6th Grade/New Student Orientation & Tour

6th Grade/New Student Orientation & Tour
Posted on 08/03/2022

August 2022

Dear Holdrum Families,

On behalf of our assistant principal, Mrs. Alyson Puzzo and our teachers, I would like to welcome you to Holdrum Middle School for the 2022-2023 school year. Please rest assured, our teachers and veteran seventh and eighth grade students are eager to meet you and lend you a hand as you make Holdrum Middle School your new “home” for the next three years. As you enter the second half of your summer vacation, I would like to provide you with some insight as we move closer to our first day of school on September 12, 2022.

To assist you with your transition to Holdrum Middle School, we are planning a brief 6th Grade and New Student Orientation & Tour of Holdrum Middle School. There is no need to sign up, just come during your assigned session.

This orientation is scheduled for incoming 6th graders and new students on Wednesday, August 31, 2022, approximately 45 minutes in length and broken down into sessions by student last name:

  • A-H 8:30am
  • I-P 10:00am
  • R-Z 1:00pm

You will receive your combination lock and Chromebook during this tour, provided the Chromebook Accidental Damage Fee has been paid, more information on that below. The tour is not mandatory, but provides an opportunity for you to familiarize yourself with Holdrum before school begins. 

We will meet in the HMS gymnasium where you will receive:

  1. Your chromebook, case and charger

  2. You locker combination lock that you will use for your next three years

  3. A short tour of campus.

These sessions are not mandatory and we understand that some of our students may be away on vacation. If you are unable to attend, please call the main office so we can provide an additional opportunity to pick up these items and perhaps a chance to familiarize yourself with HMS in the near future.

Additional information concerning the start of school will be provided in the upcoming summer mailing scheduled for the week of August 22nd.

A friendly reminder that all students entering sixth grade must turn in completed valid physical forms and a copy of their immunizations including the two required listed below for entry into Middle School prior to the start of the school year. More information about incoming 6th grade health requirements can be found here.  Immunizations required for entry to 6th grade:

  • TDAP

  • Meningococcal

If interested in trying out for a fall sport, additional forms are required such as the Health History Update and the State Mandate Athletic Fact Sheet Sign Off. These forms can be found on the HMS Athletics webpage. Completed forms can be dropped off at the Main Office, Monday - Thursday: 8am-3pm and Friday: 8am-1pm. 

We hope you are enjoying the summer reading book, generously provided to you by the River Vale PTA. While there is no assignment required to complete during the summer, there will be a project based on the summer reading book when you return in September.

We hope to see you at our 6th Grade and New Student Orientation & Tour on August 31st, and are looking forward to our first day of school on September 12th.

Yours in Education,

James P. Cody


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