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News From The Middle

 

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   NEWS FROM THE MIDDLE

February 15, 2017

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Upcoming Events…   

  • February 20: No School-President’s day
  • February 21: Chorus & Band concert 7:00pm at the high school PAC
  • March 3: Tiger Trivia Marathon
  • March 10-11: One-Act Play
  • March 16-17: No school

Parent/Teacher Conferences:

Thank you for everyone who came to our student-let parent/teacher conferences.

Quarter 2 grades:

As we go to year long standard based grading, there will not be a posting of quarter 2 grades or a report card sent home, rather you can view your students progress on parent portal.  Please contact your individual teacher on any questions you may have regarding grades.

 

Tiger Trivia Marathon:

The Tiger Trivia Marathon(formerly Mindcore) has kicked off! All donations should be received by testing day, March 3rd, and students can start studying their questions now! Thanks for your help in hitting the $5K goal for PAWS!

If you are interested in helping out on March 3rd, please sign up here: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0a4caea92fa0fb6-tiger

Winter Weather Letter:

Please see our “Connect” page for a letter about Winter Weather from Mr. Holbeck

 

From the Nurse:

Please see the “Connect” page for a Flu Guideline flyer.

Refer to the HEALTH page under General Health Information for  “Temporary Exclusion from School Setting Guidelines” for illnesses/medical conditions

 

 

8th Grade Parents:

8th Grade Parents: It’s that time already… time to think about high school!  At HHS, that also means making a choice about what program will be best for your incoming 9th grader.

HHS offers two different programs for high school students: traditional and customized learning.  The traditional program offers more teacher-driven work and regular schedules.  The customized learning option places learning in student’s hands.  It offers more flexibility in student schedules, the types of assignments or projects they complete, the pace at which they learn.  It requires students to take greater responsibility for their learning. 

  • Here’s how you learn more about traditional vs customized learning:
    • Make a Program Choice: The official form regarding high school program choice was sent home with your student on February 13th and due February 17th.  
    • Register for Classes: Students will register for high school classes on Wednesday, February 22.  Your student received materials about registration this week.

 

Advanced Placement Criteria:

English Language Arts Data:

  • Grade in class needs a 90% average & 12 teacher received points
  • MAP Score: Need TWO 85% or above
  • Smarter Balance Score: Need a 4/list level and score
  • TAG Placement (This is done in elementary only)
  • Placement requires 3/4 criteria met
  • Teacher Recommendation Criteria and Scores
    1. Meets or exceeds standards for coursework.
    2. Is fully engaged in the learning activities.
    3. Demonstrates a strong desire to be challenged.
    4. Is capable of doing A or B+ work with content a year ahead of current grade level.

Social Studies Data:

  • Grade in class needs a 90% average & 12 teacher received points
  • MAP Reading Score: Need TWO over 85% or a Smarter Balance Score if 4 in Reading
  • DBQ Analysis
  • TAG Placement (This is done in elementary only)
  • Placement requires 3/4 criteria met
  • Teacher Recommendation Criteria and Scores
    1. Meets or exceeds standards for coursework.
    2. Is fully engaged in the learning activities.
    3. Demonstrates a strong desire to be challenged.
    4. Is capable of doing A or B+ work with content a year ahead of current grade level.

Math Data:

  • Grade in class needs a 90% average & 12 teacher received points
  • MAP Reading Score: Need TWO over 85% or above
  • Smarter Balance Score: Need a 4/list level and score
  • TAG Placement (This is done in elementary only)
  • Placement Test Algebra Readiness Only: Needs a score of 85%
  • Placement requires 3/4 criteria met
  • Teacher Recommendation Criteria and Scores
    1. Meets or exceeds standards for coursework.
    2. Is fully engaged in the learning activities.
    3. Demonstrates a strong desire to be challenged.
    4. Is capable of doing A or B+ work with content a year ahead of current grade level.

Science Data:

  • Grade in class needs a 90% average & 12 teacher received points
  • Placement Test: Needs a score of 85%
  • TAG Placement (This is done in elementary only)
  • MAP Math Score: Need TWO 85% or above
  • Placement requires 3/4 criteria met
  • Teacher Recommendation Criteria and Scores
    1. Meets or exceeds standards for coursework.
    2. Is fully engaged in the learning activities.
    3. Demonstrates a strong desire to be challenged.
    4. Is capable of doing A or B+ work with content a year ahead of current grade level.

*If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Wenger at Laurie.Wenger@k12.sd.us 

MakerSpace:

The HSMS MakerSpace is in need of Legos! We will take anything you are willing to give. This includes figures, Lego plates, special sets, or anything you are willing to give. Drop any donations off at the HSMS Library. 

 

 

 

Harrisburg Baseball Association(HBA):

GO TO http://www.harrisburgtigersbaseball.com
Registration is open for spring and summer baseball and softball for the following HBA programs:

FOR MORE INFO?: Contact John Ratzloff, Executive Director
Phone: 605.261.1324; Email: john.ratzloff@k12.sd.us

Boys Spring Tennis:

All boys who are in 7th and 8th grade that are interested in playing Tennis this Spring: There will be a Tennis Meeting on Monday, February 27th at 6:00 PM at the High School Library. If you cannot attend, please contact Mr. Termansen at the High School.

Attendance:

Just a reminder if your student is going to be absent or late for school, to call the school office at 605.743.2567 option 4-1  before 9:00AM daily.  If your student is going to be out for an extended period of time and/or you would like classwork for the day, please let the office know about attendance and contact your students advisory teacher for missing work.

 

New Learner System:

Learners at South Middle School this year will be utilizing a learning management system called Buzz.  Please click here to read more on how to access the parent side of Buzz.

 

Parking Lot Drop Off/Pick Up Loop Safety:

  1. When entering our school to drop off or pick-up students, please use the South entrance. Drive forward through the loop and use the North exit. (see map below)
  2. The front loop of our parking lot is for drive-through and pick-up/drop off only.  It is a tow away zone since it is our Fire Lane to be used in the event of an emergency.  NO cars should be left unattended or parked in this zone for any reason and for any amount of time.  If you need to park, please use the designated “Guest” parking or the regular lot.
  3. When dropping off or picking up students, please use the RIGHT HAND LANE ONLY, and expect students to use the doors on the right side of the vehicle. In this manner, it is less likely for students to have to walk in front of a waiting car.   Please DO NOT PARK IN THE CROSSWALK, it makes especially dangerous for students and staff to cross the lane.
  4. When using the drop off/pick-up lane in the afternoon, please pull forward to where the bus parking starts by the library (see “X” on map below). Please do not block the handicap spaces or visitor parking if someone is parked in a space.
  5. Thank you for all your help and cooperation to keep everyone safe and still allow for everyone to get to school on time.parking lot

  

From the Counselor:

BackPack Program: HSMS is partnering with Feeding South Dakota again for the Backpack Program.  This program provides food to children throughout the 2016-2017 school year.  The program is designed to help students who have limited food in their home over the weekend.  Backpacks include food for snacks and even small meals.  Please contact Betsy Atwood to sign up for this program.

 

Parent Portal:

Are you signed up for Parent Portal?  If not, please see the form on our “Connect” page and return it to the front office or contact Jean Hudson at ext. 3010 or jean.hudson@k12.sd.us

 

Connect:

Check out the “Connect” tab on the  South Middle School website for more information on various things going on at HSMS and our community.

  • Parent Portal
  • Standards Based Learning
  • Avera February Newsletter
  • Peanut Policy
  • HBA
  • Summer Gymnastic Camp
  • Sioux Falls Parks & Rec newsletter
  • Tyler Starr Camp