Thursday, June 22, 2017

June 2017 HMS Newsletter

June 2017
HMS Principal's Newsletter

Congratulations to our 8th Grade Graduates!  We are so proud of you!  Best Wishes!!!

Happy Retirement Mr. Cournoyer!

Mr. Paul Cournoyer will end his thirty plus year career as a physical education instructor at HMS this year.  Mr. "C" as staff and students so affectionately know him has impacted everyone's lives in a positive way and he will forever have left his mark on all of us at HMS.  Best Wishes and Happy Retirement!

Quarter 4 Hawk Assembly

Each Quarter Hampstead Middle School recognizes students in each grade for demonstrating excellence in our school's 3 R's creed

Respect, Responsibility and Relationships.  
Congratulations to our winners who were recognized June 19, 2017 at an all school assembly.

Congratulations HMS Winners!

8th Grade:Sophie Caputo, Kiyoshi  Dustin

7th Grade:Adam Woidyla, Erika Murawski
6th Grade:Ethan Flaherty, Hope Frost
5th Grade:Erin Flynn, Zachary Fortin

Unified Arts Award Winners:

5th grade - Elise Clohecy
6th Grade - Tony LeBlanc
7th Grade - Peyton Knowlton
8th Grade - Madison Henry

Art & Family Consumer Science Project 
June 21st

The Empty Bowls project is an event that raises awareness about hunger.  Bowls are typically made by artisans in the area and a event is hosted where participants can "buy" a bowl and receive a meal.

In Art, Mrs. Downey's students made bowls which were saved for this purpose. Our Empty Bowls project will include the FCS program as well.  Students have been learning about money management.  We have developed a business plan and learned the difference between a for profit and not for profit organization.  Our concluding project will be to prepare food that the students can purchase to put in their bowl.  There will be paper bowls available for all students.

We plan to make brownies, cookies, cheesecake bars, and rice crispy treats.  We may even have some toppings as well. There will be gluten free and dairy free options for our friends with these allergens.  No nuts will be in any of the foods prepared.

Students will enter the event through the art room to find their bowl and proceed to the FCS room to pick out their treat.  

The suggested donation is $1.00.  All proceeds will go to the Isaiah 58 program started by Reverend Yasenka.  This program helps families and individuals who are homeless or in need of a meal and/or financial assistance receive the support and means to regain a manageable lifestyle.   

On behalf of Mrs. Rubin’s 4th Quarter Food Consumer Science Class, we would like to thank all of our community members for coming in and meeting with us to discuss your careers.

Thank you to the following people:

Mr. Bruce Scamman, Mr. Peter Megan,Mrs. Lori-Lyn Griffin,Mr. Joe Dionne,Mrs. Megan,Mr. Evan Sorensen,Mr. Rick Berard,Mr. Kyle Megan,Mr.Paul Ott, Mr.Dane


There's still time to secure your child's spot at Camp Invention!

Camp Invention
July 17th-21st 8:00am - 2:30pm
@ Hampstead Middle School

Register your child today to join Hampstead Middle School teachers, Heather Mailloux, Lori-Lyn Griffin, and Travis Nason for a week of fun, hands-on challenges!  Inspired by the Inductees of the National Inventors Hall of Fame, participants at Camp Invention will 
CREATE their own personal, ultimate Spy Gadget Alarm Box by taking apart  everyday machines.
LAUNCH water rockets, build Bubble Blasters, and engineer giant castles.
EXPLORE a distant new planet and design inventions to create the next Earth.
DESIGN duct tape products and pitch them to mock investors.


The 7th grade Ventures students would like to extend a huge thank you to Mr. Remillard, Mrs. Downey, and Mr. Robins for their time, patience, and expertise with our Ukulele project.  To say we couldn’t have done it without you would be an understatement!

This amazing integration project started with a DIY kit graciously bought with funds granted to us from the school board last summer.  We, the 7th grade Ventures students, began assembling our ukuleles under the guidance and supervision of Mr. Remillard.  


After assembling, we then proceeded to the art room where Mrs. Downey facilitated our creativity.  We were encouraged to design our own artwork that would convey our originality. We created some beautiful works of art!  



