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Are you interested in joining student council at HMS as a future 7th or 8th grader?  If you answered yes, visit room 806 to pick up and complete a campaign packet!  Packets are due by April 25th.  Campaign week will be from April 28th to May 2nd.  Election day will be held electronically on May 6th. If you are interested in the HHS Student Council, visit with Mrs. Slechta.
Don't forget to register for the HMS GLOW RUN by Tuesday,  April 22nd. See the HMS homepage for more details! In order to garantee yourself a t-shirt, you must pre-register! CLICK HERE for a printable form!
Hastings Middle School, 201 N. Marian Road, (402) 461-7520
Congratulations to the 6th grade Future Problem Solvers team of Chase Johnson, Jack Coil, Carter Wenburg, Alice Franssen, and Nolan Avent on placing 5th in Junior Level Competition at State FPS.

State Science Fair

State Science Fair
At the junior level, the top ten student projects were named and awarded.  Mara Franssen was in the top ten! 
Kaila Avent, Jennifer Boeve, and Dylan Lockling were awarded a state medal for excellence.



  CLICK HERE for a printable form!

Team Awards:

HMS Students of the Week

Team Mascot Student

Cameron Woods

Cameron, you are such a kind person and good friend.  You do a great job in class showing others how to do the right thing in class.  We appreciate your work ethic and commitment to doing your very best.  Keep up the great work!

Carter Wenburg

Bright, resourceful, cheerful . . . that's our Carter.  He's an all-around kind of guy, whether it's sports, academics, music or leadership -- look to Carter to lead the way!

Quentin Synek

This Minion has so much integrity and compassion for others he stands out as a leader not just on 7A. His teachers admire him consistently doing the right thing.  A sincere thanks to you, Quentin, for being who you are!

Kyla Rickert

We have an elegant Superhero strolling our halls.  She rises above the rest as a mature confident and student.  She takes extreme pride in her work and it shows in her achievements, both inside and outside school.  This young lady makes it look easy!  Kyla Rickert, we are proud to call you one of ours!
8A Briana is a very conscientious student. If we had a student take over for any one of the teachers...it would be Brianna because she is enthusiastic and motivated every day.  Keep up the great work!!

Nick Lewis

You are a poet and we didn’t even know it! You handle yourself with maturity and live the 8 keys every single day. We appreciate your excellent effort always and positive attitude. NICK LEWIS – you ROCK! Keep it up! :)

Art Show:

Months of April and May:

April Testing Schedule:


April 3 & 4          6th Grade Reading

 April 7 & 8          7th Grade Reading

 April 10 & 11     8th Grade Reading

 April 14 & 15     7th Grade Math

 April 14 & 15     8th Grade Science

 April  24 & 25     8th Grade Math

 April 28 & 29     6th Grade Math

8TH Grade Promotion will be at 2:00 on Tuesday, May 20. The last day for 8th graders is May 19. 


The last day for 6th and 7th graders is Tuesday, May 20.

HPS named a Best Community for Music Education
Hastings Public Schools recently received notification from the National Association of Music Merchants Foundation, that they were named a Best Community for Music Education. 

The NAMM Foundation recognizes HPS for its outstanding commitment to music education with this BCME designation. HPS joins 376 districts across the country in receiving this prestigious distinction for 2014. HPS is one of only two schools in Nebraska to be recognized this year. 

In its 15th year, Best Communities for Music Education affirms school districts that have demonstrated exceptional efforts toward maintaining music education as part of the schools’ core curriculum.
Night Of Excellence 2014
2014 Night of Excellence:


Click here to watch the HMS Dance Club preform: 

TIGER of the Month
     HMS Tigers of the Month
“Through the 8 Keys of Excellence, I’m becoming a person who lives with respect, responsibility, integrity and compassion.”

