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January 22

Good evening Mustang Families.  Here are the Hope Happenings for the week of January 22nd:

 

Sunday: HMS PTA Spirit Night at Texas Roadhouse 11 AM-9:30 PM

Monday: Teacher Workday - No School for Students.  

Tuesday: Wrestling at PS Jones Middle School; Middle School Cheer Competition at JH Rose; New semester begins - new schedules available in homeroom.

Wednesday: FCA Meeting in the gym @ 7:45 AM

Thursday: Basketball @ home vs. EB Aycock;  Tip off at 4:00 PM; come for the girls’ game, stay for the boys’.  Just make sure your ride is here by 6:15 PM. 

Saturday: Wrestling Championship at Washington High School

Monday: Report cards go home with students

I am reaching out to you on behalf of East Carolina University women’s basketball regarding our bring your A game promotion. For our upcoming game against the Temple Owl’s on Wednesday, February 8, 2023. All students who received an A on their report card receive free admission upon bringing their report card. We hope to see you there!

If you haven’t had dinner yet - head over to Texas Roadhouse and place your dine-in or carry-out order to support the HMS PTA Spirit Night.  10% of the proceeds will go to the PTA that supports our teachers and students.

Have a great night - we'll see our students on Tuesday!

 

January 17

Wednesday: FCA Meeting at 7:45 AM; Students taking semester-long Math 1 will take their EOC.  This only applies to about 5 students, however it will affect the rest of the school as the media center will be closed during that time.

Thursday: Basketball will travel to CM Eppes

Friday: School-wide PBIS celebration will take place between 2:00-3:15 PM.  If you know that you will need to pick your child up early from school that day, it would be most helpful to do so before 2:00 PM as it will be challenging to quickly locate a student during the Staff vs. Student Volleyball game.

I am reaching out to you on behalf of East Carolina University women’s basketball regarding our bring your A game promotion. For our upcoming game against the Temple Owl’s on Wednesday, February 8, 2023. All students who received an A on their report card receive free admission upon bringing their report card. We hope to see you there!

We look forward to wrapping up this 2nd 9 weeks and the 1st semester on Friday, January 20th.  Please be aware of this date as it will creep up quickly.  This will also determine athletic eligibility for the spring sports seasons.

Give Kids A Smith Day will be Friday, February 3, 2023.  See the flyer for more details.  Appointments are required.

As a reminder, next Monday, January 23rd is a Teacher Workday.  Most students will return Tuesday, January 24th with new encore classes.  Students are being forewarned, our classes are FULL and there is little to no room for changes.  Students will find their new schedules in their homeroom class on 1/24/23.

We hope everyone has a great, short week!

 

January 8

Good Evening Mustang Families and Happy New Year!  This is Mrs. Johnson with your FIRST Hope Happenings for the year 2023!

This week ahead should be a good one!

Monday: Basketball plays away; SRO Day!  We hope students will take a minute to welcome our NEW School Resource Office, Deputy Flannery to our school and thank him for his service.

Wednesday: Beta Club & FCA will meet at 7:45 AM.  Beta Club is in the media center and FCA in the gym.

Thursday: SGA Meeting at 7:45 in Ms. Dancer’s room; Girls and Boys Basketball will play at home beginning at 4:00 PM.  Come for the girls game and stay for the boys!  Student pick up should be by 6:30 at the latest!

We look forward to wrapping up this 2nd 9 weeks and the 1st semester on January 20th.  Please be aware of this date as it will creep up quickly.  This will also determine athletic eligibility for the spring sports seasons.

While on that topic, I hope our Mustang families will help me welcome Coach Matt Curtis.  Coach Curtis has taken Coach Kirby’s position as Athletic Director and PE/Health Teacher.  We’re excited to have him.

Also beginning new with us is Deputy Brock Flannery as our school’s resource officer.  He’s been to Hope some already working our athletic events and subbing for Deputy G, but excited to make Hope his new home!  Deputy G has taken a different SRO role at a new school.  

Give Kids A Smile Day will be Friday, February 3, 2023.  See the flyer for more details.  Appointments are required.

We’ll see you tomorrow at Hope - where every day is a great day to be a Mustang!


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January 2

Good evening Mustang Families and Happy New Year!  This is Mrs. Johnson with your FIRST Hope Happenings for the year 2023!

Tomorrow, Tuesday January 3rd is a Teacher Workday, no school for students.  Our office will be open from 8:30-3:30 if you need to stop by or give us a call.

Wednesday, we’ll welcome students back to school bright and early!  Early Bird will resume at 7:45 AM for $1/student.  As a reminder, 8:25 is the tardy bell.  Students should be in their homeroom by 8:25 AM.  There is NO FCA this week, that will resume the week of January 11th.  Additionally, Beta Club will hold their monthly meeting on January 11.

Thursday, SGA officers will meet at 7:45 AM in Mrs. Dancer’s room and the ladies and mens basketball teams will be back in action at home vs. the Raiders from AG Cox.  Students should have prearranged rides at Hope between 6:15-6:30 PM

We look forward to wrapping up this 2nd 9 weeks and the 1st semester on January 20th.  Please be aware of this date as it will creep up quickly.  This will also determine athletic eligibility for the spring sports seasons.

While on that topic, I hope our Mustang families will help me welcome Coach Matt Curtis.  Coach Curtis will be taking the Athletic Director position.  

