Hopkins Middle School Newsletter

January 8th, 2021

Holiday Lights Extravaganza

And the Winner Is........

A special thanks to all the staff and parents that helped make this a successful event for your students.

Holiday Light Extravaganza Winner
You've been caught!
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Dear Parent,

During the month of January 2021, your child will take a MAP® Growth™ test from NWEA® on a computer or tablet. MAP Growth scores help teachers check student performance by measuring achievement and growth. Teachers use results to tailor classroom lessons and set goals for students.

MAP Growth tests are unique, and it adapts to your child’s responses to measure your child's skill level. If your child answers a question correctly, the next question is more challenging. If they answer incorrectly, the next one is easier. These results will provide a more complete picture of what your child knows and is ready to learn—whether it is on, above, or below their grade level.

Since MAP Growth tests provide immediate and accurate information about your child’s learning, it’s easy for teachers to identify students with similar scores that are generally ready for instruction in similar skills and topics and then plan instruction accordingly.

MAP Growth reports also provide typical growth data for students who are in the same grade, subject and have the same starting performance level. Each school year, students in grades 6, 7, and 8 take the tests in September, January, and April. Following each testing period, you will receive a Family Report showing a summary of how your child is performing academically.

We are truly excited to focus on your child’s individual growth and achievement. For more information about MAP Growth, visit NWEA.org/familytoolkit.

Please see the attached chart for each grade-level schedule and directions for Fully Remote Students.


Scott Stockwell

HMS Principal

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Parent Teacher Conferences

Dear Parents and students,

We are planning to hold REMOTE Parent-Teacher Conferences again this trimester. The date is Tuesday, January 19th, between 4:00 and 7:00 PM. Here are the details:

  • Conferences will be split into 10-minute Zoom meetings with the entire grade-level team

  • The links to the sign-up sheets are available below.

  • Be sure to include a valid email address and a phone number where we can reach you.

  • There is a separate link for each grade-level, Ms. Barg, Mrs. Irwin, Mr. Oaster, and Mrs. Williams.

  • Once you sign up for a time slot, a follow-up email with the Zoom meeting link will be sent to the address you provide in the sign-up sheet.

  • If you are unable to make Zoom work, continue to sign up for a time slot in the links below, and then reach out to Mr. Stockwell at scotstoc@hpsvikings.org to request a phone call instead.

  • On the night of conferences, you will join the Zoom meeting in a “Waiting Room.” The teaching staff will admit you to the Zoom conference at your appointed time.

Please keep in mind we are trying something new this year. If all the time slots fill up and you are unable to sign up, please reach out to the individual teachers via email with any of your questions. Please give teachers a full week after conferences to respond, as they each have approximately 120 students.

Due to the limited number of slots available, I will be activating the Sign-up Sheets at 3:00 PM on Monday, January 11th. This will give everyone a chance to read this message and plan appropriately for sign-ups.

If you have any questions or concerns about our REMOTE Parent-Teacher Conferences this year, please reach out to me.


Scott Stockwell

HMS Principal

Sign-up Links:

6th-Grade: volunteersignup.org/JD7LK

7th-Grade: volunteersignup.org/JT9LC

8th-Grade: volunteersignup.org/MXJTL

Ms. Barg: volunteersignup.org/9DC3K

Mrs. Irwin: volunteersignup.org/FJBRT

Mrs. Williams: volunteersignup.org/K7MA7

HMS Study Hall

We are excited to be able to continue offering Wednesday Study Hall. We are now able to provide limited transportation. Please fill out the form below each week so we can reserve your seat. If you have any questions you can contact the office at 269-793-7407 or email stepcaul@hpsvikings.org.

Ski Club

The final deadline to purchase a Bittersweet Ski Club pass for the 2020-2021 season is Thursday, January 14. Forms are available at all school offices.

Hopkins Athletic Department

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

Viking View

Please enjoy our latest Viking View Newsletter

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.

Hopkins Middle School Contact Information


Scott Stockwell, Principal scotstoc@hpsvikings.org

Pat O’Dell, Dean of Students patrodel@hpsvikings.org

Todd Crook, Counselor toddcroo@hpsvikings.org

Tamara Johnston, Counselor tamajohn@hpsvikings.org

Jennifer Hitchcock, Secretary jennhitc@hpsvikings.org

Jennifer Johnston, Social Worker jennjohn@hpsvikings.org

Stephanie Caulder SRC Coordinator stepcaul@hpsvikings.org


Aleman, Kathleen kathalem@hpsvikings.org

Barry, Joseph josebarr@hpsvikings.org

Bisbee, Kailee kailbisb@hpsvikings.org

Byville, Suzanne suzabyvi@hpsvikings.org

Dana, Katie kathdana@hpsvikings.org

Dykstra, Krystal krysdyks@hpsvikings.org

Fisher, Mark markfish@hpsvikings.org

Megan Barg meganbarg@hpsvikings.org

Hazen, Rick rickhaze@hpsvikings.org

Irwin, Julie juliirwi@hpsvikings.org

Kerber, Brian briakerb@hpsvikings.org

Klumpp, Molly mollklum@hpsvikings.org

Kok, Wendy wendkok@hpsvikings.org

Oaster, Jacob jacooast@hpsvikings.org

Osborne, Craig craiosbo@hpsvikings.org

Reszka, Richard richresz@hpsvikings.org

Rynsburger, T.J. tjryns@hpsvikings.org

Schoonveld, Missy missscho@hpsvikings.org

Scudder, Mack mackscud@hpsvikings.org

Smith, Julie julismit@hpsvikings.org

Tomaszewski, Katelyn katetoma@hpsvikings.org

VerMerris, Steve stevverm@hpsvikings.org

Weibel, Alexis alexweib@hpsvikings.org

Weick, Pat patweic@hpsvikings.org

Williams, Jessica jesswill@hpsvikings.org