Hopkins Middle School Newsletter

February 28th, 2020

February Students and Citizens of the Month

Congratulations to the following students:

8th Grade

Peyton Roxbury, Patrick Burchardt, Nolan Wood and Dahlia Veldhouse

7th Grade

Nick Barnes, Joshua Maule, Natilee Sterken and Briana Wright

6th Grade

Hunter Todd, Aubrey Evans, Harper Todd, and Makenzie Houseman

The SCOM Awards Ceremony will be held on Thursday, March 5th at 7:45 AM in the Middle School Cafeteria

7th Grade Parents

As a part of the English curriculum, the 7th-grade class read the novel NightJohn by Gary Paulsen. Next week we have the opportunity to watch the Hallmark movie based on the book. The students turned in permission slips at the beginning of the year. This is just a reminder that students will be watching this movie regarding slavery. You may want to have discussions with your children regarding this sensitive topic and the importance of learning the seriousness of our country's history. If you're interested in researching this movie, a good site is IMBD, which will summarize and rate the plot of the story. If any questions should arise, please contact Mrs. Smith at julismit@hpsvikings.org.

Shoe Drive

Help Us Reach Our Goal!!!

The gently used shoe drive has been extended to March 6th. This is an opportunity to declutter and keep old shoes out of our landfills. Shoes collected will benefit underdeveloped countries. Donations can be dropped off at any Hopkins Public Schools office for the next couple of weeks. Thanks in advance for your donations.

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Half Day

Friday, March 6th

Half Day and End of Trimester

Interactive Workshop/Forum

Embracing Our Differences and the Positive Impact of Inclusion on Student Success at Hopkins Public Schools

  • Monday, March 9, 2020
  • 6:00 - 8:00pm
  • Hopkins High School Cafeteria
  • Hosted by the Hopkins Public Schools Diversity Committee
  • Facilitator: Kathryn Curry

9th Grade Transition

8th to 9th Grade Parent Transition Night

Thursday, March 12, 2020, 6-7 pm

For all Parents and Guardians of 8th graders. The High School will be hosting a meeting to discuss the transition from Middle School to High School. Discussion points will include academics, schedules, and sports. As well as an opportunity to meet some of the staff and teachers.

Outstanding People for Education

Nominations are due by March 1st, 2020

Do you know someone who has made a difference to a student at Hopkins? Please consider nominating them for the "Outstanding People for Education" Award.

Paper forms are available at all school offices or you may use the following link:


National Honor Society Tutoring

Need help with homework? Studying?

Come to NHS Tutoring After School

Tuesdays & Thursdays

In the High School Library

From 2:45 - 3:45

Contact the High School for more details. 269-793-7616


All students remaining in the building after school hours, including those on the athletic teams, attending Musical Rehearsals or attending a club meeting, need to be supervised. The Media Center will remain open until 3:30 for students to work on homework. Students who are not in the media center and are unsupervised will be asked to leave the building.

If you have concerns over this policy and would be willing to volunteer to supervise students to open up another option for them, please contact me and we can discuss. Thanks!

Hopkins Middle School


Scott Stockwell

Student Phone


Telephones in the office are to be used for illnesses and emergencies only. Please remind your student to leave a message if they call from the office and cannot reach you.


Cell phones are to be kept in their lockers and not brought to class or the cafeteria. If students need to use their cell phones to contact a parent they can bring it to the office.

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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

Middle School Track

  • Starts Monday, March 23.
  • You must have a completed obligation card.
  • We will host a Track meeting in Mr. Barry's room on March 23rd after school.
  • Track practice starts on Tues. March 24.
  • Our first track meet is for Tues. March 31.

Please direct questions to Mr. Barry (josebarr@hpsvikings.org) or Mr. Moerdyke (philmoer@hpsvikings.org)

Girls Soccer

Middle School Girls Soccer has been made available All 6th Grade Girls!

The Girls Soccer Sign Up Sheet is now posted in the office on the Athletic Table.

Baseball Open Gym

Fielding, Pitching, Batting

When: Every Sunday from 3:00pm to 5:00pm

Where: Hopkins High School

Age: 6th - 12th Grade

If you have any questions please email Coach O’Dell at patrodel@hpsvikings.org

Summer Sports Camps

Summer Sports Camp Registration forms will be available in the Middle School Office and the Athletic Office at the High School.

For more information contact the Athletic Department.

HYSO Summer Ball Registration

HYSO is now accepting registration forms for Summer Ball until March 22nd.

For more information e-mail: hopkinssummerball@gmail.com, visit their Facebook page or contact Katy Price (269)-838-0420.


HYSO Summer Ball Registration Form

Click on the link to open and print the registration form.


National FFA Week!

Happy National FFA Week. This week our students were treated to an FFA Fact of the Day. Remember to support your FFA.

Art in Nature

Free after school club for all

Hopkins Middle School students.

Meets in the Science Lab from 3-4 pm every 1st & 3rd Tuesday.

2020 Meetings

March 3 & 17

April 21

May 5 & 19

No meetings during Spring Break

or if school is canceled.

For more information contact

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

or Jennifer Laforest at Jennifer@OutdoorDiscovery.org

Fly Tying Club

When: Thursday, February 27th at 3:00 PM

Where: Mr. Reszka's Room

Contact Mr. Reszka for details richresz@hpsvikings.org

Vises and tying tools provided

Fine Arts

February is Black History Month

The 7th Grade Art of Diversity Class celebrated Black History Month by collaborating on a mural of African American Leaders throughout history.
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Congratulations to all the talented Viking artists on exhibit during the February 2020 Art and Choir Show!
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8th Grade Band Festival

Attention 8th Grade Band Students and Parents

East Grand Rapids High School

Thursday, March 5th

Start time 12:20 PM

Call Time 10:15 AM Band Room

You will be released from class to load/board the bus

Please bring a sack lunch to eat on the way to the performance and a snack for the ride back. We will not be stopping for food. Full Concert Uniform is expected. If parents are interested in chaperoning, please contact Mrs. Williams.

Hopkins Viking Band Facebook page

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

Spring Fling Dinner and Silent Auction

Saturday, March 28th

Tickets available in the MS Office

$20. Each or $125 per Table

Limited Seating

For More Information: jesswill@hpsvikings.org

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Hopkins Public Schools Presents...


April 30, 6:30 pm

May 1, 7:00 pm

May 2, 2:00 & 7:00 pm

Hopkins Middle School Stage

Tickets on Sale March 30th in the MS office at 3:30 pm or online at https://hopkins.ludus.com/

Adults $10.00

Students & Seniors $8.00

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HMS Warm Hearts Blanket Drive







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Upcoming Events and Important Dates

February 28 - Hopkins Elementary Winter Carnival 5:00-7:30 pm

March 5 - Student and Citizen of the Month Ceremony 7:45 am

March 5 - 8th Grade Band Festival

March 6 - 1/2 Day, Trimester Ends, Last Day for Shoe Drive

March 9 - Interactive Workshop/Forum 6:00-8:00 pm

March 12 - 8th to 9th Grade Transition Meeting 6:00-7:00 pm

March 28 - Spring Fling Hopkins Viking Band 5:15 pm

April 6-10 - Spring Break

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 Last day of school

Additional Information and Important Links

March 2020 Breakfast and Lunch Menu

Please click on the link for this month's breakfast and lunch menu.

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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