Hal Peterson Middle School


1607 Sidney Baker Street

(830) 257-2204

(830) 257-1300 (fax)


Donna Jenschke


Assistant Principals

Lauren Walch
Troy Latiolais

Counselors Sherry Eckhart
Kate Allen
School Hours

Tardy Bell: 7:45am

Dismissal: 3:30pm

Enrollment 785
School Colors Blue and White
Mascot Spikes
Motto The Best is in the Middle!


Directions to School

From IH 10 take Sidney Baker to 1607 Sidney Baker. 


Five Star Reader's Advisory Group Awarded Grant, Encouraging Reading


The Five Star Reader’s Advisory group at Hal Peterson Middle School recently received a grant from the website donorschoose.org worth nearly $400.00 to purchase books for their all-girls reading club. The five eighth grade girls have been meeting weekly since August to read books and write reviews. The group displays the reviews and the books in the school’s library to encourage fellow students to read. Each book they read gets rated on a 1-5 star basis, 5 stars being the best.

Additionally, the girls speak on the morning announcements to share their most recent reads. Since the girls carry their books around with them throughout the day, often they become conversation starters, leading other students to choose books outside of their preferred genre.

The girls say that they want their peers to know that reading is fun, that “it’s like watching a movie in your head,” according to 14-year-old Kylie Villasenor.

One of the girls explained that she used to not consider herself a good reader. But now that she is reading the same books as other girls, and is enjoying and understanding them, she feels more confident in her abilities.

Leading the group is eighth grade counselor Shelly Eckhart. Eckhart led the effort to get the grant for the girls because they needed multiple copies of the books so that they can read the same books at the same time. She also helped develop the list of books the girls wanted to read, mostly choosing from the Texas Library Association’s Lone Star Reading list (www.txla.org). “I have really enjoyed being part of this group with the girls,” said Eckhart. “It creates a new avenue for me to associate with the students, from a counseling perspective.”

Librarian Melanie Smith has guided the girls throughout their journey this year, and helped with weekly discussions and display of books in the library.
“Often the books are all checked out, so we created a printout of the cover page to display so that students can see what the book looks like. We usually have a waiting list to check out the books the girls have rated.”

Now the girls are working on securing an author to come to the school as a guest speaker. We are proud of these five “all star” readers at Hal Peterson!

Pictured below left to right are the Five Star Reader's Advisory Club Members: Kali Weakley, Shelby Miller, Natalie Garcia, Jordan Busby, Kylie Villasenor



Hal Peterson Middle School Is Named Nationally as a Title 1 Distinguished School for the 2011-2012 School Year!

HPMS earned a Title 1 Distinguished Performance Award for the 2011-2012 school year. This award is given to schools based on their academic performance over a 3 year period.  Peterson earned this award because of its previous 2 years as a Recognized campus and its most recent Exemplary Campus rating.  Of the 600 schools in the region, Peterson is the only Middle School Campus to receive this award.

7th Grade Counseling News!

Below are links to forms that you will need in order to schedule for 8th Grade!
7th Grade Class Selection Sheet
7th Grade Elective Course Descriptions

Horizons Criteria for 2013-2014
Horizons Criteria for Horizon Students 2013-2014
8th Grade Horizons Criteria 2013-2014

Horizons Criteria for 2011-2012
Horizons Qualifications for Horizon Students 


 Order Your Yearbook Online!  Don't worry about your student remembering to deliver the check for ordering their yearbook!  Click on the image and order it online!




If you pick up your child in the afternoons, please arrive no later than 4:00.   After 4:00 your students will be asked to call for a ride and can be picked up from the office.  If you still cannot pick your child up by this time, please call the principal to make special arrangements.

HPMS Athletic Handbook now online - Click here 

Student/Parent handbook now online! - Click here


     2011 TEA Rated "Exemplary Campus"
2008 NCEA "High Performing Campus" Award
     2008 NCEA "High Performing Campus" Award

     Choir makes Sweepstakes Rating
     Orchestra makes Sweepstakes Rating
     Destination Imagination Teams win 2nd and 3rd place at Regional
     Student Wins 2nd place in the Daughters of the Republic of Texas
     essay contest.
     12 Students Place at UIL Tournament of Champions Competition


Campus Programs

    Peterson Art Club and Classes

         Click on the link to visit the Art Room!    http://teacherweb.com/TX/HalPetersonmiddleSchool/Art

    Peterson Chess Club

          All students are invited to join!

     UIL Academic Competition

          Peterson competes against other schools in the region for
          academic honors!  Competitions are held in early spring.  
          Open to anyone who wants to excel in academic 

     Peer Mediation Program

          This is a program that allows students to be trained as
          mediators that help other students resolve issues between
          themselves in an appropriate manner.  Students wishing
          to become mediators need to apply in the counselor's office.

     Principal's Advisory Committee

          This committee meets with the principal on a monthly basis to
          discuss concerns amongst the students as well as to assist in
          planning events for the student body.

     Peterson Media Club

          The Peterson Media Club is an opportunity for students to try
          out their on-camera skills.  This club creates a weekly video
          news cast with interviews and information about up coming

     Student Council

          Students are elected by their academic team peers to
          represent them on the student council.  The student
          council organizes different events during the year including
          campus events to help support our Special Olympics
          students when they go to competition!

     National Junior Honor Society

          The Hal Peterson Middle School Chapter of the National Junior
          Honor Society is open to students who excel in their studies. 
          Students are inducted in the spring of their 7th grade year
          and participate in service projects throughout their 8th grade

     Destination ImagiNation

          Destination ImagiNation allows participants of all ages to
their creativity, learn problem-solving skills, and
          experience successful teamwork strategies as they
          develop unique solutions to challenges. 
Hal Peterson
          has several teams that successfully compete with other
          schools in the region each year.

Parent Involvement Opportunities

PT0 - The HPMS-PTO meets the first Monday of every month!  Join us!