Welcome to the
Holland Patent Middle School
The Middle School

9601 Main Street
Holland Patent, NY 13354

Building Principal:  Ms. Lisa Gentile
Dean of Students: Mr. Michael Sinacore
Building Secretary:  Mrs. Christine Strzepek
Middle School Phone Numbers:
Main Office (315) 865-8152 
Nurse's Office (315) 865-7224
Guidance Office (315) 865-7204
Fax (315) 865-8978

Inspiration From the Artists' Studio

 Michelangelo Quote Mary Cassatt Quote

Project Based Learning in 7th Grade

7th grade students in Mr. Eberley’s Science classes worked in groups to teach the other students about human body organ systems. Each group had a different system that they researched, traced a member in their group, drew the organs, labeled and colored them too.

Best Week Ever!

Students in 8th grade are now presenting the Best Week Ever to their classmates.  Each team of 5 recaps what happened in classes the week before and previews curriculum for the current week using a variety of technology.  The team also researches a recreation center. 
This is directly related to our STEAM challenge where students will be researching, developing, and presenting their own designs of a recreation center.  The Best Week Ever may also include school events, sports, current events, and even quiz time.  The goal is to practice research, organization, technology, and public speaking skills. 

STEAM Presentation
As part of the STEAM program, each week a group of 8th grade students  present "The Best Week Ever," a review of the previous week, along with a preview of the upcoming week's activities. 
Jonathan Schmitt, Thomas Breil, Emmalee Howard, Caden Foote & Susan Tolbert put together the first STEAM presentation for the year.
The group also introduced the current STEAM task - setting up and managing the business end of a recreation center. 
Part of the STEAM program is to promote the use of technology.  This team chose to create a quiz in the app Socrative.  Students were provided with iPads to complete the quiz.

8th Graders Visit SUNY Poly

On November 18th, HPMS 8th graders spent a day on the SUNY Poly campus. During the morning session, students visited about 15 different stations where they participated in STEM activities. SUNY Poly students guided the 8th graders in lessons on drones, robotics, electronics, RC vehicles, virtual reality, computer programming, and many more topics. After eating lunch in the campus student center, the 8th graders took a tour of the campus guided again by SUNY Poly students. Everyone enjoyed the day and learned a lot about all the opportunities available. Special thanks to Mrs.Tina Betz, the K-12 STEM Outreach Coordinator at SUNY Poly, and all of the college students who helped throughout the day.

National Junior Honor Society Inducts New Members

National Junior Honor Society new members

On November 3, 2016, 30 outstanding 8th grade students were inducted into the Holland Patent Chapter of the National Junior Honor Society.  The National Junior Honor Society recognizes students who excel in the categories of scholarship, leadership, service, citizenship, and character.  Congratulations to all new members!


Coding at the Middle School

Holland Patent Middle School students are participating in the Hour of Code again this year.  Last year, MS students wrote a total of 6601 lines of code.  Lines of code (LOC) is a "metric used to measure the size of a software program by counting the number of lines in the program's source code."  (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Source_lines_of_code)   How does 6601 LOC compare to sofware programs?  Well, for example, the Microsoft Windows operating system has approximately 50 million lines of code!
As a student, if you participated in the HOC event,  you can continue working through the Code.org by following these directions:
go to:  https://studio.code.org/sections/YYXNMM

Click on your name, then enter your secret words.  Once on the website, you can continue the activities.  If you would like to participate but don't have a username or secret words, please stop in to see Mrs. McNamara.

Engaging Learners with iPads

Students in Mr. Riemenschneider's 8th grade SS class present research projects via iPads apps and Web 2.0 tools.  Hover over images to enlarge.

The faculty, staff, students and community of the Holland Patent Middle School are devoted to academic excellence and the growth of individual strengths and talents. Our school will provide a friendly and supportive environment, where individual differences and respect for the rights of others guide school and community behavior.  


Visitor Information

Important safety information for visitors:
At Holland Patent Central Schools, the safety of our children is a top priority.  In response to global events and parental concerns, we have joined many other districts in our area to take a proactive approach to safety. All main entrance doors are secured and equipped with a security camera.  Admittance to the building will be permitted through a door bell/buzzer system. 
The following procedures have been implemented: 

•   Upon your arrival to the main entrance, please ring the door bell.
•   Visitors will be required to identify themselves and state their purpose for entering the building.
•   Additional information may be required prior to entering the building.  
•   In the event that the system is disengaged during school hours, there will be an individual assigned to the main entrance. 
•   The building is closed at 6:00 PM unless prior arrangements have been made for community events, sporting events, or any other event.  

This system has been implemented to secure the building while maintaining a single point of entry in order to create an optimal learning environment.  We appreciate your support as we continue to promote the safety of children. 

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact us at 865-8152.


THERE IS A MANDATORY CAMPING TRIP MEETING:  For all parents of 8th grade students who will be attending the 8th grade camping trip June 1-3. The meeting will be held Tuesday April 11 at 6:30 p.m. in the Middle School Gym. A letter was mailed home, and there are extra copies in the Main Office.
Rehearsal schedules are now available, please see Mr. Ritzel. There is also a copy posted outside of the Auditorium doors.
The following dates are REQUIRED REHEARSAL DAYS, All must be present with no exceptions! Failure to attend one of these rehearsals may result from removal from the show. These rehearsal days are at the High School Auditorium. 
May 7th - 1pm-6pm.
May 8th - 3pm-7:30pm.
May 9th - 4pm-8:30pm.
May 10th 4pm-8:30pm.
May 11th 4pm-8:30pm.
May 12th 5pm-9pm (PERFORMANCE) 
May 13th 5pm-9pm (PERFORMANCE) 
All other rehearsals will be scheduled after school  at the Middle School. 9th graders may take the bus down and get off at the Middle School. ALL STUDENTS MUST HAVE THEIR OWN RIDES HOME.

Think it, Build it, Share it!

The middle school Maker Space is a space that students can sign out of study hall to go work on projects such as 3D printing, building circuits, and programming.
The theme for the MS Maker Space is Think it, Build it, Share it!  
The Maker Space is looking for donations of materials.  If you think you might have items to donate, please email Mrs. Hasseler (ehasseler@hpschools.org) or Mrs. Smith (ssmith@hpschools.org) to see what items are needed.  One thing for certain, the Maker Space is always in need of Legos!

Sign up for Hour of Code

Select Mrs. Hasseler as the teacher.

Upcoming Events

Hooked on Reading!

Hooked on Reading

What's New in the Libary?

Mrs. Horwat teaching
Have you checked out the Library Media Center recently?  Mrs. Horwat has some new books you might be excited about!  There are also Nooks and Kindles available for loan. (You will need to have submitted your permission slip.) 
Book Club/Lit Circles are meeting and you are welcome to join!
Have you read any good books lately?  If so, create a book trailer to share your thoughts.  Need help?  See Mrs. Horwat or Mrs. McNamara.
Looking for a book to read?  Mrs. Horwat will surely be able to help!

Need Supplies?

Middle School Re-Store