bulldogs




October 8, 2015

Greetings,

I wanted to touch base with everyone as we wind down first quarter. The quarter ends on Friday, October 16th. Like the high school, our semester grades are based on the average of the first and second quarter percentages. Checking Powerschool and the Virtual Assignment Notebook are the two best ways to support your student as they work to earn the best grade they can first quarter. As a reminder, as student must have a passing semester grade in all classes this fall to be eligible for extracurricular activities in the spring. 

Your students have been doing an exceptional job this quarter!

-75% of our students are earning a C or above in all classes.

-75% of our students have fewer than 2 tardies in first quarter.

-The middle school averages less than one office referral a day. 

-Over half of our students are involved in an extracurricular activity: band, stuco, football, cross country, and cheer.

Thanks for everything you do to support our students!

Please don't hesitate to share any questions, suggestions, or concerns.


Troy Lentz

"The mission of HMS is to provide a safe place for all students to learn and be academically successful." 




Greetings!

First, I'd like to compliment you on how well your students have started theschool year. All of our teachers have commented that their classes are going well. Thank you for supporting them in the transition to the new year. 

Also, I wanted to make you aware of two items and share a few important upcoming dates. 

Digital Citizenship Talk

This morning Deputy Dietzel, Mrs. Burbridge, and I had a brief discussion with all seventh and eighth graders regarding cyber bullying and the sharing of inappropriate pictures. I wanted them to know that should school personnel become aware of inappropriate online behavior, parent contact would be made and appropriate authorities would be contacted. If the inappropriate behavior occurs during the school day, or became a disruption to the day school, consequences would be assigned. 

Virtual Assignment Notebook 

The middle school teachers want parents to know what their students are learning. One tool we use for this is the Virtual Assignment Notebook (VAN). Please bookmark the page below. Typically the site is updated by Wednesday afternoon. This will help you track your student's progress on major assignments and test preparation.

https://sites.google.com/a/harrisburg.k12.mo.us/harrisburg-middle-school/virtual-assignment-notebook

Important Dates

Friday August 29: school pictures and passport sales kickoff

September 18th: homecoming pep rally

September 29th: Parent teacher conferences

Thanks again for all of your support in starting school. If things are not going smoothly for your student, please don't hesitate to contact me. 

Feel free to share questions, suggestions, or concerns,

 

Troy Lentz

"The mission of Harrisburg Middle School is to provide a safe place for all students to learn and be academically successful."

@HMS_bulldogs



Presentation for parent meeting.


Greetings!

I'm very excited about starting a new school year! We will kick off the year with an open house on August 17th from 6:00-7:00 p.m. Students will be able to pick up their schedules and locker assignments. We will be serving hot dogs and other refreshments in the cafeteria. At 6:45 there will be a brief parent meeting in the gym. Notes for the parent meeting can be found at the link above. 

Hope to see you there,


Troy Lentz, HMS principal 

"The mission of Harrisburg Middle School is to provide a safe place for all students to learn and be academically successful." 





Greetings!

I wanted to take a moment to share a few important dates between now and the end of year. We have a lot going on!


May 8: 

Middle School Spring Fling in the HS commons from 7-10 pm. Admission $5. There will be concessions with pizza, candy and drinks. Dress is casual.


May 15:

Eighth grade trip to Rock Bridge State Park. Permission slips will be sent home on April 24 and they will be due back on May 1. The seventh grade field trip is the same day. Permission slips will be sent out and due back on the same days as the eighth grade.


May 19:

Sixth grade trip to Columbia. Information has been sent home.


May 20:

Sixth grade trip to Hannibal. Information has been sent home.


May 21:

Worlds of Fund Attendance trip. Permission slips will be sent home on April 29 and they will be due back on May 5. Tickets for the park are $26. If you want a meal included the tickets $39.


May 22:

Last day of school (half day): We will have a cook out at the softball field at 10:00. If students eat, they will be charged a regular lunch price. We will have an end of the year awards assembly in the middle school gym at 11:00.


Please don't hesitate to contact the office if you have any questions, suggestions, or concerns.


