Wednesday, January 23, 2013

How Do You Spell?

How do you spell?
2012    guetapens
2011    cymotrichous
2010    stromuhr
2009    Laodicean
2008    guerdon

These were the winning words for the National Spelling Bee for the past five years.

Today, January 23, Harrison Middle School held the HMS Spelling Bee. The Bee began with 14 students. Congratulations to all participants; with a total of 442 students in Grades 5, 6, 7, and 8 the finalists did very well.

Grade 5: Emily Corson, Spencer King, Michael McNeil, and Maya Parlin
Grade 6: Wyatt Bates and Hannah Zimmerman
Grade 7: Sierra Gilmore, Sophie Harpool, Cooper May, and Eva Then
Grade 8: Isabel Bates, Nate Dealaman, Chris Romano, and Hannah Van Alstine

Our results are:

Co-Champions: Isabel Bates and Chris Romano
Neither student missed a word for six rounds and move onto the Cumberland County Spelling Bee.

The Cumberland County Spelling Bee is scheduled for February 12 at the Falmouth Middle School Cafetorium at 6:30.

Good luck (spelling) to Isabel and Chris!

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

There Were 10, Tnen Two, and Finally One


The kickoff for this yearʼs Bee was the week of November 12th, with thousands of schools around the United States and in the five U.S. territories participating. The school winners will now take a written test; up to 100 of the top scorers on that test in each state will then be eligible to compete in their state Bee on April 5, 2013. Maineʼs State Bee will be held at the University of Maine at Farmington.

The National Geographic Society is one of the worldʼs largest nonprofit scientific and educational organizations. Founded in 1888 to “increase and diffuse geographic knowledge,” the Societyʼs mission is to inspire people to care about the planet.

The school-level Bee, at which students answered oral questions on
geography, was the first round in the 25th annual National Geographic Bee. This yearʼs Bee was sponsored by Google. The school finalists included: Nate Dealamen, Joan Estabrook, Zach Hamilton, Joe Inger, Olivia OʼHalloran, Cal Owen, Ravi Patel, Carolyn Snow, Sage Watterson, and Tucker Whitney.

Ravi Patel ( left), an 8th grade student at HMS, won the school-level competition of the National Geographic Bee on Monday, January 14th and a chance at a $25,000 college scholarship. Along side Ravi is Nate Dealaman, the runner-up.

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Romeo and Juliet at HMS

7th Grade General Music Classes are working on their Drama and Musical Theater Unit.  Students spend one class period acting and filming a shortened 3-minute version of William Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet."  Students then download their movie into the music software program Garage Band, where they sound score the film with background music and sound effects.  Students present their final film to the class.  Be sure to invite your child to play it for you too!

Monday, January 14, 2013

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