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September 21, 2012

READERS’ FORUM: Sept. 21, 2012

TERRE HAUTE —

New programs at Honey Creek

The 2012-2013 school year is off and “buzzing” at Honey Creek Middle School. We have several programs that are being implemented that will continue the focus on student academics and behaviors.

In an effort to always be aware of our students’ social and emotional needs, Honey Creek is putting forth a schoolwide effort with a new program called Second Steps. Second Steps is a program that looks at developmental areas that students deal with everyday. These areas are divided up into classroom-based guidance lessons that are taught throughout the school week. These lessons will continue during the school year for our students. With the help of our school board, central administration and Covered Bridge, this program will keep us at the leading edge that fosters our students’ educational and behavioral development.

On the Thursday before school started, we invited all of our sixth-grade students to a “Bee Day” hosted by our Bee Keepers and Mr. Jeff Thompson. Mr. Thompson developed this idea and although he is now a teacher at Terre Haute South, he wanted to make sure his plan was carried out for this new program.  

The Bee Keepers are current eighth-grade students who want to help mentor and be leaders in our building to help all students be successful. These students were chosen by teacher recommendations and how they display leadership qualities.

The Bee Keepers 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 themselves to our sixth-grade students if they need assistance. This day was a wonderful success and will continue as a “Bee Day” here at HCMS.

Student-driven projects are so wonderful to watch develop and we are blessed to see one developing here at Honey Creek. Seventh-grade student Taylor Lueking has come up with the idea of having a “Pink Buzz” club to help honor and raise money for breast cancer awareness. She has developed activities that include decorating pumpkins and scarecrows to donate to patients in medical facilities. The club may possibly raffle some of the items at upcoming basketball games to raise money. Several activities are scheduled throughout the year to support this important cause that affects everyone in the community.  

We are excited to have such a wonderful start to our school year. The support of our fantastic teachers and staff at Honey Creek help us to continue to be a great middle school in Vigo County.

— Michael Cox, principal

Honey Creek Middle School

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