PCS was notified by WV Joint Interagency Taskforce and the WVDE that we will begin the 2nd round of vaccinations this Friday, January 29th. To allow for staff to receive the 2nd round of vaccinations, all Putnam County Schools will operate on a REMOTE LEARNING schedule this Friday, January 29th. This means there will be no In-Person Instruction on Friday. Please plan for Remote Learning via Schoology this Friday, Jan. 29th. A daily meal will be available for pick up on Friday, January 29 from 11-12:30. If you need a meal delivered, please call the school at 304-562-9271 extension 3601 by Wednesday, January 27 at noon. Tomorrow is picture day for all in person children. Please have form completed with payment. Have a great evening.
If your student just switched to Virtual (or In Person), yes they have duplicate classes listed. These will be removed once grades are downloaded and transcripted - hopefully within the next few days. If your child has old meetings on the Teams Calendar, they can right click on the meeting and choose to remove the series. They may have to go through the options to find it.
Hello. The backpack buddy program will resume starting Friday January 29th. If you are interested in this program, even if you signed up previously, please contact Ms. Lee through schoology.com or ext. 3621. HMS has 10 yearbooks left. $40.00 cash to the main office. No holds. No school Monday. Semester changes Tuesday.
HMS Lunch Menu Jan. 25-29 Monday - No School for Students Tuesday - BBQ and Diced Potatoes Wednesday - Long Awaited Turkey Dinner!! Thursday - Pizza and Salad Friday - Hot Dog and Quick Bake Potatoes
Hello Reminder —parent drop off starts at 8:00am and buses run 30 minutes later than they did last school year. Watch for the new road marking so as not to block buses.
HMS Lunch Menu 1/19-1/22 Tuesday - Chicken Sandwiches and Fries Wednesday - Spaghetti and Salad Thursday - Corn Dog and Mac & Cheese Friday - Beefy Nachos
Hello HMS families. A few things to share. No School Jan 18th. As we start back to in person learning next week, all 5-day meals will need to be picked up on Tuesday’s 9:45-10:30 in front of the middle school. There will be NO deliveries. These are only for virtual students. If your child is moving to virtual starting January 26 and you wish to pick up 5 day meals please call the main office to be added to the list for January 26. 304-562-9271 extension 3601. All students are to wear a mask upon returning to school. HMS will follow the same safety protocols as we did in the fall. All students are to complete the health check before arriving to HMS. After school tutoring and after school detention will start back up the week of January 19th. There will be No school on January 25th. Next week is NOT the next semester, if you are switching your child to in person or virtual, they will start that new platform on January 26th. In person pictures for the yearbook will be January 27th. Virtual picture information will be shared soon. Please continue to check on your student’s grade progress as semester grades will close on January 22nd. Please make sure your child remembers their bus number. Please call the school with any phone number or address changes so we have accurate information. Have a great evening!
Just a reminder: 1) The deadline for changing your student's instructional delivery for the third nine weeks closes this weekend. The link is below. http://bit.ly/hmscurrchange 2) To order 5-day box meals for next week, please complete the registration. Again, if you have picked up at anytime since December 1st you do NOT need to register. http://bit.ly/hmsmealorder
Putnam County Schools has established an Emotional Support Phone Line for families and students in need of emotional support during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Emotional Support Phone Line number is (304) 586-4947 or extension 1960. Feeling isolated, overwhelmed, or alone? Need to talk? Do you or does your family need emotional support during the COVID 19 pandemic? The Putnam County Schools Emotional Support Phone Line provides resource referrals for students and families experiencing emotional distress. Student support staff are available to talk, offer resources, and provide referrals to other local agencies if needed Monday thru Friday 10am to 6pm. If you are experiencing an emergency crisis, please contact the West Virginia Children’s Crisis Line at 1-800-HELP4WV (1-800-435-7498) or call 911 immediately. West Virginia Children’s Crisis can also be reached on their website: https://wwwhelp4wv.com/ccl . We are available to help and provide supports. Give us a call at (304) 586-4947.
Hello! We have many purchased yearbooks that still need picked up. Please call the main office to pick up. 304-562-9271 ext. 3600. We also have a few extra to sell $40.00 dollars cash. First come first served. Please call the office to set up a pick up time.
Hello and Happy New Year! Two links are in this post. If you have not ordered meals before, and would like to please use this link. The link closes Sunday (1/3) at 8:00 pm. Pick-up/Delivery will be Tuesday (1/5) http://bit.ly/hmsmealorder To change your child's curriculum delivery platform, use the following link. Link is open 1/4 - 1/8. Any requests after the window, may not be accommodated. http://bit.ly/hmscurrchange
This evening we would like to share some video links with you. Blue Christmas from the HMS Staff https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8pw8wDYpT0E&feature=youtu.be Merry Christmas from the Admins and Related Arts https://youtu.be/S8jNJGD4S8o Virtual Band Concerts https://youtu.be/Wmkw1JBy_jQ https://youtu.be/seUcpytCpxI https://youtu.be/jOQ6LL_OVFk
Just a reminder - the deadline to register for 7-day boxed meals is tonight at 8:00pm. Pick-up or delivery will be TUESDAY this week from 9:30-10:45am in front of the school. If you have taken part over the last few weeks, you DO NOT need to register again. Http://bit.ly/hmsmealorder The link can also be found on the Schoology Updates page.
