Clubs & Activities
A.M. HOMEWORK CLUB For students who need to be dropped off at school at 7am, the Morning Homework Club is the place for you! Students can use this time to study, catch up on school work, eat breakfast, talk with friends, etc. before reporting to their homerooms.
ART CLUB is back in action on alternating Tuesdays, from 2-3pm. in the Art Room (255) with Mrs. Zwillinger. Art projects include some very exciting large-scale work including murals and staff appreciation projects! Students should listen to announcements for updates about meeting dates.
BEST BUDDIES The Best Buddies program is an after school club for all students to experience fun and engaging social activities and community service projects. We have movie days, board game days, play gym games, do outdoor activities and have holiday parties. Best Buddies also collects toys, coats, and canned good for Project Just Because. We also make holiday cards for the residents of Golden Pond. Each year in the spring, we host a Student vs. Faculty Basketball game. Best Buddies meets every other Wednesday with Mr. Casey in the Cafeteria from 2-3pm for the entire school year. Come see what the fun is all about. New members are always welcome!
HMS GOLF CLUB - Golf Club meets approximately ten (10) weeks in the Spring. It is open to all students from all three grade levels. There is an associated fee due to the cost of playing nine holes of golf once a week at the Pinecrest Golf Course in Holliston. Students who join are required to have their own equipment. Golf Club usually begins just before or shortly after April break. Listen for morning announcements. Staff members are encouraged to join in to play a round when possible. Mr. Rockwood is the club advisor.
HISTORY CLUB meets bi-weekly on Wednesdays from 1:50-2:30 p.m. in Room 127 with Mrs. Economo. The History Club is open to all students in grades 6 through 8. The topics discussed in History Club are based on student interest. Come and see what the History Club is all about!
The HMS Herald was created by 6th grade students last year to bring information about important events, people, and activities at HMS to students. The reporters interview and write articles about topics that interest them about the HMS community as well as create 1-2 interactive activities per month. We've also been fortunate to have a cartoonist, photographer, and maze creator add their creative work to most of the issues. We meet (almost) every Friday from 2-3pm in room 229. The first meeting of the month is to brainstorm our upcoming issue; the next 2-3 meetings focus on interviewing, writing, and creating; and the last meeting is to finalize and edit our issue. Our goal is to publish and distribute on the first Wednesday of every month. All 6th and 7th grade students are welcome!
HMS-TV Interested in learning to make TV shows? Come be a part of HMS Today, our weekly news show covering school events. Be part of a production crew; work with professional equipment; get famous by anchoring our show! This club is open to all grades.
HOMEWORK CLUB meets each Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday afternoon from 2-3:30pm. unless otherwise specified. If you need a comfortable spot to do your homework or if you are waiting for a late ride home, this is the place for you! Mr. Rockwood and Mrs. McNally are the club advisors. Please listen to morning announcements for room assignments.
HONORS CHORUS is an auditioned ensemble of sixth, seventh and eighth grade students from any HMS performing ensemble. Students will perform select music that will challenge students musically while having fun as an ensemble. We may compete as a group in April at the MICCA Choral Festival. We have also been invited in the past to perform at the State House for the Wreath Ceremony prior to the Boston Marathon. We will know more later in the year. Auditions are held in October each year. Thursdays from 2:00-3:00 p.m. with Mrs. Nielsen in the Chorus Room.
HOPKAPELLA is open by audition to 7th and 8th grade chorus, orchestra, and band members. This ensemble performs a variety of music from popular to medieval genres with no instrumental accompaniment. Performances will vary throughout the year. We have been invited in the past to perform at the State House prior to the Boston Marathon. We will know more later in the year. HOPKAPELLA meets each Thursdays from 3-4pm with Mrs. Nielsen in the Chorus Room.
IGNITE is a leadership program for 8th grade students. The group’s main activities are to help plan and run the annual 6th Grade Orientation program and act as big brothers and sisters to a group of incoming 6th graders. How this works is: two members of IGNITE team up with a group of 6th graders for the entire school year. Through this partnership, the IGNITE students are able to build leadership skills and help the 6th graders adapt to their new environment. During the school year, the IGNITE teams get together for social activities, birthdays, etc. The IGNITE team is also responsible for running the annual 6th Grade Homeroom Challenge where all 6th grade homerooms compete against each other in fun activities. To be selected for IGNITE, 7th grade students must complete an application, write an essay, and go through an interview process. This process usually begins in March. Mrs. Daigneault, Mrs. S. Kirshenbaum and Mr. Kearney are the advisors.
JAZZ BAND meets every Thursday afternoon from 4:30-5:30pm in the Band Room. Mr. Purdy is the club advisor. Jazz Club is open to seventh and eighth grade students.
