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 yard signs throughout the city of Homewood showing the community’s support of this national campaign in addition to what we are doing in the schools.
Homewood Middle School joins a number of other schools that will mark this week as Red Ribbon 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. Red Ribbon Week began the following year in his hometown in California, organized by family and friends who wore red ribbons in Kiki’s honor. In 1988, Congress proclaimed the last full week in October as National Red Ribbon Week. National observance of Red Ribbon Week has grown to more than 100,000 schools. This year's theme is “Your Future is Key, so Stay Drug Free.” In marking Red Ribbon Week, HMS is among thousands of schools pledging to be drug free in America!
Get ready for the 2nd annual Homewood Health & Safety Day at Homewood's Central Park! This year the Homewood Police Department will be hosting a Drug Take Back Event. This is the perfect time to dispose of any Prescription or OTC medications that are expired or unused in a safe manner. Please see the flyer linked below for more information. Homewood Health and Safety Day Flyer
We hope everyone has had a great start to the school year! We are looking forward to hearing and seeing wonderful things from all of our students this year. :) Each week, we will be posting positive thoughts or quotes and we hope these will encourage everyone to be their best and show their Patriot Pride!
Quote/Thought for the Week:
“Your attitude plus your choices equals your life.”
Managing emotions is a fundamental skill for all children. Children who learn to handle emotions in a healthy manner are able to make better choices in life, such as avoiding drugs and alcohol. Below is a link to a message from the Safe and Healthy Homewood Coalition regarding ways to help your child(ren) manage emotions in a healthy way. Help Your Children Manage Emotions
Sometimes it’s hard to have meaningful conversations with your child. You ask questions and they give you a one word response…the conversation ends. Below is a link to a message from the Safe and Healthy Homewood Coalition regarding Communication Tips for Parents. Communication Tips for Parents
It's time for the 2017-18 HMS Peer Helper Application and Selection Process!
Are you a leader with a "C" or above in all of your classes? Do you have a clean discipline record and good attendance? Do you enjoy community service and helping others? If you answered "yes" to all of these questions, then you might want to consider applying to be a 2017-18 HMS Peer Helper! Current 6th and 7th grade students who meet the academic, discipline, and attendance requirements are eligible to apply. Please see the timeline below for important deadlines and contact Mrs. Baldwin (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you have any questions or need more information.
2017-2018 Application and Selection Timeline:
February 8th — Application packets available (from Mrs. Baldwin, Mrs. Alexander, or the main office) February 24th — Applications due to Mrs. Baldwin or the main office (by 3:15 p.m.) March 13th-March 17th — Interviews for selected applicants (during the school day) April 7th — Selections posted on the HMS Counselors’ Blog (by 4 p.m.) April 18th — Orientation meeting for 2017-2018 Peer Helpers (7:20 a.m.) August 1st — Mandatory Training (all day)