Hopkins Middle School Newsletter

December 6, 2019

The Holidays are upon us!

We hope everyone had a fantastic Thanksgiving Break. We have two weeks until our Winter Break starts. Please keep your students motivated so they can finish 2019 strong!
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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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HGT - Registration Deadline is December 10th

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!

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.

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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New or Gently Used Shoe Drive Frequently Asked Questions

What happens with the shoes once they’re picked up?

They become an economic lifeline for individuals and families living in developing nations. Due to systemic poverty, lack of education and economic opportunity Funds2Orgs works with individuals who create micro-businesses, essentially small businesses. The shoes collected in countries such as the United States, are repurposed. That is, they’re given another life and sold to micro-entrepreneurs for a small cost. Micro-entrepreneurs then mark-up the shoes and sell them in their local communities for a fraction of their original price, but still for a profit!

What condition should the shoes be in to be accepted?

The shoes given for your shoe drive fundraiser should be gently worn, used and new. Of course, we always love to repurpose shoes that are in the best possible condition. And, we love new shoes best of all!

Can someone give a single shoe?

We do not accept single shoes, only matching pairs of gently worn, used and new shoes.

Are there restrictions on the types of shoes that can be collected?

Funds2Orgs accepts all gently worn, used and new shoes including sneakers and even cleats. However, there are some restrictions, which are as follows:


  • Single Shoes or mismatched pairs of shoes

  • Ice Skates, Rollerblades / Roller Skates

  • Wet/moldy shoes

  • Shoes with holes or tears

  • No thrift store shoes are accepted

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Cookie Decorating at Lunch

Donations Needed

The Hopkins Middle School Culture Committee will be supplying sugar cookies during lunch on December 18th for all students that are interested. We are asking for donations of frosting and sprinkles for the students to decorate their own cookies. Thank you in advance for helping with these supplies.

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Upcoming Events & Important Dates

December 6 -- Band Concert 6:30 pm

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

December 9 -- Used Shoe Fundraiser starts

December 9 -- Boys Basketball @ NorthPointe Christian 4:15 pm

December 10 -- HGT Registration Deadline

December 11 -- Competitive Cheer OK Silver @ NorthPointe 6:00 pm

December 12 -- Student Council Meeting 3:00 pm

December 12 -- Audition Workshop 3:30 - 6:00 pm

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

December 14 -- Competitive Cheer Jenison Invite 10:00 am

December 17 -- Art in Nature 3-4 pm

December 17 -- Competitive Cheer Delton Invite 5:30 pm

December 18 -- Cookie Decorating during lunch

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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