Saturday, March 25, 2017


 A huge thank you to the HMS Student Leadership Team and Mrs. Emmons, their advisor, for creating the themes and structure for an outstanding Spirit Week! Student participation was awesome-we loved seeing the creative outfits, the way they magically transformed our hallways, and their focus on fundraising for Camp Sunshine.

Speaking of fundraising, another HUGE shout out goes to Ms. Shaw, Mr. Morse, Mr. Hagerty and Mr. Warshaw for turning into human sundaes on behalf of this wonderful cause-you wore the sprinkles wonderfully well! Thanks also to our students who did the honors creating the sundaes : ). 

We noticed and appreciate the kind and supportive behavior throughout the week, even in the midst of friendly competitions!

There are several important reasons we hold Spirit Week:
1. Spirit Week brings our school together as a community with the focus on outreach and giving to others who need assistance. We engage in a friendly fundraising competition with the goal of presenting a united front, as a learning community, about the importance of community service and community engagement. Our Student Leadership team has designated Camp Sunshine as this year's recipient of our fundraising efforts.

From the Camp Sunshine Website:
Camp Sunshine's Mission: Camp Sunshine was
founded in 1984. The camp provides retreats combining respite, recreation and support, while enabling hope and promoting joy, for children with life-threatening illnesses, and their families, through the various stages of a child’s illness.
Please access further information about Camp Sunshine at the link provided.
2. Spirit Week gives us a chance to use our artistic, innovative ideas and skills to transform our hallways from the everyday corridors of HMS to unique and interesting places around our country or world. The grade level projects provide us with the opportunity to collaborate and work together, have fun, and enjoy the creative process.

3. Spirit Week also allows us to show off our school spirit, dress up, PLAY, and shake up our daily routine a bit! Research tells us that Play Isn't Just for PreSchoolers-Teenagers Need it Too and confirms the many benefits to learning when students are given time to dream, create and play. 
We're looking forward to next year!

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