Hopkins Middle School Newsletter
September 9th, 2022
Parent Teacher Conferences for HMS and HHS have officially been moved from Thursday, Oct 6th to Tuesday, October 4th. This will be an in-person night from 4:00-8:00 PM.
Power School Update
Parents and Students,
Please be aware that our PowerSchool student information and gradebook systems are currently down. They have been down for over a week. Our Technology Department is working directly with the company to resolve the issue.
This means that teachers have been unable to enter grades. This also means that parents and students are unable to login at.
We will communicate once the program is up and running. I would also ask for your patience during this until about a week after it comes back online as many staff members will need time to catch up on grades that are piling up.
In the meantime, if you have questions on how your student is progressing, please feel free to reach out via email or phone to your student’s teacher.
HMS Partners Class of T-shirt Fundraiser
Class of 2029, 2028, 2027 T-shirts
Order deadline September 12. Orders cannot be accepted after September 12th.
Turn in the order form with payment to your 1st hour teacher.
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 16, 2022.
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:
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 9, 2022 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
5th and 6th Grade “Rising Stars” League
Fall Basketball Program 2022
• Games: Saturdays, Oct 22 - Nov 19. Approximate times 9am-1pm
• Practices: 1-2 nights per week. Times/locations TBD
• The first practices will be the week of October 17
• Register ONLINE using this link: https://forms.gle/YHWpT38iLjee5PQS6
• Deadline to register is Monday, October 3
• Payment: Please bring payment (Cash or Check) to first the practice.
Checks payable to Hopkins Girls Basketball
COST: $30.00 to cover the cost of a reversible jersey. You do NOT need to purchase a jersey if your daughter already has one from the summer courthouse league!***
Saturday, Oct 22 Games @ Thornapple Kellogg
Saturday, Oct 29 Games @ Hopkins
Saturday, Nov 5 Games @ Byron Center
Saturday, Nov 12 Games @ Caledonia
Saturday, Nov 19 Games @ Hopkins
GOALS OF OUR PROGRAM:
• It is our goal to teach the components of teamwork and sportsmanship while building and developing the fundamental skills of basketball.
• It is our goal to provide the girls with game experience and the opportunity to compete against other local schools.
RISING STARS 5TH/6TH Grade League
My hope is to keep each roster at no more than 8-10 players. If we happen to have enough to split into two teams at one or both grades, girls will be split evenly between the two teams. Each participating team will take a turn hosting a Saturday at their school. The other teams are Wayland, Byron Center, Caledonia and Middleville.
We will need parent volunteer(s) to coach the girls. If you are interested in coaching, please indicate that on the registration form when you sign your daughter up.
If you have any questions, Please contact Coach Flowers @ firstname.lastname@example.org or 616-238-3660
Hopkins Boys Basketball Shooting Club
Please click on the link for more information regarding the Hopkins Boys Basketball Shooting Club.
Dress Code Reminder
Please be reminded that Hopkins Middle School does have a dress code policy in place which is strongly enforced. Below is an excerpt from the Student Handbook as it pertains to the dress code.
Show GOOD CHARACTER!!
Hopkins Middle School is constantly striving to provide the best possible environment for student learning and achievement. This is a reminder to parents and students of the clothing guidelines as described in the student handbook, which is available online. https://www.hpsvikings.org/wp-content/uploads/HMS-student-handbook-web-copy-22-23.pdf Our standards regarding these policies will be administered consistently. Student attire can have a significant effect on learning and behavior. To avoid any negative impact on our students’ learning, clothing must cover the body sufficiently and avoid attracting excessive attention or causing disruptions.
As a reminder, here’s a summary of our dress code:
Dress Code –Students are expected to keep themselves properly groomed and neatly dressed at all times. An individual’s appearance has a bearing on how he/she acts and how others react. Neatness of appearance and cleanliness of a person reflects an expression of pride of one’s self and in one’s community. Dress should be neat, clean, decent and appropriate for the learning situation. Any form of dress which is considered contrary to good hygiene or which is disruptive or distracting to the purpose of the school will not be permitted. Students will be asked to change into appropriate attire. If attire is not available, the school will provide.
1. Dress should be neat, clean, comfortable and in good taste. Shoes will be worn at all times.
2. The wearing of hats and head coverings is prohibited in school. Exceptions may include Spirit Days.
3. If poor personal hygiene becomes disruptive to the educational environment, parents will be contacted and appropriate steps to resolve the issue will be taken.
4. Non-prescription sunglasses will not be worn in the school building.
5. Shirts need to be appropriate: Tops that expose the midriff, cleavage, back, or bare sides (such as muscle shirts, tank tops, or cut-off t-shirts) are considered inappropriate. Sleeveless shirts must be a minimum of a hand’s width wide on the shoulder. Strapless tops are not allowed.
6. Skirt/Skort/Shorts length must come to a minimum of the student’s fingertips when arms are naturally at the side.
7. Clothing must not be too tight, too short, too sheer, or too revealing whether standing or seated, this includes tights and leggings, that may be deemed inappropriate by an administrator. If you choose to wear these items where the outline of private body parts are noticeable, a long top must cover all a student’s private parts fully.
8. Clothing that allows undergarments to be seen are not allowed. This includes pants with holes and “sagging” pants.
9. Any article of clothing that graphically depicts anything in poor taste (i.e. tobacco/alcohol products or advertisements, profanity, etc.) will not be allowed.
10. Coats and backpacks shall remain in a student’s locker.
NOTE: Interpretation of the Dress Code is left to the discretion of school staff members. Any form of extreme or conspicuous dress that disrupts the educational process will be subject to corrective action and/or disciplinary action see page 10 for consequences. Students in violation of the dress code will not be permitted to attend regular classes until properly dressed.
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.
Additional Resources and Helpful Links
Hopkins Middle School
Location: Hopkins Middle School, 215 Clark Street, Hopkins, MI, USA
Phone: (269) 793-7407
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.