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HSD TOY/AOY 2017-2018
HSD TOY/AOY 2017-2018
HSD teachers and administrators of the year were recognized at the school board meeting Thursday, March 8, 2018. (Left to Right) Tina Smith (HLES); Carol Lancaster (HMS); Mitch Rish (HHS); Trevor Hampton (AOY-HUES); Esther Earnest (HCTE); and Morgan Moss (HUES)
HSD Wins PREPS Awards
HSD Wins PREPS Awards
Congratulations to the Houston School District for winning multiple PREPS (The Program of Research and Evaluation for Public Schools) awards today! These honors identify high performing schools.
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National School Breakfast Week
National School Breakfast Week is March 5-9, and the Houston School District has reason to celebrate! Since implementing “Grab and Go Breakfast” this past year, breakfast participation has increased district wide. Houston High School has doubled its breakfast participation. Breakfast is important! Research shows that eating breakfast at school improves academic performance, health and behavior. Breakfast is available to every student at HSD for free this year thanks to federal grant money.

HMS News

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HMS Awards Programs

6th Grade Highest Overall GPA - Kennedy Pearson

7th Grade Highest Overall GPA - McKenzie Bivens

8th Grade Highest Overall GPA - Sarah Brassfield

HMS Hall of Fame Winners:

Sarah Brassfield, Jessica Torres, Trinity Buggs, Saraya Crawford

HMS Hall of Fame Nominees

HMS Hall of Fame Nominees

7th Grade Worldmen History Award - Alise Neal

8th Grade Worldmen History Award - Ollie Franklin

Smart/Maher VFW National Citizenship Education Teacher Award Middle School Level - Brittany Horn

Jr. Beta 2018 State Competition - 1st Place for Speech: Trinity Buggs

6th Grade Duke Tip

7th Grade Duke Tip

6th Grade Highest Averages

7th Grade Highest Averages

8th Grade Highest Averages

6th Grade Citizenship

7th Grade Citizenship

8th Grade Citizenship

6th Grade Most Improved

7th Grade Most Improved

8th Grade Most Improved

6th Grade Music

7th Grade Music

8th Grade Music

6th Grade Science Fair

7th Grade Science Fair

8th Grade Science Fair

8th Grade Science Bowl

Speech & Drama


Hall of Fame Nominees: Christopher Alexander, Ramaiya Armstrong, Karis Autry, Addison Ball, Heather Blakely, Sarah Beth Brassfield, Autumn Britt, Brantley Brown, Kaliya Brownlee, Trinity Buggs, Precious Cooper, Saraya Crawford, Oliver Franklin, Olivia Funderburk, Teylsa Guido, Alyssa Haire, Diamond Hall, Jasmine Key, Maddie King, Alexis Laster, Jaxon Laster, Hayden Mann, Keonte McIntosh, Marilyn Montoya, Makinzi Moore, Gracie Moreno, Sabrina Moreno, Malik Price, Kaliyah Prophette, Yasmin Ruth, Bailey Shaw, Graciela Soto, Jessica Torres, Garret Vance, William Vance, Tayisha Walker, Whitney Walters, Kalena Williams and Khenyia Williams

Duke Academic Awards

6th grade: Nevaeh Brinker, Aimee Buckley, Jeremy Cooper, Ivette Gonzalez, Jonathan Murphree, Kennedy Pearson and Jalen Washington

7th grade: McKenzie Bivens, Sommer Fredrick, Andrew Hall, Raven Hall, Larry Mims and Nicolas Moreno

Highest Average Awards

6TH Grade
Islam Al-Omari – Math, Accelerated ELA
Drew Black – Compacted Math (Miller)
Katie Cook – ELA (Eldridge)
Ivette Gonzalez – ICT, History
Kennedy Pearson – Science
Makayla Pernell – ELA (Griffin)
Devonte White – Math (Griffin)
Art Award – Anna Bevill 
7th Grade
McKenize Bivens – Advanced ELA, ICTII, Science, Compacted Math
Kaia Brady – ELA (Chapman)
Chloe Mitchell – Math (Moore)
Zariyia Moore – ELA (Griffin)
Alyse Neal -- History
Art Award – Haley Moore
8th Grade
Sarah Brassfield – Science, Advanced ELA, Compacted Math, ICT
Saraya Crawford – Math
Alexis Ellison – MS Studies (Kirby)
Landry Harrell – Math (Griffin)
Destiny Soden – ELA (Ward)
Jessica Torres – World Geography (Kirby)
Art Award – Dalton Johnson

Citizenship Awards
6TH Grade
Corley Carter – Melissa Moore; Stewart
Katie Cook – Eldridge
Madison Crowley -- Higginbotham
Ivette Gonzalez -- Miller
Cecelia Gutierrez -- Alford
Jessenia Gutierrez – Boatman & Gates
Jalashia McCoy -- Cooper
Tyshawn Vance – Griffin
7th Grade
Logan Alvarado – JMoore
McKenzie Bivens -- Eldridge
Khloe Flake – Pierce
Raven Hall – Melissa Moore
Kayleigh Heair – Chapman
Jayli McNease – Brown
Alyse Neal -- Higginbotham
Jordan Pratt -- Horn
Taylor Pulphus -- Ward
Greta Tate -- Chandler
8th Grade
Autumn Britt – Eldridge
Diamond Hall -- Ward
Jasmine Key – Lancaster
Brianna Laster -- Kirby
Aaliyah Millsap -- MMoore
Amy Murillo -- Brown
Jayla Prophette -- Griffin
Jessica Torres – Borst
William Vance -- Gann
Khenyia Williams – Dendy

MOST IMPROVED

6TH Grade
Jimmy Bell – Miller -- Math
Anna Bevill – Alford -- Science
Corley Carter – Boatman – ICT
Kyla Clarett – Stewart -- History
Lea Grace Dendy – Higginbotham – Math
Alex Gordillo – Eldridge – Speech & Drama
Kylan Marble – Eldridge -- ELA
Hugo Murillo – Cooper – ELA
Sherlin Rodriguez-Diaz -- Gates
7th Grade
Tymekia Clark – Ms. Ward -- ELA
Kemper Cook – Mrs. J Moore – Math
Tristan Griffin – Mrs. Horn -- History
J’Mya Hatchett – Mrs. Pierce – Science
Lexi Heair – Brown – Compacted Math
Fantasia Hill – Mrs. Griffin
Jordan Pratt – Mrs. Chapman – ELA, Higginbotham -- Math
Michael Smith – Mrs. Chandler -- ICTII
Most Improved and Hard Worker – 7th Grade Math – Tydouglas Buchanan & Paul Buford – Mrs. J Moore
8th Grade
Malik Buchanan – Coach Kirby – 8th Grade History
Eli Erickson – Lancaster – 8th Math
Justin Flatt – Gann – ELA
Penelope Harrell – Brown – Compacted Math
Kirk Johnson – Mrs. Griffin
Kirklyn Johnson – Ms. Dendy – ICT
Amber Kilgore – Ms. Ward -- ELA
Jenna Walters – Borst – Science

HMS Music Awards
Choir
6th grade
Choir Leadership Kennedy Pearson
Rising Star Julie Beth Murphree
Citizenship Corley Carter
7th grade
Choir Musicianship Rihanna Criddle
Rising Star Jocelyn Burton
Citizenship Raven Hall
8th
Choir Musicianship Alexis Ellison, Katie Hill, and Bailey Shaw
Choir Leadership Kirk Johnson
Rising Star J.D. Criddle
Citizenship Aaliyah Millsap
Band
6th
Most improved beginning performer-Kaileigh Townsend
Beginning Band Director’s award-Ivette Gonzalez
7th
Most Improved intermediate performer-Larry “Trey” Mims
Intermediate Band Director’s award-Rhianna Criddle
8th
Most improved advanced performer-Kaliya Brownlee
Advanced band director’s award-Maddie King

Science Fair
6th Grade: Kennedy Pearson, Makiya Chandler, John Hodge Murphree and Aimee Buckley
7th Grade: Maddox Clouse, Jaylee Sullivan, Zariya Williams, Latasha Burt, Khloe Flake, Raven Hall, Yessica Zarate, Chloe mitchell, Blakely Andrews and Hydiea Farr
8th Grade: Christopher Alexander, Hayden Crump, Will Wright
Special recognition:
Will Wright- 2nd place Chemistry (Advances on to State Science Fair)
Raven Hall & Hydiea Farr - Winners of the American Meteorological Society Award & NOAA's 2018 Taking the Pulse of the Planet Award
Za'Riyah Williams & Yessica Zarate - Regional Water Prize Award

Science Bowl
Sarah Brassfield, Alexis Ellison, Payten Dotson, Oliver Franklin, and Jessica Torres

Speech and Drama Awards
Best Actor: Ollie Franklin & Richard DeLaCruz
Best Actress: Sarah Brassfield & Jessica Torres
Stage Crew Award: Autumn Britt
Speech & Drama Award: Makinzi Moore & Jaxon Laster


HMS Beauty Review

HMS Beauties and Winner:
Miss Jr. Hilltopper 2018 - Kylee Martin
Harley Blakeney
Greta Tate
McKenzie Bivens
Paris Gates
LuLu McNease
Kaylee Miller

HMS Sends 54 Beta Students to Convention


         

Houston Middle School sent 54 Beta students to Biloxi, Miss., for the 2018 State Jr. Beta Convention March 28-April 1. Students competed in areas of academics, visual arts, talent, technology and highlighting their club.  HMS was well represented and plans to continue to compete each year.  Trinity Buggs placed 1st in speech competition and is eligible to attend the National Beta Convention in Savannah, Georgia, in June.  The list below includes the students who competed.

 

Front Row – Trinity Buggs, Speech

                      Kennedy Pearson, Math

                      Aimee Buckley – Social Studies

                       Katie Hill – Special Talent

                      Alexis Ellison – Digital Art – Photography

                       Telysia Guido – Color Photography

                      Seninah Conway – Tshirt Design

                        Rhianna Criddle – Banner

Second Row – Ivette Gonzalez – ELA

                           Jocelynn Loaeza – Banner; ELA

                           Alyse Neal – Banner

                           Karis Autry – Spotlight Your Club

                           Laura Ann Gann – Banner

                           Kalena Williams – ELA

                           Ramiya Armstrong – Spotlight Your Club

                           Breeanah Bell – Banner

Third Row – Jalen Washington – Science

                           Kayleigh Estes – Handmade Jewelry

                           Carrie Bivens – Advertising Design; Math

                           Jasmine Key –Tower of Power

                           Kaliyah Prophette – Wreath

Back Row – Jocelynn Burton – Advertising Design

                    Sommer Fredrick – Black/White Photography

                  Amber McIntosh – Social Studies

                  Khloe Flake – Banner; Science

                  Precious Cooper – Tower of Power

                  Greer Nabors – Quiz Bowl

                  Khenyia Williams – Essay

                  Malik Price – Science

                  Julius Lyons – Tower of Power

                  Peyton Dotson – Quiz Bowl

                  William Vance – Quiz Bowl


HMS Students Place at Regional Science Fair

Congratulations to the following HMS students who advanced to the NEMCC Region IV Science Fair in Booneville, Miss., on March 23 and March 27.

March 23rd: Kennedy Pearson, Makiya Chandler, John Hodge Murphree and Aimee Buckley

March 27th: Maddox Clouse, Jaylee Sullivan, Zariya Williams, Latasha Burt, Khloe Flake, Will Wright, Hayden Crump, Christopher Alexander, Raven Hall, Yessica Zarate, Chloe mitchell, Blakely Andrews and Hydiea Farr

Special recognition goes to the following students who placed at the regional science fair:

Will Wright- 2nd place Chemistry (Advances on to State Science Fair)

Raven Hall & Hydiea Farr - Winners of the American Meteorological Society Award & NOAA's 2018 Taking the Pulse of the Planet Award

Za'Riyah Williams & Yessica Zarate - Regional Water Prize Award


HMS students compete in MCTM Math Competition


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Houston Middle School participated in the Mississippi Council of Teachers of Mathematics (MCTM) district math competition at ICC today. Representing HMS were local winners Sarah Brassfield and Alexis Ellison (8th grade) and McKenzie Bivens and Maddox Clouse (7th grade). McKenzie Bivens placed 2nd in the district competition today and will go on to compete at state on April 7. Third place local winners Rihanna Criddle and Kaliyah Prophette also attended but did not compete.

Congratulations to Jahiem Brownlee, winner of the National School Breakfast Week $24 Wal-Mart gift card. 


Jahiem was eligible for the drawing, because he ate breakfast every day this week in the cafeteria at HMS! 

Jahiem Brownlee, winner of the National School Breakfast

HMS Choir Performs for community

One Voice

HMS Choir Performs for community


HMS Celebrates "Graduation Awareness Month"

HMS spotlights high school graduation and college/career.

School facade

   Grade-Wide Assemblies

Lee Womack (Game Warden) - 6th Grade

Lee Womack (Game Warden) - 6th Grade

Lajaysha Echoles Gaston (Nurse Practitioner) - 7th Grade

Lajaysha Echoles Gaston (Nurse Practitioner) - 7th Grade

Tony Cook (HSD Superintendent) - 8th Grade
Tony Cook (HSD Superintendent) - 8th Grade

HMS Career Expo 
HMS Career Expo Football Coach

Football Coach

HMS Career Expo Politician

Politician

HMS Career Expo Personal Trainer

Personal Trainer

Venue Hall
HMS Career Expo
HMS Career Expo Animal Trapper

Animal Trapper

HMS Career Expo Meteorologist

Meteorologist

HMS Career Expo Social Worker

Social Worker

HMS Career Expo Sky Diver

Sky Diver

HMS Career Expo Robotics Engineer

Robotics Engineer

HMS Career Expo Chemist

Chemist

HMS Career Expo Travel Agent

Travel Agent

HMS Career Expo Interior Designer

Interior Designer


HMS Career Expo Baseball Player

Baseball Player

HMS Career Expo Real Estate Agent

Real Estate Agent

HMS Career Expo Accountant

Accountant

HMS Career Expo Fishermatn

Fisherman

HMS Career Expo Screen Writer

Screen Writer

HMS Career Expo Photographer

Photographer

HMS Career Expo Architectural Drafter

Architectural Drafter

HMS Career Expo Demolition Engineer

Demolition Engineer

HMS Career Expo Electrician

Electrician

HMS Career Expo Veterinarian

Veterinarian

HMS Career Expo Secretary

Secretary

HMS Career Expo Truck Driver

Truck Driver

HMS Career Expo Bike Designer

Bike Designer

HMS Career Expo Medical Physics

Medical Physics 

HMS Career Expo Marine Biologist

Marine Biologist

HMS Career Expo Mechanical Engineering Technician

Mechanical Engineering Technician

HMS Career Expo Athletic Shoe Designer

Athletic Shoe Designer

HMS Career Expo EMT

EMT

HMS Career Expo Coroner

Coroner

HMS Career Expo Forensic Artist

Forensic Artist

HMS Career Expo Informatics Nurse Specialist

Informatics Nurse Specialist

HMS Career Expo Marriage & Family Therapist

Marriage & Family Therapist

HMS Career Expo Neurosurgeon

Neurosurgeon

HMS Career Expo Nurse Practitioner

Nurse Practitioner

HMS Career Expo Childcare Aide

Childcare Aide

HMS Career Expo Actor

Actor

HMS Career Expo Nurse Practitioner

Nurse Practitioner



HMS Occupation Day

Students in grades 6th - 8th grade dressed up for their future career
Students in grades 6th - 8th grade dressed up for their future career and answered questions about the job duties, salary range, and education/training needed for their career.


Hall Decoration Contest 

Hall Decoration Contest 8th Grade
Hall Decoration Contest 8th Grade

8th Grade Hall

1st Place

Hall Decoration Contest 8th Grade
Hall Decoration Contest 6th Grade
Hall Decoration Contest 6th Grade

6th Grade Hall

2nd Place
Hall Decoration Contest 6th Grade
Hall Decoration Contest 7th Grade
Hall Decoration Contest 7th Grade

7th Grade Hall

3rd Place

Hall Decoration Contest 7th Grade

College Scavenger Hunt

 College Scavenger Hunt Info Board
Each month our students in ICT do a college scavenger hunt to learn information, such as tuition and scholarships, about different community colleges and universities. Teacher Academy then displays this information on a bulletin board in our commons area.


College Wall 

College Wall

Our teachers attended college, and our students can, too! Follow the road to success!



Itawamba Community College Tour 

Our 8th graders visited ICC Tupelo and Fulton campuses Friday, Feb. 16. Students split into groups and visited either health sciences programs or transportation programs at the Tupelo campus. All students participated in a campus tour at Fulton.

Itawamba Community College Tour


Itawamba Community College Tour              
Itawamba Community College Tour                 
Itawamba Community College Tour


Itawamba Community College Tour


Itawamba Community College Tour


Itawamba Community College Tour                 
Itawamba Community College Tour             
Itawamba Community College Tour                 
Itawamba Community College Tour


Itawamba Community College Tour


Itawamba Community College Tour


Itawamba Community College Tour                 
Itawamba Community College Tour



HMS 8th Graders compete 

in Science Bowl

From L - R: Alexis Ellison, Jessica Torres, Sarah Brassfield, Ollie Franklin, and Payton Dotson

From L - R: Alexis Ellison, Jessica Torres, Sarah Brassfield, Ollie Franklin, and Payton Dotson competed in the Mississippi Regional Middle School Science Bowl on Feb. 3, 2018, at Mississippi University for Women in Columbus, Miss. (Not pictured: Coach Kay Borst)


Science Fair Winners

 Science Fair Winners
 Science Fair Winners


 Science Fair Winners


 Science Fair Winners                 

Behavior Science Division: 1st place- Hayden Crump

Botany Division: 1st place- ZaRiya Williams & Yessica Zarate; 2nd place- Raven Hall & Hydia Farr

Chemistry/ Medicine & Health  Division: 1st place- Maddox Clouse; 2nd place-Kennedy Pearson; 3rd place-Chloe Mitchel & Latasha Burt; 4th place- Jaylee Sullivan; 5th-Tre Gillespie & Dylan Hughes; Honorable Mention-Alyssa Murphree; Honorable Mention- Jamalik Wofford

Physics/Engineering Division: 1st place- Jon Hodge Murphree; 2nd place- Qudarius Conway; 3rd place-Christopher Alexander; 4th place- Aimee Buckley; 5th place-Will Wright; Honorable Mention- Blakely Andrews & Khloe Flake; Honorable Mention-Makiya Chandler


HMS School choir performs

Let There Be Peace on Earth and Let It Begin With Me
HMS School choir         Songs included: "Let There Be Peace on Earth," "The Little Drummer Boy" (featuring drums by HHS student Jamorris Morgan, and "Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree" (featuring rhythm by Khloe Flake and Malik Wofford).

Jr. Beta Club Induction

Houston Middle School inducts 92 students into the Jr. Beta Club.

Jr. Beta Club Induction
Jr. Beta Club Induction
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Jr. Beta Club Induction
        

HMS Science Teachers meet Apollo 13 Astronaut

HMS science teachers Kountess Pierce, Amy Alford and Kay Borst pose with Fred Wallace Haise, Jr

HMS science teachers Kountess Pierce, Amy Alford and Kay Borst pose with Fred Wallace Haise, Jr., American former NASA astronaut, fighter pilot with the U.S. Marine Corps and the U.S. Air Force and test pilot. The teachers met with Haise at the Mississippi Science Teacher's Association conference in Biloxi, Miss., in late October. Haise is one of 24 people to have flown to the moon, having flown as Lunar Module Pilot on Apollo 13. He went on to fly Space Shuttle Approach and Landing Tests in 1977. He retired from NASA in 1979.


HMS Reading Fair 

Overall 1st Place Winners

1st Place Individual Fiction Category - Taylor Pulphus

1st Place Individual Fiction Category - Taylor Pulphus 

1st Place Group Fiction Category - Payten Dotson & Malik Price

1st Place Group Fiction Category - Payten Dotson & Malik Price 

  1st Place Informational Text - RJ Utz

1st Place Informational Text - RJ Utz


HMS Receives 

Dollar General Grant

 HMS Receives  Dollar General GrantThe Houston Middle School library was the recipient of a $2,000 dollar Youth Literacy Grant awarded by The Dollar General Foundation. The funds will be used to strengthen the literacy efforts at HMS. Presenting the check for Dollar General: Mr. JC Kendrick (District Manager, Region 41) and Mrs. Tara Evans (local Store Manager). Danna Harrell is pictured receiving the check for the HMS Library.

HMS/PACE Awards Ceremony

Students in grades 7th - 9th grades earn incentives for high and improved test scores from state tests taken last spring at HMS.

Incentives were funded by PACE (Partners in Achieving Community Excellence).

9th Grade $100 Earners

9th Grade $100 Earners

Front Row (L-R):  Allison Blansett, Michael Ann Chandler, Cade Ellison, Brianna Hughes, Jaden Johns, Paige Kilgore and Jacob Mchann. Back Row (L-R): Abbigale Blansett, Justin Morgan, Zalexus Atkinson, Cali Barnett, Kaitlynn Murphree, Cote Pena, Grace Tate, Morgan Young, Jaiden Linley and Keyae Morgan.

8th Grade $100 Earners

8th Grade $100 Earners

Front Row (L-R): Gibson Caulder, Ollie Franklin, Makinzi Moore, Jessica Torres, Heather Blakely, Olivia Funderburk, Alexis Ellison and Maddie King. Back Row (L-R): Payten Dotson, Haylie Pettit, Precious Cooper, Sarah Brassfield, Brantley Brown, William Vance, Kalena Williams, Kheniya Williams and Whitney Walters.

7th Grade $100 Earners

7th Grade $100 Earners

Kahner Moreno, Trey Mims, Andrew Hall, Maddox Clouse and McKenzie Bivens

Students won a variety of incentives:

1) Students who scored a 96 or higher on the ELA or math state tests received $100.

2 Students who scored a proficiency level of 5 on either test received a trip to the movies during the school day, popcorn at the movie and lunch at Pizza Hut.

3) Students who scored a proficiency level of 4 on both the ELA and math tests received a pizza party and a 50 minute break.

4) Students who scored a proficiency level of 3 and/or 4 on both the ELA and math tests received an ice cream party and a 50 minute break.

5) Students who showed growth from the previous school year received a snow cone party and 50 minute break.

6) The top three scorers on the 8th grade science test and the Algebra 1 State test earned $25 gift cards.