Friday, December 20, 2013

Congratulations to Karen Jagolinzer, Grade Five Mathematics Teacher

President Obama Honors Outstanding Math and Science Teachers 
Karen Jagolinzer

WASHINGTON, DC -- President Obama today named 102 mathematics and science teachers as recipients of the prestigious Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. This year’s awardees represent all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the Department of Defense Education Activity. The educators will receive their awards at a Washington, DC, event in the coming year.
The Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching is awarded annually to outstanding K-12 science and mathematics teachers from across the country. The winners are selected by a panel of distinguished scientists, mathematicians, and educators following an initial selection process done at the state level. Each year the award alternates between teachers teaching kindergarten through 6th grade and those teaching 7th through 12th grades. The 2012 awardees named today teach kindergarten through 6th grade.
Winners of this Presidential honor receive a $10,000 award from the National Science Foundation to be used at their discretion. They also are invited to Washington, DC, for an awards ceremony and several days of educational and celebratory events, including visits with members of Congress and the Administration.
“These teachers are inspiring today’s young students to become the next generation of American scientists, mathematicians, and innovators,” President Obama said. “Through their passion and dedication, and by sharing their excitement about science, technology, engineering, and math, they are helping us build a promising future for all our children.”
Excellent math and science teachers, exemplified by these awardees, are critical to getting more students engaged in the increasingly important science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields. That’s why President Obama has committed to strengthening STEM education and has called for preparing 100,000 excellent science and mathematics teachers over the next decade—a goal that inspired the creation of “100kin10,” a coalition of leading corporations, philanthropies, universities, service organizations, and others working to train and retain STEM teachers across the Nation. The President has also proposed to further strengthen the STEM teaching profession by launching a new STEM Master Teacher Corps, leveraging the expertise of some of our nation’s best and brightest teachers in science and mathematics to elevate the teaching of these subjects nationwide.
Nominations for the 2014 PAEMST are open through April 1, 2014. For more information about PAEMST, please visit

The recipients of the 2012 Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching are:

Karen Jagolinzer, Yarmouth (Math)

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

STEAM Students Go Ballooning!

Mr. Dehetre prepping the balloon outside.

Students prepping the balloon inside.

Last spring, three 7th grade students constructed a hot air balloon in STEAM. Due to poor weather conditions last spring they didn’t get to fly their balloon but vowed to one day fly. On a very cold day in December, Sophia, Becca, and Eliza met with Mr. Dehetre to finally fly their aircraft. The girls, now 8th graders, were amazed at how high the balloon was able to rise. The outside temperature was about 10°. They estimated that the balloon traveled a good 100 to 150 feet upward.

How does it work? The key is density. The air outside of the balloon and within the balloon have different densities due to the heating of the air with a propane burner. Warming the air inside the balloon causes its atoms to move faster than the atoms of the air outside of the balloon. Having fewer atoms within the balloon at the same air pressure as the air surrounding the balloon makes the balloon less dense causing it to float.

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Claire Scott performs on "207"

Our very own Claire Scott (7th grade student) was on the television program 207 this week. Claire played the violin, and sang with fellow violinist, Lauren Rioux. 

Claire has been playing the violin since she was six years old; she has participated in every Yulegrass show. Check out the link below to learn more about Claire's inspiring talent, and her musical background!

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Samsung Solve For Tomorrow Challenge

 Congratulations to Mike Arsenault, Morgan Cuthbert, and Molly Kellogg for their work on the, "Samsung Solve for Tomorrow Challenge!"
We just learned HMS is a State Finalist in this challenge. Click on "Maine" for more information; HMS was chosen from 5 schools.
Samsung started the Solve for Tomorrow education contest, giving schools across the U.S. the opportunity to raise interest in Science Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) subjects among students, by awarding their schools with a share of over $2 million in technology.

HMS students will be studying the invasive, Green Crab issue. The Green Crabs are destroying Maine's clam beds, and weakening our salt marshes. Students will conduct interviews and propose solutions to this problem. 
At this point in the contest HMS has been granted two Galaxy tablets a laptop, camcorder, and Adobe software.

Our next challenge submission will take place sometime in February.  If we're able to advance further in the contest the process will go live for voting. Mike, Morgan, and Molly will keep us posted on this so we can all participate! If HMS is able to make it into the next round of fifteen, our school will win a twenty to thirty-eight thousand dollar technology package!

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

The Unprincess!

CONGRATULATIONS to the 6th grade cast and crew of The Unprincess! This wonderful play was performed in front of two packed houses. The amazing acting by the talented cast was equally matched by the incredible costumes and sets. Our students worked hard to ensure that the audience would be wowed and entertained-they achieved this goal!

Special thanks to all of our parent volunteers; this show would not be possible without you!

Sincere gratitude to Kathy Gardner for everything she does behind the scenes to contribute to our plays!

Huge appreciation to our Director Deb Sevee, her husband Pete, and their sons John and Avery Sevee! We're so fortunate to benefit from your many talents!