Hope Middle School

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    Hope Middle School 

    2995 Mills Road

    Greenville, NC 27858

     

    252-355-7071 Phone

    252-355-6055 Fax

     

    Monday - Friday

    9:00 am - 3:00 pm 

     





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    Click here to view PCS Student Dress Code Policy.

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  • “EARLY BIRD” RULES

    Parents: Parents may NOT drop off child(ren) until 8:15am. Have your child wait in the car until the door opens. Do NOT drop off your child after 8:40am. Be sure to send your child with $1 each day or you may pre-pay in advance. IOU’s are accepted if your child forgets on occasion but those accounts must be cleared out by Friday of the same week. 
    COVID update - Early Bird will take place in the gym. Students must wear their mask. Students will remain seated, socially distanced, while they are in Early Bird. 

    Students MUST:

    1. Sign in, pay $1 and take a seat 
    2. Stay in original seat until the dismissal bell (8:45am). 
    3. Students may use cell phones for music and games but they must have headphones. Students will not be allowed to play music, play games or watch videos aloud.
    4. Students may NOT take photos, snaps or make posts on social media during Early Bird 
    5. Keep the noise level at a normal talking level- NO shouting or having conversations across the gym.
    6. You MUST ask to use the restroom. Only 1 person at a time.
    7. NO FOOD or DRINKS (NO EATING). Breakfast must be eaten before arriving.
    8. Any “IOU’s” must be settled at the end of the week. 

    Early Bird is a service provided for you and your parents. However, if you fail to follow the rules, you may be suspended or banned from the Early Bird Program.

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    Hope Spirit Wear
     
    Hope Spirit Wear Store is open! 
     Open until January 31
    Delivered on February 22
     
     
    EVERY DAY is SPIRIT DAY at Hope Middle School....
    GO MUSTANGS!!!
     
     

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    NERSBA Information  (8th graders)
    Even though the Biotech Early Applications say they are due December 1st we will accept applications to be turned into Mrs. Eblin or Mrs. Slappey no later than December 11th. 
     
    The Regular Application period window will be gearing back up in February. More information to come. 
     

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    Health Sciences Academy Applications (8th graders)
     
    Applications are due January 15th to Mrs. Eblin or Mrs. Slappey. Applications can be picked up in the front office.
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  • Early College Information for 8th graders

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    Please Contact Cameron Slappey, Hope Middle School Counselor, if you have any questions. slappec@pitt.k12.nc.us

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    HMS Yearbooks

     

    YEARBOOKS: Are on sale now, $35 each! Order now for a discounted price!

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    Yearbook sales will only be offered ONLINE

    School code is 1015548213972745

     


     

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    Congratulations 🎉 Mrs. Karen Thompson!

    Hope Middle School’s Teacher of the Year!

     

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  •  Alert Now Message for the week

      

    January 10

    Good evening Mustang Families, this is Mrs. Johnson with your Hope Happenings for the week of January 11th.

    Tomorrow is a virtual day.  All students are expected to log into their canvas courses and check messages, assignments and emails.  It’s also a great opportunity to complete your iReady middle of the year diagnostics.  As a reminder, teachers has Zoom office hours between 2:30-3:30 every Monday.  However, most will do their best to accommodate students and parents Mondays.

    8th Grade Students will be taking their Science NC Check in on Monday.  Students who signed up to take the Check in at home will receive their Access Code via student email Monday morning at 9:00.  Students who have registered to take the assessment at school received an email on Friday reminding them of the time.  If you have any questions, please email Mrs. Stancil.

    Students who attend A Week and have signed up for a bus will receive an email by Monday morning at 9:00.  If you do not receive an email or have questions regarding buses, please email Mrs. Stancil.

    Tuesday we will welcome A week students back to campus!  It feels like forever since we’ve seen those friends!  We will unload buses and car riders beginning at 8:45 amB week and 100% virtual students are encouraged to log in and 

    Basketball try-outs will resume on Tuesday.  Athletes and parents are encouraged to check out the HMS website for updates, times and locations for try-outs.

    It’s critically important for parents and students to continue to communicate with their teachers, our school nurse, Nurse Kirby or the front office if someone in your home tests positive for Covid-19.  We can direct you to the timeline of when your student can safely return.  Additionally, if anyone in the home is experiencing symptoms, students cannot return to school until that person has either tested negative for Covid-19 or has been alternatively diagnosed.  It’s not convenient, but it’s critical to follow these guidelines in order to keep all of our students and staff safe and healthy as well as for us to safely keep our doors open.  

