Welcome To Herndon Middle School!
AnnouncementsHMS Milk and Bookies
December 1st kicks off our 5th annual HMS Milk & Bookies Book Drive. Your donated books as well as volunteers are needed to make this fun event a success. Details are at: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0e4da5a728a57-hmsmilk2
On November 19th, Rick Stegman spoke to parents about internet dangers. Here (pdf) is a flyer with more information.HMS Compassion Week
HMS Compassion Week is next week! Check out the flyer (pdf) for more details!HMS PTA Newsletter
Check out the PTA Newsletter (pdf) for important upcoming events and information.Second Window For Lockers
The locker and backpack procedures at HMS is different this year. In order to address concerns we have had regarding safety in the hallways and theft due to unsecure lockers, while also addressing the challenges of keeping organized in middle school, we no longer issue lockers to students automatically. Students find it easier to stay organized by keeping all of their materials in one place as opposed to having some materials with them and others in their locker.
Students can carry a back pack throughout the school day. Having fewer students using lockers has helped with overcrowding in the locker pods and hallways and classroom disruption. Locker visits during the school day are limited to before and after school and before and after lunch.
With the onset of cold weather, students who need a locker may request one. The window is from November 18-24. Attached is the Locker Request Form (pdf). If you would like to request a locker, please fill this out and return it to the front office before November 24th. Lockers will be issued beginning November 30th to students who requested one.
Herndon Middle School is offering depression awareness, suicide prevention training as part of the SOS Signs of Suicide® Prevention Program. 8th grade students will participate in this during HawkTime on November 30th and December 1st. Students will view a 20 minute video and complete an exit pass indicating whether or not they would like to speak to their counselor. School counselors and clinical staff will be available to address any concerns raised following the program. Parents who are interested in viewing this video in advance can do so at HMS on November 18th at 5:30 pm in H1. The program has proven to be successful at increasing help seeking behaviors by students concerned about themselves or a friend. More information is available in the attached letter or you’re your child’s counselor. Please see the attached letters in English and Spanish for more information. If you do not want your child to participate in this screening, please fill out the attached opt out and return it to Karyn Niles in Student Services by November 20th.
Parent Letter (English)-pdf
Parent Letter (Spanish)-pdf
The Fairfax County Youth Survey is a comprehensive, anonymous, and voluntary survey that examines the risks and protective factors and health behaviors that influence the health and well-being of our county’s youth. The survey is administered to Fairfax County Public Schools 6th-, 8th-, 10th-, and 12th- graders. The survey focus areas include: assets that build resiliency, risk and protective factors at home, school, and in the community, essential life skills, use of alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs (ATOD) ,bullying, aggression, and violence, teen dating abuse, delinquency, gang membership, mental health, such as stress, suicide, depression, body image ,sexual health (8th, 10th, and 12thgrade only)and nutrition and physical activity.
The Youth Survey will be administered on November 11th & 12th, 2015.
The results provide a snapshot of our youth and how we are doing at supporting them. Some questions may be considered sensitive. If a student is uncomfortable with any question on the survey, he or she does not have to answer that question or may elect to discontinue the survey. The results are confidential. The survey is not used for any kind of individual diagnostic purpose. Participation is voluntary.
Attached is a letter detailing information about the youth survey, how to preview the survey and an "opt-out" form to complete if you do not want your student to participate. Please submit it to the office, attention Karyn Niles.
Student Services is sponsoring HMS’s very first Parent Snack & Learn on the topic of: The Top 5 Internet Dangers for Kids presented by Rick Stegman. For more information click HERE (pdf)/Spanish (pdf).HMS Writing Center
Need additional help with writing? The HMS Writing Center can help. Click HERE (pdf) for more details.Helping Hands
The H3 (Herndon Helping Hands) Weekend Snack Pack Program provides meals to HMS students who struggle with hunger outside of school. We plan to provide Snack Packs to send home with these students on Fridays. By eliminating hunger, one of our goals is to help the students improve their ability for academic success.
If you are able to help, please donate any items listed below:
- Gallon Ziploc bags (with a zipper closure)
- Individual oatmeal packets (water is only added ingredient)
- Individual granola bars
- Individual bowls of Mac & Cheese (water is only added ingredient)
- Individual cans of Chef Boyardee
- Individual packets of trail mix
- Individual packs of cheese or peanut butter crackers
- Individual applesauce or fruit cups
- Individual 100% juice boxes or Capri Sun pouches
- Individual shelf stable milk cartons (regular, vanilla, or chocolate)
We also accept Grocery Store Gift Cards or checks made payable to Herndon Middle School (please write “Resource Center” on memo line) and we will do the shopping.
Students can drop donated items in their History/Social Studies/Civics classrooms or parents can drop items in the front office.
Also, we are looking for volunteers on Thursday afternoons 12:30-2PM to help pack the bags so they will be ready for the students.
This will be an ongoing donation request and volunteer opportunity throughout the school year. We truly appreciate your support in this effort and we hope many families will get involved!
You may contact our school social worker, Mrs. Pat Humphrey PTHumphrey@fcps.edu or our parent sponsor, Karen Joseph firstname.lastname@example.org
Did you know that 1 in 3 kids in Herndon, VA struggle with hunger? To help address this problem, Herndon Middle School is partnering with the Generosity Feeds organization for a second time.
Join the HMS & HHS community on Saturday, November 7th in the HMS Gym from 9-11AM and help us package 15,000 meals in 2 hours!
All the food is being given to HMS and HHS to distribute to their students who are going hungry outside of school hours.
We need your help! 300 volunteers are needed to pack the meals in a single morning and 40 volunteers are needed the evening prior for set-up. This is a great opportunity for families to serve together and for students to get much needed community service hours. Register soon as the space fills up quickly.
For more information and to register to help with the event go to www.HerndonHungerEndsHere.com
Thank you for supporting the Herndon Community!
Karen Joseph email@example.com
The SIS Parent Account is the Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) secure solution for accessing information about your child’s attendance, class performance, demographic data and course materials. Customized for elementary, middle and high school students, your SIS Parent Account also links to information from FCPS 24-7 (Blackboard). SIS Parent Account (Parentvue) now are the same login.
This parent account was available for parents of Herndon MS students last spring.
On September 4, 2015, letters regarding the SIS Parent Account registration were mailed to Herndon MS parents who are new to HMS, new to FCPS, and parents who had an FCPS 24-7 Learning (Blackboard) account last year but had not yet registered for their SIS Parent Account. These letters included a unique registration code which you must use to register; the codes expire on October 20, 2015.
If you have registered for the SIS Parent Account and have forgotten your password, there is a password recovery available when you try to log in at https://sisparent.fcps.edu/PVUE/login_parent_pxp_ovr2.aspx
If you need your activation code again or have forgotten your username, this is available at Herndon MS through the main office. The information cannot be provided over the phone. The information will be available at our Back to School night on October 1st , at a table in the cafeteria.
Additional information can be found at:
Use the TIE code, 5080, at your local Harris Teeter to earn money for Herndon Middle School this year. Thank you for your support!School Supply List
The locker and backpack procedures will be different at HMS for this upcoming school year. Our intention is to address concerns we have had regarding safety in the hallways and theft due to unsecure lockers, while also addressing the challenges of keeping organized in middle school. Many students find it easier to stay organized by keeping all of their materials in one place as opposed to having some materials with them and others in their locker.
Students will be able to carry a back pack throughout the school day. For many students, this is something they feel more comfortable with and it can be easier and safer than unpacking a backpack in a crowded hallway or locker pod and gathering what is needed for each class in a limited amount of time between classes.
There are still lockers in the building and students/parents/guardians will be able to request a locker if that is the preferred way to store and organize materials and books. We have had many challenges with lockers being left unsecured or with students sharing combinations and things being taken, so we encourage student to keep this in mind.
During the first week of school students who need a locker will have an opportunity to request a locker using a form that will be distributed in the First Day Folders. Our student services office will process locker requests and distribute locker assignments during the second and third week of school.
Having fewer students using lockers will help with overcrowding in the locker pods and hallways and classroom disruption when large numbers of students visit lockers. For students who do request and receive a locker, locker visits during the school day will be limited to before and after school and before and after lunch.
Please contact any HMS administrator if you have questions on our new locker and backpack procedures.
If you will drop your student off, please follow our Kiss and Ride procedures (pdf). Students may not be dropped off in front of the school and it is illegal to drop off students on Locust street. The Herndon police will ticket drivers and dropping off on the street is not safe for our students.
Attached you will find the Kiss and Ride directions map(pdf).
Below are the booklists for Battle of the Books
2016 Battle of the Books List (pdf)
2016 Battle of the Books Annotated List (pdf)
2016 Battle of the Books Kick Off Video
2016 Battle of the Books Parent Letter (pdf)
HMS 5K Photos
HERE are photos from the HMS annual 5K event!
Here is a sample Course Selection Sheet(pdf) for rising 7th and 8th grade students.FCPS Bullying Tip Form and Phone Number
The Office of Safety and Security provides a telephone hot line and web form for the reporting of school safety issues including such dangerous rumors, drug use, theft, harassment, gang activities, existence of weapons, and vandalism. Tip Line users may identify themselves or remain anonymous, and calls will not be traced.
Tip Line (pdf)
Telephone Hot Line: 703-658-3636
Students with locker problems can give the Locker Problem Request Form (pdf) to their Hawk Time teacher. (See Learning Seminar on student schedule).Emergency Mental Health Hotline
If your child is at-risk for harming him/herself, please contact one of these 24/7 emergency mental health hotlines for immediate support.Golden Wellness Binder And Other Wellness Resources!
Once again it is that time of year when Physical Education classes completes their Golden Wellness Binder. HERE (pdf) is a list of local community sites for physical fitness.
Office of Food and Nutrition Services
Wellness Brochure (pdf)
Current Newsletters & Downloads
- 2015-2016 Supply List: The supply list for the upcoming school year is available HERE.
- The HMS School Improvement Plan can be found HERE.
- Recuerden de revisar la sección en Español para mantenerse informados sobre eventos y fechas importantes.
- Here is some information for families new to Fairfax County who want to register children for FCPS schools.
- Support Herndon Middle School through your purchases at Food Lion! The HMS code is: 219845.