To the Parents or Guardian of an 8th Grade HMS Student: 


9th grade course recommendations for your child are now ready for viewing through Genesis.  Recommendations were made for the following academic areas:  English, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, and World Languages.   We hope you find this information easy to access.  To access course recommendations:


·         STEP 1:                 Log on to Genesis

·         STEP 2:                 Click on the “Scheduling” tab

·         STEP 4:                 You should then be able to view recommendations for the courses


Please understand that these recommendations were based on a limited timeframe.  Still, they reflect your child’s teachers’ best professional judgment and should be given serious consideration when making course decisions for 9th grade at HMHS.  The recommendations were made with the intent of providing your child with the opportunity to take classes that will be academically challenging.


Overview of Scheduling/Course Selection Process



·         Parents attend the Course Selection Information Night @ HMHS on 1/16/14 at 7 PM--completed

·         By January 30-HMS 8th grade teachers provide non-binding course recommendations--completed


·         Parents/students review and consider the recommendations

·         2/4: HMHS Administrators and Counselors present course options to students during tutorial

·         2/11: 6-8 PM, HMS Tech Lab Open for students/parents to schedule with the guidance of HMS/HMHS representatives

·         By 2/27, course selections made by students/parents through Genesis

·        Parents are afforded an opportunity to meet with HMS counselor to personally review schedule/answer any questions

·         HMHS Transition Day—HMS 8th grade visits HMHS for tour/info during school hours


The course selection portal in Genesis will be open until Thursday, February 27, 2014.  Parents and students that would like to have additional support and guidance in the process should plan to attend our Scheduling Support Night on 2/11 from 6 to 8 PM in the HMS Tech Room.  Representatives from HMS and HMHS will be available to help you schedule and answer any questions or concerns that you may have.


If you or your student would like to begin scheduling courses now, the portal is open.  Click here for comprehensive directions.


We encourage you to consider thoughtfully and critically the courses best suited for your child.  The HMS faculty is providing you with these initial recommendations to help guide the multiple discussions that will be had over the next several months.  I suggest that parents and students think carefully about the level of the classes they request at HMHS.  Accelerated classes in all subject areas are very challenging and require a significant amount of homework each week.  Students and parents should discuss and weigh the child’s outside interests, extracurricular commitments, and academic focus when making high school course selections.  


Select the option that is best for the needs of your student.  Meanwhile, students receiving special services should bear in mind that their final course selections will not be determined until their annual review conference with the Child Study Team. 


I wish you and your family the very best as you embark on your new journey.  It is an extremely exciting time!  If you have any questions about specific teacher recommendations, please contact your child’s teacher.  For any general scheduling questions, please contact Ms. Ettinger or me so that we may be of assistance. 



Gino R. Priolo