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2013-14 Middle School Student/Parent 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 offerings13-14 Middle School 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





April 17, 2014

Office Phone: 526-4700

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2012-2013 Annual Education Report


2013-14 HSMS Parent/Student Handbook



No School on Friday April 18th—Note that Printed District Calendar is Incorrect


Attention All Parents—Especially 8th grade parents:  Due to popular demand, the 8th Grade Inventor Museum hours will be extended next week.  The museum hours, scheduled on Thursday, April 24, will now be 8:45 - 11:00 a.m. in the MS Gym.  Please plan to attend and see the amazing student work on display!


MS Track:  4/23/14, Jamboree at EJ, 4:00.


8th Grade Parents -- We need your help! On Friday, April 25, from 8:00 - 11:00, the 8th graders will be participating in a special activity called Life Unplugged. Life Unplugged is an experience that will give the 8th grade students a glimpse into their future. The simulation takes the students through a series of real-life scenarios as if they are 25 years old. The students will be making choices on a career, savings, housing, food, child care, and so on. 

The students will rotate through 16 stations of life events. We are looking for parent volunteers to work the booths and direct students through each station of life. If you are interested and available on Friday, April 25 from 8:00 - 11:00, please contact Megan McShannock, the Middle School Counselor (526-4756 or mmcshannock@harborps.org).


Attention 8th Grade Students and Parents -- 8th Grade Trip Updates!

  • Final 8th Grade Trip Balance and Credit Notice Invoices for students as well as chaperones were placed in the mail 4.11.14. If you did not see yours in the mail, call for your balance. The credit requests are do on April 30th, and the final payments are due on May 1.
  • THANK YOU to Ron Ouellette and John Janicki for planning and coordinating the Beef and Pork Raffle!  Our students raised over $2,000 for their accounts. The winner of the beef was Judy Van Avery. There were not enough tickets sold to do a pork drawing.
  • We also have several leftover serving platters, dishes in the office from the Mexican Dinner. Please stop by to pick up yours, or we’ll find a use for them or throw them away.


Track Info: Coaches have requested all of the parents' email addresses for members of the track team. A salmon-colored informational paper and a t-shirt order form was handed out. For the rest of the season, instead of sending papers home with the kids, we want to email all information directly to parents. Please complete the information form and have your student return it to school ASAP.


MS Talent Show Date Changed—Please Amend Your Calendars! All singers, poets, actors, dancers, and musicians are welcome. If you have a talent we want to see it. It's time to sign up for the annual Middle School Talent Show. Sign up as soon as possible in the office. The talent show is Friday, May 9th. Please make a note of the date change.


Outdoor Camp Scholarship Opportunity! Are you interested in attending an outdoor camp such as Camp Daggett or Camp Hayo-went-ha this summer? The Charlevoix Community Foundation coordinates the Jack Laucher Outdoor Education Fund that provides scholarships to help pay for students in Charlevoix and Emmet Counties to attend summer camp. If you are interested, come by the office and pick up a brochure that explains the application process.


Hunter’s Safety Course: April 22, 23 and 26th at Emmet County Sheriff’s Office and HS Outdoor Club. Course is free. Call 439-8900 M-F between 8 am and 4pm to register. Students must attend all three days of the course and be at least 10 years old. See flier posted in the Great Hall for more information.


New Program starting at The First Tee: The First Tee of Northern Michigan will be offering golf fitness classes every Monday and Wednesday from 5-6:30 pm starting Monday, April 14th and going to April 30th. Participants aged 11-17 are eligible and the total cost is $65. Classes will be held at Specialized Sports Training (SST) located at 8875 M119 in Harbor Springs right behind Little Traverse Primary Care. Proper fitness attire is required. For more information and to register please contact John at (231) 526-3168. We need a minimum of four participants for this program to be a go.


3 on 3 YMCA Youth Basketball Tournament: Petoskey HS, Saturday, April 26 beginning at 9am. This one-day tournament is $25 per person and has boys and girls divisions grades 3-12. Rules and registration forms are available on-line at www.ymcanm.org or by calling YMVA of Northern Michigan at 348-8393.


Harbor Springs Farmer’s Market—at the Middle School Two More Saturdays! Stop by the Middle School on Saturday mornings to get your fresh local breads, meats, veggies, and sweet things! Only two more weeks before the Farmers Market moves outside! Stay warm and dry and shop local!


"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 contact Megan McShannock, MS Counselor at 526-4756. 


Principal’s Challenge:

This weekend marks both Easter and Passover. Compare and contrast these two religious holidays and identify three things that are similar and three things that are different. To come up with your similarities and differences, you can look at when the holidays occur, their origins, what they signify, or how they are celebrated.



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