Give Kids A Smile Day will be Friday, February 3, 2023.  See the flyer for more details.  Appointments are required.

 

December 18

Good evening Mustang Families!  This is Mrs. Johnson with your LAST Hope Happenings for the 2022 school year!  

Monday our spirit week continues with Holiday Wear.  Students can celebrate by dressing to impress for their favorite holiday.  The basketball teams will travel to EB Aycock to take on the Jaguars.

Tuesday students and staff should wear their favorite holiday headwear.

Wednesday students can celebrate the start of Winter Break with their favorite pajamas.  School will dismiss at 12:30 for the extended break.  Please make sure arrangements are made to have your student picked up no later than 12:45 PM.  

Thursday, December 22nd-Tuesday, January 3rd school is closed for students and staff for Winter Break.

 

Students who ride buses 229 and 237 received letters with updated bus information.  These changes will take effect on Monday.  Some will have a new bus number and driver.  Pickup and drop off times have been updated as well.  This was done to address the overcrowding.  Students who were assigned to the new bus will ride 412 with Mr. Terry Nicholson.  We hope to have all the kinks worked out in the short week to start fresh after break.

 

School will resume on Wednesday, January 4, 2023.  December 22-January 3 is a LONG time to be away from learning.  If you are looking for ways to help keep your students engaged we have some ideas for you!

Reading.  ALWAYS an option!  Students can read or listen to books on Sora.  Visit the HMS or local library and check out books that interest them.  

iReady. Students may log into iReady and work on tasks in both math and reading.  This practice is tailored to their skill set.

Handwriting (right?!? Our students use so much technology - this is an underrated skill!!!).  They can practice writing in neat penmanship but writing thank you notes for gifts they received, journaling or writing in planners in preparation for the 2nd half of the school year.

8th Graders can also complete any of their applications for NERSBA, Early College or HSA.  They can grab applications from the front office if they are interested.

Lastly, students can use Canvas/PowerSchool to see what assignments they are missing.  The marking period will end about 2 weeks after we return from winter break.

The media center is excited to be part of the BIG LIBRARY PROJECT - a district wide project to update library collections. Parents can review the proposed purchase lists that are posted in the virtual library on the school website. 

Give Kids A Smith Day will be Friday, February 3, 2023.  See the flyer for more details.  Appointments are required.

 

December 11

Good evening Mustang Families!  This is Mrs. Johnson with your Hope Happenings for the week of week of December 12th

We’ve made it to the last full week of December in school!  Can’t believe how fast this year is flying by!

 

M: Basketball travels to Farmville Middle School

T: 8th Grade Math Check-in; No check out between 8:25-11:15; Band Concert in the HMS gym @ 7 PM; 

W: Walk of Fame Celebration for Kirby & Banning in the afternoon

Th: Home Season Opener for Basketball.  Ladies tip off at 4:00 PM.  Boys game is immediately after.  Mustang Maniacs are welcome to stay and attend the game, but MUST have a prearranged ride at school by 5:15 PM

F: HMS Chorus Field Trip to Wintergreen School

We’re kicking off the Student Holiday Spirit Week Wednesday, 12/14/22 celebrating the retirement of Mrs. Banning and Coach Kirby.  Students should dress like a mathlete and/or an athlete.  We know our Hope students can be BOTH, smart and athletic if.  We’ll end the Spirit Week with Pajama Day.  Please refrain from wearing pajamas before then.  For more details, see the attachment along with this email.

8th grade students and parent - please remember you have a math and Math 1 check-in on Tuesday.  Bring a CHARGED chromebook with you!  Test window is from 8:25-11:15 - no check outs during this time!  

​​Parents, we need your help. Please talk with your student about taking care of the school issued chromebook they have.  We’ve received several reports of students attempting to intentionally damage their device in hopes that they will get a newer model. This is not the case, as we just don’t have the supply of newer models to accommodate all of our students.  If the technician determines the damage to a device is intentional, your family will be charged the $200 replacement cost, as intentional damage is not covered under the device protection plan.      

We look forward to another awesome week, at Hope Middle School - where every day is a GREAT day to be a Mustang!


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December 5

Good evening Mustang Families!  This is Mrs. Johnson with your Hope Happenings for the week of week of December 5th

It’s going to be a BUSY week ahead!

 

Tuesday our students will take their second NC Check In.  Testing will begin at 8:25-11:08 AM;  It’s very important students arrive on time, with a fully charged chromebook.  As a reminder, we are not able to call into classrooms during testing during that block of time.  Progress Reports go home with students.

Wednesday Beta Club & FCA Meetings at 7:45 AM.  FCA and Early Bird drop off in the rear and Beta club in the front.

Thursday SGA will have a full meeting at 7:45 AM; Check In make ups (in media center); Chorus Rehearsal (Unity Church); Basketball plays AWAY; Chorus Concert at 7 PM at Unity Church.

 

A message for our Early Bird Families- Please continue to prepay using School Cash Online. Make sure you are paying close attention to the dates listed. We have had many “IOUs” the past few weeks with students missing the prepay online or forgetting their daily $1. 

We also need our Early Bird parents to continue pulling all the way forward and refrain from cutting out of line. Our goal is to keep everyone safe and traffic flowing, especially on Wednesdays when FCA meets in the Gym. There are a lot of students who participate in both programs and therefore a lot of traffic! Please help us keep cars off of Mills Road by making sure your students are ready to exit the car and following safe driving practices. 

As a reminder, 6th and 7th graders who have older siblings, must be picked up in the lane with the youngest student.  We’re doing everything we can to reduce the number of cars in the 8th grade lane in order to keep the flow of traffic moving and off Mills Road.  Please continue to close the gaps in the morning and afternoon.

Cafe balance letters are going home weekly.  If you have outstanding balances please pay those immediately to not disrupt your student’s meal service at school.  If can be paid in installments, in full either online, with cash or check in the cafeteria.

With the cold/flu season in full effect, please remember to send in a note when your student is absent, upon their return.  If sending an email to their homeroom teacher is easiest - that’s totally acceptable.  We are not able to excuse absences with parent notes that exceed 10 days from the absence. 

This is a time of year where we see high stress and high anxiety from our students, families and teachers.  We value conversations and extend grace whenever we can.  We ask you to reach out if there is something you’re concerned about.  Always start with the teacher!  It will save time, frustration and energy, every time.  We can’t address something we don’t know is an issue. 

 

PCS is looking for 2023-2024 PCS CALENDAR Feedback

Option 1

*familiarity, consistent with previous year versions

*later start date (Aug. 28), later end date (June 7)

*fall semester extends into January

 

Option 2

*earlier start date (Aug. 16), earlier end date (May 24, pre-Memorial Day)

*final exams before winter break to allow "clean start" upon return/January

*maximizes instructional time to prepare for standardized testing/AP exams

*closely aligns with dual enrollment schedule with higher education partners

PLEASE COMPLETE SURVEY HERE: PCS Calendar Survey

 

Students and teachers have 12-½ days until Winter Break!  Let’s make those days count!

 

November 28

Good evening Mustang Families!  This is Mrs. Johnson with your Hope Happenings for the week of November 28th!

 We hope everyone had a restful and recharging Thanksgiving break!  

 It’s a quiet week ahead!  Texas Roadhouse Fundraiser continues this week.

 

Wednesday: FCA will meet at 7:45 AM; Interest meeting for Iceland Travel with Mrs. Stanfield will happen at 6 in the Cafeteria.

 Thursday: SGA Officers will meet at 7:45 AM and the Orchestra will perform a Winter Concert at 7 PM in the HMS Cafeteria.  The Europe trip open to 8th graders will have their interest meeting at DHC.  Use this link: https://bit.ly/3EAgKbO to RSVP for more information.

 

Interim reports are expected to go home the week of December 6th. 

Remember to keep selling for our Texas Roadhouse gift card fundraiser.  This is a great way to treat yourself or someone on your holiday shopping list to a legendary meal.  The PTA will be hosting a spirit night at Texas Roadhouse on Jan 22nd, so you can buy a card now and use it in Jan and the PTA will get double the profit! Envelopes are due back on Tuesday the 29th and the cards should be returned to you by December 13th. Please contact the PTA if you have any questions and thank you so much for your support!

Traffic was better during the short week!  Some of it was the reduced volume of cars and some of it was those of you helping close the gaps between you and the car in front of you.  PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE, continue to pull up so we can squeeze as many cars into the lanes as possible in the morning and the afternoon.  Cars on Mills Road prevent our buses from loading or unloading students on time and block our neighbors from entering/exiting their driveways. 

We’re rolling fast into December and winter break is upon us.  Please help students to continue to make good decisions, stay on top of their school responsibilities, including iReady, homework and required reading so that they may fully enjoy the much needed winter break, coming soon.

 

November 21

Monday: 8th Grade Students will hear about the Health Sciences Academy and opportunities it will provide for high school students.  As the former Coordinator and counselor for the HSA, Mrs. Slappey and I cannot recommend this experience for our students who know they want to work in the healthcare field or for those unsure.  It’s a great opportunity to learn more about career options beyond doctor, dentist, and nursing.  

Our basketball teams travel for their first games this season.  We wish them luck!

As a reminder, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday there is no school for students as we observe the Thanksgiving holiday.  School will resume, Monday, November 28th.

Well, friends.  We’re on the naughty list with the traffic engineers with Pitt County due to the cars sitting on Mills Road at dismissal time.  We are in an impossible situation with the volume of cars and buses, transporting the volume of students we have enrolled.  But there are some ways we can improve and hopefully get back onto the nice list.

 

  1.  Please make sure siblings or neighbor carpools are picking up in the lane with the youngest student (6th grade is the FASTEST line, nearly every day!)

  2. PLEASE pull all the way forward to the car in front of you, 4 or 5 half car lengths between cars in one lane, is the difference in upwards of 5 or 6 cars left on Mills Road.  Stopping in the middle of the lane instead of pulling forward when there is space - even if your student is “right there” decreases efficiency drastically.

  3. We URGE you to limit your cell phone usage and be an active participant in the carline so that you are constantly moving forward and watching for students and staff for their safety

  4. If you are an 8th grade parent, consider arriving a few minutes later - 3:35 or 3:38, rather than at 3:30.  Your line seems to have the most volume and their walk from classroom to car is the furthest.  

We realize that many of you receiving this message are not the ones picking up, so we greatly appreciate you sharing this information with your carpools.

There are several opportunities for student travel to share with you for the summer of 2024.  This is open to any student and parent as it is not affiliated with Hope or Pitt County Schools.  However, PCS teachers will lead the trips with the support of travel organizations.

 

We are headed to Iceland! Current 7th Graders are invited on what is sure to be the trip of a lifetime! June of 2024 Mrs. Stanfield is sponsoring a 5 day trip around Iceland through the company World Strides. Your child should have come home with information about this trip on Friday. There is a parent interest meeting in the school Cafeteria on November 30th at 6pm. The travel Agent for World Strides will be present for any and all questions you may have! There is a discount towards the trip for anyone who signs up that evening! Any questions about this can be directed to Mrs. Stanfield at stanfij@pitt.k12.nc.us! 

Hope 8th graders are invited to learn more about the July 2024 trip to Germany & The Alps hosted by Ms. Armour at DHC. While there we will explore Munich, explore the Salzburg salt mines, visit the castle that inspired Disney and visit the Swiss Alps! Please RSVP for the December 1st meeting at https://bit.ly/3EAgKbO 

In the spirit of Thanksgiving, it’s worth sharing with our school community how grateful we are to serve you and your family.  Our Hope students are the reason we continue to do this work.  The support of their families that help us help them be their best selves is one in a million.  We wish everyone a wonderful Thanksgiving.

 

November 14

Hope Happenings for the week of November 14, 2022

 

Tuesday: Texas Roadhouse Fundraiser begins; PCC ECHS will present to 8th Grade

Wednesday: FCA @ 7:45 AM; 8th grade field trip to ECU; Make up picture day

AVID is looking for students to apply for next semester!  The AVID application for next semester is open.  You can print a copy of the application below or pick up a copy from Mrs. Ange in room 202.  Applications are due by November 22nd.

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1b0FALQCyaVAbUpORaZRB3kx2TpvkZeZriFSFmEy7RUw/edit?usp=sharing

 

The Health Sciences Academy will present to 8th Grade on 11/21/22

As a reminder, this is a full week of school and next week students should attend Monday-Tuesday, 11/21-22; we’ll be closed Wednesday-Friday, 11/23-25 for Thanksgiving break

Parents are reminded that they do not need a doctor’s note to return to school after an illness; however, they should be fever free without medication for 12 hours, and no diarrhea or vomiting for 24 hours.  We saw a lot of illness in school last week.  Please stay well, practice good hand washing and stay home when you are sick!

Students received cafeteria balances this week.  It's critical that you send in the monies to settle those debts as soon as you are able.  If you need to make small payments until it's settled, that is understandable. Unpaid balances may exclude students from events such as field trips, etc. in the future.  If your financial situation has changed and you would like to apply for free/reduced meals, applications are available on the PCS website or for pick up in the front office.  

A couple notes from the HMS PTA: 

The HMS PTA is selling gift cards to Texas Roadhouse this Holiday season! If you plan on eating out or need gifts for teachers or other people on your list, this is a great way to take care of those needs while contributing to our school! You can order or sell gift cards in various increments, and they will be returned to you the week of Dec 12th complete with the HMS logo!  Also, for every $30 in cards ordered, the buyer will receive a $5 coupon to Texas Roadhouse.  Your child's envelope should go home on Tuesday with more information.

Upcoming Spirit Night - November 29th at Famiglia.  See the attached flyer for details.

We look forward to an awesome week ahead! 

 

November 7

Hope Happenings for the week of November 7th!

 

Monday: AVID 8th Gr. Field Trip; Report Cards distributed 

Tuesday: SGA Election Day

Wednesday: FCA @ 7:45; Academic Ice Cream Social for students with all A’s & B’s hosted by the PTA

Thursday: Early Release; Kans for Kona Celebration; SGA Officer Mtg @ 7:45

Friday: Veterans’ Day Holiday - NO SCHOOL

 

Continue to send in those canned goods for our Kans for Kona food drive, sponsored by SGA. The winning homeroom will receive free Kona Ice.  We encourage parents to pay ahead for Kona Ice when possible.  And in the spirit of giving, consider paying it forward for another student to enjoy Kona Ice!

Thank you to the PTA Volunteers and Hope Staff who hosted the first whole school dance since 2019!  It was a HUGE success!

AVID is looking for students to apply for next semester!  The AVID application for next semester is open.  You can print a copy of the application here or pick up a copy from Mrs. Ange in room 202.  Applications are due by November 22nd.

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1b0FALQCyaVAbUpORaZRB3kx2TpvkZeZriFSFmEy7RUw/edit?usp=sharing

Our administrative team has been updated to include myself, Mrs. Johnson, Principal, Mrs. Davis, assistant principal and Mr. Sanderson who we share with Chicod.  Please update your contacts accordingly.

The bus driver shortage continues to plague our district and the state.  We hate to have to run double routes, leaving students arriving to school or home later than expected.  However, we've been able to train and hire two new drivers and feel optimistic that as we close out November - we'll see great improvement to routes, timeliness and spacing on buses.  In the meantime, please stay alert for updates.  Applications are always accepted for drivers at the PCS Website if you or someone you know is interested!  

Afternoon dismissal is at 3:30 on a regular day - students must be picked up no later than 3:45.  If you are not able to meet that expectation, you need to make other arrangements.  On an early release day, the times are 12:30 and 12:45, respectfully. 

 

October 30

Monday: Halloween - reminder, NO COSTUMES.  Science Olympiad at 3:45

Tuesday: Last day of 9 weeks;Girls in Pearls and Science Olympiad at 3:45

Wednesday: 1st NC Check-in of the year!  (Science 9, Math 6, Reading 7); Beta Club & FCA Meetings 7:45 AM; Future City and Crazy Running Club at 3:45

Friday: PTA Dance 6-8 in the school’s cafeteria

FCA now meets every Wednesday in the gym for fellowship and super fun games and activities. Students wishing to order FCA apparel should visit “School Cash Online” to place orders. This can be accessed from the school website or the FCA Facebook Page. If you have questions, contact Coach Kirby.

Tomorrow is Halloween!  As a reminder, students should not dress in costumes or pajama pants now that spirit week has concluded.  Your help in ensuring our students are dressed for a successful day is appreciated.

Basketball & Wrestling registration is now posted on the school’s website. If your child is interested in trying out for those teams, be sure to get a sports physical completed and register before tryouts. 

The PTA is hosting its first dance since the pandemic, this Friday from 6-8 in the school’s cafeteria!  We are so excited for our students to have this opportunity.  We will release the students promptly at 8:00 PM.  When picking up your child, you will enter the parking lot as if you were driving around to the front entrance.  The line will snake you through the front parking lot before leading to the cafeteria.  It will be dark at pick up, so your attention to the staff directing traffic will be of the utmost importance.  Please do not drive around, cut through or dart through traffic.  The safety of our students and staff is our top priority.

Upcoming November Dates: NC Check Ins 11/2/22, Academic Ice Cream Social 11/9/22, Early Release 11/10/22; No School 11/11/22; Makeup Picture Day is 11/16/22

Attached are the Parent Notification about Check-in #1 in English and Spanish.

We can’t wait to see our Mustangs tomorrow morning!

Spanish Letter Check-in #1

English Letter Check-in #1

 

 

October 23

Monday: Volleyball @ home beginning at 4:00 PM

Tuesday: Future City Interest Meeting at 3:30-4:15 PM

Wednesday: FCA Meeting in Gym, Viking Bowl @ DHC beginning 6:00; Crazy Running Club and Math Club will meet after school.

Thursday: Candy Man Main Event 9-10 in Gym for students who qualified.

Congratulations to our newly named Science Olympiad Teams!  We have a Varsity and Junior Varsity team this year!

Are you interested in designing and building? Do you like to compete? You should join the Future Cities team! A Future Cities interest meeting will be held on Tuesday, October 25th right after school in Mrs. Walters' room! Have your ride here to pick you up no later than 4:15!

Early Bird will be now in the cafeteria starting Monday 10/24. If you have students coming through Early Bird to see you, please inform them to use the doors by the cafeteria, not the gym.  Please allow us a little grace this coming week. We will be working on our system with this change.

FCA will now meet every Wednesday in the gym for fellowship and super fun games and activities. Students wishing to order FCA apparel should visit “School Cash Online” to place orders. This can be accessed from the school website or the FCA Facebook Page. If you have questions, contact Coach Kirby.

As a reminder, SGA is sponsoring a spirit week the week of 10/24:

Monday: Pajama Day

Tuesday: Formal Day

Wednesday: Decades Day

Thursday: Team Day (hats acceptable)

Friday: Costume Day (No masks, props, lights, blow-ups, noise)

Basketball & Wrestling registration is now posted on the school’s website. If your child is interested in trying out for those teams, be sure to get a sports physical completed and register before tryouts. 

In an effort to prevent disruption of instructional time and support students to learn responsibility, we will no longer be able to call students from class to collect forgotten items after 10:00 AM.  That includes lunches, water bottles, athletic uniforms or gear and money.  Items brought after 10 AM will be available for students to pick up after the dismissal bell.

Our lost and found is OVERFLOWING with items.  From glasses to jewelry, hoodies to lunch boxes.  Binders, notebooks and pencil pouches.  Items not claimed by October 29th will be donated or discarded.  Please urge your student to check if they are missing something.  Some of the items appear to be new!  It’s a shame!

Upcoming November Dates: 1st Marking Period Closes 11/1/22, Fall Dance 11/4/22, Academic Ice Cream Social 11/9/22, Early Release 11/10/22; No School 11/11/22; Makeup Picture Day is 11/16/22

ECU Education Day is coming for 8th Grade! Students will travel to ECU for a Women’s Basketball game.  This is a no-cost field trip.  Permission slips will go home this week.    

We hope you had a glorious fall weekend!  We’ll see our students tomorrow at Hope Middle, where every day is a GREAT day to be a Mustang!

 

October 16

Good evening Mustang Families!  This is Mrs. Johnson with your Hope Happenings for the week of 10/16/22:

Monday: Science Olympiad Tryouts 3:30-4:45; Volleyball plays at home beginning at  4:00 PM

Tuesday: Cross Country Championship @ 4 PM, Boyd Lee Park; PTA Meeting @ 5:30

Wednesday: We'll celebrate KINDNESS with Unity Day!  Students should wear ORANGE, FCA @ 7:45 AM Crazy Running will meet at 3:45 PM, Volleyball Away

Thursday: Football playoffs begin at 4:00 PM at home.  Students should have prearranged rides to pick them up between 5:15-5:30 PM.  All students should be picked up by 5:30 PM.  Failure to do so may result in not being allowed to stay for a future event.

In an effort to prevent disruption of instructional time and support students to learn responsibility, we will no longer be able to call students from class to collect forgotten items after 10:00 AM.  That includes lunches, water bottles, athletic uniforms or gear and money.  Items brought after 10 AM will be available for students to pick up after the dismissal bell.

Our lost and found is OVERFLOWING with items.  From glasses to jewelry, hoodies to lunch boxes.  Binders, notebooks and pencil pouches.  Items not claimed by October 29th will be donated or discarded.  Please urge your student to check if they are missing something.  Some of the items appear to be new!  It’s a shame!

Makeup Picture Day is 11/16/22

The growing trend of pajama pants and crop tops is not a fashion trend we want to see at Hope.  This trend is not within the PCS Appearance Policy.  We appreciate our families’ help ensure students are dressed appropriately for learning on a regular school day.  Pajamas are reserved for spirit weeks - but believe me, we all wish we could wear them to school on Mondays!

ECU Education Day is coming for 8th Grade! Students will travel to ECU for a Women’s Basketball game.  This is a no-cost field trip.  Permission slips will go home this week.    

Attention 8th graders, the first of three possible Early College Information Nights will be this Tuesday, October 18th at IECHS in the Brewster Building Room C102 on ECU’s Campus. The meeting will start at 6:00 pm

As a reminder, SGA is sponsoring a spirit week the week of 10/24:

Monday: Pajama Day

Tuesday: Formal Day

Wednesday: Decades Day

Thursday: Team Day (hats acceptable)

Friday: Costume Day (No masks, props, lights, blow-ups, noise)

We hope everyone had a great long weekend!  We’ll see our Mustangs tomorrow morning!

 

October 9, 2022

Monday we’ll host Volleyball at home beginning at 4:00.  

Tuesday Cross Country will travel for an away meet.  

Wednesday FCA will meet at 7:45 AM in the cafe.   Football and Volleyball will travel for competitions.  

Thursday SGA will meet at 7:45 AM.  It is also an early release day with a Pep Rally scheduled for 10:00.  Students will be dismissed at 12:30.  

Friday is a Teacher Workday, no school for students.

Our Pep Rally is scheduled for 10:00-11:00 AM.  Please know it will be difficult to locate students in the middle of the event, so if you need to check them out - please consider doing so before 10 AM or after 11 AM.  If your student is sensitive to loud noises or crowds, please let their homeroom teacher know.  History tells us that many students will be picked up early on Thursday, so please plan accordingly and be patient with us.  We will not be able to dismiss students after 12:00 due to the volume of students moving in those last 30 minutes of the day.

Congratulations are in order to several of our staff.  Mr. Langley was named Custodian of the Year, Mrs. Leonard Office Staff of the Year, Mrs. Bingaman, Teacher Assistant of the Year, Mrs. Roundtree School Nutrition Staff of the Year and Ms. Hopkins was named Teacher of the Year!  We are so proud of these Mustangs and how they selflessly serve the students at Hope!

Big thanks to Mrs. Below and Mrs. Bingaman for another wonderful Book Fair week! If your student didn’t make a purchase this time, they will have the opportunity to do so in the spring.  

Our staff is grateful for the PTA volunteers and donors for a fantastic Friday Treat!  The Caramel Apple Bar was amazing!

Basketball try-out information is listed on the Hope’s website for anyone interested in trying out.

   

October 2, 2022

Happy October!

Good evening Mustang Families, this is Mrs. Johnson with your Hope Happenings for the week of October 3rd!

Monday: The Book Fair begins!  Volleyball @ home beginning at 4:00 PM; Students for AG @ 3:45 PM

Tuesday: Cross Country @ PS Jones; Girls in Pearls @ 3:45 PM

Wednesday: Beta Club meeting in Mrs. Ange’s room @ 7:45 AM; Volleyball @ PS Jones; FCA in the cafeteria @ 7:45 AM; Crazy Running Club @ 3:45 PM

Thursday: Football @ home at 4:00 PM; 

Friday: POP Day during intervention, celebrating students who didn’t earn a Step or referal in the month of September.                                                         

 

FCA will return on Wednesday, Oct 5th. FCA stands for Fellowship of Christian Athletes and it is OPEN to ALL students. FCA will meet Wednesday mornings in the cafe each week from 7:45-8:15am. If you are a bus rider, you may want to make alternate transportation arrangements in these mornings so you can attend too. If you have any questions, see Coach Kirby, Coach Arp, or Mrs. Best.

The Book Fair is this week!  Students will have the opportunity to visit with their ELA class, but students with money are able to shop during homeroom.  This is a great time opportunity to purchase books and accessories, while supporting our media center!

Have you joined the PTA yet?  https://hopemiddle.memberhub.com/store/items/746383

About 10% of our families have joined - Can you help us reach our goal of 50% of our families?  It’s easy to join - and they promise your membership can look however it suits your family!  From serving on the board and attending meetings to receiving emails and staying connected to other PTA families.

Students brought home progress reports this past week.  We hope you were able to have a conversation with your student about their progress.  If they are unhappy with where they stand, please talk to them about their habits and ways to adjust.  Please connect with teachers if there are concerns - they want to team with families for students to reach their greatest potential.

 


September 25, 2022

Good evening Mustang Families, 

This is Mrs. Johnson with your Hope Happenings for the week of September 26th

Monday Volleyball plays @ Home - Mustang Maniacs are welcome to stay if they have their $4 gate fee and a prearranged ride to pick them up by 5:15 PM.

Tuesday: Progress Reports go home; Girls in Pearls Interest Meeting after school, please have a ride coordinated before you stay; Cross Country will travel for an away meet

Wednesday: Volleyball plays away; 

Thursday: Football plays away

Friday: Some of our band members are performing with the DHC marching band at a DHC football game!  Take in some Friday Night Lights and cheer on our band students!

FCA will start up on Wednesday, Oct 5th. FCA stands for Fellowship of Christian Athletes and it is OPEN to ALL students. FCA will meet Wednesday mornings in the gym each week from 7:45-8:15am. If you are a bus rider, you may want to make alternate transportation arrangements in these mornings so you can attend too. If you have any questions, see Coach Kirby, Coach Arp, or Mrs. Best.

Early Bird will be held in the cafeteria on Wednesdays, starting Oct 5th to accommodate our large FCA huddle meeting in the gym.

Overall we are pleased with how students are settling into the rhythm of school.  We ask that you remind students to make good choices in the hallways when transitioning to their encore and back to class.  We want to ensure the transition is safe for all students and adults.  Walking with a purpose, using an appropriate volume to talk and keeping hands to yourself are the reminders we give students daily. 

We are also having conversations with students about appropriate lengths of shorts and skirts.  The rule was adjusted to “mid-thigh”, but some shorts are coming as mid-UPPER-thigh.  Please help students choose clothing that follows the appearance policy so they may feel confident and secure in their classroom setting.

Hard to believe we’re just about to end the month of September in the 22-23 school year!  We look forward to seeing our Mustangs tomorrow morning, at Hope Middle School where every day is a GREAT day to be a Mustang!

 

September 18, 2022

Good evening Mustang families, this is Mrs. Johnson with your Hope Happenings for the week of September 19th.

We have a busy week ahead of us!  Monday we will host Volleyball and Football @ 4 at Home.  Students staying for either event need to have their ride pre-arranged to pick them up by 5:15 PM.  Tuesday Cross Country will travel to Boyd Lee Park for a meet.  Wednesday Volleyball will travel to Farmville Middle School to take on the Patriots.  Friday is PICTURE DAY! Students are welcome to wear outfits that express personality, but reminded of the appearance policy.

Opening the middle lane for 7th grade dismissal has had a positive impact on the afternoon.  We appreciate our families’ patience as we continue to improve our systems.  In the morning, as a reminder, students should stay in their vehicles until staff are present and signal to do so.  This is for everyone’s safety.

I also wanted to take this opportunity to address the events of Friday.  Those of you who have been with me a while know that it’s my style to keep parents informed with transparent and timely information.  I was disappointed the Sheriff’s Department released a statement before PCS or Hope Middle School could.  And as the day settled down and details were available to share, I did not have the right words.  8 students were transported to the hospital for observation, after showing signs of being impaired or under the influence after consuming “gummies”.  A student brought over-the-counter gummies, neither appropriate for consumption by children or allowed on a school campus, to school and shared with other students. The student responsible for bringing the items to school has been identified and appropriate consequences have been assigned.  The students who were found under the influence have also received an appropriate consequence.  This was a very scary experience for the students, staff and their families.  The good news is all of the students were released to their parents by Friday afternoon without complication.  In every experience, there is a lesson.  I hope families will take this opportunity to remind their students of the dangers of sharing and/or consuming food or drink from another person, not knowing what it is or how it will affect them.  

We’re nearly halfway through the first 9 weeks of school.  Progress reports will come home the week of the 26th.  Remind students to diligently work and submit assignments.  If you have questions or concerns, contact your student’s teachers.  Email is a great way to open that line of communication!

Mrs. Gilbert, our Assistant Principal has taken an extended leave of absence.  Please keep her in your thoughts for good health.  Until she returns, please help me welcome Mr. Will Sanderson who will serve our school every Thursday and Friday and every other Wednesday.  He’s happy to be at Hope, where every day is a great day to be a Mustang!

 

September 11

Good evening Mustang Families

This is Mrs. Johnson with your Hope Happenings for the week of September 12th.

Monday kicks off our Candyman Fundraiser.  Students will watch a quick film in their homeroom to learn more about how they can raise money for their school!  An information packet will be sent home with each student.

Tuesday our Cross Country team will host their first meet of the season.  Wednesday the PTA will meet at 5:30 PM in the media center.

Thursday students interested in traveling to Costa Rica are welcome to attend an interest meeting in the media center at 6:00 PM.  Football plays at home beginning at 4:00.  Students staying should have their rides pre-arranged to pick them up at 5:15 PM.  Students not displaying respectful, good sportsmanship behavior will be asked to leave.

Friday our AVID students will participate in a Signing Day to celebrate their decision to join AVID.

A couple reminders for the coming week:

Early Bird begins at 7:45 AM - however, students should not exit their vehicle until a staff member signals to them.  Additionally, drivers should stay in line, darting around other cars is dangerous to the staff on duty and the students exiting their vehicles.

In the front parking lot for car riders, we beg you to pull all the way forward to the car in front of you.  Leaving large gaps between you and the car in front of you causes unnecessary inefficiency.  As a reminder, students can be dropped off in the morning in any of the three lanes.  Only in the afternoon is it designated by grade

Drivers are also reminded to stay in the vehicle at all times.  Parents may NOT park and walk up to the sidewalk to pick up their child.

A change to the current pattern is 7th grade students will be PICKED UP in the center lane of the parking lot.  6th graders will continue to be picked up in the lane that runs in front of the school and 8th graders  in the lane nearest to Mills Road.  We hope this change will improve our afternoon pick up process.

We hope everyone has a great weekend - we’ll see our students tomorrow morning at Hope Middle School, where every day is a GREAT day to be a Mustang!

 

September 4

Good evening Mustang Families, 

 

This is Mrs. Johnson with your Hope Happenings for the week of September 5th.

Monday, we will observe Labor Day with no school for students or staff

Tuesday, we will distribute chromebooks to students who have returned their signed SDA and paid their $20 Device Protection fee.  If you haven’t paid yours yet - please do so as soon as possible.  School Cash Online is the preferred method, however we’ll accept cash or check.  Tuesday, the Volleyball team will host Chicod at 4 PM.  

Also Tuesday, cheerleading tryouts will begin. Information about the tryout schedule, registration and a printable link for physicals can be found on the school’s website under Extracurricular.

Thursday, the football team will host EB Aycock at 4 PM.  Mustang Maniacs may stay ONLY if they have a prearranged ride to pick them up by 5:15 PM.

Students are reminded that good sportsmanship behavior is expected, school rules are still applicable regarding student conduct and dress code.  Body paint is not permitted.  Students whose behavior is not becoming of a Mustang Maniac will be asked to leave and not return for the season.  Students not picked up in a timely manner will also not be allowed to stay after for future events.

After Tuesday, students are reminded they MUST bring their fully charged chromebook to school with them every day.  

Permission forms for Backpack Pals will be going home with students this week. If this is something your family is interested in please fill out the form and have the student return it to their homeroom teacher.   

We are thankful for your grace and patience regarding bus routes.  It’s not been perfect by any means, but we’ve been working with Transportation at the district level every day to improve how we serve students.  Due to overcrowding on some buses, routes are being reconfigured in the coming days.  As a reminder, if you have not received communication from admin with a bus assignment, you are not to get on a bus.  

A flyer is being distributed to students, per the NC State Board of Education and section 115C-12(47) of the NC General Statutes.  The information is for students reminding them they deserve to be safe.  Please look for the flyer this week.

Students seem to be enjoying being back in the cafeteria.  We’re noticing many students not eating lunch.  If you are in need free/reduced cost application, please stop by the office, apply online from the PCS website or ask your HR teacher for one.

Exciting news!  Cheerleading try-outs begin Tuesday - see the website for details!

Bus 216 will start running at regular time - a permanent bus driver has been hired and looking forward to meeting your students Tuesday!  The Band App is going to launch next week for bus updates.  Please be on the lookout for the QR codes to sign up!

We hope you have a fantastic Labor Day weekend.  We’ll see students back on Tuesday at Hope Middle, where everyday is a great day to be a Mustang!

 

August 28

Good evening Mustang Families,

This is Mrs. Johnson with your Hope Happenings for the week of August 29th.  

I’d like to welcome our new families to our Sunday calls!  Included in this message will be updates and other information about the upcoming week.  Following this call is also an email, if you don’t receive the email or the call, it means we don’t have the most current information for you. Please keep us updated!

Tomorrow is our first day of school!  Early Bird will begin at 7:45 am in the gym.  As a reminder, the cost is $1 per day and can be paid daily/or weekly.  We encourage you to use School Cash Online to prepay!

Car riders should remain in their cars until they are greeted by a staff member beginning at 8:15 AM.  There is no parking and walking students to the door, parents should stay in their car.  Students should be ready to exit once the car stops.  Only the front lane that runs in front of the school and the far lane, closest to Mills Road are available to drop off.  In order to keep our students and staff safe we ask that you pay attention to the staff directing traffic, maintain a slow speed and follow the traffic flow.  Please refrain from using your cellphone while in line as we learn the flow of traffic. 

Pick up will occur in these same two lanes.  6th & 7th grades will meet their rides in the lane nearest lane to school and 8th grade in the lane nearest to Mills Road.  Please pull all the way forward, following the direction of the staff on duty.

Students riding the bus this week should plan to be at the bus stop about 15 minutes before the scheduled pick up time and stay up to 15 minutes after as we work through our new routes.

If you didn’t turn in your Student Device Agreement at Open House, please return it ASAP.  We need parents to complete and return this form ASAP in order to be issued a PCS Device.  You can pay your school fees online or with cash/check at school.

Congratulations to our new Mustang Volleyball Team and Mustang Football team!  We can’t wait to see your season kick off!  Information about cheerleading tryouts is available on our website, under the athletics page.  Check it out if you are interested in trying out!  Wednesday our Volleyball team will host a Jamboree. 4 schools will be participating, therefore this event is limited to volleyball families only - no Mustang Maniacs should stay.  We look forward to students joining us for future events.

College Colors Day is Friday, September 2nd.  We encourage students to wear their favorite college colors or team gear.  Students will also have the opportunity to hear about different colleges their teachers have attended and ways they were involved on campus.  

The first week of school is always wildly fun and exhausting.  We appreciate your grace as we navigate this new school year.  Please pack your patience if your student is a car rider.  Many families will drive their students in the first few days of school - but we promise it will settle down quickly and we’ll have cars in and out in a flash!

Go ahead and set those alarms now - the tardy bell rings at 8:25.  We look forward to seeing everyone tomorrow at Hope Middle School, where everyday is a GREAT day to be a Mustang!