Middle School March Newsletter
One of my favorite parts of being a principal is getting into classes and seeing students engaged in learning and teachers working hard to do their best to get each student to flourish. This month, as we continue to talk about our school theme of being Woven Together, I have been impressed with the middle school staff as we celebrated Black History Month. Here is snapshot of what has been happening:
- 6th grade did an activity each day which reviewed a historical figure as well as a question of the day in order to further the thinking about their call to be Woven Together
- 6th and 7th Choir are learning about spirituals and are each doing a spiritual song for their spring concert
- 7th grade English spent some time focusing specifically on Black poets/authors during the month. They read “Harlem” by Langston Hughes and “On the Pulse of Morning” by Maya Angelou, Sojourner Truth’s”Ain’t I a Woman,” and Amanda Gorman’s “The Hill We Climb.”
- 7th grade Social Studies classes include a quote from a prominent African American in history in the introductory slide each day. Often these quotes say something about the black experience and it offers a time to have discussion about that experience.
- 8th grade Social Studies is teaching about the struggles and accomplishments of minorities in American history. For many years, now, we have focused on weaving the story of these struggles and achievements into the fabric of American history.
- 8th grade Science In the Astronomy Unit, they read about Katherine Johnson (Hidden Figures) and her contributions to NASA and space flight. She faced racial and gender injustice and was instrumental to some of the early safe return flights leading up to the Moon landing.
- 8th grade English weaves Black history and race into the curriculum. So far in the lessons this year these prominent African Americans have come up in their study: Rosa Parks, Thurgood Marshall, Emmitt Till, Langston Hughes, Frederick Douglass, Martin Luther King Jr., Harriett Tubman. Their main novel study was written by a Black woman, Jewell Parker Rhodes.
- Chapel time was spent talking about justice and how Biblical justice looks. For black history month they highlighted John Lewis and Henry Aaron who were a big part of the Civil Rights era in our country and who have both recently passed away.
- Calling All Colors highlighted important Black individuals (both past and present) and put it in the announcements.
- Our HCMS Library has purchased more books related to Black History. There is a Black history month display in the library for the month of February as well. We currently have over 100 books related to this month.
- ESS used several books throughout the month that highlight a main character of color. Some are nonfiction, others are fiction.
May God bless you and each of your students as we partner together in equipping minds and nurturing hearts to transform the world for Christ!
/ March at HCMS
MS Parent Teacher Conferences
Conferences are scheduled for March 4 (5:30-8:30). Please see email from February 8 for more information.
Spread the Word for Inclusion Day
On Wednesday, March 3, Spread the Word for Inclusion day, our school will be joining the livestream of a speech by David Egan. David is a man with Down syndrome who is a public speaker, author, and athlete for the Special Olympics. He has overcome many barriers to be where he is today. Special Olympics Michigan is hosting this Inclusion Summit, and we will be able to tune in with a link for our classrooms from 10:15-10:45 am. It is very exciting to be able to hear the firsthand account of a man with Down syndrome share the importance of inclusion, and it will be a valuable experience for our students as we continue to learn how to do this well.
Athletics for 21-22
The athletic department anticipates the requirement of a pre-participation physical requirement (dated after April 15, 2021) by the MHSAA to participate in school sports for the 2021-2022 school year. Typically, Holland Christian offers physical night appointments for athletes to meet this requirement, but at this point in time Holland Christian is working on the feasibility of this opportunity. Athletes may need to schedule an appointment with their primary care provider between April 15 and the start of their first practice or try-out in any upcoming season.
All families with 6th-12th grade potential athletes need to be registered with our online registration system, Final Forms. For those already registered for the current year, you simply need to login, select the sports your child is interested in and update any changes to your and your child’s information. This is also the place where you print the updated 21-22 physical form to take with you to your DO/MD/NP/PA appointment and have that individual sign the form. Registration for 21-22 sports will be open and available on Final Forms beginning April 1st.
Links to the At Home Learning Pages
/ Important Dates
3 – Spread the Word for Inclusion Day
4 – Parent Teacher Conferences, 5:30-8:30
19 – End of Quarter 3
22 – Beginning of Quarter 4
2 – Spring Break Begins
12 – School Resumes