Monday, April 27, 2015

Slugger's Reading Challenge

Once again this year the HMS students took on the Sea Dogs "Slugger's Reading Challenge" in order to earn money toward our classroom libraries. Molly Kilpatrick shared the exciting information below:

The Portland Sea Dogs called today to announce that HMS won first place in the 2015 Slugger's Reading Challenge!

100% of our students participated in turning in forms that listed 5 books they've read this year.
As the first place winner, our school has been awarded $1,000 for classroom libraries! This wouldn't have been possible without our students' commitment and our LA teachers' guidance and diligence.

Special thanks to Molly Kilpatrick and and Liz Reinsborough for all of the time and energy they put into this project-HMS would not have been recognized without your efforts! Congratulations to all!

Friday, April 17, 2015

YEF Spring Grant Recipients

We're grateful to all members of the Yarmouth Education Foundation, past and present, for everything they do for our community. Their work makes it possible to provide innovative, creative opportunities for all students.                                     
Bob Gross and Karen Jagolinzer

Congratulations to the following YEF grant recipients!

Jenny Jorgensen, Karen Jagolinzer & Bob Gross (LittleBits of Challenge) *Jenny was attending the NCSM/MCTM 2015 conference when the grant was awarded.

Merry Stuhr & Molly Kilpatrick (One Book, One School) *Molly was at YES when the grant was awarded.

Liz Greely, Kelly Conley, and Gina Rollins (Skins for Keyboarding)

Morgan Cuthbert & Jay Harrington (Robotics)

Charlotte Agell & Kristina Walsh (Analog Clocks for Executive Functioning Skills)
Kelly Conley, Liz Greely, and Gina Rollins

Morgan Cuthbert and Jay Harrington

Charlotte Agell and Kristina Walsh
Merry Stuhr


Monday, April 13, 2015

HMS Donates Tee Shirts for our Sister School

In March, HMS collected 300 tee shirts to send to our sister school, St. Bahkita School, in the Kiryandongo Refugee Settlement, in Bweyale, Uganda. 

Charlie Roscoe, a former Yarmouth resident who runs the non-profit called Schools for Refugees  brought the tee shirts to the school on his recent trip to Uganda.

HMS students and St. Bahkita students have also exchanged 300 letters to share information about their daily lives. Our community has been involved with St. Bahkita for several years; this has been an important and enriching experience for our students!

Our continuing thanks to Paula Vicenzi for bringing this wonderful opportunity to HMS. 

 Please check out HMS NEWS here for more information on our relationship with St. Bahkita.

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Eli Anderson is named as the Steingart Award Recipient

Mrs. Grover and Mr. C. were excited to share the letter below to Eli Anderson, who is this year's recipient of the Steingart Music Education Fund. We were pleased to have Carol Steingart join us for this presentation!                                                                               
Eli Anderson


Dear Eli,

Congratulations on all that you have accomplished and continue to achieve with your bassoon and your music. Because of the excellence and dedication that you demonstrate, the Yarmouth Music Department is proud to recognize you as the this year’s recipient of the Steingart Music Education Fund.

The Steingart family lived in Yarmouth for many years. Emily, their daughter, started playing saxophone and then switched to bassoon in middle school. Emily is a dedicated and excellent musician who played in the Portland Youth Wind Ensemble as well as the (Boston based) Youth Philharmonic Orchestra. She even toured to China playing the bassoon! 

Playing the bassoon drastically changed Emilyʼs life for the better. It is part of what has
made her who she is today.

Emilyʼs parents were grateful to the Yarmouth Music Department for exposing her to the bassoon and all that it has brought to her life as a result.

Neil Steingart battled cancer; after many years, it became evident that Neil would lose his fight. The Steingarts decided to establish “The Steingart Music Education Fund” by donating money to the Yarmouth Music Department. The family specified that these funds are to be used to pay for private lessons for students who show promise and passion for music.

The Yarmouth music department is proud to name you as this year’s recipient of the Steingart Music Education Fund. You will be awarded the sum of $500.00 for the use private lessons on your instrument.

Congratulations on your passion and achievements that you have accomplished and demonstrate with your bassoon and music.


Brad Ciechomski              
Director of Bands 

 Kim Grover
Director of Choirs                                                                          
Kim Grover, Scott Anderson, Eli Anderson, Helen Anderson, Carol Steingart, Brad Ciechomski