Flight Plan November 19

Flight Plan November 19


As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.

~John Fitzgerald Kennedy


The “First Thanksgiving” was celebrated by the Pilgrims after their first harvest in the New World in 1621. This feast lasted three days, and it was attended by 90 Native Americans (as accounted by attendee Edward Winslow) and 53 Pilgrims. There is still much to be thankful for.


At this Thanksgiving season I would like to take a moment to express how grateful I am to be associated with the families and faculty at Hornsby Middle School.  As an administrator I am thankful for students who cheerfully work hard to learn, parents who encourage, and teachers who are dedicated and truly care about each child.  I am thankful for a PTSA who do all they can to make Hornsby a great place to be.  I am truly grateful for the opportunities I have experienced here.  Thank you for your help, support, understanding, and friendship.  There is no other place I would rather be.  Have a wonderful Thanksgiving.





As we prepare to take a short break from school for Thanksgiving, we want to express our gratitude for everyone who makes it possible for as many students as possible to come to school every day, on time, ready to learn. We thank:

  • Our students and families for making daily attendance a priority since they know the habit of attendance will help them do well in the classroom and eventually in a job.
  • Our wonderful teachers who pour their energy into making each classroom an exciting place for exploration and knowledge so children do not want to miss learning.
  • Our support staff and community volunteers who provide the extra hands and attention our children need.

We appreciate each one of you so much. We look forward to seeing you after the Thanksgiving holiday.




Monday, November 19, 2018: B Day

  • PTSA Meeting 5:30pm in the Media Center
  • Viola Sectional after school until 4:45
  • Step Team on Monday November 19th in 3125 right after school until 4:45pm.


Tuesday, November 20, 2018: A Day

  • SHIP Club: AM Gym (6:50-7:50)
  • SHIP Club: Kickball Club has been canceled. It will meet again on Nov 27
  • Bridge Club after school
  • Bacon Street 2018 Youth Award Essays Due
  • There is NO after school tutoring with William and Mary


Wednesday, November 21, 2018:

  • Schools and Offices Closed


Thursday, November 22, 2018:  

  • Schools and Offices Closed


Friday, November 23, 2018:

  • Schools and Offices Closed
  • Have a great weekend!




Announcements/Looking Ahead

Attendance: As your child continues on their amazing education journey one of the most essential elements for their success is good school attendance. Students need to be at school each day in order to be properly prepared for the important next steps in learning. Teachers work very hard to provide instruction that builds on the previous day’s so that your child’s learning experience is developmentally appropriate. Children who miss school miss out on a carefully planned sequence of instruction, they miss active learning experiences, they miss the opportunity for class participation, they miss the opportunity to ask questions to increase their understanding of the material, and they miss the opportunity to practice important social skills. Good school attendance helps your child develop habits that will help them be successful the rest of their lives.


Attention all Hawks. It is never too late to help others. HMS SCA is continuing the flash food drive. Bring in nonperishable items to your home room Monday and Tuesday to show your support for our school and your community. The grade level with the most items wins!!!


No Yearbook meeting until after Thanksgiving Break


Ally club’s next meeting is December 6.


LHS and HMS theater performance has been moved to January 4


Bacon Street Youth and Family Services is committed to impacting the lives of youth in real ways every day! We are pleased to announce the 2018 Youth Award! We ask the participating youth to write an essay and the best writer will be chosen for the award. The award prize for the best essay is a brand new Tablet and a Gift Card to Staples. The winner will be recognized at Bacon Street’s Annual Open House in December. This year’s selected theme is “The Masks We Wear.” Essays must be received no later than 5:00PM on November 20, 2018.  Ask Ms. Spicer or Ms. Nowak for more details!

Thank you to all of the students, teachers, families, donors, and volunteers that made the Hawk Hike a fun event for our Hornsby Hawks!  Our Hawks raised funds to help the PTSA fund mini grants for our teachers.  Those mini grants are for items and experiences that enrich the learning for our Hawks.  Stay tuned next week for the final announcements (or come to the PTSA meeting Monday night).


Our November PTSA meeting is tomorrow (11/19) from 5:30-6:30 in the evening.  We will be discussing the following and would love to have you join us:

– Hawk Hike final numbers and notes

– Mini grants – approved mini grants and when the nest mini grant session will open

– Purple and Gold Dance – final number and notes

– Spirit Wear – offering items for sale at the meeting and updates on sweatshirts (more are on the way)

– Reflections – winners and next steps

– Mrs. Berry (7th grade science teacher at Hornsby) will present information on a trip she is leading to Costa Rica this summer (this trip is not part of Hornsby and is open to all middle school students from around the area).

– Discuss a movie that the PTSA would like to bring to the Hornsby families


If you are picking your child up from school or they are riding a different bus, please make sure you send a note and ask them to turn it into the office.

Important Dates:

November 21-23: Schools and Offices Closed

December 6: Interim Grades End

December 11: Interims Go home

December 20-January 1: Winter Break

January 2: Schools Reopen: Welcome Back!

January 4: LHS and HMS theater performance at LHS

January 21: Schools and Offices Closed: Students Off

January 23: Marking Period 2 Ends

January 24: Early release for students 12:25pm

January 25: MS Teacher PD: Students Off

January 28: Marking Period 3 Begins

June 12: Stepping Up (8th grade ceremony) 2pm at WHS



Thank you!!!

Please thank someone you know from Williams Landscaping. They provided the beautiful planters with flowers at the entrances and mulched around the front. It looks amazing!

Thank you to all the sponsors for the Hawk Hike. You helped make the day special for our students! AMF Williamsburg Lanes, WISC, Go Ape!, VA Aquarium, Go Karts Plus, Chipotle, Extraordinary Cupcakes, Buffalo Wild Wings, Chik Fil A

Thank you to our 2018-2019 business sponsors and all contributors. Gold Level ($1000): Ferguson and Williamsburg Orthodontics. Silver Level ($500): LaRS, Pediatric Dental Associates, and CHKD Pediatric Associates of Williamsburg.

Thank you to Kelly Crumpler for launching our 7th grade math peer tutoring program!

A Big Thank You to Mrs. Cooley and Mrs. Gaines for helping the 6th graders in small instructional groups on an Atomic Theories assignment via Discovery Education!


Thanks to Mr. Massey and Ms. Rivera for going above and beyond for our Spanish speaking students.


A huge thank you to the staff for assisting in getting back the completed Impact Aid Forms.

Thank you to the cafeteria staff for the delicious Thanksgiving dinner last week.  You really went all out. The students and staff loved it! And you are always cheerful and smiling as you work so hard!

Thank you to our students who made the Hawk Hike so amazing. Your spirit and dedication to the school are to be commended.

Our PTSA and parents are wonderful! Thank you for coordinating, setting up and working on the Hawk Hike. Our students LOVED it! You are appreciated!

The Related Arts Department made sure the students had fun during the Hawk Hike. Thank you for working for our students!

The PE Department did an awsome job warming up the students!

Mrs. Palmer deserves a big hand for organizing the Hawk Hike along with the PTSA, parents, and community volunteers!

Thank you to all of our teachers and staff who came down for the awards ceremonies and even walked with our students. I had a great time walking with teachers and staff and I know our students did too.

Our students are wonderful! Students have been following the Hawk expectations. Our Hawks SOAR!

Hornsby Hawks SOAR