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14-15 Middle School Parent/Student Handbook

Welcome to the Harbor Springs Middle School!

We are excited about the educational, co-curricular and individual growth opportunities that our learning environment provides for each of our students, and we welcome your participation in what is sure to be a great school year.

Harbor Springs Middle School consistently scores above state and ISD averages on standardized tests. Our students accomplish this while also taking advantage of a wide variety of exploratory classes, including Physical Education, Computers, Spanish, Tech Ed, Band, Choir, Drama, and Debate among others. Our co-curricular opportunities, including Math and Science Olympiad, Spelling and Geography Bees, Math Counts, Student Council, and a comprehensive sports program, provide further richness for our students. Learn more about our program offerings14-15 Middle School Parent/Student Handbook




While we have great class offerings, the most up-to-date technology, and a wonderful, state-of-the-art facility, it is the community of people here who are committed to the success of every student that makes the Middle School really special. We have a highly qualified, dedicated staff that strives to provide the best possible education for all students. Parents and community members are supportive and involved as we work to meet the unique developmental needs of young adolescents. Harbor Springs Middle School truly is a special learning community focused on the success of each student.

It is our pleasure to serve and educate you and your family. Please call or stop by the school if you have any questions or would like to learn more about our programs.

Wilfred Cwikiel

If you would like to learn more about the educational needs of middle school students, I encourage you to visit the National Middle School Association website at www.nmsa.org. Of particular interest is the position paper titled “This We Believe: Successful Schools for Young Adolescents.”

A Summary of a Position Paper National Middle School Association





October 31, 2014

Office Phone: 526-4700

Attendance Line: 526-4770 


2013-2014 Annual Education Report


2014-15 Free and Reduced Meal Application




Halloween Happenings!  By the time you read this…the Middle School would have hosted the annual Harbor Springs Halloween Parade!  I hope you all had a chance to stay dry and warm while watching the cutest kids on the planet parade in their costumes! Don’t forget, we have our annual Halloween Dance from 3:15 pm to 5:00 pm on Halloween. If you student stays after for the dance, please be at the Middle School to pick them up by 5:00 pm. Have fun trick or treating…and dress warmly!!!!


Concessions Sign up sheets for the next two home boys basketball are in the office.  Sign up to work a shift to earn money for class trip account. We also need to have parents sign up...so please talk to your parents about helping out. They get paid for their trip as well!  First home game is next Wednesday!


MS Athletics:  Our Boys Basketball Teams season home opener is Wednesday, 11/5/2014 vs. East Jordan at 4:30.


Pizza Pizza! It’s that time of year again, eighth graders are selling Little Caesars’ pizza kits as a fundraiser for their trip to Chicago!  Please contact an eighth grade student to buy the handy pizza kits to keep in the freezer for the rapidly approaching, busy, holiday season.


Attention 8th grade parents: Just a reminder to keep selling pizza kits!  Pizza kit orders and money are due by Monday, November 17.  Please contact Mrs. Inglehart with any questions.


Attention 8th Grade Parents (part 2)—Trip Meeting on 11/13: Mark your calendars—Parent Meeting at 7:00 pm in the LGR on 11/13 to learn more about the 8th grade trip and the parent-led fundraisers such as the Mexican Dinner and Holiday Craft Sale. 


Proper Disposal Of Prescription Meds Saves Lives:

Our friends at the Tip of the Mitt Watershed Council have collaborated with local governments, law enforcement, the LTB Bands of Odawa Indians, and the DEQ to help parents dispose of prescription medicines properly. Check out the attached brochure to find the POD nearest you!


Fall For Dance will be happening on Nov 2nd (Sunday) at 7pm at the auditorium at the High School in Harbor Springs. This performance is put together in its entirety by the pre-professional dancers of the CTAC School of Ballet under the tutelage of Miss Heather Raue. All proceeds will benefit the school in Harbor Springs. 


Winter Futsal Registration is going on now!  This indoor soccer league is open to all area youth in grades K-8.  Futsal is a very fun fast paced game that encourages and promotes soccer foot skill development.  Assessment day is Nov. 16, and game play starts after Thanksgiving.  For more information and to register, please go to the community schools page of the website www.harborps.org/CommunitySchools/community.htm.  Any questions contact Mari Schumaker at mschumaker@harborps.org or 526-4840.


Thanksgiving and Holiday Wishes: If you are in need of receiving assistance with Thanksgiving and/or Holiday food and gifts, please contact Mrs. McShannock, the Middle School Counselor at (231) 526-4756 or mmcshannock@harborps.org


Attention 6th, 7th, & 8th Grade Parents: We would like to inform you of an opportunity offered to middle school students by Northwestern University Center for Talent Development. Students are invited to take the EXPLORE (6th grade only), ACT, and SAT tests. If you would like to learn more about your child's academic ability, be informed about education programs for gifted students, and give your child the opportunity to experience and practice taking college and career readiness tests such as EXPLORE, ACT, and/or SAT, please visit the website for registration guidelines, cost information, and testing sites (www.ctd.northwestern.edu/numats). If you have any questions, please contact Megan McShannock, Middle School Counselor.


PARENTS:  Please be reminded, HSMS doors are programmed to open at 7:30am.  If you drop off your child before that time, they will be outside in the elements until 7:30 am.


"Food 4 Kids" is a program sponsored by Manna:

If you are in need of healthy snacks and meals for your child(ren) and would like to receive assistance, please print and read the attached agreement letter, sign it, and return it to school. If you are unable to print the letter but are interested in the program, please contact Megan McShannock, MS Counselor at 526-4756. 14-15 Backpack Program Sign-Up-2


Picture Day Retakes—November 11th: Picture packets were passed out 10/10/14 during 3rd hour.  The Middle School picture day was September 17th.  Re-takes are scheduled for Tues., November 11th.


Study Hall!

Kim Hayhurst, our Title I Teacher, will be coordinating study hall from 3:15 to 4:15 every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday when we have full days of school (no study hall on half days, holidays or on snow days). Study hall is a great way to stay on top of homework and keep up on reading. If your student needs additional instruction, his or her grades are slipping, or he or she is unable to get homework done at home, then please have them attend Study Hall!


HSMS Yearbook: Please help us capture the year in pictures by sharing your photos of HSMS activities with Mary-Elizabeth Chaney, yearbook coordinator. If you find you've taken some good, clear, high resolution shots of sports or special activities you coach, direct, oversee, or otherwise attend with your camera, please send them to Mary Elizabeth via mchaney@harborps.org.  Please include any identifying information (i.e. the activity pictured, names if possible).  If you use DropBox and prefer that method of transfer, just send the link. Let's 'aim' for that great participation by all you shutterbugs again for this year's book! NOTE to Coaches: please send your team photos with team's grade level and team name, along with a list of the coach and student names.


Harbor Springs Sk8 Park Community Halloween Party and Trunk or Treat Friday, October 31, 3pm to 8pm.  See attached flyer.


Drop Anchor at the Harborage!

The Harborage is the new after school program that is open to all students in grades 2-8 and is now accepting registrations for the  2014-15 school year.  For more information, please see the link below, and if you have any questions, don't hesitate to contact the Harborage at 526-4507 or Mari Schumaker, Director at 526-4842 or mschumaker@harborps.orghttps://sites.google.com/a/harborps.org/the-harborage/


Principal's Challenge:  I want you to do a bit of research about Halloween! Here’s your question: What are the origins of Halloween?


Class of 2021 6th Grade Orientation Packet

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8th Grade Supplies


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