PEER TUTORING Peer Tutoring is an after school activity that meets on Tuesdays or Thursdays from 2-2:30pm or on Wednesdays from 2-2:30pm. The locations of the tutoring will vary but all students will be notified where to go before their first session. Grade 8 HMS students are recommended to be peer tutors by their academic teachers to tutor sixth and seventh grade students in all academic subjects, including foreign languages. The advisor for this program is Mrs. Anusauskas.
PRIDE ALLIANCE CLUB The goal of the Hopkinton Middle School Pride Alliance Club is to promote awareness, acceptance, and harmony amongst all students of all sexual and identity orientations, whether confident, questioning, or unlabeled. It is our goal to create a safe environment in which all students are not judged but stand together in the fundamental belief that all people are created equal. The club will meet every other Thursday right after school from 1:50-2:40 p.m. in Room 257. Mrs. Place and Mrs. Harris are co-advisors.
ROBOTICS All students are invited to Robotics - no experience necessary! Come and see what it’s all about. The Team will meet in the HMS Cafeteria with Mrs. Allen weekly on Thursdays from 2:00-4:00 p.m. The Team will compete in the VEX IQ Next Level Challenge. This consists of several components: the Teamwork Challenge - two teams work together to achieve the highest score; the Robot Skills Challenge - one robot takes the field to score as many points as possible under driver control; and the Programming Skills Challenge - one robot scores autonomously without driver inputs. Competition dates are on 12/8/18 and 1/20/19 but additional scrimmages may be scheduled as well. Updates about what we do, photos, videos, a link to the newsletter, and other exciting news and announcements are posted on the Robotics Team website, originally created by student Grace Young and can be accessed is here. You can also email MSRobotics@hopkinton.k12.ma.us with any other questions.
RUNNING CLUB will meet on Mondays from 2:00-3:00 p.m. outside Brown Gym. The club will meet for the first time this year in November and will continue to run until the end of May. Dress warmly! If the weather drops below 25 degrees or the conditions are dangerous, we will announce a cancellation during the day. For questions or to join the Google Classroom, email Mrs. McKenzie at firstname.lastname@example.org.
SCIENCE FAIR CLUB meets weekly on Tuesdays with Mrs. M. Kirshenbaum in room 247. Students work independently or on a team for months to complete their science projects researching and creating fantastic experiments. They do so on their own time outside of school, culminating in the Regional Science Fair at Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Worcester, Massachusetts in the spring. Winners will then submit their projects to the state competition held in Worcester in the month of June.
SKI CLUB is run by Hopkinton Parks and Rec Department for Middle School students. The program takes place for six weeks beginning the first Tuesday in January. For more information, go to http://www.hopkintonrec.org/
STUDENT COUNCIL meets every other Tuesday morning at 7:00 a.m. in the Lecture Hall with Advisor Mrs. Abate. Each homeroom elects their own student council representative in September. HMS Student Council helps share students’ ideas, interests, and concerns with teachers and school principals. Their activities include involvement in a host of projects, e.g., helping to raise funds for school-wide activities, including social events and community projects.
STUDENT COUNCIL EVENTS for 2018-2019 include various fun activities for all Middle School students: Grade 8 Welcome Back Party, All School Spring Social, Grade 6 Winter Carnival, and Grade 7 Courtyard Party. DJs and HMS student bands will also be featured. Permission slips are required for each event. Ms. McDonough is the advisor.
STUDENT TALENT SHOW This annual event showcases the varying artistic talent our students possess. It is a one-day event usually held in late winter. This year, the Student Talent Show is scheduled for Friday, February 8, 2019. Stay tuned for audition announcements. Mr. Rockwood and Ms. Porter are the talent show advisors.
TOURNAMENTS The Middle School hosts three grade level tournaments during the school year: Flag Football in the fall; March Madness in March; and a surprise tournament in the spring. Listen closely for announcements. Mrs M. Kirshenbaum is the Tournaments Advisor.
The ULTIMATE FANDOM CLUB is a combination of the old Explore Pottermore Club and the Hopsplay Cosplay Club. The first meeting of the club will take place on Wednesday 9/12 from 2-3pm in Room 240 with Mrs. O’Connell. If you are a Harry Potter fan, come and explore Pottermore.com; if you enjoy cosplay and anime, feel free to come in costume. If you enjoy Stars Wars, Star Trek, Stranger Things, Dr. Who, Marvel Comic Universe, DC Comic Universe or are a super fan of other things in pop culture, this is the club for you! Come and fly your fandom flag high! The Ultimate Fandom Club will meet on most Wednesdays from 2-3pm in Mrs. O’Connell’s classroom.
The WRITING CLUB meets every Thursday afternoon with Mrs. Verra in Room 218. Students work independently or collaboratively on poetry and short works of fiction. At the end of the year, students edit each other’s work and we create a journal that is printed and bound. This is a great drop-in club should you have seasonal after school activities such as sports or drama.