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!

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

March 2018 HMS Newsletter

Hampstead Middle School
March 2018

Important Dates
March15th - 5:30-6:30 PM-Family Book Tasting
March 15th - 6:30 PM-HMS Faculty/Student Basketball game
March 18th -6:00-7:00 PM-HMS Art Show at Pinkerton Academy
March 21st - 8:30 AM- Addams Family In-School Dress Rehearsal Performance (Free for Hampstead Senior Citizens)
March 23rd - 9:00-10:00 AM-Ancient Egypt Museum
March 22nd - 7:00-9:00 PM- Addams Family Performance
March 23rd - 7:00-9:00 PM- Addams Family Performance
March 24th - 12:00-3:00 PM- Addams Family Performance
March 26th - Spring Sports Tryouts
March 28th - Teacher Workshop Day- No School for Students

Congratulations to student artist’s representing HMS at the Youth Art Month Art show at Pinkerton Academy.  Art can be viewed at the Stockbridge theater lobby during regular building hours during the month of March! Please join us for a special opening for artists and families on Thursday, March 15th, from 6-7 PM at Pinkerton Academy.

Ancient Egypt Museum
Students have been researching about Ancient Egypt in fifth-grade social studies classes. Parents are invited to learn about the wonders of this ancient world by visiting the Hampstead Middle School Egypt Museum on March 23rd between 9-10:00am.Visit the museum located in the grade five classrooms and students will share their knowledge on the topic they researched. Projects and Google slideshows about Egypt will also be on display.


Tickets for this year's musical theater production of "The Addams Family" will go on sale online beginning Monday, March 12th.  Please find the ticket link on our school website.
Tickets will be on sale for students and staff at lunches on Monday, March 12th and March 13th.

Hawk wear orders should be in within the next week or so.. Thank you to everyone who ordered!

The NH PTA has announced the winners for the state level competition for Reflections. All families have been notified of their status. Hampstead had 8 students place - with one student placing 2 times! Kendall LeBel (HCS) will move on to the National Level for her 1st place win at State Level. 

The full list of all schools is available online 

Please note that due to the incoming storm this week, that the NH Reflections Exhibit has been moved to a revised snow date of Friday, March 9th. The event will take place from 5:30pm-7pm, and still be held at the Gilbert H. Hood Middle School in Derry.
The Hampstead PTSA would like to congratulate all the winners! 

HMS Winners:

Music: Middle School -  Third Place - Adam Woidyla:  Gift to My Generation
Visual Arts: Middle School -   Honorable Mention -  Kristina Packowski:  Education for Everyone
Photography:  Middle School -  Second Place -  Tra
vis Henry:   A Better Tomorrow

Visual Arts:  Intermediate:  HM   Elliot Ingraham   What I am Going to Be 
Visual Arts:  Intermediate:  HM   Madison Laham   Starry Night
Film: Intermediate:  Second Place Connor Schuler  Training for Basketball

Spring Sports
Tryouts will begin the week of March 26th. Track parent meeting will be the night  of the 19th. All other sports will sign up in the cafe March 7-14. Please make sure physicals are within last 2 years and updated in the nurse's office. Specific times and days for tryouts TBD.

TIGERS Performance

On March 9th, the Plymouth State University TIGER Performance Group will present "I've Got Your Back."  This popular show will raise awareness and help students seek solutions to bullying behavior by empowering bystanders. This new TIGER production integrates research on the importance of educating bystanders about the powerful role they play in helping to stop bullying behavior in schools.

6th Grade FCS Welcomes Chef Joe for a Pesto Demonstration
We harvested the basil from hydroponic systems in the FCS room and the Cafe and along with Chef Joe we made nut free pesto.  The next day we used that pesto to make pasta and pizza. It all tasted so good. Even the skeptics gave it a try and found it to be very tasty. Find the recipe on the FCS Google Site.

Personalized Learning
On February 19th HMS students worked on their personalized learning plans to update personal and academic goals that were set at the beginning of the year. This work supports our continued focus and efforts on personalizing learning as a framework for student success. 
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HMS Debate Club

Debate Club has been busy working on counterarguments this winter. We embarked on "The Great Candy Debate" where teams had to prove that their candy was best. This involved researching their candy, but also being knowledgeable about their competitor's candy so they could argue against it. Next up, we are debating which fairytale character is the best! 

From the Nurse...
As we are nearing warmer days and the recess environment may be wet and muddy at times, please send your child with an extra pair of clothing and shoes. The health office has been inundated with the needs of children who got their clothes or shoes wet and dirty during recess. The health office does not have the resources to provide replacements for all of these students.
A few reminders of the school’s policy regarding absences (always communicate with the school nurse):  
If the absence is due to a communicable disease or condition, please inform the school as soon as possible and check with the school nurse regarding health policies. The school nurse will require a note from a physician if there is any doubt as to whether or not a student is ready to return to school after a prolonged absence or has been sick with a communicable disease. If a student is absent five consecutive days due to illness, a physician’s note MUST be sent to the health office upon returning to school.
If a student is returning to school after a prolonged illness, on crutches, in a cast, sling or splint please bring a note from the physician stating that it is safe for the student to be in the school environment and what restrictions if any need to be observed, e.g. no gym, no recess etc.
When the student no longer requires these restrictions another physician note should be presented to the nurse so the student can resume activities. For liability issues a student on crutches requires a note from the parent giving them permission to ride the bus.
Any student requiring medication during the school day MUST have the medication delivered to school by a parent or other designated adult. The medication MUST be in a pharmacy labeled container if a prescription, or in the original container if an over the counter medication. NO medication will be administered by the school nurse unless accompanied by a written order signed by the student's physician and parent /guardian.
Students do not need to use cell phones/personal devices during the school day. They should be turned off and kept in a safe place (put away) during the school day. If your child is sick, remind them to report to the health office. The nurse will contact the parent, if the child needs to be taken home.
STEAM Success!
On February 21st, HMS hosted our third annual STEAM Family night. It was a great success to bring science, technology, engineering, math and the arts to life for students.  A huge thank you to all who attended and all of the students and staff who participated. And kudos to Mrs.Heather Mailloux, and Mrs. Sarah Wisecarver, District Enrichment/Ventures coordinators, for making this night possible.  

8th Grader, Isabel Povey was recognized last month as NH's top youth volunteer in the 2018 Prudential Spirit of Community Awards Program. We are so proud of you and thank you for helping make our school shine with your kindness!

7th Grader, Ethan Charles, our school-wide Geography Bee winner, has qualified to compete in the state National Geographic Society Bee on April 6th at Keene State College. This is the second level of the Geography Bee, and Ethan will be competing against middle school students across NH. Congratulations to Ethan!