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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





September 12, 2014

Office Phone: 526-4700

Attendance Line: 526-4770 


2013-2014 Annual Education Report


2014-15 Free and Reduced Meal Application


September 2014 Lunch Menu





September 11 Commemoration Today During Seminar

As you will see by the attached talking points from which I worked, I believe that it is important for our students to have some knowledge of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Today, during our school-wide seminar, I shared some thoughts and two age-appropriate video clips from Discovery Education (no images of the planes flying into the buildings nor other graphic images) that focused on the work of emergency responders and the reconstruction of the site. Some of your students may want to talk more about the thoughts I shared with them and the video clips they viewed. I’ve attached my talking points and links to the videos so you know what they experienced. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me.


Enterovirus D68 Alert

The Michigan Department of Community Health (MDCH) is receiving reports indicating an increase in severe respiratory illness in children ages 5-17 across the state. At this time, Michigan has no confirmed cases of Enterovirus D68 (EV-D68) associated with the national outbreak, but MDCH is forwarding samples to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for testing. Most people infected with enteroviruses have no symptoms or only mild symptoms, but some infections can be serious requiring hospitalization. Enteroviruses are transmitted through close contact with an infected person, or by touching objects or surfaces that are contaminated with the virus and then touching the mouth, nose, or eyes. There is no specific treatment for EV-D68 infections but supportive care can be provided. Michiganders can protect themselves from enterovirus by taking general hygiene precautions:

Wash hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds, especially after changing diapers.

Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.

Avoid kissing, hugging, and sharing cups or eating utensils with people who are sick.

Disinfect frequently touched surfaces, such as doorknobs, especially if someone is sick.


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 Athletics

Cross Country heads to Ellsworth Sports Park for the Ellsworth Invitational Saturday at 10:30am. Middle School Volleyball games are Monday 9/15 home vs. Kalkaska and Wednesday 9/17 at Elk Rapids (game times are 4:30).


Picture Day

The Middle School picture day is September 17th.  Send your kids in ready to smile for the camera first thing in the morning. Picture packets were handed out to students today during their 3rd hour class.


SOLO Permission Slips Due on Monday Morning

If your student signed up for the  Littlle Traverse Bay Kayaking SOLO, please remind them to have you complete the permission form and return it to the main office by Monday morning. A special thanks to Molly Baker and The Outfitter of Harbor Springs for proving the kayaks, paddles, and PFDs so we can experience spectacular Lake Michigan.


HSMS Yearbook

Now that our new school year is underway, it would be great to get an early start on our MS Yearbook, particularly so we can 'capture' fall photo opportunities of our kids as they happen! 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 share them with me via mchaney@harborps.org (this email address).  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 me the link. I received many good photos last year, and I thank you all for those contributions. 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.


Wilderness State Park’s Yearly Fall Festival is September 26th thru 28th (In Pines Campground).  See attached flyer.


Petoskey Youth Bowling League—Begins Saturday, October 4th:

The Petoskey Youth Bowling League invites all boys and girls Grades K-8 to participate in this weekly program. See attached flyer for more details.


Little Traverse Treble Choir singers ages 8 through 13 invited.  See attached flyer.


Petoskey Blaze12U & 14U Girl’s Travel Softball

The Blaze is are looking to fill one 12U team & two 14U teams.  We need for skilled players that want to have fun while learning softball at a very competitive level. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Dave Serafini (231)330-2913, or Matt Rothfuss (231) 881-6326.

Tryouts:  Sunday, Sept. 14th , 2014

                          12U:  @ noon.

                          14U: @ 1:30 pm.

Where:  Petoskey Bayfront (Ed White) Field

Please bring equipment for the position for which you will be trying out.

Please wear cleats.

Please bring bat and batter’s helmet.

Please bring water bottle.


Girls on Track Registration

The program started on Wednesday the 10th but you can still join. Girls on Track is held Mondays and Wednesdays after school in the Cafeteria. The final run is on Saturday, November 8th.  The fee is $30. And includes a program shirt.  Please contact Sara Spanburg at 231 622-3423 or at gotcoachsara@gmail.com if you have any questions.


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/


Call for Parent and Community Volunteers!

Parents and community members—we need you to help make the Middle School run smoothly. We have a volunteer to take Monday mornings, but we would also like a parent or community member to open the gym every Friday morning so the students can shoot hoops before class.  In order to keep the media center open as much as possible, so if you are a bibliophile, we can help put you to work. As well, we are always looking for parents or community members to come in during lunch to shoot hoops, organize activities, or basically help things run smoothly. If you are interested in helping us out, please e-mail Mr. Cwikiel.


Principal's Challenge

The Middle East is currently in turmoil.  One of the areas of warfare is Syria. Describe where Syria is and define the root cause for the civil war there.


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