Principal's Corner

Holdrum Middle School
"Home of the Hawks"

 Mr. Cody

         Mr. James P. Cody
   201-358-4016 ext. 1001

August 2017

Dear Students, Parents and/or Guardians,


On behalf of the administration, teachers and current students I want to welcome all incoming sixth graders and any new students to Holdrum Middle School. Please rest assured, our teachers and students are eager to lend a hand helping whether it’s giving directions to a classroom, assisting you with your locker, or just with your overall experience at Holdrum in general! The first few weeks of school will be exciting ones. You will meet new teachers, enter new classrooms, and make new friends. We are also excited to get to know our new students. If you feel a bit anxious about coming to a new school, please know that is a common experience. However, after a week, you’ll wonder what you were worried about!

Seventh and eighth grade students, because you have experience at Holdrum Middle School, we will hold you to a higher standard this year. You know the routines, rules and expectations; this will allow you to serve as role models for this year’s sixth graders. I know you will meet these expectations admirably.

Wednesday, September 6, 2017 is the first day of the school year. You should arrive at school no later than 7:50 a.m. Upon arrival, please report directly to your advisory class, which is found within the summer mailing you received. This mailing will also contain your locker and the room it is located in.

This year is an exciting one for all Holdrum students. As part of the district’s technology initiative, in partnership with the River Vale Educational Fund, every Holdrum student will be receiving a laptop/ Chromebook to use in school and at home. These laptops are scheduled to be distributed the first few days of school provided that the required forms are completed and laptop care quiz is passed. For more information on this initiative please visit our website.

Our school will continue to utilize Canvas, our student learning management system where students will have access to information for all their classes in one easily accessible location. We will continue to use this program with all HMS teachers and students participating. Students will be introduced to this valuable tool early in the school year so they can be sure to take advantage of all it has to offer. This year we will be utilizing parent observer accounts which parents will be directed how to create and use. 

In addition, HMS students will be offered some new and recently revised courses.  We are looking forward to sharing these educational opportunities with you, to further ensure your success at Holdrum, in high school and beyond.

It is my hope, that Holdrum Middle School will provide opportunities for you to become a compassionate citizen, fearless trailblazer, global communicator, collaborative innovator, a problem seeker and solution maker for the 2017-2018 school year. If you resolve to make this your best year ever, you will also help to make the Holdrum community the best place it can be.  

I look forward to seeing you on September 6, 2017. 

Yours in Education,

James P. Cody


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