After constructing and creating, we began learning how to play our ukuleles under the direction and patience of Mr. Robins.  After learning some of the basics, we were tasked to learn a song that we would then teach to our classmates.  


To say the least, this has been an awesome integration project that we will never forget!  Thank you again, Mrs. Downey, Mr. Remillard, and Mr. Robins!

Summer Reading 2017

HMS Library Website Resources Galore:  Book Lists for ALL Ages, Book Trailers, Website Links, …  Library Home Page:  Located under “Student Life” off the HMS website.  Don’t forget to also visit the “Find Books” tab.  

  • Support your child as they choose their own titles.
  • Don’t forget audiobooks are great for car rides.  
  • Share some time reading together this summer!

YouTube Channels to Check Out:  Look for “Top Trailers”, “Popular”, “Author Interviews”, etc.
  • Epic Reads
  • Harperteen
  • Penguin Teen
  • Random House Kids
  • Simon & Schuster Books
  • Scholastic

Technology Department Updates

Dear 8th Grade Parents:
 As your child prepares to leave Hampstead Middle School, we’d like you to be aware of the following information concerning your child’s technology device/account.
 Google Account:
  • Your child’s Hampstead Google Account will be available until December 31, 2017.  Any documents that your child wishes to keep must be transferred to their personal Google account or their new Pinkerton account in the fall. Instructions for transferring files can be found by clicking here.

Mighty Milers 

Over the 2016-2017 school year, students participated in the NYRR Mighty Milers program. Students completed their final mile for the year during the school wide miler race on June 15th.  Over 350 students successfully participated in the program. Congratulations for a job well done.

Welcoming our incoming 5th graders!
We have been very busy preparing our incoming 5th graders for the transition to the Hampstead Middle School! Mrs. Karpinsky, 5th and 6th grade HMS school counselor, has been working closely with Mrs. Crisa, HCS school counselor, to prepare our students for the upcoming transition.

5th Grade Ambassador Program
Mrs. Karpinsky kicked off the 5th Grade Student Ambassador Program and traveled to HCS with groups of current HMS 5th graders to visit each of the fourth grade classrooms. HMS Student Ambassadors returned to their former classes. During the hour long program, students performed a skit titled Middle School Adventures, presented Fun Facts about HMS, and answered lots of questions our 4th graders had about their new school! Mrs. Karpinsky worked with 5th grade HMS Ambassadors during their lunch/recess and WIN period practicing and preparing for the trip! It was fun for our 5th graders to visit their old classrooms and they all did an excellent job as student leaders helping the 4th graders learn and get excited for the transition to HMS!

5th Grade Ambassadors visit Mrs. Burkett’s fourth grade classroom.

PARENT NIGHT: On Wednesday, May 25th, Mrs. Karpinsky held an information night for incoming 5th grade parents. Parents learned all about the transition events planned to help prepare incoming students to learn about our school and program offerings.

MEET & GREET: In early June, Mrs. Karpinsky and the 5th grade teachers welcomed our current HCS 4th graders for Meet & Greet Day! HCS 4th grade students traveled to HMS with their classes, Mrs. Crisa, and teachers, and spent a few hours meeting HMS staff, touring the 5th grade wing and their classrooms as well as our school. It was a fun day for all and the 4th graders are getting excited to join our school community!

LUNCH MEETINGS: Mrs. Karpinsky has been visiting HCS for lunches with 4th graders - an informal lunch to tell the kids about HMS and answer any of their questions.

Math Practice:

Below are some ways that are available for your child that may help keep up and improve their math skills over the summer months.  Or just to provide some enjoyment!

Big Ideas (our 6th - 8th grade text) Basic Skills Review and Skills Review (has problems and answer keys)   and 

Big Ideas Free Access to our text books:  
NCTM Illumination           includes Calculation nation which  one can play online math strategy games against players from around the world.

