Monday, January 8, 2018

January HMS 2018 Newsletter

Hampstead Middle School
January 2018 Newsletter

8th Grade Important Info:

8th Grade Students & Parents -- Take Off! - Freshman Presentation

8th Grade Preview Night for the Class of 2022 January 8 & 9, 20186:30 p.m. Stockbridge Theatre - Spaulding Arts and Humanities Building

Mid-Year i-Ready Testing 

Please help support our children by ensuring plenty of rest, and sending in healthy snacks for dates of testing.  

Tues. January 9 Math Grades 5 and 7
Wed. January 10 Reading Grades 5 and 7
Thurs./Fri. January 11-12 Makeups Grades 5 and 7

Tues. January 16 Math Grades 6 and 8
Wed. January 17 Reading Grades 6 and 8
Thurs./Fri. January 18-19 Makeups Grades 6 and 8

January 12, 2018
January 15, 2018
Martin Luther King Jr. Day Observed- NO SCHOOL HMS
January 23, 2018
Quarter Two Ends- Grades Close

HMS Beginning Band

The HMS Beginning band will have their first performance on January 24th at 6:30 pm in the HMS Cafeteria.  Musicians should report to the band room at 6:15 pm.   Dress for this performance is Hampstead Musician shirts, khaki (or similar) pants, and clean shoes.  The performance will last approximately 30-40 minutes.

Music Department Updates

Addams Family Musical -- March 22nd and 23rd at 7pm and March 24 at Noon 

Spring Instrumental Concert -- Tuesday, May 15th at 7pm

Spring Choral Concert -- Wednesday, May 16th at 7pm

STEAM Family Night Wed. Feb. 21st

Family and Consumer Science

Students participated in two food labs.  The 6th graders learned to make pancakes and 8th grade either made a quick bread or grilled cheese and pizza.  Our most current lab challenged the students to start with a basic fudge recipe and find ways to enhance it.  The students came up with some very tasty options.  To conclude this lab, the students learned to make various origami boxes to put their fudge in.  Hopefully, you were able to sample some of this wonderful fudge and see their boxes.  You can find all the recipes we have used this year on The Family Consumer Science Site Page.  I hope the students are experimenting in the kitchen at home.

In addition to food labs, the 8th-grade students are beginning our focus on careers.  Through the use of, the students will participate in several assessments to help narrow down their interest areas and possible careers.  They will research a particular career while also learning to write a business letter and thank you note.  They will begin to develop a resume, interview a career mentor and fill out a sample job application.  All very important skills they will need as they prepare for high school.

Our 6th graders have been learning about the hydroponics garden in our room and we are now moving into our focus on nutrition and wellness.  

ABC Club- Anti Bullying Club
ABC sponsored 12 Days of Kindness in December.

Day 1- Make a new Friend

Day 2- Think before you act

Day 3- Help someone out

Day 4- Pick up after yourself

Day 5- Do the right thing

Day 6- Listen to others
Day 7- Leave a kind note
Day 8-  Respect Everyone
Day 9- Include everyone
Day 10- Give a compliment
Day 11- Show gratitude
Day 12- Smile

ABC members also performed Hampstead Acts of Winter Kindness (HAWK).
They HAWK’D the office staff, administration, custodial staff, technology staff, teachers, paraeducators, and counselors by decorating the teacher's room, front office, cafeteria, kitchen, and offices, by giving out handmade ornaments and by sending notes of thanks.

From the Nurse

Head Lice (Pediculosis)
Head lice is occasionally an issue at school. The best way to protect your child from getting head lice is through prevention. Routine and regular head inspections at home are important.  Teaching your child to avoid head-to-head contact and sharing of personal equipment such as combs, brushes, hats, and helmets, is the best means of protection. All cases of head lice are handled on an individual basis. Protection of student confidentiality and student dignity is our highest priority. When a student is found with head lice at school, a parent will be notified so that treatment can begin promptly. Close contacts of the child may also be screened. As the school nurse, I am here to support these efforts and offer assistance as needed. Please call the health office if you need help with identification or further information.

Friday, December 1, 2017

December 2017 HMS Newsletter

Hampstead Middle School
December 2017 Newsletter

Upcoming Events:

Holiday Concert Schedule
Winter Band Concert Tuesday, December 5th at 7pm
Winter Chorus Concert- Wednesday, December 6th at 7pm

Library News
New York Times Best-Selling Author/ Illustrator Jarrett Krosoczka to present to grades 5 & 6 on Tuesday, Dec. 12th.

