Hopkins Middle School Newsletter

April 24th, 2020

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From Mr. Stockwell

Dear HMS Students and Parents,

I wanted to let you know there has been an adjustment to our "Historical Grades" in the Powerschool Gradebook. The date range was not displaying a true reflection of Trimester 1 "Historical Grades". "Quick Lookup" grades in Powerschool online were not affected by this and if you regularly check online, you may not have noticed a change. Trimester 1 "Historical Grades" were the only grades affected. As of today, our "Historical Grades" and "Quick Lookup" grades are now in alignment. Please email or call if you have any questions or concerns about your Trimester 1 Historical Grade.

Scott Stockwell

Middle School Principal

Hopkins Public Schools

269.793.7407 ex 3507


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Overdue Books

Attention all students,

If you have an "overdue book" from our library, don't worry! They will not actually be considered overdue. We will have a turn in day for all school materials including library books, netbooks, and any textbooks or classroom materials you still need to return. We have not determined a day or time yet, but I will communicate that day out to you as soon as I can. Thank you!

-Mr. Stockwell

Great Start Collaborative

If you have children at home ages 0-6, we encourage you to follow the Help Me Grow Allegan FB page. There will be activities for your young kiddos posted daily on this page, some even from our HPS Family Coach, Nicole Nylaan. There are even opportunities for you to win some free books -- check it out!


Also if you need some age specific learning activities to be sent directly to your email address, or even if you need printed materials sent directly to your home, visit this link and complete the simple form:


Financial Resources in Difficult Times

Many people have filed for unemployment with the state and some are not eligible for unemployment and need some assistance. To file for help from the state

of Michigan visit their website at: www.michigan.gov/mibridges. It is easy to apply for services and find resources. You can find benefits, explore resources near you, and manage your case. Through this site you may access multiple programs including health care coverage, food assistance, cash assistance, child development & care, and state emergency relief for housing and utilities. Even if you qualify for unemployment benefits you may want to apply for health care benefits through the state.

Project Hope, in Dorr, is a Community Partner and trained to assist you if you need extra help using mibridges. If you do not have access to a computer/device then you can call Project Hope and use their wifi and they will assist you. The phone number for Project Hope is (616) 681-4673. You need an appointment to be seen at Project Hope so please don't drop by without calling first.

The United Methodist Church in downtown Hopkins offers help through their food pantry on Wednesdays from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00p.m .and from 5:00 pm. to 7:00 pm. If you would like to donate to their food pantry, they would like any kind of cereal, canned fruit, canned vegetables and pasta.

Project Hope has a food pantry in Dorr and offers assistance to those in need. If you are not in need and would like to donate, they are asking for cash assistance. At this time their thrift store is closed and they are not accepting donations for their store.

The Multi Agency Collaborative Council (MACC) leadership team has put together one website location for the community to access resources during the outbreak (food, housing help, medical, unemployment, etc.) - FeedtheNeedAllegan.com


Free Lunches

Remember to pick up your student lunches on Tuesday and Friday!

***Meals will be delivered through June 5th***

10:30 – 10:45 a.m. – Watson Township Hall, Hilliards or Salem Township Hall
10:50 – 11:05 a.m. – Topaz Trailer Park
10:55 – 11:10 am. – Hopkins Fire Barn or Sycamore Elementary
11:15 – 11:30 a.m. – Sapphire Estates Trailer Park
11:20 – 11:35 a.m. – Monterey Township Hall

Photo Contest

Ms. Dana is once again hosting a Hopkins Middle School Photo Contest.

2020 HMS Photo Contest

Attention all HMS Students:

Are you locked up in isolation and bored at home during the shutdown? Fear not, HMS is here for you! The HMS photo contest is back and open to all HMS students.

Photo Contest Theme: My Home

Please send your best digital photographs of what “Home” means to you. Photographic examples of this theme could include, but are not limited to:

-Interesting angles of the inside or outside of your home

-The objects, people, and pets that exist in your home

-Your favorite things to do at home

-How you are feeling at home during the shutdown (mood: lonely, isolated, happy, joyful, etc.)

-Hopkins hometown pride

Contest Rules: Take your best digital photographs! You should focus on making sure your photo has good lighting, good use of space and composition, interesting perspectives and angles, crisp/clear color/value, and clear definition (no grainy or fuzzy images).

Your photo must be an original photo taken this year, and you must take the image yourself. No old photos or internet images will be accepted. Photos should be taken with a camera or phone, and must depict high quality/resolution.

2 photo submissions per student only.

Please send your digital photo files to Ms. Dana at kathdana@hpsvikings.org

Photo deadline is April 30th.

Top 10 finalists will be announced and displayed at HMS on May 8th.

Top 3 winners will be announced on May 15th.

1st prize- $50 gift card of your choice

2nd prize-$30 gift card of your choice

3rd prize-$20 gift card of your choice

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You may encounter many defeats, but you must not be defeated. In fact, it may be necessary to encounter the defeats, so you can know who you are, what you can rise from, how you can still come out of it. ~Maya Angelou

Educational Resources

The attached document has been made available to the entire district. It contains many resources for education assistance as well as Counseling Resources.

Looking to keep your Hopkins student in an educational routine? Try the following:

1. Begin by having them check their email or google classroom (if applicable). Many of our teachers are using this as their primary method of communication.

2. Schedule times throughout the day where students are reading or using technology for educational practice. This document has a plethora of resources. Try one or two a day and see which ones your student enjoys most!

3. Encourage your students to journal every day. This will help students practice writing, process thoughts and emotions they may be having during this period of shutdown, and could potentially create opportunities for family discussion!

The attached chart shows a variety of Instructional Resources that parents can use during the COVID-19 shutdown.

Please use these resources to support the continued learning for all of our students. https://docs.google.com/document/d/1bSacYQEMYsO9qAMBmtd4uT6qDRtQYCHw4Pl8hVNSP9U/edit?usp=sharing

Hopkins Middle School Counseling Website

For additional resources and information please click on the link.

Daily Announcements

In-School Scrolling Announcements


For questions regarding our Athletics program, please contact the Athletic Director, Adam Valk (adamvalk@hpsvikings.org) or the Athletic Secretary, Kelly Smith (kellsmit@hpsvikings.org) at the Athletic Office. 269-793-7616 ext 1511/1504

Hopkins Viking Band Facebook page

Don't forget to "Like" the Hopking Viking Band Facebook Page

Office Business


Please call the Middle School office at (269) 793-7407 within 24 hours of your students' absence. You may leave a message on our voicemail system day or night. When reporting illness, please inform the secretary of the type of symptoms your child is experiencing (fever, sore throat, ect.). If your child is absent 2 days or more, you may request homework. If your student is absent only 1 day, homework may be picked up from their teachers the following day. You may also email absences to jennhitc@hpsvikings.org.


Telephones in the office are to be used for illness and emergencies only.


Please report all immunizations that your child has had so we are able to keep our school records up to date. All new students and all 6th graders must be completely up to date on all immunizations. Contact the HMS office if you have any questions.


ALL medications needing to be dispensed to students must be supplied from home. The school does not provide any type of medication. All prescription medication must be provided in a pharmacy labeled bottle. Tylenol/Aspirin must be brought to the office in an unopened bottle. All students requiring any type of medication must have a medication form completed by their parents and on file in the office.

CHANGES in Phone Numbers, Home Address & E-Mail

Please inform the office any time there are changes in your address or phone numbers. We need to have this information so we can update our records and successfully contact you if needed.

The Hopkins Public School District Board of Education complies with all federal and state laws prohibiting discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, age, sex, marital status, height, weight, or disability in its programs and activities. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the nondiscrimination policies: Mr. Gary Wood Superintendent of Schools, Hopkins Public Schools, 400 Clark Street, Hopkins, MI 49328 Phone 269-793-7261.

HMS Contact Information

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