Hopkins Middle School Newsletter

September 27, 2019

Message from Mr. Stockwell:

I would like to thank all the students and staff for a successful NWEA Fall testing session. Please remember, the purpose of the test is to give students, parents, and staff an idea of where the student's current performance level is so that we can adjust instruction appropriately. This means some students need a little extra help catching up, while some may need a little extra challenge because they are already performing at a high level. By the end of the year, students, parents, and staff will be able to see progress and growth for each individual student. There is no "proficient" or "not proficient" on this test! We want all students to understand that their current level is perfect no matter where it is, and they should be excited to see the growth they will have by the end of the year. I like to make a comparison to my personal golf game. There are some things I do well, and others I do not, but I still enjoy going out and trying to beat my best score!

We will have individual test results for parents available at our parent-teacher conferences on October 22. We will have a second test in January and our final NWEA test will be in April/May. Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns.


Mr. Stockwell


7th Grade Field Trip - Oct 14th

7th-grade students will have the opportunity to attend the Chamber Theatre Productions at the Byron Center Van Singel Auditorium on October 14, 2019. Permission Slip and Money were due on September 20th. For any questions concerning the Field Trip please contact Julie Smith.

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Attention 6th Grade Parents

Please review the attached letter from the Battle Creek Outdoor Education Center regarding EEE and 6th Grade Camp.
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Student Council Meeting

Thursday, Oct. 10th, 3-4pm

Mrs. Aleman's Room (Rm 1102)

We will be working the October Spirit Events!
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Spirit Day Fun

We had a Great Week of Fun with Spirit Days and a very festive Homecoming Assembly. We wrapped up the week with our annual Middle School Dance.
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Theatre Tech Training Day

Wednesday, Oct. 23rd, 3-6:30pm

215 Clark Street

Hopkins, MI

Who's Invited? ANYONE in Grades 8th - 12th (and it's FREE!) Yes you CAN/SHOULD attend this training day even if you have already done some tech training in the past. Gain MORE experience and become a team leader this year.

What is This? FREE TRAINING FOR STUDENTS on the basics of Audio, Lighting, and Back Stage work. Students that attend and complete this day of training will qualify to participate in Hopkins Music Concerts and Musical Tech Team activities for the 2019/2020 Season. (FREE pizza and pop will be provided)

Where is It? Hopkins M.S. Cafetorium & Stage

More Details: Are you interested in being part of what goes on behind the scenes: Do you like to work with your mind as well as your hands? Do you want to receive training in a high demand field that may help you get a job/internship someday later in life? Then come to the Hopkins Theatre Tech Training Day in October. You will learn the basics of Stage Lighting, Sound/Audio, and become part of a highly trusted and skilled team. This will be a great opportunity for YOU to get experience in the field of Stage Tech and have fun at the same time. Obtain those coveted "Techie" Skills -- come attend this day.

Questions, or need further details, contact:

Mr. Jacob Oaster

Director of Vocal Music -- Hopkins M.S./H.S.

Phone # (269) 793-7407 (x3109)

Email: JacoOast@hpsvikings.org

Choir Concert / Art Show

Tuesday, Nov. 12th, 4-8pm

215 Clark Street

Hopkins, MI

Art Shows run from 4pm-8pm

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

Middle School Concert begins at 6:00pm

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

High School Concert begins at 7:00pm

Fall 2019 Spaghetti Dinner

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

333 Clark Street

Hopkins, MI

Ticket: $6 per person

Group Special - 4 for $20

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Congratulations to Septembers' Students & Citizens of the Month!

Parents and/or guardians of the Student of the Month and Citizen of the Month students are cordially invited to attend our Student of the Month and Citizen of the Month Ceremony held in the Middle School Cafetorium on Thursday, October 3rd @ 7:45 am.
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A note from the Office

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Upcoming Events & Important Dates

October 10 -- Student Council Meeting 3:00-4:00

October 14 -- 7th Grade Field Trip

October 16-18 -- 6th Grade Camp

October 22 -- Parent-Teacher Conferences 4:00-8:00

October 23 -- Theatre Tech Training Day

October 31-- ½ Day

November 11-- Veterans Day Assembly 9:00

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

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

November 27-29 -- Thanksgiving Break

Click on the link above or visit https://www.hpsvikings.org/ to view our Daily Announcements currently playing at several locations around the Middle School. The Slideshow changes often so please visit regularly to stay informed on all our upcoming events.

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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To view a copy of our HMS Student handbook, Daily Announcements or the October Lunch Menu click on the links above or visit hpsvikings.org.