Sunday, September 4, 2016

Olivia Bailey's Mindfulness article is published in KidSpirit

Olivia Bailey
We're pleased and inspired to share Olivia's beautiful, thoughtful article with you, which features HMS Social Worker, Susan Parr's Mindfulness work at our school. 
Congratulations to Olivia; we thank her for sharing her writing with us!
We invite you to click on the link below to learn about the powerful impact of Mindfulness.

Saturday, September 3, 2016

Shellfish Nursery Website

Ben Cox-Faxon and Morgan Cuthbert
Morgan Cuthbert and his past and present students have taken on a fascinating project, which began this summer. Check out the Yarmouth Shelfish Nursery, funded by the Yarmouth Education Foundation, to learn more about the implications of this important, community-based work. 

Morgan Cuthbert

Please see the information below, which provides an introduction, and stay tuned for updates.

Colby Cuthbert helps out
Home Page
A cooperative learning study between the school and town.
Proudly funded by the Yarmouth Education Foundation.
Located at the Yarmouth Town Landing.  

Contact Information:
Lead Teacher - Morgan Cuthbert -
Harbor Master and Shellfish Warden - Bob Byron

A special thanks to the following students whose time has allowed the project to evolve.
Duncan Birkbeck, Clementine Blaschke, Connor Senger, Ben Cox-Faxon, Grady Welsh, Olivia Feeley

2nd Annual Conant Cup

Jared Conant, HMS 7th grade student, and Maine's Muscular Dystrophy Goodwill Ambassador, his dad, Barry Conant, and Mike Hagerty, high school and youth coach, shared the story of their work on this amazing event, along with these wonderful photos from The 2nd Annual Conant Cup.


There was a lot of soccer being played at Yarmouth high school on Thursday and it was all for a good cause. 

The 2nd Annual Conant Cup raised money and awareness for Muscular Dystrophy, a disorder that hits close to home with the Conant's.  Jared Conant has Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy and the idea for the charity tournament came from his love of soccer. He started as the statistician for the Yarmouth high school soccer team but wanted to do more. That led to the creation of Maine's only sub-varsity soccer tournament. The goal is to raise $5,000 which will go to Jared's Muscle Walk Team. You can find more information about that here.

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Friday, September 2, 2016

HMS Staff In-Service Days

The HMS staff gathered together this week for three days of learning, collaborating, and sharing ideas. Teams continued our focus on the inquiry process, differentiated curriculum, Common Core State Standards, and digital citizenship. Our School Improvement Team introduced our plan to explore formative assessment and questioning this year, which we'll begin at our first faculty meeting in October. 

We also engaged in an activity called, "User's Experience". Staff worked in different combinations of pairs to brainstorm words that best described their middle school experiences, and the experiences we want to create for our students, families, community members, and each other. The above Wordle represents and articulates who we are, what we stand for, and what we want to communicate to all of you. 

We appreciated this time to work together and made great use of every minute. We're looking forward to welcoming your children back to HMS on Tuesday!

New Student/New Parent Meet and Greet

New to Yarmouth Parents
HMS was pleased to welcome students and parents new to our district on Monday, August 29th. Laura Mike, our School Counselor, coordinated a variety of get-to-know you activities with our student volunteers, which culminated in a tour of the building and a pizza party.

At the same time our new students were familiarizing themselves with HMS, our PTO, led by President Amie Moore and Melina Roberts, hosted a new parent get together in our library. Parents new to Yarmouth had some time to talk with PTO members, ask questions, tour the building and become more comfortable and familiar with life at HMS.

Our building was energized by the presence of our new students, parents and volunteers! We're grateful to PTO members Stacey Pardales, Michele Lucca, Joan Dollarhite, Charlotte Brennan, Marjie Longshore, Tera Cooley, Amie Moore, Melina Roberts, and Jess Smith for the time and energy they put into this annual event!
Stacey Pardales, Charlotte Brennan, and Joan Dollarhite

PTO President Amie Moore with New to Yarmouth Parents