A National Blue Ribbon School 2021 | A California Distinguished School | Established 1918
January 12, 2022
Fox Facts is a weekly newsletter published by Huntington Middle School. It includes important information related to school activities, programs, and events. It also includes a section for the Huntington Middle School PTA and a space to publicize community events and organizations.
Important Dates and Events
January 17: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday - No School
January 18: Report Cards available online
January 19: Good Citizenship Breakfast. Quality: Integrity
January 20: Fox Fuel w T
February 17: Career Day
February 18-21 President's Break - No School
February 24: Showcase & 5th Grade Parent Night
Please check our School Calendar for more information related to student events and activities.
Athletic Updates go to hehms.us and click on the Athletics tab.
Our Athletic Director is Ms. Kido (kkido@smusd.us)
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If you'd like to join our monthly webinar with Principal Topalian, the next Fox Fuel w T will be Thursday, January 20th from 9:00-9:45 AM via Zoom.

To Join Zoom Meeting:
Same meeting info every month:

Meeting ID: 893 2021 1731
Passcode: 769394
Item Drop Off: 
The HMS front office will no longer be able to permit dropping off of student lunches, school supplies, school assignments, and/or instruments. Please prepare the night before. All necessary school items need to be brought to school in the morning. Your cooperation is appreciated.
The CDE has partnered with Renaissance to offer public school students, TK-12 unlimited free access to a library of digital books through the holidays under a program offered by the state. From December 1, 2021 to January 31, 2022, any California student can benefit from 24-hour access to thousands of myON books in English and Spanish. 

More about the myON Digital Library Access program including login information included below, can be found on the CDE website myON Digital Library Access to Support Statewide Literacy Campaign page.

  • Go to https://www.myon.com/index.html and click on “myON login”
  • Sign in using the single statewide shared account credentials
  • School Name: Gift of Literacy
  • Username: myon
  • Password: read
  • Select a book or news article and start reading!
Parents, we need your help in making our Career Day a success again this year. Please consider taking time out of your schedule to volunteer to share your career path during our Career Day Fair on Thursday, February 17, 2022. For more information and to sign up click on this link.
Spring Sports Registration
From Ms. Kido, our Athletic Director

As the 2nd Quarter is coming to an end, it is now time for you to consider our next sport season.

Huntington offers two types of sports programs.  

1.  Intramural: This program is open to all the students on campus regardless of skill level. Once you register to be a part of Intramural, you are now eligible to try out to be a part of a Travel Team.  

2. Travel Team:  In this program, groups of selected athletes compete against other schools to represent Huntington in our 210 Middle School League, Delphic League, and Prep League.  Not all students who try out will be selected for the Travel Team for which they are trying out.

  • Please make sure you complete the appropriate form WITH your parent/guardian.
  • Make sure you take note of the first meeting date. (THIS DATE MAY BE DIFFERENT FOR EACH SPORTS TEAM!)
  • You may select more than one sport, if you do, you will need to fill out a separate form for each sport.
  • Be realistic regarding your schedule and the possible time and date conflicts.
Read the information BEFORE you click on the Registration Form.

*A student email address is required to register. (????@student.smusd.us)
**Please make sure you are signed out of all other email accounts before clicking on the link.
***If you are still having problems, please use incognito/private mode depending on the browser you are using. 

Intramural Tennis: Open to all students who are interested. Click here for the Intramural Tennis Registration Form 
Level classification: (Last name: A-M) 1/18/22; (Last name: N - Z ) 1/19/22 - 3:00- 4:00) 

Intramural Co-Ed Volleyball:  Open to all students who are interested. Click here for the Intramural Co-Ed Volleyball Registration Form.

Life is full of choices and challenges. Sometimes that means you try something new and you never know, you may actually enjoy it!

If you have any questions, please let me know.

Remember my motto! "A sport for everyone and everyone in a sport!"

Hope to see you out there playing!

Ms. Kido
Physical Education Teacher
ASB Advisor
Athletic Director for HMS
8th Grade parents,
If you would like to order a 8th Grade Graduate Dedication ad for your 8th grader, please go to www.yearbookordercenter.com. There, you will be able to follow the prompts and order an ad for your student. 

1. Enter our SCHOOL’S CODE — 17117 (you can also search for our school at the bottom of the start page)
2. Select the START YOUR AD button
3. Select the SIZE you would like to purchase: 1/8 page, 1/4 page, or 1/2 page
5. Follow prompt to enter your STUDENT NAME
6. Begin building your ad and enter your payment

If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Caire at jcaire@smusd.us.
Ads are limited and will be only be available until before the start of winter break so, don’t miss out!

You may also purchase a yearbook, if you have not purchased one, through the same www.yearbookordercenter.com website.
Math 6th grade: Mondays & Wednesdays, Room 207, 3:00-4:00
Math 7th/8th grade: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Room 110, 3:00-4:00
English & ELD 6th grade: Monday & Wednesday, Room 205 3:00-4:00
English 7/8: Mondays & Wednesdays, Room 108, 3:00-4:00
Science 8: Monday & Wednesday, Room 103 from 3:00-4:00 PM
Science 6/7: Tuesdays & Thursdays, Room 105 at lunch, 12:15-1:00.
After School Homework Club: Wednesdays & Thursdays, the HMS Library, 3:00-4:00
Attendance Reporting
If your student comes to school more than 10 minutes late to Homeroom or is leaving earlier than 2:50 PM, please make sure to have them check in or out through the Main Office before going to class or leaving for the day. If they do not check out with permission the absence will not be adjusted.
Parents should use the HMS Report an Absence form. Parents may still call the office or bring in a note, however, we highly encourage the use of our online form. Clearing absences may take a couple of days and we thank you for your patience. Please check Powerschool to see absence status.
If you have any questions please contact our attendance clerk Elizabeth Plascencia at eplascencia@smusd.us.
COVID-19 Information
SMUSD COVID-19 Booster Vaccine Clinic

The Pfizer Booster dose is now approved for ages 12 (and up) five months following completion of a primary two-dose vaccination series (Pfizer or Moderna) or a single dose of J&J. Eligible SMUSD students, staff and volunteers may participate in the Booster Clinic on Friday, January 14, 2022, at Huntington Middle School Cafeteria. Please sign up for an appointment slot at https://smusd.info/Jan14BoosterClinic. Interested volunteers, please sign up at https://smusd.info/Jan14Volunteer.
Students of HMS, if you would like to participate in the free COVID testing happening on Thursdays, please REGISTER HERE. After you are registered, you may test weekly or as often as you wish and skip weeks. This service is for current students of HMS only. Both vaccinated and unvaccinated students are welcome to test.
Testing times: 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM.
Testing locations: room 306

Athletes on Travel Teams (not Intramural) will be tested weekly when there's a game if they are not fully vaccinated by Omni Pathology on Tuesdays. Please register your athlete using the link above to test.

Per State Health Order by October 15, 2021, SMUSD volunteers or drivers must provide proof of COVID vaccination or test weekly. This guide is provided to SMUSD volunteers on how to provide proof of vaccination and/or how to register for weekly testing at SMUSD using the Privit system. Unvaccinated volunteers may also provide a negative PCR or rapid antigen test result administered through another healthcare or clinical provider. Results from at-home test kits are not accepted. For more info on completing this see Volunteer info.

Per State Health Order (page 13) all wind instrument students and unvaccinated students playing in music indoor groups must test weekly. The COVID Support staff will work with staff to identify students, monitor status and testing. Parents should register their students through Privit to participate in our weekly PCR testing program. For registration information please visit http://smusd.info/test. This is the same weekly PCR testing program that is offered to all students, staff and volunteers.
For more information, visit the SMUSD COVID-19 Information page.
Our lost and found is overflowing! Clothes, bags, backpacks, water bottles, etc. If your child says s/he lost it, tell them to check the lost and found in the cafeteria before you replace it. Items will be donated during the holidays so take the next few weeks to check out our inventory.

Cell phones are not to be on or in student's possession from 8:00-2:50. Keep them powered down and in the lockers.

NO LUNCH DROP OFFS. We have free lunch at school every day.
Due to COVID restrictions we need to limit the number of visitors to school. If your child forgets his/her lunch, please do not bring it to him/her. They can eat from the cafeteria for the day. Having an alternative may encourage them to remember their own lunch the next day. Complimentary breakfasts and lunches are available every day in the cafeteria. For the latest information please visit our SMUSD site here.

