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HHMS Employee of the Month - Nicole Phillips

      Hamilton-Holmes Middle School is proud to name, Mrs. Nicole Phillips as Employee of the Month for April.  Mrs. Phillips has been teaching for thirteen years at HHMS.  She has taught general math, science, English and advanced English.  Mrs. Phillips has served on the leadership team and as the School Improvement Chairperson for many years.  


One Book One School One Community

 A Wonderful Celebration at the UKW Library

     Students, parents and community members met the night of March 26th at the Upper King William branch of the Pamunkey Regional Library to celebrate the One Book, One School, One Community project.  The meeting room was packed with students eagerly discussing their insights about R J Palacio’s best-selling novel Wonder.  The walls and tables were covered with artwork and essays, examples of students’ expressions and interpretations. Wonder is the story of resilience and kindness in a world that can often be brutal to others.

 


HHMS hosts Regional Reading Olympians Championship

     Sitting on the floor in a circle, excitedly whispering to one another, Team Dauntless gets the steal in the first round.  They quietly high five each other and intently listen to the next question from the moderator.  Students from Hanover, Goochland and King William met Thursday, March 20th for the 11th   annual meeting of the Regional Reading Olympians Championship.  


HHMS Employee of the Month - Kevin Lyle

Hamilton-Holmes is proud to name Mr. Kevin Lyle as Employee of the Month for March.  Mr. Lyle has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Hospitality and Tourism Management from Virginia Tech.  In 2004 he earned a Masters Degree in Sports Management from the University of Georgia.  He has worked for Division 1 Athletics programs at both Radford University and Campbell University in the area of Marketing and Promotions and Event Management. Mr. Lyle is a first year teacher of the computer and business technology classes at Hamilton-Holmes.  He served as the Head JV Football Coach at King William High School this year and has been instrumental in organizing and facilitating the new intramural program at HHMS.   Mr. Lyle has an attitude of service, whether it is mentoring a student, facilitating the Gentlemen’s Club, or coaching a sport, he serves to the best of his ability, with a humble and willing heart.  When he is not coaching, Mr. Lyle enjoys working out and spending time with his seven year old son, Jon David.  It is with great honor that Hamilton-Holmes recognizes Mr. Kevin Lyle with this award.

 


Intramural Basketball Opportunity for HHMS Students

            Some roam the neighborhoods while their parents are still at work.  Many sit in front of a television to idly pass the time.  Hamilton-Holmes Middle School is now providing an alternative for students with an after-school intramural program.

          


HHMS Employee of the Month - Julie Peck

Hamilton-Holmes Middle School is proud to name Mrs. Julie Peck as Employee of the Month.  Mrs. Peck has been teaching for four years, all at Hamilton-Holmes Middle School.  Before entering the teaching profession, Mrs. Peck worked as a marketing manager for an environmental company.  Mrs. Peck is a graduate of Longwood with a degree in Communications.  In addition, Mrs. Peck attended the University of Richmond licensure program where she received her endorsement to teach.  Mrs. Peck is an innovative teacher always looking for ways to engage her students.  Recently, she implemented a reward system whereby students are able to earn minutes to do fun activities when they remain focused on the instruction and accomplish the goals for each day’s lesson.  This is just one example of how Mrs. Peck keeps abreast of current research and applies this knowledge to the classroom.  Mrs. Peck serves as the public relations facilitator for Hamilton-Holmes Middle School.  In this role, Mrs. Peck publishes articles and the school newsletter, The Viking Voice, each month, for the school community.  When Mrs. Peck is not teaching, she enjoys photography and spending time with her seventeen month old daughter.  It is with great pride that we recognize Mrs. Peck.


King William Spelling Bee Winner - Ben Ratliffe

Hamilton-Holmes Middle School eighth grader Ben Ratliff was named 2014 district spelling bee champion for King William County Public Schools.  Ratliff won the spelling bee by correctly spelling the word “complacency.” As the district winner, Ratliff received a Webster's Dictionary from the Richmond Times-Dispatch.  He will compete at the 40th annual Richmond Times-Dispatch Regional Spelling Bee, scheduled for Saturday, March 8, 2014 at the Library of Virginia. The winner of the Regional Bee will receive a $1,500 scholarship and an all-expenses-paid trip to the National Bee, courtesy of the Times-Dispatch.

