Welcome to Harbor Springs Middle School

Dear Harbor Springs Middle School Parents and Community,

On behalf of the faculty and staff of Harbor Springs Middle School, I am pleased to welcome you to the 2019-2020 school year.   We look forward to helping your child grow and discover their talents, expand their academic knowledge, and ultimately become equipped for the transition to Harbor Springs High School. We are excited for the opportunity to work with your child on their educational endeavors.

Harbor Springs Middle School offers a wide range of academic and extracurricular programs for students to explore as they prepare for the rigors of high school and we appreciate the sustained support provided by the parents, community members, and local businesses. We pledge to continue to work hard to make our academic and extracurricular programs even stronger to ensure our students are successful and prepared for the next steps in their academic career.

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HSMS Weekly Update

Half-Day of School – Classes will be dismissed at 11:00 AM today.
Book Fair – Between the Covers will be hosting a book fair from Wednesday, October 23rd through Friday, October 25th.  Click here to view the schedule for each day.
Boys Basketball Open Gym – An additional open gym for middle school boys will take place today at 11:00 AM.
Pizza Coupon Fundraiser – Piper’s Mighty Good Pizza coupons are on sale again this year!  Eighth grade students are selling coupons to earn money for this year’s Chicago trip.  These coupons are a great deal for the purchaser and eighth grade student.  Coupons are priced at either $13 or $14 with a face value of $18 and $20.  Students earn $5 for each coupon sold.  Students will be selling coupons until Monday, October 28th.  Checks can be made out to Piper’s Mighty Good Pizza.
Halloween Dance and Activity Night – Our Middle School Halloween Dance and Activity Night is just over a week away. Thank you to the parents that have signed up to send in items and volunteer. However, we are still in need of 6th and 7th grade parents to volunteer at the dance and keep the evening running smoothly. This is our only 6th and 7th grade fundraiser all year and we appreciate your time and donations. If you have any questions please contact Mrs. Hess or Ms. Kilar 
Homecoming Tailgate – You are invited to join the Ram Boosters on Friday, October 25th for the 5th Annual Homecoming Tailgate Party at Ottawa Stadium.  Activities begin at 5:00 PM and run until kickoff of the varsity football game.  Click here for flier.
Michigan Youth in Government – 7th and 8th Grade Michigan Youth and Government Parents: Mr. Erdmann and Ms. Kilar will be holding a parent meeting on Monday, November 11 at 5:30 in the Middle School, room 702. Please plan to attend. We will go over schedule, packing list, room assignments, meal plans for the days we are gone, dress code, and a few medical release forms for you child. Please contact Mr. Erdmann ( or Ms. Kilar ( if you have any questions or if you will not be able to attend.
Parent/Teacher Conferences – Fall conferences for HSMS are scheduled for Wednesday, October 23rd (5:00 PM to 8:00 PM) and Thursday, October 24th (3:30 PM to 6:30 PM).  Teachers will be available in the middle school cafeteria for parents each night.  Parents are invited to pick up their student’s progress report and Spring 2019 M-STEP report and then visit with teachers.  
Youth Program Opportunities – Bay Harbor Tennis & Fitness and CrossFit Harbor Springs have some opportunities for youth during the rest of October and for November.  Information can be found by clicking here.
8th Grade Trip Information
  • Pizza Coupon Fundraiser – The Piper’s Mighty Good Pizza coupon sale is on now.  You are encouraged to get out there and sell coupons.  These are a great deal for the purchaser and the student to earn money for the Chicago trip.  Remember to collect money at time of order.  All orders and money are due by Monday, October 28th.  Checks can be made out to Piper’s Mighty Good Pizza.
  • Trip Deposit –  An initial deposit of $100 will be due for the 8th Grade Trip to Chicago by Friday, November 1st.  At this time, the deposit will hold a spot for your student and anyone wanting to chaperone.  The deposit can be refunded if plans change, parent or student, before April.  Deposits can be sent to the HSMS Office.  Checks can be made out to HSMS.
  • Mexican Dinner Parent Meeting – An organizational meeting for any 8th Grade parent wanting to help organize the Mexican Dinner will be held on Wednesday, October 23rd at 6:00 PM in the Large Group Room.
Repeat Items
Youth Girls Basketball – Basketball for girls (3rd through 6th Grades) begins soon.  Details for participation are here.

Winter Clothing Drive – A local service group, the American Legion Auxiliary Unit 281, has contacted our schools to ask if we have any families who need assistance with providing winter snow clothing (coats, snow pants, hats, gloves/mittens, boots) for their children. If you are interested, please contact Megan McShannock, the Middle School Counselor, or click here and fill out the form and return to the HSMS office by Monday, October 21st.

Boys Basketball – Open gym times are every Sunday night from 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM in the Shay Gym for any boy in the 6th, 7th, or 8th Grades.  

Girls Basketball – Open gym times are every Wednesday from 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM in the Middle School gym and every Sunday from 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM in the High School gym.  The girls basketball program would love to see any interested girls attending one or both each week.

One Community, One Fight on November 9th from 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM

Learn to Skate Program

HSMS Calendar of Events

Saturday, October 19th
HSMS Cross Country @ Gaylord Northern Michigan Championships (10:00 AM)
Monday, October 21st
Pop Warner Football Banquet/HSMS Cafeteria (5:00 PM)
Tuesday, October 22nd
HSMS Football vs. East Jordan (5:00 PM)
Wednesday, October 23rd
HSMS Parent/Teacher Conferences (5:00 PM – 8:00 PM)
Thursday, October 24th
HSMS Parent/Teacher Conferences (3:30 PM – 6:30 PM)

Upcoming Events

Contact Information

Brad Plackemeier, Principal
Harbor Springs Middle School



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