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HHMS Sponsors a Tennis Shoe Drive

Students at Hamilton-Holmes Middle School are collecting used tennis shoes for third world countries. If the tennis shoes are too worn out to be used, they will be donated to Nike to be recycled into mats to be used for playgrounds and tracks.

     With winter upon us, now is a good time to clean out closets and recycle tennis shoes you have not been wearing.  Missing a tennis shoe? We will take the one left behind.  Our Tennis Shoe Project will run through April 1st.

     Any size, any condition and any type of tennis shoe will be accepted. Please make sure to clean any loose dirt before turning them in. They do not need to be washed. Just tie them together and give them to a HHMS student. Students will turn them in at HHMS each Tuesday for a shoe count. One excellent aspect of this project is that it involves no cost to those who participate. The project is being sponsored by the Student Cooperative Association.

     Green collection boxes have also been placed in the Essex Bank branches in King William and West Point, EVB Central Garage, 360 Hardware and the King William Pharmacy for tennis shoes. If there is a question please call Bianca Cabrera, the SCA Sponsor or Mary Ann Johnson, HHMS Bookkeeper, at 804-769-3434 ext. 517.


Employee of the Month - Omari White

Mr. White, or as we like to refer to him, Coach White, has been teaching technology classes for three years.  Hamilton-Holmes was fortunate to have Coach White join our team in February 2015.  In the past year, Coach White has mentored many students, to include those that exhibit difficult behavioral concerns.  He has created relationships with these students and set high expectations, whereby allowing these individuals to find success at school.  Coach White volunteers his time to monitor the cafeteria and coordinates the operation of the HHMS School Store.  In addition, he coaches the flag football intramural team for HHMS and the football and basketball teams at King William High School.  Coach White is truly a team player, demonstrating this philosophy on a daily basis.  It is with great pleasure that Coach White be honored with this award


HHMS Students Create Art That Heals

Students in the Art for a Cause Club at Hamilton Holmes Middle School spent their fall meetings creating pinwheels for Students Rebuild. Per their website (www.studentsrebuild.org), Students Rebuild is a “collaborative program of the Bezos Family Foundation that inspires young people to connect, learn and take collective action on critical global issues”. For each pinwheel contributed to the Healing Classrooms Challenge, $2 is donated to assist with Syrian youth refugees in the Middle East. The members of the Art for a Cause club were able to create more than 100 pinwheels for this worthy cause.

Students in grades sixth through eighth grades meet one to two times per month to work on art and service projects that have an impact outside of school. Future projects the club is planning to work on include the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Student Series (formerly Pennies for Patients) and painting ceiling tiles for display in cancer centers.


HHMS Student Receives Award

A seventh grade student at Hamilton Holmes Middle School, was selected as the Region 8 winner in the Virginia Municipal League’s “If I Were Mayor” essay contest.  She received a $150.00 cash prize. Governor Terry McAuliffe presented a plaque to the winner of each region in a ceremony held on January 27, 2016.  Click here to view her artwork.


HHMS Employee of the Month - Lewis Phillips

Hamilton-Holmes Middle School is pleased to name Mr. Lewis Phillips as the Employee of the Month for December 2015. In his 15 years at HHMS, Mr. Phillips has taught Math and Science at all three grades. He currently teaches 8th grade Physical Science and Advanced Physical Science.  Mr. Phillips works hard every day to keep his students engaged through interesting activities and labs, and he holds all students accountable for their achievement. He is a team player who is always willing to lend a helping hand to others in the building. Mr. Phillips is an asset to our school, and we are proud to recognize him this month.


Tina Oberg, Teacher of the Year for KWCPS

Mrs. Tina Oberg, 6th-8th grade art teacher at Hamilton-Holmes Middle School, has been named the 2014-2015 Teacher of the Year for King William County Public Schools.  Mrs. Oberg is a graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University where she earned a degree in Art Education.  She grew up in King William County and is a proud alumnus of King William High School.

Mrs. Oberg has been teaching art at HHMS for 19 years and is no stranger to success.  This is her third Teacher of the Year award at Hamilton-Holmes, and she also represented King William County as Teacher of the Year in 2005-2006.  When asked what qualities make an educator a good candidate for this award, Oberg replied, “A teacher who is able to motivate his/her students to do their best.”  Oberg achieves this by trying to form relationships with her students and bringing humor into her classroom.  She says, “I believe that in order to reach a child’s mind, you must first reach his/her heart.”

 


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