[HMHS News] Hawk News week of October 13
schamberlin at hopkintonschools.org
Sat Oct 11 06:12:22 EDT 2008
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Thoughts from along the adventure:
We have just finished one of the longest stretches of uninterrupted
instruction for the school year. We try to take advantage of the
beginning of the school year, when the youngsters are fresh. By the
look of it, I think everyone is ready for a long weekend.
A school calendar is always a topic that gets much interest. Many
schools had Friday, October 10, off, as it is a tradition teacher
workshop day. (I would love to get feedback for this weekend next
year; a teacher workshop or something like it on Friday of Columbus
Day weekend would create a four-day weekend for the students.) Please
let me know what you think.
This week I had the opportunity to join five NH school administrators
in a meeting with forty school administrators from Denmark. They asked
the principals about the biggest challenges facing NH high schools:
funding, the increased complexity of student issues, and finding and
retaining qualified teachers were at the top of the list. The Denmark
administrators explained that compulsory education ends at ninth grade
in Denmark. After ninth grade the students attend a vocational
school, enter the work force (Denmark has full employment), or if
accepted, a comprehensive high school. The idea of an inclusive school
– educating disabled and non-disabled student together was of interest
to the administrators.
Our first meeting of the Principal Advisory Committee will be this
week: Tuesday from 5:00pm – 6:00pm in the high school conference
room. Topics for discussion will include but not be limited to: the
high school master schedule, z – block (an opportunity for remediation
and enrichment), the two year NEASC report, and brainstorming ideas
for the year. All are invited to attend.
On Thursday, October 16, Hopkinton High School will be hosting an
admissions event for the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).
The event, a regional information session, is for students and
families interested in MIT. The event will be held in the auditorium.
Please feel welcome to attend.
*** Please remember to turn in the student information verification
sheets. The information is very important to us, especially if we have
an emergency. ***
It looks like a raking and catch up on work weekend for me. I hope
everyone has a great weekend.
As always, thank you for your support.
Visit our website @ www.hopkintonschools.org
GUIDANCE DEPARTMENT DIRECT TELEPHONE NUMBER: 746-2502
HHS Sports Information Line...call 746-NEWS, extension one!
HHS Online calendar
Messages from the Principal…
PAC Meeting, Tuesday, October 14
Please join us…
The Hopkinton Middle High School (PAC) Parent Advisory Committee will
be meeting in the school administrative conference room on Tuesday,
October 14th, from 5:00pm - 6:00pm. This week’s agenda includes a
discussion about the high school master schedule, z-block (an
opportunity for remediation and enrichment), the two-year NEASC
report, and brainstorming ideas for the year. All are welcome to
*Mexico trip in April 2009
There were 2 last minute cancellations for the trip to Mexico in
anyone is interested in going, please see or email Sra. Hassett ASAP
@ lhassett at hopkintonschools.org.
Parents and guardians of seniors…please join us for:
PROJECT GRADUATION MEETING…October 16th
A Project Graduation meeting will be held on Thursday, October 16th,
at 7:00pm at the high school in room 202. Interested parents and
guardians are invited to come as planning begins for Project
First Robotics Team 1922 -- Join in the fun!!!
Students and volunteers needed in all areas of talent: website design,
business management, engineering, programming, team parents, public
The First Robotics Team will begin meeting in October…we are looking
for adult volunteers, mentors, and sponsors. If you are interested
please contact Will Renauld at 746-4167, ext. 268 or email wrenauld at hopkintonschools.org
PARENT/TEACHER CONFERENCE DAY, MONDAY, NOVEMBER 10
To schedule a middle school conference, please call Anne Whiting at
to schedule high school conferences, call Jean Eaton at 746-4167 ext.
The journalism class has begun positing their first stories of the
school year… READ THE TALON at
Messages from the Guidance Office
River Valley Community College
Juniors and seniors are invited to attend the 21st annual Discovery
Day at New Hampshire Community Technical College in Claremont on
Wednesday, October 22nd from 9:30am to noon.
