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March 15, 2023


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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

March 15: Good Citizenship Breakfast: Integrity

March 15, 16, 21: 8th grade formal portraits.

March 17: Spring Choir concert at SMHS

March 22: Noontime Fun!

March 22: PTA Founder's Day @ 7PM @HMS

March 23: Fox Fuel w T

March 31-April 2: HMS Musical FROZEN JR.

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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Tree falls in parking lot

At approximately 1:15PM the large tree located in front of the Barth Athletic Complex collapsed causing the south parking lot to be blocked. Thankfully no one was injured and only minor damages to 2 cars. The San Marino Fire Department and San Marino Police Department quickly responded to secure the area. Arborists and tree removal services also promptly responded to dismember the tree and remove it as quickly as possible.

March is Women's History Month

ASB would like to share 3 examples of extraordinary women from history.

Florence Nightingale, born May 12, 1820, is best known for the modernization of nursing and medicine.

She organized corps of nurses to treat wounded soldiers on both sides in wars such as the Crimean War. Nightingale was also a key figure in the American Civil War, giving frequent advice to how to treat soldiers while in conflict. 

Quote : “How little can be done under the spirit of fear.”

Catherine the Great

was the most successful reigning Empress of Russia, fostering the Russian enlightenment under her rule. With a counsel of successful nobles and generals, she expanded Russia through conquest and diplomacy, crushing conflicts with their military might. The Empress also during her time, settled Alaska after its discovery by Russian explorers. 

Quote : “I beg you to take courage; a brave soul can even mend disaster.”

Queen Elizabeth

was the 2nd female monarch of England.

She was known for her intellect, and one of the first monarchs to appoint a counsel of trustworthy advisors. During her time on the throne, which was a stable 44 years, English drama and art flourished. She also united the nation and cemented the

British Isles as a major

European power.

Quote : “A fool too late bewares when all peril is past.” 

To become a Patron, click here to choose patron level and reserve your seats. You

may divide your tickets among different performances. Please contact Michelle

Boecking at mboecking@smusd.us with any questions.

Last day to complete your payment and become a Patron is Friday, March 10th.

$10 General Admission will go on sale starting March 11th.

General Admission seating is not reserved. Get your reserved Patron tickets today!

Click here to pay


Huge thank you to our event chairs, Nina Daring & Carmen Vishwanath, for an incredibly fun event for our HMS Foxes!

Thank you to all the parent volunteers who helped make this event possible: 

Sri Abboy, Brooke Aguirre, Leslie Bernal, Elizabeth Chen, Julio Chen, Sandra Chen, Wendy Cheng, Yvonne Cheng, Kelly Ching, Carolyn Chow, J.R. Darling, Michele Esbenshade, Cheryl Freiburg, Christen Gair, Blanca Gallegos, Francesca Gil, April & Emmitt Guerrero, Shirline Hartono, Ellie Helmy, Yuka Hsieh, Ashley Hsiang, Danica Hughes , Kyu Kang, Marisa Kelly, Joyce Kwon Lafko, Edith Lam, Sara Lee, Susan Lee, Renita Lin, Anastasia Louis, Caryl Monahan, Beth Negroe, Erik Negroe, Cathy & Joel Newtown, Natalie O'Connor, Sunny Oh, Vilma Okamoto, Mikah O'Mara, Tracy Perez, Sandra Poon, Andra Rodriguez, Stephanie Raleigh, Nona Sargsyan, Jerry Shen, Kate Simon, Vanessa Sun, Anita Tang, Tim & Lisa Tewasart , Vijay Vishwanath, Lisa & Tommy Vuong, Nicole Wang, Rosemary Wang, Becki Watlington, Mei Wong, Tina Wong, Jocelyn Go Young, Ryan Zanotti, Ed Zee, Hsuan Zee

Thank you to all the HMS Staff who supported the event!

Principal Topalian, Asst. Principal Hazlett, Mr. Neil, Coach Shawn, Coach JP, Mr. Brandon, Ms. Lucy, Ms. Mari, Ms. Gina, Ms. Sam, Coach Dika, Coach Moises. 


2023 HMS Fox Games Pictures and Videos

The Party Continues!

Get your spot at our Buy-in Parties!


Moms Night In



$60 per person

Join your fellow HMS moms for a Sixteen Candles Moms Night In

Generously hosted by:

Jules Webb and Laura Repstad

Dads Poker Night 

April 28, 2023

$100 per person

Join your fellow HMS dads for an evening of drinks, dinner, and poker!

Generously hosted by:

Kyu Kang, James Lin, Erik Wahl, Derek Cheng, Anoop Desai, and Bruce Lafko




Contact Renita Lin (renitaolivia@gmail.com) or Vivi Wahl (pyalaman@hotmail.com)

HMS Halo Nominations



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 31, 2023.

Questions? Contact Marisa Kelly, HMS Parliamentarian


8th grade ads

8th grade parents, do you want your student to have a special announcement in this year's yearbook?

If so, go to: www.yearbookordercenter.com 

to order graduation ads. Please follow all instructions for submission there. All ads are created and submitted that way only. Our school code is 17117. Ads should be completed by March 15th.

Click here to buy!

Renovation Plans for San Marino Center

The San Marino City Council approved a renovation project for the San Marino Center and contracted with CABD Construction to bring the building up to code, match the decor of the neighboring Crowell Public Library, and make it a usable, flexible, and modern community center facility. Construction is anticipated to begin in mid September with demolition sometime in October. Construction activities will affect parking. Please see attached for the SM Center Project parking collaboration with the City of San Marino for details. The yellow parking area is first come first serve. More information can be found here. If you have any questions or comments in the meantime, please contact the San Marino Parks & Public Works Department at (626) 300-0765 or via email at publicworks@cityofsanmarino.org.

