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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





November 21, 2014

Office Phone: 526-4700

Attendance Line: 526-4770

Office Fax:  526-4760 


2013-2014 Annual Education Report


2014-15 Free and Reduced Meal Application



You Gotta Know the Territory!  Come see the Middle School’s rendition of the classic American musical Music Man. This musical has been adapted to the Middle School audience but stays true to the humor and themes of the classic musical that’s been a cultural phenomenon since 1957. Performances on Thursday and Friday, November 20-21 at 7:00 pm and Saturday, November 22 at 4:00 pm at the PAC.  Cost is $7.00 for adults at $5.00 for students.

MS Athletics:  Boys Basketball teams will play at home Monday 12/1 vs. TCSE, Wednesday, 12/3 at home vs. Boyne City and away 12/4 a make-up vs. Elk Rapids..  Game time 4:30 pm.


Be Alert:  We are pleased to offer you the opportunity to sign up for emergency communication service from the school. The name of this service is Be Alert and we encourage you to sign-up (it’s Free). If you sign up you will be notified of any school emergency. The most common usage of this service will be snow-day alerts.
In order to sign up, go to the Harbor Springs Public Schools district web site under “school closing procedures” (located on the left hand side of the page) and see the sign in link to Be Alert, along with a short You-tube video that provides info on how to sign up.  Or you may use the link below--https://bealert.smartmsg.com. You may choose to set up text only alerts or you can set up email and phone messages as well. 

Dell Computer Discounts! Because Harbor Springs Middle School teachers are participating in a statewide grant to build their knowledge of 21st century technology use, parents and students of the school are eligible for discounts on Dell computers. So, if a new computer purchase is in your future, see attached for money saving details. Discount Info.

Jack Laucher Scholarships:  Coordinated by the Char-Em ISD, the Jack Laucher Outdoor Education Fund Scholarships provides scholarships for students to attend summer camps. If you are interested, please see the attached brochure which includes all the application information.  Jack Laucher Scholarship Brochure


2015 Scholastic Art Awards Competition:  The Scholastic Art Competition provides a great opportunity for students in grades 7-12; arts professionals jury all entries, award winning work is exhibited at KCAD and all artworks receiving a Gold Key award compete at the national level.  Submission deadline is December 15 and must be submitted digitally, using www.artandwriting.org to register.

Attention hunters:  If you successfully harvest a legal buck or doe, you have an opportunity to enter the 1st Annual Tip of the Mitt Quality Deer Management Association’s Drawing.  Simply submit a picture to the Tip of the Mitt Quality Deer Management Association's Facebook Page, with your name, age, county, and if it is a buck - the number of antler points.  Entries must be submitted by 12/31/14.

One entry will be randomly drawn.  The selected winner will receive a $25 Dunham's Sports Gift Card, an Ameristep Doghouse Blind, and Moultrie A-8 Trail Camera. Additional information available in the media center.  Be safe and Good Luck.


Boyne Free Ride program ~ A message from Ski Boosters: 

If you are interested in a Free Ride pass for your child, they must attend a mandatory meeting on one of the following dates:

  • Tuesday, November 18, 7pm, Boyne Highlands - Day Lodge - Camelot Room (upstairs next to the Zoo Bar)
  • Thursday, November 20, 7pm, Boyne Mountain - Civic Center  - Matterhorn Room
  • Sunday, November 23, 1pm, Boyne Highlands - Day Lodge - Camelot Room (upstairs next to the Zoo Bar)
  • Sunday, November 23, 5pm, Boyne Mountain - Civic Center  - Matterhorn Room
  • Tuesday, November 25, 7pm, Boyne Highlands - Day Lodge - Camelot Room (upstairs next to the Zoo Bar)
  • Tuesday, December 2, 7pm, Boyne Mountain - Civic Center - Matterhorn Room

Students must also complete the BOYNE Park Etiquette and Education Program (PEEPS) to be eligible for a BOYNE

Student Freeride Pass. This course is available to take ONLINE, and helps ensure a better skiing/riding experience for everyone.


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!


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



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


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.


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: 

Write a “Thank You” letter to your parents.  Bring it in for your principal’s challenge credit, then I will mail it to your parents so they have a nice little present from you in their mailbox right before Thanksgiving!



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