Padgett Signing


     On February 3, 2016, Raegan Padgett signed her letter of intent to play soccer at Baylor University.  Congratulations Raegan!


    The HMS Invention team advanced to the State competition this weekend which will be held April 30 in Austin, TX.  Fifteen HMS students were able to compete in the TCEA robotics competition and represented us well! Thank you to all of you who supported us in this endeavor! Please congratulate all of them on a job well done!

Invention Team Members: Adam Borel, Jacob Breaux, Zoe Mabry, Mikela Hellberg and sponsor Mrs. Snider


Plan for missed instructional days
on November 2nd and 3rd

Parents and Community Members:

Each year Texas school districts are required to build two make up days into their instructional calendar.  The purpose of these days is to recapture missed instructional time due to some unforeseen circumstance such as a hurricane, ice storm, or flood.  Unfortunately, our community suffered severe flooding on November 2nd and 3rd, causing our students to miss two instructional days.  In the past, this missed time would require us to attend school on our designated make up days.   However, this year we have another option to consider when working to make up the missed time, and it will prove to be a better option than using our make up days.

During the spring 2015 legislative session, the Texas Legislature considered and passed HB 2610.  This bill amends Texas Education Code (TEC), §25.081, by striking language requiring 180 days of instruction and replacing this language with language requiring districts to provide at least 75,600 minutes of instruction, including intermissions and recess.  The bill also allows school districts to add minutes as necessary to compensate for minutes of instruction lost due to school closures caused by disaster, flood, extreme weather conditions, fuel curtailment, or another calamity.  What this means is that we no longer have to count the number of instructional days, but must ensure we are meeting the minimum number of instructional minutes.  This gives us the option to adjust the remaining number of school days to meet the minimum minute requirement without requiring students to attend school on our two make up days (Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and Good Friday).

In our analysis of the instructional minutes on each campus, we found that on three out of our four campuses no change in the instructional day is necessary to meet the requirements of HB 2610.  We also discovered that in order not to attend school on the scheduled make up days, the high school schedule would need to be adjusted in the second semester.  Below is a complete listing of the changes necessary to forego attending school on the two designated make up days.

Changes to be implemented beginning January 19, 2016:

  • Transportation Services – No changes to the current schedule

  • China Elementary – No changes to the current schedule

  • Sour Lake Elementary – No changes to the current schedule

  • Henderson Middle School – No changes to the current schedule

  • Hardin-Jefferson High School – Changes to start and end times are as follows:

            Beginning 1/19/16 the school start time will move to 7:55am (from 8:00am)

            Beginning 1/19/16 the school end time will move to 3:05pm (from 3:00pm)

            Morning tutoring will begin at 7:30am and end at 7:50am

Please remember that these changes do not take effect until January 19, 2016, the first day of the second semester.  If you have questions or need further clarification, please contact your campus front office.

Superintendent Holmes