The KWCPS spelling bee, coordinated by Kim Tupponce, HHMS Gifted Resource Teacher, was held at Hamilton-Holmes Middle School on January 14, 2014. Alexis Scott, Reading Specialist, served as the pronouncer for the bee. Bee judges were Kim Napier, Assistant Principal of Hamilton-Holmes, Rachel Ball, Assistant Principal of Acquinton Elementary, and Jennifer Perry, Guidance Counselor at King William High School. KWCPS Superintendent Dr. Mark Jones and Assistant Superintendent Stacy Johnson were also in attendance at the Bee.

In order to participate in the county spelling bee, students from Hamilton-Holmes Middle School and Acquinton Elementary School first competed at the school level.  The top five spellers from each grade level in grades three through eight were invited to compete in the KWCPS spelling bee.


HHMS Employee of the Month Dave McCracken

HHMS Employee of the Month

 

     Hamilton-Holmes is proud to name Mr. Dave McCracken as Employee of the Month.  Mr. McCracken has been teaching twenty-nine years, all at Hamilton-Holmes Middle School.  The subject areas that he has taught include, mathematics, English, and music.  Mr. McCracken is admired by former students, colleagues, current students, parents, and administration.  He has served on various committees throughout his career including the National Council for Teacher of Mathematics.  Currently, he teaches Algebra I and Geometry to students in the eighth grade.  Additionally, Mr. McCracken served as the Math Lead Teacher for many years and currently serves as the grade level leader.  He holds his students to high expectations and sees to it that they succeed in math.  Students he taught twenty years ago still talk about what a great teacher he is.  Mr. McCracken’s SOL scores are outstanding year after year.  It is with great honor that we recognize Mr. McCracken.

 


Hamilton-Holmes Art Students Create Holiday Decorations for Children’s Hospital

       Hamilton-Holmes Middle School art students created over fifty, three-dimensional, paper stars for the patients at the Children's Hospital of Richmond at VCU. Plain white stars were carefully folded and glued in hopes the children would enjoy decorating them during the holiday season.  According to RN/BSN Jan Kirby, “The stars will be used to decorate patient’s IV poles, rooms, or clinic area for kids to take home to decorate and hang in their home.” The middle school students took great pride in creating these paper stars for other children who may be facing difficult challenges. “To be able to make the children happy is a great thing, seventh grader Jenica McLean said. “We want the children to feel special, be happy and stay positive.”    

Special thanks to former King William student, Jonice Lawson, for hand delivering the stars to the children’s hospital.  


HHMS Employee of the Month Karen Groover

           Hamilton-Holmes Middle School is proud to name Mrs. Karen Groover as Employee of the Month for December 2013.  Mrs. Groover has served as a paraprofessional for one year.  She works alongside the classroom teacher providing whole class instruction and one-on-one instruction for students.  Mrs. Groover is very conscientious of the needs of her students.  She makes accommodations and modifications for students with disabilities.  In addition, Mrs. Groover completes tasks of monitoring the halls and second load students each day as well as serving as co-sponsor for the Junior Beta Club.  Whenever Mrs. Groover is asked to supervise a classroom, she does so willingly and thoroughly in order to accomplish what the classroom teacher has prepared for the day.  She is a team player and proactive through all interactions.  It is with pleasure that HHMS names Mrs. Karen Groover as Employee of the Month.

 


New Access to HHMS Library

Check out the new

HHMS Library Catalog

 

Coming soon, students will be able to login, put books on hold, add books to their own booklists, and access databases for research and general information.


Hamilton-Holmes Middle School 2013-2014 Supply Lists

2013-2014 Supply Lists

Click here for a copy of the HHMS supply list for 2013 -2014 in Word

Click here for a copy of the HHMS supply list for 2013 -2014 in PDF


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