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Thank You HMS PTO for the Awesome Donation.

Thank you to Shahanna Fredrick, PTO President 2019-2020 & Heather Martin, PTO President 2020-2021 for making our main entrance and front desk beam with Topper Pride. We love our PTO for making HMS the place to be!!!!!!!

Mary Ruth Wright, Principal

Zane Thomas, Assistant Principal

A Big Topper Thank you.

Thank you Desiree Abrams from DD's Closet for the donation of 250 face shields for Houston School District teachers. HMS teachers were over the moon excited to get these comfortable face shields!!!!!


HMS Teachers Wear Many Hats

HMS teachers preparing for the return of our students. 

Thank you for Coming out for Curbside Pickup.  We can't wait to have you back at school!!!!!

2020-2021 HMS curbside Student schedule pickup


For upcoming 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students

JULY 21, 2020 FROM 10:00 A.M. UNTIL 6:00 P.M. AT HMS

During this time, parents may drive through the car rider line and pick up a class schedule, school reopening procedures, and free masks for HMS students that have completed online registration. If you do not have access to online registration, you will be able to complete a form and then receive your HMS student schedule and mask at that time. 

**All HSD schools will have Curbside Schedule Pickup on this day and time at their respective schools.**


HMS Celebrates Graduation Awareness Month

Houston Middle School would like to thank all involved in helping us celebrate Graduation Awareness Month this February!

The Career Expo

(If the link will not work, please search “Houston Middle School Career Expo WCBI News” on YouTube to view the news clip.)

Houston Middle School’s eighth graders researched careers, created displays and dressed the part for the third annual career expo, with elementary students touring during this three-hour event.

Anthony Bowdry of Toyota spoke to 8th graders.

Coco Chandler of State Farm Insurance spoke to 6th graders.  

Guest Speakers:

6th Grade  – Coco Chandler of State Farm Insurance in Houston encouraged students to work hard, use their talents to serve others and find their place to shine, whether that be in the workforce or college.

7th Grade - Gina Black, Tupelo CDF, informed students about the student Tek2Go camps, which are free and available to interested middle school students. These hands-on camps are designed to introduce students to the world of advanced manufacturing and learn skills, such as welding, painting and using different machines, that are highly valuable in today’s workforce and available close to home!

8th Grade - Anthony Bowdry, Toyota Training and Development, who grew up in Shannon, Miss., shared his personal story, emphasizing to students the decisions they make today can positively or negatively impact their future tomorrow. He also spoke to high school CTE students and shared with them how the skills they are learning at CTE are preparing them for some high-paying and interesting work opportunities at Toyota and similar industries.

College Tours

Eighth graders visited Itawamaba Community College Belden and Fulton campuses. (Sixth and seventh graders toured college campuses (NEMCC/EMCC) earlier this school year.)

6th Grade

7th Grade - Winner

8th Grade

Hallway Bulletin Board Contest

Each hallway decorated a bulletin board with the theme “2020 Vision: The Future is Clear!” The seventh grade hallway won! Great job by all!

College Days/College Scavenger Hunt   

Students and staff participate in College Day each month, earning incentives to promote college. Students in each grade also participate in a college scavenger hunt twice a year. The most recent bulletin board showcases the scavenger hunt for Itawamba Community College.

Work Skills/Character Traits Videos

Mrs. Joy Deason, HSD Career Coach, presented to HMS speech and drama classes the work skills and character traits local employers desire in their employees. In turn, these students wrote, directed, acted, and videoed skits displaying these skills and traits. The videos were shown during technology classes this month.

 Morning Announcements

Announcements were also made each morning by eighth graders, highlighting the graduation monthly events, statistics about graduation and encouraging students to pursue college and/or career after high school.

HMS 7th Graders Tour EMCC 

For the second year in a row, HMS 7th graders toured East Mississippi Community College - Mayhew Campus. They learned about EMCC's welding, diesel and automotive, information technology systems, allied health, and marketing programs. In addition, they also toured the new EMCC Communiversity, located nearby. At the Communiversity, they toured the Imagination Center, which features modern, high tech design, and visited several computer-based manufacturing labs.


