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 offerings. 13-14 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.
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
Office Phone: 526-4700
Attendance Line: 526-4770
2012-2013 Annual Education Report
2013-14 HSMS Parent/Student Handbook
Happy Summer Break
School Resumes for students September 3, 2014
Thank you all for a great school year! I hope that you and your family are already enjoying summer! Check out the Community Schools page on the district website (www.harborps.org) to learn about all the great activities available to your student this summer. In addition to the Community School’s new Harborage program, there’s everything from the Young Americans’ National Summer Tour Camp to the Outfitter’s Kid’s Kayak Camp…from the First Tee’s excellent golf programs to the Little Traverse Sailing School. There is absolutely no reason for your student to say “I’m bored” this summer!
Enclosed you will find your child’s final report card, information for next year’s 7th and 8th graders, and notice of fees or fines that your son or daughter may have accumulated this school year (except fines for computer equipment—that will come later). If there is an invoice enclosed, please send a check made out to Harbor Springs Middle School before school begins in September. The 2014-2015 student schedules will be mailed out the last week in August.
The Family Video store in Petoskey (located in the Glen’s Plaza and in downtown Petoskey across from the 7-11 store) is offering one free rental for each final course grade of an “A” in any core class. Free rentals include games and movies. Not that I want to encourage our students to stay inside this summer…but a good movie can be a real joy on a rainy day!
Freshman parents and students, please mark your calendars for 5:30 pm, Wednesday, August 27th for the Freshman Orientation. Mrs. Jacobs and Mrs. Richardson and the high school teachers have a great evening planned that includes refreshments, information about classes and their freshman class schedules, locker assignments, a description of how things are done at the High School, and opportunities to learn about extra-curricular activities. Invites with more detailed information will be mailed home to all incoming freshman this summer.
Just because school’s out for the summer doesn’t mean that the learning has to stop. Encourage your student to read anything and everything—from age-appropriate novels to magazines. To help them keep their math wits sharp, have your student calculate the miles per gallon or miles per hour when traveling, estimate the grocery bill before you get to the checkout line, or calculate interest on their summer earnings. The best practice for writing is writing. Encourage your student to write postcards, journals, and letters—just make sure they put pen to paper!
More than anything, have a great time with your family. Before you know it, your student will be “all grown up” and leaving the house. Although adolescence is a challenging time for both parents and children, cherish the moments you have together this summer and always.
Class of 2021 6th Grade Orientation Packet
7th Grade Supplies
8th Grade Supplies