Frequently Asked Questions:
  • I want to change my schedule! How can I do this?

    • Changes to schedules are only ideal in certain circumstances/situations, therefore it is NOT possible to grant every schedule change request.
    • Here’s our procedure for changing any class at HMS:
      • The first week of any semester, there are no changes unless there is an extenuating circumstance like a girl in boys’ PE
      • Otherwise, students must completely fill out a drop/add course request form to their grade level counselor.
    • If you have questions or concerns, please contact your grade level counselor.
  • I’ve heard that if my child is involved in a sport outside of school and participates so many hours a week they can be exempt from PE from school. What are the details?

    • This is NOT true for 6th graders.  All 6th graders have a choice of a full year of PE or one semester each of PE and dance.
    • 7th & 8th graders have the option of applying for Off Campus PE. Links to details and application is here.
  • What if my child signs up for a Pre-AP class and we realize he/she is in way above their head?  Can we get out of the class?
    • Yes, your child can drop the class, but we won’t make the change until the three week mark. 
    • Here’s our procedure for changing any class at HMS:
      • The first week of any semester, there are no changes unless there is an extenuating circumstance like a girl in boys’ PE
      • Otherwise, students must completely fill out a drop/add course request form to their grade level counselor.
  • Please help!  How do I find out what my child’s homework is, when tests are, and how I can get a report from the teachers on progress.
    • It is your child’s responsibility to know what their homework is, but we understand some students are still working on a system for remembering.  Middle school is the BEST time to help your child figure out a system that works for them.  
      • Some places the information may be available:
        • Teacher’s google calendar (on the teacher’s website)
        • EVERY teacher has a place on their whiteboard in their classroom where one to four weeks of information is kept.  
        • Teacher’s google classroom (only student can access this)
        • Is your child keeping a written planner?  Here’s a link to a free one! 
        • Please contact your child’s teacher via email to find out how they are doing in class.  If necessary, contact your child’s team leader to set up a team meeting where all four core teachers are present.
  • What is FLEX? 
    • FLEX is a 25 minute period in between 6th and 7th period that does not appear on student's schedules. During this time students are able to sign up for workshops held by teachers to work on targeted remediation/instruction or attend their assigned "Homebase" to work more independently. 
    • Students will sign up for FLEX on a weekly basis here