Hopkins Middle School Newsletter

January 10th, 2020

Happy New Year and Welcome to 2020

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The Middle School will be dismissed at 11:00am

A message from the Administration Office

The 2019-20 district and school Annual Education Reports (AERs) are now available. They can be accessed on our school website at www.hpsvikings.org. Paper copies are also available at each school building.

Parent-Teacher Conferences

Parent-Teacher Conferences will be held in the gymnasium and cafetorium on January 21st from 4:00-7:00 pm.

Students and Citizens of the Month



For questions regarding our Athletics program, please contact the Athletic Director, Adam Valk (adamvalk@hpsvikings.org) or the Athletic Secretary, Kelly Smith (kellsmit@hpsvikings.org) at the Athletic Office. 269-793-7616 ext 1511/1504

Girls Basketball Tryouts!

From Coach Dommenick:

Girls Basketball Tryouts

January 14, 15 & 16

7th Grade 3:00-4:30

8th Grade 4:30-6:00

The signup sheet can be found on the Athletic Table in the Middle School Office.

Obligation Cards are Required prior to tryouts.

Middle School Wrestling

From the Athletic Department:

Middle School Wrestling

Practice start January 14th, 3:00 -5:00

Practices are held at the High School

The signup sheet can be found on the Athletic Table in the Middle School Office.

Obligation Cards are required to attend practice.


All students remaining in the building after school hours, including those on the athletic teams, need to be supervised. The Media Center will remain open until 3:30 for students to work on homework. 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!

Hopkins Middle School


Scott Stockwell


Bittersweet Ski Club Cards

Bittersweet Ski Club cards are now available for the 2019/2020 season. Forms are available at all school offices.

Ski Club Deadline
Thursday, January 16 is the Final deadline to turn in your Ski Club Forms for the 2019-2020 season. Forms are available at all school offices.

Art in Nature

Art in Nature Club

Free after school club for all

Hopkins Middle School students.

Meets in the Science Lab from 3-4 pm every 1st & 3rd Tuesday.

2020 Meetings

January 7 & 21

February 4 & 18

March 3 & 17

April 21

May 5 & 19

No meetings during Spring Break

or if school is canceled for any reason.

For more information contact

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

or Jennifer Laforest at Jennifer@OutdoorDiscovery.org

Baton Twirling Classes

Come join the fun and learn how to twirl a baton! Baton twirling is making a comeback as the latest and greatest sensation! Don’t miss out on all the fun!

Dates: Every Tuesday beginning February 4th and ending May 26th

Times: Ages 4-7, 6:30-7:15 p.m. Ages 8-18, 7:15-8:00 p.m.

Registration: On February 4th at the first class. [In the event class is canceled the first week because of bad weather, the class will begin the following week. Check www.athleticsensations.com or call 616-460-1747 for cancellation information.]

Location: The Hall at Overisel Reformed Church, 4201 47th Street, Holland, Michigan, 49423 (The Hall is in a separate building south of the church)

Cost: $8/week to be paid at each class. $7 registration fee to be paid at first class. Batons will be available for purchase at class for $26. Payment plans for batons available: $14 the first week, then $3 each week until paid off.

Students can earn ribbons, medals, & trophies! Our baton twirling classes not only focus on teaching children how to twirl a baton, our classes encourage teamwork, poise, hand-eye coordination, as well as help children build their self-esteem. Students learn baton twirling tricks in class as well as a dance-twirl routine and a parade routine. Students will have an opportunity to be in a competition and parades, including the Grand Rapids Memorial Day Parade. This is a great opportunity which can lead to students becoming a majorette for their school and a scholarship to college! Questions? Call (616) 460-1747 or e-mail athleticsens@aol.com

Fly Tying Club

When: Wednesday, January 29th @ 3:00 pm

Where: Mr. Reszka's Room

Cost: FREE! (for now)

Vises and tying tools provided

Please contact richresz@hpsvikings.org for further information.

Fine Arts


Auditions packets are now available in the school office.

4th Grade and up are eligible to audition.

The audition sign up sheet will be posted at the Middle School office on January 13th.

Auditions will be held on:

  • Tuesday, Jan 21st from 5:30-8:30 pm in the Hopkins Elementary Music Room. (enter through door #7)
  • Wednesday, Jan 22nd from 3:30-6:30 pm on the Middle School Stage
  • Call Backs will be Thursday, January 23rd from 3:30-5:30 pm on the Middle School Stage

Questions can be directed to Jill 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

Questions regarding the Shoe Drive can be directed to julismit@hpsvikings.org

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Job Announcements

Bus Drivers

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Maintenance Person

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Upcoming Events and Important Dates

January 13 - 1/2 Day, School will be dismissed at 11:00 am

January 14 - Girls Basketball Tryouts begin

January 14 - Wrestling Practice begins

January 18 - Hopkins Got Talent 7:00 pm

January 21 - Art in Nature Club Meeting 3:00 pm

January 21 - Parent-Teacher Conferences 4:00-7:00 pm

January 21-22 - Cinderella Auditions

January 29 - Fly Tying Club Meeting 3:00 pm

February 4 - Art in Nature Club Meeting 3:00 pm

February 19 - 1/2 Day

March 6 - 1/2 Day, Trimester Ends

April 5-10 - Spring Break

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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.

HMS Contact Information

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Classical Piano Hits

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