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HMS Daily Announcements

HMS Daily Announcements 

CLICK HERE to read the latest HMS Announcements.


HMS 6th Grade Summer Bridge Cougar Camp

Henderson Middle School will be hosting our annual Cougar Camp to welcome our rising 6th graders.  Cougar Camp will be held in-person on Tuesday, August 2, 2022. There will be ONE session from 9:00 a.m. - 12: 00 p.m. Students will have an opportunity to meet teachers and new classmates, participate in content activities, and tour the building. All new participants must register by 4:00 p.m. on Monday, June 13, 2022. Late registration will not be accepted after.  Use the links to below to access the online registration forms:

Summer Scholars Academy

Students in grades 3rd-8th are encouraged to enroll in the 2022 Scholars Academy Program for enrichment opportunities this summer.  CLICK HERE to download the flyer for more information or please call the Curriculum and Instruction Department of DCSD at (678) 676-0129 if you have further questions. 

MOSAIC Summer Learning Programs

The 2022 MOSAIC Summer Learning Programs link is now open for families to register for summer enrichment programs.  Please CLICK HERE to access the DCSD Summer Learning Programs webpage with program descriptions and registration links.  The programs will be held throughout the months of May, June, and July for elementary, middle, and high school students.  CLICK HERE to download a list of program descriptions. 

Rising 6th Grade Parent Presentation

Click on the image below to download and view the Rising 6th Grade Parent Presentation Ms. Patillo shared during the Rising 6th grade virtal meetings.


Rising 6th Grade Tour Video

Our HMS 7th Grade Media Production Class produced a video tour for our Rising 6th graders.  This video was shared with our HMS feeder schools.  You may view the video below: 

School Building Access for Visitors

The visitor protocol in place for the 2021-2022 school year has been updated:

Visitors are now permitted in buildings, although, volunteers are still not allowed.  We will continue to monitor conditions and data provided by the Department of Public Health(DPH), the DeKalb County Board of Health (DBOH) and the Center for Disease Control (CDC).  It is our sincere hope that as conditions improve, we will be able to reopen our doors and benefit from the value that our committed volunteers add to our schools and centers. 
We appreciate each of our volunteers and community partners.  In the interim, we will look for and we invite you to help us identify opportunities for volunteers to support our school community virtually.

Current Student/Annual Verification Application

Instead of providing proof of residency in person, parents/guardians need to upload documents to the Infinite Campus Parent Portal.  To complete the annual verification process, please CLICK HERE . Parents/Guardians must have an Infinite Campus Parent Portal account to verify/update their student(s) information.  For Parents/guardians who do not already have a portal account CLICK HERE to download instructions or visit  for more information.
COVID-19 Emotional Support Line

The Georgia COVID-19 Emotional Support Line provides free and confidential assistance to callers needing emotional support or resource information as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Emotional Support Line is staffed by volunteers, including mental health professionals and others who have received training in crisis counseling.

 Hours of operation: 8 am - 11 pm

Call 866.399.8938.

For additional assistance CLICK HERE to access the Georgia Crisis and Access Line (GCAL) where students or adults may chat or text online.  

 HMS Good News!

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8th Grade Dual Immersion French Students


Congratulations to Ms. Morrison’s 8th Grade Dual Language Immersion Students.  In March, seventeen of her students traveled to Woodward Academy to take the DELF (French Language Studies Diploma) exam.  Diplomas earned by taking this exam are issued by the French Ministry of Education and it certifies French Language abilities.  Ninety-four percent of our students passed the exam. We are proud of our French Language Cougars!  Congrats to the following students:   Zane Armstrong, Andrew Bitsko, Lilian Chan-Velasquez, Hannah Creel, Daniel Greene, Samuel Hershner, Erin Lilic, Kai Manangan, Rokhaya Ndiaye, Margo Peller, Raymond Sandres, Naomi Teklu, Julianne Trejo, Kathleen VanValkenburg, Sarah Wages, Micah Walker-Barnes, Tre White III. 

HMS Shares the Love at Oakgrove Elementary
Our HMS Cheerleaders recently helped Oak Grove Elementary promote their "Share the Love" campaign by greeting students with cheer and excitement to start their school day.  Our cheerleaders choreographed their own Oak Grove Elementary specific cheers and were excellent ambassadors for Henderson Middle School.  Thank you to our HMS Cheerleaders!
DeKalb District Spelling Bee Winner
Congratulations to Henderson Middle School 7th grader Augustina Marshall for taking 1st place in the DeKalb County District Spelling Bee.  She will now represent the DeKalb County School District in the Region 4 Georgia Association of Educators Spelling Bee in February. Congratulations Augustina!
HMS Reflections Contest Winners


The HMS PTSA Reflections arts contest has concluded and the results have been announced.  Congratulations to the following students for receiving awards in this year’s competition.  All 1st and 2nd place winners move on to the DeKalb County District competition.

Tumayna Tanha - 1st place 6th grade, 
Logan Bernard - 1st place, 7th grade
Molly Gilmore - 1st place 8th grade

Hannah Wages- 1st place, 6th grade

Xandra Snow Ashley - 1st Place, 7th grade

Blaire Griffiths - 1st Place, 7th grade
 Sarah Wages - 1st place 8th grade

Norah Fonder-Kristy - 1st Place 6th Grade
Lucy Balint - 2nd Place , 6th grade
Eva Merritt - 3rd Place 6th Grade
Elijah Bedinger - 1st Place 8th Grade

Teacher and Educational Support Specialists of the Year
We are excited to announce our Teacher and Educational Support Specialists for the 2020-2021 school Year!   Our Teacher of the Year is Lorren Kelsey, interrelated teacher on Team 8A. Our  Educational Support Specialist of the Year I is Quintavius Releford, custodian, head football coach, and soccer coach. And our Educational Support Specialist of the Year II is Robin Topa, head counselor.  Congratulations to our wonderful staff members for earning this honor from their peers!
Greenhouse Grant
Henderson Middle School thanks our HMS Foundation for assisting Mr. Purdy and our Eco-Avengers Club in securing a grant from the Clorox Foundation for a greenhouse at HMS!  To find out more about the HMS Foundation, including upcoming meetings, please visit
Courtyard Dedication
Did you know that Henderson Middle School used to be Henderson High School?  The Henderson High School Alumni Association recently installed a dedication plaque in our school courtyard commemorating the original dedication of the courtyard in 1972.  The courtyard was constructed in memory of classmate Sinda Paige Jones by the HHS classes of 1970, 1971 and 1972.  Thank you to the Henderson High School Alumni Association for helping keep the Cougar spirit alive at Henderson Middle School!
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(Students arriving later than 8:50am will be considered tardy and must report to the attendance office upon arrival)

Doors open to students at 8:25 am
(Students should not be dropped off at school before 8:25 am)
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Virtual Learning Support for Students


CLICK HERE to visit the DCSD Virtual Leaarning Support page for students  or you may call the DeKalb County School District Help Desk at 678-676-1188.

Need a Counselor?

If you need to speak with your counselor, CLICK HERE for access the Counseling Department web page to locate contact information and other resources.  Use the quick links below to send them an email:

Robin Topa
Head Counselor: email
Paul Bell
6th Grade: email
Janalee Garay
7th grade: email
Angela Coleman
8th Grade: email 
Lauchpad & Infinite Campus Quick Links
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Need to create an Parent Portal Account? 
CLICK HERE to download instructions in English.
CLICK HERE to download the instructions in Spanish.

For more info about our school, click below to access our PTSA website! 

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