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Huntsville Middle School's PTA Newsletter

Fall Schedule

11/17 11/20 11/25-27 12/11 *Fall PTA Meeting; 6:00pm *Auburn/AL Boxtop Drop Due Thanksgiving Holiday Break Student Council ­ Winter Dance

November 16, 2009 Edition

A Message from Our Principal

Dear Parents and Students of HMS, I hope you're all enjoying this beautiful fall weather we've had lately! These last few days have been so nice after all the rain we've experienced. But I know that we'll soon enough be facing some cold mornings, and I want to remind parents that students should not be dropped off before 7:30. They will not be allowed inside until that time, and it can and does often get cold at that time of morning. Hopefully they will be dressed for that weather. We had a very nice Veteran's Day assembly program on Tuesday, November 10th and recognized about 20 veterans who have connections with students or teachers at HMS. I want to give special thanks to Pat Miller, 8th grade social studies teacher, for coordinating this event, and to our Student Council membersJonathon Prozan, Kurt DeLay, Ronnie Eady, Anna Katherine Brooks, and Parker Landwehr, the HMS choir and band, and 7th grade students Hope Strickland and John Collin Powell for their contributions to this wonderful program. And it was made all the more special due to our own, Coach Bob Weakley, who was our guest speaker. I hope that you all will attend our next PTA meeting, which is scheduled for Tuesday, November 17th. I will be presenting some information about test results from last spring. In addition, our speaker will provide some useful information about the internet and how we all can be more aware of how students interact and communicate in this age of technological advances.

*Story on this event in this P.P. Edition.

Panthers Basketball Schedule

Date Opponent Site Time 11/17 Providence (H) 3:30 11/19 Challenger (H) 3:30 11/23 Chapman (A) 3:30 12/1 Westlawn (H) 3:30 12/3 Providence (A) 3:30 12/8 Whitesburg (H) 3:30 12/15 *Hampton Cove (A) 3:30 12/17 *Ed White (H) 3:30 1/7 *Whitesburg (A) 3:30 1/12 *Davis Hills (A) 3:30 1/14 *Mt. Gap (A) 3:30 1/19 *Hampton Cove (H) 3:30 1/21 *Ed White (A) 3:30 Girls play at 3:30pm, with the boy's game to follow. *For the second half of the season, boys play at 3:30, with the girl's game to follow.

Yearbooks on Sale!

Its yearbook time once again... and now is the time to order a copy of the 2009-2010 edition of the yearbook. Don't miss out on the yearbook, with pictures of all the school year's highlights including sports, academics, band, clubs, student and faculty portraits and so much more. To order, simply fill out the order form that was mailed to your home, or the copy that will be on the website this week, and either mail your payment or, pay online by logging onto! Ordering deadline is January 15, 2010. Order now before it's too late!

Debbie Hargett, Ed.D. [email protected]

PTA News

Our Fall HMS PTA meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, November 17th following the HMS basketball game. The meeting will feature dinner from Moe's, and a guest speaker addressing "The Internet...the negative impact of too much information!" More details: · When: Dinner starts at 6:00. The speaker begins at 7:00 and the meeting will conclude at 7:30 pm. · Dinner includes two tacos, beans, chips/salsa, and tea. · Cost for dinner is $7.00/person, cut off for a reservation was last Friday. · The program speaker is experienced in the perils of the internet and other forms of communication among our students.

Make Plans to Attend the Fall PTA Meeting

The Next Panther Prowl Edition will be circulated on December 7th. News for that Edition is due December 2nd. Contact the editor with stories at [email protected]

Auburn/Alabama BoxTop Drive!

The HMS Student Council and the PTA are jointly sponsoring a BoxTop drop. Student Council members will be collecting BoxTops before school at the front entrance starting in November, and collection containers are available in the office. And here's what's on the line for your student council reps... Student Council representatives have agreed to dress up in support of the winning team on Monday, November 23rd. So clip and save those BoxTops to help support HMS and your favorite team! The competition will go until the week of the Iron Bowl!

HMS 817 Adams Street SE, Huntsville, AL 35801 T: (256)428-7700

To submit a story or subscribe for online delivery contact the Editor, Elise Taylor: [email protected]

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Huntsville Middle School's PTA Newsletter

November 16, 2009 Edition

Student Updates

Congratulations Basketball Teams!

Congratulations to the Boys and Girls basketball teams for their win over Westlawn. The girl's team stands at 21 and the boys 1-2. The next game will be Tuesday November 17th at HMS against Providence.

Reminders from the Office

Progress Reports this Week!

Progress reports go home on Wednesday November 18th

Things You Need to Know: Common Pain Relievers Impact Flu Shot Effectiveness

With flu vaccination season in full swing, research from the University of Rochester Medical Center cautions that use of many common pain killers ­ Advil, Tylenol, aspirin ­ at the time of injection may blunt the effect of the shot and have a negative effect on the immune system. Richard P. Phipps, Ph.D., professor of Environmental Medicine, Microbiology and Immunology, and of Pediatrics, has been studying this issue for years and recently presented his latest findings to an international conference on inflammatory diseases. ( "What we've been saying all along, and continue to stress, is that it's probably not a good idea to take common, over-the-counter pain relievers for minor discomfort associated with vaccination," Phipps said. "We have studied this question using virus particles, live virus, and different kinds of pain relievers, in human blood samples and in mice -- and all of our research shows that pain relievers interfere with the effect of the vaccine." A study by researchers in the Czech Republic reported similar findings in the Oct. 17, 2009, edition of The Lancet. They found that giving acetaminophen, the active ingredient in Tylenol, to infants weakens the immune response to vaccines. Phipps' research has tested whether production of antibodies using a cell culture system was blunted by over-the-counter pain relievers. He found that a variety of pain relievers ­ even though Tylenol and Advil have different ingredients -- seemed to dilute the production of necessary antibodies to protect against illness.

Congratulations Cheerleaders!

Congratulations to the cheerleaders for winning 3rd place at the North Alabama Regional Cheer Competition. They also received a bid to compete in the UCA National Cheer competition held in Orlando in February.

Student Council Calls for Christmas Charities Donations

The student council is working with Christmas Charities Year Round requesting your help to feed the needy families in the Madison County area for the upcoming holiday season. Students are asked to bring in 1 or more canned food items to their homeroom teachers by November 20. Please send nonperishable items only.

Join Us for a Thanksgiving Celebration Meal on November 19th!

The lunchroom is organizing the Thanksgiving Feast on November 19th. The price for attending is $3.00 for adults and $1.75 for elementary or younger children. Guests would be eating with their child, during their lunch period on that day, so RSVPs are very important for planning purposes. RSVP to your child's homeroom teacher by November 13th. You can email her or let your child be responsible to let the teacher know. For participation confirmation for either initiative, teacher email addresses can be accessed on our school website, at

HHS Soccer Kick-Off Nov. 19th

The Annual Kick-off meeting for Boys' and Girls' HHS Panther Soccer will be held on Thursday, November 19, beginning at 6:30 p.m. in the HHS cafeteria. Parents and players (7th grade through 12th grade) are encouraged to attend. As in year's past, the meeting will start will some general program announcements then the boys and girls will meet with their respective coaches. Returning coaches will be Chris Crump as the Boys' Varsity Coach and Eusebio Samuel as the Girls' Varsity Coach. Player evaluations will be conducted after Thanksgiving (exact dates TBD). Additional details about the upcoming season will be announced at the meeting. Be sure to bring cash or your checkbook to buy your soccer spirit wear!

New Student Organization Interest Indicator....

Several suggestions have been made recently in regard to new organizations for students at HMS. If you believe your student would be interested in one of the following, please email [email protected] with the organization of interest as the subject line. In the body of the message please include your name and any questions you might have. - HMS Community Service Club - HMS Dance Team - Wyld Life (which is Young Life for Middle School)

HMS 817 Adams Street SE, Huntsville, AL 35801 T: (256)428-7700

To submit a story or subscribe for online delivery contact the Editor, Elise Taylor: [email protected]

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