6A Female: Lyndie Eddleman

6A Male: Connor Story

6B Female: Dulce Lopez

6B Male: Grant Crawford

7A Female: Breanna Gilmore

7A Male: Matthew Welton

7B Female: Lily Kingsley

7B Male: Dawson Jacobus  

8A Female: Rachel Svoboda

8A Male: Brady Jones

8B Female: Sammie Berck

8B Male: Tre Hanson

Student Council
   "Teacher of the Month" - 
Nominate a teacher who deserves celebration and appreciation.  Simply click above and type the reasons why he or she should be recognized.  Student Council members will read and decide.  Thank you!
September:  Mr. Vogt
"He's very nice and intelligent. He is my #1 teacher!" 
October: Mr. Lowther
"Mr.Lowther, the 7th and 8th grade art teacher, should be nominated because he is very nice and helpful to me and other students here at HMS."
November: Mr. Rosno
"He is kind and knows how to have a good time while teaching my child.  My son says that Mr. Rosno is his favorite teacher. "
December:  Mrs. Canady
"She is a helping hand to all students at HMS!"
January: Mrs. Slechta
"She is the best teacher ever. She knows how to put a smile on everyone's face. She is intelligent and knows what she is talking about."
February:  Mrs. Northrop
"Mrs. Northrop is my favorite teacher...she understands all of her students. She knows how we learn best and makes it happen. She is the BEST teacher I have ever had in my whole entire life! She is also is a very honest, caring, intelligent, fun, and CREATIVE TEACHER! "
March:  Mrs. Spanel

"She it the best teacher ever! Mrs. Spanel has taught me to love reading. She brings the best books to class and gives book talks.  Mrs. Spanel makes me a better person."

Student Achievement:

Spelling Bee

6th Grade/Christine Jonglertham  - 1st Place Written

6th Grade/Chase Johnson – 4th Place Written

History Day State Qualifiers

Thomas Harling, Audrey Weeks, Lucy Nielsen, Corianne White, Saylor Pershing, Maggie Nielsen, Lily Black, Kaila Avent 

Quiz Bowls

7th/8th White Team – 1st Place

Sam Johnson, Corianne White, Noah Sass, Adam Black , Riley Nelson, Ryker VanBrocklin, Emily Beave 

7th/8th Orange Team – 2nd Place

Kaila Avent, Kalim Dumas, Alex Ceperley, Sam Wibbels, Chandice Rogers, Zach Mollohan, Lucy Nielsen, Kora Elms-Fleming

7th/8th Black Team – Top 10

Ben Howie, Isaiah Brant, Saylor Pershing, Alex Swoboda, Colton Fuchs,

Tyler DeBoer, Maggie Nielsen, Kai Anderson

6th Black Team – 1st Place

Carter Wenburg, Brooke Aspen, Matt Kleinjan, Kenzie Lloyd, Christine Jonglertham, Chase Johnson, Landon Power 

6th White Team – Final Four

Hannah Evans, Hailey Haase, Logan Johnson, Nate Mauck, Alexa Muske, Tre O’Connell, Emmily Struss

6th Orange Team – Sweet 16

Lily Black, Mike Boeve, Grant Crawford, Kevin Pham, Connor Story, Hannah Tunks, Cameron Woods

FPS – Two 6th grade teams are state qualifiers and one 7/8th grade team

6th – Chase Johnson, Carter Wenburg, Alice Frannsen, Grace Canady, Nolan Avent, Lily Black, Emily Struss, Christine Jonglertham, Landon Power, Sara Spilinek, Laura Patterson, Arin Pitt, Alexa Muske, Jack Coil, Thomas Harling, Hannah Tunks, Meridith Brandt

7th/8th –Julia Reimer, Mara Franssen, Ellie Moncrief, Tashia Theoharis, Kaila Avent, Lucy Nielsen, Maggie Nielsen, Saylor Pershing, Corianne White

Science Fair Blue Ribbon Winners

Justice Propp, Tashia Theoharis, Amanda Stramel

Science Fair State Qualifiers (and Blue Ribbons)

Dylan Lockling, Jennifer Boeve, Mara Franssen, Kaila Avent 

State Math Counts Contest

Kaila Avent, Connor Burch 

Elks Essay Contest

Amanda Stramel – 1st Place

State FPS T-Shirt Design Contest

Kaila Avent


We are so proud of all of these kids and their accomplishments!

Malcolm Music Results:

The 28th annual Malcolm Music Contest for middle school students brought just over 2000 students from 28 different schools to perform in the day-and-a-half event.  Large group entries included 54 bands, choirs, jazz bands and show choirs.  There were 754 solos and small groups entered as well.