A huge thank you to the HMS families and local businesses that provided lunch and goodies for all HMS staff today. It was wonderful! We appreciate all of you!
If Putnam County schools are remote again next week (12/21-12/25) please use the following link to register if you would like meal pick-up/delivery. DO NOT register if you have already been participating in meals. Pick-up/Delivery of box meals for next week has been changed to TUESDAY (12/22). This link CLOSES Sunday evening at 8:00pm. Several meals were not picked up last week, if you have changed your mind please call to cancel 304-562-9271, ext. 3601. Http://bit.ly/hmsmealorder
Hello MAKE UP computer pick up. We have over 180 that have not been picked up. This Friday 3:30-5:30 for any 7th or 8th grade virtual or in person student that do not already have the L390 model -The number is located on the right hand side of the screen and the charger is similar to a cell phone charger. Parents are to park out behind the school. The student only will wear a mask (bring a pen) and report to the breezeway and then to the main hall of the old building near Mrs. Ferguson's classroom. Look for staff in the hall and they will explain what to do. Bring your current computer and charger. Parent will need to sign paperwork.
FREE MEALS AVAILABLE FOR ALL PCS STUDENTS: This meal service is free of charge and available for ALL students, whether or not enrolled in the meal benefit program. Therefore, we encourage all families to take advantage of this opportunity. Daily pick-up times for meals are from 11:00 am - 12:30 pm at each school. Families will pick-up meals at their students’ home school location, curbside while remaining in the vehicle. If transportation is a problem, families may contact their home school to request meal delivery assistance.
This Wednesday we will distribute computers to in person 7th and 8th graders who do not already have the L390 model -The number is located on the right hand side of the screen and the charger is similar to a cell phone charger. Parents are to park out behind the school. The student only will wear a mask (bring a pen) and report to the breezeway and then to the main hall of the old building near Mrs. Ferguson's classroom. Look for Ms. Lee in the hall and she will explain what to do. Bring your current computer and charger. Parent will need to sign paperwork. Wednesday, December 16, 2020 7th grade pick up hours: 8:30 – 10:30 8th grade pick up hours: 12:00 – 3:00
Check out this performance of “Virtually Christmas” by the HMS Chorus under the direction of Mr. Legg. https://youtu.be/RxbOlg_16zc
Don’t forget the deadline to register for five day meal boxes is 8 PM tonight. Five-day meal boxes can be picked up in front of the school tomorrow, Monday, December 14th from 9:45am to 10:30am. The link to register is located on our Schoology page.
Hello If we are not in person next week we will distribute computers to in person 7th and 8th graders that do not already have the L390 model -The number is located on the right hand side of the screen and the charger is similar to a cell phone charger. Parents are to park out behind the school. The student only will wear a mask (bring a pen) and report to the breezeway and then to the main hall of the old building near Mrs. Ferguson's classroom. Look for Ms. Lee in the hall and she will explain what to do. Wednesday, December 16, 2020 7th grade pick up hours: 8:30 – 10:30 8th grade pick up hours: 12:00 – 3:00
If Putnam County schools are remote again next week (12/14-12/18), please use the following link to register if you would like meal pick-up/delivery. http://bit.ly/hmsmealorder This link CLOSES Sunday evening at 8:00pm. If you registered for this week, YOU DO NOT need to register again. However, several meals were not picked up last week, if you have changed your mind please call to cancel 304-562-9271, ext. 3601.
Hello, Please have your child log on and show you their grades. Many students have missing assignments and very low grades at this time. Please reach out to the teachers with any questions. They are willing to help. Children should be attending TEAMS meetings each day and completing the work assigned. Unlike the end of the last school year grades and work do count this school year. School pictures will now be January 27, 2021 for in person students. Make up virtual computer pick up will be this Thursday- December 10 from 4pm-6pm. Parents are to park out behind the school. The student only will wear a mask and report to the breezeway and then to the main hall of the old building near Mrs. Ferguson's classroom. Look for Ms. Lee in the hall and she will explain what to do. This will be the only make up pick up day. Have a great evening.
School pictures will now be January 27, 2021 for in person students. We are still working on virtual student pictures and will send information out as soon as possible.
Hurricane Middle Full Virtual Students Only HMS will be distributing new computers (for those that do not already have the L390 model -The number is located on the right hand side of the screen and the charger is similar to a cell phone charger) to 7th and 8th grade VIRTUAL ONLY. December 8, 2020 7th grade full virtual only from 8:30am-10:30am and 8th grade full virtual only 12:00pm-2:00pm Student must be present with a parent to complete paperwork. Please report to the front of new building where the breezeway gate is located to drive by and obtain paperwork. Families will then go the area behind the school and complete the paperwork including the FAI (bar code) number of the old computer. Students only will then bring their old computer, charging cord, completed paperwork and pen to the breezeway area and proceed to Mrs. Ferguson’s classroom to obtain a new computer. Once paperwork and sign on are complete the student will exit Mrs. Ferguson’s back door to report back to their family and leave the area. Please follow drop off and lunch pick up route. The deadline for insurance has been extended. Paperwork will be given to each child.
Hurricane Middle will now be offering new meal options while we are in remote status. Families will have the choice of daily meals or 5-day boxes. Meals can be picked up or delivered. In-Person students will need to register each week by Sunday for when we are remote the following week. Reminder: All Meals are Free! If we are Green, Red, or Gold on Saturday's map, In-Person student submissions will be removed from the form. The link is posted on Schoology and below: http://bit.ly/hmsmealorder
Last call for yearbook pick-up. Please call the main office at 304-562-9271 ext. 3600 or 3601 to set up a time for pick-up.
Hello This information is for HMS full time virtual student families. In person information will be coming soon. HMS will be distributing new computers (for those that do not already have the L390 model -The number is located on the left hand side and the charger is similar to a cell phone charger) to 7th and 8th grade VIRTUAL students only on December 8, 2020. Seventh grade pick up will be 8:30-10:30. Eighth grade pick up will be 12:00-2:00. Details will be shared later this week on the pick-up process.
Reminder. There is no school this week in Putnam County. Enjoy your Thanksgiving break! All Putnam County Schools will be remote per the Governor November 30- December 2. If the WVDE map shows Putnam in green, yellow, or gold we will return to in person classes on Thursday, December 3. Please check the WVDE map each Saturday at 5pm. Have a great evening!
As we do every year, HMS will be participating in the City of Hurricane's Christmas Blessing Program. However, due to things going on in the world today we must do it differently this year. Instead of bringing items or monetary donations to the classrom, HMS has created an online registry for Walmart. If you are interested in purchasing any of these items for the students we are sponsoring, please click the link below and make your purchases. All items must be at HMS before December 7th. You may drop the item off at HMS (please call Shawn Rigney at 304-751-6340 to make an appointment) or ship the items directly to HMS with the following address: Attn: Shawn Rigney Hurricane Middle School 518 Midland Trail Hurricane, WV 25526 Shopping online - Link to Registry: https://www.walmart.com/lists/view-events-registry-items?id=ff064ba8-d411-4b1b-809c-19207ed91815 Shopping in Person - Select Events and Hurricane Middle as the Event/Organization Name You may feel free to shop at any other store; however, if you purchase the item please email Shawn Rigney at firstname.lastname@example.org and let her know, so that she can update the registry.
This message regards meals for Thanksgiving week. Any student interested in a 5-day meal box for the week of Thanksgiving, please call 304-562-9271 extension 3601 before noon on Thursday, November 19. Those meals will be picked up Friday, November 20 from 9:45-10:30 in front of the breezeway gate. We will keep a list of those who call and mark names off as meals are picked up. Please do not show up without calling to order. Full virtual student food pick up will continue as scheduled on Monday after Thanksgiving week. Students who are registered for in-person learning will be able to pick up meals for the week of November 30 daily from 11:00 am-12:30 pm in the parent drop off area behind the school.
Hello, Per the mandate from Governor Justice all winter sports have been put on hold until January 11th. Therefore, HMS will have no activities of any kind until that date. Please watch for the WVDE map tomorrow at 5pm to see if Putnam county is in person or remote. Drivers to HMS we have a new DO NOT BLOCK section in the turning lane. It is located near the breezeway turn in. Please follow the traffic pattern and do not block this area so that buses can make the turn safely. Please continue to check grades on Schoology and make sure to show all classes. We have students who have multiple zeros already this new nine weeks. If you have questions or concerns about a class, please make sure to contact the teacher first as they will be able to answer your concerns very quickly. You can reach them by email or Schoology account. Have a great evening.
Boys Basketball practice has been cancelled for tonight for all grades. Do not report.
Unfortunately a menu change has occurred for next week. Our regular scheduled Thanksgiving Lunch will now occur on Wednesday, December 2nd. This coming Wednesday (11/18) will now be Round Pizza, Caesar Salad, and Corn. The full menu for 11/30 - 12/4 is as follows: Monday: Superbuns Round Pizza/Corn Tuesday: Strawberry Cream Cheese Bagels Chicken Sandwich Tater Tots Wednesday: Chocolate Donuts Thanksgiving Luncheon Thursday: Chocolate Muffins/Cheesesticks Soft Tacos/Rice/Beans/Ice Cream Friday: Poptarts/Cheesesticks Tomato Soup/Grilled Cheese
Hello. Please have your student log on to their Schoology account and complete the work assigned. Our virtual days this school year are not like they were back in the spring. Students will be held accountable for all work assigned. There are TEAMS meeting that your student should attend. These meetings are helpful with homework and questions. If your student’s grades are not where you believe they should be based on the amount of time they are on the computer, please reach out to Ms. Allen, Mr. Skolny, or Mrs. Rooper. They can share with you the actual amount of time your student has spent engaged in each class. Also, remember most classes are eighty minutes long. One issue you may find with the change to second nine weeks is that you must select to see all courses if they are not already showing up. Each student should have Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies, two related arts, and an advisory class. Report cards will be given out on the first day we return from virtual. If you have not checked your student’s grades on Schoology I would recommend doing so immediately. If you do not have a parent account, ask your child to log on and show you their grades. Your account information was mailed out earlier this year. If you still need an account, please call your grade level counselor. Mr. Stepp- 8, Mr. Dyer-7, and Ms. Lee-6. If you want to meet with your child’s teachers, please send an email to the Language Arts or Math teacher and they will set up a TEAMS conference for all to attend. Have a great evening.
