[HMS News] 3-24-06
bcarozza at hopkintonschools.org
Fri Mar 24 19:07:50 EST 2006
HMS NEWS 3-24-06
*****THERE IS NO SCHOOL ON MONDAY THE 27TH*****
2006 HYSA Annual Meeting
Wednesday, March 29, 2006
7:00 PM in High School Cafeteria
The Hopkinton Youth Sports Association’s 2006 Annual Meeting is
scheduled for Wednesday, March 29, 2006 at 7:00 PM in the High School
Cafeteria. The purpose of the annual meeting is to elect new Board
members for the upcoming year and report on the general health of the
organization. The meeting is open to the public and parents are
encouraged to attend if they’re interested in getting involved with
HYSA is non-profit independent organization run exclusively by parent
volunteers. Our sole purpose is to provide an opportunity for our
community's youth to play team sports in an instructional,
competitive, and fun environment. HYSA currently offers tee ball,
softball, and baseball in the spring, soccer in the fall, and
basketball in the winter for kids in kindergarten through eighth grade.
There are currently three open seats on the Board and we are looking
for new volunteers to join us for the upcoming year and fill these
There are a number of different ways parents can contribute to HYSA.
The Board of Directors is responsible for making all decisions
affecting operations and funding as well as ensuring each program has
the necessary resources to succeed. The Board meets monthly and
consists of 20 seats including the officers of President, Vice-
President, Treasurer, and Secretary as well as Commissioners for each
sport, Operating Committees for each sport, and specific managers for
handling Equipment, Concessions, Registrations, and Sponsorships. If
you are interested in finding out more information about HYSA, please
feel free to attend the annual meeting. If you’d like to be
considered for a Board position, please contact Mark Colgan @
746-2795 (markcolgan at comcast.net), Mike McCluskey @ 746-5976
(themccluskey5 at comcast.net), or Darren Winslow @ 746-2814
(winslow at conknet.com) by Tuesday, March 28, 2006.
Opening Day Celebration
Saturday, April 15th
11:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Please join HYSA and the Hopkinton youth baseball, softball, and
teeball coaches, players, and parents as we celebrate the opening of
the 2006 season. The festivities begin at 11:00 AM with a parade of
the teams. The parade will begin at the Houston Fields complex and
will travel down Pine Street, take a left onto Kearsarge Ave and will
end at the baseball fields behind the High School.
Following the parade there will be a cookout and games (pitching
machine, base running contest, pitching contest etc.). There is no
cost for the event. All players from T-Ball to Babe Ruth will be in
the parade and we invite everyone to come out and help cheer on our
teams as we kick off the 2006 season!
In case of rain, this event will be held Sunday April 16th from 1 – 4.
THE PACE OF P.E.
We begin this summary with a wonderful welcome to Mr. Jonathan
Chasin. Mr. Chasin is a student from New England College who is
fulfilling his “practicum” requirements in physical education here at
HMS. This is an introduction for Mr. Chasin to the preparation,
organization, and implementation of physical education in a public
school setting. Mr. Chasin is only with us for afew hours on
Thursday and Friday mornings, when he experiences first hand how PE
classes are prepared and implemented, while observing students’
performance, behaviors and interactions. Welcome Mr. Chasin!
Kindergarten students continued with rhythm activities in the form of
“Singing Games” during their physical education classes. Students
focused on the concepts of body awareness in the singing games of The
Hokey Pokey and Touch Your Toes. They applied the spatial awareness
concepts of high, medium, and low while performing The Limbo- “How
low can you go?” The Kindergarten class is finishing up their rythms
unit with an activity called The Kindergarten Rodeo. The student
each had a pair of Lummi stick and performed the actions of the
activity in sequence as called out on the music out on the music:
“Reach to the sky; bend down low; back to the middle; and around you
go”. Once again, the focus was on levels: high, medium, and low as
well as adding “syncopated rhythm” in tapping the sticks two times
together at various intervals. They were Awesome! J
First graders also participated in the rhythms and dance unit. They
had fun dancing to the song of Agadoo, applying interpretive movement
to the story of a little pineapple character on the Isle of Waikiki,
who “picks pineapples, shakes the tree”, and performs the hula.
The students also learned the movement patterns to several old time
favorite “social” dances including The Conga
and The Chicken Dance. They learned the movement patterns of The
Bunny Hop, and applied the steps with the traditional music as well
as with a more updated performance to Elvis Presley’s All Shook Up!
Can you imagine that?
Second graders continued with a focus on fitness games and
activities. The students are learning about the components of
fitness: strength, flexibility, endurance, and body composition. The
students have been practicing their curl-ups and push-ups, utilizing
“proper” form and body positioning. Their jogs around the MPR have
changed to a fitness activity called The Pacer. This requires the
students to jog 20meters within 9 seconds and then gradually increase
their speed over time to approximately 7.5 seconds. This is one of
six formal fitness measures that the students will perform over the
next few months to determine individual fitness levels. The results
of this fitness information will be sent home when all measures have
been collected, probably at the end of May- be sure to look for it!
Some of their favorite fitness games to increase cardiovascular
fitness were Germ Tag, Chicken Catchatory, and Super Chicken.
Third graders have been involved in another Integrated Arts study,
this time focusing on the Human Body. While the academic classrooms
studied various systems of the body, the students learned the
scientific names of various muscle groups and applied those names in
a movement activity called The Muscle Macarena. Some of the muscles
learned were deltoids, biceps, triceps, pectorals, heart, and
obliques. See if your child can name the next two sets of muscles
(hand flexors and extensors; here’s my abdominals). The students
were then able to utilize those muscle names in another game called
“Principal Muscles”. Ask your child to explain this activity to you.
(Hint: this was a cooperative, small group activity that involved
placing Velcro tabbed muscle labels on a “principal figure”). The
third graders also worked on cardiovascular endurance in The Pacer
fitness activity explained above. Look for a hardcopy of your
child’s results when they finish all six fitness measures in late May.
This month's Super Sneaker Award went to Mrs. Boyko’s morning
kindergarten class, Ms. Nichols’ first grade class, Mrs. Jones’
second grade class, and Mrs. Grady’s third grade class.
Saturday, May 20
at Harold Martin School
Mark your calendars for the annual PTA Fun Fair to be held from
10am-2pm on May 20th.
Volunteer forms will be going home soon - we are looking for people
to sign up to run a booth or game, as well as many other
opportunities. If you have an item to donate for the Silent Auction,
please notify Julie Morris at 746-4137 or by email at
hopkintonschoolspta at yahoo.com
Each class will also be donating items to put together raffle baskets
for the Fair. Please be on the
look-out for these forms as well.
FROM PRINCIPAL BILL
Greetings from Harold Martin where we are in the midst of one of the
most productive times of the school year. It was good to see a larger
crowd at this year’s School District Meeting and regardless of your
opinion it is encouraging to hear such positive dialogue happening
This was a creative invention. Heely’s are sneakers that double as
roller blades with a retractable wheel that can be attached to the
heel. A person who wears them can glide almost anywhere, nearly as
quickly as rollerskates or rollerblades. The problem is that they are
not safe in public buildings or, as you might guess, within a school.
Please have your children leave them at home. If you want a read a
recent article about Heely’s head to: http://election.cbsnews.com/
The Marklin family from Hopkinton and their candle factory will be on
Channel 9’s Chronicle, this Thursday March 30. Check it out!
One of the perennial problems we have at HMS is lack of parking,
especially at dismissal time. It is imperative that no one park in
the no parking zones, which are clearly marked by diagonal lines in
the pavement. If cars are parked in those areas, emergency vehicles
cannot get through. It is likely that the Hopkinton Police will start
ticketing cars that are in those zones. Let’s please be safe.
MONDAY CURRICULUM DAY
We have a no-school day on Monday and our staff will be engaged in
intensive curriculum work as we look to refine our elementary
COFFEE WITH CAROZZA
Join PTA officers and me for our next Coffee on Tuesday morning April
4, at 8 AM in the HMS Art Room. That morning we will have a special
guest, Maple Street Principal Michael Bessette. This would be a great
time to meet Mr. Bessette, especially if you're a parent of an
incoming fourth grader at MSS. Everyone is welcome.
Have a great weekend,
Events listed under Community News do not necessarily indicate
endorsement from Harold Martin School or the Hopkinton School
District but are provided as a community service.
The Easy Riders 4-H of
Hopkinton present “The Spring Fling, a Variety Show and Fashion Show—
Saturday, March 25th at 7PM at Hopkinton High School
RECYCLE YOUR UNUSED CELL PHONES!
HIGH SCHOOL FUNDRAISER to benefit the PTA!
“CALLING ALL USED CELL PHONES!” If you have any
unused cell phones, please bring them to Hopkinton High School, Maple
Street School, or
Harold Martin School. There will be designated drop off boxes in the
Thank you for your support!
PUBLISHING CENTER AT MSS
A new Publishing Center program is currently being organized at Maple
Street School. We will be working with students in all three grades
to publish a compilation of student writing.
Many volunteers are required in order to make this program work. We
are looking for volunteers to work at home as typists and also
volunteers to work in school providing one-on-one writing support.
(In-school volunteers must be able to make a weekly or biweekly
commitment and also must attend a one-time training session.)
If you are willing to help with this program, or if you'd like more
information, please contact Nancy Skarmeas at 746-5948 or by email at
skarmeas at comcast.net.
TWEEN SCHOOL 'N HOME
'Tween School 'n Home
Child Care Program
at Harold Martin School
Week of March 28-31
Monday: Pussy Willows
Tuesday: Pasta Sculptures; Cooking: Homemade Macaroni & Cheese
Wednesday: Pinwheels; Cooking: Corn Muffin Mania
Thursday: DINOSAUR DAY -- Come roar with the best!
Friday: Kite Flying
Boy’s and Girl’s Club
If you are looking for summer day camp for your 6-12 year old, look
no further. The Boys & Girls Club Summer Camp operates out of the
Bradley Street Clubhouse in Concord. The camp is open for 10 one-
week sessions and is open Monday through Friday from 7:00 AM to 6:00 PM.
Each week the campers enjoy three field trips, in addition to a
variety of games and activities supervised by highly trained and
The camp fee is $110 per week, but scholarships are available if you
are interested. Applications are currently available and
registration begins on May 1st. Please contact Kristy Frazier or Bob
Cater at 224-1061.
Bill Carozza | Principal
Harold Martin School
271 Main St.
Hopkinton, NH 03229
p. 603 .746 .3473
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