Mr. Lentz






Greetings!

I wanted to take a moment to share information regarding our schedule for state testing this spring. Our students and teachers have been working hard this year, and we look forward to the opportunity to demonstrate their talents on these important tests. We appreciate the job our families do of getting students to school each day rested and ready. On the days your student tests it will be important to come to school with a good night’s sleep and a breakfast. With the exception of eighth grade science, all testing will be conducted during first and second hour. We will follow our regular schedule the rest of the day.

6th grade (testing in English and mathematics):

Mrs. Crowley’s class will test on April 21-22.

Mrs. Gipson’s class will test on April 23-24

7th grade (testing in English and mathematics):

Mrs. Gholson’s third hour class will test on April 28-29.

Mrs. Hinch’s third hour class will test on April 30 and May 1.

8th grade (testing in English, mathematics, and science):

Mrs. Hinch’s fourth hour class will test on April 30.

Mrs. Hinch’s fifth hour class will test on May 1.

Mr. Barhorst’s third hour class will test on May 5 and 6.

Mr. Simpson’s third hour class will test on May 7 and 8.

Two items of note for testing:

-A listening assessment is part of the English test. The school will provide headphones, but students will be allowed to bring their own earbuds or headphones, if they prefer.

-Students will not be allowed to have phones during testing. A safe place to store phones will be provided.

I invite you to preview the practice tests available online, so that you will know the content and format of the tests. https://wbte.drcedirect.com/MO/portals/mo/ott1

I would also like to invite you to view a brief video of the career day you student attended on Friday, March 20. https://vimeo.com/123766990

If you have any questions, suggestions, or concerns, don’t hesitate to contact me.


Troy Lentz

“The mission of Harrisburg Middle School is to provide a safe place for all students to learn and be academically successful.”

@hms_bulldogs






March 18, 2015

Greetings!

We have a lot of exciting things going on at the middle school over the next two days, and I wanted to make sure you were aware of them. 

Thursday:

1:15-6th grade toga party to cap off the ancient Greece unit. Sixth grade parents are welcome to attend.  

4:00-First meeting of the coding club. The club will meet from 4:00-5:30 in the middle school computer lab. 

7:00-National Junior Honor Society initiation. Congratulations to our newest 19 members!

Friday: 

8:30-11:00: Middle school students will travel to the high school to participate in career fair. Students will listen to presentations from area professionals. 

1:30-3:00: Middle school science fair in the gym. 6th graders will be at their displays from 1:30-1:55. 7th graders will be at their displays from 2:15-2:40. 8th graders will be at their displays from 1:55-2:15. All students will be at their displays from 2:40-3:00. Parents are encouraged to attend and view their students' work. 

3:10-3:42: Championship game of the three on three tournament. 

All of these events are examples of the awesome opportunities our teachers provide your students everyday. We enjoy watching your students develop their talents, and we enjoy celebrating their accomplishments with them! 

Sincerely, 


Troy Lentz

@HMS_Bulldogs

"The mission of Harrisburg Middle School is to provide a safe place for all students to learn and be academically successful." 



March 3, 2015

Greetings!

I just wanted to take a moment to touch base everyone and let you know about a few things that are going on at the middle school. Because your students constantly impress us, our teacher teams have decided to honor two students each week with an ice cream at lunch and a phone call home from me. They have been fun calls to make!  

We have a busy month ahead of us. Below are a few important dates.

-March 6th: End of third quarter.

-March 9th: First track practice. 

-March 19th: NJHS induction.

-March 20th: Career fair at the high school in the morning. Science fair at the middle school in the afternoon. Do you know what your student's exhibit will be? 

-April 9th: Spring pictures. 

You all are a great group of parents to work with. Please don't hesitate to contact me with any questions, suggestions, or concerns you may have. 


Troy Lentz

@HMS_Bulldogs

"The mission of Harrisburg Middle School is to provide a safe place for all students to learn and be academically successful." 





February 4, 2015

Greetings!

The middle school has been a busy place over the last month. We've had spelling bees, cow eyeball dissections, new parking lot procedures, and the introduction of wireless devices. 

I wanted to take a moment to invite you to parent teacher conferences on Monday, February 9th from 1:00-7:00 in the high school commons. Please take time to check in with your student's teachers and learn about the exciting things going on in our classrooms. You can also monitor your student's progress by checking Powerschool and our Virtual Assignment Notebook

I also wanted share a few important dates: 

February 9th: Book fair begins

March 6: Third quarter ends

March 20th: Career day, middle school science fair, and last day before spring break

April 9th: Spring Pictures

Thanks for all you do to support you students. They are a great group of kids!

Don't hesitate to share questions, suggestions, or concerns,

Mr. Lentz

 573.817.5857

"The mission of Harrisburg Middle School is to provide a safe place for all students to learn and be academically successful." 





December 17, 2014

Greetings!

As we wind down the semester I would to take a moment to share a few items of interest.

1.) On Friday the sixth graders will have their Business Day in the cafeteria. Business day will take place from 1:30 to 3:00. Parents are invited to view their student's booth. 

2.) Also on Friday we will have a hot chocolate and cookie buffet for our seventh and eighth graders during seventh hour (2:15-3:15). If you would like to contribute to the buffet contact Dawn by email at maloned@harrisburg.k12.mo.us

3.) During advisory on Friday our middle school choir will perform, and we will honor November and December students of the month. 

4.) When we return from break, we will have the opportunity to use our Chromebooks and iPads to access the wireless network for the first time. This week your students have had internet security training with Mrs. Fritts. They were also given revised acceptable use forms. These forms will need to be signed and returned for your student to use Chromebooks. Please ask your student about the form. 

5.) Also when we return from break, we will be using new drop off and pick up procedures. Middle school students who are driven to school will be dropped off at the entrance closest to the library. Students will no longer be dropped off near the bus lane. Watch this video for a visual of the procedure https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tc5RZOPOxPg

I hope everyone has a great break! Don't hesitate to contact me with questions, suggestions, or concerns. 


Mr. Lentz

573. 817.5857



December 5, 2014

Greetings!

I wanted to take a moment to share a few important items.

  1. Lockdown drill:

On Wednesday afternoon we had a lockdown drill. This drill was a bit different than previous lockdown drills, as we followed new procedures that the Boone County Sheriff's department trained teachers on in our last inservice day. When I started teaching, the year after Columbine, the procedure was basically to lock the door, hide in a corner, and wait for the police to let you out. Our new training instructs teachers to take advantage of any opportunity to flee the building. For example, if an intruder was on the north side of the campus, teachers on the south side of the campus may decide to instruct their students to run out of exits nearest the south side. The acronym used for this training is ALICE.

A: alert

L: lockdown

I: inform

C: confront

E: evade

I encourage you to discuss the new lockdown procedures with your student.

  1. Drug dog:

On Thursday afternoon the Boone County Sheriff’s department brought a drug dog to the middle school to do a locker sweep. I am happy to say nothing was found.

  1. Christmas Program:

I’d like to invite you to the Christmas program on Wednesday, December 10th at 6:00 pm. Our music students have been working hard, and it will be a great performance.

  1. Grades:

There are only nine days left in the semester. Teachers meet weekly to track student achievement and students with missing assignments are assigned a weekly study hall. Still the most important factor is parent support. Please check PowerSchool and the Virtual Assignment Notebook. There is still time to raise a low grade.

  1. Thanks:

You are a fantastic group of parents with whom to work. I appreciate how you communicate concerns and support your students.

  

Please don’t hesitate to share any questions, suggestions, or concerns,



Mr. Lentz


"The mission of Harrisburg Middle School is to provide a safe place for all students to learn and be academically successful." 



November 5, 2014

Greetings!

I wanted to take a moment to touch base with everyone. I can't believe we are over one quarter of the way through the school year.

A few highlights from first quarter:

-The cheer leading, cross country, and football teams finished their seasons and did a great job of representing HMS. I'm proud of all of these students. 

-Over 90 students finished first quarter with all of their grades above a C.

-Student council led a food drive and attended a district conference. 

-Over 100 students currently have no tardies.  

Your kids are doing a great job! We appreciate your support so much!

We have a few important dates on our calendar. Here are the details: 

Veterans day, November 11: The morning program begins at 9:00. The evening program begins at 10:00. The class of 2015 will be holding a chili supper from 5:30 to 6:30

Middle School Dance, November 21: The dance begins at 8:30 and ends at 11:00. The cost is $5, which covers the cost of the dance and supports our student council. Awards will be given at 10:30

School will be in session November 24. There will be no school on November 26

Once again I want to thank you for supporting your students and their teachers this year. You are a great group of parents to work with. Please don't hesitate to share questions, suggestions, or concerns. 

 

Troy Lentz

 



September 24

Greetings!

I wanted to take a moment to share details about the middle school parent teacher conferences. All middle school conferences, grades 6-8, will be held in the high school commons, as it allows all parents to have access to the many teachers who split time between the high school and middle school. 

Teachers will be seated at tables in the commons from 1-7:00 p.m. 

We will also have PowerSchool log in and password information available. 

The quarter ends on October 10th, so conferences are an important opportunity.

I also invite you to check out our assignment notebook http://goo.gl/cZu5H9


Don't hesitate to contact me with questions,


Troy Lentz





September 10, 2014


Greetings!

First, I wanted to let you know that I was impressed with how well your students handled themselves today. We did not have restrooms available in the middle school until noon. Our students had to use the elementary restrooms until that point. Your kids did not allow this to become a distraction at all. I appreciate that a great deal. 

Second, I wanted to let you know that we will have a pep rally tomorrow to recognize cross country, cheer, and football athletes. The band will also play. The pep rally will begin around 3:15. 

Lastly, you can view the weekly assignment notebook and the middle school's September board report with the links below. 

Assignment notebook: http://goo.gl/cZu5H9

Board report: http://goo.gl/fyM3NZ

Please don't hesitate to share questions, suggestions, or concerns. You have great kids, and I want their experience at school to be as positive as possible. 


Sincerely, 

Troy Lentz






May 5, 2014


Greetings!

Wow, the year has flown by! I wanted to touch base with everyone on a few end of the year details and important dates.

MAP Testing

We will be MAP testing Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday morning this week (May 6-8). Sixth and seventh graders will test in communication arts and mathematics.  Eighth graders will test in communication arts, mathematics, and science.

Science Fair

In the afternoons of our test days, we will be holding a science fair in the cafeteria. Sixth graders will present on Tuesday, seventh graders on Wednesday, and eighth graders on Thursday. Parents are invited to view the exhibits, which will be on display after 2:00.

Class Field Trips

6th grade: ARC, May 20. Leave around 9:15 am and return before the end of the school day. Hannibal, May 21. Leave shortly after school begins and return around 5:30 p.m.

7th grade: City Museum, St. Louis. May 19th. Students must turn in a signed permission slip and $11 to attend. Students will depart shortly after school begins and return at approximately 5:30 p.m.

8th grade: MATC tour, May 14. Leave shortly after school begins and return before lunch.  

Orienteering, May 19th. Rock Bridge State Park. Students will depart shortly after school begins and return before the end of the school day. Students must turn in a permission slip to attend.

Attendance field trip: Worlds of Fun, May 22. Students will depart shortly after school begins and return approximately at 9:00 p.m.  

***Permission slips have not been sent home yet.

Semester Finals:

7th and 8th graders will take finals exams in their core classes on May 20th and 21. On Tuesday students will take social studies and mathematics exams. On Wednesday students will take science and English exams.

End of the Year Awards Assembly:

We will have an end of the year awards assembly on Friday, May 23 at 1:00.

I can’t tell you how much I appreciate everyone’s support this year. Don’t hesitate to contact me with questions, suggestions, or concerns.

Mr. Lentz







3/19/14

Dear Parents:

I wanted to take a moment to touch base on some of the things that will be happening fourth quarter.  

NJHS

This week HMS will initiate the first members of the National Junior Honor Society in school history. Congratulations to the students and parents!

Virtual Assignment Notebook

The teachers developed a Virtual Assignment Notebook. We invite you to bookmark this page to see what assignments your students will be doing. Once a week the link will be tweeted out to those following @HMS_BULLDOGS.

https://sites.google.com/a/harrisburg.k12.mo.us/harrisburg-middle-school/virtual-assignment-notebook

Scheduling For Next Year

Fourth quarter is also the time to think about next year. The following bullet points outline ways we prepare students.

-8th Graders: Recently Mrs. McBride, high school guidance counselor, visited eighth graders in their social studies class to discuss high school planning. Mrs. McBride is hosting an open house on April 17th at 6 p.m. at the high school.

-7th Graders: In the next few weeks seventh graders will complete the following interest survey to assist in our scheduling efforts. You are invited to review the survey with your student in advance. https://sites.google.com/a/harrisburg.k12.mo.us/harrisburg-middle-school/7th-grade-scheduling

Every effort will made to accommodate student interest. In situations were class size becomes a factor, students who will be eighth graders will be placed first.  Currently twelve semester long elective courses are offered, including physical education. Students have twelve semesters of space for electives over the course of seventh and eighth grade. Typically students will fill four of those semesters with physical education. The remaining eight are filled according to interest while maintaining balanced class sizes.

A note regarding math:

An important factor in a successful eighth grade year is being placed in the appropriate math class. Students will either be enrolled in Pre-algebra or Algebra I. During fourth quarter seventh graders enrolled in Mr. Barhorst’s class will take a placement test. The results of this test, in addition to MAP scores, grades, and parental preference will be considered for math placement. This placement is important, as a passing score on the Algebra I EOC affects A+ eligibility.  If students find themselves misplaced, scheduling changes will be considered.

-6th Graders: In the next few weeks sixth graders will complete the following interest survey to assist in our scheduling efforts. You are invited to review the survey with your student in advance.

https://sites.google.com/a/harrisburg.k12.mo.us/harrisburg-middle-school/6th-grade-scheduling

Every effort will made to accommodate student interest. In situations were class size becomes a factor, students who will be eighth graders will be placed first.  Currently twelve semester long elective courses are offered, including physical education. Students have twelve semesters of space for electives over the course of seventh and eighth grade. Typically students will fill four of those semesters with physical education. The remaining eight are filled according to interest while maintaining balanced class sizes.

Important dates:

Career Day: March 21

Spring break: March 24

BOGO Book fair: April 28-May 2

Muzart: April 30

Start map test: May 6

WOF Trip: May 22

Thanks for supporting your students and their teachers this year. Please do not hesitate to communicate questions, suggestions, or concerns.

Sincerely,


Troy Lentz




2/6/14

Greetings!
I hope this email finds you safe and warm. The adults at my house are eager for school to begin again. I'm sure the same is true for your families. 

I wanted to take a moment to remind you that parent teacher conferences are Monday from 1:00 to 7:00 in the high school commons. Your student's teachers look forward to seeing you there.

Also, I want to thank you for doing such a great job of supporting your students and their teachers last semester. So many great things happened. I invite you to read HMS's January school board report.  https://sites.google.com/a/harrisburg.k12.mo.us/harrisburg-middle-school/january-board-report

This is also a good time to highlight important dates for the spring semester.
PTC: Feb 10
Top Dawg: March 12
Spring break: March 24
Muzart: April 30
Start MAP testing: May 6
Worlds of Fun attendance trip: May 22

Finally, I'd like to leave you with a glimpse into two classrooms activities from the last month.
8th grade English Prezi's
https://sites.google.com/a/harrisburg.k12.mo.us/harrisburg-middle-school/prezi-s

7th grade science experiment
https://sites.google.com/a/harrisburg.k12.mo.us/harrisburg-middle-school/science

Don't hesitate to contact me with questions, suggestions, and concerns.

Mr. Lentz
HMS Principal

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