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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 17, 2014

Office Phone: 526-4700

Attendance Line: 526-4770 


2013-2014 Annual Education Report


2014-15 Free and Reduced Meal Application



HSMS Athletics: X-Country NM XC Championships in Gaylord and Michaywe Pines Golf, 10:00am.

Attention All Sixth Grade Boys that are interested in playing basketball this winter!

We will be holding an assessment day on Tuesday, October 28th 5-7:30pm in the High School Gym.  This year the boys will be again divided into two teams.  For more information and details on the time commitments for the program and each team, please see the info on the Community Schools page of the website. http://www.harborps.org/CommunitySchools/community.htm.  Any questions, contact Mari Schumaker at the Community Schools Office at 526-4842.

MS Ski Team:  Ski season is just around the corner!!!  We have set a date for our parent meeting. It will be Tuesday October 28th @ 6:30pm in the middle school large meeting room. The boosters will come in at the end of the meeting to discuss "booster" topics. The High School meeting will be immediately following. 

If you haven't already, please check out the new ski team website...http://harborspringsskiteam.weebly.com/ You will be able to see the ski meet dates once they are set, on the calendar plus much, much more.  

Dryland will be starting in the middle of November. I believe it will be Monday the 17th. We are also still working out those details, but you could just pencil that in for now. Final dates and times to come at the meeting.  

Petoskey Lakers Tryouts:  Please see attached flyer.

Science Olympiad parent meeting ~ Thursday, October 23 at 7:00 pm in the LGR.


Patriot’s Pen Contest ~ write a 300-400 word essay on this year’s theme Why I Appreciate America’s Veterans, to be entered to win a grand prize $5000 plus an all-expense paid trip to Washington, D.C. for you and your parent. Registration forms are in the office.


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


Crooked Tree Arts Center Event this Sunday ~ See attached flyer.


The Northern Michigan Autism Association and Char-Em ISD present Parenting Empowerment Workshop.  Please see attached flyer.


Raven Hill Discovery Center:  Enjoy the full benefits of fun and educational activities for Children and adults in small group settings.  Please see attached informational flier.

PARENTS—PLEASE Return Student Data Verification forms:  You will find it with your child’s progress report, if we haven’t yet received it.  Many students have not yet returned their Student Data Verification form that was mailed with their schedule in August.  It’s yellow. Please take a few moments to review and edit (or complete) this form and have your student bring it to the office ASAP. This information is essential to our ability to contact you in case of an emergency. Please return this form even if there are no changes! This is very important!  Mrs. Mathews will be happy to double check if yours has been turned in or to print you another.  Give her a call at 526-4700.


7th Graders Off to Hayo-Went-Ha! Please complete the forms and return to Mrs. Roberts by October 22nd.  If you are in need of scholarship funds to help pay for the cost of this adventure, please contact Mr. Cwikiel at 526-4755.


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:

It was Noah Webster's birthday this week. Mr. Webster created the first dictionary of the American English language. In honor of Mr. Webster, find an actual paper dictionary, flip through the pages, and pick a word that you think I may not know. Write down that word, the complete definition as presented in the dictionary, and use it in a sentence.


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