Discovery Day provides students an opportunity to learn more about the
Community College, programs and services, and the diversity of its
offerings. Students will have the opportunity to tour the new state
of the art Puksta Library, sit in on live college courses, and meet
students and faculty and administration.
Contact Mr. Fox to register.
The New Hampshire Higher Education Assistance Foundation (NHHEAF) is
sponsoring a statewide college convention at Southern NH University on
March 28, 2009. This event would be perfect timing for juniors.
Consider putting it on your calendar.
PSAT – Test date Oct. 18th – students arrive at 7:45am.
Free ACT practice questions!
This site has study tips and ACT questions with detailed answer
Hopkinton High School Guidance Department Presents:
COLLEGE MINI FAIR 2008!
Please encourage your youngster and consider attending yourself:
11:15 – 12:15 pm, in the high school auditorium
Bay Path College
Bay State College
Castleton State College
Franklin Pierce University
Lakes Region Community College (formerly NHCTC-Laconia)
Maine Maritime Academy
Manchester Community College
Marymount Manhatten College
Montana State University
Mount Ida College
Saint Michael’s College
The College of Saint Rose
University of Maine - Orono
University of New Hampshire
HMHS LUNCH MENU FOR THE WEEK
Monday: no school
Tuesday: chicken nuggets, chicken/cheeseburger
Wednesday: Pasta bar, meat/alfredo, chicken/cheeseburger
Thursday: meatball sub, chicken/cheeseburger
Monday, October 13, Day 0
No school, Columbus Day
Tuesday, October 14, Day 2
Forensics Club, rm. 204, 7:30am-8am
Driver’s Ed, rm. 209, 3-5pm
Wednesday, October 15, Day 1
HS Drama, audi, 3-5:30pm
Driver’s Ed, rm. 205, 6-8pm
Knitting Club 3-4:15 pm Rm 403
Thursday, October 16, Day 2
Driver’s Ed, rm. 209, 3-5pm
MS Drama, audi, 3-4:30pm
Robotics Meeting, rm. 224, 6:30-8pm
Friday, October 17, Day 1
Have a wonderful weekend!
MIDDLE SCHOOL NEWS!
Click here for direct access to the middle school homework pages!
Reminder: The students who are going to The 2008 Kids Voting New
Hampshire Gala at the Grappone Center in Concord on Monday, October 20
need to return their permission slips by 8:00am on Wednesday, October
15 to Mrs. Cross.
NECAP testing dates: Oct. 16, 17, 20, and 21!
October 28 – Early release day.
October 31 – First quarter ends, report cards issued November 14
October 13 – No school: Columbus Day
October 16 – Senior Class Group Picture @ Gould Hill
October 28 – Early release day
October 27 – Picture retake day: grades 7-11
October 31 – Quarter one grades close
November 4 – No school
November 4 – Election Day, polls open 7:00am – 7:00pm
November 10 – Parent/Teacher Conference Day – no school
November 11 – No school: Veterans Day
November 14 – Report cards distributed
November 24 – NHS Induction Ceremony, 7:00pm
November 26-28 – No school: Thanksgiving
December 22-31 – No school: holiday recess
October 18 is Wood for Warmth Volunteer Day
Wood for Warmth is a simple community effort of neighbors helping
neighbors to stay warm through the winter! Here is how you can help!
- Check out neighbors and friends to be sure they have enough
- Encourage them to call Hopkinton Human Services to register for
Federal Fuel Assistance if needed.
- Donate burnable wood to the Sean Powers Wood Bank which is
located at the Hopkinton Transfer Station.
October 18 is Wood for Warmth Volunteer Day. On this day, wood
donations may be left at your curbside to be picked up by volunteers.
All donations must be hardwood in 16" lengths. Please call Mary
Congoran at 568-2783 or 529-2692 or email at woodforwarmth at hotmail.com
by October 16th if you would like a pick up.
Volunteers are also needed to to move or load wood, truck wood, unload
and stack wood. For more questions, please call Mary at 568-2783 or
email woodforwarmth at hotmail.com.
From the Hopkinton PTA
*Every three years the PTA is required to submit their bylaws to the
NH PTA. Prior to the submission, the members of the Hopkinton PTA
must vote to approve them. The bylaws will be on the agenda for vote
and copies will be provided before the start of our November 6, 2008
meeting. We encourage all members to attend.
*October is Parent Involvement in Education Month (Governor Lynch's
October 08 proclamation). For more information, I have the following
Helping Your Child Succeed with Homework
As a parent, you know that homework can sometimes pose real
difficulties for your children. But you don’t have to be an expert in
math or science to help your child be successful with homework. Your
caring and attention can go a long way. By getting involved with your
child’s homework, communication between you and the school improves.
You learn more about what is expected of your child in school. And you
get a firsthand idea of what students are learning and how well your
child is doing. Research shows that if a child is having difficulty
with homework, parents should pay close attention. Talk to your
child’s teachers to find out what you can do to help.
Make sure your child has a quiet, well-lit place to do homework. Avoid
having your child do homework with the television on or in places with
other distractions, such as people coming and going.
Make sure the materials your child needs, such as paper, pencils and a
dictionary, are available. Ask your child if special materials will be
needed for some projects and get them in advance.
Help your child with time management. Establish a set time each day
for doing homework. Don‘t let your child leave homework until just
before bedtime. Think about using a weekend morning or afternoon for
working on big projects, especially if the project involves getting
together with classmates.
Be positive about homework. Tell your child how important school is.
The attitude you express about homework will be the attitude your
When your child does homework, you can do homework. Show your child
that the skills they are learning are related to things you do as an
adult. If your child is reading, you read too. If your child is doing
math, you can balance your checkbook.
When your child asks for help, provide guidance, not answers. Giving
answers means your child will not learn the material. Too much help
teaches your child that when the going gets rough, someone will do the
work for him or her.
When the teacher asks that you play a role in homework, find out more
about what you can do. Cooperating with the teacher shows your child
that the school and home are a team.
If homework is meant to be done by your child alone, stay away. Too
much parent involvement can prevent homework from having some positive
effects. Homework is a great way for kids to develop independent,
lifelong learning skills.
Stay informed. Talk with your child‘s teacher. Make sure you know the
purpose of homework and what your child‘s class rules are.
Homework shouldn’t take too long or be too hard. If your child is
making good effort but cannot complete home work assignments in a
reasonable amount of time, you should discuss the issue with your
Adapted from U.S. Department of Education, Office of Intergovernmental
and Interagency Affairs, Educational Partnerships and Family
Involvement Unit, Homework Tips for Parents, Washington, D.C., 2003
Woman’s Club Fundraiser…BIG TRUCK SHOW
Sunday October 12 from 12 PM to 4 PM. Held at Milton Caterpillar in
Warner Exit 7 off I-89. Tickets are $5 and family of four or more is $
20 with children 3 and under free. There will be dozens of equipment
to look at and some to go through. There will be representatives at
each piece to ensure safety. The NH National Guard, Hopkinton Fire
Department ladder truck, big wrecker, cement and dump trucks along
with other construction equipment, a big semi with living quarters and
much more. Also a Race Car from Bates Racing Team along with the
driver. We have raffles for Pats Peak passes, Monarch and Fisher Cat
tickets, a CAT remote control wheel loader and a motorized CAT
excavator with lights and sounds. The proceeds will go to Outreach in
Hopkinton and Contoocook. For more information call Cathy at 746-4364.
Hopkinton Parks and Recreation
Indoor Soccer Team
Only two spots left!!!! Hopkinton Recreation is gearing up to start
our own Co-ed Indoor Soccer team to play at the Fieldhouse Sports
recreational facility in Bow. The games will start the week of
October 20 and end mid December. Men must be 25 years or older and
women must be 21 years and older. This is a fun league for all levels
of play, no matter your experience. Cost will be between $90 and
$100, depending on how many players we get. Call 746-2915 to register
and for more information. Spots are limited.
Slusser Senior Center Harvest Bazaar and Sale
The seniors of Hopkinton/Contoocook are hosting an indoor yard sale
and craft fair. The sale will benefit the new Slusser Senior Center
and provide the center with some new amenities. The sale will be on
Saturday October 18th, 8am – 2pm. For information please call
746-3800 and ask for Lillian.
