Thursday, May 10, 2018

May 2018 HMS Newsletter

Hampstead Middle School

May 2018

Important Dates
  • May 12- Hampstead PTSA/NJHS Color Fun Run at 9:00am -12:00pm
  • May 15- Band Concert and Art Show at 7:00pm 
  • May 16- Chorus Concert and Art Show at 7:00pm 
  • May 18-7th grade field trip-Take Flight 
  • May 18- Dance grades 6,7 and 8. 7:00-9:00pm May 22- 8th Grade field trip. C U 4 Reality at Pinkerton 
  • May 25- Early Release at 12:00pm 
  • May 28 - NO SCHOOL- Memorial Day
June School Events
  • June 5-8th. 8th grade Wash. DC field trip.
  • June 8- 6th-grade field trip. Freedom Trail
  • June 13- HMS Spring Sports Award Night. HMS Cafe from 6:30-8:00pm
  • June 15- Quarter 4 Hawk Assembly/ MILER and Olympics
  • June 18- Class Day at 9am
  • June 19- 8th-grade Graduation at 6:00pm
  • June 20- Last day of school. Early Release at 12:00pm
Information 2017-2018

It’s time to order your 2017-2018 Hampstead Middle School Yearbook!

Costs: Soft Cover - $17.00    Hard Cover - $24.00.**
***Ordering Deadline Friday, May 11***

There are 3 convenient ways to order!
2. ORDER BY PHONE: TreeRing Customer Support: 1-877-755-8733 (6am-6pm PST)
3. OR Complete the form (attached)* and return to homeroom teacher with payment.
**There is a small costs savings when ordering online!
*No ink in the printer?  No worries, copies of the form will be distributed to students on Monday.

Order your yearbook today!
Questions? Email Mrs. Babcock at


Award-winning author-illustrator Jarrett Krosoczka, the author of over 30 books, visited HMS on May 8th. The presentation focused on the following:  plot, character development, character perspective, revising stories in unexpected ways. The title of the HMS presentation is The Middle-Grade Novel. Jarrett Krosoczka epitomizes the qualities of perseverance and optimism.

Parent Presentations 
Please see attached Flyers for more information.

" Staying Connected with Your Teen"

 "PASTA- "Parenting a Second Time Around"

 "Risky Business"

Fifth Grade Transition
  • Teacher Transition meetings: On Thursday, April 19, 2018, HMS 5th grade teachers spent the day with the 4th-grade teachers to discuss incoming students.
  • Parent Night of Incoming 5th Graders: On May 23rd at 6:30pm, parents of incoming 5th-grade students will attend an informational presentation with Mrs. Di Nola and Mrs. Karpinsky to learn about the Hampstead Middle School. Tours of the building will follow the presentation.
  • HMS Ambassador Program: During the week of June 11th, Mrs. Karpinsky and former HCS students from each 5th-grade class will return to HCS and meet with current 4th-grade students to share their middle school experience and to discuss any concerns as a peer. This day involves a brief skit about middle school and commonly asked questions.
  • Move Up Day: On June 20th incoming 5th-grade students will visit the Hampstead Middle School for a second time to meet their homeroom teachers.

Eighth Grade Transition
  • Course Selections: Pinkerton transition is in full swing at HMS. 8th graders and their parents have received their high school course schedules. This course selection process was the culmination of an in-class preparatory unit with school counselor Bob Mailloux along with school counselors from Pinkerton Academy who explained course offerings. PA counselors then met individually with each HMS student to explore course offerings to best fit their personal academic goals.

  • CU4Reality Career Day at Pinkerton on May 22nd: During the month of May, 8th-grade students and their teachers will be attending a half-day field trip titled CU4 Reality Career Day at Pinkerton Academy. Students prepared for this event with Mrs. Wolff, Mr. Mailloux, Mrs. Rubin, and Mrs. Judy Window from St. Mary’s Bank. Students will choose a career then follow their path by defining where they live, how they budget their finances, and what that life may look like in that particular workforce.

  • Annual Freshman Field Day: On August 7th, freshmen will attend the 13th Annual Freshman Field Day at Pinkerton Academy. This is a rain or shine event. On this day, freshmen will engage in team-building activities, meet PA teachers, establish computer accounts, and get their student ID cards.
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PTSA News!!!

8th Grade, Isabel Povey, recipient of the 2018 NH Prudential Spirit of Community Award

My heart is so full as I reflect back on my time at the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards in Washington, DC. There are no words to describe my gratitude towards everyone who made it possible for me to attend, Prudential, NASSP, my mom and dad, Mrs. DiNola, and most of all Mrs. Wolff! It wouldn’t have been possible for me to represent the granite state without you! My time in Washington was spent up to the last second. We were so busy the entire time. When we first arrived, we were welcomed with Prudential and NASSP staff and interviewed immediately. (See link below) Later that night, we were able to mingle with other state honorees at our welcoming ceremony and orientation. Here, I was able to meet so many amazing people. I was so humbled to hear everyone’s dedication and the impact they’ve made to their communities. I instantly clicked with everyone. We all bonded right away, it was like we’ve been best friends our whole lives. I am so lucky to say I now have a friend in every single state. These are bonds that I know I will forever cherish. The next day, we visited Arlington National Cemetery, where I was moved by hearing the stories of heroic acts that each headstone held. Then we briefly visited the capital for a photo session with all the honorees. That night, the Smithsonian Natural History Museum held an awards banquet and dinner gala with Olympian Lindsey Vonn. We were each formally awarded our medallions and recognized for our selfless service. The next morning, we headed off to a local elementary school for our national day of service. We each were assigned a different job. I got to read some of my favorite childhood books to a special education class and then visit the second and third graders and encourage them to give back to their communities too! For lunch that day, we attended a national awards ceremony at the breathtaking Andrew Mellon Auditorium with Miss America 2018, Cara Mund. Here is where I finally got a chance to meet the international honorees from Poland, South Korea, France, Japan, India, Italy, Ireland, China, and Germany. I cannot express enough how moved I was to get to know each and every honoree. We all had stories to tell and a reason to be there. After lunch, we got to tour some of the beautiful monuments. We saw the Washington Monument, Lincoln Memorial, Martin Luther King Monument, the Korean War Monuments, the Vietnam War Monuments, of course, the White House, and so much more! I really fell in love with the area. That night, we danced the night away on our honoree dinner cruise on the Potomac River. The next day was already the last day, we all got a private tour of the capitol before getting dropped off at the airport to go our separate ways. This was the best trip of my life, I know I will always remember everything about my time at the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards. I am so beyond thankful and I am excited to take everything I have learned from this process and transfer it to all of my future community service work!

Fourteen 7th and 8th graders from the Choral Department participated in the New Hampshire Music Educators Association Southeast District Choir on May 5th, 2018. The following singers represented HMS where they spent the morning and afternoon in rigorous rehearsals alongside the best singers from the area. The day followed with a culminating concert at 4pm for friends and family. Congratulations, Bravo, and Brava!

Jake Hutchings, Chris Tagalakis, Coriander Wintle-Newell, Evelyn Morin, Ryan McMahon, Olivia Dery, Landon Gray, Nick Tagalakis,
Tyler LeBlanc, Trevor Edmunds, Isabella Charlebois, Hope Frost, Megan Howard, Sophia Phaneuf

Band News

Four of our 8th-grade band members represented HMS at the New Hampshire Music Educators' Association Southeast District Music Festival on May 5, 2018.  They spent an entire day in rehearsals with the best instrumentalists from the area under the baton of guest conductor Jerry Barry of the Falmouth, ME public schools.  They finished the day with a fantastic concert!   

Casey Phelan, Adam Woidyla, Colby Wong and Shannon Hawkes

Dear Parents and Students
If you are cleaning out and have any middle school age appropriate books that you are no longer in need of, please consider donating them to HMS for an upcoming BINGO for BOOKS event for the 5th and 6th graders. There will be a drop box in the HMS lobby to collect these donations. Thank you for your help in collecting books to ensure a successful event. Please turn in all donations no later than JUNE 1st.

Thursday, April 12, 2018

April 2018 HMS Newsletter

Hampstead Middle School
April 2018 

Important Dates

  • HMS Athletic Club Meeting- Wed. April 11, 7:00-8:30 pm
  • 7th Grade Field Trip-Currier Museum-Thurs. April 12, 8:30 am-1:30pm
  • Addams Family Cast/Crew Party-Thurs. April 12, 3:00pm-5:15pm
  • MS PTSA Membership Meeting (tentative)- Thurs. April 12, 7:00pm-9:00pm
  • Mr.Fisher-NHMEA Elementary Honors Choral Festival-Fri, April 13,7:30am-4:00pm
  • NH Fisher Cats- HMS Jazz Choir-Mon, April 16, 4:45pm-10:00pm
  • Spring Break-April 23-27
  • Take Flight Grade 7 Parent Meeting-Wed, May 2, 5:30pm-6:00pm

Our World Club
In March, the Our World Club talked about Ireland's customs and traditions, and the folklore surrounding St. Patrick's Day. We finished up the Ireland study by using shamrock potato stamps!

We are going to investigate Earth Day in April. The Our World Club will complete activities that will remind the students that simple actions can help improve the earth's environment.

The Our World Club is for 5/6th graders. We meet during lunch and recess every Tuesday.

Congratulations to the following students who were nominated and accepted into the New Hampshire Music Educators Association's Elementary Honors Choir. They will be traveling to Concord, NH on Friday, April 13th and working with renowned Boston Children's Choir Conductor, Sophia Papoulis. There will be a culminating concert at the Grappone Conference Center at 4pm. 

