September 18, 2019

Heard County Middle School off to an engaging start

(Franklin, GA) — Heard County Middle School kicked off the school year on August 6 with a blast and the faculty and students have not slowed down since.

The students were met in the front of the school near the flagpole by enthusiastic principal Brian Hadley on the opening day.

The principal took a selfie with every car rider that morning to build excitement and welcome the students back. Also, once inside the students were greeted by the faculty with hugs, high fives, and big smiles.

The excitement continued on August 23, when the school had a sixth grade parent night. Parents were given the opportunity to meet with their teachers, learn more about their child’s day, and ask questions that were answered by their teachers and administrators.

That was followed the next day with a Friday Fun Day on August 24. On this day, the students were able to circulate through three events: dance in the cafeteria, watch a movie in the Band Room, and play in a cone ball tournament in the gym. Even though it was after school, more than 200 students participated.

On September 6, HCMS held a National Junior Honor Society (NJHS) Induction Ceremony for ninety-seven students. This is the highest number of students to ever be inducted at HCMS.

To receive this honor, students must be a seventh or eighth grader, have an overall average of 88 in academic courses at the end of the school year, and work several community service hours once inducted.

During the first months of the school year, students have been participating in a number of hands-on and engaging activities. Sixth grade students have completed science projects pertaining to the solar system.

“I love the creativity and imagination students used when creating their designs for their space projects,” said sixth grade science teacher Sherrie Noles. “Most used junk from around the house or out in the barn to manufacture their ideas and turn them into models of space objects.”

Even the seventh and eighth grade students were amazed. “I thought the solar system projects were awesome,” stated seventh grade student Jayden Boykin. “I enjoyed the rock project I created when I was in Mrs. Noles class.”

Later in September, seventh grade English teacher Mallory Treadwell began an activity using Flip Grid, a video discussion platform. With Flip Grid, students were able to express their view regarding a book they were reading.

“I love the kids at HCMS because they work hard, show resiliency, and remind me to laugh and have fun,” stated Treadwell. “They are teaching me more and more about what it means to be a Brave everyday.”

Additionally, seventh grade math students recently participated in a private eye investigation game called the “break out box for mathematics” or the escape game.

Eighth grade students also had lab activities that included candy and baking cookies. These activities included using goodies to collect data, complete word problems, and make certain predictions.

“The cookie fusion and the M&M Half-life labs were both concrete methods to help students understand very abstract ideas,” claimed eighth grade science teacher Melissa Buchanan. “I believe that students are more successful when they are able to link new ideas to common experiences.”

More than fifty percent of the student body is participating in extracurricular activities. School athletics are well underway, with successful beginnings to the football and softball seasons. Also, the cross country team has already earned a second place finish at the Gardner-Newman Invitational.

Additionally, the cheerleading squad has flourished, and a middle school age volleyball team has been formed and is competing through the Heard County Recreation Department.

On top of all this, roughly sixty students participate in the HCMS pep band at most football games. Other students are enjoying the Art Club, Academic Team, Journalism Club, FCA, 4-H, and FFA.

On September 12, Heard County Middle School invited a RESA representative to come and speak with female students about future goals, plans, and being leaders in the school. The title of the event was “DARE2BU.”

The young ladies learned about being themselves, and they also realized that they shared similar experiences, problems, and dreams with each other.

Heard County Middle School is off to an warm and engaging start.

According to Hadley, the positive energy and student-focus that the faculty brings to the school everyday will continue throughout the year.

“We want to make the learning experience fun and meaningful for all of our students,” states Hadley. “Making sure that our kids are more than a test score or a statistic, but rather the future of our wonderful community.”

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