Hopkins Middle School Newsletter
May 1st, 2020
The Remote Learning Plan for each building is posted on the HPSVIKINGS.ORG website. Click on the appropriate link for your building to access more information.
Sinking Fund Millage
If you live in the Hopkins School District you should have received an absentee ballot application for the May 5th election. The only item on the ballot in most townships is the district’s sinking fund renewal request. The purpose of the renewal is to continue the sinking fund millage for the next ten years. This is not an increase in the millage rate.
With the state’s economy reeling from the COVID-19 pandemic, the continuation of these funds becomes even more critical for our school district. I encourage you to vote by absentee ballot in this election.
More information is on our district website.
Thank you for your consideration of this proposal.
Gary Wood, Superintendent
Hopkins Public Schools
Remember that you are absolutely unique. Just like everyone else. ~ Margaret Mead
2020 Parent's Guide to Google Classroom is a Slide show presentation with some basics about Google Classroom and how it works.
YEARBOOKS ARE NOW ON SALE!
To order your yearbook visit:
and enter code: 44165J
Financial Resources in Difficult Times
Many people have filed for unemployment with the state and some are not eligible for unemployment and need some assistance. To file for help from the state
of Michigan visit their website at: www.michigan.gov/mibridges. It is easy to apply for services and find resources. You can find benefits, explore resources near you, and manage your case. Through this site you may access multiple programs including health care coverage, food assistance, cash assistance, child development & care, and state emergency relief for housing and utilities. Even if you qualify for unemployment benefits you may want to apply for health care benefits through the state.
Project Hope, in Dorr, is a Community Partner and trained to assist you if you need extra help using mibridges. If you do not have access to a computer/device then you can call Project Hope and use their wifi and they will assist you. The phone number for Project Hope is (616) 681-4673. You need an appointment to be seen at Project Hope so please don't drop by without calling first.
The United Methodist Church in downtown Hopkins offers help through their food pantry on Wednesdays from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00p.m .and from 5:00 pm. to 7:00 pm. If you would like to donate to their food pantry, they would like any kind of cereal, canned fruit, canned vegetables and pasta.
Project Hope has a food pantry in Dorr and offers assistance to those in need. If you are not in need and would like to donate, they are asking for cash assistance. At this time their thrift store is closed and they are not accepting donations for their store.
The Multi Agency Collaborative Council (MACC) leadership team has put together one website location for the community to access resources during the outbreak (food, housing help, medical, unemployment, etc.) - FeedtheNeedAllegan.com
Remember to pick up your student lunches on Tuesday and Friday!
***Meals will be delivered through June 5th***
10:30 – 10:45 a.m. – Watson Township Hall, Hilliards or Salem Township Hall
10:50 – 11:05 a.m. – Topaz Trailer Park
10:55 – 11:10 am. – Hopkins Fire Barn or Sycamore Elementary
11:15 – 11:30 a.m. – Sapphire Estates Trailer Park
11:20 – 11:35 a.m. – Monterey Township Hall
The Viking Voice Podcast
The attached document has been made available to the entire district. It contains many resources for education assistance as well as Counseling Resources.
Looking to keep your Hopkins student in an educational routine? Try the following:
1. Begin by having them check their email or google classroom (if applicable). Many of our teachers are using this as their primary method of communication.
2. Schedule times throughout the day where students are reading or using technology for educational practice. This document has a plethora of resources. Try one or two a day and see which ones your student enjoys most!
3. Encourage your students to journal every day. This will help students practice writing, process thoughts and emotions they may be having during this period of shutdown, and could potentially create opportunities for family discussion!
The attached chart shows a variety of Instructional Resources that parents can use during the COVID-19 shutdown.
Please use these resources to support the continued learning for all of our students. https://docs.google.com/document/d/1bSacYQEMYsO9qAMBmtd4uT6qDRtQYCHw4Pl8hVNSP9U/edit?usp=sharing
For additional resources and information please click on the link.
For questions regarding our Athletics program, please contact the Athletic Director, Adam Valk (email@example.com) or the Athletic Secretary, Kelly Smith (firstname.lastname@example.org) at the Athletic Office. 269-793-7616 ext 1511/1504
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.
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.