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: 

Friday, March 24, 2017

March 2017 HMS Newsletter

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March 2017
HMS Principal’s Newsletter

HMS Celebrates National Engineering Week!

Introduce a Girl In Engineering Day!

Mrs. Griffin, grade 8 Science teacher, and Mrs. Karpinsky, 5th and 6th grade school counselor, partnered earlier this month to celebrate National Engineering Week, and Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day with a career exploration engineering challenge! Fifth grade girls participated in an engineering challenge led by Mrs. Griffins 8th grade students.

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Guidance UA
5th grade students are wrapping up the last few weeks of their Guidance UA. Students have been learning about empathy, bullying, and relational aggression.  Over the next couple of weeks, students will learn about stress management, individual learning styles, and participate in career exploration activities.

Lunch Group Lessons
Mrs. Karpinsky continues to run daily lunch groups in 5th and 6th grade and will begin lunch group lessons with groups of 10-12 student.  The topic for the upcoming series of lunch lessons is relational aggression. Relational aggression is described as any behavior that is intended to harm someone by damaging or manipulating relationships with others. Unlike other types of bullying, relational aggression is not as overt, or noticeable as physical aggression. However, the effects can be long lasting. Relational aggression damages a persons sense of social place. Examples of relational aggression include: exclusion, gossip, the silent treatment, belittling and conditional friendship.  For additional information about relational aggression, including resources for parents and families, please visit the following link.

News from the National Junior Honor Society

NJHS raises Multiple SC Awareness with week long events including selling t-shirts and beads, daily announcements about the disease, student simulations and wearing orange to support the MS cause.   

What is MS?
Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is an unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous system that disrupts the flow of information within the brain, and between the brain and body.

*Next month NJHS will support National Autism Month in April.  
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HMS Celebrates 8th Grader Nick Barbuto!!! 

8th grade band member, Nick Barbuto, was selected to participate in the NH Band Directors' Association Middle Level Honor Band held at UNH on Friday March 17. Earning the highest percussion score in the state, Nick's audition afforded him the opportunity of playing in a band made up of some of the best middle school musicians from across the state. The group rehearsed all day under the baton of Deb Confredo of Temple University and presented a concert in the evening

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Family Consumer Science
Many things going on in the Family Consumer Science room this month:
6th grade has been learning about the Activity Pyramid and learning about the different levels of exercise and the FIT principle: Frequency, Intensity, and Time.  They are learning to take their pulse and observing what it does as they perform different activities.
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.  As a culminating project, the students were asked to create a snack to sell at the Little Mermaid concession stand.  They had to develop a business plan through Biz Kids:  What is your idea?  What are your start up cost?  How much will you sell it for?  What is your profit?

8th Grade: is just finishing their work on Careers.  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 April 4th and 5th 9:50-10:30
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 @

Therapist (psychology)
Personal Trainer
fire fighter
nuclear medicine
engineer - architechal,mechanical, electrical, civil, and/or chemical
software engineer
Physical Therapist
chemical scientist
Doctor - pediatrician
financial advisor
crime scene investigator
sports medicine
pharmasist rep
private investigator
sports medicine
financial manager
Foresistic science

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HMS Sports

The HMS club volleyball team finished their season with games against Hampstead Academy, Bedford and Pelham.  This year's squad had about 80 participants in 7th and 8th grade.

Tryouts for the 2017 HMS golf team will be in early to mid April.  The golf team will have matches at Atkinson CC, Brookstone, Candia Woods, Intervale CC and Hoodkroft CC. 

Baseball, softball and track tryouts will begin next Wednesday March 29th.  

Fifth Grade Happenings

The grade 5 Egypt Museum was held on Wednesday, March 22.  Students educated members of the Hampstead community about Ancient Egyptian Life.  Each exhibit had a research report, Google slide show, and models on various topics. Viewers left the museum with a wealth of knowledge about  the Nile River,  Egyptian gods and goddesses, wonders of Ancient Egypt, the social structure of the civilization, and Egyptian mummies. This presentation concluded the children's study of Egypt in Mrs. Ouellet's social studies classes.

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On Wednesday, March 8th, fifth grade students attended The Wizard of Oz at the Palace Theater at the conclusion of their Fictional Narrative reading and writing unit, as a culminating activity.   Upon returning, students put on their own Reader's Theater of the original book, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, and compared and contrasted the two story lines.  It was a fun experience that all students enjoyed!! The Palace hopes we can attend again next year!!  

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Our Our World Club
The Our World Club will be organizing a school-wide drive for school supplies for three Manchester middle schools from April 3rd through the 14th.  The three deserving schools HMS will be donating to are: Hillside, Parkside and McLaughlin. We will be mainly collecting pencils, pens, notebooks, binders, notebook paper, and cloth pencil holders.

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PTSA had a successful fundraiser with selling HMS Hawk wear!  Thank you everyone for your support.  The PTSA will be looking for Volunteers for Staff Appreciation week. If anyone is interested in helping with this event please contact Denise @
we have just approved 2 Pedometers for the HMS. 
Thank you to all of the PTSA Kids for volunteering for Bingo for Books we are grateful for your commitment.

Notice of General Membership Meeting Change*

This email is to notify you that our April GM Meeting date has been moved to


We thank you all for your understanding and we hope to see all our members there!

HMS Book Tastings

Grade 6:  Exposure to a Variety of Authors, Genres, Formats, etc.

  • Multiple Themes Genres and Formats (Most Popular: “New” and “Overcoming Challenges” Theme
  • Students Browsed Titles, Took a Few Notes, etc.
  • Connections about Topics of Interest

Wide Receiver New England Patriots Video, Malcolm Mitchell:  Bookish Football Player

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Grade 7:  Different Titles, Formats, Additional Book talks, etc.

Available and Recommended:  The Crossover  By: K. Alexander

Realistic Fiction, Siblings, Sports, Fast-Paced

Boys in the Boat

By:  G. Mone (Young Readers Adaptation) Olympics, Perseverance, Narrative Nonfiction

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Important Please Note Upcoming Testing

Teachers and students are preparing for our upcoming annual

Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC)

The Smarter Balanced assessment system is a valid, fair, and reliable approach to student assessment that provides educators, students and parents meaningful results with actionable data to help students succeed.
Our assessment system, aligned to College and Career Ready Standards, consists of three major components, all designed to improve teaching and learning.
The following are the scheduled dates. Please help support your child with plenty of rest and nutritional snacks these weeks.
SBAC ELA:  April 10-14
SBAC Math: April 17-21
SBAC Make-up testing:  May 1-5 

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8th Grade Science
In science classes, the 8th grade students have been gathering facts about climate changes and are now creating a water filtration system using common household objects for an engineering challenge.  The filtration test will be next week!

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8th Grade Language Arts
8th Grade LA is in the midst of literary analysis with a whole class study of William Golding's Lord of the Flies. We are reading and discussing the thematic implications about human nature and our study will culminate with analytical assignment that explores the use of symbolism in the novel.

8th Grade Social Studies 
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Hampstead American Legion Junior Oratorical

Grade 8 students have prepared  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 in their classes and this competition provides an excellent opportunity for students to share their knowledge of the Constitution with classmates and the HMS community.

On March 16th,  HMS held their local competition judged by our faculty judging panel and guest judge, school board member Cathleen Abruzzese.   With 22 students performing for their classmates, guests, family members and staff, it was great opportunity for our students to showcase their knowledge of the Constitution.  The public speaking skills displayed were outstanding and it was exciting to see the level of poise our students showed while speaking on topics ranging from Fourth Amendment Privacy to First Amendment Religious Freedom.  From our local competition, our top 5 students were Vera Backman, Cole Breen, Michael  Curtin, Naomi Ford, and  Emma Johnston. Congratulations to our top placing students and all grade 8 students for shining in their public speaking accomplishments.

Good Luck to Naomi and Emma who  are moving forward in representing HMS at District  Competition on March 25th West Running Brook Middle School in Derry.  We wish them much success.