NCTM also make quality free apps for ipad/phone and for android devices. These all have web versions available also.   One of my favourite's is "Pick-a-Path"

Sites to practice math skills and facts:

Card and Board games also help to develop math skills and strategic thinking. Jigsaw puzzles and find the picture books (e.g. Where's Waldo and I Spy)are also excellent for strategic thinking and spatial reasoning.

Backpack Safety!!!

To ensure the safety of our students we will no longer permit students to carry backpacks between classes.  This is a result of several factors, 1) backpacks grossly exceeded weight recommendations by the American Academy of Pediatrics which may result in health issues for children and teenagers, 2) Chrome books were damaged as a result of being carried in backpacks, and 3) backpacks left in hallways, classroom, and doorways pose a safety risk blocking fire exits and main pathways.   Students have ample time to go to lockers in between each class.  Teachers unanimously support this new procedure, and students will  learn to organize and plan for their day accordingly.  Students may carry a light string backpack or tote only.  

Wishing all of our students and families a safe and wonderful summer!  See you August 30, 2017!

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

May 2017 HMS Newsletter

May 2017
HMS Principal's Newsletter

Today the world will celebrate RED NOSE DAY.  This special day focuses on raising money and awareness for hungry children in the USA, Asia, Africa, and South America.  Seventh graders have been learning about poverty and child labor.  They will be selling RED NOSES at the start of the day and during lunch/recess.  Noses cost $1 each and 100% of the sales go to the RED NOSE FOUNDATION to combat child poverty.

The 8th Grade Advanced Spanish went to “La Carreta”, Derry NH to celebrate two intense years together studying Spanish and the Hispanic culture.  Students were encouraged to order and speak in Spanish throughout the dinner as a way to celebrate how far they have come over the course of the last two years.  Most of the students spoke only in Spanish throughout the 90 minute event.

The students have been working on learning the regular past tense. Throughout the month, they will be practicing conversations in the past tense.  Students are also using common tunes to memorize irregular past verb patterns to help expand their conversations.  

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Here are 2 examples of family trees created by students in the 8th Grade Yearlong Spanish Program.  The students are completing their family units which involved using the STEAM Design Process to think outside the box when creating a real or imaginary family tree.  Students are now working on their 5-paragraph family essay describing members of their family using vocabulary and grammar used throughout the year.

Camp Invention, a program of the National Inventors Hall of Fame, is coming to Hampstead Middle School during the week of July 17th!  Let your child's imagination run wild while taking apart machines and use their parts and pieces to create the ultimate Spy Gadget Alarm Boxes. Secure a spot by calling 800-968-4332 or visiting!

The HMS Jazz Choir is releasing their debut album at the Choral Concert. Over the past six months, Jazz Choir members and section leaders have been in and out of Clark Creative Recording Studio in Amherst, NH doing everything it takes to produce an album. This includes the singing, mixing, mastering, editing, adding additional harmonies and featured solos, and working on album art and photos. Jazz Choir members will receive a complimentary cd, while the ensemble is accepting donations from the general public for a copy. There are seven total tracks on the CD.

The HMS Jazz Choir will be performing a half-hour set at the 2017 NELMS Scholar Leaders Dinner on Thursday, May 25th at the Radisson Hotel in Manchester, NH. One of the Choir's members, Emma Johnston, is being recognized at the Dinner, along with Cole Breen (King Triton in Hampstead The Little Mermaid Jr.). 

Following the Dinner, the Jazzers will be attending a NH Fisher Cats game at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium in Manchester and singing God Bless America during the 7th Inning Stretch. 

Band Updates

Congratulations to the following 7th and 8th Grade Chorus and Band students on their successful weekend at the New Hampshire Music Educators Association's Southeast District Festival, which was held on Saturday, May 6th at Winnacunnet High School in Hampton, NH. 

Leena Collier, Madison Finocchiaro, Vera Backman, Rachel Desena, Ella Burroughs, Emily McGaffigan, Ryan McMahon, Emma Johnston, Evan Samiotes, Thomas Macdonald, Gavin Chaisson, Angelina Gonzalez, Jared Barcelos, Adam Woidyla 

The Our World Club is learning about what "heritage" is.  Each member is trying to get information about their parents and extended families, as well as the cultures of their family origins.  As information has come in, we've been examining what differences our family cultures have and been amazed at how much we have in common.  This heritage exploration will continue until our last meeting in June. 

