Sunday, March 19, 2017

7th Grade Science Update

Our seventh-grade students had the unique opportunity to learn about congenital heart disease, EKG reading and angiograms from a team of experts including Kyle Deerwester, Yarmouth Alum at Tufts Medical School.

Our students gained valuable knowledge from participating in the porcine dissection under the expert direction of HMS parents and community members. Our thanks to the following parents who volunteered their time to support this unique learning experience for our students!

Adam Owen
Linda Coes
Michelle Carol-Cristopher
Julia Brock
Loree Wood-Devinney
Kevin Cowell
Deidre Heersink
Bennett Wilson
Kyle Deerwester

Monday, March 13, 2017

Mindfulness Presentation for Parents

Susan Parr, HMS Social Worker, has been educating our students, staff and district about the benefits of Mindfulness for several years. She leads the HMS Mindfulness Club, visits classrooms to share a variety of Mindfulness techniques, breathing exercises and activities, and meets with interested staff members weekly to continue this education.

Susan describes Mindfulness as paying attention to the present moment, on purpose, and without judgement.  Studies show that using Mindfulness has numerous benefits, including decreased stress, anxiety, and depression while increasing focus, concentration and emotional regulation.

Earlier this winter Susan invited HMS parents to attend a Mindfulness presentation to learn about the concept and explore the variety of practices that parents can use for themselves and/or with family.

Thanks to Olivia Bailey, Izabel Cox-Faxon, and Maddie Miles for sharing their wealth of knowledge during this presentation. Additionally, thanks to both the Mindfulness Club and the 8th grade Mindfulness lunch group for serving on the panel, answering questions and sharing their personal experiences on how Mindfulness has helped them in Middle School.

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Poutine à HMS! Oh là là!!

Paula Vicenzi filled us in on the first, delicious use of our induction range and pan:

Through the support of the PTO and Kelly Sawhney, PTO member and HMS parent, we now have an an induction range and pan!

The world language team will use the range to enrich our cultural units through simple food demonstrations in our classrooms. On Friday, March 10, Blair Currier, the director of the Yarmouth School Nutrition Program, joined the 7th grade French classes to demonstrate how to make a popular Québécois dish called "Poutine." 

Blair Currier cooks for our students
The wonderful smells of fries covered with cheese curds and homemade gravy helped us imagine that we had a little of Québec in our classroom!

Tori Kendeigh, Alice Donahue, and Maddie Emrich-Shanks enjoy this special dish

Geo Bee Update-Congratulations to Evan Lucca

 Congratulations and best wishes to Evan Lucca, who qualified to compete in the state level National Geographic Bee!
Evan Lucca
The Maine State Bee will be held on Friday, March 31, 2017. Eligible state Bee competitors are in grades four through eight, and have participated in and won the competition at the school level that involved at least six students. This year 106 students qualified for the state competition.
One champion from each state and territory will advance to the National Geographic Bee Championship, which will be held May 14-18 at the National Geographic Society headquarters in Washington, D.C.

Many thanks to Megan Rice and Charlotte Agell for their coordination and facilitation of the HMS Geo Bee.

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Project FeederWatch comes to the HMS Library

 Merry Stuhr brought us up to date on the latest innovation in our Wonder-Filled Library:

As Merry's photos demonstrate, our students love this new addition to the library!
Thanks to our PTO, and Kellie McMahon, HMS has begun the citizen science project through Cornell Lab of Ornithology at Cornell University! 

HMS students who visit the library and wish to participate are recording their observations, which will be submitted to Cornell. FeederWatch data help scientists track broadscale movements of winter bird populations and long-term trends in bird distribution and abundance. 

Kellie McMahon, 8th grade science and math teacher, was  instrumental in helping to get this project off the ground. Thank you, Kellie! 

Please enjoy this very special video taken by Sam Polstein, 8th grade student:



Rob Finch visits HMS Choirs

Kimberly Grover filled us in on an exciting visit from fellow Choir Conductor, Rob Finch:
Rob Finch working with HMS Students
Rob Finch visited with HMS choir students on Tuesday, 2.28. Rob was the District II Honors Chorus conductor this year and the 30 HMS students who participated in the choir absolutely loved working with him!
Rob hails from Dover NH where he teachers music and drama at their middle school. He is also an active singer and actor, most recently performing in this past summer's production of "The Hunchback of Notre Dame" at the Ogunquit Playhouse. Rob enjoyed working with our students and the feeling was mutual. 
Thanks and appreciation to the Music Boosters for making Rob's visit possible!


Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Jared Conant honored as MDA State Ambassador

On Friday, February 10th, Jared Conant's classmates had the privilege of joining an award ceremony to honor him for his work as the Maine State Ambassador for the Muscular Dystrophy Association.
Jared Conant and Casey Bunker
Casey Bunker, from the Portland Fire Department, presented Jared with his own fire fighter boot on behalf of the International Association of Fire Fighters. The boot represents their gratitude to Jared for his hours of charity work and assistance with their "Fill the Boot" campaign. Casey's speech outlined Jared's impressive efforts and singular dedication to this work.
Ashley King, the Executive Director of the Maine Muscular Dystrophy Association, was unable to attend the presentation. Mike Hagerty read Ashley's speech to Jared and his seventh grade peers. Jared's classmates learned about his tireless efforts and perseverance to raise money and bring awareness to this cause, and celebrated his unwavering commitment to his role as the MDA Maine State Ambassador. 
Mike Hagerty, Jared Conant and Casey Bunker
It was a privilege to have Jared's dad, Barry Conant, in attendance at this presentation. Jared and Barry will continue their important work together. We were honored to participate in this special recognition of Jared and his work on behalf of the MDA. 
Here's more information about what Jared has been up to: