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: