Getting the Most

How to Get the MOST out of Middle School

Step One: Know Your School

  • School calendars have important dates & events
  • Learn the attendance & tardy policies
  • Learn about required and elective courses offered at school
  • Schools need rules and policies to run safely; know them and follow them.
  • Where do I go for assistance?  There are teachers, counselors, administrators, office staff available to assist.

Step Two: Be in school every day

  • Good attendance will not guarantee you good grades.  You are, however, pretty much guaranteed to get bad grades if you have bad attendance.

Step Three: Know how to get good grades

  • Be organized; use a student planner or assignment notebook
  • Manage your time well
  • Take good notes
  • Know how to read a textbook
  • Study smart
  • Use test-taking strategies (teachers will help you learn these techniques)

Step four: Set Goals

  • It is important for people of all ages to have goals
  • Set short-term goals
  • Example: “Get a B on my next Social Studies test.” or ” Get all of my chores done by Friday.”
  • Set long-term goals
  • Example: “Get all A’s & B’s on my report card this quarter.”  or  “Go to college and become a lawyer.”
  • Set goals that are specific, measurable, and realistic.
  • Set both school and personal goals
  • Write the goal

Step five: Get Involved

  • Participate in school activities
  • Get involved in activities outside of school

Step six: Make Good Choices and Decisions

  • You must “own” your behavior.

Step seven: Deal with Stress, Anger, and Bullies

  • Getting enough sleep, eatting right, and getting plenty of exercise will help you deal with stress.
  • If you find yourself getting angry talk with a friend, parent, or counselor.  It may also help if you close your eyes, breathe deeply, and count to 10 or 20.  I often tell students to go “kick a rock” not hit or say something you may regret.
  • In middle school, you’ll probably run into some students who act like jerks.  You may also see a few students who are more than jerks – they are bullies.  A bully is looking for a reaction, so if you’re ever the target of a bully, ignore him/her, or give this person a look and tell them to stop; then walk away.
  • If you’re having a problem with a bully, let your friends know and also tell your parent, counselor, and/or a teacher.

Step eight: Get Along with Your Parents

  • Getting along with your parents will make your middle school years a lot easier and a lot more fun.  Talk to your parents about what’s happening in school and about what you and your friends are doing.  Communicate!  Communicate!

Step nine: Understand the Social Scene

  • Middle school students are a lot more interested and involved in social activities than elementary students.  During these years, there are parties, dances, cliques, boyfriends, girlfriends, and a lot more gossip.  Students care about what other students do and wear, and everyone is worried about how they look.
  • The middle school social scene can be exciting, crazy, and sometimes difficult to deal with.  Here are some suggestions on how to deal with it:
  • Find friends that you have things in common with and who like you for who you are.
  • Go out of your way to be friendly.
  • Don’t do something that isn’t you just to be cool.
  • Be careful what you say.

Step ten: Plan and Prepare for Your Future

  • Now is a good time to start thinking about what kind of career you might want to have.
  • Seven Career Areas: 1) Business, 2) Health Care, 3) Skilled Trades, 4) High Tech/Computers, 5) The Arts, 6) Education, 7) Human Services
Posted on November 19, 2018

Expired: 8th Grade Ski Trip Survey

Please click this link and log in to complete a short survey about an 8th grade ski trip! The form was designed by Kalley May and Colter Petre

8th Grade Ski Trip Survey Link


Posted on September 26, 2018

October English Calendar

Posted on September 26, 2018

September Calendar

Posted on September 17, 2018

Negative and Postitive Numbers

Our first unit will focus on adding and subtracting negative numbers.

Our objectives:

I can order negative and positive numbers
I can explain and make use of absolute value
I can explain and make use of difference of opposite numbers
I can Add positive and negative Integers
I can Subtract positive and negative integers
I can Add Positive/Negative fractions&decimals
I can Subtract Positive/Negative fractions&decimals

This is the Rubric for grading this unit.  It has book pages and other assignments listed:

1. Pos Neg 4 Point Rubric

Can It Be ASN

Cookie Madness

7th Grade Integer Timeline Project

Posted on August 29, 2018

Welcome to the 2018-19 School Year

Welcome to the Helena Middle School Choir and Orchestra Programs!

This is the start of an exciting adventure for your child and his or her classmates.  I am looking forward to working with all of my students and preparing them for their concerts throughout our school year.  Since we are performing ensembles, we learn our fundamental music skills through our concert preparations.  My main goal as a music educator is to have fun while learning about music, and this is an important aspect of my classroom environment.  I look forward to seeing all of you at our first performance.  If you have any questions please email me and have a great 2018-19 school year!
Posted on June 1, 2018

From the Principal

Welcome to Helena Middle School 2018-2019

Hello! Helena Middle School Students and Parents!

Helena Middle School is a place where everyone can belong!  Our universal expectations explain our philosophy:

  • BE SAFE!

HMS students engage in a great variety of learning experiences in a safe and respectful environment.

HMS prides itself on being a community school.  Everyone in our school family will find opportunities to contribute and participate in the positive educational experiences. Our parents are crucial partners in our learning environment. Students and parents at HMS can work together with us in shaping the best educational outcomes for our students.

The Middle School years are exceptionally important for students. During this time, students hone learning skills, study habits, school behaviors, and decision-making skills in preparation for the high school. The relationships they make at HMS will be a solid foundation for success in middle school and beyond. Middle School is vital to the successful completion of high school.

Best wishes to you and your families in the upcoming year. My door is always open. I value student and parent input and involvement. At HMS, it’s all about kids. Have a great year!


Cal Boyle, Principal

Posted on January 23, 2018

6th Grade Counselor Survey

Posted on November 6, 2017


The Book Fair is coming! November 7 – November 17. Preview Books and Pre-order here!

Posted on November 6, 2017

See the movie Wonder and earn money for the HMS Library!

Wonder Tickets Click here to purchase tickets to Wonder to benefit HMS Library!

OPENS Nov. 17 Purchase tickets on Nov. 17, 18, 19 to Benefit HMS Library