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Middle School Welcome Back Letter

Hello Parents and Guardians of Hot Springs Middle School Students,

The beginning of the school year is right around the corner and it is with great anticipation that I welcome you and your student to our school. I have a number of things I would like to share before the school year starts.

First, we will be having a combination open house, new student, and 6th grade student orientation on Tuesday, August 14th, 6 – 8 pm. Parents and students can meet teachers, pick up their schedules, and get their locker assignments. There will be a general informational session beginning at 6 pm in the Tays Auditorium for those interested. I will review processes and procedures as well as student expectations at the middle school.

Second, the middle school secretarial position has changed. We will continue to have a secretary at the middle school but only on a part time basis. The secretary will be in the middle school office from 7 – 8:15 am to take attendance calls and admit students and parents to the building. After 8:15 am, all access to the middle school will be through the high school front door. Parents and students should go to high school to check in and out. The middle school front door will only be open from 7:30 – 8:15 am. Calls and messages will also be routed through the high school after 8:15 am.

School begins for all middle school students on Monday, August 20th. The school day begins at 7:50 AM and ends at 1:30 PM during the first week only. Please make every effort to have your child arrive on time each day of school.

Fall sports practice for volleyball, football and cross-country will start during the first week of school. Please watch the announcements and school website for start days. Soccer and golf will have already started practice, but students may still join by contacting those coaches directly. All students participating in athletics must have a physical exam and turn in the physical forms before they can start practice. This should be done before school starts.

Please visit our website as it contains important resources for our families. You will find the school supply lists and physical exam forms on the left side and the student handbook on the tab at the top of the page. During the first week of school, your student will receive a packet of informational forms required for the school office. These forms must be completed and returned to the office no later than Thursday, August 30th.

The start of the school year is an exciting time of the year. We all have the opportunity to set new goals, make new friends, and develop new habits that will lead to success. Whether you are returning or this is your first year at Hot Springs Middle School, we are excited to connect with you and your student so that we can support the needs and goals of all of our learners.

Looking forward to a great school year!

Liz Baker

Hot Springs Middle School Principal