We hope you have had a wonderful RedRibbon Week here at HMS! Remember that’s it’s important to be committed to a tobacco, alcohol, and other drug free lifestyle in order to reach your goals and achieve your unique potential!
The RedRibbon Campaign® is the oldest and largest drug prevention program in the nation, reaching millions of young people during RedRibbon Week. Take a look at the numbers: RedRibbon Week By the Numbers.
RedRibbon Week is a nationally recognized and celebrated week where we can demonstrate our opposition to drugs. The RedRibbon Campaign is a national campaign that supports the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s efforts to reduce the demand for drugs through prevention and education programs. Hopefully you have noticed the red ribbons throughout the city of Homewood showing the community’s support of this national campaign in addition to what we are doing in the schools.
The national RedRibbon Week Celebration brings millions of people together to raise the awareness of the dangers of alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs. This campaign also supports and encourages prevention, early intervention, and treatment services. We hope everyone at HMS will be committed to a tobacco, alcohol, and other drug free lifestyle so we can all achieve our unique potential! Please wear a red shirt tomorrow to show your support for leaving a healthy lifestyle!
Homewood Middle School joins a number of other schools that will mark this week as RedRibbon Week. This is a week that honors the memory of Enrique “Kiki” Camarena, an undercover U.S. Drug Enforcement Officer who was killed in the line of duty in Mexico in 1985. RedRibbon Week began the following year in his hometown in California, organized by family and friends who wore redribbons in Kiki’s honor. In 1988, Congress proclaimed the last full week in October as National RedRibbon Week. National observance of Red Ribbon Week has grown to more than 100,000 schools. This year's theme is “YOLO. Be Drug Free.” In marking RedRibbon Week, HMS is among thousands of schools pledging to be drug free in America!
Seventh grade students will be taking their first quarter exams next week! Exams will be during their normal class time. Tuesday ~ Language Arts Wednesday ~ Math Thursday ~ Science or Social Studies Friday ~ make-ups
Today is CASA (The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse)Family Day. This is a national movement to celebrate parental engagement as an effective tool to help keep kids substance free. A family dinner is an excellent opportunity to communicate with your kids and to really listen to what’s on their minds. Youth who have frequent family dinners are less likely to smoke, drink, abuse prescription drugs, and use illicit drugs. For more information and ideas, please use the following link: CASA Family Day.
HMS Open House is tomorrow night, August 30th, at 6p. Students should be bringing home schedules they completed in class today so parents will know where to go. We look forward to seeing everyone tomorrow night!
We can't believe it's almost time for students to return to school! Here are some important upcoming dates for the next two weeks. Thursday, August 4th ~ Registration 8a-11a ~ last names A-L 1p-4p ~ last names M-Z Friday, August 5th ~ Lockers & Orientation 12p-1p ~ locker decoration 1p ~ New Student Orientation Wednesday, August 10th ~ First Day of School for Students
The inaugural Homewood Health & Safety Day at Homewood's Central Park is coming up on Saturday, June 11th! This event will feature the Homewood Fire and Police departments, Jefferson County EMA, American Red Cross, and our very own Safe and Healthy Homewood Coalition, among many others. If you've got questions, they will have the answers. For more information on the event, please use the following link: Homewood Health and Safety Day Flyer.
Parents have the power to influence their teenagers in a way that prevents underage drinking and the unfortunate consequences it can cause. Please use the following link to read more about this topic as well as to view a video containing facts and information surrounding underage drinking and what parents can do to make a difference. This information has been provided by the Safe and Healthy Homewood Coalition: Underage Drinking.
The summer reading assignments have been posted on our website. Parents/students should go to our homepage then click on the "Student Resources" link. The assignments are listed at the bottom of the page under "Summer Assignments."
Summer can be a risky time for students. Please use the following link to read more about this topic. This information has been provided by the Safe and Healthy Homewood Coalition: Tips for a Safe Summer.
We had so much fun today taking this year's Outstanding Character Award winners to Brookwood Village today! Thanks to the Homewood Police Department for sponsoring this award and thank you to Mr. Pearson for allowing us to continue this tradition!
Many parents struggle with knowing when and how to talk with their children about marijuana use. There is no exact 'recipe' parents can follow, but there are guidelines to help them address this important topic. Please use the following link to read more about this topic. This information has been provided by the Safe and Healthy Homewood Coalition: Kids and Marijuana.
Current 6th and 7th grade students interested in being a 2016-17 HMS Peer Helper should pick up an application from Mrs. Baldwin's office or the main office. Interested students should enjoy community service, be positive leaders, have a "C" or above in all classes, no discipline or attendance issues, and a desire to help others. Completed applications are due to Mrs. Baldwin or the main office no later than 3 p.m. on Friday, April 22nd. No late applications will be accepted. All questions should be directed to Mrs. Baldwin.
ALL IN Mountain Brook has kindly extended an invitation for Homewood parents to attend an upcoming program addressing current trends in the use of tobacco and e-cigarettes among our youth. This is an excellent opportunity to Be Informed! For more information, please use the following link: Tobacco, E-Cigs, and Our Youth Flyer.
Aspire starts today! The dates are listed below for each grade level. Please reference the green parent letter your child should have brought home last Friday for information regarding devices and things you can do at home. 6th Grade: April 14th and 15th 7th Grade: April 18th, 19th, and 20th 8th Grade: April 21st and 22nd
The link below provides information regarding The Strengthening Families Program. This program is offered to Homewood families FREE of charge by IMPACT Counseling. It is a family skills training program designed to increase resilience and reduce risk factors for substance abuse, depression, violence and aggression, delinquency, and school failure. For more information, please use the following link: Strengthening Families Program.
Parents ~ if your child(ren) are in Mrs. Flinkow's Social Studies class, please be looking for the following items to come home today: a purple course selection guide (abbreviated), a white course selection form that your child filled out in class today, and a bright blue flyer regarding Parent Night @ HHS Monday night at 6p. If your child (ren) are in Mr. Whitehead or Mrs. Maddox's Social Studies class, please look for these items to come home on Friday.
We are excited to "take over the Pete Hanna Center" @ the Samford vs Furman Basketball Game onFebruary 4th. Our 7th Grade Band will perform, the HMS Choir will sing, and Trendsetters, faculty, parents, families and students will be in attendance. A special thank you to Mr. Pearson for setting this up for us! Please use the following link to see the flyer with more information and how to sign up. All forms are due to one of the PE Coaches by February 2nd: 2016 HMS Night at Samford University Basketball