    We feel fortunate for our community and grateful for the opportunity to serve our students!  It’s always a great day to be a Mustang!

     

    January 4

    Good Evening Mustang Families, 

    This is Mrs. Johnson with your Hope Happenings for the week of January 4th!

    We are looking forward to welcoming you and your students back to school for the second half of the 20-21 school year!  We trust you had a restful and relaxing winter break.  Please listen for some important updates.

    The Board of Education will meet tomorrow at 11 am for a special called meeting.  The purpose is to discuss the most up to date information from our schools and departments in regards to COVID-19.  It’s expected that a decision will be made whether or not we will return to school this week as planned or begin instruction virtually for all students.  From the PCS website, the under Board of Education tab, you can find the link to watch the meeting live.  Please pay close attention to the PCS website and social media accounts following the meeting for updates.  I expect an all-call from the district will give more information following any decision made tomorrow afternoon or evening. 

    Now for some campus updates:

    Boys and Girls Basketball Tryouts will kick off this week (January 6th-8th). All students interested in trying out must register on the school’s website from their  school gmail account. Students must have a sports physical on the approved state form in order to participate in tryouts. More information about tryout dates and times, as well as links to the printable physical forms, can be found on the school’s website. 

    Students who will be riding the bus next semester should plan to check their emails today, after 4:00 pm with updated bus information.  With so many students returning face-to-face this semester, bus routes, times and stops have been updated.  Please be patient with the changes and let Mrs. Stancil know if you have any issues.

    When students return to school, it is imperative that we maintain as safe an environment as possible. Prior to sending your student(s) back to a school campus for any reason, please review the following scenarios and questions. If ANY of the following are true for your student, you MUST contact your school immediately.

    1. During the break, my student tested positive. If so, please report the date symptoms developed or date of positive test to your school prior your student’s return.
    2. During the break, my student had symptoms (runny nose/congestion, sore throat, headache, fever, chills, shortness of breath/difficulty breathing, new cough, new loss of taste/smell) but did not see a doctor or have a positive test. Please share with your school the last date of your student’s symptoms.
    3. During the break my student was exposed to someone (not in the household) that later tested positive. If so, what was the date of exposure? When did the individual develop symptoms or test positive? Did your student have a COVID test? Date of your student’s test? Result? Please share this information with your school.
    4. During the break, someone in my student’s household developed symptoms or tested positive. Please share with your school: Date of onset of symptoms for the individual. Date of positive COVID test. Did your student develop symptoms? Did your student get tested? Date of test?

    *Note: Exposure is defined as being within 6 ft of someone diagnosed with COVID-19 for 15 minutes or more cumulatively within 48 hours of testing positive (even if masks were worn).   

    Again: If ANY of the above scenarios are true for your student, you must contact your school immediately.

    Finally, do not send your student to school under any circumstances if:

    * you are waiting for COVID test results for your student

    * your student has any symptoms (that have not been alternatively diagnosed by a physician or your student has not yet received negative COVID test results)

    * anyone in your student’s household has symptoms (that have not been alternatively diagnosed by a physician or the individual has not received negative COVID test results)

    * your student has had direct contact with an individual who has tested positive for COVID within 48 hours of exposure. In this scenario, your student should quarantine for 6 days prior to testing.

    If there are ANY questions regarding these scenarios or circumstances, please contact your school prior to your student’s return to any school campus for any reason. We all must work together to maintain the safest environment possible during the pandemic, and we appreciate your support.

    For students who will be returning to campus for the first time or the first time this semester, we encourage you to check out the welcome videos on our Facebook page to learn more about the traffic patterns for pick up and drop off.

    Lastly, this is your friendly reminder to plug in and charge your Chromebook tonight so it is ready to go for instruction Wednesday morning!

    We look forward to an exciting and successful 2nd semester with our students!  It’s a great day to be a Mustang!

     

    December 14

    Good Evening Mustang Families, this is Mrs. Johnson with your Hope Happenings for the week of December 14th.

    Tomorrow is a virtual day.  Students should use this day to check into the canvas courses and complete any assignments from the previous week that may be outstanding.

