Houston Middle School
Artfully is the art club at HMS sponsored by Ms. Nickell, Room
104. Primarily made up of 8th and 7th graders, members
are selected from completed applications and samples of art work. Members meet
2-3 Tuesdays per month to work on school events and community projects,
competition art works and plan art outings. Artfully is responsible for school
art shows, special event activities and designing posters and banners for
school functions. Parental assistance is needed for field trips, to chaperone
and help with school events. Members pay a $30 fee to cover T-shirt,
refreshments for meetings and some art supplies.
Interested in Playing Uno?
Bring your friends and play
Uno (yes, the fun, strategy filled card game)
When: The First Monday of each Month (2:05-3:00)
Where: Ms. Breen’s room (108)
Applications: Ms. Breen’s room (108)
Use strategy to battle it out
with your opponent. Beating him/her in chess
is like outsmarting them. It is more than just a game. Playing chess is
a challenge and sort of self-discovery of how far you’re willing to go to
challenge yourself. Just think of the satisfaction you’ll get when you see your
plan come together. Chess is cool. Chess is fun. Chess is entertaining. Come
join the Chess Club! See Mrs. Templeton.
The Guitar Club will increase the student’s
proficiency through peer-guided practices and exercises. Members will share
their knowledge and techniques during the sessions. Hopefully, each member will
bring an open mind, enthusiasm, and a song to each meeting. Oh, bringing a
guitar IN A CASE is a must!! Mr. T. has no more glue to fix broken
headstocks! See Mr. Trenthem or Mr.
McKelvy for info.
Middle School Honor Choir
Houston Middle School Honor Choir is a small select group of students chosen by
audition to represent Houston Middle School at competitive events. This
group has received top ratings at festivals and won first place at national
competitions throughout its history. The group rehearses after school to
prepare for competitions. See Mr.
Alverson for info.
National Junior Honor Society
The National Junior Honor Society honors the
academic elite of Houston Middle School.
The National Junior Honor Society recognizes 7th and 8th
grade students who have earned a minimum 3.8 grade point average each quarter
and have received only Outstanding and Satisfactory marks for citizenship. The National Junior Honor Society exhibits
not only educational leadership but also a strong sense of community
commitment. All members commit to six hours of personal community service and
participate in one National Junior Honor Society school project each year. See Ms. Walker for info.
Math Counts is a competitive club in which
students compete with other middle school clubs, public and private, based out
of the Greater Memphis area and surrounding suburbs. Team members are
better known as “Mathletes.” For more information, visit http://mathcounts.org.
Mandatory practices will be held on Tuesday
afternoons until 4:00 p.m. in Mrs. Davis’s classroom (Room 409).
Mathletes should bring their Math Counts Folder with practice material, a
pencil, and a calculator to each practice. We will run mock competitions
during practice sessions and complete in local mock competitions to assist in
preparing for the Math Counts Competition.
See Mrs. Davis with questions.
Junior Beta Club
Houston Middle School, our Beta members strive to achieve academic success
while demonstrating excellent character qualities. Our members are
encouraged to serve not only Houston Middle but also our community of
Germantown and the surrounding areas. Our goal is to help our
members take the qualities of service, character, and academic achievement and
use them to build leadership qualities for life.
The Jr Beta membership drive runs within the
first few weeks of school. Applicants must be in 7th or 8th grade
and have a minimum of 3.5 GPA (core subjects only: math, science, ELA, and
social studies) with at least satisfactory conduct. Once accepted, the
new inductees pay a one-time fee of $25. Seventh grade members must have
a minimum of 5 service hours while eight graders must have a minimum of 6
service hours. See Mrs. Lieske or the
Beta webpage for more info.
Pep Band is an additional
ensemble comprised of all band students in 7th and 8th grade. All you
need is your instrument and plenty of school spirit -- no auditions necessary!
The Pep Band will practice on Mondays after school until 3:30pm until
The performance opportunities
identified so far for this ensemble include one 8th grade HMS home football
game and one HHS home football game in conjunction with the HHS band.
There may also be opportunities to regroup for additional school functions
throughout the school year so stay tuned. Being in the Pep Band
gives students extra performance practice in the fun environment of a school
sporting event -- how cool is that?! See
Mr. Nesvick for more info.
Whether you've never thrown a Frisbee, or you’re already a pro, JOIN THE ULTIMATE FRISBEE CLUB! Interest forms can be picked up and dropped off outside Room 401. Please see Ms. Germann with any questions.
Jazz Band is an additional
ensemble comprised of trumpets, trombones, saxophones and a rhythm section with
piano, guitar, bass guitar and a drum set. Jazz Band is open to band
students in 6th, 7th and 8th grade. Ensemble members are selected based
upon an audition process. Jazz Band will practice after school on
Tuesdays and some Thursdays until 3:45pm throughout the school year.
The performance opportunities for this ensemble include. WTSBOA, Jazz Festival, PTA Open House, HMS Spring Concert, and National Festivals. Members will wear their band shirt and standard grade-level concert attire for all performances. Jazz is American's only and original musical art form. There is a rich history involved with all styles of jazz music. Participating in Jazz Band expands the musical vocabulary of band students while having fun learning a variety of playing styles such as jazz, big band, rock and Latin. See Mr. Nesvick for more info.
