HMS October News

Go Hawks

Benjamin Howard, Principal: 892-9502
Orin Wear, Assistant Principal:
Shelley Ax, Administrative Assistant:
Amanda Nicoll, Office Secretary:
Tanya Boehm, Safety Resource Officer:
Johanna Burger, School Nurse:
KB Holbrook, School Counselor: 892-9506
Kathy Aldeman, Registrar: 892-9505

Principal Howard's Monthly Message

Fall is here! What a great time of the year! The changing colors are making Houston and Big Lake spectacular places to live and work. As we head into October, many folks are finishing up chores to get ready for winter. The staff and students of Houston Middle School are also busy wrapping up activities and projects for the end of the first quarter. We have lots of news to share and some great activities planned for October. Please take a few minutes to read over October's Monthly News.

- Principal Howard

Swearing at Houston Middle School

Parents & Guardians,

There has been an increase in the number of times students and staff are hearing and reporting swearing in the hallways, in the lunchroom, and during open gym/recess. As a staff, we are discussing ways we can be proactive to address inappropriate language at school. Please help us by reminding your child or student about using appropriate language in school. Houston Middle School is an academic institution and there is no reason or place for swearing. Thank you for your support.

- Principal Howard

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Upcoming Dates & Events in September

Pastries for Parents

The first Wednesday of each month Houston Middle School will host Pastries for Parents. Pastries for Parents is a time for parents and guardians to visit our school and enjoy pastries and coffee with their child. It's also a great time to visit with our teachers as well. October's Pastries for Parents will be on Wednesday, October 3rd. Please join us from 7:00 AM to 8:00 AM for a chance to visit our school!

Reduced Fees for Activities @ HMS

Houston Middle School meets the requirements of the Community Eligibility Provision for a Title I school. This allows HMS to offer all students free and reduced breakfast and lunches. It allows for a reduction of activity fees for students as well. Activity fees will be reduced by 50% for HMS students for the 2018 - 2019 school year.

The updated fee is a $50 fee per athletic activity for students up to a maximum of $125 per year. For questions, please contact the main office at 892-9501.

Did You Know?

October 1, 1908 - Henry Ford's Model T, a "universal car" designed for the masses, went on sale for the first time.

First Quarter Ends

The 1st Quarter ends on Wednesday, October 17th. Please help to make sure your child has all of his/her work and assignments turned in prior to the end of the 1st Quarter. It's important that students stay current and meet deadlines for assignments.

1st Quarter report cards will be sent home on Monday, October 22nd.

HMS will host a 1st Quarter Honor Roll assembly on Wednesday, November 7th during the school day. Exact times will be in our November Newsletter. (This is a date change from what is posted in the HMS Student Handbook)

iParent Assistance

If any parents or guardians need assistance accessing student information, including grades, please contact the HMS registrar, Kathy Aldeman at 892-9505. Help is available.

Holiday Dinner Planning Meeting

Houston Middle School will be holding its first Holiday Dinner Planning meeting on Monday, October 15th and Monday, October 29th @ 6:00 PM in the Library. Please join the meeting if you are interested in volunteering for our annual Holiday Dinner. We had a great turnout last year and want to keep the HMS tradition alive and well. Please contact Ms. Boehm @ 892-9523 for questions.

Paint Night @ HMS

Come participate in a fun night of art and help support the HMS Art Department. See the flyer below for more information.
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In an effort to improve the attendance rate at HMS, attendance letters will be mailed home bi-weekly if your child has 5, 7, 15, or 20 absences. The letters are automatically populated even if parents or guardians call in and give a reason. Our school-wide attendance goal is 92%.

Red Ribbon Week

The National Family Partnership organized the first Nationwide Red Ribbon Campaign. NFP provides drug awareness by sponsoring the annual National Red Ribbon Campaign™. Since its beginning in 1985, the Red Ribbon has touched the lives of millions of people around the world. In response to the murder of DEA Agent Enrique Camarena, angered parents and youth in communities across the country began wearing Red Ribbons as a symbol of their commitment to raise awareness of the killing and destruction caused by drugs in America.

Red Ribbon Week will be from October 23rd to October 31st.

Combined Choir Concert

Houston Middle School will be hosting a Combined Choir Concert on Tuesday, October 23rd from 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM. We will welcome Big Lake Elementary, Meadow Lakes Elementary, and Houston High School. Each will sing their own songs and end with a combined song showcasing the talent and hard work of all the students.

Beginning Band, Advanced Band, & Jazz Band Concert

Houston Middle School will be hosting a Beginning Band, Advanced Band, and Jazz Band Concert on Thursday, October 25th from 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM.

There will be a bake sale after the concert to help fund raise for the Disney trip in April.

Fall Dance

HMS will host a Fall Dance on October 31st from 2:30 PM - 4:00 PM sponsored by Ms. Young's class. This dance will be stupendous! Watch for signs with more info. Hope to see you there! Entrance to the Fall Dance is $5.00.

If you child attends the dance, please make sure to pick him/her promptly at 4:00 PM.

MSBSD X-Country Championship Race Results

Congratulations to the following x-country runners who placed in the MSBSD District Middle School X-Country Meet! Go Hawks.

