Be Responsible | Be Respectful | Be Positive | Be SafE
School Day: 8:15 am - 3:05 pm
Hacker Middle School February Newsletter
Important Upcoming Dates February 2nd – Science Fair (1:45 – 3:00 in the gym)
Parent / Teacher Together (PTT) Meeting (6:00p.m. in Room 16)
February 3rd – No School: Staff Professional Development Day
February 16th – Parent / Teacher Conferences (1:30 dismissal)
February 17th – No School February 20th – No School President’s Day
Science Fair The Hacker Middle School Science Fair will be Thursday, February 2nd from 1:45 – 3:00p.m. We will have science fair experiments, completed by spectacular junior scientists, on display in the gym. We invite you to come see the scientific method process in action!
Parent / Teacher Conferences This year, the date for second semester conferences has been moved up and will be held February 16th. This change is an effort to allow important conversations about your student’s education to occur earlier in the semester so any concerns can be addressed in time for change to occur prior to the end of the year. Additionally, the format for second semester conferences will be slightly different than you have seen in the past. While students will still have an early release of 1:30 on February 16th, there will not be an open afternoon session. Instead, this time will be set aside for teachers to make contact with parents. The 5:00p.m. – 8:00p.m. evening session will still be available for parents to come in and meet with their student’s teachers.
Flag Education This month, 5th grade students will be participating in a flag education program presented by our local America Legion members. This has become an annual event at Hacker and provides our students an opportunity to develop an understanding of the history, significance, meaning, proper display, and treatment of the U.S. Flag.
January Events Follow Up
New Technology January was an exciting month for technology at Hacker Middle School! Thanks to a grant from the Department of Defense, Hacker along with other schools in the district now have one to one technology for our students. Specifically, we now have one Chromebook for each student in our school. Not only does this provide our students the opportunity to become more proficient in their use of technology, it allows our teachers to incorporate new and innovative programs in their lessons. At this time, the Chromebooks are only for use in school and will not be checked out for use at home.
Micron STEM Bus Due to the snow earlier in the month of January, we were forced to reschedule the STEM bus. Hacker students will now have the opportunity to experience high-end, hands on activities such as virtual reality, circuitry and much more on April 17th & 18th.
PTT Notes (Parents & Teachers Together)
Mountain Home School District Night Out with the Steelheads is Saturday, February 11th against the Wheeling Nailers! Our Night out with the Steelheads is swiftly approaching. The Hacker Middle School Honor Choir will be singing the national anthem and students will be entered to win a ride on the Zamboni during intermission! All of the Mountain Home Schools in the District is invited to attend with $5.00 of each ticket coming back to the district. It’s a fun night out that you won’t want to miss! Price of a ticket is $15 and includes admission, a hotdog and soda and can be purchased by: · Go to www.igrouptix.com/idahosteelheads · Enter user names: Hacker & Password: Steelheads · Select the number of tickets you would like to purchase and click “find seats”. You will be given the best seat available in the section that has been blocked off. Enter your credit card information and your transaction is complete. · Finish by printing the tickets from home.
Remember, our Parent Group Meeting is the first Thursday of each month at 6:00p.m. at Hacker Middle School. The next meeting is Thursday, February 2nd. We hope to see you there. It is a great opportunity to learn what is happening at Hacker.
A Note About Cell Phones Since coming back from break we have experienced an increase in student cell phone issues. Per the Hacker Middle School student handbook, students may have cell phones at Hacker, however, need to adhere to the following guidelines: · Cell phone use is permitted in the classrooms only with explicit classroom teacher permission. Cell phones are not to be used in other areas of the school or during recess. Text messaging is not allowed during school hours.
These guidelines are in place to ensure a productive educational environment, limit the likelihood of theft and breakage, and reduce the occurrence of social issues related to their use. Should your student need to contact you, they may utilize the phone at the office. If you need to get a message to your student during the course of the day, please call our office and we will be happy to get it to them.
Valentine’s Day Reminder A reminder that we are not able to allow gifts of any kind, including flowers, balloons, chocolates, etc., to be brought or delivered to students here on Valentine’s Day. The sheer volume of this request is unmanageable and storage of these items is impossible.
We look forward to a positive and productive remainder of the year and appreciate your partnership in providing your student a quality education.
Lonni Smith Principal
Smarter Balanced Test