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                                2017-18 Welcome Information and Important Early Dates

July
26- Registration Day 1 (9am-noon), (1pm-4pm)
27- Registration Day 2 (1pm-4pm), (5pm-8pm) 
August
1- Camp Middle School Day 1 (2 sessions AM & PM) for incoming 6th grade: 8-noon or 1-5
2- Camp Middle School Day 1 (2 sessions AM & PM) for incoming 6th grade: 8-noon or 1-5

The WEEK school starts:
7- 5:30pm-7pm: 6th grade Open House for incoming 6th graders.
7- 7pm-8pm: 7th & 8th grade Open House for incoming 7th/8th students.
8pm-8:30pm: Dismissal
**10-Students' First Day of School


HCMS Information:
Greetings from the hilltop and a hearty welcome to the 2017-18 school year at Harrison County Middle School. Another great year is on tap in our little part of the world. I will start by mentioning the changes returning students will notice as they return from last school year.

We’re very excited about the fact we’ll be welcoming back Chorus as a 7th & 8th grade course offering this upcoming school year. Mrs. Eastman comes to us from wild and wonderful West Virginia and will split her time between the middle school and the high school. While here, she’ll teach a period with 8th graders and then a period with 7th grade students. With regard to classes we lost, one notable subtraction from last year is the German class in 8th grade taught by Ms. Glascock. It will no longer be a course option.

6th grade students will again have English/Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies along with four additional 9-week core classes. These four additional 9-week core classes, taught by their core teachers will be Civics (social studies content), Analytical Math (math content), Science Lab, and Language Mechanics. The four 9-week courses mentioned take place during seventh period (last period of the day). Those 6th graders who do not participate in Band (full year explore class) will have four, 9-week explore classes throughout the year: PE, Health, Art, Computer/Career. 6th grade students participating in band will still receive these explore classes during their RTI period but the number of days they participate in explore classes will be slightly less. We are very excited that our 6th grade students will not have to choose band OR explore classes. They will receive both.

7th grade students will have English/Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies along with four additional 9-week core classes. These four additional 9-week core classes, taught by their core teachers will be Civics (social studies content), Analytical Math (math content), Science Lab, and Language Mechanics. Different from last school year, the four core 9-week courses mentioned take place during third period (they were held 4th period last year). Students who signed up for chorus will bypass these nine-week courses except for those students determined to need math/reading intervention. In that event, the student must participate in the 9-week core clas and not chorus. Another great thing about the third period chorus class is the fact students in band can choose to do BOTH since they’re offered during different periods in the day (3rd & 6th respectively). Those who do not participate in Band (full year explore class) will have four of the following five listed 9-week explore classes: PE, Health, Art, Computer/Career, Music. 7th grade students participating in Band will not have any other explore classes their 7th grade year.

Again, the only changes for 8th grade students will be the additional option of chorus and the drop of German. All 8th graders will have English/Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies along with two semester-long courses; writing and agriculture. Those 8th graders who do not participate in Band (full year explore class) will have four, 9-week explore classes throughout the year: PE, Health, Art, Computer/Career. 8th grade students participating in band will not have any other explore classes their 8th grade year.

As for the start of school, students have been assigned teams (Maroon and Gold) and they are posted on the front glass window at HCMS. Please note that some students may NOT be on a team list as of yet. However, this should be very rare. Once the student knows their respective team, our school foyer is open from 7:30-3:30 on the weekdays to retrieve important information.

Middle school registration will take place on July 26th (9am-12noon, 1pm-4pm) and July 27th (1pm-4pm, 5pm-8pm). These different time schedules attempt to address the potential work shift differences of some our middle school parents. Student schedules will be available during these two days of registration and on business days starting August 3rd from 8am-3pm.

“Camp Middle School” for incoming 6th grade students will be held on two different dates: August 1st and August 2nd. There will be a total of 4 sessions offered (8am-noon or 1pm-5pm on both days). Sign up information is located in our front foyer or interested parents can contact Mr. Brad Allison or Mrs. Paula Rainwater at 234-7160. I strongly encourage parents to have your child attend one of these sessions. Their comfort level on the 1st day of school will greatly increase after attending these informative sessions.

We will also have a “Meet the Teacher” Open House on August 7th with specific times based upon your child’s grade level. 6th grade will be 5:30pm-7:00pm with 7th and 8th grade 7pm-8pm. We request that parents/students bring their student schedule with them this night. This evening is an attempt to place a teacher name with a face and to get a small feel of your child’s upcoming “journey”. We hope to see you there. More information will be available at our registrations (listed above).

We look forward to working with all students and parents this school year. We will do our best to provide a safe and challenging learning environment for our students. We ask for you to join us in this endeavor.
Regards,
Michael E. McIntire, Principal

 

 

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