5th Grade:
Avery Barcelos

6th Grade:
Hannah Bernard
Cameron Riley
Sophie Hodge
Landon Sprague
Jonathan Uber 

Art Updates
The seventh-grade year long Spanish students just completed an art integration.  Students learned about Art Deco and the history of travel posters.  They created vintage style travel posters to destinations that are Spanish speaking.  The compositions included important landmarks, landforms, or ways to travel.  

Hampstead Middle School student art has been showcased at two back to back art shows.  March was student art month and student art was displayed at the Stockbridge Theater at Pinkerton Academy.  This month student artwork can be seen at the Hampstead Public Library.  Mrs. Downey would like to thank the student artists and their families for attending the openings and supporting the arts.

Bobsled School Wide STEAM Challenge!

8th Grade News

Our eighth-grade students earlier this year continued their annual participation in the VFW Patriot’s Pen Essay Contest. The purpose of the contest is to foster youth patriotism and provide an opportunity for students to reflect on our nation's democratic ideals with the prompt: “America's gifts to my generation…” Hampstead student Alex Barbuto was recognized with first place honors at the Veterans of Foreign Wars statewide banquet in January.  With the state recognition, Alex’s essay advanced to national competition level.

We are proud to share that Alex’s essay honoring his generation's gifts of equality, diversity, and education finished in Fourth Place for the nation.  There were nearly 120,000 essays submitted to the contest so this is truly an outstanding accomplishment. With his essay, Alex represented the VFW Department of New Hampshire and received the $2,750 Alaine Benson Memorial Award.


Eighth-grade students have been preparing three to five-minute speeches on topics related to the United States Constitution.  As part of the American Legion Oratorical Competition, students have been working on the art of public speaking. This competition provides an excellent opportunity for students to share their knowledge of the Constitution with classmates and the HMS community.

Recently, we held our HMS competition judged by HMS staff.  Twenty-three students performed their speeches for students, staff and family members. All of the students made us proud by showcasing their public speaking skills and research.  Our top two students at the competition were Ben Adams and Ellie Crump who represented HMS at the District Competition.

At Districts, Ellie finished in third place and Ben captured top honors, first place.  Ben will be attending the State Competition on April 7th at St. Anselm Institute of Politics.

Wierd Science

The 8th-grade science classes did a pizza lab in the Family Consumer Science lab which also included a presentation on hydroponics.  This lab incorporates many concepts covered in class this quarter from adaptations to chemical and physical reactions and a new concept being introduced this week, thermal energy.  The students then used this lab knowledge and did research for further investigation into pizza science.

Family Consumer Science

FCS students prepare Addams Family Themed Treats:

7th Grade has been learning about consumer and resource management.  The students participated in Life Scenarios by Banzai program sponsored by Pentucket Bank to teach financial literacy.  We then applied our new knowledge on finances to create a business plan using the Biz Kidz program. The students had to research Addams Family themed treats to sell at the concession stand.  They created a marketing poster that displayed the snack title, picture, and the ingredients. They all had fun baking and preparing our snacks for sales. After the play, we calculated our start-up cost, cost per item and compared that to what we made.  It was a fun project and all the students enjoyed each aspect of it. We plan to donate our money to a worthy charity.

Library Happening
  • Media Resources: Media Contracts, iPhone Contract, Video, "How phones are designed to be addicted", etc.are available via the Parent Resource tab on the library website.
  • 8th Grade: Book Promotion Visit in Science Classes
  • 6th grade: SS and Science Research Skills: Sources, Citations, What makes an effective presentation?
  • Jarrett Krosoczka Author-Illustrator-Grade 5 & 6 Presentation on May 8th, 2018.
You are Invited to Attend:
Vaping 101 - What Parents Need To Know

Tuesday, April 17, 2018 from 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Is that a USB flash drive or a vaping device in your child's backpack?  What was originally marketed as a smoking cessation device has now become popular with teens all over the country.  Cigarette smoking may no longer be a social norm but companies have now found a way to create a whole new generation of nicotine-addicted consumers.  Many devices are also used to vape highly concentrated marijuana oil and wax with no detectable odor.   Come out and get your questions answered, learn about the different types of devices & what to look for as well as the health implications associated with vaping and addiction   Laurie Warnock of Northern New England Poison Control will be presenting.

Sanborn Regional High School

Hampstead PTSA/NJHS
Color Fun Run

May 12th, 9am-12pm at Hampstead MIddle School
5K Race (Adults and Children)
1-Mile Fun Run (for kids age 8 and under)

The Hampstead Parent Teacher Association (PTSA), along with the Hampstead Middle School National Junior Honor Society (NJHS), are excited to host the first HampsteaPTSA/NJHS Color Fun Run, presented by Core Pediatric & Adolescent Medicine. This family-friendly colorful event for residents of Hampstead and neighboring communities will include a 5K color run for adults and children, as well as one-mile color fun run for younger children (8 and under). There will be music, face-painting, a photo-booth, food, drinks, raffles and loads of color! Come on out and join us for this color-FUN event, where the only thing that matters is how color-FULL you get!

To Register or for more information on this event visit us at: or find us on Facebook!