Virtual 7th and 8th graders who ordered a yearbook last year may pick those up in front of the breezeway gate on Tuesday or Friday of this week from 11:00 am to 12:30 pm.
Hello. All HMS students will be virtual this week. Full time virtual meal pick up will remain the same. Only those HMS students who are normally in person may pick up lunch each day in the parent drop off loop from 11:00 to 12:30. Boys basketball tryouts are still on for this week. Please make sure your child logs in and completes their work virtually this week. Encourage them to attend TEAMS meetings for discussions and assignment help. If you have questions please contact the teacher. Have a good evening.
Boys Basketball tryouts will be taking place on November 9th for 6th and 7th graders from 6:30-8 and for 8th graders on November 10th from 6:30-8. A current and complete physical, current and complete risk form, and a copy of an insurance card will be needed in order to tryout.
Basketball tryouts for girls will be Monday and Wednesday from 5:30-7:30. You must have all the paperwork to participate. Students switching from virtual to in person will pick up their schedules in the breezeway when they report to school on November 4th. Students switching from in person to virtual who are not at school today will have their schedules sent to them via Office 365 email. The next opportunity to change educational formats will be Jan 11- 15 for the third semester. Have a great weekend.
Hello Students should not download games and programs to their school computers. Doing so slows the computers down and is a breach of the use policy. Please ask your student to delete all items they downloaded to their school computer. Please check with your student about their grades. The nine weeks ends next Monday, and many students have missing assignments or zeros. If your student is virtual, they should attend each TEAMS call to help them with their classwork. HMS staff has been busy calling and sending emails to both parents and students about missing work. Please help us help your student be successful by checking their grades. Parent account information was mailed out weeks ago from the county office. If you need help logging on, please call your students counselor. Please note that all meals are free this year at all Putnam County Schools. Have a great evening.
Hello. Please discuss with your student the importance of wearing their face masks at HMS. All students are required to wear them for their protection as well as others. Nose and mouth need covered at all times other than lunch. Please have your student check for any missing assignments as the nine weeks will be ending November 2. Tomorrow is the last day to request a change from in person to virtual or from virtual to in person. Please call your grade level counselor to make that request. Drop off parents should utilize the 4 drop off stops to allow students to exit their cars. The first one is the first gray sidewalk by the building and the other three will follow behind. Please pull all the way up so we keep the line moving and help with traffic. Have a great evening.
Updated Menu 10/21-10/23 Wednesday Breakfast - Sausage Biscuit Lunch - Hotdogs/Fries Thursday Breakfast - Honey Bun Lunch - Chicken Sandwich/Tots Friday Breakfast - Chocolate Muffin Lunch - Pizza/Corn
Hello HMS will have in person classes tomorrow. This will be the first day for all students to report therefore, traffic will be heavy. No drop offs or walkers until 8:00am. For those students being dropped off please have everything ready and your mask on when it is time for you to exit your car. This will keep the line moving. Bring your laptop fully charged. Have a great evening.
As a result of staff members being quarantined, Hurricane Middle will continue to operate in full-remote for Monday, October 19th only. Students will return to school on Tuesday, October 20. Please make sure your student completes their work on Schoology. Lunch can be picked up in the parent drop off loop from 10-12 tomorrow for HMS students only. Full virtual students who ordered 5 day meals will continue to pick up out front on Monday’s.
The enrollment period for device insurance expires on October 30, 2020.
This is ONLY for students on the West Virginia Virtual Program, WV Learns. A parent or guardian can request a WV Learns Parent Portal account by going to the following site and submitting the requested information: https://wveis.k12.wv.us/vschool/parent/auditor.cfm
Hello Hopefully this message will clear up any confusion. Students who were cleared from the Putnam County Health Department Officer received a call or text today. If you did not receive a call or text your student is still under the quarantine. If you have questions please feel free to call the school tomorrow and ask to speak to Ms. Allen. Have a great evening.
Hello. HMS continues to be fully virtual this week. All classes will be on Schoology. HMS also continues to provide free lunch and breakfast for HMS students only from 10-12 each day this week. Pick up is in the parent drop off area out back of the school. Putnam County is in Gold on the WVDE map and therefore only parents may attend sporting events this week. Please check with your student and see that they have no missing or incomplete work. Thank you and have a great evening.
Hello. HMS will be offering virtual tutoring this week on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. The time will be 3:35pm to 5:30pm. Please email Lisa McClanahan at email@example.com to sign up for a tutoring session. In your email to her please indicate what subject you are requesting help with and she will set up a meeting with the correct teacher. This will be our first attempt at virtual tutoring, and we ask for your patience. We are here to help!
Hello. There will be no in person school this week for Hurricane Middle School students. Students will stay at home and complete their lessons using Schoology. Lunch and breakfast can be picked up each day from 10 to 12 in the parent drop-off area behind the school. 5 day full virtual student meals can be picked up out front by the breezeway gate tomorrow only from 9:45 to 10:15. These meals are for families that chose full time virtual and ordered them from the HMS office. Have a wonderful evening.
As a result of staff members being quarantined, Hurricane Middle will be operating in full-remote the week of October 12-16, 2020. Students will receive their learning instruction remotely utilizing Schoology. HMS families will receive an additional notification regarding meal distribution for next week. All staff at HMS are to report.
Due to a download issue with Schoology, Midterms will not go home on Monday. Students will receive paper copies later in the week. Please check Schoology to see the most up to date grades.
The following information is from Lifetouch. We do not have a delivery date at this time. Dear Yearbook Adviser, As COVID-19 has changed the way we live from day to day, we made a promise to keep you informed about your yearbook. Printing your school's yearbook remains our commitment and priority. Lifetouch, like many organizations, continues to be impacted by COVID-19, which has resulted in unexpected yearbook delivery dates. Because you're a valued partner, we want to continue to let you know we are working on delivering your yearbook as soon as possible. We realize the school year has started for many of you, and to not have your yearbook is not ideal. For that, we apologize. Additionally, we have heard your feedback, and are investing in and implementing process improvements to ensure something like this doesn't happen again in future years. Thank you for your partnership and understanding throughout this time. We will continue to work on printing your yearbook as quickly as possible. Please contact your Lifetouch Account Manager with any questions. Sincerely, Your partners at Lifetouch
Hello. There seems to be some confusion on virtual 5-day meal pick up. We had many meals not picked up on Monday. I am asking for any full-time virtual student that wants to have the 5-day meals picked up please call the school one last time so we can get an accurate list. Please call 304-562-9271 extension 3601 by Thursday morning and we will provide meals to only those that call this week. You will not need to call each week. However, if you wish to cancel, we would appreciate a call. Please make sure your child has completed any missing work as midterm grades are coming home soon. Have a great evening!
Salvation Army - Angel Tree Program Due to COVID19, the process for signing up for the angel tree program will be no contact and applications will be accepted online. The following instructions will guide you in the process, and a video walkthrough has been posted below. You will need a VALID PHOTO ID, SNAP letter, or PROOF OF INCOME for the Head of Household. you will also need BIRTH CERTIFICATES for all children or MEDICAL CARDS (with BIRTHDATE). The Angel Tree program is for children 12 YEARS AND YOUNGER. To apply visit the website at https://www.pwhdev.net/angelwebsql/loginangel.html . Once on the site, you will need the following code to sign in to your county. Please NOTICE THE DATES that applications are being accepted. This code will take you to your pre-registration where you will complete all steps. Putnam County October 12-16, 2020: Code Putnam You MUST upload your ID, SNAP or INCOME, and CHILD DOCUMENTATION for all children. You MUST have a VALID EMAIL ADDRESS and WORKING PHONE NUMBER. You will receive an email with your angel code and once approved you will receive an email with an acceptance letter.
It’s a great week to be a Redskin! Congrats to our Boys and Girls tennis teams for a win on Thursday. Our volleyball and football teams were both victorious over Winfield, and our soccer team went 3-0. Good luck to the XC team in their meet tomorrow.
This message is only for full time virtual families. Five day full time virtual students who ordered the five day meal packs will be able to pick those up starting Monday, October 5 in the front loop near the breezeway gate from 9:45am to 10:15 am. This will happen every Monday until further notice. Many virtual students have missing assignments. Please check with your student and see if they need to turn any missing work in. Have a great weekend.
Hurricane Area Afterschool Tutoring Runs Peachie Arthur bus 1301 T, W, TH 5:30 HMS 5:40 HHS Virginia Ave to Rt. 60 Main Street to Rt. 60 Speedway to Midland Trail Midland Trail to Hurricane Creek Road Hurricane Creek to Hurricane Bus Lounge Bobby Hughes bus 1502 T, W, TH 5:30 HMS 5:40 HHS Rt. 34 / 60 Split Rt. 34 Lake Hollow, Buff Creek (South end), Kelly’s Creek, Turkey Creek, Clymers Creek, Sycamore (South end), Harvey’s Creek, Big Creek Rt. 60 Stuart Circle, Buff Creek (North end, Wickline, Brendenwood Lane, Mynes Road, Hodges Road, Sam’s Fork Rd, Brown’s Creek. Melissa Patton bus 1603 T, W, TH 5:30 HMS 5:40 HHS Teays Valley area Tackett’s Branch -meets at concrete place at the end of Tackett’s Branch Cow Creek- meets at West Teays Elementary Teays Lane/Teays Hollow.-meet at CVS South Poplar- Meets at City National Bank Mt. Vernon Road- depending on which end- can either be Rite Aid or Sheetz Marina Drive- Rite Aid or end of Lake Chadesa Drive North Poplar- BP Station
Hello. Our students have done a fabulous job at HMS so far this week. We are so very proud of how they have listened and followed all the social distancing guidelines required of them. Masks are required from arrival to leaving HMS property. If your virtual student is interested in having tutoring in math or language, they will need to contact their math/language teachers via Schoology and let them know what day they plan to attend virtually (Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 3:34-5:30). The math/language teacher will then give one of the Afterschool Tutors the name and email of the student, as well as the day they wish to have tutoring. The Afterschool Tutors will then set up a team meeting for virtual students to join. Students/Parents will be expected to notify the teacher of interest at least one day in advance. In person tutoring is also available as I mentioned last night. Permission slips are in the planner. Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 3:34-5:30. Buses will drop off at central locations. Parent pick up will be in front of new building starting at 5:20. I will send via text and post the bus information to the PCS Connect app. Under HMS. Have a great evening.