Hopkinton’s 4th Annual Haunted House
Aliens have invaded Kimball Cabins and all are invited to witness the
“Alien Invasion” on Sunday, October 26th. The day will start off with
kids' storytelling sessions every 20 minutes (2:30, 2:50, 3:10, 3:30)
with tours of the cabins for the little ones. The scary alien tours
begin at 6:30pm and end at 9pm. The Woman’s Club will be hosting the
welcome station and have beverages and other treats. The event is
FREE, but donations are accepted. Call 746-2915 if you have any
Hopkinton Recreation is teaming up with Bow Recreation to bring you a
trip to Mohegan Sun Casino. The trip will be on Sunday November 2nd.
The package includes roundtrip transportation on a luxury coach, a
lunch voucher for the buffet, and three $10 bet vouchers for specific
table games. All this for $38 per person. There will be two pick-up
locations, one at 7:30am at the Slusser Senior Center and one in Bow
Community Building at 8am. We will be at the casino around 10:45am
and leave at 5pm. Spots are limited, call 746-2915 to sign up by
Hopkinton Town Library Tenth Anniversary Celebration: Celebrating
Books and Libraries
On October 24th in 1998, the new Hopkinton Town Library building was
dedicated, the culmination of years of dedicated effort by this
community. In recognition of that event, we are spending the month of
October celebrating books and libraries with a range of activities for
people of all ages. A calendar of events is available at the library
or on our website www.hopkintontownlibrary.org. Please come and
celebrate books and libraries with us!! Activities include:
Book Group Discussion of Anne Fadiman’s Ex Libris: Confessions of a
This brief book of essays by the author of The Spirit Catches You and
You Fall Down, will be a springboard for discussion about your
favorite books—fiction, non-fiction, children’s literature or
reference works. We will use your favorites to compile a list of
“Patrons’ Picks” to post in the library. (10/14 at 7:30pmand 10/22 at
Keepsake Book Workshops:.
Local art teacher Phyllis Randall will conduct a series of workshops
on creating your own keepsake books. All materials will be
provided. Reservations required.
Making Storybooks (K-Grade 2): 10/5 from 2-3:30
Making Keepsake Books (Ages 9-12): 10/19 from 2-3:30
Making Keepsake Books (Teen-Adult): 10/26 from 2-3:30
Family Day Anniversary Celebration:
Come enjoy music by Jeff Dearborn and Friends, hear about the blues
and have a sip of cider and some cookies in our Community Room.
Memorabilia about the original Bates Library and the building of our
new library will be on display. (10/18 from 3-4:30)
Better Together, a Reflection on Libraries in Communities across the
US: Lew Feldstein
Feldstein, President of the NH Charitable Foundation will talk about
what he and co-author Robert Putnam found as they traveled the country
doing the research for their book Better Together: Restoring the
American Community. Also sample our “tasting menu” from local food
purveyors who are donating food to the event. (10/19 from 4-6)
Children’s Book Reading:
Children’s author Mary Lyn Ray will be reading from some of her
books. A sampling of her books will be for sale and signing by the
author. (10/23 3:15-4:15)
Music at the Library:
Some favorite local musicians will present an eclectic afternoon of
music in the Community Room. Refreshments to follow. (10/25 at 2)
“Why I Love Libraries” with David Elliott
NY Times best-selling children’s author David Elliott will speak about
why he loves libraries and the role of the imagination. (10/29 at 7)
Tea with Thelma:
Former Bates Librarian Thelma Mitchell will take a look back at her
time there. Come hear about a slice of Contoocook history and enjoy
some treats made by our Friends. (10/30 from 3:15-4:30)
To be scheduled: More readings by local poets and authors. There
will also be an essay contest with prizes for local students and
adults on how books or libraries have made a difference to them. We
are also exploring the possibility of starting a Writers’ Group at the
Library. If you are interested, please call Sherry Young 746-5233 to
discuss. More information on coming events will be announced.
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