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    The Harriet Buzz

    Harriet Eddy Middle School

    Mark Benson, Principal Margaret (Peggy) Barrad, Vice Principal

    July 2017

    It is with great pride that I welcome you to Harriet Eddy for the 2017-2018 school year. This past year we have

    accomplished a great deal and these accomplishments would not have been possible without your support. We completed

    our second year as an International Baccalaureate (IB) Middle Years Programme (MYP) Candidate School and submitted

    our Authorization Application. We are looking forward to the visit from an IB Authorization Team during their visit in

    November. It is during this visit that our implementation will be evaluated to determine our status for receiving our

    authorization as an IB World School.

    For the 17/18 school year, our students will participate in a fully aligned MYP schedule. This results in our students

    having an opportunity to take classes in all eight MYP subject groups. This is exciting as we move towards our IB

    authorization visit in November. More information regarding our IB MYP implementation can be found on the IB

    Program page on our website. I would also encourage you to visit our Vision page to learn more about Eddy's initiatives

    and commitments on providing an Exceptional Educational Experience for all students. Speaking of our website, EGUSD

    is transition to a new website system. Our new web address is You can find a variety of information

    including the new Parent and Student VUE portals. Information and training will be provided during our “Night at the

    Nest” on August 9th starting at 5:30.

    This year marks my twelfth year at Harriet Eddy. As a former Teacher and Vice Principal at Harriet Eddy, I will use my

    knowledge and experience of the community to continue to develop a regional approach to our students’ education. I am

    excited to continue to work with you as your partner in education to ensure your child’s success. Along with staff, I will

    work hard to continue the legacy of success established at Harriet Eddy by building strong relationships with parents,

    students, staff, and community partners.

    To help facilitate community dialogue, I would like to invite you to “Breakfast with Benson” on the first Tuesday of each

    month. From 8am-9am, we will meet to discuss educational issues important to you. Light food and coffee will be

    provided. This is an informal drop in time for you as parents to have a voice at Harriet Eddy. Please stop in to pick up a

    muffin and coffee before heading off to start your day. Additionally, I would like to invite you to participate in our parent

    involvement group called the “Hornet’s NEST (Nurturing Exceptional Students Together). The Hornet’s NEST is our

    parent group that volunteers on campus during the school day and at events. If you are interested in more information,

    please email our Vice Principal Peggy Barrad at

    As a reminder, we will be hosting our annual “Early Schedule Pick Up and Parent Workshop” event starting at 5:30pm on

    Wednesday August 9. The first day of school is Thursday, August 10. I look forward to another great year at Harriet Eddy


    In partnership,

    Mark Benson

    Principal Harriet Eddy M.S.

    August –September 2017 Volume 1 Issue 1

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    OFFICE HOURS Mon, Tues, & Thurs. 7:30am – 4:00pm

    Wed & Fri 7:30-3:00pm Minimum day 7:30-1:30pm

    NOTE: The office will be closed Sept. 4, Nov. 10, Nov. 20-24, Dec.18 – Jan. 1 Jan. 15, Feb. 12, Feb. 19, March 26-30


    Supervision is provided on campus beginning at 7:30am Students also must leave campus as soon as the school day is over at 3:03pm. Mon, Tues & Thurs. and at 2:03pm Wed & Fri. with the exception of students participating in clubs, meetings, or athletics, there is no supervision after 3:30pm. We appreciate your support in reinforcing this message at home.

    Principal’s letter 1 Table of contents 2 Office Hours 2 Hornet’s Nest 3 Early schedule Pick Up 4 First Day of School 5 Back to School Night 5 Medication 6 Attendance 7 Bicycles/Skateboards 7 Cafeteria News 8 Cell Phone 9 Classroom Visitation Policy 9 Communicating with staff 9 Clubs on Campus 9 Deliveries 10 Dress Code 10 Electronics 10 Expectations for students’ 10 Behavior 10 Competitive Sports 11 Lockers 11 Picture Day 11 School Supplies 11 Student Store 11 Telephones 12 Textbooks 12 Library 12 Handbook 13 Counseling Services 13-14 Grade Reporting Schedule 14 Field Trips 15 IB MYP 15 STEM 15 Physical Education 17 Math 17 Individuals & Societies 17-18 Strategies Department 18 Band 18 Language Acquisition 19 Opt-Out 21-22 Silver Hornet/ NJHS 23-24 Contact Us 25 Bell Schedule 26-28 August, September 29-30 Important Dates 31

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    Harriet Eddy Middle School

    The Hornet’s NEST (Nurturing Exceptional Students Together)

    Parent involvement is an important component in developing and maintaining a positive learning environment. Harriet Eddy Middle School is committed to fostering and encouraging families to be active in their students’ educational journey. To help meet this goal, the NEST team will consist of parent volunteers that will assist in maintaining our safe environment and help Harriet Eddy continue to provide an exceptional educational experience for all students. The duties and expectations of The NEST members will assist with: Guiding students to Be Safe, Respectful, and Responsible.

     Assist staff during arrival, lunches, and dismissal by:

     Managing crosswalks

     Monitoring student movement onto or leaving campus

     Monitoring student behavior

     Being a positive role model for students

     Opportunities for in class support may also be available.

    Parent volunteers will have flexibility in the times and days available to participate in the program.

    Arrival (Monday-Friday 7:45-8:15

    Early Lunch (Mondays) 10:50-11:30 Early Lunch (Wed &Fri) 10:25-10:55

    Late Lunch (Mondays) 11:50--12:30 Late Lunch (Wed & Fri.) 12:00-12:30

    Early Lunch (Tues-Thurs) 11:25-11:55 Dismissal (Mon,Tues,Thurs)


    Late Lunch (Tues-Thurs) 1:00-1:30 Dismissal (Wed & Friday) 2:00-2:30

    If you are interested in volunteering your time, please email Peggy Barrad at or via School Loop. Please include the following in your email:

    1. Your Name, email address, & phone number

    2. Your Student’s name

    3. Your available days and times

    4. If you are interested in classroom support

    An orientation meeting will be scheduled to provide further information on school procedures and present the volunteer schedule before program implementation, please contact Peggy Barrad

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    Harriet Eddy Middle School

    Early Schedule Pick Up Wednesday August 9, 2017


    Students, Parents and Guardians are invited to join the teachers and staff of Harriet Eddy Middle School beginning at 5:30pm. Class schedules will be available for pick up. Parents will attend workshops and students will have campus tours with an opportunity to meet their new teachers.

    Parents will receive their workshop schedule as they arrive on campus. Below is the

    itinerary for the evening.

    Administrators and Counselors will be available to meet with parents/guardians during the course of the evening.

    HEMS Early Schedule Pick Up: Parent Orientation

    Topic: Room Welcome & Introduction Quad

    Synergy & Technology Library

    School Agendas and Organization Band Room

    Athletics & PE South Gym

    MYP Expectations & Parent Involvement MP Room

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    Mon, Tues, Thurs. 7:30am – 4:00pm

    Wed. & Fri. 7:30am- 3:00pm

    Minimum days 7:30am-1:30pm

    NOTE: The office will be closed Sept. 4,

    Nov. 10, Nov. 20-24, Dec.18 – Jan. 1

    Jan. 15, Feb. 12, Feb. 19, March 26-30



    Welcome back to school! Student class schedules will be handed out at two different times. Schedules will be