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November 2, 2013

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Terre Haute School activities creating a buzz

The 2013-2014 school year is a bee hive of excitement at Honey Creek Middle School.

Teachers, staff, student leaders and families are continuing to make our school the best we can for all students. We are implementing guidance lessons that address bullying, developing a peer program between grade level students and will continue to focus on the development of student academic and social emotional growth.

A bullying program that was developed by the State of Indiana is being implemented across the school districts. At Honey Creek, the counselor has been able to speak to every advisory/enrichment class this fall. She has been able to teach about the different types of bullying and how students are a beneficial piece to help stop bullying. With the use of Power Point presentations and videos, reaching the students has been very successful for us this year.

The teachers and staff also are continuing the Second Steps program with our students. This program addresses the social and emotional needs that help students be successful at school and life. These lessons will continue during the school year for our students.

Another very important group of students we want to recognize is our Bee Keepers. These students are current eighth-graders who want to help mentor and be leaders for our school. They are here to help our sixth-grade students be successful and become acclimated to Honey Creek. Each Bee Keeper has been assigned seven to 10 students from the sixth grade this year.

Before school started, the Bee Keepers met with their students and did ice-breaker activities to help take away some of our sixth-graders’ anxieties about being at a new school. They also have yellow shirts that help identify them to our sixth-grade students if they need assistance. The Bee Keepers meet with their sixth-grade groups once a month to find out how they are doing and to build a relationship with them. The Bee Keepers put encouraging notes on the sixth-grade lockers and make contact with them throughout the school day.

The Backpack program is also continuing this school year for students in need. We have a very generous HCMS family that helps raise money for this program. The Student Council and our boys tennis team held fundraisers that will help fund a portion of the program during this school year. As the year progresses, certain groups will help raise funds for programs that help address the needs of our students.      

We want to thank of the School Board, central administration and Covered Bridge for keeping us at the forefront of educational and behavioral development for our students. We are excited to have such a wonderful start to our school year. The support of our fantastic teachers, staff and families at Honey Creek will continue to help us be a great middle school in Vigo County.

— Michael Cox, principal

Honey Creek Middle School

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