Halstead Middle School

Tel (316) 835-2694 | 521 W. 6th Street | Halstead KS 67056

"Once A Dragon, Always A Dragon"


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Jana Wedel

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On behalf of the faculty and staff of Halstead Middle School, home of the Dragons, welcome you to our website. As the 2019-2020 school year begins it brings with it the excitement of our Gemini II redesign launch! Working together to empower all students is the vision statement for our HMS flight plan as it works together with the district vision of engaging students in continuous improvement to develop successful learners in a safe and caring environment. The Gemini II launch will focus in the four areas of project-based learning, social-emotional learning, career exploration and STEAM. Within these areas our staff will work to meet the diverse needs of our students and establish positive connections with our students, families, and community, along with providing academic rigor and emotional supports to prepare our students for their next steps. Halstead Middle School core values will guide our efforts for when students leave HMS, we want them to continue on a successful path of lifelong learning.

I strongly encourage each of you to take the opportunity to get involved with our students educational process. Please consider active participation in the HMS PTO organization, attend athletic events, and come enjoy the performance of concerts, attend parent-teacher conferences, and participate in the many events hosted at the school throughout this year. Our Facebook account will be used to share with you upcoming events and happenings around the school. I encourage you to communicate with your student about their learning and make contact with the teachers for the understanding of how your student is progressing throughout the year. I have encouraged our faculty to be present, be proactive, be prepared, be respectful, and be resourceful as we experience the elements of redesign within our school. I would extend that same encouragement to our parents and community.

If you ever have any questions, please feel free to contact us via phone or email. We hope that each of you experience HMS in a fantastic way! Blast off!

Core Beliefs and Commitments

I. Students learn best when exposed to a variety of learning styles meeting their individual needs.

We commit to knowing each student's individual needs and will adapt curriculum, instruction, and assessment strategies based on those needs.

II. Establishing emotional and physical safety in the academic environment is essential to student learning.

We commit to providing an environment of trust where all students feel accepted and worthy.

III. Student connections to adults and peers are vital to their emotional and academic success.

We commit to modeling and encouraging positive social interactions and relationships.

IV. Students learn best when they value effort, persistence, and lifelong learning.

We commit to explicitly teaching growth mindset skills.

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