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HMS 8th Graders compete 

in Science Bowl

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


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
         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.


HMS Science Teachers meet Apollo 13 Astronaut

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 Group Fiction Category - Payten Dotson & Malik Price 

1st Place Informational Text - RJ Utz

HMS Receives 

Dollar General Grant

The 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

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

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

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.

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