Thursday, August 23 – Mustangs United Day!
This fun-filled team-bonding event will allow ALL students an opportunity to meet new
friends, become more familiar with the school offerings, and receive their schedules
early! Sorry parents, this is just for the kids!
• 10:00-11:00 AM – 6th Graders
• 1:00-2:30 PM – 8th Graders
• 3:30-5:00 PM – 7th Graders
Register online to attend @ www.cpschools.com/homs no later than 8/20/18.
Tuesday, August 28 – Athletic Physicals
4-6 PM – Athletic Physicals at HOMS ($15 CASH ONLY)
The Chesapeake middle school physical form is available in the Main Office and on our
website under “Athletics.” Students trying out for FALL & WINTER sports should plan
to attend. Physicals will not be offered again until the spring season.
Thursday, August 30 – Back to School Events
• 2:00-4:30 PM – 6th Grade Orientation & PTSA Open House
• 5:00-6:00 PM – 7th & 8th Grade NEW Student Orientation
• 6:00-8:00 PM – 7th & 8th Grade PTSA Open House*
* 7th & 8th Grade Open House – Returning families will report directly to
homeroom upon arrival. Please plan to be in your child’s classroom by 6 PM.
Tuesday, September 4 – First Day of School
Please contact the school if you have not received your child’s schedule by August 30
to ensure there are no flags on his/her enrollment. All rising 6th grade students must
submit a copy of their Tdap immunization prior to attending middle school.
Additionally, special residency permissions must be approved with Student Services.
Football Summer Conditioning
Students interested in trying out for the HOMS 2018-19 Football team should plan to
attend summer conditioning on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays from 6:30-8:30
PM beginning August 1st. Contact Coach Antoine Newsom at email@example.com
if you have any questions.
Wednesday, September 6 – Fall Sports Tryouts
Football & Softball
• Students must have an athletic physical dated after April 1 on file to try out
• Tryouts are 9/5, 9/6, & 9/10 from 4-6 PM
• A 6 PM activity bus is available; however, routes are expected to be long
Black/blue/red ink pens
Colored pencils, crayons & markers
Loose-leaf paper (wide-ruled)
Scissors (blunt edge)
Dividers with tabs
Spiral notebooks (non-perforated)
Zippered pencil bag with notebook holes
Box of tissues
Marble black composition notebooks
Compass & Protractor (for home)
Physical Education Uniforms & Combination Locks – Required for Grades 7 & 8 (available for purchase in September)
*Additional items unique to a particular course may be requested at the beginning of the school year.
Thursday, August 23
Mustangs United Day!
This fun-filled team-bonding event will allow ALL students an opportunity to meet new friends, become more familiar with school offerings, and pick-up their schedules early!
Sorry parents, this is just for the kids!
- 10:00-11:00 AM – 6th Graders
- 1:00-2:30 PM – 8th Graders
- 3:30-5:00 PM – 7th Graders
Please register by CLICKING HERE no later than August 20.
Future Band Parents,
Thank you very much for signing your student up for beginning band next year. As the band director here at Hugo Owens Middle, I am very excited to follow in a great band tradition with your student. Additionally, this year welcomes record enrollment and many new students that will join us for the first time from additional feeder elementary schools. I hope that both my new parents and students will share my enthusiasm as we prepare to begin a new school year.
There is a lot of excitement involved in the 6th-grade year. It marks the start of middle school and marks the start of your student’s music education in band. As with any class, or life experience, a successful start is crucial to the long-term success of any student in a program. In band, picking the right instrument is an early choice that can have an effect on the educational gain and enjoyment of your student. Because this decision is so important, it is not one that will be made solely by a student or parent, but in collaboration with student, parent, and teacher.
Before the start of school, each student and parent should come in for an instrument appointment. This gives me the opportunity to meet with you and your student, try out some instruments, and make a choice that is right for them. It will also give me the opportunity to share information about needed supplies, instrument rentals, or to answer any other questions that you may have. Local retailers also often deliver coupons that can help parents save a considerable amount of money through the life of a rental. It should also be noted that, because this is a team activity, our instrumentation must be reasonably balanced. This means that we have a finite capacity that we can allow on each instrument. If your student has their heart set on playing a certain instrument, please make sure that you get an appointment ASAP, before the section is full.
I look forward to meeting all of you and hope that you have a great end of the school year and summer.
Instrument Appointment Sign-Up Process
This year, the HOMS Band will try something new by using Sign Up Genius to book instrument appointments. Parents can view available appointments, dates, and sign up for appointments on the following website www.SignUpGenius.com/go/60B0A4AABAC2CA3F85-homs
Each appointment only takes about 20 minutes, and will typically run 3 times per hour. For your convenience, a few evening appointment days are also available, even before school ends, to accommodate work schedules.
If internet access is not an option, parents may leave a message with the Hugo Owens secretarial staff via phone call. If Mr. Phillips is not at school that day, you will receive a return phone call as soon as possible.
Available Appointment Dates:
June: 5th: 4:00 p.m.-8:40 p.m., 13th: 4:00 p.m.-8:40 p.m.
July: 17th and 18th: 8:20 a.m. – 3:40 p.m.
August: 6th , 7th, 8th, and 9th: 2:00-3:40 p.m., 13th, 14th, 15th, and 16th: 2:00-3:40 p.m.,20th, 21st, 22nd, and 23rd: 2:00-3:40 p.m., 24th: 8:20 a.m. – 3:40 p.m.
Other Information: If your student is currently taking 5th-grade strings, and you are currently renting an instrument, I would advise that you not turn in your instrument until after you have completed your instrument appointment. Often, music retailers allow you to accumulate rental credit that can be transferred to a new instrument but will often be canceled when the instrument is turned back in.
For more information contact Matthew S. Phillips, Director of Bands, Hugo Owens Middle School
Visit the HOMS band website www.hugoowensband.org
Congratulations to the Hugo A. Owens Middle School Student Council Association (SCA) for having been awarded the Virginia Student Councils Achievement Award for the 2017-2018 school year: Grassfield High School, Hickory High School, Oscar Smith High School and Western Branch Middle School were also in this elite group of 24 student councils in the Commonwealth of Virginia recognized with this prestigious award. All will be recognized at the VSCA State Convention on March 18, 2018. Thank you to all of our SCA members for being such outstanding leaders and to SCA sponsor Ms. Kopacz for her phenomenal guidance and mentor-ship. At HOMS We Are Leaders.
On Monday, February 12, 2018, HOMS welcomed our rising 6th graders and families with an overview of the middle school academic and extracurricular programs. A copy of the presentation, which includes a timeline of transition events, is available here.(text reader accessible PDF)
On Tuesday, January 23, 2018, HOMS welcomed the students from GBMS & HMS who will be transitioning to HOMS in September 2018. A copy of Principal Britt’s presentation to families, which includes a timeline of our transition plans is available here:(text reader accessible PDF)
Ms. Lisa Amerson
Hugo A. Owens
Teacher of The Year
Chesapeake Public Schools provides a service for parents that enhances communication by delivering important information, such as delayed school openings or emergency closings due to weather, via SMS text messaging. This service is intended to enhance our existing means of communication and will not replace any exiting form of communication.
To participate in the new service you must register your mobile phone number. Registration is simple and only takes a few seconds to complete.
Chesapeake Public Schools is happy to announce the availability of Office 365 Pro Plus at no charge to all Chesapeake Public School (CPS) students for use on personal computer equipment. The licensing allows the installation of the software on up to five compatible PC and/or MAC computers. In addition, a simplified version of the software may be installed on up to five tablet/mobile devices. The license will remain active as long as the division maintains this agreement and as long as the individual is a CPS student. Once a student withdrawals from the division, they are no longer legally licensed to use the software.
Chesapeake Public Schools / NO PARKING IN FIRE LANES
Please do not leave vehicles parked or standing in fire lanes. Visitors and staff are prohibited from parking in areas marked as fire lanes at all school buildings. Parking or standing vehicles may prevent the timely arrival of first responders to the scene of a police, medical or fire emergency. Leaving a vehicle unattended in a fire lanes may hamper emergency efforts.
In addition, simply parking the vehicle in fire lanes is against the law and may result in a $250.00 fine. We ask that all visitors please park in spots especially designated for visitors at our school buildings.