Color Guard is an additional
ensemble open to all students of Houston Middle School. Membership in the
HMS Band is NOT required. The art of Color Guard performance has evolved
over the years and contains a huge dance component and extensive choreography.
Ensemble members will learn ballet, pop, and classical dance movements as
part of their routine. The squad will perform along with the Marching
Band at the Germantown Holiday Parade on December 12th at 2pm. They will
also attend local competitions at Arlington, Collierville & Houston High
Schools during the winter and spring months.
See Mr. Nesvick for more info.
Honor Band is an additional
ensemble open to all band students in 6th, 7th and 8th grade. Members
will be selected based upon an audition process that will take place in late
December. The audition process for Honor Band is the same as All-West;
click on the All-West Tab on our website for more information. Optional
after-school help sessions will be offered after the holiday concert leading up
to auditions in order to provide students with a time for focused practice and
input from Mr. Nesvick if desired. The Honor Band will practice On
Mondays and Thursdays after school until 3:45pm from mid-January through the end
of school. Honor Band does not require any additional apparel beyond the
concert attire for grade level ensemble concerts.
The performance opportunities for
this ensemble include Local and National Concert Festivals, as well as our
Spring Concert. In addition, members may elect to participate in the
annual Honor Band trip. It is an optional event full of non-stop fun for
the kids and a performance opportunity too, of course. All the details
will be available and posted by audition time.
Honor Band enables
students to express their musical skills outside the normal band day.
With classes meeting separately at school, this is a wonderful
opportunity to bond with other band students across all grades and sections in
a regular and rigorous concert group. Members will gain performance
experience while learning concert band music and advanced playing techniques. See Mr. Nesvick for more info.
HMS has one of the best string orchestras in
the mid-south area. The orchestra had won first place in local and national
competitions. In addition, many students are selected for the All-West
orchestra every year. The string orchestra curriculum is centered on learning
to play a string instrument. Students will study a varied repertoire of music:
classical, folk, fiddle, movie theme, and popular style. The course will also
include composition, music theory, music history, and music appreciation. The
HMS string orchestra welcomes all the students who love music to join us. No
experience is required.
Attention All HMS Students!!
student interested in joining the Kiwanis Builders Club , please see Ms. Jordan
in room 410 for more details and an application. The Builder’s Club is a
student-led community service organization for middle school students. The
objectives of Builders Club are:
= To provide opportunities for working together in service to
school and community.
= To develop leadership potential.
= To foster development of a strong moral character.
= To encourage loyalty to school, community, and nation.
Meetings will be held the second Monday
of each month in Room 406/408. If you
were involved with Builder’s Club last year or K-Kids at your former school,
please join us this year to help make this the best club ever! Again everyone is encouraged to join! The final date to submit your application
is Friday, September 23rd.
*Club Sponsors: Ms. Jordan and Mrs. McLaughlin
How would you like to join us in creating a
fabulous HMS yearbook? We meet every
other Thursday from 2-3pm. Club members
assist the sponsors with these activities: taking pictures before, during, and
after school, organizing School Picture Day, creating and editing the yearbook,
and helping to distribute yearbooks at the end of the year. So come and join
the fun! Applications are sent out the
first week of school. They are due on
September 1. See Mrs. Rudisill for info!
The $tock Market Club
SMG is an online simulation of the global capital
markets that engages students in the world of economics, investing, and
personal finance. Each team gets $100,000
to use in the simulation and competition. Students have fun
playing the game while learning about the stock market and current
financial markets. Simulated investments
are made by computer and can be done at home or school. Each team can decide on
a meeting time. Please contact Mrs. Bump in room 103 or by E-mail if you are
The purpose of the Student Government Association is to develop
attitudes and practices of good citizenship, to improve student-teacher
relations, promote harmonizing relations throughout the entire school and
community, improve morale, assist in the direction of student activities, and
promote the general welfare of the school.
If you are interested in running for office or grade-level
representative, please contact Mrs. McKinney in room 411.
Houston Mustangs Trap Team
The Trap Team provides a safe, comfortable, and
positive team environment that enhances a student athlete’s character and
personal growth through safe, educational, and socially acceptable involvement
in shooting sports. This will be accomplished while promoting the highest
standards of safety, sportsmanship, teamwork and ethical behavior. Team members
compete in single clay target American trap shooting tournaments with other
local school teams. Team tournaments are organized around 5-person squads who
compete in sport shooting of 100 clay targets. Shooters may also compete on an
individual level if not placed on a squad level.
Beginning in January, a trap shoot tournament is
held once a month at MSSA. In addition to he monthly tournaments, every year we
compete in the regional championship tournament in May and the Tennessee State
Tournament Shoot held in June in Nashville, TN. The final destination is the
National Scholastic Clay Target Tournament that is held in July in Marengo,
Our team values include safety, fun and marksmanship,
in that order. We have strict safety rules including no firearms ever allowed
on campus. All practices are held after school with tournaments on weekends and
during summer break.
Last season, our middle school squad won
the Tennessee State Championship!
JOINING THE TRAP TEAM
members must have passed a hunter education course before participating with
the team in practice or tournaments. If you already have a Hunter Education
card, we need a copy of it with your registration forms.
REGISTRATION FORMS WILL BE AVAILABLE IN
Watch for details in the morning announcements,
or see Ms. Austin or Officer Griffith for more information.