Computer Science Education Week:  Dec. 4-10
Grade 5:  Global Read Aloud STEAM Challenges
Grade 6:  Non-fiction Reading, Research & Google Slide Presentations
Grade 8:  Non-fiction Reading, Research, and Argumentative Writing

Hampstead Fire Department Christmas Parade-Sunday December 10, 2017, at 2:00 pm
HMS Early Release on December 13, 2017.  Students dismissed at 12:00pm
Holiday Break is December 25th to January 1, 2018
Ski Club will take place every Tuesday in January at Pat's Peak from 2:15- 8:00 pm.

On-Line Blizzard Bags
HMS will implement Blizzard Bags as an alternative to making up canceled school days due to inclement weather.  Your child has been introduced to this process and how to access their assignments.  In the event of a Blizzard Bag day, please visit our Home webpage for the Blizzard Bag link to be posted the same day.  

Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol at the Palace Theater
7th Grade on December 8, 2017
5th Grade on December 14, 2017

Student Council
The HMS Student Council raised over $1000.00 from the fall Pennies for Patients drive. The fundraiser supports children who have been diagnosed with rare blood diseases and cancers. Each homeroom worked together to find pennies, quarters, nickels, and dimes to bring to the school. The Student Council thanks everyone for their support!

The Addams Family Musical, School Edition is off to a great start!!!  
There are sixty students in the cast this year with even more to get involved once Scenery and Tech Crews are formed. The cast has been busy learning music and choreography with Mr. Fisher (Music Director) and Mrs. McMahon (Choreographer). We are so lucky to have Mrs. Jenna McMahon back for another season at HMS. Joining the team this year is Ms. Kelsey Sullivan from Campbell High School. Ms. Sullivan is an accomplished actress, singer, performer, and director. The Addams Family Musical, School Edition goes up on March 22 and 23 at 7pm and March 24 at 12pm!!! 

Morticia Addams: Zoe Sternberg (7th Grade)
Featured Ancestors: Elyse Binette, Amaya Eaton, Ellie Crump, Mariesa Preble, Avery Barcelos, Kristina Packowski (Dance Captain), Morgan Berard, Kaitlyn Raposa, Ayla Denton, and Emma Cate (Dance Captain) 
Not Pictured: Madison Campbell Pantelis, Keana Gullage 

Grade 8 Students Show Creativity in Social Studies Project
Students recently completed expression projects which incorporated and fostered student exploration in the areas of government, patriotism, human rights and social studies topics of personal interest.  Students created a variety of genres to share their learning including visual art, photography, literature, musical composition,  and film. This was a wonderful opportunity to bring together the social studies work for the quarter and to make a connection to the PTSA Reflections Theme: Within Reach. The students’ creativity and approaches were absolutely extraordinary.

It was a great opportunity for the grade 8 students to integrate the arts in their studies. A special thank you to Mrs. Downey and the Unified Arts Team for supporting the gallery display toured by all HMS students.  It is always good when students have the experience to proudly display their unique and personal interpretations of learning to a larger audience.

HMS grade eight students are Washington, DC bound.

We will depart early Tuesday morning, June 5th, which may include a brief stop and tour of Philadelphia and we will return in the evening on June 8th. It will be a trip jam-packed with visits to museums, monuments, and truly memorable experiences that last a lifetime!

An informational evening meeting will be held after the holiday vacation in the beginning of January with students and parents to review the trip and make a deposit for the trip. A family’s financial situation will not preclude participation.

Grade 8 teachers would like to extend appreciation to the Hampstead School Board, administration, and community in supporting this unique educational opportunity for our students.

Jack Cameron, an 8th-grade student, wins the NH Student Volunteer of the Year!

Jack Cameron, a current 8th-grade student at HMS, was selected as the middle/high school level recipient out of hundreds of students nominated statewide. Jack is a valued and active member of the PTSA student group, PTSA Kids. He is also an active Boy Scout, member of the National Junior Honor Society, and the HMS Cross Country team.

Patriots Pen Essay Contest

This year over 60, 8th-grade students entered their essays in the Patriots Pen Essay Contest. Recently, Veterans of Foreign War Representative, Retired Lt. Col Howard Steadman, announced the winners of the local Hampstead Middle School’s  Patriot’s Pen Essay Contest;
“ America’s Gifts to my Generation” at our Celebration of Patriotism and Veterans Assembly.
Four, 8th-grade students were recognized, with Jack Cameron taking top honors and Ryan McMahon captured second place.  Alex Barbuto and Ryan Ovary were also selected as third and fourth place recipients. All four students’ essays will advance to the VFW  District Competition.

