The Middle Seat

January 9, 2019

Cool School Voting

HMS has been nominated for a Fox 8 Cool School. Voting ends at 5:59 am on Thursday! As I write this, we are neck and neck with Midview Middle School. Take a second to give us a vote and encourage your co-workers, family, and friends to do the same!

8th Grade Parent Important Dates

January 11 - final payment for the Washington DC trip due.

Parents are reminded that travel insurance is included as a part of the cost of the trip. If circumstances happen that your child cannot attend the DC trip after you have paid, contact the Middle School Office immediately. We will help you work through what needs to be done to receive a refund.

In the next few weeks we will finalize our list of students going and begin to set up chaperone groups.

February 13 6:30PM - High School Orientation Parent Meeting at 6:30pm in the HHS Auditorium.

Students will begin the scheduling process for their freshman year in February. All 8th graders will visit Highland High School and the Medina County Career Center on Feb. 20 and 21. Students will make their freshman course requests during their high school visit.

March 12 8:00 PM - DC Parent meeting in the West Gym

All the information about the trip will be communicated such as drop off, pick up, hotel arrangements, and meals. You can also find the itinerary and information on my web page. If parents have specific questions prior to March 12, they should contact me at or their child’s chaperone.

Reward for Holiday Giving

Our 8th graders won our overall school giving campaign. They will receive a movie reward on the afternoon of Jan 16. If you do not wish for your child to participate, a form will come home with them on Friday for you to return.

2nd Quarter Report Cards will be able to be viewed through PowerSchool on Friday.

Speaker - Joseph Sojourner - on Jan 16

Joseph Sojourner will join us for some inspiration on the morning of Jan 16. Thanks to the Highland Foundation for making this possible.

Upcoming Events

Tailgate for girls basketball on Jan 17. There will be Chick-fil-A!! Tickets will be sold for $10 Tuesday - Thursday. Tickets will not be sold after school on Thursday. Students stay after school to play some games in the gym, eat some Chick-fil-A, and cheer on their friends as our girls basketball teams play against Wadsworth!

Sign up to donate for the tailgate at this link.

Tailgate for boys basketball on Jan 30.

Book Fair the week of Jan 28.

NJHS Chipotle Fundraiser on Feb 4.

DARE Skate Night on Feb 6 at Brunswick Skate Station.

Vaping and Screen Time

Two issues that affect middle school kids. As we move into the winter season, these two things seem to become more prevalent amongst our students. For your information, I submit a link to a webinar about vaping that I found very informative and current, and an article about the risks of too much screen time for teens.

Parent Social Media Information Night

January 15th at Cloverleaf Elementary School at 6 PM. HMS parents are welcome to attend.

UH Life Act

University Hospital’s Life Act will be speaking to 7th Graders in Integrated Literacy on Depression and Suicide Awareness. One of the primary goals of the program is it encourage students to seek help from caring adults. Students that bring up concerns or identify dealing with depression or suicide will be referred to Mrs. Colbow, School Counselor. The schedule for Life Act: Tues Jan 22 through Fri Jan 25 - 7th Gr Integrated Lit

Basketball and Wrestling Season

A reminder that students are not to stay after school unsupervised. This typically becomes an issue when students want to stay after school to attend a winter sporting event. If students wish to attend a winter sporting event they will need to go home and return for the game unless they are involved in another after school activity before the game.