Welcome to Henry County Middle School, home of the Wildcats! We are so excited to have you as part of our middle school family! Here at the middle school, we have a new motto and it is “It’s a Wildcat Thing”. What we mean by this is that we expect excellence from everyone-mediocrity is not accepted. We will do “Whatever it Takes” (#WIT) for you to reach your fullest potential during your three years with us. While you are here, our two main focuses will be building relationships and improving student achievement. Working together, there is nothing we can’t accomplish!
Meet Your Principal
Our principal, Mrs. Hughes is starting her 27th year in Henry County Public Schools and is still as enthusiastic in year 27 as she was in year one. During her time here, she has taught everything from 2nd-7th grade, been a curriculum coach, assistant principal, and now is serving in her fourth year as your principal. She has been married to her husband, Mark, for 25 years and is the mother of three great kids-Hayden (a campus minister at Georgetown College), Sophie (a junior at Georgetown College), and Gabe (a senior at HCHS). She feels that her personal children have been blessed with a wonderful education from Henry County Public Schools and wants each of her middle school students to experience this as well!
Mid-Year Review- January 2019
I sure hope everyone has had a wonderful Christmas Break and has had time to relax, rejuvenate, and spend quality time with the ones that they love! Coming back in January has always been my favorite time of the year to be an educator. Teachers and students have had a nice break away from school and each other and seem to be in a great place to be focused on what is important in the school world-relationships and academics.
Reflecting back on the first half of the school year, we have a lot to be proud of! Our football and our boy's basketball teams have had great seasons. Our volley ball team grew immensely over the course of the season. Our girls' basketball team improved tremendously from the beginning of the season until the end and several of our players have moved up to play at the high school level. We have several students who are participating in Henry County Public Schools' first ever swim team. We had many cross country runners who pr'd this season and a few of our 8th graders ran their first 5K. Our cheerleaders had a successful season of rebuilding their squad with several new additions. Our middle school band has two students participating in Louisville Youth Orchestra, had two make it into KMEA 5th District Honor's Band, eleven participate in EKU's MS Honor Band Festival, and had 10 students as part of our marching band program making it to state semi-finals. Our varsity academic team had an undefeated season and our choir was asked to perform in many seasonals community perferformances such as Wakefield Scearce Gallry Christmas Extranangza and Shelybille Baptist Church's Hanging of the Greens Service.
Although we are a TSI School, due to our disability population, we saw HUGE growth last year on KPREP and have a lot to celebrate! Our total number of students who scored in the proficient/distinguished range improved significantly- in reading (6.5), in math (8.6), in writing (17.7) and in social studies (10.9). When comparing this same students from one year to the next our 6th graders last year improved 8.3, our 7th graders 2.2, and our 8th graders 13.3. We were at or above state average in math, writing, and science and will continue for this to be our goal in all areas. If we achieve this goal this year, I will shave my head bald and that is a PROMISE! We reduced our novice in all areas: reading (-4.9), math (-12.2), writing (-10.6), and in social studies (-8.7). That is something really to be proud of! On our most recent MAP Test we had over 280 students reach their growth goals in math, reading, or both. Moving forward we have many initiatives in place to continue the academic work that we have started and will work diligently to close our achievement GAP.
Here at HCMS we do continue to live our motto everyday- It's a Wildcat Thing # WIT (whatever it takes). We are blessed with a wonderful staff, students, and families who all want the best for the future of Henry County.
We can't wait to see what this new year has in store for us!