Step One: Know Your School
Step Two: Be in school every day
Step Three: Know how to get good grades
Step four: Set Goals
Step five: Get Involved
Step six: Make Good Choices and Decisions
Step seven: Deal with Stress, Anger, and Bullies
Step eight: Get Along with Your Parents
Step nine: Understand the Social Scene
Step ten: Plan and Prepare for Your Future
Welcome to 7th grade!
The first 3 weeks we dive into the 8 math practices and computational thinking. With these practices, students will be able to solve any problem that they face. The kids will then create their own algorithms and rules for math. For example, we will play the game of poison/nim. After playing the game and analyzing the patters, the students will relearn and understand the concept of multiples and factors.
On May 26, our nation and the world became aware of the brutal and tragic death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Minnesota. In the days since, we have all witnessed the powerful public rallies, marches, demonstrations and other positive acts of personal and collective expression that have occurred in nearly every city and community. Peaceful, united messages to end systemic racism and violence are applauded as our nation works to deliver on our promise of liberty and justice for all. However, images associated with Mr. Floyd’s death and the resulting unrest in many communities across our country can be unsettling for children as they seek to understand. Please know that your school counselors are available for any family in need of additional support.
Additionally, below are a number of resources that parents may find helpful in talking through these matters as a family.
For the safety of our students, team members, and community, there will be no meetings or events at our school during the school closure. We will continue to keep you informed throughout the closure of our schools, and we sincerely look forward to seeing everyone in person as soon as is possible and responsible.
Thank You for your understanding
Welcome to the new online math world. Daily information will be in TEAMS. Work will include watching and responding to a video, practice work with deltamath.com and grading with teams/powerschool. Please see the links to the right.
|Awesome Door Prizes! Wireless Headphones, Graphics Tablet, Sphero minis Circuit Playground Express kits and more!|
|February 20, 2019
6-8 pm Helena Middle School
Circuit Playground Express is the next step towards a perfect introduction to electronics and programming.
Green Screen Technology – What is it?: presented by MAPS Media Institute
You may have heard of a green screen (think weather reporter on the TV news). In digital design and film, it’s also called Chroma Key. Green screens are used to take subjects out of the real world and transport them into digital domains:Actors being filmed in the studio today can now drive down 1930’s New York streets. A full grown human can be shrunk down to the size of a pencil on a tabletop. Your annual family photo could take place on the moon. In MAPS Media Institute classes, we use Chroma Key to enhance digital images and create fantastic settings for films. It’s a critical tool for certain media creation and digital storytelling.
Apple Swift Programming using EV3 Lego Robots Learn the Swift programming language by playing Lego on your iPad!
Swift was initiated from Apple a few years ago and is now an open-source project under Apple’s guidance. It bridges between fast coding languages like C but still supports readability and has easy to learn features like Python. Apple’s Playgrounds app makes it easy to dive into the language. To make this even more fun we will show and practice how to control a Lego EV3 robot directly from the iPad platform. As this is done from the Playgrounds app, students are able to understand basics, structures, data management and control mechanism within the Swift language.
Robotics fun for everyone
Fusion and Proto stars Robotics Club presentations
HMS Robotics Club
Intro to Graphic Design
Join us for a graphic editing exercise where you’ll be able to create your own invitation to an event with your friends, album art for your favorite musician, or other fun options! Inkscape is a graphic editing software that allows you to make creative things like logos, posters, artwork, and other cool stuff!
Making Cool Stuff with Raspberry Pi and other mad tech skills
– lots of tech projects require soldering pin header on RPi’s and Arduino-based PCBs. We will have 2 soldering irons and common components to solder pin headers into.
– showcasing 3 different retropi assemblies.
A). A console based system kit with an RPi 3B+ that comes with wired controllers
B). An ultra small version of the previous console that minimal handheld version with a build-in controller, using a Raspberry Pi Zero.
How to Build with Redstone
Think you need an expensive electric guitar to make good music? Think again! We’ll show you how you can make a simple, one string electric instrument in minutes with scraps from the garage! You’ll be playing the slide blues in no time
Ham Radio? What is it?
“Things you can do with amateur radio”:
Talk around the world without the internet or cell phones. Use your own “Internet” when the “other one” is down.
Send your voice, text, and pictures to unusual places, both near and far.
Create your own network of ham radio friends and send instant text messages without cell phones.
Meet awesome people from all over the U.S. and around the world, on-the-air and in person at ham radio events.
Talk through satellites or with astronauts on board the International Space Station.
Plus student demonstrations and more!
Tdap’s are required before starting 7th grade.
Get your student’s required Tdap booster immunization done and turned in to HMS as soon as possible. Do not wait until summer or right before school starts next fall to meet the requirement as this could cause a delay in your student starting school. No schedule is given without proof of immunization. Call your clinic to schedule a visit for shots. Many of them only require a nurse visit.
New to town and do not have a pediatrician yet? Or looking for the ease of a walk-in clinic? Go to the Lewis and Clark County Health Department on the west side of the Pure View Health building to utilize their walk-in immunization clinic. Anyone can go there for their vaccinations. Their schedule is below along with the school requirements:
Walk-in Clinics Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays 11:30 AM to 4:30 PM 1930 Ninth Avenue, Helena
No appointment is necessary. Some immunizations are available on a sliding-fee scale for those who qualify. We bill all insurance providers, except for some travel vaccines. Travel shots are by appointment only, 406-457-8900
School Shots Please bring your children’s vaccination records with you to the public health department when you come in for back-to-school shots. Your health-care provider can fax a copy to our Immunization Program at 406-457-8997.
Requirements as of Fall 2015
• All grades (K-12): Two doses of varicella (chickenpox) vaccine after age 1 year (or a form from your medical provider confirming immunity)
• Grades 7-12: Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis) booster. The Td vaccine, which lacks the pertussis (or whooping cough) component will no longer be adequate.
Seventh Grade • Required: Tdap, which protects against tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis, and second varicella (chickenpox) vaccination • Recommended: “catch-up” and adolescent vaccines, including hepatitis A, meningococcal, and HPV (human papillomavirus).
Helena Public Schools
WE HAVE OPPORTUNITIES FOR PARTTIME AND FULLTIME SUBSTITUTES
Work with one of the best teams in Helena Montana, the Helena Public Schools. Each person on our team contributes to the success of children each day. If you are interested in assisting in a classroom as a paraeducator or leading a classroom as a substitute teacher, this is the year to apply.
Our system is automated to notify you of substitute opportunities, and you can choose whether to work a full day every day—or intermittently throughout the week – even, part time. Our buildings are open from 7:30am -6pm and our need is variable—so we have a number of flexible opportunities.
Substitute Teacher: Bachelor’s degree and specific endorsement preferred. At least one year of college education is required.
Substitute ParaEducator: High school diploma or equivalent; 1 to 3 months experience or training; or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience as determined by the district.
Starting rate is $11.93 per hour as a para-educator and $80 per day for substitute teacher.
Apply on line at https://www.applitrack.com/helena/onlineapp/default.aspx
Fall is my favorite season…I LOVE back to school!
Student Library Quilt Raffle
Need a cozy quilt to read under? Of course you do. We are raffling off this lovely quilt created by SLAC members as a fundraiser for our Student Library Advisory Council. Tickets are on sale now at the HMS Library and from SLAC student members. 1ticket for $2 or 3 tickets for $5. The raffle will be held on the last day of school. Purchase your tickets now!