Houston Middle School August News

Go Hawks

Welcome Back to School!

The staff members at Houston Middle School are super excited for the 2018 - 2019 school year to start! We look forward to providing your child with a safe and welcoming learning environment with engaging activities and high expectations for success. Parents and guardians are always welcome at Houston Middle School, so please call or stop by if there are any questions or needs we can assist you with as the school year begins. Go Hawks!

School Starts on Thursday, August 16th

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Principal Howard's Monthly Message

Welcome back Houston Middle School families and friends! The office staff and teachers are busy preparing for our Hawks to return to school on August 16th. This time of year is always exciting and filled with positive energy. Our pledge is to make sure your children are safe and have access to quality instruction to prepare for high school. We have some great plans for the school year that include:
  • technology integration
  • teaching note-taking strategies
  • understanding and developing a growth mindset
  • creating school-wide writing expectations
  • refining our Response to Intervention (RTI) process and procedures

I'm excited about all of the possibilities for our students. It's going to be a spectacular school year. Go Hawks!
-Mr. Howard

2018 - 2019 Registration

Please register your child online through i-Parent (access through the MSBSD website) or stop by the school for assistance. Houston Middle School will be open to help parents and guardians register their children for school from 8:30 AM - 2:30 PM until August 10th. If a parent or guardian is unable to register during those times, please contact the school registrar, Ms. Kathy Aleman at 892-9505.

It's important to register your child as soon as possible to avoid any delays to scheduling or class placement.

HERO - Viewing A Student's Behavior Data

HMS uses a an online program called HERO to track both positive and negative behavior at school. Positive behavior is rewarded by students earning Hawk Points. Students can redeem his or her Hawk Points for Hawk Gear. If parents or guardians would like to receive notifications about their child/student's behavior, please access the link below to create an account:


You must have your students ID number to register. If you get an error message please contact the office at 892-9500 for a parent/guardian access key.

HMS 2018 - 2019 Bell Schedule

FY19 Houston Middle School Bell Schedule

Breakfast 7:25 AM - 7:40 AM

1st Period/Hawk Talk 7:45 AM - 8:00 AM

2nd Period 8:04 AM - 8:54 AM

3rd Period 8:58 AM - 9:48 AM

4th Period 9:52 AM - 10:42 AM

5th & 6th Period / Lunches

5th Period /A Lunch 10:46 AM - 11:16 AM

5th or 6th Period /B Lunch 11:20 AM - 11:50 AM

6th Period /C Lunch 11:54 AM - 12:24 PM

7th Period 12:28 PM - 1:18 PM

8th Period 1:22 PM - 2:15 PM

Buses Leave 2:25 PM

New Staff at Houston Middle School

I'm pleased and excited to welcome new staff to Houston Middle School. During the hiring process, I was impressed by the way our new staff members spoke to the importance of supporting school-wide norms and how growth mindset impacts student success. Our new teachers and assistants are passionate educators with the belief that all learning starts with positive relationships and caring adults. I am excited to have each of them join our staff and am confident that they will contribute to our efforts in growing HMS from a good school to a great school.

Amanda Williams - 6th Grade Language Arts
Rebecca Merrell - 7th Grade Langauge Arts
April Dunham - Art/STEAM
Ann Lee - Librarian
Teri Haddeland - 6th Grade Math

Free & Reduced Lunch

All Houston Middle School students will receive free breakfast and lunch as part of our Title I eligibility during the 2018-2019 school year.

Title I, Part A (Title I) of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, as amended (ESEA) provides financial assistance to local educational agencies (LEAs) and schools with high numbers or high percentages of children from low-income families to help ensure that all children meet challenging state academic standards. Oct 5, 2015

Sports & Activities Fees

There is a $100 fee per athletic activity for students up to a maximum of $250 per year. Students may qualify for reduced fees based on need. Parents/Guardians who are interested in applying for reduced fees should contact the main off at 892-9500.

Back to School BBQ & Open House

Tuesday, Aug. 14th 2018 at 4-6pm

Houston Middle School

Please join us for a Back to School BBQ and Open House for new and returning Houston Middle School students. Our staff will share information about Houston Middle School and parents/guardians will have a chance to meet his/her teachers! There will also be an opportunity for families to tour the school.

Preliminary student schedules and locker assignments will be handed out.

Please join us!

X-Country Running Begins on August 16th

The x-country season begins on the first day of school! We encourage as many Hawks as we can to join up for this fun and healthy activity.

Practices will be Monday - Friday after school until 3:45 PM. Parents and guardians are responsible for picking up student athletes after practice each day on time. We're encouraging x-country runners to begin training now. A good way to start is by running 1-2 miles every other day. Remember to stretch. Coach Swick is excited for the season. Hawks don't walk, we fly.

AUGUST 16th .... Come Join The Team!
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School Picture Day!

School Picture Day is on Thursday, August 23rd @ 8:00 AM. Picture order forms will be sent home the week before pictures are taken. All students will have his/her picture taken for student IDs and the yearbook. If there are questions, please contact the school.

No School for Students

There is no school for students on the following days in August and September:
Friday, August 24th, 2018 - Teacher Professional Development Day
Friday, August 31st, 2018 - Fair Day
Monday, September 3rd, 2018 - Labor Day

Pastries for Parents

The first Wednesday of each month, starting in September, Houston Middle School will host Pastries for Parents. Pastries for Parents is a time for parents and guardians to visit Houston Middle School before school starts to enjoy a pastry and coffee. Our first Pastries for Parents will be on Wednesday, September 5th. Please join us from 7:00 AM to 8:00 AM for a chance to visit our school!

Ways to Keep Informed and Contact Houston Middle School

Houston Middle School is committed to frequent and open communication with families and community members about student performance, school expectations, current events, and activities. Some of the ways you can expect us to reach out are:
  • Facebook
  • HMS Website
  • HERO
  • Connect-Ed Messages
  • monthly newsletters
  • iParent
  • phone calls and emails
Benjamin Howard, Principal: 892-9502
Orin Wear, Assistant Principal:
Shelley Ax, Administrative Assistant:
Amanda Nicoll, Office Secretary:
Tanya Boehm, Safety Resource Officer:
Johanna Burger, School Nurse:
Kathy Aldeman, Registrar: 892-9505

FY19 HMS Student Handbook