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Grade 5 Multimedia Book Trailers on the Library Website

Fifth grade students recently finished up their Book Clubs and worked collaboratively on a final project.  Ms. Cummings and Mrs. Connors worked with Grade 5 students, helping them create effective book trailers.  Students analyzed their books and were challenged to pair images, record narration, and build on others’ ideas while identifying details to support main ideas and themes.  Students improved their design skills as they assessed their own work and that of their peers.  The grade 5 students considered pacing, tone, scriptwriting and more during this project.  Great job to 5th grade students.  Be sure to check out Grade 5 Multimedia Book Trailers on the Library Website!

8th Grade Science
The 8th grade science students worked really hard on the Science NECAP.  I am proud of all of them for trying their best.
We will be doing one more Kitchen Chemistry Lab for this year.  Parents, be on the lookout for the kitchen food safety letter going home the week of May 22nd.

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Health and Fitness News
Mrs. Muskrat's students throughout the month of May worked hard on a video about fitness to submit to the Adias IHT grant to get monies for heart rate monitors and pedometers. Please view this video below. Awesome job HMS students!

Upcoming Events


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Tuesday, May 30th at 7:30 pm
HMS Gymnasium

Wednesday, May 31st at 7:00 pm
HMS Gymnasium

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Spring Art Show
Please join us for the annual Spring Art Show.
Tuesday, May 30 and Wednesday, May 31 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM.
Student selected artwork from quarters 2, 3, and 4 will be on display.

8th Graders are just finishing their work on Careers in Family Consumer Science with Mrs. Rubin.  They have completed a Web Quest that enabled them find three careers of interest.  Our next step is to pair the students up with a professional mentor.  The students will learn to write a business letter inviting their mentor to our Career Meet and Greet. At the Meet and Greet students will interview their mentor and reflect on their meeting. The students will also be planning a menu to serve at this event.  It is a wonderful culmination to their work on careers.

Request for professional partners/mentors.

We would now like to invite as many of these career professionals into our school to have a ‘meet and greet’ with our students.  We feel that this personal gathering could provide insight and knowledge that students were not able to find in their research.  We are hoping to schedule our ‘Career Meet and Greet’ for June 6th and 7th 10:00-10:30am.

Here is a list of the careers in which our students are interested in.  If you, or someone you know, is willing to come in and meet with our students on one of these dates to discuss a career - please contact Heather Mailloux @ and/or Allison Rubin

Civil Engineer
Mechanical Engineer
Mechanical Engineer
Aerospace Engineer
Family/marriage counselor
Computer Hardware Engineer
Mechanical Engineer
Animal Trainer
Gymnastics coach
Chemical Engineer
Coast Guard
Electrical engineer
Physician Assistant

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NJHS Induction Ceremony will be held on June 5th at 6:00 PM.
Current members and new inductees will have a ceremony starting at 6:00 PM in the HMS gym.  Boys:  Tie and collared shirt.  Girls:  Dressy/casual.  

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Congratulations to eighth grade students Emma Johnston and Cole Breen who were selected to attend the Scholar Leader Awards Banquet on May 25, 2017.  They will represent students who distinguished themselves in terms of outstanding Middle Level scholarship and leadership.  They will be joined by Mrs.Di Nola, the Governor, the Commissioner of Education and other dignitaries.  

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Congratulations to our very own Mr. Robins whom was awarded the New Hampshire Band Directors Association NHBDA Outstanding Band Director for 2017.  This award is presented to an individual who has demonstrated an exceptionally high level of competence as a band director and developed a comprehensive band program, which has contributed educationally to the school, and provided service to their community.

Wishing all of our wonderful families and students a safe and happy Memorial Day.  Remember No School May 29th.

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On Tuesday, June 27 at 6:00 p.m. the Hampstead Cable Commission will be hosting it's kids concert featuring Steve Blunt. All of our concerts are free to the public.
 If you would like additional information about our concert series, please visit: