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:

Monday, April 24, 2017

April 2017 HMS Newsletter

April 2017
HMS Principal's Newsletter

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American Legion Junior Oratorical

Congratulations is extended  to Grade 8 student  Emma Johnston who captured the State Champion Title for the New Hampshire American Legion Junior Constitution Oratorical Competition. Keeping with a rich HMS tradition of accomplishment, in the oratorical program over the last ten years,  Emma  eloquently delivered  two speeches at the oratorical held on Saturday, April 8th, at St. Anselm's Institute of Politics.   Emma  has certainly found her voice and showed poise beyond her years with her speaking ability. She is not alone in her success since Naomi Ford- Ortiz also qualified for the State Competition and finished as a runner-up.  Both students had the honor of presenting their speeches to American Legion member and  Hampstead School Board Chair, Jason Cipriano who was serving on the judging panel at the St. Anselm’s Competition.

    In March, Emma and Naomi took first and second place respectively at the district level competition held in Derry with competitors from Hampstead Academy and Derry’s Hood and West Running Brook middle schools.

   Overall, this was another great year for the Hampstead Middle School oratorical program with all 125 grade 8 students  giving speeches in social studies classes. With special recognition going out  to 22 students who presented their speeches to a faculty judging panel as well as special guest judge, School Board Member Cathleen Abruzzese, at our local competition.  We here, at HMS, are very proud of  all of students’  academic achievements in speaking and knowledge of our nation’s Constitution!

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Congratulations to our very own Mrs. Anne Wallace for being a 2018 NH Teacher of the Year Nominee. This recognition denotes excellence in the teaching profession. Mrs. Wallace is an example of the best of the best in education in our state.

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Quarter 3 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 April 14, 2017 at an all school assembly where students received a certificate, gift card, and participated in a fun student/staff activity organized by the NJHS students.

Congratulations HMS Winners!

5th Grade-Taylor Schwalje, Gianna Rosa, Tommy Manning
6th Grade-Christpher Tagalakis, Jenna Gorton, Lillie Walker
7th Grade-Nikolas DeAngelo, Julia Hartin, Nick Burinskas
8th Grade-Macy Graves, Anthony Samiotes, Arica Hassler

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Congratulations to our very own Hampstead Middle School teachers who were featured presenters at the annual 36th New England Middle Level Conference held on March 30th and 31st in Providence, R.I. 

The conference brought together teachers, administrators, higher education students and professors, as well as others committed to educational growth and improvement. Mrs. Griffin and Mrs. Connors presented The Makerspace Journey for All Learners which provided participants information and strategies on how to engage all students in real world 21st Century skills. They also shared on how to create Makerspace programs that promote creativity, risk taking, problem solving, collaboration and perseverance. Mrs. Downey and Mrs. Mailloux presented a session on how to organize and host a community STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics) family night, an event designed to identify and integrate resources and services from the community to strengthen the school programs of science, math, engineering, and art while involving parents and family. 


 HMS teacher Mr. David Remillard is the recipient of the 2017 STEM Excellence in Teaching Award. The Joint Committee of Engineering Societies of the NH Society of Professional Engineers selected Mr. Remillard from a pool of highly regarded candidates throughout New Hampshire based on his outstanding dedication to the education of tomorrow’s engineers and inventors. Principal Di Nola nominated Mr. Remillard for this award because of his exceptional advancements in the teaching of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) to HMS students and professional staff. 

Library Happenings

Grade 5 Writing Classes:  Digital and Print Resources

Grade 5 Writing Classes:  Digital and Print Resources
Effective Search Skills:  Topic Exploration
How to Use WebPath Express:  Features, Narrowing Results, etc.
Evaluating Digital and Print Resources
Determining Importance

Grade 6:  Revolutionary War Research
Print and Digital Resources
Effective Use of Resources
Effective Search Skills

8th Grade Updates

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The 8th grade is currently in the last round of our bad leads fiction contest (BLFC). This is in the spirit of Edward George Bulwer-Lytton's 1830 novel. Paul Clifford. which begins: 

"It was a dark and stormy night; the rain fell in torrents — except at occasional intervals, when it was checked by a violent gust of wind which swept up the streets (for it is in London that our scene lies), rattling along the housetops, and fiercely agitating the scanty flame of the lamps that struggled against the darkness."

The contest is a whimsical literary competition that challenges entrants to compose the opening sentence to the worst of all possible novels. 

The results are in!

Dishonorable Mention

3 o' clock behind the school he was early, "You're a dead man Jenkins," he said as he laid flowers on his bully's grave.
Jayson Choy
Runner Up
They stood under the romantic light of the McDonald's parking lot and the soothing sound of road rage and honks filled their ears, the man knelt down on one knee... to tie his shoe.

Lucas Lizotte
Grand Champion
It was a dark, dark super dark like pitch black dark so you couldn't see anything outside kind of dark and almost like a really dark grey but not quite black kind of dark and stormy night.

Adam Chalmers

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The 8th grade science classes have been studying natural selection and adaptations, in particular the Galapagos finches.  They were given an engineering challenge to create the "ideal" beak for a bird to pick up different size seeds.  It was very interesting to see the prototypes built by the teams and the results of the "beak trials".
After break the students will be preparing for the 8th grade science NECAP which will take place the week of May 8th.

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On Friday, April 7th, 8th grade student leaders attended Leadership Day at Pinkerton Academy. Students worked with members of Pinkerton Academy's Student Council to engage in training's and exercises in communication, empathy, and organization. Our students took these skills back to HMS to share them with the rest of the student body. All attendees showed great respect!
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Our World Club
Between April 3 and April 14, the Our World Club held a School Supply Drive within the Middle School.  The intention of the drive was to distribute donations to needy students in other middle schools in New Hampshire.  The club set a lofty goal of 200 items which included pencils, pens, gently used binders, and binder filler paper.  Students and staff alike supported the drive in a big way, pushing the total items donated way over the original goal.
Our World, a club based on tolerance and empathy, thanks all who helped us with this first major project.  

Spanish Celebrations

Sra. Nesto's sixth grade Spanish class held a traditional Quincenera celebration. The students studied this tradition from Mexico, both Central and South America, Cuba and the Caribbean. The celebration of a young girl's coming of age, her fifteenth birthday! The strong virtues of family and religion, and of course, great food, formal clothing and dancing!

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On Tuesday April 18, the HMS Anti- Bullying Committee brightened the walkway into school by writing positive messages in chalk telling students to  work their brains, do their best and to believe in themselves during Smarter Balance Testing. They were hoping to create a positive healthy mindset. 

On Friday, March 31, ABC students presented their Crayon Skit to the 5th grade classes. The skit utilized a pack of  crayons to show the similarities and differences in everyone. They wanted students to know that their differences and similarities make them ….THEM and that they should celebrate their uniqueness. After the presentation, ABC challenged each 5th grade class to draw a colorful complete picture representing the skit’s message. Each student took a different color and added it to the picture. The pictures were then hung in the 5th grade hall to remind students that they have the power to include, respect and accept everyone for who they are!

Left Peyton Knowlton, Ryan McMahon, Kristina Packowski, Elizabeth Crump

Colors of Hampstead- Crayon Skit
Left back Joseph Packowski, Matthew Sullivan, Anthony Samiotes, Ryan McMahon, Abigail Jowett, Madelyn Ward, Megan Howard
Middle : Keana Gullage, Jake Hutchings, Josua Jones, Mariesa Preble Elizabeth Crump, Owen Muskrat, Alisha Sprizza
Front: Kristina Packowski, Mia Ward

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News from the Art Room

Looking for something to do on your April staycation?  The Museum of Fine Arts in Boston has some exciting new exhibitions.  Sixth graders have studied or are studying the work of Henri Matisse, a revolutionary 20th century painter who changed the way we think about color.  “Matisse in the Studio” runs from April 9 to July 9.  Visit the Hampstead Public Library for discounted tickets.



Grade 5 students glazing their mugs.

3rd Annual UNH Engineering Day

April 21, 2017 fifth grade students spent half a day with UNH Engineering students participating in a variety of STEAM activities including:  

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Guidance Updates
Thursday May 4th our 8th grade class will
visit Pinkerton Academy for the C-U-4 Reality Career Fair.  This career fair is a culmination of a career unit taught by Mr. Mailloux with collaboration from Pinkerton Academy and St. Mary’s Bank.  Mrs. Judi Window from St. Mary’s Bank was a guest presenter at HMS on 4/13.  She helped explain the fair and what to expect once our students arrive.  

The career unit involved:

  • Explore career interests  including salary range
  • Identify the differences between banks and credit unions
  • Recognize the parts of a budget
  • Explain the differences between gross and net income
  • Classify expenses into one of three categories
  • Distinguish needs and wants
  • Create a budget
  • Demonstrate the responsibilities of being a young adult

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A Huge Thank You to our dedicated Parent Volunteers Mrs.Chalmers and Mrs. Hassler for supplying and distributing healthy snacks to our students during SBAC State Testing the past two weeks! Thank you to all of the parents who sent in donations for our students to do their best!!!

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4th Grade Transition Information Night.

HMS Grade 5 Parent Information Night to be held on Wednesday May 24th in the HMS cafeteria.
Parents join us to learn about student schedules, unified arts and extra curricular opportunities. Parents please join us for this 60 min. presentation at 6:30 pm.

*Thank you to all of the current fifth grade parents who completed the HMS Transition Survey! We continually aim to improve student experiences at HMS!

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8th Grade Science NECAP Testing will be May 8th-12th. 

 NECAP is a comprehensive set of tests that cover a broad range of learning expectations in science administered at grades 4, 8, and 11. The science assessment targets were developed and adopted collaboratively by the departments of education in New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont. Full documentation of the learning expectations for each grade is posted on the websites of the individual state departments and agency of education. 

Staff Appreciation Week:  May 8th- 12th

PTSA will host our annual Staff Appreciation Week.  The Theme this year is Hampstead's Teachers and Staff are Out of this World!
*We are in need of donations of food, gift cards and volunteers to help during this week.  For the full list and to sign up to volunteer, please visit the PTSA website listed above.  If you have any questions please contact: 

Camp Invention is coming to Hampstead Public Schools!

Since 1990, Camp Invention has taken summer fun and transformed it from ordinary to extraordinary!
In partnership with the National Inventors Hall of Fame, Hampstead Middle School is pleased to offer the nationally-acclaimed Camp Invention program to children entering grades 1st-6th. It’s an exciting, weeklong summer adventure with lessons that explore connections between science, technology, engineering and innovation. Children will work together to seek solutions to real-world problems and sharpen critical 21st century learning skills while rotating through several fascinating modules. The week begins on July 17, 2017 with Heather Mailloux serving as Director of the Launch program!
Here is how young innovators will be spending their time:

  • Engaging creative thinking to design and build their own duct tape creations
  • Experiencing the power of rocket science by building and launching rubber band rockets
  • Exploring aerodynamics to blast water rockets made from plastic bottles more than 50 feet in the air
  • Taking apart nonworking machines and devices to investigate their inner operations

All activities give participants the opportunity to explore, discover and achieve while having fun!

Local educators will facilitate program modules and enthusiastic high school students will serve as Leadership Interns ensuring that one program team member is in place for every eight children.

Register on or before May 1, 2017 using promo code Discover15 to receive $15 OFF the base price of $250. Every registration includes a complimentary Camp Invention t-shirt. Availability is limited, so visit or call 800.968.4332 to secure your child’s spot today!