    As a change from previous years, this week is the final week of the marking period and 1st semester.  All assignments and assessments must be submitted by the teachers’ deadlines.  The marking period will officially close December 18th.  Grades will be locked and teachers will be unable to accept any late or missing assignments after December 18th.  Students are encouraged to connect with their teachers about outstanding assignments and confirm deadlines that may be earlier than December 18th in order to receive full credit.

    In the season of giving, please remember Operation Santa is still underway.  New, unwrapped toys will be collected until December 15th.  Also, the Beta Club is collecting non-perishable food items for the Joy Soup Kitchen.  The homeroom the collects the most donations wll receive a pizza party in January.  

    Curbside meal pickup will be available during the holiday break on December 21st and 28th, each with 7 breakfasts and 7 lunches, completely free of charge.  See our Facebook or website for more information.  Also, curbside meal pickup is now available on Saturdays!  2 breakfasts and 2 lunches will be served for each child in your car.  The closest curbside pickup location in our community is Wintergreen Intermediate on pickup days between 9:50-10:30 am.

    Applications are currently open for 8th graders interested in the Health Sciences Academy, Northeast Regional Biotechnology and Early College high schools.  Please make sure you follow timelines for these applications for full consideration.

    When B week students return this week it will be Spirit Week!  Tues: Twinning Tuesday, Wed: Pajamas Day, Thur: Holiday Wear, Fri: No Step/No Uniform and wear a holiday hat or socks!  

    Have a great evening!  

     

    December 6

    Operation Santa is underway. Please bring in new unwrapped toys from now until Dec 15th to help families in need for the holidays.  Students who participate will receive one "no homework pass" to use in any of their classes.  All unwrapped toys should be brought to the office and placed in the festive box decorated by our students.    

    The Beta Club is collecting non-perishable food items for the Joy Soup Kitchen.  Each homeroom will be competing to collect the most items to be awarded a pizza party in January when we return to school.  Please consider supporting this wonderful cause.

    We are excited to host our annual book fair with Usborne Books & More continuing through Dec. 11. We love the quality and educational value these books offer to our families. Our school earns 50% back in books for our classrooms, so it is win-win to purchase books for your home, knowing your child will benefit here at school as well! Please consider the book fair for some of your holiday shopping!  Shopping links for the bookfair can be found on the school website, school facebook page and in our media center virtual library. 

    Applications are currently open for 8th graders interested in the Health Sciences Academy, Northeast Regional Biotechnology and Early College high schools.  Please make sure you follow timelines for these applications for full consideration.

    8th grade students interested in applying for one or both of the Early College High Schools can complete an online application by January 22nd.  A Live Question and Answer Session will be held tomorrow, December 7th at 6pm via Zoom. The Zoom link will be posted on our Hope Website.  

    There is a Parent Climate Survey available on our website, our Facebook page and previously sent to parents and guardians.  We are always looking for opportunities to improve our service to our community.  Please consider completing the survey no later than December 11th.

    When A week students return this week it will be Spirit Week!  Tues: Twinning Tuesday, Wed: Pajamas Day, Thur: Holiday Wear, Fri: No Step/No Uniform and wear a holiday hat or socks!  

    Have a great evening! 

     

    November 30

    Good Evening Mustang Families, this is Mrs. Johnson with your Hope Happenings for the week of November 30th.  We hope you all had a restful holiday break and you’re ready to jump into December with both feet.  These are the last 3 weeks of the 2nd marking period and 1st semester.

    We are excited to host our annual book fair with Usborne Books & More beginning today through Dec. 11. We love the quality and educational value these books offer to our families. Our school earns 50% back in books for our classrooms, so it is win-win to purchase books for your home, knowing your child will benefit here at school as well! Please consider the book fair for some of your holiday shopping!  Shopping links for the bookfair can be found on the school website, school facebook page and in our media center virtual library. 

    8th grade students who are interested in applying for the Northeast Regional School of Biotechnology and Agriscience can pick up an application in the front office.  Applications are due to a School Counselor no later than December 11th for early admittance into the program.   

    8th grade students who are interested in applying for Health Science Academy can pick up an application in the front office.  Applications are due no later than January 15th to a School Counselor.  

    8th grade students interested in applying for one or both of the Early College High Schools can complete an online application by January 22nd.  A Live Question and Answer Session will be held December 7th at 6pm via Zoom. The Zoom link will be posted on our Hope Website.  

    Online applications and more information for each of these program opportunities are located on our Hope Website and will be shared through your child's SEL class this week.  Please see Mrs. Slappey and Mrs. Eblin if you have any further questions. 

    As a reminder tomorrow B week students will return to campus.  A week students will return next week, Tuesday, December 8th.

    We’ve received the survey data from students who wish to return next semester on campus.  We plan to inform students and parents of any changes to schedule, bus routes or week assignments in late December.

    We look forward to a great week!  Have a great evening.

     

    November 16

     Good Evening Mustang Families, this is Mrs. Johnson with your Hope Happenings for the week of November 16th.

    Tomorrow, Monday November 16th is the last scheduled virtual Monday.  We expect to hear updates from the Board of Education about whether or not they will continue after Thanksgiving this coming week.

    Students should make the most of their virtual Monday by logging into Canvas and checking their email.  

    NC Check-ins will continue this week on Thursday and Friday.  If virtual students are taking their exams at home, please remember all of the information they need will be delivered to their student email by 8:30 AM of their testing day.

    8th grade parents can check out our website and Facebook page for more information regarding the Early College High School applications and more information.  Mrs. Slappey and your homeroom teachers will have more information to present in class coming soon.

    The Beta Club is still taking cleaning supply donations They are also selling HMS gators and face  masks.  Both are HMS spirit gear and available for anyone to purchase.

    A quick note from the PTA Please help the PTA during this challenging year by becoming a member.  Membership is down 75% this year, so the PTA wants to entice you with a few prizes.  Join before Nov 30 and you will be entered to win a gift card to Texas Roadhouse or Winslows.  To join, please visit the Hope PTA Facebook page and click the link to memberhub.  They will announce their two winners on December 1st on their Facebook page.

    The PTA will also be doing their annual Gift Card Fundraiser with Texas Roadhouse beginning November 16-30.  Check out their Facebook page for more information.

    Attention 100% Virtual Students!   It’s time for you to make your spring learning commitment for 2nd semester.  This is only required to be completed for students who are currently 100% virtual.  Even our families who recently changed to virtual within the last few weeks, we need your commitment for the second semester, too.  Here’s the link: Spring Learning Commitment Survey The survey is open now extending through November 20th.  If you have any questions, please see our Facebook and website for more information.  A FAQ Document has been created to help support parents in their decision-making.

    As a reminder, Monday, November 23rd and Tuesday, November 24th before the Thanksgiving holiday and the following week, beginning Monday, November 30th are B week.  We will welcome our A week students back this week, however they will not return to campus until the week of December 7th.

    We are thankful for you, for your students and the community we serve.  It’s a GREAT day to be a Mustang!

     

    November 9

    Good Evening Mustang Families, this is Mrs. Johnson with your Hope Happenings for the week of November 9th.

    Monday is a virtual day, students are reminded to check into their canvas courses and check emails.  As a reminder, teachers have office hours at 2:30-3:30 each day and encore teachers throughout the day.  We encourage you to reach out to teachers to connect with them during this time.

    Our students, both virtual and F2F have been doing great on their NC check-ins.  We’ll continue more this week.

    Wednesday, we will recognize the Veteran’s Day holiday, there is no school for staff or students!

    Please remember fall picture proofs and order forms are due back to homeroom teachers by November 13th.  You can also place an online order at mylifetouch.com.  

    8th grade parents can check out our website and Facebook page for more information regarding the Early College High School applications and more information.  Mrs. Slappey and your homeroom teachers will have more information to present in class coming soon.

    The Beta Club is still taking cleaning supply donations They are also selling HMS gators and face  masks.  Both are HMS spirit gear and available for anyone to purchase.

    A quick note from the PTA Please help the PTA during this challenging year by becoming a member.  Membership is down 75% this year, so the PTA wants to entice you with a few prizes.  Join before Nov 30 and you will be entered to win a gift card to Texas Roadhouse or Winslows.  To join, please visit the Hope PTA Facebook page and click the link to memberhub.  They will announce their two winners on December 1st on their Facebook page.

    The PTA will also be doing their annual Gift Card Fundraiser with Texas Roadhouse beginning November 16-30.  Check out their Facebook page for more information.

    Thursday evening you should have received a call, text or email regarding the spring learning commitment for 2nd semester.  This is only required to be completed for students who are currently 100% virtual.  Even our families who recently changed to virtual within the last few weeks, we need your commitment for the second semester, too.  Here’s the link: Spring Learning Commitment Survey The survey is open now extending through November 20th.  If you have any questions, please see our Facebook and website for more information.  A FAQ Document has been created to help support parents in their decision-making.

    In this month where many take the time to reflect on all that they have to be thankful for, we at Hope want to thank YOU for all your support, your encouragement and sharing your children with us.  We are thankful that we get to be a part of their educational journey.

    It’s a great day to be a Mustang!

     

    November 2

    Good Evening Mustang Families, this is Mrs. Johnson with your Hope Happenings for the week of November 2nd.  We trust you have a safe and happy halloween!

    Students should have received their report cards by now in the mail.  If not, they can request a copy at school when they return or you can stop by with a photo ID and we’ll be happy to print you one.

    Monday is a virtual day, students are reminded to check into their canvas courses and check their emails.

    Our Fall Picture Proofs have arrived.  Week B students should have received their proofs from their homeroom teacher last week and Week A students should receive their proofs this week.  All virtual students who took pictures can stop by the front office on Monday between 8am-3pm to pick up their proofs.  If you would like to purchase school pictures, please complete the order form inside of your proof package and send in the order form and money to your homeroom teacher by November 13th or you can place your order online at mylifetouch.com.

    Attention 8th Grade students! The online application for Early College High Schools will open on November 2nd.  Here is the link: ECHS Application Link  The first information session for the ECHS will be November 9th.  More information will be available soon.  As hard as it is to believe, many opportunities that will be available in high school will begin roll-out in the next several weeks.  Students should begin thinking about what they want their high school experience to look like.

    Tonight is the last night to order spirit wear for this online store.  Orders must be completed by 11:59 PM.  You cannot order directly from Engraver’s World, you must order through the store.  Orders will be delivered by November 30th.  The link is: HERE

    PTA is holding its membership drive and looking for members to help for a great school year for parents, teachers and students.  Check out the HMS PTA Facebook page for more information.

    Look forward to our A week learners returning to campus this week!  It’s a great day to be a mustang!

     

    October 26

    Good Evening Mustang Families, this is Mrs. Johnson with your Hope Happenings for the !  I apologize for the Monday call this week rather than the usual Sunday.  I’m sure many of you were disappointed to not hear from me last night!

    We initially told families that we would send report cards home with A week students this past Friday, and then B week students would get theirs this coming Tuesday.  To be in sync with our other middle schools, we opted to mail them.  They went out today and should hit your mailboxes by Wednesday.  If you haven’t received it by Friday, let us know.

    This Wednesday, we’ll recognize Unity Day with our A week students by wearing orange.  October is National Bullying Prevention month, and Unity Day is when our school community unites against bullying.  Check out our Facebook page for more information about Unity Day.

    Don’t forget about the Virtual Book Fair -- see the Media Page of the School’s website for links to enter.  The bookfair is open until November 1st.

    The spirit wear online store is open!  You can find the link on our facebook page, website and enclosed in your student’s report card package.

    Lastly, don’t forget if you’d like to donate to the Beta Club’s first service project to send in cleaning supplies.  Donations can be dropped off at Mrs. Banning or Mrs. Eberenz’s rooms.  You do not have to be a member of the Beta Club to donate.  These donations are shared with the Pitt County Schools’ Social Workers to help families in need.

    We will welcome our B week students to campus this week.  Students who have not received a step during the month of October can participate in No-Step, No Uniform day on Friday!  Each and every day, It’s a great day to be a mustang!

     

    Monday, October 19th (testing announcement)

    We will be administering NC Check-ins starting on Friday, October 23rd through Tuesday, November 24th. What are NC Check-ins?

    NC Check-ins are interim assessments developed by the NC Department of Public Instruction that are aligned to NC grade-level content standards (for reading and Mathematics) and NC Essential Standards (for Science). 

    The main purpose of the NC Check ins is to provide students, teachers and parents, with immediate in-depth action data and a reliable estimate of students’ current performance on the selected subset of content standards. Both the end-of-grade (EOG) tests and the end-of course (EOC) tests share a common question bank with the NC Check-ins, which then exposes NC Check-In students to similar question types and rigor found on the EOGs and EOCs. 

    It is extremely important that all of our students take this assessment independently in a quiet, test friendly environment. Our Week A & B students will take the assessment in their ELA, Math and Science classroom. The ELA and Math assessments can only be administered on a PCS device, therefore we are scheduling times for our virtual students to come to the media center to take the assessments. If your child has checked out a device and you would like them to take the assessment at home, Mrs. Stancil will be sending out directions with needed supplies and a plan to collect the packets. 

    We are starting our testing with the 7th grade ELA, our ELA teachers have posted a link on their canvas pages allowing our virtual students to complete the form indicating where they would like to test.  If your child is going to be testing at home, they will receive an email with more information. 

     

    October 18

     

    Good evening Mustang Families, this is Mrs. Johnson with your Hope Happenings for the week of October 19th.  Monday is a virtual day, students are expected to check into their canvas courses for announcements and assignments.  Printed report cards will be ready Friday for students who are on campus, and the following Tuesday for B week students.  Report cards for virtual students will be mailed.  However, students and parents may view final 1st quarter grades by Friday through PowerSchool.  

    If you still do not have access to PowerSchool, we encourage you to come by school Monday-Friday, 8-4 to complete the request.  Additionally, if you do not have access to Canvas as a viewer, please see the email that will follow this message, our Facebook or website for directions.  We can not stress enough how important it is for parents to be informed partners in their student’s education during this time.

    The Media Center is hosting a VIRTUAL book fair. October 19-November 1. Visit the book fair from the comfort of your own home and support our literacy efforts.  Proceeds from the book fair help build our library collection. Please visit our virtual library, found on the media page of the school website, for preview videos and shopping links.  Book orders of $25 or more qualify for free shipping - right to your home! 

    The Hope Middle School Beta Club has started our first service project for the year.  We are sponsoring a drive to support our Pitt County Schools Social Workers.  We will be collecting cleaning supplies (dish soap, laundry detergent, antibacterial wipes, hand soap, etc.) for our Social Workers to give to student families in need.  The drive will run through October 30.  Students can bring supplies to Mrs. Banning or Mrs. Eberenz's classrooms or drop in our collection bin in the front foyer of the school. We hope ALL students will participate, you do NOT need to be in Beta Club to help with this worthy cause!   Please help us help our Pitt County School families in need. 

    The USDA has made an exciting announcement and declared all student lunches and breakfasts free of charge to students.  This however, does not include a la carte items.  We encourage families who have had a change in their financial situation to still complete the free or reduced meals application as they may be eligible for other benefits.  Any students interested in breakfast or lunch are able to visit the kiosk outside the cafeteria in the morning, or order their lunch during HR.

    We look forward to welcoming our A week students back to campus on Tuesday!  It’s a great day to be a mustang!

     

    October 5

    Good Evening Mustang Families, this is Mrs. Johnson with your Hope Happenings for the week of September 27th.

    Monday is a Virtual Learning Day!  All students should log into their canvas courses to check-in and complete any assigned tasks.  Students should also check their email twice, once in the morning and once in the afternoon to ensure they are current with important information.  Many teachers are scheduling dedicated time with their virtual students, working in small groups with their F2F learners, but all have dedicated office hours from 2:30-3:30.

    Monday is also school picture day for our virtual learners!  Please make an appointment to have your picture made with this link: ttps://booknow.appointment-plus.com/cxhkghhs/.  Our A Week students will have picture day on Tuesday!  Students are allowed to be out of uniform for picture day, but please be mindful of the appearance policy regarding lengths, straps and fit.

    PTA is still seeking members for this school year!  The cost of membership is $10 and you can register by using the link from the Hope FB PTA page.  The executive board is eager for your participation, input and support.

    We still have a handful of 7th grade students who need to submit their immunizations.  Please submit proof by October 30th.

    There have been many questions and many calls regarding students returning to school full-time.  The Governor and BOE decided that K-5 students could return under plan A in October.  However, no decision was made for students in grades 6-12.  We realized we have students who are virtual and some who are already attending every other week that are facing challenges with virtual learning.  We are concerned for our struggling students but we are held to the Governor’s executive order at this time and due to capacity constraints we are not able to allow our students to return from virtual or attend both weeks.  We encourage you to reach out to your teachers if you are experiencing challenges or frustrations.

    Exciting news from the Media Center - Beginning this week - the library will open for student browsing during homeroom! We will continue to use the hold and deliver model we started the year with, but now students can come in during homeroom. For our 100% virtual families, your students may come in and use the library on Wednesday afternoons from 4-6 pm. 