Remember to throw away your food wrappers/containers at snack break and lunch. School is not a restaurant where servers take your plates away. Thank you for doing your part to help keep our campus clean.

Computers may only be used in class at teacher's direction or at the library at lunch. Keep them away from the lunch areas and food.

Parents, the attendance online absence form on the school website is for explaining absences. If your child has a disagreement about an absence on a particular day/period, please reach out to the teacher first. Thank you

Technical Support Contact:
Chat with a technology support team member at www.smusd.us/livechat/
Email technical support at techsupport@smusd.us
Leave a message at 626-299-7002
HMS Online Wellness Center
The HMS Online Wellness Center serves to provide resources and optional mindfulness activities that can assist students during these difficult times as well as provide supports for parents to assist in communicating with their children at home.
If you have social media, make sure you're following HMS to see the latest in our academic and spirited events.
Huntington Middle School PTA
Dear Fox Families - 

We hope that you have been able to stay safe and sane during these challenging times. Like you all, our PTA has been navigating the many changes of the last few weeks. Throughout it all, our hardworking volunteers have stayed focused on safely supporting our school and our students. With that said, we are excited to announce plans for TWO amazing FUNdraisers coming up on Friday, March 11th.  

First up, for our students - Fox Games 2022! Keep your kids busy with their friends after school on this minimum day from 1-3PM. Student teams will compete in the ultimate physical and mental challenges to hoist the Fox Games Championship trophy. Plus winners have a chance to get tickets to Disneyland or Magic Mountain.

Later that evening, the adults are invited to a fabulous night out at Agnes in nearby Pasadena - join us for Schitts Creek Parent Party 2022! Come enjoy delicious food, fabulous cocktails, and free-flowing camaraderie in this gorgeous location. Take home some awesome auction items including gift baskets, wines, and unique experiences. This is one of our largest school fundraisers and we would very much appreciate your support as patrons and donors so please check out the website at www.hmsparentparty.com.  

I'm sure everyone would agree that our kids and their parents deserve a break after all this craziness. And the PTA is working hard to safely celebrate with you all. So save the date and see you all for this doubleheader of fun on Friday, March 11th!

Best Wishes and Warm Regards, 

Jacqueline Tran Chuang
HMS PTA President 2021-22
Bylaws Announcement
HMS PTA received the approved revised and amended By-Laws from CAPTA, which are being presented at the January 25, 2022 Association meeting for adoption. The amendments made were limited to adjusting the breakdown of the PTA membership dues. In addition, the new 2020 By-laws form allows for virtual Association meetings to conduct PTA business and includes the revised Standing Rules as presented. Please click here for amended and revised bylaws and standing rules recommendations.
The HMS PTA Nominating Committee needs your help to select the slate of Elected Officers and Committee Chairs for the 2022-2023 Executive Board!

Be part of this important nominating process by submitting names of individuals you want to represent you and your school. Self-nominations are encouraged!

Kindly submit your nomination suggestions forms by Tuesday, January 18th, 2022. The new Officers will be elected at the March 2022 PTA Association meeting.

Click here to submit nomination suggestions.

Please contact Mikah O'Mara, PTA Parliamentarian, at mikahmiriam@gmail.com if you have any questions.

The committee thanks you for your suggestions!
Community News and Events
As a courtesy, Huntington Middle School often includes information forwarded from community organizations. In these cases, the organizations and activities are not sponsored or endorsed by Huntington Middle School or the San Marino Unified School District.
The SMHS Dance Department presents
“A Night of Choreography”
on Friday January 21 @7pm
in the Neher Theater. 
This is a student choreographed show for one night only. 
Tickets: $5 student and $10 adults. 
Please join San Marino Unified School District's 2021-22 DELAC. Learn about educational programs and services for English Learners. Collaborate with our committee to conduct needs assessments, review reclassification procedures and written notifications, establish programs and goals, and so much more. Most importantly, connect with other families to support one another as we strive towards achieving student success.

All families are welcome to each meeting. 
December 2, 2021 at 9:00am Huntington Middle School Cafeteria
February 10, 2022 at 9:00am Valentine Elementary
May 12, 2022 at 9:00am San Marino High School 

Please contact Danielle Blatchley for more information at dblatchley@smusd.us or (626) 299-7000 x1312. 
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