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

November 2017 HMS Newsletter

Hampstead Middle School
November 2017 Newsletter

The Hampstead School District is sponsoring the American Education Week Essay Contest in recognition of American Education Week.  Students in grades 2, 5 and 7 are asked to write an essay in 500 words or less on educational themes such as Great Public Schools:  A Basic Right and Our Responsibility.  Three finalists will be selected and chosen by each school by November 6th.  District Winners will be chosen on November 9th, and 1st Place winners will present to the School Board on November 21st.  

HMS Advisory Activities throughout the month!
Next week, November 13-17, ABC is sponsoring a Spirit Week for Bullying Awareness and Prevention. Their goal is to help raise awareness about bullying and to encourage others to stand up and speak up when it comes to bullying, to accept others, to include others and to always choose kindness.

Announcements will be made daily and activities will be done during lunches and recesses next week; including “breaking through the wall of intolerance,” lunch and recess buddies and of course our RAP.

 Monday - Stand up and Stomp out Bullying -
Wear silly socks
Tuesday - Blackout Bullying - Wear black
Wednesday - Team up against bullying -
Wear a  team  jersey
Thursday - Don’t be mean behind the screen -
Wear green
Friday - HMS against Bullying

Wear blue and gold

On November 3rd, HMS students signed an Anti-bullying Pledge

as part of Bullying Prevention Month at HMS, students will "link" together and pledge to make our school be the best it can possibly be and strive to achieve greatness in the area of the school environment and culture. Students can pledge to support one another, show kindness to one another, and stand up for one another.

Throughout the rest of the month, students will interact with anti-bullying STEAM Challenges.   Thank you to Mrs. Mailloux, our Ventures Coordinator, and our school counselors!

The Addams Family A New Musical Comedy

* Auditions - Monday, November 6th- 3:00 pm - 7:00 pm

* Callbacks - Tuesday, November 7th, 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

 * Parent Meeting - Wednesday, November 8th, 7:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Tryout information

Cheerleading tryouts:  November 1st, 4-5:30 pm.
November 2nd, 5-7:00 pm and Nov. 6th, 4-6:00 pm.

Basketball tryouts:   November 6th, 7th, and 8th

Boys:  3-5:00 pm
Girls:  5-7:00 pm 

PLP's at HMS

Students will begin completing Personalized Learning Plans on their e-portfolio's to aid in personalized learning throughout their educational journey. 
*A personal learning plan (or PLP) is developed by students—typically in collaboration with teachers, counselors, and parents—as a way to help them achieve short- and long-term learning goals
While personal learning plans may take a wide variety of forms from school to school, they tend to share many common features. For example, when developing their plans, students may be asked to do any or all of the following:

Think about and describe their personal life aspirations, particularly their collegiate and career goals.

  • Self-assess their individual learning strengths and weaknesses, or reflect on what they have academically achieved, excelled at, or struggled with in the past.
  • Identify specific learning gaps or skill deficiencies that should be addressed in their education or specific knowledge, skills, and character traits they would like to acquire.
  • List or describe their personal interests, passions, pursuits, and hobbies, and identify ways to integrate those interests into their education.
  • Chart a personal educational program that will allow them to achieve their educational and aspirational goals while also fulfilling school requirements, such as particular learning standards or credit and course requirements for graduation.
  • Document major learning accomplishments or milestones.

 Veteran's Day Assembly

Celebration of Patriotism


Honoring Veterans



November 8, 2017

Hampstead Middle School will be inviting community leaders, veterans, and special guests to our school.   Highlights of the event will include Pinkerton Junior ROTC presenting the colors, musical performances, grade 5 students presenting “Why we honor”, grade 7 students presenting writing about heroes, and the Veterans of Foreign Wars will recognize Grade 8  Patriot’s Pen Essay winners. In addition, We have a special guest speaker, Commander Howard Wheeler of the U.S. Navy who will share his experience during the Vietnam war as a helicopter pilot and later served as a speechwriter for the Commander of Mediterranean Naval Operations.  A light refreshment reception will be held following the assembly for our guests.  It is a time where Hampstead Middle School students will honor and pay tribute to the men and women who have served our nation in the military.

The 8th-grade students will be going to see Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol at the Palace theater on December 8th, and 5th grade will attend on December 14th.  

On October 25, 2017, Mrs.Gail Hassler received the 2017 Volunteer Coordinator of the year award for her service to the Hampstead Middle School.  She was honored at a banquet with Principal, Mrs. Di Nola from the NH Partners in Education. 

Happy Thanksgiving to all of our students and families!

No School November 22nd, 23rd and 24th.