Be Kind Fundraiser

Be Kind Tee-Shirt Fundraiser will run through March 21st. Tees available in Black or Teal.  Sizes S, M, L and XL are $12.  2XL is $14.  3XL and larger are $15.

Proceeds will benefit HMS programs and activities.

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8th Grade Writing SOL Test

All 8th Grade students are scheduled to take the Writing SOL test on the following dates;

  • Option 1 Students – Tuesday, March 16th – Short Paper
  • Option 1 Students – Wednesday, March 17th – Short Paper
  • Option 2 Students – Monday, March 22nd – Short Paper
  • Option 1 Students – Tuesday, March 23rd – Multiple Choice
  • Option 1 Students – Wednesday, March 24th – Multiple Choice
  • Option 2 Students – Monday, March 29th – Multiple Choice

All students should take time to become familiar with all the tools and features of the SOL testing website, TestNav.  Please contact Hickory Middle School if you have any questions regarding SOL testing.

HMS Named Semi-Finalist in National STEM Contest from Samsung

Selected from a nationwide pool of applicants, Hickory Middle School was named a Semi-Finalist in the 11th annual Samsung Solve for Tomorrow Contest, a program that encourages 6th-12th grade students to solve real-world issues in their community using classroom skills in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).

Paula Labbe, Pat Rose and their eighth-grade students are one of 75 Semi-Finalists and will receive $15,000 to be redeemed on as well as a Samsung Galaxy Note20 to execute their project this school year, whether they are engaging in a virtual, in-person or hybrid teaching environment. All 75 Semi-Finalist schools will work on their projects and record a video to showcase their project in hopes to advance through future phases of the contest to win additional prizes and educational opportunities. HMS students will design, build, and program an automated hands-free door opening systems that will increase security and reduce disease transmission.

National Finalist schools will be selected later this spring to participate in the virtual pitch event where they will present their project to a panel of judges. For achieving National Finalist status, seven of these schools will be awarded $65,000 in technology and classroom materials while the remaining three will be named National Winners.  Public voting will also determine two Community Choice winners from the pool of National Finalists, who will be eligible to win an additional $15,000 in Samsung technology.  Three National Winner schools will receive the grand prize of $130,000 in Samsung technology.

Asynchronous Learning Days

computerChesapeake Public Schools employees will have the opportunity to be vaccinated against Covid 19.  This is a two shot procedure, and CPS had little control over the timing.  As a result, Chesapeake Public Schools will have asynchronous learning days on the following days;

          • Wednesday, January 27
          • Friday, January 29
          • Wednesday, February 10
          • Friday, February 12
          • Wednesday, February 24
          • Friday, February 26.

We know this will mean our Wednesday and Friday students will miss in person school for those six days and our teachers are planning to lessen the impact. Please plan for your child to be home on those days completing assignments. There may be little or no zoom instruction on those days, your child should refer to his/her teacher’s plans.

Attention Graduating Seniors

The Hickory Middle School PTSA is offering TWO $500 Scholarships to graduating seniors who attended Hickory Middle School!

  1.  The Dr. Koonce Memorial Scholarship, in the amount of $500, will be awarded to a Hickory High School graduating senior who attended Hickory Middle School and plans to pursue a career in education.
  2. The Hickory Middle School PTSA Scholarship, in the amount of $500 will awarded to TWO graduating seniors who attended Hickory Middle School.

Application packets will be available on the ScholarshipVue Page and the HMS Guidance office by Monday, February 1, 2021.

Completed applications are due to the Hickory Middle School main office, Attention: HMS PTSA Scholarships, by noon on Wednesday, March 3, 2021 (late applications will not be accepted).

Applicants will be notified by Monday, May 17, 2021.  If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Laura Rouse, Hickory Middle School PTSA Scholarship chairperson at 757-635-1699 or .

Ending the Silence Presentations

manThe National Alliance on Mental Health’s (NAMI) Ending the Silence presentations share how to recognize the early warning signs of mental health conditions and appropriately respond if you or a loved one are experiencing these symptoms. Educators will also learn how to approach students with concerns and support families of students receiving mental health interventions.

We will offer two virtual assemblies for our secondary students on:

  • Middle School Students – Monday, February 22 (11:00 AM)
  • High School Students – Friday, February 26 (1:00 PM)

Finally, we will host a presentation specific to parents/guardians at our Ending the Silence Family Empowerment Webinar on Thursday, February 11 at 6:30 PM.  It is our hope we can grow the movement to end stigma related to mental health and encourage families to seek appropriate interventions when needed. For more information, please contact .


Rising 9th Grade Scheduling Information

Your 8th grader will be selecting courses for high school in the upcoming week.  Course selections can be completed at home beginning January 15 for both HHS and GFH zoned students.  Directions on how to select courses are below.  However, Hickory Middle School counselors will be assisting all 8th graders during school hours with this process.  Please see information below regarding each zoned high school:
Grassfield High School:
Students zoned for GFH were placed in the GFH schoology group.  All information pertaining to scheduling and course offerings are available in this group.  GFH will host a parent virtual Q&A session on January 14th at 6:00PM.  The zoom link is available through your child’s GFH schoology group. 
Hickory High School:
Please click here for scheduling information. HHS will host a parent virtual Q&A session on January 21st at 12:00PM and 6:00PM.  

Chesapeake Virtual Academy: