January 22, 2021

Dear Hayes Parents, 
Well, we are winding down from our third week of the second trimester and gearing up for the fourth.  Historically at the middle level, the second trimester is by far the most challenging for students both behaviorally and academically. Therefore, our teachers and MTSS team members continue to closely monitor student participation and engagement, and we are also using school messenger to communicate with parents regarding concerns in the aforementioned areas.  Some families may also receive a personal, follow-up phone call from a member of our MTSS team. The intention of these contacts is to ensure our parents are aware of the situation, and to provide support and assistance where appropriate.  

As you know, middle-schoolers are at that point in their life where they want some autonomy over their world, so allowing them to talk through and strategize--with assistance--how they can modify their learning plan to improve their participation and engagement usually yields great results.  Also, the adolescent brain is caught up in the now with a focus on the short-term; therefore, rewards and consequences also need to be in the moment.  Long-term consequences do not work for teenagers; however, daily accountability and earning choice time (or their phones back) through satisfying their daily learning plan expectations, which they helped to create, is a highly effective strategy for motivating as well as shaping behaviors for the future.  In addition, teens learn rather quickly that there is a time to work and a time to play under this model, which is another invaluable life skill. 

As we discussed last week, our PBIS and MTSS team members will be supporting the rest of our teaching staff with lessons on executive functioning skills for our students over the next few Fridays. Today, the Science department presented on “My Study Skills.”  Next Friday, our Social Studies teachers will present a lesson on “Visualizing you Success” followed by our ELA department presenting on February 5th.  These lessons will continue to support our students with organization, goal setting, focus, self monitoring, and regulating emotions.  We encourage you to continue to have conversations with your students about these topics at home.  

In addition, representatives from the Grand Ledge Lions Club reached out to schools across the district requesting the following message be passed on to our families. Your Grand Ledge Lions Club has limited access to Sight for Students Gift Certificates through VSP Global Eyes of Hope. They cover at least eye exams and eyeglasses. We also have available to us Standard Certificates that can be used for children or adults that expire February 16, 2021. We do not want them to go to waste! The Student Certificates expire August 16, 2021. Lions of Michigan are holding these certificates which require the completion of an assistance application form. If you are in need, your GL Lions Club looks forward to hearing from you. Please contact: Grace (Glá) Spayde, Chairperson, Eyeglasses and Hearing Aids,  517-627-3672

Finally, there are no sports updates at this time.  As we noted last week, all Boys’ Basketball players and parents should continue to monitor their emails throughout the season as coaches will be communicating with parents directly.  As soon as we have more information regarding Girls’ Basketball tryouts, we will pass it along.  

That is all that we have for now.  We hope that you have a relaxing weekend, and we are looking forward to a great fourth week of the second trimester. 

Take care, 

Dave and Eric