🔶🔷🔶🔷New Hire Spotlight🔷🔶🔷🔶 Each day this week, we would like to introduce our 2020 and 2021 additions in our New Hire Spotlight. Please welcome our HMS Student Services Team: Ms. Lange- Social Worker Mrs. Schmidt- School Psychologist #HMSFamily
REMINDER: High Mount School will dismiss at 2:00 PM today, and every Wednesday.
We have had a GREAT start to the 2021-2022 school year! It was exciting to see our awesome students! Thank you to all the parents who were flexible as we worked through a few typical "beginning of the year" issues. This year is going to fantastic! #hmsfamily
High Mount School App https://youtu.be/iAfr-cvXJJc
A message from Nurse Winchester: Dear Parents/Guardians: Happy last full week of summer! School starts next week on 8/18/21, YAY! As a reminder, Illinois School Code and High Mount policy require all NEW students entering Pre-K, all Kindergartners, 6th graders and incoming transfer students have medical records up-to-date per State mandates. We have received some forms, but many of our Kindergartners and 6th graders are still missing paperwork. Students' records transferring from another IL district have been requested by the main office; if we do not receive paperwork from your child's previous school, it is your responsibility to obtain and turn in. Please disregard this email your kiddo's medical paperwork is current. Items of most concern are physical exams and proof of immunizations up-to-date. Attached is a list of local clinics for those that may need assistance. Vision exam forms may be turned in through 10/15/21. Dental Exam forms may be turned in through 5/15/22, but are encouraged ASAP. Dental Safari will be coming in November and those kiddos that are seen through this service will receive the required form at the time of evaluation. Students not in compliance with State requirements will be excluded until required documentation is turned in. This means if your child comes to school on the first day of school without medical records up-to-date, they will not be able to attend class and must be picked up immediately. This includes those students with incomplete medical records who were remote last school year. State Mandated requirements by grade are as follows: Pre-K -Illinois Physical Examination (valid 8/18/20 or sooner) - Completed/Up-to-date Immunizations Kindergarten -Illinois Physical Examination (valid 8/18/20 or sooner) -Completed/Up-to-date Immunizations -Dental Exam (valid 11/15/20 – 5/15/22) -Vision Exam (valid 8/18/20 or sooner) 2nd Grade -Dental Exam (valid 11/15/20 – 5/15/22) 6th Grade -Illinois Physical Examination (valid 8/18/20 or sooner) -Completed/Up-to-date Immunizations (first doses of Tdap and Meningococcal vaccine, -Dental Exam (valid 11/15/20 – 5/15/22) Transfer Students New to Illinois -New Illinois Physical - Completed/Up-to-date Immunization Record -Illinois Vision Exam Transfer From Local District -Most recent Physical (w/ immunizations), Dental and Vision Exam In addition: Medications: ALL medications including prescription or over-the-counter (OTC) will not be given without a physician’s order. If your student needs to take medication at school (including OTC), we must have a HMS Medication Authorization Form completed and signed by medical provider and this includes cough drops, ointments, acetaminophen (Tylenol), ibuprofen (Motrin). MEDICATION MUST BE TRANSPORTED BY PARENT/GUARDIAN. Asthma Kiddos: All students with Asthma must have an Asthma Action Plan and Medication Authorization completed by physician, signed by parent, renewed annually at start of each school year. If your child needs nebulizer treatments, parents must supply tubing, mask or mouthpiece with albuterol solution; HMS will provide nebulizer. Allergy/Food Allergy Kiddos/EpiPens: It is parent/guardian’s responsibility to verify that their student’s allergies are accurate and up-to-date yearly with the school. All students with food allergies must have an Allergy Action Plan and HMS Medication Authorization Form for EpiPen and/or antihistamine or any other intervention indicated by Action Plan. Dietary Restrictions: As required by State of Illinois through school lunch program, if your child has a dietary restriction, we must have a note from their physician with the specific restriction noted, renewed yearly. Seizure History: Students with seizure history must have a Seizure Action Plan and intervention medication if advised in Seizure Action Plan. Seizure Action Plan should be completed by their physician and signed by parent on file, renewed annually. Diabetic or other Health Concerns: Students with Diabetes Mellitus must have Care Plan on file and provide HMS with all supplies necessary to accommodate daily needs, including Glucagon. I will be available in my office at Open House on 8/16/21 to turn in forms, medications, etc. Please do not hesitate to call or email if you have any questions or concerns regarding your kiddo’s health needs. Sincerely, Nurse Winchester
On Fridays we wear BLUE & GOLD!!! Here is your chance to purchase HMS Spirit Wear to add to your collection. Please follow the link below as our online store will close on September 6th: https://www.storessimple.com/spectragraphics/groupproducts.php?prodgroup_id=13187&prodgroupbypass=true
HMS Fall Sports -Tryouts (5th-8th grade) SOCCER 8/4 & 8/5, 9:00-10:30 BASEBALL 8/9, 10:00-11:30 SOFTBALL 8/9, 10:00-11:30 All try outs will take place at Mel Price Park. Students must have an updated sports physical on file before trying out. Students must bring a completed permission form to try outs (attached). Permission forms are available in the office as well.