Sam Stapley 4th place for 8th grade

Ben Glover 4th place for 6th grade

Charles Hanson 10th place for 8th grade

Carter Seime 6th place for 7th Grade grade

McCrae Vitek 11th place for 8th grade

Professional Development Day

There is a teacher professional development day scheduled for Friday, November 2nd. There is no school for students that day.

Parent Teacher Conferences

Houston Middle School Parent - Teacher conferences will take place at the beginning of November. There is no school for students that day. We will have a schedule sent out through ConnectEd as the date gets closer.

After School Tutoring

HMS offers after school tutoring (funded by Title I) on Monday thru Thursday of each week from 2:15 PM - 4:00 PM. Please contact Ms. Young @ 892-9533 for questions. Permission slips to participate are located at the front office.

Student Government

Congratulations to the 2018 - 2019 Houston Middle School Student Government!


Zac Brown


Kylee Norquist


Océan O’Connell


Aden Burch

8th Grade Rep:

Jasper Ross

Josie Reintsma

7th Grade Rep:

Bailee Bombard

Tracilyn Wilcox

6th Grade Rep:

Lily Loaiza

Blue Yang

Representative on Special Assignment

Jerryn Gray

Save the Date!

Houston Middle School's Annual Holiday Dinner will be on Saturday, November 17th from 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM in the Commons. Please save the date and join us for turkey, ham, and all the fixin's.

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More From HMS...

Growth Mindset

“In a growth mindset, people believe that their most basic abilities can be developed through dedication and hard work—brains and talent are just the starting point. This view creates a love of learning and a resilience that is essential for great accomplishment."

- Carol Dweck

Do you have a Growth Mindset or a Fixed Mindset? Can you have both? Are there activities where it's easier to be one or the other. What's one thing you can do when you have a fixed mindset?
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Learn why making your bed everyday is a great way to begin each day....

The next time you find yourself stuck in a fixed mindset, try using one of the statements from the growth mindset chart. For example, instead of saying, "I'm not good at this," say, " This may take some time." It might just be the thing you need to keep doing something you're not good at yet.

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Did You Know?

October 12, 1492 - After a 33-day voyage, Christopher Columbus made his first landfall in the New World in the Bahamas. He named the first land sighted as El Salvador, claiming it in the name of the Spanish Crown. Columbus was seeking a western sea route from Europe to Asia and believed he had found an island of the Indies.

HMS Counselor's Corner

As we continue the school year, it's important for HMS to always consider the social and emotional well being of all our students. The video below has valuable insights from middle school students on common feelings and questions many ask themselves. The staff at HMS often ask how we can help support our students and how we can show them that there ideas and voices are important. Please know that the staff at HMS are open and welcome to ideas and suggestions on how we can help our students be successful. For questions or concerns, please call the counseling office at 892-9506.

- Mr. Holbrook, HMS Counselor

Middle School Health & Nutrition

Please take a few minutes to watch the video below to learn more about the harmful effects of consuming excess sugar can have on a person's body. It's important that middle school students have a balanced diet and get exercise to remain both physically and mentally healthy.


HMS uses an online program called HERO to track both positive and negative behavior at school. Positive behavior is rewarded by students earning Hawk Points. Students can redeem his or her Hawk Points for Hawk Gear. If parents or guardians would like to receive notifications about their child/student's behavior, please access the link below to create an account:

You must have your students ID number to register. If you get an error message please contact the office at 892-9500 for a parent/guardian access key.

Did You Know?

October 17, 1777 - During the American Revolutionary War, British General John Burgoyne and his entire army of 5,700 men surrendered to American General Horatio Gates after the Battle of Saratoga, the first big American victory.

HMS Handbook Highlights

Each month, we will highlight three sections of our student handbook to better communicate behavior expectations and school norms. This month we will highlight Academic Progress, Appropriate Dress, and Public Display of Affection (PDA)

School Nurse News

Greetings From The School Nurse,

The flu is season is here and it's important for students and families to understand how the flu is spread and some ways to minimize how the flu is spread. Watch the video below to learn more about germs, how they are spread, and how to prevent spreading them. Remember, the easiest and most effective and way to prevent the spreading the flu is good hand washing.

If you have any questions or concerns please contact Nurse Burger at 892-9507.

Free & Reduced Lunch

All Houston Middle School students will receive free breakfast and lunch as part of our Title I eligibility during the 2017-2018 school year.

Title I, Part A (Title I) of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, as amended (ESEA) provides financial assistance to local educational agencies (LEAs) and schools with high numbers or high percentages of children from low-income families to help ensure that all children meet challenging state academic standards. Oct 5, 2015

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Ways to Keep Informed and Contact Houston Middle School

Houston Middle School is committed to frequent and open communication with families and community members about student performance, school expectations, current events, and activities. Some of the ways you can expect us to reach out are:
  • Facebook
  • HMS Website
  • Connect-Ed Messages
  • monthly newsletters
  • iParent
  • phone calls and emails

Did You Know?

October 24, 1929 - "Black Thursday" occurred in the New York Stock Exchange as nearly 13 million shares were sold in panic selling. Five days later "Black Tuesday" saw 16 million shares sold.

FY19 School Calendar

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FY18 HMS Student Handbook

Link to MSBSD Policy Manual