Hello. After school tutoring has started and will be every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 3:34-5:30. If your student wishes to attend they must complete and turn in the permission slip located in the planner. Students will report to the sixth grade hall after school and someone will be there to show them where to report. All school rules will be followed. If you are picking up your student please report to HMS by 5:20 out front of the new building. Teachers will dismiss as they see parents arrive in order to practice social distancing. Buses will drop off at select locations. Those will be sent out tomorrow. Have a great evening!
Hello HMS. HMS students that are Virtual only will now have 5-day lunch and breakfast pick up at HMS starting October 5, 2020 in the front loop of the school. The designated time will be sent later this week. If your student wishes to be added to the virtual 5-day meal pick up. Please call the school at 304-562-9271 extension 3601 after 9:00 am tomorrow morning and leave your students name with the office staff. The deadline to order virtual meal pick up at HMS will be Wednesday, September 30, 2020 at noon. Excited to see students L-Z tomorrow!
We are so excited to see the children tomorrow! You will find important information below. Tomorrow students with the last names of A-K will report and Tuesday those with the last name L-Z will report. They will rotate every other day. Please discuss social distancing with your student and the need for them to follow all the guidelines that are shared with them from HMS staff. Arrival at HMS: Bus students will report to areas by grade. 6th to the cafeteria, 7th, and 8th to the gym. They will receive breakfast after 8:00am. Drop off and walkers: Doors at HMS will open at 8:00 and will remain open until 8:30. All parent drop offs must take place in the back of the building in the parent loop. If you drop your child off after 8:30, you must do so in the front of the building. Every student will have the opportunity to receive breakfast when they arrive. 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students will report to the café to obtain breakfast and then to their first core class. Teachers will be in the hallways to direct students to the correct location in case they are unsure of where to go. Make sure that students bring their computers to school with a full charge. Also, students need to bring their chargers, in case the computers battery would die. This will enable teachers to assist you with Schoology and TEAMS if you have any questions. Masks will be required to be worn throughout the day. If your child has a medical reason to not wear a mask, a note from the physician must be provided to the school. If your child does not have a mask, the school will provide them with one. Unfortunately, microwaves will not be available to be used at this time. We will also not be able to accept deliveries at lunch. Pease ensure that if you pack your child's lunch, they do not need to use a microwave to heat up its contents. The menu for this week is posted on PCS Connect App. Please remember bus times are delayed 30 minutes. For example, if it says morning pick up time is 6:15 on the website, the pickup time will be 6:45. You can find the bus schedule on the Putnam County Schools Web Page and the PCS Connect App. Please do not be alarmed if the buses drop off a little later than normal the first few days. HMS administrators will stay at HMS until all students have been dropped off at home. All water fountains will be covered, and not available for student use. However, the bottle filling stations will be available for students to fill up their own personal bottles. Please ensure that their bottle has a lid that will fit securely to make sure no water will be spilled. Lockers will not be used. It is suggested that each student carry a backpack, (they do NOT have to be clear) so that they can keep all their belongings with them. Parent pick up will take place out front. All students riding a bus will be loading on the buses in the back of the building, please do not pull around back. If you sign your child out for any part of the school day for an appointment, they may ONLY return with a doctor note, If a student is signed out for any other reason, they will not be allowed to return that day.
Please take time to find out your student’s bus number. Pick-up times are delayed 30 minutes and drop off times are an approximation. Please do not be alarmed if buses drop off a little later than normal this week. HMS administrators will remain at school until all students have been dropped off. Bus Routes Link: https://core-docs.s3.amazonaws.com/documents/asset/uploaded_file/728784/Bus_Routes.pdf
October 5, 2020 is the end of the first nine weeks midterm. Science and social studies classes will switch on October 6. Please make sure your student has completed all of their work as this grade will also be their first nine weeks grade. We still have many students not completing assignments or logging on to Schoology. If you need help, please call the school. If your household has no internet, please call the school, and ask for Mr. Skolny. If you need tech support, please call the county hotline. Some things to remember when we start back to in person. No microwaves for lunch. No lockers- please bring a backpack. Bring your laptop fully charged. Wear a mask. No cell phones- must stay in your backpack. Practice social distancing always. No outside food items delivered. If you are signed out during the day you can only return with a doctor note. Complete the health check each morning. As always please call the school if we can help in any way.
