Hopkins Middle School Newsletter

October 11, 2019

Welcome to our 3rd Edition of the Hopkins Middle School Newsletter

Please take your time to review this week's Newsletter. The HMS newsletter is published every two weeks and circulated via E-mail, Facebook, & Twitter and can be easily shared.

Congratulations to our Students and Citizens of the Month for September!

7th Grade Field Trip - Oct 14th

7th Grade Field Trip: Students will be attending the theater on Monday, October 14th. We will be leaving around 9:30 am and will return to the school around 1:50 pm. Students may bring a sack lunch or money to purchase lunch at a fast-food restaurant.

The theatre guidelines are as follows:

It is the audience’s responsibility to ensure everyone’s enjoyment of the show by adhering to proper theatre etiquette. Teachers should discuss appropriate behavior before the performance, and all students should understand and abide by the following guidelines:

  • Please leave any electronic devices, such as cameras, cell phones, iPods or similar MP3 players, and recording devices at home. Any source of distraction will be removed by theatre management.
  • Hats and bags should be left at school or on the bus.
  • Due to potential accidents, no food or beverages are allowed in the theatre. If you have a sack lunch, please leave it on the bus.
  • Talking and whispering are inappropriate and distracting to audience members and the actors.
  • To ensure everyone gets a chance to use the restrooms, students should go in small groups and must be accompanied by a chaperone.
  • Throwing objects or defacing theatre property will not be tolerated and are grounds for immediate ejection from the theatre.
  • Chamber Theatre does not allow babes in arms. Please make any necessary arrangements.
  • While we do not have an established dress code, we have found that a well-dressed audience tends to be a well-behaved audience. Dressing up also makes the day more of an event rather than simply a day off from school.
  • Teachers and chaperones must take an active role in monitoring students. Adequate and active supervision is essential to maintain appropriate behavior. Special security personnel have been added and should be sought out if a problem arises. To preserve the integrity of the production, we reserve the right to eject students or groups due to inappropriate behavior. If such an event occurs, there will be no refunds.

With proper theatre etiquette, we are sure that you and your students will find this field trip to be an exciting and rewarding experience.

Enjoy the show!

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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

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Fall 2019 Spaghetti Dinner

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

333 Clark Street

Hopkins, MI

Hopkins High School Cafeteria

Ticket: $6 per person

Group Special - 4 for $20

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Choir Concert / Art Show

Tuesday, Nov. 12th, 4-8pm

215 Clark Street

Hopkins, MI

Hopkins Middle School Cafetorium

Art Shows run from 4 pm-8 pm

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

Middle School Concert begins at 6:00 pm

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

High School Concert begins at 7:00 pm

FTC Tech Vikes Update!!

Our FTC Tech Vikes team is working hard this year. We are hard at work on or robots for this year's game, Skystone, and are focusing on our strategy and programming so we can bring our A-game to competitions. We have also been hard at work in the community. If you have been to the Wise Preserve you should have noticed the new bridge. We are working with our high school Tech Vikes team and the community on this project, there’s more work to be done on the bridge make sure to stop in to see the progress. Keep up the hard work FTC Tech Vikes!

Teacher Baby Picture Contest

Taking their best guess......Guess a Teacher Baby picture contest is Underway.
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A note from the Office

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Upcoming Events & Important Dates

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 7 -- Student Council Meeting 3:00 - 4:00

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

December 23 - January 3 -- Winter Break

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

What is this

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.

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Quote submitted by Mr. Crook.