    We look forward to seeing our Virtual students Monday, A Weeks students Tuesday, and B week students remotely!

     

    September 27

    Good Evening Mustang Families, this is Mrs. Johnson with your Hope Happenings for the week of September 27th.

    Monday is a Virtual Learning day.  All students should plan to log into the Canvas courses to check in, check student emails and complete any assigned tasks.  This is also a great time to complete their iReady tasks.  All teachers will have office hours, via Zoom between 2:30-3:30 each day.  

    Tuesday-Friday this week we will welcome our B week students on campus

    The Beta Club Virtual Induction Ceremony for our 7th and 8th grade new inductees will be held this Thursday, October 1st at 6:00 pm.  The link will be shared through parent email on Monday, September 28th.  Please make plans to join us for this special occasion.

    Fall Picture Day is coming soon.  October 2 is Picture Day for B Week Students, October 5 is for Virtual Students- email was sent out from Lifetouch with information about scheduling a time and October 6th is for A week students.  Students are encouraged to dress to impress -- but should still follow the appearance policy in regards to shoulder straps and lengths for shorts, dresses and skirts.  

    As a reminder, 7th grade immunizations are still required this year, for both F2F and Virtual students.  At this time, 267 students have not submitted their updated immunization chart.  Proof must be submitted by October 30th.


    Through the good days and the hard days, it’s still a great day to be a mustang!

     

    September 21

    Good Evening Mustang Families, this is Mrs. Johnson with your Hope Happenings for the week of September 21st.

    Monday is a Virtual Learning day.  All students should plan to log into the Canvas courses to check in, check student emails and complete any assigned tasks.  This is also a great time to complete their iReady tasks.  All teachers will have office hours, via Zoom between 2:30-3:30 each day.  

    Progress reports were mailed on Thursday to all of our students.  Also enclosed are PowerSchool access forms for parents.  You are welcome to come by anytime between 8-4, Monday through Friday with a photo ID and completed form to gain access.  We’ve been able to help most parents while they wait.  Also, if you are currently do not have access to your student’s canvas account as a viewer, we strongly encourage you to do so.  Parents may download the app to any mobile device and their students can provide you with a pairing code when they log in.  Canvas and PowerSchool will give you access to missed assignments, attendance and most up to date grades.  We also encourage you to sit with your student nightly, especially on their remote weeks and walk through each teacher’s homepage ensuring all assignments are complete and submitted.

    Tuesday-Friday this week we will welcome our A week students on campus.  

    As a reminder, 7th grade immunizations are still required this year, for both F2F and Virtual students.  At this time, 267 students have not submitted their updated immunization chart.  Proof must be submitted by October 30th.

    The media center is open for book circulation! Face to Face students can place holds in Destiny and their books will be delivered to English classrooms. Virtual students may also get books from our library by placing holds in Destiny, but will have to come to school to pick them up. Books are left in the secured corridor during school hours for pick up daily, or Mrs. Below is available for after hours pick up on Wednesdays from 4-6pm. Directions for how to place a hold in Destiny can be found on the media center page of the school website. 

    Through the good days and the hard days, it’s still a great day to be a mustang! 

     

    September 13

    Good Evening Mustang Families, this is Mrs. Johnson with your Hope Happenings for the week of September 14th.

    Monday is our first of 9 Virtual Learning days.  All students should plan to log into the Canvas courses and check student emails for assignments and messages from their teachers.  All teachers will have office hours, via Zoom between 2:30-3:30 each day.  

    Tuesday-Friday this week we will welcome our B week students on campus.  Progress reports will also be available this week.  If parents do not currently have access to PowerSchool, we encourage you to visit the front office between 8-4, Monday-Friday to complete a formal request for access. We are not able to accommodate requests over the phone or through email.

    The deadline to pay the annual technology fee is Tuesday, September 15. Families have the option to pay the full amount of $25 or pay $5 per month for 5 months.  Payments can be made by cash or check at school or through the online payment platform SchoolCashOnline.  See our school website for details about making payments online. If you have not made any payments by Sept 15, you will be considered as opting out of the technology fee, and your family will be responsible for any damages to a PCS device. 

    Attention 7th and 8th graders, Pitt County Teen Court is looking for volunteers! If you are interested in law and procedures and would like to make a difference among your peers and community please consider applying for Teen Court. Applications are with 7th and 8th grade Social Studies teachers as well as with your counselor Mrs. Slappey. Applications will be due September 25th by the end of the school day. They can be turned in to your Social Studies Teachers or Mrs. Slappey.   

    As a reminder, 7th grade immunizations are still required this year, for both F2F and Virtual students.  At this time, 267 students have not submitted their updated immunization chart.  Proof must be submitted by October 30th.

    The media center is open for book circulation! Face to Face students can place holds in Destiny and their books will be delivered to English classrooms. Virtual students may also get books from our library by placing holds in Destiny, but will have to come to school to pick them up. Books are left in the secured corridor during school hours for pick up daily, or Mrs. Below is available for after hours pick up on Wednesdays from 4-6pm. Directions for how to place a hold in Destiny can be found on the media center page of the school website. 

    Through the good days and the hard days, it’s still a great day to be a mustang! 



    September 9

    Good Evening Mustang Families, this is Mrs. Johnson with your Hope Happenings for the week of September 8th.  We trust you had a relaxing Labor Day holiday weekend.

    As a reminder, tomorrow, Tuesday is a Teacher Workday.  Wednesday, we will welcome our A week students back to campus and our B week students will return to remote work.

    We have just a few reminders for students and their families this week:

    Students are asked to check in for attendance purposes no later than 11:59 AM each day.  This is a change from 11:59 PM that was previously stated.  Each homeroom teacher will have an attendance check-in for their homeroom in Canvas.  Virtual and remote students should do this daily.  However, student responsibilities do not end at attendance check-in.  Students should be checking their canvas announcements and calendars daily, along with their email to stay up to date on all school related tasks and assignments.

    You may have heard on the news, but it is the intention of our educational leaders that traditional end of year testing will resume -- in other words, whether on campus, virtual or remote, this is school and students are being held accountable like in August of 2019, unlike the spring of 2020.

    Friendly reminders were given to students over the last two week about dress code.  We will enforce the dress code beginning Wednesday, September 9th.  The BOE did update the color of bottoms could be any solid color, however the length did not change.  We discourage students from wearing running shorts or other athletic wear that does not meet the fingertip rule.  

    You may be aware, but the BOE met this past Friday morning and voted on a motion that would make the next 9 Mondays virtual learning days.  Further details about how teachers will use those days to support our learners are to come.

    We look forward to seeing our A week students for a short week Wednesday.  

    It’s a great day to be a Mustang!

     

    August 21

    Good Evening Mustang Families, this is Mrs. Johnson with your Hope Happenings for the week of August 24th.

    Monday will begin the first full week of face-to-face learning for our A week students and first full remote week for B week students.  

    Please be mindful if students who are remote or virtual have questions, they should email their teachers and allow up to 24 hours for a response.  Teachers will do their best to respond as soon as possible, but appreciate your patience.  We are all learning the true meaning of flexibility through this.  

    Our virtual students should continue to check in daily through canvas.  If you are home as either a virtual or a remote student and having tech issues, please call 252-830-4222.  If you prefer to use an online chat with tech support instead, go to our school’s website for the link.  When reporting issues via email, please include a screenshot of any error messages you may be getting. 

    The following information is regarding devices from Mrs. Below- face 2 face students requiring a school issued chromebook should have received their device during homeroom last week.  If your student did not, please make sure you send the signed Student Device Agreement to school on Monday with A week students. The form can be found on our website if you need another copy.  For B week or 100% virtual students, Mrs. Below will be available from 10-2 on Monday.  This is the last scheduled device pick up time. After Monday, you will have to make an appointment with Mrs. Below to pick up a device.   

    Students did a great job wearing their masks and practicing social distancing.  We encourage our students to have water bottles and stay hydrated.  We are building in mask breaks where appropriate.

    Our pick up and drop off is going really well.  Please continue to watch for HMS staff direction to keep students and staff safe in the lines.  As a reminder, in the morning students may be dropped off in lane 1 or lane 3.  In the afternoon, pick up in lane 1 is reserved for 6th graders (and siblings), lane 2 for 7th graders and lane 3 for 8th graders.

    Early bird is available from 8:15 -8:40 for $1/per day/student in the gym.  Students will be met by a staff member to be screened.

    We have loved having students back in the building and connecting with our virtual students this week.  Whether face-to-face, remote or virtual, it’s a Great day to be a Mustang!

     


     

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