Principal's Message

A Message From Our Principal

Welcome to the 2016-2017 school year here at McCracken Middle School (HEMMS).  This 2016-2017 school year will be a new year in a variety of ways, including returning to a traditional middle school for grades 6th-8th.  Due to this change, our HEMMS student population is all new, many of our teachers are new, and our grade level configurations are all new.  Since empowering a stalwart learning environment consists of strong team members past and present, we are energized to embark upon a new and great school year!  We have named our invigorated new environment the "Re-grand Opening of McCracken," and all students will have the chance to help create what our new school will be for future students.

Principal Henderson


"ReGrand Opening at Mc Cracken Middle School "

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HEMMS Pep Rally Student-Teacher Dance Off

Bells Schedule: 

Please find the bell schedule for the 2016-2017 school year at the following link: 
MMS_ Bell Schedule_2016-2017.pdf


Dear Parents/Guardians,

On Tuesday, April 12, 2016, the State Board of Education (SBE) unanimously voted to implement a 10-point grading scale effective in the 2016-17 school year.  Local school district are required to follow the new scale at the high school level (grades 9-12), and determing grading scales for grades 3-8 remains a local decision.  In order to mantain consistency, all Beaufort County School District students in grades 3-12 will be graded using the 10-point scale.

Implementing a 10-point scale gives our students a fair opportunity to compete for college admissions and scholarships.  A 10-point grading scale does not affect the instructional rigor or high academic expectations that we currently have for our students.  It allows students to compete against students on the same scale the majority of states and districts have already adopted.

There will not be any attempt to retroactively alter grades from prior years.  Grades for high school scourses in PowerSchool will be locked and stored at the end of the 2015-2016 school year under the 7-point scale.

PowerSchool will store all grades and associated quality of points going forward with the new 10-point scale.  For current juniors, at the end of the 2016-2017 school year, PowerSchool will average the quality points scored on the 7-point scale with the quality points earned on the 10-point scale to determine a student's GPA.  The following school years (2017-18 and 2018-2019) will use the same system for current sophmores and freshmen.  Freshmen entering in school year 2016-2017 (class of 2019-2020) will enter under the 10-point scale.  Any high school credits earned in middle school will follow the lock and store system described above.

The 10-point grading scale and quality points calculations are printed on the back of this letter.  Thank you for your cooperation and understanding as we move forward with this change.  If you have questions, please contact the front office at 843-706-8700. 


We will give priority for lockers to students who have paid the 1-1 technology fee.  If you have a financial issue, please see the book keeper for information about possible assistance with the fee.  The fee is $20 and we will collect on our Back to School Night.


School Breakfast and Lunch:

The prices for our student’s meals will remain the same for 2015-16:

                Reduced Breakfast - $.30

                Full-paid Breakfast - $1.00


                Reduced Lunch - $.40

                Full-Paid Lunch - $2.05


Car Riders:

We ask that parents of car riders assist us in setting the tone for an efficient process.  As you enter McCracken Circle, look ahead at the process so you will know what to do when you pull up.  A few pointers: 1) Cars should pull all the way forward in the drop off line so we can have as many students exit as possible; 2) Please be sure students do not exit or cross from the left lane until right lane traffic is stopped; 3) We will hold all cars in the drop off area until students have safely crossed; 4) Students should have books and materials ready when parents pull in so the line is not held up; 5) History tells us that cars that enter the circle after 8:30am will experience delays that may make students tardy to class.  We are asking parents to attempt to drop off between the lower traffic times between 8:15am and 8:40am.



We will have a proactive emphasis on having students in class on time.  We will move to an automated system that tracks tardies, communicates with parents when they occur, and assigns discipline based on the number of tardies a student has.  Please help us in the message that being on time and learning is important.


Office Procedures:

If you need to drop off lunch money, school supplies, etc. during the school day, we will not interrupt classes to make delivery of these items.  The item(s) will be maintained by our office staff and your student will be responsible for checking to see if their name has been added to the board that will be placed in the cafeteria during all lunches.  We will call students at dismissal to pick up any items not retrieved during lunches.

Also, please call the office or send a note with your student if your child will be picked up during the school day.  If your child is not feeling well, please contact the school nurse before coming to pick up your child so Nurse Minasi can assess your child’s situation.

Parent registration (New Students to Bluffton area and returning students to Bluffton Schools):

Parents of returning students will need to do the Info Snap update again this year. We have made it a little easier for you. You can know upload your proof of residence. You should have received an email with your snap code already, but if you have not or need help please give the Data Specialist a call at 843-706-8835 or stop in and she will be more than happy to help you.


If you are a parent of a new student to Bluffton area and have already registered your student, you should have completed info snap during that process. IF you have not completed the registration please call the Data Specialist at 843-706-8835 and to set up a time for you to come in and complete this.