Hopkins Middle School Newsletter

November 22, 2019

Happy Thanksgiving

Next week will be a short school week. Yay for Vacation!

  • Monday, November 25th is a full day
  • Tuesday, November 26th is a half day. Dismissal will be at 11:00 am.
  • No School November 27th, November 28th, and November 29th.
  • School will resume on December 2nd.

The next newsletter will be published on December 6th.

A message from Mr. Stockwell:

Hello parents and students!

As we are in the midst of our Winter Sports season I would like to take a minute to remind everyone of our after-school policy. All students, including those on the athletic teams, need to be supervised if they are going to be staying in our building. This would mean students who want to stay in the building until the start of the athletic contest should be in our Media Center which is staffed until 3:30 daily. At 3:30 there should be a ticket-taker available at the entrance of the contest and students can move into the gym. We need to avoid large groups of students in the hallways unsupervised. Students who are not in the media center will be asked to leave the building.

If you have concerns over this policy and would be willing to volunteer to supervise students to open up another option for them, please contact me and we can discuss. Thanks!


Scott Stockwell

Middle School Principal

Hopkins Public Schools

269.793.7407 ex 3507

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Lost & Found

Our Lost & Found is OVERFLOWING!!

Please encourage your student to check the Lost & Found for their missing items.

All items that REMAIN after November 22nd will be donated.

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Yearbook News

We will no longer be accepting Box Tops for Education to pay for yearbooks. If you have already sent yours in, they will be returned to you. More information will be forthcoming regarding yearbook pricing and order dates.

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Hopkins Got Talent Competition

Saturday, January 18th at 7 pm

M.S. Cafetorium

*Registration begins Nov. 1st and runs through Dec. 10th

*First come, first served registration

--Registration forms and rules are located in all HPS main offices and online at www.hpsvikings.org

--Community members and students of all ages are encouraged to compete


(Audience Members can also win Cash Prizes by entering our "Minute to Win It" games during Intermission & at the end of the show)

1st Prize--$500, 2nd Prize--$200, 3rd Prize--$100


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Bittersweet Ski Club Cards

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 Winter Break, please turn in your completed forms and payment by Thursday, December 12.

Art in Nature

Art in Nature Club

All Hopkins Middle School students are welcome!

We will learn about all kinds of plants and animals found in nature here in Michigan and around the world. Each meeting will have an art activity, creature feature, and nature connection.

You can learn about nature and do a fun art project with us at the

Middle School Art in Nature Club!

New members welcome!
The next meeting is on Tuesday December 3.
Find us in the Science Lab by the Art Room from 3-4 pm.

Regular meetings are the first and third Tuesday of the month

3-4 pm

For more information contact

Piper Laforest (7th Grade) at PipeLafo@hpsvikings.org

or Jennifer Laforest at Jennifer@OutdoorDiscovery.org

Cinderella Audition Workshop: Thursday, December 12, 3:30-6:00 pm MS Stage

  • Casting for students in 4th grade and up
  • No need to sign up for this workshop – just show up in clothes & shoes comfortable for dancing!
  • Meet our Producer, Drama/Choreography Director & Music Director
  • Receive information about the week of January 20 audition process
  • Pick up the audition packet
  • Practice the audition songs
  • Learn some dance routines

You can still audition in January if not attending this workshop, but attendance is highly encouraged

If you’d be interested in helping the musical and attending most rehearsals, but don’t want a cast role, come find out about being the Stage Manager.

Come ready to learn, work hard and get excited about our spring musical!!

Any questions can be directed to Mrs. DuChene at jillduch@hpsvikings.org

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Upcoming Events & Important Dates

November 22 -- Class Of.... Dance 3:00 - 5:00

November 23 -- Boys Basketball Tournament @ Kalamazoo, Comstock Invite (TBA)

November 25 -- Boys Basketball Home / Kelloggsville 4:15

November 25 -- MS Competitive Cheer OK Silver @ Kelloggsville 6:00

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

November 27-29 -- Thanksgiving Break

December 2 -- Boys Basketball Home / Godwin Heights 4:15

December 4 -- MS Competitive Cheer OK Silver @ Lee 6:00

December 5 -- Boys Basketball @ Belding 4:15

December 6 -- Band Concert 6:30

December 7 -- MS Competitive Cheer, Plainwell Cheer Fest 10:00 am

December 12 -- Student Council Meeting 3:00

December 13 -- Christmas Dance 3:00 - 5:00

December 23 - January 3 -- Winter Break

Additional Information

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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.

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