Ratings are as follow; Division 1 is a Superior Rating, Division 2 is an Excellent Rating, Division HR is an Honorable Mention Rating, + or – may be give in addition to the rating to emphasis and clarify a rating.

All of our students worked very hard for this Contest and the educational value goes well beyond the classroom.  Not only have they all gained and made progress as musicians, they also represented Hastings Public Schools in a very professional manor, bringing credit upon themselves and our school.  Please thank these students for their accomplishments and their hard work.  Special thanks to Deb Dowling and Mindee Rowan for accompanying, and our parent volunteers; Anna Ellis, Ashley Burrell, Denise Howie, and Hastings College student Kristen Semerad.


Thank You.  Rick Matticks, Erin Beave, Kristen Janda


Middle School Track & Field
Are you interested in Hastings Tiger Gear sponsored by track and field?


Regional Science Fair Results:
Congratulations to the the following students who qualified for the
Junior Academy State Science Fair

at Nebraska Wesleyan University on Friday, April 11th:
            Dylan Lockling           Jennifer Boeve        
Mara Franssen               Kaila Avent
Mrs. Johnson and Mrs. Slechta are so proud of the 8th graders who represented Hastings Middle School at the Regional Science Fair in Kearney.
Blue ribbons were awarded to exemplary projects!

Furure Problem Solvers

Congratulations to the team of Julie Reimer, Tasia Theoharis, Mara Franssen, and Ellie Moncrief for qualifying for the state Future Problem Solvers competition on April 12th at UNK!
6th Grade Qualifying Teams:
Carter Wenburg, Nolan Avent, Alice Franssen, Chase John son, Grace Canady
Landon Power, Christine Jongertham, Emily Struss, Sarah Spilinek, Lily Black

Looking Sharp...
There are times to dress for success.  Mr. Combs is mentoring with pride and purpose, teaching others the art of confidence and support.  We so appreciate the message!

HMS Students,

We are so proud of your accomplishments!


Yearbook Sales Ending Soon!

Buy your 2013-2014 HMS yearbook soon!
Sales end February 14th, 2014
Books are $22.00.
Pick up a form in the HMS office or go to www.jostens.com to order.
Books will be delivered in May.  Contact Mrs. Beave or Mrs. Kerr if you have any questions.

News for Parents:

Hastings Public Schools now provides parents an easy way to make food service
payments for their students. Online payments for food service may be made using a
Visa, MasterCard, or Discover credit or debit card.
How to make Online Payments?

1. Visit our district Web Store at hastingspublicschools.revtrak.net.
2. Click on Food Service Payments.
3. Enter your Parent Portal User Name and Password (this is the same
user name and password you use to check your students information on
Powerschool). If you do not know your login and password please contact
Kathy Riese at kriese@esu9.org or at 402-461-7615.
4. Enter the amount to add to each student’s food service account.
5. Click Next Page.
6. Confirm your payment choices and click Go to Checkout.
7. If a new customer, select I am a new customer.
8. If a returning customer, select I am a returning customer
a. Enter your email address
b. Click Sign in
a. Enter your email address and password
b. Click Sign in
9. Enter your billing information and create a password (if required)
10. Enter your payment information
11. Verify your information for accuracy and select Complete Order
12. A receipt will be emailed to you. Please check your spam filter if you do not
13. There will be a 3.6% fee for this service that will be charged to the card that

If you need any assistance with this process please contact Kathy Riese at
kriese@esu9.org or 402-461-7615.

iHMS Project:
If you have ever wondered how much goes on and how involved we are at Hastings Middle School, wonder no longer.  The following is a representation of what HMS has to offer.  It is a reminder of what we do and who we are. 
HMS Student Council

HMS Baking Club

It's Baking Time for the
Thanks Miss O'Neill, Miss Moran, and Mrs. Janda!

Booster Club:
HMS Booster Club:

Customized jewelry is being made and sold by the Booster Club at HMS.  We have charms for music, dance, drama, gardening club, tennis golf, football, basketball, volleyball… If interested, look for them near the concession stand at home games or e-mail them at
HMSBoosters201@gmail.com to place an order.

Bullying Report: