December 9, 2016
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Hartford Memorial Middle School Newsletter
Week of December 9, 2016
 
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PRINCIPAL’S CORNER

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas--at least at Northern Stage, where this Wednesday all of our chorus students attended a performance of A Christmas Carol featuring one of their classmates, Caroline Hamilton.  Students had a great time at the performance, and it was wonderful to get to support local and high quality theater right in Hartford!  

It is also feeling like holidays are approaching here are well--kids are getting excited, and squirrelly.  We are having more reminders about appropriate behavior, hands to ourselves, and how we need to conduct ourselves in the school building.  Over-exuberance between friends is often to blame, but we are reinforcing with kids the importance of following the school rules, even when dealing with friends, as it can be difficult to sort out the differences, and even friends can get carried away.  We would love help and support from all of you at home in reminding kids that while we want them to have fun while they are here, we also want them to be safe and it is their responsibility to make sure that they are following the school rules.  We are constantly striving to make our school a warm and welcoming environment for all of our students, and it takes all of us--staff, students, and families--working together to build that.

Tristan Upson, upsont@hartfordschools.net, 802-295-8640 ext 3304

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WHAT’S NEW AT HMMS?

Equinox Warm Clothing Drive

In the spirit of the holiday season, Team Equinox will be having a winter clothing drive at HMMS.  We are looking for donations of winter coats, hats, mittens, gloves, snow pants, and boots.  Everything we collect will be donated to a local charity organization, or used for any needy students here at school.  Please support us in our efforts to help make our community a better place.

What: Winter Clothing Drive

When: December 7-21

Donate:  Winter coats, boots, hats, mittens, gloves, snow pants

Where:  Donations can be made here at school outside the main office or in room 229, 227, or 218

Thanks very much and Happy Holidays!

Team Equinox

HMMS Bowling Club

HMMS has started a bowling club!  If your child is interested, there is a sign up sheet outside the main office.  When they sign up, please have them pick up athletic and medical forms from Mrs. Slayton.  The forms must be completed and returned to the main office before they can begin practice.  The first practice is planned for Tuesday January 3rd.  Students will practice with the HHS Bowling team on Mondays and Tuesdays at the high school from 3-4:30.  On Wednesdays and Thursdays, students travel to Maple Lanes in Claremont, NH for practices.  The bus leaves the high school at 3:15 and returns at 6:30.  Bowling matches are on Saturdays only.  Sixth graders may participate in practices with the team, but may not bowl in matches.  If you have any questions, please contact Ryan Hoisington at hoisi913@gmail.com.  

8th Graders Start Visits to HACTC

We are extremely fortunate that we have the Hartford Area Career and Technical Center right across the parking lot from us.  Having this opportunity for students in the Hartford School District is an incredible advantage for our students as they grow.  Over the last several years, our counselors have arranged for our 8th graders to visit the HACTC each year so that they can become familiar with the wealth of opportunities and pathways that will be available to them in high school.  So far we have had three of our four teams of 8th graders go over for their tours and the feedback from students is overwhelmingly excited about what their future could hold.  The tours are also fun--check out this video of Nova students doing the mannequin challenge with real mannequins yesterday in the Allied Health program!

Hartford Hoop-La Over Break

The Hartford Community Coalition will be hosting Hartford Hoop-La over the Holiday break.  On Thursday December 29th from 7-9pm at the HHS Gym, any student from the middle school or high school can come for free for open gym, food, and music.  Rides are available for students who may not have transportation.  This is a great opportunity for kids to see friends and have a fun and safe place to go during the break!  See this flyer for more information.

French Pen Pals

French students in 7th and 8th grade will be starting a pen pal exchange soon with students in Quebec and France.  The 8th graders will be corresponding with 8th grade students in La Pocatière, Québec, northeast of Quebec City, on the St. Lawrence River.  The 7th grade pen pals are 7th graders in Wissembourg, France, right on the German border.  The letters will be written in a combination of French and English, giving both sides of the exchange the opportunity to practice what they are learning in an authentic way.  This opportunity has been made possible through connections made by Ms. Fleishman with teachers through ePals, an online community sponsored by Cricket Media.

Read-a-thon Is HERE!

The HMMS Read-a-thon is HERE.  This traditional school event runs from the day we return from Thanksgiving break until the beginning of the Holiday break.  For the first week, the entire school has participated and students, teachers, and staff read for the first ten minutes of each class.  After the first week, many classes continue to read for those ten minutes daily until the break.  It is always exciting to see how many books we can read as a school!  This year there will be daily read-a-thon trivia, tracking of the books read, and prizes!  Encourage your child to see how many books they can read during the month.