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FOX FACTS

February 7, 2024

HMS WEEKLY NEWSLETTER

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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


February 8: Family Matters Workshop 6 PM

February 9: Move Up Day @ SMHS

February 9: 7/8 Dance 6:00 PM

February 12-16: Career Spirit Week

February 13: 8th Grade SMHS Parent Night 6 PM

February 14: Good Citizenship Breakfast (Self-Discipline)

February 15: Fox Fuel w. Ms. Hazlett

February 15: Family Matters Workshop 6 PM

February 16: Career Day - Minimum Day

February 19-23: President's Week - No School

February 26: Professional Development Day - No School for Students

February 28: CA Healthy Kids Survey (Grade 7)


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)

Webstore Link: Here

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Career Spirit Week

February 12-16

Career Week - February 12 - 16. 

Annual Career Day Fair - Friday, February 16, 8:00 AM -12:40 PM


*Students need to bring their Chromebooks to Homeroom daily


The HMS PTA Nominating Committee is looking for volunteers for the following positions on the 2024-2025 HMS PTA Executive Board: 


- Parent Party Business Chair

- Parent Party Creative Chair


If you are interested in any of these positions, please contact Hwannie Shen, HMS PTA Parliamentarian, at hwannies@yahoo.com.

Thank you, Fox Family, for making our Foxfather Parent Party a smashing success!  On behalf of the HMS PTA, we extend our heartfelt gratitude to all those who donated to our silent auction, donated their energy and time to our event, and attended and patroned the party.  Your support of this fundraiser helps to fund the programs our exception school provides for our children.

A SPECIAL THANK YOU to KelliAnn Nakayama, Ellie Helmy, Ed Zee, John Freiburg, Mary Hazlett, and Lauren & Jerry Shen for their generosity and time.


Keep the party going!

Get your spot at our Buy-In Party!

https://www.hmsparentparty.com/product-page/foxy-mamas-cocktail-hour


THANK YOU to our Patrons and Donors:


An Offer You Can’t Refuse

Jerry & Lauren Shen

The O’Mara Family

Cheryl & John Freiburg

Becki & Alex Watlington

The Helmy Family

Hoglin Family*


Never Go Against the Family

Stanley Huang & Annie Shih

Ed & Stacy Paek

Michael Villalobos & Laura Orozco*

Olivia Ho’s Family

Philip & Julianne Webb

The Zanotti Family

The Wen Family (Donald Wen & Selena Xie)

Rosemary & David Wang

The Scalise Family

Linda Lin & Jian Li


Keep Your Friends Close

Jennifer & Kyu Kang, Carrie Chan’s Family*, The Apple Tree Family*, Anqi’s Family*, Paul & Jia Jia (Georgia) Chen*, Toby & Michael Chou*, Vince & Erin Clougherty*, The Eldringhoff Family*, Donovan & Amanda Janus*, Francesca & Brandon Gill*, Kelli Nakayama*, Nikolai San Juan Gz*, Toby & Yuka Hsieh*, Alison & Patrick Jeffries*, The Jump Family*, Sophia Zhang*, Ethan Lau & Family*, The Onishi Family*, Annie Chou*, The Rastogi Family*, The Roddick Family*, The Rome Family*, Ted & Hwannie Shen*, Tommy & Lisa Vuong*, The Wilson Family*, Parents of Preston Wong*, Makiko & Steve Wong*, Rong Han*, The Yeganeh Family*, Michelle & Edward Yen*, Emily Kim & Philip Zhuo*, Sage Legacy Law, LLP, The Zee Family, Kristin & Chris Pagano, Sarah & Jeff Morris, Luyi & Shawn Chou, The Vishwanath Family, The Hughes Family, Leon Hollis Family, The Wildeman Family, The Blinchik Family, Christy & Jeffrey Lin, The Guerreros, Diane & Mark Schmidt, Michelle, Jackson & Ethan Chu Family, Jeff & Dr. Charmayne Ross Pediatric Therapy Specialist, Inc., The Mellis Family, Lei Kwock Family, Jiacheng Wu & Ying Jiang Family, Cathy & Joel Newton, Charles Chen & Shell Huang Family, Christina & Rob Trauber, The Berenji Family, The Pathak Family

*Fantastic Fox Patrons


Teacher Offset Donors

Stanley Huang & Annie Shih

Kaitlyn Huynh Family


Silent Auction Donors

April Guerrero

Chef Alvin Cailan

Cheryl & John Freiburg

Huntington Middle School Administration

John O. Johnson

Joyce Leckband

Keegan Fong

Kyu Kang

Lauren & Jerry Shen

Mrs. Dai

Penny Roberts

PTA Affiliates

Tina Chiou

Alex & Becki Watlington

Regenix Skin Lab

Wendy & Derek Cheng


Questions?  Contact the Parent Party Chairs

Cheryl Freiburg (cherylfreiburg@gmail.com), Mikah O’Mara (mikahmiriam@gmail.com), & Becki Watlington (becki_ballard@hotmail.com)

First District PTA Reflections Winners


The San Marino PTA Council is proud to announce our seven Reflections winners who placed at the First District level. 


The Winners are as follows:

  • SMHS, Ava Newton - Award of Excellence in Dance Choreography
  • SMHS, Miranda Fang - Award of Merit in Literature
  • SMHS, Naomi Chen - Award of Merit in Visual Arts
  • HMS, Kellen Paek - Award of Merit in Film Production
  • HMS, Angie Li - Outstanding Interpretation Award in Visual Arts
  • CARVER, Isaiah Yao - Outstanding Interpretation Award in Music Composition AND Award of Excellence in Literature
  • VALENTINE, Olivia Hsu - Award of Excellence in Music Composition


The two Outstanding Interpretation Awards (Angie Li from HMS and Isaiah Yao from Carver) will go on to compete at the State Level.


All the First District participants will be celebrated at the District Showcase on February 3rd at 10 AM at John Muir High School Auditorium.


Thank you to our Reflections team led by Council Chair Yvonne Cheng for all their hard work in guiding our students. And congratulations to all of our talented participants. We are so proud of each and every one of you!

HMS Halo Nominations

WE NEED YOUR HELP TO HONOR OUR OUTSTANDING HMS VOLUNTEERS!


Annually, Huntington Middle School PTA recognizes and honors HMS parents, teachers, and staff members who have made outstanding contributions of time and talent to the students of Huntington Middle School.  The HMS Halo Awards Committee needs your help to select this year’s deserving recipients.


Please consider the following qualifications: consistent and outstanding service to HMS in a variety of activities, over the course of multiple years.  Parent nominees must have a child currently attending HMS.  Teacher or staff nominees must demonstrate service extending beyond the classroom.  Nominees must not be past recipients of the Halo Award.


Please click here to submit your nominations (providing names and qualifications).  Nominations are due by Friday, March 15, 2024.


Questions?  Contact Hwannie Shen, HMS Parliamentarian.

See below for a picture of our first of 10 Family Matters Workshops! Join in on this family workshop series hosted by Chinatown Service Center that provides a space for parents and their 4th - 8th grade children to learn more about communication to build and strengthen their relationships. To sign up for our next session on Thursday, October 12, 6pm-7pm click here. Every session you will learn something new. See you there!

We will have our monthly webinar meeting for HMS families with our Principal, Ms. Hazlett on Thursday, February 15th at 9:00 AM via Zoom!

If you'd like to join, here is the link.

Free after school academic support is available for all students.

HMS Spirit Gear!!


HMS T-shirts, hoodies, and sweatshirts are available for purchase using this website. Once purchased, spirit gear will be delivered to students during school hours.

Please review our various bell schedules.

HMS Online Wellness Center

The HMS Online Wellness Center serves to provide resources and optional mindfulness activities that can assist students as well as provide supports for parents to assist in communicating with their children at home.

Counseling Corner:

The Zen Zone is open at Lunch for "Wellness Wednesdays."

If you need help getting access to PowerSchool:

Technical Support Contact:

Free breakfast and lunch!

For the 2023-2024 school year, the State of California is mandating the Universal Meals Program at all schools in the state. With the Universal Meal families need to fill out a Meal Application form, which was part of the online registration package. SMUSD will be offering both breakfast and lunch. Please encourage your students to come and grab a free lunch and a free breakfast daily. SMUSD will be using the Point of Sale system to record the meals for lunch, therefore please remind your students to memorize their 5 Digit lunch number (student ID number). This will help expedite the meal service. For the first week of school the lines may be a bit longer than usual as students may have forgotten their lunch number. If you have any questions, please contact Munira Bengali at mbengali@smusd.us or 626-299- 7000 ext. 1323. 