HMS Parents - Please check your email for a short "Return to School" survey. Your input is valued!
Parents: On July 5th, online registration will be available for any returning students. Once you register your child you will need to email me your proof of residency (recent utility bill, lease, etc.) Your enrollment will not be approved until your proof of residency is received. To register you will need to login to your Teacherease account using the email you provided to the school office. If you would rather register in person please call the school office to make an appointment. All new families and incoming Kindergarteners must register in person. Please email Ms. Emmons at email@example.com, if you have any questions please call me at 618-233-1054. Office hours are: Mon-Thurs 9-3 and Fridays 9-12. I will be out of the office July 5-9th.
May 18, 2021 Dear HMS Families, We made it! It is hard to believe that we are nearing the end of the 2020-2021 school year. In some respects it has been the most memorable year of our lives, and in others it has been one of the most challenging. Everyone at HMS, teachers and students alike, have worked diligently to embrace the sweeping changes in which we were presented. Though it was not always pleasant, we persevered and forged ahead. Together, we made it through a year of ups and downs, unexpected firsts, and living in a world of “what if?” The 2020-2021 school year will go down in the history books as one in which we were all stretched outside of our comfort zone. Yet, we have all learned and grown through this season. The quote “it takes a village” has never felt more true. Most sincerely, I thank you enough for your continued flexibility and support. What is next? Good luck to our 2021 eighth grade class. Keep reading, pursue your curiosity and dreams, and please come back to visit! We have migrated to a much needed, new website. Please check it out at highmountschool.com. Very soon we will be sending out information regarding the mobile app. Registration information for the 2021-2022 school year will be forthcoming. We are excited to open the year in August in-person and see EVERYONE back at school! Stay tuned for more information. Again, thank you for enduring this year’s adventure with us. Have a wonderful and much deserved summer break. We will see everyone at HMS next August! #hmsfamily Sincerely, Dr. Beth A. Horner Superintendent
Congratulations to the HMS Class of 2021!!!!
8th Grade Celebration 5/20/2021 https://youtu.be/9qWF_bPmtC0
🔷🔶THANK YOU to Maestro Wheelan for getting the band back together. We had a beautiful night for the HMS Band concert and our student musicians didn’t disappoint. Way to go HMS Band!!! We have missed hearing you perform. BRAVO!!! 🎶 🎵 🎶
🔷🔶🔷Student of the Month-May🔷🔶🔷 Congratulations to 8th grade student, Lucas Hubbard. He was recognized by the Swansea Rotary as the HMS Student of the Month for May. Way to go Lucas!!! #HMS116 #HMSFamily Rotary Club of Swansea
Principal's Message THANK YOU As we approach 70% of our kiddos returning to in-person learning, High Mount School is PROUD of our Students and Staff for their hard work in making the best of a challenging situation. We would also like to thank our HMS Parents for your continued support. The ask of you as parents has been greater this year than ever before. You are APPRECIATED!!! We are looking forward to the day that our in-person learners are back to 100%!!!! #HMSFamily