Hopkins Middle School Newsletter

November 8, 2019

Thank you

Happy November!!

Thank you for taking the time to review this week's Newsletter. The HMS newsletter will now be published every week and circulated via E-mail, Facebook, & Twitter and can be easily shared. We have several upcoming events and lots to share this week. You can also review our Student Handbook, November Lunch Menu or the Daily Announcements by clicking on the links posted at the bottom of the Newsletter.

November Spirit Days!


Congratulations to our October Students and Citizens of the Month. An awards ceremony was held on Thursday, November 7th. Good Job Students!!
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Mrs. Dykstra's 8th Grade English Class

8th Grade Parents,

Mrs. Dykstra’s English 8 classes have started a novel study of The Boy in the Striped Pajamas. This novel takes place during WWII and tells the story of a little boy’s experiences during the Holocaust. As you know, the Holocaust was a very historically significant and horrific time. While reading the novel, students will be introduced to this time period, which may bring up difficult conversations. Mrs. Dykstra wanted to make you aware of this in case your student comes home with questions.

Thank you for your support!

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Fall 2019 Spaghetti Dinner Details

Tuesday, Nov. 12th, 4:30-7pm

333 Clark Street

Hopkins, MI

Hopkins High School Cafeteria

Ticket: $6 per person

Group Special - 4 for $20

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Choir Concert / Art Show

Tuesday, Nov. 12th, 4-8pm

215 Clark Street

Hopkins, MI

Hopkins Middle School Cafetorium

Art Shows run from 4 pm-8 pm

5:30 pm sharp--Call time for all M.S. Choir Students

Middle School Concert begins at 6:00 pm

6:30 pm sharp--Call time for all H.S. Choir Students

High School Concert begins at 7:00 pm


Event: The 2020 Hopkins Got Talent Competition

When: Saturday, January 18th at 7 pm

Location: 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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Ski Club

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 Thanksgiving Break, please turn in your completed forms and payment by Thursday, November 14.

Snowmobile Safety Course

Where: Allegan County Snowmobile Clubhouse 1697 36th street Allegan, MI 49010

When: Saturday, November 9th

Time: 8:00am to 1:00pm

The class is free. A light snack will be provided. A safety class is required for all children ages 12 to 16 that will be riding on public lands/trails. 11-year-olds may attend but won't receive their certificate until they turn 12. This class is being put on by the Michigan DNR. Additional food will be available for purchase. Click on the link below for additional information.

Tech Vikes

The middle school robotics club, the Tech Vikes, has been working hard on our robots this year. Our first competition was on November 1st at East Kentwood Freshman Campus. It was a free event where Tech Vikes built skyscrapers for this year's Skystone game. Opening ceremonies began at 10 am and each Tech Vikes team played in 5 matches throughout the day. There’s a lot to see at a competition and the team loves your support.

Halloween Fun

Even though the weather was cold and rainy, it couldn't dampen the spirits of our Middle Schoolers. Students were allowed to dress up and show their Halloween spirit.

2019 Hopkins Middle School Boys Basketball

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7th Grade Boys Basketball

Congratulations to this year's 7th Grade Boys Basketball Team!

First Row: Luke Dame, Logan Welch, Merik Pols, Caleb Burch

2nd Row: Aaron Arnsman, Nash Miller, Cole Schaendorf, Caleb Steingold, Nicholas Schultz

3rd Row: Owen Reed, Andrew Blank, Wyatt Stedman

Picture submitted by Mrs. Smith

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8th Grade Boys Basketball

Congratulations to this year's 8th Grade Boys Basketball Team!

First Row: Connor Ainsworth, Adam Latter, Trent Schulz

Second Row: Jason Thompson, Reid Hubers, Zavier Bennett-Taylor, Micah Estelle

Third Row: Leightan Dykstra, Mateo Longstreet, Landen Klinge, Patrick Burchardt, Jayden Reed

Not pictured: Eli Gigowski

Art in Nature

ART in NATURE is a new club forming this month!

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.

The first meeting is on Tuesday, November 19.

Regular meetings are the first and third Tuesday of the month

3-4 pm

Middle School Science Lab (8th Grade Hall)

For more information contact

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

or Jennifer Laforest at Jennifer@OutdoorDiscovery.org

It's All Fun & Games

We had NEW GAMES donated to our Cafeteria Game Cart. Thank you!!!
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Community Canned Food Drive

November 11-22, 2019

Sponsored by Hopkins Middle School Student Council

What is the Community Canned Food Drive?

  • Students and staff bring in canned goods/dry goods during the weeks of November 11-22 to help less fortunate families in the Hopkins/Dorr area.
  • A chance for us to give back to our community through donations of food and other supplies.

How can you help?

  • Send food/ household supplies to school with your student during the weeks of November 11-22, 2019
  • Ask your child about the progress of the program and celebrate “giving”.

Our goal?

  • 1,500 canned/dry goods and household items

What can you bring?

  • Canned fruits/vegetables,
  • Cake, brownie, and bread mixes
  • Canned meats
  • Canned soups
  • Cereal and fruit juice
  • Cleaning supplies
  • Jell-O and instant pudding
  • Packaged/canned potatoes
  • Packaged meals (Hamburger Helper/mac & cheese)
  • Pasta and sauces
  • Peanut butter and jelly
  • Paper/plastic products
  • Pie crust mix
  • Powdered/canned milk
  • Baby products (formula, food, diapers, wipes)
  • Health/Hygiene products (toothpaste, toothbrushes, soap, shampoo)

*Donations will be donated to Project Hope in Dorr.

Thank you for your support!

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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Upcoming Events & Important Dates

November 11-- Veterans Day Assembly 9:00

November 11 - 22 -- Community Canned Food Drive

November 12 -- Choir Concert / Art Show / Spaghetti Dinner

November 21 -- Student Council Meeting 3:00

November 22 -- Class Of.... Dance 3:00 - 5:00

November 26 -- 1/2 Day, End of Trimester 1

November 27-29 -- Thanksgiving Break

December 12 -- Student Council Meeting 3:00

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

December 23 - January 3 -- Winter Break

Additional Information

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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