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Week of February 19-23

Hello Junior Titan Families

A few quick updates as we move into our February Break. There is no school this week. Classes resume on February 26th. Third Quarter Progress Reports were handed out to students on Friday. ​

Have a great week and remember to Stay Titan Strong. 

Posted by Ryan Shaw on Sunday, Feb 18 at 4:02 PM on ParentSquare


Week of February 12-16

Greetings Junior Titan Families

Happy Chinese New Year!  With one week to go until the February break here are the weekly updates.

Middle School Sports continue. After a short pause they are back. Basketball is in season and the games postponed are being scheduled.

There will be basketball games on Tuesday 2/13/2024.

  • Girls game is at 4:00 - 5:00
  • Boys game is at 5:00 - 6:00


Both games will be in the Middle School Gym. 

The district science fair is Tuesday the 13th at El Cerrito HS. Good Luck to our students who submitted projects. 

Black History Month Spirit Week

This week, we invite all students to participate in the district-wide Black History Spirit Week led by the Office of African American Student Achievement (OAASA). Here are the themes: 

  • 2/12 Melanin Monday - Wear any shade of brown or black
  • 2/13 Preppy Polo - Wear a shirt with a collar
  • 2/14 Pajama Wednesday 
  • 2/15 Kids Backpack - Add a picture or symbol of Black pride to the outside of your backpack. 
  • 2/16 Bright Colors - Wear bright colors


Have a great evening and Remember to Stay Titan Strong. 

Posted by Ryan Shaw on Sunday, Feb 11 at 7:05 PM on ParentSquare


Week of February 5-9

Good Evening Junior Titan Families

This coming week at HMS

  • The February Principals Coffee Chat is on Thursday the 8th from 9-10 AM. Please sign in in the office. 
  • Thursday the 8th the PTO is holding a Panda Express Fundraiser. The flyer was posted earlier today. We will send a reminder next week. 
  • Also, Thursday the 8th from 6-7 PM is the HMS/HHS African American Parent Advisory Council meeting 


Middle College is hosting a preview night on Wednesday February 7th starting at 6 PM. 

Have a great weekend and Remember to Stay Titan Strong

Posted by Ryan Shaw on Friday, Feb 2 at 4:28 PM on ParentSquare

HMS PTO Panda Express Fundraiser 2/8

Middle College HS Preview Night 2/7 6PM


Week of January 29-February 2

Greetings Junior Titan Families

  • Last week our Girls and Boys basketball teams had success on the court. They secured some Wins and played extremely well.
  • Report Cards were mailed home on Wednesday. If you have not received your report card please contact the main office.
  • The Winter i-Ready math and reading assessment will be given over the next few weeks. More details coming soon.
  • Black History Month begins this Thursday February 1st.

Have a great day and ​remember to ​Stay Titan Strong
 
Posted by Ryan Shaw on Sunday, Jan 28 at 6:20 PM via ParentSquare

Week of January 16-18

Greetings Junior Titan Families

I hope everyone had a great Martin Luther King Jr. Day today. Here are the updates for the week.

  • Tuesday January 16th is a non student day. There is no school. Classes resume on Wednesday January 17th. 
  • Wednesday is the start of the Second Semester and 3rd quarter. First Semester report cards will be mailed home early next week. 
  • The District is hosting 3 community forums to get feedback on the current budget situation. It would be fantastic is some of our families can attend and provide the district some feedback
    • Tuesday January 16th from 6-8PM at Kennedy HS
    • Monday January 22nd from 6-8PM at Pinole Valley HS
    • Tuesday January 23rd from 6-8PM via Zoom. 

Have a great day and Remember to Stay Titan Strong

Posted by Ryan Shaw on Monday, Jan 15 at 6:20 PM via ParentSquare


Week of January 2-5

Happy New Year Junior Titan Families!

We are looking forward to starting the new year off seeing all of our students.

  • There are two weeks left in the second quarter and first semester. The quarter ends on Friday January 12th.
  • Basketball sign ups are in the cafeteria during lunch Tuesday and Wednesday this week.
  • Boys Basketball tryouts are on Thursday 3:00 - 4:30 in the Gym.
  • Thursday January 11th at 9:00 AM is the next Coffee Chat with the Principal.

​Here is to a fantastic 2024. Have a great evening and Remember to Stay Titan Strong. 


Week of December 11-15

Greetings Junior Titan Families

We are down to the last week of school for 2023. As we wind things down, there is a lot planned for the week. Before getting to the updates I want to give a Titan Thank You to all of the parents and staff who helped make Friday’s dance a success. Thank you.

This week is Spirit Week

  • Monday-Winter Character Swap. Pick a winter character and wear what they would wear.
  • Tuesday-Ugly Sweater Day
  • Wednesday-Winter Color War. pick blue, silver, white, gold, or any other color that says winter. 
  • Thursday-Holiday to the MAX. Headgear, socks, scarfs….
  • Friday- PJ Pandemonium
Tuesday
  • Middle College presentation to 8th graders
  • Girls Volleyball is in the championship game vs. Pinole @ Pinole. Go Titans
Wednesday
  • Honor Roll Assemblies during the day
  • Music Department Winter Area Concert. Starting at 7:00PM in the High School Gym. Our Orchestra’s and beginning band classes are participating in the concert. 
Thursday
  • Hercules MS & HS AAPAC Kwanzaa gathering sponsored by the HHS BSU. 6:00-8:00 PM in the High School Cafeteria. 
Friday
  • Minimum day. Classes are dismissed at 1:35PM
  • Student Staff Volleyball rematch at lunch. 
Have a great week and Remember to Stay Titan Strong. 
Posted by Ryan Shaw on Sunday, Dec 10 at 8:16 PM

Week of December 4-8

Good Evening Junior Titan Families

We are entering the final stretch of 2023. With two weeks of school left until break 2024 will be here before we know it. For our students there are four school weeks left in second semester. We handed out progress reports on Friday. There is plenty of time to make improvements if grades are not where you’d like to see them. On to the updates for the week.

  • Coffee Chat with the Principal is this Thursday, December 7th from 9-10 AM in room M102.   Please sign in at the main office 
  • Friday December 8th from 5-7 is the Winter Dance. The LAST day to purchase tickets is Monday December 4th. No tickets will be sold at the door. All students attending must have their school ID. No ID- No Admittance. 
  • Our Girls Volleyball team are in the semifinals. Good luck Titans

Posted by Ryan Shaw on Sunday, Dec 3 at 6:11 PM on ParentSquare


Week of November 18-25

Greetings Junior Titan Families

Thanksgiving break is here. We had a strong finish to our week with an epic student vs. staff volleyball game today at lunch. The students did prevail but staff held their own. The gym was packed with supporters for both teams, and as lunch drew to a close it was clear that a rematch would be in the works. On to the updates. 

  • Our November SSC meeting will be on Wednesday 11/29 @ 3:30 in room M102. 

  • Second Quarter Progress reports are due after the break. We anticipate them going home with students on Friday December 1. 

  • Friday, December 8th from 5-7 PM is the PTO sponsored Winter Dance. Tickets are on sale afterschool in the cafeteria and are $12 if purchased by 11/30, and $15 after 11/30. As a reminder, dances are privileges and students with suspensions during the second quarter, cut class, receive behavior referrals, and/or generally disregard school rules may lose the privilege to attend the event.

  • Next week is Thanksgiving Break. Classes resume on Monday November 27th. 

As we move into the thanksgiving break, I do want to share some thanks and appreciations.  

  • Thanks go out to the PTO for the Multicultural potluck event held Wednesday night. It was terrific to see families come to campus and share a meal together. 

  • Appreciations go out to Ms. Manipis. She hosted an Art Show for our students Wednesday night to coincide with the potluck. Ms. Manipis has anchored our VAPA department for many years and reinvigorated the Yearbook. On Wednesday night she was appointed as the Principal of Murphy Elementary School. We will miss her and wish her well in her new role. Her last day with us is Tuesday November 28th. 

Have a great evening and Remember to Stay Titan Strong

 


Week of November 13-17

Here are this week's updates and reminders-

  • Report cards were mailed home last week. Please reach out to the office if you did not receive it.
  • Boys and Girls Volleyball had a series of wins last week. Good work Titans
  • Wednesday November 15 the PTO is hosting a Multicultural Potluck from 5-7 PM in the Cafeteria.
  • Wednesday November 15th is also the Middle School Art Show.
    Friday November 17th is a minimum day, classes are dismissed at 1:35
  • SSC Election results. Congratulations to Lynda Lopez, Christine Wyatt, and Timmy Tu. They join the SSC as parent representatives.

    Have a great night and Remember to Stay Titan Strong

Posted by Ryan Shaw on Friday, Nov 17 at 4:00 PM on ParentSquare


Week of November 6-9

Here are the weekly updates-

  • Tuesday November 7th is a minimum day. Classes are dismissed at 1:35.
  • Our volleyball season continues this week with games on Tuesday and Thursday.
  • Thursday November 9th from 9:00-10:00 am is the next Coffee Chat with the Principal.
  • Friday November 10th there is no school in observance of Veteran’s Day.
  • 1st quarter report cards are mailed home this week.


Have a great evening and Remember to Stay Titan Strong 

Posted by Ryan Shaw on Sunday, Nov 5 on ParentSquare


  • Week of October 30-November 3
    Here are this week's updates.

    • Volleyball season is here. Practices are Mondays and Wednesdays. Our first game of the season is on Halloween. 

    • Halloween is this Tuesday. It is a minimum day, classes are dismissed at 1:35. Students are allowed to wear costumes but-

      • no masks or face coverings

      • no weapons

      • no gore or drippy make-up 

      • the costume must meet dress code requirements. If you have questions about specifics, please contact the main office.

    • There will be a costume contest during lunch on the 31st. 

    • 1st quarter report cards are mailed home this week. 

    • Please do not bring glass bottles to campus. We have had several broken bottles. 

    • Reminder students are not allowed to sell any items on campus. Included but not limited to snacks, drinks, fundraisers, etc. 

  •  
    Have a great weekend and remember to Stay Titan Strong
    Posted by Ryan Shaw on Friday, Oct 27 at 4:04 PM on ParentSquare


  • Week of October 23-27

  • Greetings Junior Titan Families

    The first quarter is just about over. Wednesday October 25th marks the start of the second quarter. Look for report cards to be mailed home during Halloween week. On Friday, Hercules High School had homecoming. The Middle School once again went and viewed the parade. This annual event is a great opportunity for our middle schoolers to see more of what High School offers and for everyone to see our former students. Thank you to Hercules High for inviting us. Our Baseball season has finished. The team finished the season with a couple of wins. Good work Titans. And now for some reminders.

    • Students are required to wear their ID’s daily. Replacement ID’s and lanyards cost $5.00. Be sure to bring yours daily. 

    • Cell phones are not allowed during the school day. Student phones should be off and away from 8:30-2:35. Students can go to the office and call or text home on their cell if needed. 

    • We have had several incidents of Pantsing over the last 2 weeks. Pantsing is not allowed and is a suspendable offense.  

  • Have a great day and Remember to Stay Titan Strong
    Posted on ParentSquare by Ryan Shaw on Sunday, Oct 22 at 5:59 PM 


  • Week of October 16-20

  • Greetings Junior Titan Families

    With a little more than a week left in the quarter there is still time to turn work in. Tuesday October 24th marks the end of the 1st quarter, be sure to check in with your teachers if you have any work to complete.

    Next week there is a lot happening- 

    • In Sports- We have two baseball games this week. On Tuesday the 17th we take on Steward and on Thursday the 19th we take on Verde. All games are at home and start at 4:00 PM

    • Next week is Digital Citizenship Spirit Week. Click on the link to see our Spirit Week Flyer. This is a great week for you to have conversations with your students around good digital citizenship. Please talk to your child about text messages and social media. We are seeing an increase in group chats that contain antagonistic language, instigating of potential fights, and general course language. 

    • Friday October 20th is High School Homecoming. Once again this year the middle school will watch the homecoming parade on Friday. 

    • As a reminder there are to be no food deliveries from GrubHub, Uber Eats or similar delivery services. School meals are free for students. 

    • A big thank you to Ms. Arlene Wong- the high school music teacher and several of our High School Orchestra students. They are pushing into our music class to help support while we continue our search for a teacher. 

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    Have a great weekend and remember to Stay Titan Strong.
    Posted by Ryan Shaw on Friday, Oct 13 at 4:13pm 


  • Week of October 9-13

  • Greetings Junior Titan Families
    We have a few updates before the start of the week.
    •There is no school on Monday. We will see everyone on Tuesday.
    •The October coffee chat with the Principal is this Thursday 10/12 at 9:00-10:00 AM
    •The first quarter ends on Tuesday 10/24.

    Have a great evening and Remember to Stay Titan Strong
    Posted by Ryan Shaw on Sunday, Oct 8 at 5:01 PM


  • Week of October 2-6

  • Good Evening Junior Titan Families

    October is now upon us. To end September we had some special guests. On Friday, Trustee Smith-Folds, Councilman Bailey and Mayor Walker-Griffin stopped by for a short visit to our campus. They saw a few classrooms and checked out our amazing library before moving onto to visit another one of our amazing Hercules schools. On to the weekly updates.

    In sports, Baseball has a game Thursday October 5th vs. Verde, 4:00 PM at Hercules High School. Volleyball tryouts will start Next week. 10/10 and 10/11 girls tryouts and 10/12 and 10/13 boys tryouts.

    8th grade hearing screening is on Tuesday 10/03.

    The first quarter ends on October 24th.

    Have a great day and remember to Stay Titan Strong
    Posted on ParentSquare by Ryan Shaw on Sunday, Oct 1 at 7:53 PM


  • Week of September 25-29

  • Greetings Junior Titan Families

    Short weekly update this week.
    iReady Reading diagnostic testing went well this week. This is a new diagnostic tool that we are using this year. There will be additional information and individual student results shared with families coming soon. We are continuing with the iReady Math diagnostic next week on Thursday and Friday.

    Have a great weekend and Remember to Stay Titan Strong.
    Posted by Ryan Shaw on Friday, Sep 22 at 4:00 PM in ParentSquare


  • Week of September 18-22

  • Greetings Junior Titan Families

    Thank you to everyone who came out for Back to School Night. It was wonderful to see so many families on campus. Here are the weekly updates

    • Progress reports were sent home with students on Friday. 

    • Declarations to run for the School Site Council (SSC) are due by September 21st. 

    • If you are interested in running for SSC, English Learner Advisory Council, or volunteering at the middle school please fill out the form at bit.ly/volunteertitan

    • Thursday September 21st is the next Coffee Chat with the Principal. Please come to campus 9-10 AM and sign in at the main office. 

Have a great day and remember to Stay Titan Strong
Posted by Ryan Shaw on ParentSquare Sunday, Sep 17  at 6:14 PM
 


  • Week of September 11-15

  • Greetings Junior Titan Families

    As we enter the 5th week of school, I have some updates from this week and information for next week to share with you.

    This week we had four consecutive days of false fire alarms. We are not sure what is causing the alarm, but we are sure they were all false alarms. Each day the alarm came from the same room, at about the same time, and the main panel in the office indicated that there was an issue prior to the alarm sounding. We checked the room each time and the alarm had not been pulled. We are working to resolve the issue.

    Today, we sent home an Educational Benefits Form with all students whose families have not yet completed the form. It is important that all families complete the form.

    Next week, Thursday the 14th is Back to School Night. Families are invited to campus from 5:30-7:30 PM. We will begin in the cafeteria from 5:30-6:00 with a parent welcome and information session. Class visits will go from 6:00-7:30. Students will bring home a half sheet paper with more information on Tuesday.


    Friday is Titan Color Day- Wear Black, Blue or Gray. Grade Level assemblies will be held 1st-3rd period.
    Progress reports will be given to students 7th period.
    Friday is a minimum day for the Middle School. Class is dismissed at 1:35.

    Students are required to wear their student ID’s and Lanyards while on campus. Students without their ID are printed a replacement ID. Replacement ID’s cost $2.00 and replacement lanyards are $3.00. Please remind your student each day about the ID requirement.

    When dropping off students or items before 9:00 AM please go to the turn around gate. After 9:00 AM please go to the main entrance and call the school 510-231-1429. Someone from the office will go to the gate to get the item(s) or let the student in.

    Have a great weekend and remember to Stay Titan Strong
    Posted by Ryan Shaw on ParentSquare
    Friday, Sep 8 at 4:39 PM


Mid Week Updates 8.30.23

Hello Junior Titan Families

There are a couple of updates as we head towards the 3 day weekend. 

  • Every year, we go through a period of balancing classes. This is done to ensure that we are within contractual limits for teachers and to balance out the schedule. We are starting the balancing this week. Your students schedule may change. When balancing classes periods, teachers or both can change. Students will be notified of any changes to their schedule. 

  • Please review the linked letter from the Hercules Police Department. We are continuing to have some issues with traffic and need your help. 

  • Please be aware that CalTrans is closing West bound I80 at the Carquinez Bridge to Hwy 4 this Thursday 8/31/23 at 9:00 PM. Traffic will be impacted getting to school on Friday, plan accordingly. 

  • We have having our first Fire Drill of the year tomorrow. 

Have a great evening and Remember to Stay Titan Strong. 
Posted by Ryan Shaw on ParentSquare
Wednesday, Aug 30 at 4:32 PM



Week of August 21-25
Greetings Junior Titan Families
This was a busy week at Hercules Middle School. We had grade level assemblies on Wednesday. About 80 6th grade families came out Wednesday night for a dessert luck, and Thursday was the first Coffee Chat with the Principal of the Year. We have much more planned in the coming weeks, so be sure to read the weekly update weekly. Now, on to the updates

    • Middle School Sports sign ups began last week and will continue this week in the cafeteria. Practices will be starting soon. 

    • The district is adding sports to the Middle School Sports League. Baseball sign ups will start soon

    • Student ID’s

      • Students are required to wear their student ID and lanyard at all times while on campus. We check for ID’s at the gate each morning. Students without their ID are printed a replacement ID. Replacement ID’s cost $2.00 and replacement Lanyards are $3.00. Please remind your student each day about the ID requirement. 

    • Hercules Middle School uses one point of entry for students. Students are not allowed to enter campus on the High School side. Students enter campus at the turn around gate. Students entering on the High School side will be redirected to the turn around gate. 

    • Food deliveries to campus are not permitted. If a student is in need of a meal, our cafeteria provides free universal meals during breakfast and lunch. 

    • Please be sure that your student brings their charged tablet to school every day. Many of our textbooks and assignments are digital and require the tablet. 

Have a great weekend and remember to Stay Titan Strong
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