Hopkins Middle School Newsletter

March 27th, 2020

A note from Mr. Stockwell

To all Middle School Parents,

Our district is asking that every advisory teacher reach out to each child’s family individually. This information is important to us to not only maintain relationships with students and families, but also to ensure there is an open line of communication with all families. Please contact me via phone or email if you have not been contacted by your student's advisory teacher by 4/2/2020.

Mr. Stockwell


If you need help with Internet access please refer to the attached link: http://map.connectmi.org/

Educational Resources

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

Happy Birthday

Birthday Celebrations

Normally, when a student has a birthday, I attach a birthday card to their locker and make an announcement on the Daily Announcement slide show. Due to our current absence I'm unable to do this. I know many students look forward to it and are probably disappointed that they will not get to see their name on the TVs or get their card. In our absence, I've decided to start posting the Birthdays in our Newsletter.

So to those that are celebrating their Birthdays, Happy Birthday!! I hope you have a Great One!

~Mrs. Caulder

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Media Center

Overdue Books

Hello students and parents,

Please disregard any email notices of overdue books during the shutdown period. They are automated emails and we will have students renew once we get back.


Mrs. Schoonveld

Media Center Coordinator

Healthy Classroom Supply Drive!!

Postponed until we return to school.

Our Middle School Office and Classrooms are in need of:

  • Kleenex
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Gallon Size Ziploc Bags
  • Clorox Wipes
  • Band-Aids

The cold and flu season has been hard on us.

Donations from the list above would be greatly appreciated.

These items will still be very necessary when we return. Donations can be delivered when the secretaries are in the building. Secretaries will be in the offices of each school building on March 23 & 30 from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

The Viking Voice Podcast

Mr. Scudder and Mrs. Weibel are teaming up to bring you the highlights of our hiatus!

Check back regularly to hear the new podcast episodes.

Submit your entries through email or Instagram! --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/hmsvikingvoice/message

Podcast link:


Photo Contest

Ms. Dana is once again hosting a Hopkins Middle School Photo Contest.

2020 HMS Photo Contest

Attention all HMS Students:

Are you locked up in isolation and bored at home during the shutdown? Fear not, HMS is here for you! The HMS photo contest is back and open to all HMS students.

Photo Contest Theme: My Home

Please send your best digital photographs of what “Home” means to you. Photographic examples of this theme could include, but are not limited to:

-Interesting angles of the inside or outside of your home

-The objects, people, and pets that exist in your home

-Your favorite things to do at home

-How you are feeling at home during the shutdown (mood: lonely, isolated, happy, joyful, etc.)

-Hopkins hometown pride

Contest Rules: Take your best digital photographs! You should focus on making sure your photo has good lighting, good use of space and composition, interesting perspectives and angles, crisp/clear color/value, and clear definition (no grainy or fuzzy images).

Your photo must be an original photo taken this year, and you must take the image yourself. No old photos or internet images will be accepted. Photos should be taken with a camera or phone, and must depict high quality/resolution.

2 photo submissions per student only.

Please send your digital photo files to Ms. Dana at kathdana@hpsvikings.org

Photo deadline is April 30th.

Top 10 finalists will be announced and displayed at HMS on May 8th.

Top 3 winners will be announced on May 15th.

1st prize- $50 gift card of your choice

2nd prize-$30 gift card of your choice

3rd prize-$20 gift card of your choice

Free Lunches

Remember to pick up your student lunches at the location you chose when signing up. If you have not signed up previously and would like to please visit the following link: https://forms.gle/PF1ZaLbrraEw1qs56

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

***Please Note that some of the locations on the sign up form are no longer available!***

These meals are FREE to all children ages 18 and under (26 and under in Special Education). Each meal package will provide meals for multiple days.


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

Fine Arts

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Stay Active

Compliments of Mrs. Klumpp

Hopkins Viking Band Facebook page

Don't forget to "Like" the Hopking Viking Band Facebook Page


PARTNERS is our Middle School Parent/Teacher Organization. If you are interested in joining please feel free to attend the Partners meetings. Meetings are the first Tuesday of the month and begin at 7:00 pm pending our return to school.

May 5

June 2 (Tentative)

Contact Mr. Stockwell for more information. scotstoc@hpsvikings.org

Hopkins Middle School Counseling Department

Introducing the HMS Counseling Website! We hope to provide you with valuable information and resources to use in supporting your middle school student through these exciting and challenging years. Please don't hesitate to contact us with any questions or concerns.
Hopkins Middle School Counseling Website

For additional resources and information please click on the link.

Upcoming Events and Important Dates

No School through Spring Break.

All students should return on April 13th

April 21 - Parent-Teacher Conference 4:00-7:00

April 24 - 1/2 Day

May 1 - Blue Man Group Concert (M.S. Choir Students Only)

May 8 - All A’s Ceremony
June 3 - 8th Grade Graduation
June 4 and 5 - ½ Days

June 5 - Last day of school

Additional Information and Important Links

Daily Announcements

In-School Scrolling Announcements

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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