Counseling Corner:

Thank you PfA Board (Partnership for Awareness ) for your generous grant supporting this Wellness Project for our students.

If you need help getting access to PowerSchool:

Technical Support Contact:

Free breakfast and lunch!

For the 2022-2023 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.

Health Information

COVID-19 Information

Starting Tuesday, 11/15/22, employees, parents, and students may pick up free COVID rapid test kits (2 kits/4 tests) from the School Health Office in advance of and for a safe return from the Thanksgiving holiday. https://smusd.info/freetests2022

Please visit the SMUSD COVID-19 Information page.



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.  


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.


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:

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 as well as provide supports for parents to assist in communicating with their children at home.

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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.

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Huntington Middle School PTA


MARCH 28, 2023

General PTA Meeting

8:45am Cafeteria & Zoom

Join us for our annual elections PTA meeting! Meet and vote in your leadership team for next year, hear from Principal Topalian about year end activities, updates and more.

Join us in person in the cafeteria for coffee & refreshments or online via Zoom!

General PTA Meeting Zoom



HMS PTSA 2022-2023


The HMS PTA volunteers work hard each year to raise money to help fund academics, arts, athletics, and activities at HMS that the school and District are unable to financially support. It is the responsibility of the PTA to spend these funds in a manner that will benefit the greatest number of students, enhance their middle school experience, and help make HMS the best it can be. These funds are limited and the amount changes from year to year based on the dollars raised. PTA accepts applications for grants from HMS faculty, staff, students, and parents. 

The APPLICATION DEADLINE is Friday, March 31, 2023, by 4:00 pm. Applications received after this time will not be considered. Submit all applications to Sri Abboy at abboys@gmail.com.

ALL REQUESTS MUST BE COMPLETE! Any form not entirely completed will be denied. Detailed information regarding costs, shipping, tax, and the vendor is required. Please provide as much information as possible so that the committee can give your request proper consideration. Per SMUSD audit and accounting protocol, items cannot be purchased from international vendors.

The Allocations Committee will present their recommendations to the PTA Executive Board and then to the PTA members who will vote at the Association Meeting.

Please note that all items purchased to become the property of SMUSD and will be periodically inventoried.

If you have questions, please contact Sri Abboy at 626-999-3995 or abboys@gmail.com.

HMS PTA Nominating Committee Announcement

The HMS PTA Nominating Committee is pleased to present the following slate of officers for 2023-2024:


President:  Lauren Shen

Executive Vice President:  Sri Abboy

First Vice President (Programs & Calendar):  Cathy Newton

Second Vice President (Membership):  Daisy Wilson

Third Vice President (Ways & Means):  Jennifer Kang

Hauntington Breakfast Business Chair:  VACANT 

Hauntington Breakfast Creative Chair:  VACANT

Parent Party Business Chair:  Mikah O’Mara

Parent Party Creative Chair:  Becki Watlington

Spring Fundraising Business Chair:  Sarah Rome

Spring Fundraising Creative Chair:  Ryan Zanotti

Recording Secretary:  Ellie Helmy

Corresponding Secretary:  Christina Trauber

Treasurer:  Carmen Vishwanath

Financial Secretary:  Kasumi Roddick

Financial Reviewer:  Xinyan Huang

Historian:  Mei Wong


We continue to seek nominations for Hauntington Breakfast Business & Creative Chairs.  If you or someone you know is interested in co-chairing this fundraiser, please contact Marisa Kelly, HMS Parliamentarian, via email at marisas23@aol.com.  Elections will be held at the Tuesday, March 21st PTA Association meeting.

Sincere appreciation is extended to our Nominating Committee – Stefanie Killackey, Cathy Newton, Janice Segimoto, Becki Watlington, Cheryl Freiburg (Alternate) and Daryl R. Topalian (Advisor) – for all their hard work putting together an outstanding slate.  Thank you to those who submitted nominations.


Marisa Kelly

Huntington Middle School PTA 

Parliamentarian, 2022-2023

Community News and Events

Volunteer Sign-Up for Grad Night and Tear Down

Carver 5th grader and CHLA Jr. Ambassador Leo Helmy will hold his 2nd annual San Marino Cares fundraiser walk benefiting Children’s Hospital Los Angeles on Sunday, April 23 at Lacy Park. Please tell your friends and neighbors, and come support CHLA! For event details, visit SanMarinoCares.com.

6th annual San MANrino Whiskey, Cigars, Poker and Taco Night April 1st 7:00pm at Chuang's Backyard! $150/dad, proceeds will go to San Marino High School Grad Night. Enjoy a dads' night out, all for the kids! Buy your ticket here:  https://www.smhsgradnight.com/whiskey-night

Hosts: Gene Chuang, Calvin Lo, Cho-Nan Tsai, Chris Lee, Greg Meier, Issa Nesnas, Kevin Cheng, Peter Koh, Sandeep Pathak, Steve Levy

New volunteer opportunities

at the Crowell Public Library!

Teens in Grades 8-12 are invited to join the new Teen Advisory Group (TAG). TAG members contribute to the Library through projects, serve as a voice for teen patrons, and help shape what they see at the Library. Teen volunteers will be able to earn community service hours and gain valuable experience that looks great on a college application or resume. For more information, visit www.CityofSanMarino.org/TAG.

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