HMS Celebrates 

Red Ribbon Week 2019 

Students and staff participate in spirit days, a school-wide assembly, hallway decoration contest and an escape room activity to bring awareness to drug prevention!

HMS Choir performs at the Red Ribbon Assembly.

Local Nurse Practitioner Angela Furr and Bridget Logan, LPN, warn students about the dangers of vaping.

Deputy Sheriff Bo Yeatman and K9 Rex demonstrate law enforcement skills.

HMS Speech and Drama perform a skit about saying no to drugs despite peer pressure.

HMS Cheerleaders pump up the audience for the rally!

A group of teachers end the rally with a silly dance, showing students fun without drugs!!


Above: Congratulations to the 8th grade for winning the Red Ribbon Hallway Contest! 

Below: Students have fun completing an escape room activity based on facts about Red Ribbon Week with HMS Counselor Leigh Ann Mabry!


HMS Science Winners compete at regionals at NEMCC

6th Grade

(Front) Langley Smith (placed 3rd at regionals in Medicine and Health), Millie Heeringa, Katelyn Collins; (Back) Jace McAlpin, Steven Cook, Rialey Gage Tucker and Jose Vazquez

7th Grade

Kennedy Pearson, Jamal Pulliam, Jon Hodge Murphree and Jayden Lawrence (placed 1st at regionals in Engineering, Computers and Math)

Cyber Crime Investigator speaks to HMS Students

Angela Adams Williams,

Special Investigator with the Mississippi Attorney General's Office and ICAC Commander, speaks to Houston Middle School students about cyber crime. 

Ms. Williams informed students about the different types of cyber crime and informed students that cyber crime is illegal, considered a felony, and children as young as 10 can go to jail for committing cyber crime.

HMS Jr Beta competes at sTate convention

Congrats to:

Breeanah Bell, who placed fourth in Three Dimensional Design, and Taylor Higginbotham, who placed fifth in science, at the 2019 Mississippi Jr. Beta Convention in Biloxi, Miss. These students are eligible to compete at Nationals in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, this summer. 
We are so proud of all of our students who competed! Go Toppers!!

HMS Math Winners

Pictured below are the winners of the 2019 MCTM Mathematics Tournament at Houston Middle School. These students will go on to compete at the district level Friday, March 22, 2019, at Itawamba Community College. 

7th Grade

1st Place - Drew Black

2nd Place - Braxton Porter

3rd Place - John Hodge Murphree

8th Grade

1st Place - Tre Hall

2nd Place - Jocelynn Burton

3rd Place - Maddox Clouse

Clouse Wins 1st Place at State Reading Fair

We are so proud of Kimble Clouse, sixth grader at Houston Middle School! She won first place at the State Reading Fair in the Individual Literary Fiction category. Way to go, Kimble!

HMS Students 

Place at Regional Reading Fair

Congratulations to Houston Middle School students Kimble Clouse and Chloe Mitchell for placing at the Regional Reading Fair in Oxford, Miss. Kimble placed first in the fiction category for her division and will go on to compete in Jackson, Miss., at the State Reading Fair. Chloe placed third in the non-fiction category for her division. Both girls placed first in their categories at the district level.

HMS Science Fair Winners

Botany: Millie Heeringa - 1st Place

Environmental Science: Kaleigh Townsend - 2nd Place; Kennedy Pearson - 1st Place

Engineering, Computers and Math: Jamarion Hamilton - Honorable Mention; Jonathan Childress - 5th Place; Brayton Gray - 1st Place; QuDarrius Conway - 4th Place; Jayden Lawrence - 2nd Place; Makerra Williams - 3rd Place

Chemistry: Katelyn Collins - 5th Place; Clara Boykin - Honorable Mention; Tracy Neal - 1st Place (Tie); Rialey Gage Tucker - 2nd Place; Lara Hollingsworth - 4th Place (Not pictured: Aimee Buckley - First Place - Tie)

Medicine and Health: Kimble Clouse - 5th Place; Alyssa Murphree - 4th Place; Ivette Gonzalez - 3rd Place; Langley Smith - 2nd Place; Jon Hodge Murphree - 1st Place; (Not Pictured; Allyssa Little and Cortez Brandon - Honorable Mention)

Physics: Taylor Higginbotham - 5th Place; Steven Cook - 1st Place; Jose Vazquez - 2nd Place; Jamal Pullium - 5th Place; Jace McAlpin - 3rd Place; Joby King - 4th Place; Tyler Davis - Honorable Mention

HMS Named National Beta School of Distinction 

National Beta is proud to announce Houston Middle School as a 2018-2019 National School of Distinction. This award is an honor for Beta Chapters striving towards academic achievement, exemplary character, demonstrated leadership and service to others. With an ongoing quest to instill these qualities in more students, the National Beta School of Distinction Award is designed to award those schools that show an increase in membership for the current school year.

 “We are so excited to receive this honor again!” said Mrs. Stacey Chapman, Beta Club sponsor for HMS.  “Our membership has increased to 90 members since last year, and we are excited to be a part of this distinguished class of scholars.  We look forward to what the future holds for Houston Middle School Beta and hope to encourage other students to strive for excellence.”

 Award recipients received a National Beta School of Distinction banner to proudly display as a symbol of their accomplishment. In addition, National Beta School of Distinction recipients will be publicized at the 2019 National Beta Convention in Oklahoma City, OK this June.

“This prestigious honor is a true indication of Houston Middle School’s dedication to academic excellence, leadership development and commitment to celebrating their student’s achievements,” said National Beta’s Chief Executive Officer, Bobby Hart.

 About National Beta: National Beta is the largest independent, non-profit, educational youth organization in America. Since its beginnings in 1934, National Beta has been committed to providing students with a positive experience in a supportive manner in grades 4-12. The organization recognizes outstanding achievement, promotes character and social responsibility, encourages service involvement to school and community, and fosters leadership skills. 

HMs Celebrates 

Red Ribbon Week

Houston Middle School celebrated Red Ribbon Week Oct. 22 - Oct. 26 with a hall decoration contest between grades and daily spirit themes and ended the week with a big celebration with guest speakers and performances from HMS Chorus, HMS Cheerleaders, HMS Speech & Drama and HMS teachers. 

Jeremy Voyles from the Sheriff's Department speaks to students about the importance of being drug free.

Bo Yatemean brings the K9 Drug Dog for students to see.

HMS Lady Teachers?!?

Corie Jones from The Partnership for a Healthy Mississippi informs students about the marketing tactics tobacco companies use to lure children and young people to buy their deadly products.

HMS Speech & Drama


HMS Cheerleaders

HMS Chorus

Community Leaders Motivate Middle Schoolers!

HMS wants to thank Kellie Atkinson, 
Cat Gathings and Stacy Parker for speaking to our students earlier this semester about the importance of graduating high school and post-secondary education! They all did a great job!! #topperstrong

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


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
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
Choir Musicianship Alexis Ellison, Katie Hill, and Bailey Shaw
Choir Leadership Kirk Johnson
Rising Star J.D. Criddle
Citizenship Aaliyah Millsap
Most improved beginning performer-Kaileigh Townsend
Beginning Band Director’s award-Ivette Gonzalez
Most Improved intermediate performer-Larry “Trey” Mims
Intermediate Band Director’s award-Rhianna Criddle
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


HMS Career Expo Personal Trainer

Personal Trainer

Venue Hall
HMS Career Expo
HMS Career Expo Animal Trapper

Animal Trapper

HMS Career Expo 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


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


HMS Career Expo Fishermatn


HMS Career Expo Screen Writer

Screen Writer

HMS Career Expo Photographer


HMS Career Expo Architectural Drafter

Architectural Drafter

HMS Career Expo Demolition Engineer

Demolition Engineer

HMS Career Expo Electrician


HMS Career Expo Veterinarian


HMS Career Expo 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


HMS Career Expo 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


HMS Career Expo Nurse Practitioner

Nurse Practitioner

HMS Career Expo Childcare Aide

Childcare Aide

HMS Career Expo 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.

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