INSURANCE OPTIONS FOR PCS STUDENT TECHNOLOGY DEVICES School Device Coverage (SDC) Insurance Services is offering families the opportunity to protect their child's technology devices with insurance coverage through SDC. SDC will offer insurance services/coverage, including: Broken glass screen Charger port failure Theft Device disappearance Broken LED/LCD displays Accidental damage Power surge, fire, and flood Water damage Loss Vandalism Touchscreen failure Electrical failures Coverage is for the 2020-21 school year. To view the full terms and conditions of the policy, please visit https://schooldevicecoverage.com/policy. If a claim has been filed and the device will need repair, the student would bring the device to the school. The PCS technology department will make arrangements thereafter. Cost of Coverage: Apple iPad 6 or 7 - $39.00 Lenovo Thinkpad L360, L390, L440, L450, L460 - $46.00 PCS has issued two models of HP devices at this time, the HP Stream and HP 360. Students that were issued an HP device will not purchase insurance. PCS will be upgrading the HP machines to Lenovo. If you have any HP device issues, please contact your child’s school or the PCS Technology Hotline at 304-586-4946. Families can now enroll online at www.schooldevicecoverage.com or complete the School Device Coverage Form provided HERE - https://core-docs.s3.amazonaws.com/documents/asset/uploaded_file/931071/Putnam_Device_Insurance_Digital_9.22.pdf. The window to purchase the device insurance is September 22, 2020, until October 30, 2020.
If your student is having trouble messaging their teacher with the envelope on the top right, try this instead: Open the course that there is a question about, and choose “Members”. Then choose the teacher. The page will load and there will be a “Message” button on the right. Permissions have been turned on to message from the home page, but for some reason it keeps going off.
Information for this Week’s Tech Support Available times for the Week of 9/21 can be found on the link below. Appointments this week can be made for the following: Office Updates - this is needed if your Office programs say “Unlicensed Product” at the top. Hardware Issues - Nonworking microphones, speakers, cameras. Computer Power Issue - Computer will not charge or stay on. Choose this if the computer is continually freezing. Any issues opening or submitting a specific file should be directed to the teacher of the course. Other issues can be addressed by calling the Putnam County Schools Tech line. Hours of operation are 4:30-8:00pm. Please call 304-586-4946. When selecting an appointment, you must choose an issue before selecting a time. Please describe your issue in the “Notes” section. https://outlook.office365.com/owa/calendar/HMSTechSupport@k12.wv.us/bookings/
We will be offering in person Tech Support four days this week. The times will be 9-11 and 12-3, Monday, Wednesday and Thursday. While Tuesday will be 11-3 and 4-6. Please follow the link that was sent via text and is on the Live Feed on the PCS App and School Website to register. Anyone who shows up without an appointment will have to wait to see if a spot is available. Make sure to bring the computer, charger, and login information. It is preferred that the student be present, and be the one to report to the breezeway. Parents do not have to be present; therefore the student can be transported by another family member. Masks must be worn and social distancing guidelines followed. outlook.office365.com/owa/calendar/HMSTechSupport@k12.wv.us/bookings/
Julie Marino doing HMS yearbook again this year. I would love some virtual back to school pictures for our yearbook. Just send them to my work email firstname.lastname@example.org We are currently still waiting to receive 2019-20 yearbooks but when we do I’ll immediately find a way to get them distributed.
Hello, Some continue to have Schoology log in issues. You must use putnam.schoology.com to log in. If you use the regular site it will not work. Remember lunches are available at HMS from 10:00am- 12:00pm each day. If you are unable to come to HMS to pick up lunches, please call the main office by 8:00 am and leave your complete address, phone number and names of HMS children. We will work on having those delivered to you. A huge thank you to all our parents, students and staff! Computer pick up was successful because we all worked together to get the job done. Have a great evening.
Good evening! It is has been brought to our attention that some of you that received computers today are having issues with the downloaded version of the Office products. Please use the the following instructions to use the online version for now. Once other devices arrive, we will be able to switch them out. Students can access the web version of Office 365 at this address: https://www.office.com/ Students will log in with the email address and password on their Office 365 account sheet. Apps will appear at the top of the window after logging in. If an app isn't showing, click All Apps or click the "waffle" (nine squares in the upper left) for more apps. Thank you so much for your patience and understanding during these unprecedented times.
Hello, We are aware that a few of you that came yesterday for laptop pick up may have been accidently given an incorrect charger for your laptop. If this is the case, you may report to HMS today between the hours of 3:30-6:00 to change those out. Please bring the laptop and the charger so we can make sure you have the correct one. Also, we are aware that there are lots of questions with the new technology. Please be assured that the staff at HMS is working on finding those answers for you as quickly as possible. This is a learning process for all of us. Cameras have been ordered for computers that do not have them. When they arrive, I will certainly pass that information along to you. I believe everything will work out. It might take a week or two be we will get there! Hang in their folks! Inform the children to not stress. They need to try to do the best they can and if they need assistance, they can email their teachers.
Hello HMS parents and students. Every day this week, meals will be given out from 10-12 in the back-parking lot. Students will receive a lunch and a breakfast for the next day. Please follow the HMS school drop off pattern. Tomorrow, Wednesday, September 9, from 12:30-3:30 in person computer pick up (will be 6th grade only). Please report to the front of the breezeway gate to obtain a packet of papers to complete. You may then pull to the back parking lot to complete the paperwork and when both parent and child have signed all needed papers the student and only the student will wear a mask and report to the breezeway back area to get a laptop and log in etc. They will then report back to the vehicle to leave. Tomorrow, Wednesday, September 9, afternoon will also be makeup day for in person and virtual student pickup for all grades. 3:30-6:30pm. Please report to the front of the breezeway gate to obtain a packet of papers to complete. You may then pull to the back parking lot to complete the paperwork and when both parent and child have signed all needed papers the student and only the student will wear a mask and report to the breezeway back area to get a laptop and log in etc. They will then report back to the vehicle to leave. If students do not report on their assigned day in person students will get their laptop on the first day of in person school and virtual students will have a makeup day set by the county. Please note that google chrome works best. If your child has trouble logging-on, please call the school. This is a learning process for all, and we will get through it together one day at a time. Staff is aware that it may take a few days for everything to fall into place. Make sure to use Putnam.schoology.com
If you would like to help expedite the computer deployment, or you are having another family member bring your child, please feel free to print and complete the following documents to bring with you. https://core-docs.s3.amazonaws.com/documents/asset/uploaded_file/892820/Virtual_Paperwork_Packet.pdf?fbclid=IwAR1DErzRQdwcGOB_nd_ndUCW37UoOf0nZDOrxoy0wHXXlNuC73xCRY8aGo8 Even if you have completed the forms please pull into the front loop for any additional forms or information before pulling around back to park and complete all other items. Once all items are complete, send ONLY the student to the breezeway with all documents. Your child will be provided with their Office 365 login at pickup, in case they do not remember their information. Teachers know that some students will not be able to log on until they receive this information, and are prepared to be patient and understanding. We ask for the same patience and understanding in return. Enjoy your evening!
Just released by Putnam County Schools! This article covers the most Frequently Asked Questions: https://www.putnamschools.com/article/299609?org=pcs
HMS Fall Sports Season Passes Season passes for the Fall Sports of Football, Soccer and Volleyball will be on sale starting tomorrow 9/1/20 from 2-4 everyday through Friday 9/4/20. We will be set up in the Breezeway between the old and new buildings. Please remain in your car in the front loop and someone will come to your car and assist you. Currently only parents/guardians may buy the passes as we are a yellow county according to the state guidelines. A pass is $20 (cash only) and it will get you in to every home game for that particular sport. These passes are non-refundable should any games have to be canceled. This is the only way to get in games this year as all home tickets must be pre-sold.
HMS- virtual computer deployment schedule 6th Grade Tuesday (9/1/2020) 7th Grade Wednesday (9/2/2020) 8th Grade Thursday (9/3/2020) 10:00am-2:00pm Student must be present with a parent to complete paperwork. Front of new building where the breezeway gate is located. Individuals will stay in cars. Needed paperwork will be brought to each vehicle and will be completed before a computer will be given to the student. The student will need to log onto the computer while they are in the car to connect to the system. They will use their office 365 account. That information will be provided for those that do not know it. Once paperwork is collected and the student successfully logs in you may leave the area.
Please remember buses will run 30 minutes later than usual. Students who walk to school or are parent drop off may not arrive at HMS until 8:00am. This change allows for safety protocols to be followed. Breakfast will be served each day as well as lunch. There are a few changes to lunch this year. Microwave will not be used, and individuals may not bring outside food items to students during the school day. If you sign your child out for any part of the school day for an appointment, they may return with a doctor note. However, if a student is signed out for any other reason, they will not be allowed to return that day. Masks will be required for students and staff as well as any individuals that report to HMS for any reason. Please discuss with your child the importance of following all safety guidelines in relation to the Putnam County Roadmap to Responsible Return. This can be found on the county website.
Saturday, August 29, 2020 In person schedule pick up. Students attending school 5 days a week may report the new building by the breezeway gate to pick up their schedules. Individuals will stay in cars. Someone will come to you and deliver the schedule. 6th grade – 8:30am-10:30am 7th grade 11:00am-1:00pm 8th grade 1:30pm-3:30pm
Good evening! We are sure you have questions about the start time at HMS with the decision by PCS to delay start times. HMS a will start at 8:30am, with the first buses arriving at 7:45 and drop-offs/walkers at 8:00. We completely understand that that is not convenient for some of you; however, in order to have extra staff on duty for supervision and to ensure appropriate social distancing — it is necessary. As far as suggested supply lists go, just stick with the basics: binder, paper, pens. Teachers will discuss other suggested items in the first few days. A call will be coming in the next couple of days with details for virtual students and computer/schedule pick up. If you have questions, please feel free to call the school.
Hello, All! Happy Sunday! Teachers start back tomorrow and will be busy all week in exciting trainings and preparing their classrooms for the return of students. More information about the start of school will be coming this week. Please remember that at this time things are ever-changing and be patient with us as we move forward through this journey together. If you have an upcoming sixth grader, and they have not yet watched our virtual move up day on YouTube the link is listed below. A few details from the video may be changing, and we will update our families of those changes as soon as possible. https://youtu.be/3GR-7p5nJfk