It is hard to believe that we are over a quarter of the way through the school year. October was a busy month at Harvest Park! In October we celebrated Red Ribbon Week and Unity Day. Next time you are on campus, I encourage you to check out our new Kindness Rock Garden in the center of campus. Students painted some inspiring rocks on Unity Day that are now on display for all to enjoy. If you want to see pictures of their thoughtful designs, check out our Instagram and Facebook pages.
Jack Parsons, our former VP, has transitioned to his new position. We are fortunate to have Mr. Coupe, former AVHS principal, stepping in and subbing while we work on finding a replacement for Mr. Parsons. We are hoping to fill our Vice Principal vacancy before winter break.
As the holidays approach, we will be doing two large drives on campus to support local families in need. The first, which is currently underway, is our Canned Food Drive. We are collecting canned food for Tri-Valley Haven in 1st-period classes through tomorrow. Last year we collected over 9,800 cans, and hope to collect even more cans to reach more families this year. Our next drive will be our Adopt-a-Family gift card drive; keep your eyes out for another email with more information about Adopt-a-Family and how you can help!
PTSA will be hosting our second Coffee with the Principal this Thursday after drop off in the library. The topic this week is: The Teenage Brain. Come learn about how your teen’s brain development can be impacting their behavior and decision-making.
Lastly, I’d like to share a change in our Honor Roll for next semester. In an effort to celebrate students’ success and promote a growth mindset culture at HPMS, we are updating our Honor Roll recognition. We will continue to celebrate the academic successes of our students, but also introduce an award for students who improve their grades. Currently, students who earn a 3.5-3.99 receive an Honor Roll certificate and students who earn a 4.0 receive a Principal’s List certificate. Beginning next semester, Honor Roll will include all students who earn a 3.5-4.0 and Principal’s List will no longer exist. Instead, we will be introducing a new honor for students who have improved their GPA from the previous semester.
In middle school, we’d like to remove the pressure of earning a 4.0 and instead foster a deep love of learning, which doesn’t mean always getting a perfect score. In fact, often the best learning occurs when we struggle with something, and sometimes even fail. It is then that we not only learn and grow but also build resiliency.
We will be giving out Honor Roll and Principal’s List certificates and bumper stickers for last spring grades (so only our current 7th and 8th graders) after school on November 29th in the MPR.
Tomorrow: Canned Food Drive Ends
Thursday, November 16: Coffee with the Principal at 8:35am
November 20-24: Thanksgiving Break – No School
Wednesday, November 29th – Spring 2017 Honor Roll Distribution at 3:05 in the MPR
Welcome to the 2017-18 school year!
There is no comparison to the energy and excitement the start of the school year brings. Yesterday we welcomed approximately 1200 middle schoolers to Harvest Park.
I am excited to partner with the PTSA again this year for Coffee with the Principal. As we begin to plan our Coffees, I’d like to make sure that I am addressing topics pertinent to you, the middle school parent. Please take a moment and complete this survey and tell me the topics you’d be interested in learning more about and discussing with others. Feel free to add other topics as well.
Please don’t hesitate to reach out to our staff if you have any questions or concerns. If you have specific concerns or questions about your student’s class or progress, please contact the teacher directly. In addition to our teachers, we have two Vice Principals and three counselors who work directly with our students. In an effort to create relationships with our families, our admin and counselors work with students based on the student’s last name. Here is the breakdown:
|Caroline Fields (Last Names A-K)||Monica Wharton (Last Names A-I)|
|Jack Parsons (Last Names L-Z)||Katie Poynter (Last Names J-M)|
|Jenn Simpson (Last Names N-Z)|
Here are some important upcoming dates/events:
Thursday, August 17th – School Photos in P.E. (forms went home yesterday)
Monday, August 21st – Attendance Automated Messages Begin (Families will now be notified in the evening by an automated dialing system of any unexcused absences from that day.)
Thursday, August 24th – Back to School Night
We are looking forward to a wonderful school year! To stay up-to-date with the latest happenings at HPMS, follow us on Instagram @ Harvest_Park_Patriots and like us on Facebook. Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions - we are here to support you and your students.
Robin Munsell, Principal