Hopkins Middle School Newsletter

October 25, 2019

Thank you

Thank you for taking the time to review this week's Newsletter. The HMS newsletter is published every two weeks and circulated via E-mail, Facebook, & Twitter and can be easily shared. We have several upcoming events and lots to share this week.
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Fall 2019 Spaghetti Dinner Details

Tuesday, Nov. 12th, 4:30-7pm

333 Clark Street

Hopkins, MI

Hopkins High School Cafeteria

Ticket: $6 per person

Group Special - 4 for $20

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Choir Concert / Art Show

Tuesday, Nov. 12th, 4-8pm

215 Clark Street

Hopkins, MI

Hopkins Middle School Cafetorium

Art Shows run from 4 pm-8 pm

5:30 pm sharp--Call time for all M.S. Choir Students

Middle School Concert begins at 6:00 pm

6:30 pm sharp--Call time for all H.S. Choir Students

High School Concert begins at 7:00 pm

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A Big Thank you to Hopkins Community Church

Hopkins Community Church recently hosted a Personal Hygiene supply drive to benefit Hopkins Public Schools. We want to thank the church and its members for their generosity and thoughtfulness.

If you are interested in donating New, Unopened Personal Hygiene items please drop them off at the Middle School Office.

From the Village of Hopkins

Trick or treating in the Village of Hopkins will be from 5:00-7:30 on October 31. Enjoy a safe, fun evening in Hopkins where the firemen help with traffic control on Main St., candy checks are done at the fire barn and a free community dinner will be served at the Methodist Church. We would love to have you and your family spend Halloween with us! Small town life at its best!

Ski Club

Bittersweet Ski Club cards are now available for the 2019/2020 season. Forms are available at all school offices. If you would like your ski club card before Thanksgiving Break, please turn in your completed forms and payment by Thursday, November 14.

Snowmobile Safety Course

Where: Allegan County Snowmobile Clubhouse 1697 36th street Allegan, MI 49010

When: Saturday, November 9th

Time: 8:00am to 1:00pm

The class is free. A light snack will be provided. A safety class is required for all children ages 12 to 16 that will be riding on public lands/trails. 11-year-olds may attend but won't receive their certificate until they turn 12. This class is being put on by the Michigan DNR. Additional food will be available for purchase. Click on the link below for additional information and registration information.

Career Fair

Our Annual Career Fair was on Friday, October 18th. 8th Graders and 11th Graders had the opportunity to "browse" many different career paths. We had a special visit from Zach Harig from Fox 17. Several 8th graders had the opportunity to "broadcast" from the event.
Hopkins Career Fair recap

School Bus Safety Week

Next week, October 21-25, is school bus safety week. It is a great time to educate students, families, and communities about the many ways we can all work toward safe transportation to and from School! Hopkins Transportation is dedicated to student safety and quality transportation, please enjoy some School Bus Safety Tips as we kick off awareness week!
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6th Grade Camp

HMS sixth-graders spent October 16-18 at the Outdoor Education Center in Dowling, Michigan. Despite the high ropes course being unavailable due to tree damage, a good time was had by most! Students were able to participate in cookouts, canoeing, archery, survival activities, fire and shelter building, climbing tower, and many other group building activities. A big thank-you goes out to the school and community for supporting our Sixth Grade Camp program!

Tech Vikes

The middle school robotics club, the Tech Vikes, has been working hard on our robots this year and our first competition on November 1st at East Kentwood Freshman Campus. It is a free event, come watch and support the Tech Vikes as they build their skyscrapers in this year's Skystone game. Opening ceremonies start at 10 am and each Tech Vikes will play in 5 matches each throughout the day. There’s a lot to see at a competition and the team would love the support.

Attention 7th Grade Parents

Michigan Profile for Healthy Youth

Parental Notification Form

Hopkins Middle School is taking part in the Michigan Profile for Healthy Youth survey supported by the Michigan Departments of Education and Health and Human Services. The research survey will ask about the health behaviors of 7th-grade students. The survey will ask about behavior and attitude related to nutrition, physical activity, injuries, tobacco, alcohol, and other drug use.

Students will be asked to complete an online survey at a private computer terminal. Participation in the survey will cause little or no risk to any student. The only potential risk is that some students might find certain questions to be sensitive. The survey has been designed to protect each student’s privacy. Students will not be asked to provide their name or any other identifying information. Also, no school or student will ever be mentioned by name in any reported results. The results of this survey will help students in the future. We would like all selected students to take part in the survey, but the survey is voluntary. No action will be taken against the school, you, or the student if the student does not participate. Students can skip any question that they do not wish to answer. In addition, students may stop participating in the survey at any point without penalty.

The surveys are available at the school for your review. Information can also be found at www.michigan.gov/shs. If you have any questions please contact Scott Stockwell (HMS Principal) at (269)793-7407.

If you object to your child’s participation in the survey, please complete the form below. You only need to return this form if you do not give your child permission to take the survey. This form is DUE to the office by 8:00 AM on Tuesday, October 29, 2019.

Note: You DO NOT need to complete this form if you give your child permission.

Fact Sheet for Parents/Guardians

Q. Why is the survey being done?

A. The Michigan Departments of Education and Health and Human Services have provided this survey as a means for local school districts to assess student needs and develop education programs and other strategies to help reduce health risk behaviors.

Q. What kinds of questions are asked on the survey?

A. The MiPHY includes questions about a range of health risk behaviors and attitudes that can lead to serious health problems.

Q. Are sensitive questions asked?

A. Some questions may be considered sensitive. The only way to determine the extent to which adolescents are at risk, however, is to ask questions about these behaviors. Questions are presented in a straightforward and respectful manner and those that focus on risk behaviors always begin with an abstinence or non-use answer choice. In addition, students always have the option to skip questions.

Q. Will student participation be anonymous? Will student privacy be protected?

A. Yes. Survey administration procedures have been designed to protect student privacy and allow for anonymous participation. Students will not enter their names or other identifying information at any point during this survey.

Q. Will students be surveyed again to see how their behavior changes?

A. No. It will be impossible to track students who participate because no identifying information will be collected.

Q. How was my child selected?

A. Students in grades 7, 9, and 11 are randomly selected and invited to participate in the survey.

Q. How long will it take to fill out the survey?

A. It will take approximately one class period to complete the online, multiple-choice survey.

A note from the Office

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Upcoming Events & Important Dates

October 25 -- Halloween Dance 3:00-5:00

October 31-- ½ Day, students will be released at 11:00 am

November 7 -- Student Council Meeting 3:00 - 4:00

November 11-- Veterans Day Assembly 9:00

November 12 -- Choir Concert / Art Show / Spaghetti Dinner

November 26 -- 1/2 Day, End of Trimester 1

November 27-29 -- Thanksgiving Break

December 23 - January 3 -- Winter Break

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

What is this

To view a copy of our HMS Student handbook, Daily Announcements or the October Lunch Menu click on the links above or visit hpsvikings.org.

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