Hastings Hotline - June 2017
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Message from Principal Robb Gonda

Dear Hastings Families,

Thank you for all your support this year at Hastings Middle School. We have an incredible learning community that continues to exhibit our core traits of being caring, connected, collaborative and thoughtful. This year our students have been exceptional both in the classroom and as they participated in various clubs and athletic activities. They really inspired us all through their work to live up to our district’s vision to Serve, Lead, and Succeed.

I would like to give a special thanks to our PTO executive committee (Ann Carmichael: President, Cathy Pultz: Past President, Sherry Dean: Secretary, Melissa Ford: Treasurer, Lisa Olvey, Treasurer) for their support and work throughout the year. This year’s PTO gave back to Hasting through multiple teacher mini-grants, artist-in-resident program, author visits, overseeing the completion of the Sponsor-a-Chair program, and providing countless volunteer hours. Additionally, a big thank you to our PTO committee chairs who without their leadership and dedication our students would not have had such a value learning experience throughout the school year.

Finally, congratulations to our retiring staff members: Science teacher Jim Cash; Librarian Barb Hirsch; and Para-Professional Barb Ranum. These staff members’ contributions to Hastings will last long after their last day of employment. I wish them well on their future endeavors they will be missed in the hallways of Hastings Middle School.

I look forward to welcoming all our 6th grader to Hastings on August 16, 2017 for our 1st ever 6th grade only orientation day, and all of our HMS student back on August 17, 2016. Until then, enjoy your summer break.


Robb T. Gonda, Principal Hastings Middle School


Notes and News

Last day - Friday, May 26th
We will dismiss by grade levels. Students unable to travel home at these dismissal times will be supervised in the gym until regularly scheduled buses arrive at 1:30pm. The 8th grade will be dismissed at 1pm to return at 3:30pm for the Recognition Program (see information below); the 7th grade will be dismissed at 1:10; and 6th graders will be dismissed at 1:30pm.

Eighth Grade Recognition Program 
The 8th Grade Recognition Program will be held at 4:00 p.m. in the Hastings Auditorium. Students will attend morning classes and eat lunch as usual. Beginning 7th period, the students will assemble in the auditorium to practice. At 1 p.m., they will then be dismissed to go home and prepare for the Recognition Program. Attire for the Recognition Program is dressy; students should follow DC Arlington National Cemetery dress guidelines. Upon returning to school at 3:30 p.m., students will assemble in the science hallway in preparation for the Recognition Program while parents are seated in the auditorium. There will be a brief reception following the program.

District Early Release dates next year are  Wednesday, September 27 and Wednesday, February 28; however, the middle schools are going to have more but I don't have those dates yet.
Important Upcoming Dates:8th Grade Recognition:  May 26 Teacher Grading Day:  May 30
Sale Date:  August 7
First day of school for 6th graders is August 16 and the first day of school for 7th and 8th graders is August 17 (includes 6th grade as well).
Mentor training will be on August 8.


August 7 7th and 8th graders, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. 6th graders, 3 p.m. - 7 p.m. Two great options to conveniently purchase all of next year’s school supplies AND support the organization that supports our students and teachers all year long: 1. You can order your supplies online and have them packaged and ready for pick-up at the Hastings Supply Sale in August*; 2. Don’t need all the supplies on the supply list? Attend the sale on August 8 and buy just the supplies that you need.

*The only supplies that will NOT be included in the pre-packaged bags will be calculators and the global language and music binders. Also, concerning gym attire: Students are required to wear athletic attire and athletic shoes during gym class, but now this can be any color athletic shirt, shorts or sweats, but must align with general school dress code. *This is a change from previous years’ requirements.   

These and other "spirit wear" items will be available at the sale. And, of course, August 7 is also the day to get your class schedules! Have your school photo taken! Deposit to your debit account! Catch up with your friends!!! Check the Hastings website mid-summer to see the complete supply list online and more information about the sale.  

Help, Help, Help!! We need lots of volunteers to make the sale run smoothly! If you are able to help on the sale day or before the sale to help fill orders, please email Anne Carmichael at anncarmichael2@gmail.com.

High school students can earn their summer service hours!


News from the PTO President

Dear Hastings Families, 

As the 2016-2017 school year comes to a close I'd like to extend my deepest thanks for your time, efforts, funds and volunteer hours this year. The participation from our families and students is wonderful and generous! A special thanks to the PTO board: Cathy Pultz, Melissa Ford, Lisa Olvey, and Sherry Dean whom I had the pleasure of working with this year. There were over 20 chairpersons to thank as well and I know the Hastings Community is grateful!

As the school year wraps up here are the last remaining events and opportunities you have through PTO. All the links are on www.hastingspto.org Graduating 8th grade families. Want to order the Graduation video? It's available on flash drive or digital download this year.

You can order online now or download the form and send in a check.

Pre-orders are best. Price goes up day of graduation- thank you!


BEAR SPLASH BASH!!! Sat.. JUNE 3rd 8:30-10:30 pm

Year end celebration at Reed Road Water Park with games, DJ, Kona Ice and fun! SIGN UP HERE, PAY AND YOU'RE DONE.

This is intended for Current HMS students only:) All funds will go directly to our finish our Sponsor a Chair program. WE STILL NEED STUDENTS!!!!


First, welcome Meghan Harder to our PTO Exec board as our incoming President Elect.   Thank you to those who have volunteered to chair committees for 2017-2018. We appreciate all you do for the PTO! If you are interested in finding out more information about helping with any committee, please email me at hastingspto@gmail.com

We will see you in August for our back to school supply sale that our chairs are already working on!  Have a great summer!  

Go Bears!

Ann Carmichael

2016-2018 PTO President

Nurse's Notes

Immunization Requirements for incoming 2017-2018 7th graders            

The following immunizations are required prior to your child entering the 7th grade:

-       Tdap booster vaccine

-       Meningococcal vaccine.  

Presently we have ~ 200 6th graders who will need to receive these immunizations prior to the new school year.  Gathering this information can be very time consuming so I am asking for your help.   If I do not have current dates for these immunizations, I will be reaching out to you over the summer via the “Blackboard” email communication.  As soon as I receive the immunization dates I will remove your name from the email list. 

After your child has received the vaccine, please provide me with:

-       Month / Date / Year of the vaccination

-       You can email or phone me with the date or include it on InfoSnap when registering your child for the new school year.

-       If your child will see the doctor later in the summer or in the early fall and will receive his/her vaccinations at that visit you can inform me of the future date and this is acceptable.

-       The sooner you can provide me with this information the happier I will be.

Thank you and have a wonderful summer!

Gini Barber RN.  

 Call 487-5100 X 4003 or email her @ vbarber@uaschools.org if you have any questions.




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