Hopkins Middle School Newsletter
September 2nd, 2021
Dear Students and Parents,
Happy Labor Day weekend! We are now a full six days into the school year. It seems routines are being established. The hallways are clearing a little faster, and students are finding friends and groups to socialize with.
The next few weeks are going to be important for students to establish good grades. It is much easier to maintain grades early than it is to try and pull them up two weeks before the end of the trimester. Students, please make sure to stay organized and turn in all your work on time! Parents, ask to see your student’s agenda or google classrooms on a regular basis. If you have any questions about due dates or late policies, please reach out to teachers directly. Our building policy on medical absences and late work is included in this week’s newsletter.
Last week, I introduced our first Family Character Dare. These are discussion starters and challenges for families to do together that will encourage communication and sharing of family values. These Character Dares are split into four categories: C onversation Starters, A cts of Kindness, R ecreation and Rest, and E xpressions of Love (C.A.R.E.).
This holiday weekend, our challenges fall in the Recreation and Rest Category:
Please feel free to reach out to me and share your positive family Character Strong experiences. You may just be featured in a newsletter!
Thank you for a great start to the school year! I wish you all a restful and relaxing Labor Day Weekend!
Homework Policy for Illness
If a student is ill for three (3) or more days, the attendance secretary, upon parent/guardian request, will collect homework assignments. Parents must call the school in the morning (by 8 AM) to receive assignments the same day. Assignments can be picked up in the attendance office after 2:45 PM.
Hopkins Boys Basketball Shooting Club
Attention Boys, Grades K-8
Hopkins Basketball Shooting Club is starting Now and runs through January.
Let the coaching staff know your intentions to join by signing up below.
If you have trouble viewing or editing the Google Doc., you can email Coach Jewett at firstname.lastname@example.org, and he will put your information in.
If you have not already done so, please print and fill out the Free and Reduced Priced Meal Application and return to your student's school.
National School Lunch and School Breakfast Program
We are pleased to inform you that HOPKINS PUBLIC SCHOOLS will be participating in the Seamless Summer Option as part of the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs for the School Year 2021-2022.
The GREAT NEWS is that ALL students enrolled at our school can receive a healthy breakfast and lunch at NO CHARGE to your household each day.
We still need your household to fill out and sign the Free and Reduced-Price Meal Application. This information is critical in determining the amount of money that our school receives from a variety of State and Federal supplemental programs like Title I A, At-risk (31a), Title II A, E-Rate, etc.
These supplemental programs have the potential to offer supports and services for our students including, but not limited to:
- Instructional supports (staff, supplies & materials, etc.)
- Non-instructional services (counseling, social work, health services, etc.)
- Professional Learning for staff
- Parent and Community engagement supplies and activities
We are asking that you please complete and submit it as soon as possible to ensure that additional funding for our school is available to meet the needs of our students. All information on the application submitted is confidential. Without your assistance in completing and returning the attached application, our school cannot maximize the use of available State and Federal funds.
If we can be of any further assistance, please contact us at 269-793-7286 X4530
Rhonda Sapp, Food Service Director
Hopkins Public Schools
We would like to offer your student the opportunity to participate in a program at Hopkins Middle School called “Hand2Hand”. This program helps provide a student with food for the weekends and is intended for families who currently may be experiencing a financial burden. The first backpack is set to be delivered on September 24, 2021.
Here’s how Hand2Hand will work: At the end of the week students who are signed up for the program will receive a minimum of 10 food items in a black school logo drawstring bag that will be provided at the first week of participation. These food items will be a combination of breakfast, snacks, lunch and/or dinner items. While the food items are meant for the student, they can be shared among the family as well. (Please note: if your student or another family member has food allergies it will be the responsibility of the parent/guardian to check the contents of the backpack each week to ensure the food doesn’t contain ingredients which could cause an allergic reaction).
There is no cost to participate! If you sign your student up to receive Hand2Hand, they will continue to receive the weekly bags each week they are at Hopkins Middle School. However, if down the road you no longer need the assistance, simply write a note expressing your desire to discontinue receiving Hand2Hand bags and give this note to the school office. This opportunity is being provided by LifeChange Community Church. To learn more about Hand2Hand, please visit their website: http://h2hkids.org.
If you feel your student would benefit from this opportunity, please complete the response form at the bottom of this letter and return it to your student’s teacher by September 20.2021 and we will make sure that your student’s name is then added to the list. Your response will be kept confidential.
Hopkins Middle School
ATTENTION HMS ARTISTS
HMS ART CLUB IS BACK!
Art Club is moving to Tuesdays after school starting Sept. 14.
Art Club membership is open to all Hopkins Middle School students!
If you are interested in applying, then please see the information, rules, and membership form below:
Thanks and see you soon!
6th Grade Camp
Dear Parents/Guardians of Sixth Grade Students:
Welcome to Hopkins Middle School and the Sixth Grade Team! We hope you and your student experience a smooth transition to sixth grade. One of the things sixth graders are most looking forward to, as they start middle school, is sixth-grade camp. Due to COVID-19 restrictions during the 2020/2021 school year, we were unable to offer the camp experience to sixth graders last year. However, we are excited to announce it has been successfully reinstated as a part of the sixth-grade curriculum for this school year.
Hopkins Middle School sixth-graders will attend the Outdoor Education Center from Tuesday, October 19 to Thursday, October 21. This year our camp experience will be a DAY CAMP experience. Half of the sixth-grade students will attend camp Tuesday, October 19, while the other half will remain at Hopkins Middle School for a day of learning. On Wednesday, October 20, the other half of the students will attend camp, and the other half will stay back. Then ALL sixth graders will attend the OEC on Thursday, October 21.
The cost for the day camp experience is $120.00. $100 covers the OEC cost and $20 covers the busing of students to and from camp. All students will need to have a sack lunch. Sack lunches will be available from the HMS cafeteria at no charge. Students may also bring their own sack lunch from home. We will provide water bottles for students, as well as a snack.
More information will be forthcoming once school starts. The purpose of this communication is to inform you of the dates and the cost. In the next few weeks, please look for the registration and medication forms to be sent home. Please be aware of their due dates. Any concerns or questions can be directed to the sixth-grade team or the building principal.
Thanks so much for your interest, support, and understanding. Let's make this a truly memorable year!
The Sixth Grade Team
Cell phones are to be turned off and kept in their lockers during the school day. Cell phones that are used during the school day will be confiscated and must be picked up by a parent.
If a student needs to contact a parent/guardian, they can go to the office to either use their cell phone or call from the office phone. If a parent needs to reach a student, they can leave a message for their student with the office.
Please click here to see the Allegan County Public Health Advisory
For questions regarding our Athletics program, please contact the Athletic Director, Andy Mains (email@example.com) or the Athletic Secretary, Kelly Smith (firstname.lastname@example.org) at the Athletic Office. 269-793-7616 ext 1511/1504
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.
The Board does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex (including sexual orientation or gender identity), disability, age (except as authorized by law), religion, height, weight, marital or family status, military status, ancestry, genetic information, or any other legally protected category, (collectively, "Protected Classes") that are protected by Federal civil rights laws in its programs and activities.
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 email@example.com.
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.
Hopkins Middle School Contact Information
ADMINISTRATION: E-mail Address
Scott Stockwell, Principal firstname.lastname@example.org
Pat O’Dell, Assistant Principal email@example.com
Todd Crook, Counselor firstname.lastname@example.org
Tamara Johnston, Counselor email@example.com
Jennifer Hitchcock, Secretary firstname.lastname@example.org
Stephanie Caulder, SRC Coordinator email@example.com
Aleman, Kathleen firstname.lastname@example.org
Barg, Megan email@example.com
Barry, Joseph firstname.lastname@example.org
Byville, Suzanne email@example.com
Dana, Katie firstname.lastname@example.org
Dudick, Nikole email@example.com
Dykstra, Krystal firstname.lastname@example.org
Fisher, Mark email@example.com
Hazen, Rick firstname.lastname@example.org
Irwin, Julie email@example.com
Kerber, Brian firstname.lastname@example.org
Klumpp, Molly email@example.com
Kok, Wendy firstname.lastname@example.org
Lutz-Wilkens, Tara email@example.com
Oaster, Jacob firstname.lastname@example.org
Osborne, Craig email@example.com
Powell, Kim firstname.lastname@example.org
Reszka, Richard email@example.com
Rynsburger, T.J. firstname.lastname@example.org
Schoonveld, Missy email@example.com
Scudder, Mack firstname.lastname@example.org
Smith, Julie email@example.com
Tomaszewski, Katelyn firstname.lastname@example.org
VerMerris, Steve email@example.com
Weibel, Alexis firstname.lastname@example.org
Weick, Pat email@example.com
Williams, Jessica firstname.lastname@example.org