Student Connectedness to HMS Campus Life


HMS events, activities and athletics play a huge part in the overall development of our students. We want our students to stay connected to all the wonderful and interactive school events and activities that are available to each student. Students will be notified of school events and activities with a Schoology notification or an email to their student Gmail account. HMS students and families are also encouraged to frequently visit the HMS school website.

HMS Athletics


Information regarding HMS athletics can be found on our Athletics Home Page. You can also reach out to our athletic director, Ms. Kido, at kkido@smusd.us for any additional inquiries.

Health Information

COVID-19 Information

Please visit the SMUSD COVID-19 Information page.


***Remember, free COVID-19 self-test kits are available in the HMS front office for anyone who wants one.***

Reminders

Attendance:

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. 

Late arrival/Early departure:

If your student comes late to school, even if it's 5 minutes late, the parent and the student need to check in at the front office. Your written confirmation needs to be documented and a slip is given to the student to present to the teacher.  

Same process for picking a student up early from school. Parent must come in to the office, present ID and sign the student out, to ensure the student is going home with an approved guardian. Thank you for taking a few minutes to help us maintain correct attendance and safely monitor our student's whereabouts.  


NO LUNCH DROP OFFS.

Complimentary breakfasts and lunches are available every day in the cafeteria.

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. For the latest information please visit our SMUSD site here


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.


Keep our campus clean:

Please remind your students to throw away their food wrappers/containers at snack break and lunch. Thank you for helping us keep our campus clean.


Textbooks/Chromebooks:

Students are responsible for the textbooks and Chromebooks they check out. If a textbook or Chromebook is damaged so it cannot be checked out anymore the student is responsible for the full price of the replacement, plus shipping and handling.


Computers may only be used in class at teacher's direction. Keep them locked in your lockers during lunch, away from the lunch areas and food.


Technical Support Contact:

Open a ticket 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

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If you have social media, make sure you're following HMS to see the latest in our academic and spirited events.

HMS PTA Facebook

SMUSD Facebook

***THANK YOUS***


A huge thank you to Becki Watlington, Mikah O’Mara, Cheryl Freiburg, and their entire committee of volunteers for putting on a fabulous Foxfather Parent Party this past weekend!  It was a fun night full of good food, casino games, an awesome silent auction, and so much more.  We appreciate everyone who donated to the event and all the attendees and patrons who made it a successful night!


Thank you to Allis Lee & Stacy Paek for organizing a coffee cart last Friday for our HMS teachers and staff!  Thanks to the generous donations from our parents, they can plan special ways to show our teachers and staff how much they are appreciated.


STAY INFORMED!

Join the Huntington Middle School PTA Community Facebook Group. This is the only PTA sanctioned social media community group to get all HMS PTA and school related information.

Dear Fox Parents and Families,


With the new school year starting, we are launching our annual PTA membership drive. You are the “P” in the PTA, and without your support, Huntington Middle School would not be the outstanding school that it is. HMS PTA supports many programs at our middle school, such as Noontime Fun, Reflections art program, 6th grade dances, Career Day, Fox Games, and more! Joining our PTA is another way that you can support these programs and show the students in our school the importance you place on their education.


If you did not join HMS PTA during the online First Day Packet process before school started, then you can still join by filling out our PTA Membership Form and returning it to the HMS front office along with your check payable to HMS PTA, or you can pay via PayPal (instructions can be found here).  If you have any questions, please contact Daisy Wilson, PTA VP of Membership at dwilson@coastlinesteel.com.  Thanks!

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Community News and Events

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As a courtesy, HMS sometimes includes information forwarded from community organizations. In these cases, the organizations and activities are not sponsored or endorsed by H.E.Huntington Middle School or the San Marino Unified School District.

If you would like to run your company or organization's publication in Fox Facts, please email it to mcota@smusd.us by Thursday at 4:30 of each week to appear in the following week's Fox Facts.