Wednesday, December 23, 2015

We honor Diane Reynolds

Diane Reynolds
The HMS staff honored Diane Reynolds on Monday, 12.21. We thanked Diane for her stellar work during her 34 year career, and for all that she has done for the students she worked with. 

HMS Unified Arts Team
Diane Reynolds and Bruce Brann

Bruce Brann noted that Diane has touched the lives of 15, 000 plus students during her career. Her cake reflects this amazing accomplishment. Our sendoff included much gratitude, all best wishes, and many hugs. Photos by Tracy Weinrich and Elaine Fletcher say it all.

Diane Reynolds, Liz Reinsborough, and Holly Allen

Diane Reynolds, and Brad Ciemchomski

Saturday, December 19, 2015

7th Grade Students become Botanists

Morgan Cutbert shared our 7th grade students' work on the taxonomy unit: 

Seventh grade students are studying taxonomy and learning to classify flowering plants as part of the unit on living organisms. Using the external and internal features of the plants, and viewing stems, leaves, roots, seeds, and petals, the students are classifying the flowering plants into two categories.  The students grew their own bean and corn plants from seeds and are witnessing the life cycle of a Wisconsin Fast Plant, taking it from seed to seed.

The Winter Concert Season

We're pleased to share the descriptions and images from this year's winter concerts:

Bruce Brann honors Kimberly Grover and Brad Ciechomski
Last night's winter concert featuring the 5th and 6th grade bands, the 6th Grade Jazz Choir, and the 5th and 6th Grade Chorus filled the YPAC with beautiful music!

Our students put their hearts and souls into preparing and performing at this event. The program was a perfect blend of old time and current favorites, and pieces that are now new favorites thanks to our students' emotional performances. Their playing and singing communicated the joyful, whimsical, and poignant moments in every song! 

Mellifluous, precise, beautifully blended, and moving are some of the words that best describe the work of our 7th and 8th grade students at their winter concert.
The HMS Symphonic Band, Jazz Choir, and 7th & 8th Grade Chorus worked together to create an exceptional evening of music. Our students brought the audience to tears, and to their feet, as they experienced the range of emotions conveyed in the performances. 
We thank our students for the hours of practice and hard work that it takes to craft these shows.

Special thanks to Rick Dustin for his piano accompaniment, and his on-going support of all things music at HMS.
To Mrs. Grover and Mr. C., our students' work during this concert season is a testament to your expertise and your vision-our heartfelt thanks for both. Please enjoy:


Friday, December 11, 2015

Fifth and Sixth Grade Attend their First Math Meet

Harrison Middle School was well represented, as 23 student members of the fifth and sixth grade math teams attended their first math meet at Holiday in by the Bay in Portland on Thursday, December 10th.  In this photo, the sixth grade team proudly supports three of its members who earned ribbons for individual scores.
Georgia Herr, Elena Miller, Emily Mickool, Asher Lockwood, Patrick Lucien, and Galen Skinner

Georgia Herr and Elena Miller placed first with perfect scores, and Emily Mickool earned a fifth place ribbon.  Other members of the team shown are Galen Skinner, Asher Lockwood, and Patrick Lucien.  Congratulations to all students who attended this meet, and to Mrs. Ellis for her guidance and leadership!

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Yarmouth Digital Media Club Partners with 317 Main Creating Holiday Video

One of the activities available to students at HMS is the Yarmouth Digital Media Club. It meets on Tuesdays after school from 2:30-4:00pm. Mike Arsenault, YDM advisor, was recently approached by Amy Sinclair from 317 Main to create a holiday video.

YDM members met with Amy Sinclair and Jill Webber to plan, shoot and edit the video project. Amy and Jill's years of experience in television created a great learning experience for the students involved in the project. The "Project Wonderland" video highlights many of the talented musicians that teach and learn at 317 Main. The result of their work may be viewed below. Enjoy.