Wednesday, March 1, 2017

February 2017 HMS Newsletter

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February 2017
HMS Principal’s Newsletter

Mix it up Day!!!

Friday February 3rd was MIX IT UP DAY at Hampstead Middle School.

The Anti-Bullying Committee along with the 6th grade school counselor, Mrs. Karpinsky, sponsored a "mix it up" spirit day for staff and students. They asked everyone to "mix up" their wardrobe or hair.

ABC students continued “Mixing it Up”  during 5th and 6th grade lunches. The lunch tables where in a different formation and music was playing when students entered the lunchroom. They “mixed up” where they usually sat by randomly picking a color and sitting at the coordinating table.  The tables were covered in paper so that students could draw, color or play tic tac toe. ABC members sat with the students and facilitated questions/conversations. We challenged the students to “mix it up” by trying something new.

It’s was a simple call to action: take a new seat in the cafeteria. By taking a risk, this one day, students crossed the lines of division in a safe, controlled environment, met new people, and helped build an inclusive and welcoming school community.

Why "Mix it Up" Day...each day thousands of students stay home from school because they are ​​being bullied. ABC wants everyone to know that they have a voice inside of them that is important and that their voices have a lot of great ideas that could change how people act and what they say.    ABC wants everyone to think about how they can inspire others, because when you inspire others you make a difference.  When you make a difference you make a change for the good.  
ABC member, Jake Hutchings (6th grade) said it best, "this is a great idea because it is fun to see other kids personalities and what you have in common with them, and hopefully start a new friendship."

Guidance News
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Mrs. Karpinsky continues to teach the Guidance UA Course, Transition and Growth, with 5th grade students. This quarter, Mrs. Karpinsky is teaching Mrs. Couture and Ms. Cumming’s homeroom students. Topics to be covered over the next couple of weeks include Growth Mindset, bullying, respect, empathy, goal setting, self-advocacy and more.
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Students were excited to participate in and support the Anti-Bullying Club’s Mix It Up Day event and helped create posters to promote the event around school.

Mr. Mailloux continues to work with 8th grade students to prepare them for the transition to Pinkerton Academy.  Recently, he has been working on the course selection sheet process with all 8th grade students. The next big step in preparing HMS 8th graders for the transition to Pinkerton Academy comes on February 22nd, when Pinkerton Academy School Counselors visit with all HMS 8th grade students!

The School Counseling Department continues to support the HMS advisory program.  Recent topics include conversations with students about the Mix It Up Day event.  The goal of Mix It Up Day is to continue to build and support an inclusive and welcoming school community. Some ways students were encouraged to Mix It Up included working with a new friend on a project and sitting with new friends at lunch.  By taking a risk, this one day, students can cross the lines of division in a safe, controlled environment, meet new people, and help support a positive school climate.

This week during Advisory, students will participate in career exploration activities ahead of HMS STEAM Family Night, being held on Tuesday, February 21st, and national Engineers Week.

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Music Department Updates
  • The HMS Jazz Choir traveled to Clark Creative Recording Studio in Amherst, NH this past Saturday to learn about sound engineering, mixing, mastering, and the recording process. The singers did it like the pros on Saturday as they recorded a full studio album that will be released at the Spring Choral Concert. Producer Mike Clark, an engineering teacher at Hollis Brookline High School, demonstrated editing and recording techniques. We look forward to the release of this studio album. 
  • We have six students from HMS that have been accepted into the New Hampshire Music Educators Association's Elementary Honors Choir. The festival and concert is scheduled for March 31st in Concord. Isabella Charlebois, Megan Howard, Jake Hutchings, Jonathan Uber, Zoe Sternberg, and Kaileigh McMeniman will represent Hampstead. 
  • The Little Mermaid Musical is going extremely well. There are 85 performing actors/actresses and 25 students on Stage Crew. The production has been growing every year -- thus, the show will be held in the HMS gymnasium this year on March 23rd and 24th, both at 7pm.  A Saturday matinee has just been added due to the volume of tickets sold already.   In addition to Mr. Fisher and Mr. Robins, we are lucky to have Mrs. Cindi Verrill, Mrs. Jenna McMahon, and Mrs. Kim Downey on our team this year, along with countless parent volunteers helping with props, costumes, advertising, and tickets. 
  • The 7th and 8th Grade Band and Chorus ensembles are preparing for the NH Large Group Festival on March 11th in Litchfield. The groups will perform for adjudication, sight read, and clinic with renowned music educators from across New England. There is a mock-festival held at HMS on March 7th at 6:30pm. Best of luck to both ensembles! 
There will be a pre-festival performance on Tuesday March 7 at 7PM in the HMS Gym.mermaid
Show your support of the HMS Musical production of Little Mermaid, Jr. and order a shirt!!
Production T Shirts for this years production of “The Little Mermaid” are available for purchase by cast, crew or family members. They will be royal blue, short sleeve, performance (Dri-fit) t-shirts with a 3 color logo on the front and the cast/crew list on the back. Cost of the shirt is $15 . Please make checks payable to “Hampstead Middle School” T-shirt Order forms are due to Mr. Robins NO LATER THAN Monday February 20, 2017.
If your form is not turned in by the February 20, you WILL NOT be able to order a shirt.
Available Sizes: Youth M, Youth L, Youth XL; Adult Men S, M, L, XL, XXL (+$2); Adult Women S, M, L, XL, XXL (+$2)
Please find forms on our website, or stop by the main office.

Detach and return to Mr. Robins NO LATER THAN February 20, 2017

Art News

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Thank you to eighth graders and their families that attended the Immigration Integration Art Show at the Central School. Our project and art show were a great success. 

Eighth graders are currently practicing printmaking, seventh graders are learning watercolor painting techniques, sixth graders are getting know themselves better through a self portrait and writing project, and fifth grade is putting color theory to the test.

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7th grade art students participated in a STEAM activity creating slime.  

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Quarter Two

On February 3rd, the entire middle school student body celebrated students who received the "HAWK" award given by teachers for students demonstrating exemplary character traits such as, Respect, Responsibility, and Friendship.   Students received compliments, certificates and gift cards.  The HMS ABC Club (Anti-Bullying Club) also organized an all school activity after the awards.  
Congratulations to all of our awardees!

8th Grade-  Sarah Manning, Ryan Dane, Zachary Lizotte
7th Grade-Colby Wong, Elizabeth Crump, Quinn Mailloux
6th Grade- Gareck White, Julianna Megan, Sarkis Aprahamian
5th Grade-Aiden Dowd, Ava Bennett, Reagan Peabody

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Library News

Grade 8 Research

In preparation for the American Legion Oratorical Presentation, students have been learning about the research process, skills, and tools.  Students  learned about the benefits of using academic databases over Google.In addition, they had the opportunity to explore topics, discuss primary source images, and complete a plagiarism simulation. 

 The image is just one of the slides that was gone over with the students.  To see the full slide show, visit the library website.  The library site has the links to databases along with other resources.  It is found under the "Student Life" tab off the HMS website.

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Family Consumer Science

Despite all the snow days and delayed openings this quarter we managed to get our first food lab  in on Valentine’s Day.  We found several ways to create Valentine’s Day food shaped as hearts and flowers.  Here is a collection of some of our creations.

5th Grade News

The fifth grade  will be going on a field trip to the Palace Theater on March 8th to see the Wizard of Oz play.

On Wednesday, March 22 Grade 5 will be holding the Egypt Museum in the cafĂ© from 9-10 am.  Students will have on display  research work, projects, and slide shows about what they learned on a specific topic of Egyptian culture.  Families are invited to learn about this ancient civilization by visiting the museum and listening to the knowledge the students have on the subject.

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Winter Sports

Three of our HMS teams advanced to the Tri-County basketball semifinals. Girls A and Girls B teams had a strong season both placing 3rd in the regular season. The Boys A team captured the Division 3 Tri-County Championship with an exciting win over South Meadow. The spirit squad competed in the Tri-County cheer competition bringing home the 2nd place trophy. Co-ed volleyball is well underway. This is an intramural non-competitive 4 week season. Spring sports will be starting the week of March 27th.

The HMS volleyball team opened their season with wins over Windham and Hooksett.   The week of February 20th will feature home games against Pelham and World Academy of Nashua.

HMS has over seventy-five 7th and 8th graders on the volleyball squad.

8th Grade Updates

The 8th graders just completed a very involved independent study weather project.  They shared their final work in a gallery walk earlier in the month.  They collected some very impressive weather data for various parts of the United States and learned how to forecast weather using radar.

National Junior Honor Society


The National Junior Honor Society is holding a "RED OUT" day on Wednesday, February 22nd!

 * Wearing Red shows our support for Healthy Hearts!

 * February is American Heart Month- Show your support to a "Healthy Heart" and wear Red !

 * Red items will be sold in the lobby!

red out


Friday, January 20, 2017

January 2017 HMS Newsletter

January 2017
HMS Principal’s Newsletter

Thank you to all of our families and students who attended the SCREENAGERS film viewing on January 4th. A special thank you to the PTSA for generously donating to make this great resource free to our Hampstead families.   We had over a hundred attendees!  Please find additional resources here:

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Congratulations to Ethan Charles, seventh grade HMS National Geography Bee winner!  We are very proud of you!

First Aid Kit Know How

Where should I store my first aid kit?

You don't want to go searching for supplies when there's a minor accident to tend to.  Your kit should be easy to find.  But it should be kept in a high, childproof cabinet.  Keep one full sized kit in a central spot at home, such as your kitchen or bathroom.  Then put a smaller kit in your car or purse for when you're on the road.

How often should I check my first aid kit?

Once a year.  Discard expired items and replace items you have used.  Do the same thing with your "medicine cabinet". 

How do I care for a minor cut or abrasion? 
  • Wash your hands with soap and water so that you don't get bacteria into the cut and cause an infection.  If you're travelling, use a hand sanitizer.  Put on gloves if caring for a stranger
  • Stop the bleeding.  Put pressure on the cut with a gauze or clean cloth and elevate the extremity if possible.  Keep the pressure on for a few minutes.  
  • Clean the wound.  Rinse cut under cool water and then wash out cut.  DO NOT use hydrogen peroxide to clean or disinfect a cut; it actually causes more harm than good and slows the healing process.  The only reason I keep a bottle at home is to get blood out of clothing.
  • Remove any dirt or debris.  Use a pair of tweezers cleaned with alcohol to gently pick out any dirt, grass, or glass in the cut. 
Do I have to put a bandage on a cut?

Not always, some cuts heal quicker if left uncovered to stay dry.  If the cut is on a part of the body that might get dirty or rub against clothes, put a bandage on to protect it.  Change the bandage every day or whenever it gets wet or dirty.

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Congratulations to the following students for their acceptance into the New Hampshire Honors Choral Festival on March 31st, 2017 -- Evelyn Morin, Megan Howard, Zoe Sternberg, Kaileigh McMeniman, Jake Hutchings, and Jonathan Uber. These HMS students will join 74 other students from over twenty New Hampshire elementary and middle schools to form the Festival Honors Chorus. Students will spend the morning and afternoon working with renowned conductors and collaborative pianists, which will follow with a final concert for family and friends at 4:00pm. Tickets will be available at the door. The festival takes place at the Grappone Conference Center in Concord, New Hampshire. Bravo and Good Luck!!! 

8th Grade Chorus students are working hard to prepare for the University of New Hampshire Choral Gala held on January 28th, 2017. This all-day festival and concert provides middle school and high schools students the opportunity to learn, prepare, rehearse, and perform rigorous choral repertoire alongside the university students and renowned conductor, Dr. William Kempster. Students will tour the campus, eat two meals at the dining halls, and rehearse in UNH's Paul Creative Arts Center. The evening concert takes place at 7:00pm in the Johnson Theater. It is free and open to the public. 

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The Little Mermaid Jr cast and directors have been working very hard to prepare a wonderful production. 

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In this featured photo, Ariel (Ella Burroughs), Sebastian (Ryan McMahon), Flounder (Isabella Charlebois), and Flotsam (Leena Collier) are preparing choreography for a major musical number in the show. This year's cast has been fortunate to work with Mrs. Jenna McMahon. Mrs. McMahon teaches Dance at Granite Starts Arts Academy. We are so lucky to have her on our team this year!! 

This year's musical dates are as follows:
Thursday, March 23rd -- 7pm
Friday, March 24th -- 7pm

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Hampstead Robotics

Training session 3: Jan. 26th & 27th 3-5 pm Mind-storm Vehicle- NXT programming Rm. 121 Open to all 5-8th grade students.

Training session 4: Feb. 9th & 10th 3-5 pm NXT programming- Sensors and line following Rm. 121 Open to all 5-8th grade students. You must complete programming session 4 or 5  to move on to session 6.

Training session 5: March Only Open to returning robotics students who completed NXT programming session 4 or 5. ch. 9th & 10th 3-5 pm NXT programming- tools/ attachments - build Lego claw  Rm. 121 Open to all 5-8th grade students. Students must complete NXT programming session 4 or 5  to move on to session 6.

Training session 6: April. 6th & 7th 3-5 pm Gear Challenge/ Obstacal course  Rm. 121 Only Open to returning robotics students who completed NXT programming session 4 or 5. 

Training session 7: May 11th & 12th 3-5 pm Tug of War Challenge!  Rm. 121 Only Open to returning robotics students who completed session 6. ​

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We have been very busy in Family Consumer Science this quarter.  In sixth grade we have focused on hydration, healthy snacks, and now wellness. In 8th grade our focus has been on Careers with a few food labs mixed in.  We successfully held two wonderful events to highlight some of what we have learned this quarter.

Right before the holiday break we held our first Rice Crispy Crisp Off.  Students were challenged to find ways to alter or enhance the original Rice Crispy recipe.  They came up with some great treats.  The staff was invited to sample their creations and the reviews were very positive.  

On January 11th and 12th we held our first Career Meet and Greet to culminate our focus on careers. We had 15 professionals visit HMS to talk with our students.  The students asked questions, took notes and gained some further insight about their possible career choice.  The students also planned, prepared and served some delicious food to our guests.  It was truly a wonderful experience for all that were involved.  I look forward to repeating this again 3rd quarter with the next group of 8th graders.

A special thank you to all our HMS community of professionals who helped to make this day a huge success.

Nurse -
 Caroline Megan
 Darlene Quigley
Carpenter -
 Wayne Dinsmore
Psychologist -
 Dan Lawlor
Orthodontist -
 Celeste Schmidt
 (Dr. Hollland’s office)
Real Estate Agent -        Marci Francis (KW Coastal Reality)
Engineer -
Stephen Quigley
Peter Megan
Pilot -
 Brian Cardoza
Interior Designer -
 Kelly Murphy
Novelist -
Jon Edmonson
Architect -
 Mike Hall
Crime Scene Investigator -
 Tracy Flaherty
Mechanic -
Carmine Costa
Risk Analyst
 Mark DiNola
Teacher -
  Jenn Howard


Hampstead Middle School ~ Tues. Feb. 21st ~ 5:30-7:30 pm

Attention Parents, Family, Community Members, and Local Business Owners!  As part of our STEAM Family Night, being held on Tues. Feb. 21st at Hampstead Middle School, we are having a STEAM Career Showcase.  

This STEAM Career Showcase will be a 1 hour, gallery-styled portion of our STEAM Night and will allow students and parents to go from table to table, learning about different STEAM-related careers!  Parents, Community Members, and Local Business Owners may set-up booths with information and visuals, as well as showcase various aspects about their careers, including hands-on activities.

If you have a STEAM-related career or business and would like to participate, please contact Heather Mailloux at

In order for this event to be a success, WE NEED YOU!  
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Hampstead Library's upcoming middle school programs:  
Candy Sushi-- February 2nd 6pm-7pm 
Unleash your inner chef as we create mock sushi using rice krispie treats and colorful candy.  Each chef will have half an hour to create their dish before voting to determine whose cuisine will reign supreme.  Sign ups are required and spaces are limited, so call, e-mail, or stop by the library to reserve your spot.

Silent Library-- March 2nd 6pm-7pm
Shhhhhh!  This is a library!  You're supposed to be quiet!  But can you stay silent while competing in hair-raising, stomach-churning  and nail-biting challenges?  Test your stoicism and see which team can stay quietest no matter what's thrown at them.  Advanced sign up is required for this event, so be sure to reserve your spot.
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8th Grade News
HMS  will participate in the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) on Thursday February 2nd. NAEP is the largest nationally representative and continuing assessment of what students know and can do in various subjects. It is administered by the National Center for Education Statistics, within the U.S. Department of Education. NAEP is different from our state assessment because it provides a common measure of student achievement across the country. The results are released as The Nation's Report Card, which provides information about student achievement to educators, parents, policymakers, and the public.  Our students will be assessed in the areas of math & reading.

HMS Student Trip to the January 20, 2017 
45th Presidential Inauguration, Washington D.C.

Pinkerton Academy Information!- For 8th Grade Students and Parents


    In follow-up to Pinkerton Academy Career & Technical Education department’s Career Awareness Night, tours of the CTE facilities for parents and students will be offered at 5:00pm and 6:30 pm on 

  *Wednesday, January 4 and Tuesday, January 24.  We ask that families preregister either by going to this direct link  or going to

We look forward to meeting you and answering additional questions about our CTE courses and programs.  Should you  *have questions, please call 437-5200, ext. 1172.


 Mid-January – Mr. Mailloux to meet with students to review and distribute Course Catalogs and Course Selection Worksheets

 *January 9, 6:30-8:00 PM – Preview Night for 8th grade parents and students (Snow date is January 17)

  *January 23 – Information Day open house for all 8th grade students

   *February 1, 5:30-8:00 PM – Course Night (Snow date is February 8)

  *August 8 – Field Day

Helpful Parent Information

Cyber-bullying is a topic of current interest for middle school parents. We see reports in the press too frequently of the tragic effects of this phenomenon. Although there is no sure way that parents can minimize the risk of their children being either victim or bully, it does make sense for parents to join educators in being informed on this important issue.

Links to Anti-bullying information
Cyberbullying Research Center

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