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HMS Awards day

Hall of Fame 

         Makenzie Brooks, Kaitlynn Murphree, Alex Washington, and Paige Kilgore

Highest GPA

McKenzie Bivens

6th Grade

Sarah Brassfield

7th Grade

Jaden Johns

8th Grade

Highest Subject Averages 

6th Grade

Lexie Heair (GT); McKenzie Bivens (Math Compacted, ICT, Science, ELA Compacted); Maddox Clouse (Social Studies); Emniyah Vance (Math); Seninah Conqway (ELA) Not Pictured: Cooper Leigh Watkins (GT) 

7th Grade

Addison Ball (ELA); Sarah Brassfield (ELA Compacted; Math Compacted; History); J.D. Criddle (Math); Jessica Torres (ICT1); Alexis Ellison (Science); Not Pictured: Landry Harrell (Edward's ELA Award); Kirk Johnson (Edward's Math Award); Ollie Franklin (History Lover's Award)

8th Grade

Front Row: Abbigale Blansett (ELA); Alex Washington (Math); Shenavia Graham (Edward's Math Award); Jeremiah Wright (Certificate of Completion); Back Row: Kaitlynn Murphree (ICT2); Michael Ann Chandler (Geography); Paige Kilgore (Compacted ELA); Cameron Townsend (Edward's ELA Award); Cali Barnett (MS Studies); Jaden Johns (Compacted Math and Science); Not Pictured: Tylus Gates (Certificate of Completion)

Citizenship Awards

6th Grade

Front Row: Kaleigh Heair (Birmingham); Emma Smith (Chapman); Rhianna Criddle (Chandler); Back Row: Seninah Conway (Stantz); Eric Stovall (Eldridge); Ethan Cohea (Cooper); Khloe Flake (Miller); Not pictured: J'Mya Hatchett (Alford)

7th Grade

Christopher Rocha (Ward); Malik Wofford (Gann); Mike White (Birmingham); Jessica Torres (Brown); Trinity Buggs (Horn); Yasmin Ruth (Pierce); Malana Shettles (M. Moore); Haylie Pettit (Boatman); Not Pictured: Khloe Bailey (Edwards); Alexis Gill (Eldridge); Harmley Grimes (M. Moore); Diamond Hall (J. Moore); Jayla Prophette (Edwards)

8th Grade

Lavontae Holmes (Eldridge); Kaitlynn Murphree (Kirby); Lauren Moore (Aulds); Daniel Montoya (Borst); Paige Kilgore (Brown); Guadalupe Gonzalez (Lancaster); Riley Cook (Ward); Shaquala McGregory (Edwards); Not Pictured: Selena Longino (Stroup); Marquez Woodhouse (Knight)

Most Improved

6th Grade

J'Mya Hatchett (Chandler-ICT); Shun'Tasia Robinson (Birmingham-Math); Zamarius Delane (Cooper-ELA); Ashyln Hollingsworth (Vance-GT); Tyler Shephard (Chapman-ELA); Tymekia Clark (Stantz-Social Studies); Paris Gates (Miller-Math); Brooklyn Williams (Alford-Science); Not Pictured: Taylor Pulphus (M. Moore-Music)

7th Grade

Abigail Holmes (Gann-ELA); Jermaine Cockrell (J. Moore-Math); Martavious Parker (Math); Dawson Tipton (Chapman-ELA; Horn-History; Most Improved Attendance); Trinity Buggs (Brown-Compacted Math); Marissa Smith (Eldridge-ELA); Holly Pettit (Band); Not pictured; Azayveon Free (Boatman-ICT1); Dillan White (Pierce-Science); Wiliam Wright (Ward-ELA)

8th Grade

Lavontae Holmes (Eldridge-ELA); Aniston Criddle (Aulds-Into To Agriculture; Lancaster-Math); Michal Ann Chandler (Brown-Compacted Math); Chase McCown (Kirby-World Geography); Anna Morgan Jenkins (Knight-ELA); Cote Pena(Brown-Math); Anna Valadares (Band); Kieyanna Holmes (Knight-ELA and Lancaster-Math); Not pictured: Catera Horton (Ward-ELA); Bryson McDaniel (Borst-Science); Kelber Perez (ICT2); Alexandra Varela (Kirby-MS Studies)

Speech and Drama

Addison Ball, Autumn Britt and Jaxon Laster

Band/Music Awards

6th Grade

Maddox Clouse, A'laychia Raines and Persia Cousins

7th Grade

Justin Flatt, Kirk Johnson, Harley Grimes, Holly Pettit, and Malana Shettles

8th Grade

Abby Blansett and Alli Blansett

Science Fair Winners

6th Grade

Ashlyn Hollingsworth, Halibeth Winter, and Destiny Houston

7th Grade

Willam Vance, Hayden Crump, Ollie Franklin and Garrett Vance

8th Grade

Allie Grace Dobbs and Madyson Fant

Vance Wins Vocabulary bee

Congratulations to Emniyah Vance, for winning the 1st Annual 6th Grade Vocabulary Bee at Houston Middle School. The vocabulary bee started as a means to learn language and math terms for state testing and ended with the top 20 students battling it out in the final round. Vance is pictured holding her first place prize, a drone.

We are the world

HHS and HMS choirs, led by Melissa Moore, join together to perform pop hits for their final concert Thursday, May 4, 2017.

HMS Cafeteria Manager Sandy Moore Honored at Retirement Reception

The Houston School District thanks Ms. Moore for her 22 years of service to the school district. 

8th Graders take on their Teachers in Volley Ball Game

HMS students enjoyed a well-deserved break in the sunshine after completing state tests! 



Band Performs at Spring Concert

The Beginner Band (not pictured) and Intermediate Band (pictured) perform several pieces at the April 20th concert, directed by Eric Malone.

The Advanced and Intermediate Bands perform Darklands March together, directed by Cameron Allen.

if you make it important

You'll Be Good At It!

Houston Middle School hosted a reception for Principal John Ellison for being chosen Administrator of the Year for the school district and Congressional District 1. Staff members sported t-shirts at the reception with Mr. Ellison's slogan, "If you make it important, you will be good at it." HMS has focused on good behavior, good attendance and academic growth this past school year.

Congratulations Principal John Ellison!

Ellison Named First Alternate for Mississippi Administrator of the Year

Houston Middle School principal John Ellison was named first alternate at the 2017 Mississippi Administrator and Teacher of the Year Awards Program at the Jackson Convention Complex April 7, 2017. Shown here is Ellison pictured with Dr. Carey Wright, state superintendent of education, and Mr. Tony Cook, Houston School District superintendent. Ellison was chosen Administrator of the Year for Houston School District and the Mississippi Congressional District 1 before becoming a finalist for the state title.

Athletes, Johnson and Kopta, Motivate Middle and High School Students

Ken John

John Kopta

Houston High and Middle Schools recently welcomed Ken Johnson, former defensive end for the Cincinnati Bengals and John Kopta, of the Power Team. Johnson and Kopta spoke to the students, encouraging them to make good choices. Johnson’s inspiring message included his past mistakes of drugs and alcohol and how he learned to keep pressing on. He told the students they all have excellence within them. Kopta demonstrated his strength by tearing a thick phone book in half and encouraged the students to be strong and make wise choices. 

HMS Competes at Regional Science Fair Wright Advances to State

Will Wright, a seventh grader at HMS, recently placed third in his category at Northeast Mississippi Community College at the HUB Region IV Science Fair for his pencil lead light bulb project. He advances to the state science fair at Mississippi State University April 6, 2017. Wright is the son of Tommy and Mary Ruth Wright.

HMS students competing at regionals: (Above) Hayden Crump, Garrett Vance, Ollie Franklin, Will Wright, Allie Grace Dobbs and Maddyson Fant.

HMS 7th Grader, Trinity Buggs, Places 2nd in Speech at the State Jr. Beta Convention!

Two bus loads of 6th - 8th graders attended the Junior Beta Convention in Biloxi, Miss., March 19 - 21. Students who are eligible for Junior Beta must complete 15 hours of community service and maintain an 85 or above in their final average for each subject.  The purpose of the Junior Beta club is to foster future leaders. 

Stacy Chapman, sixth grade language arts teacher, is the Junior Beta sponsor. She has led this club for 18 years at HMS.

Buggs, shown left, is the daughter of Darrin and Barbara Buggs of Houston, Miss. 

One Voice

HMS Choir Performs for community

8th Grade Tour

Itawamba community college

Houston Middle School eighth graders toured the Tupelo and Fulton campuses of Itawamba Community College Friday, Feb. 17, to learn about college and career opportunities after high school. Shown above is a group picture outside the student services building on the Fulton campus. Pictured left students learn about the radiologic technology program on the Tupelo campus. 

Students learn about the nursing program at ICC.

Students tour the manufacturing and machining program at ICC.

Students tour the dorms on Fulton campus.

Emma Garner gets hands-on experience with the surgical technology program at ICC.

These 8th graders pose for a group picture outside the Davis Event Center.

Students learn about the automotive technology program on the Tupelo campus.

HMS Students Participate 

in Northeast MS Honor Band 

Emma Garner, Annabelle Hood, Alexis Ellison and Morgan Young recently attended the Northeast Mississippi Junior High Band Director’s Association Honor Band at Itawamba Community College in Fulton, Miss.  The clinic, which has been around for more than 50 years, alternates locations each year between Northeast Mississippi Community College and ICC. School band directors nominate participants, and the association selects the junior high band participants. Young received a scholarship to attend either ICC or NEMCC summer band camp.

HMS Students Compete 

in School Science Fair 

Physics Winners (L-R): 1st-Hayden Crump; 2nd-Garret Vance; 3rd-Alexis Ellison; 4th-Halibeth Winter; 5th-Oliver Franklin and William Vance; Honorable Mention-Sydney Bean

Chemistry (L-R): 1st-William Wright; 3rd-Maddison Fant; 4th-Ashlyn Hollingsworth; 5th-Quentin Evans; Honorable Mention-Allie Grace Dobbs; Not Pictured: 2nd-Allyssa Haire

Medicine & Health (L-R) First Place: Cameron Townsend, Kirk Johnson, Jeremiah Wright, Shaquala McGregory, Jayla Prophette and Khloe Bailey; Not pictured: Landry Harrell

Medicine & Health Second Place: Destiny Houston

Microbiology First Place: Jessica Torres

Students in 6th - 8th grade recently competed in HMS annual science fair. 

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