[HMS News] Parent Flash 1-9-09
bcarozza at hopkintonschools.org
Fri Jan 9 21:23:29 EST 2009
PARENT FLASH 1/9/09
Check out some new web site features:
* Photos are posted of our new Multi-Purpose Room as well as pics
today of our TIGER presentation (see below). Head to: http://tinyurl.com/9z2smy
* We have three new Podcasts, including the HMS winter concerts. Head
The first order of the new t-shirts has arrived and they are
wonderful! There is still plenty of time to order since orders will
be sent in through the month of January. If you need another order
form, you can get one from your child's teacher.
The “bread and butter” of Harold Martin School is literacy and
numeracy, that is, teaching students to be solid readers, writers, and
mathematicians. Of course, social studies and science are crucial as
well as technology, information skills, and social and emotional
skills. Thus, when we interrupt the normal schedule, we carefully
measure the value of that interruption into our teaching time.
One great use of our learning time occurred today when the school
enjoyed the TIGER program from Plymouth State College, a professional
theater group that has performed to over 100,000 children in hundreds
of schools since 2002. In 2005, TIGER was nominated for the Governor's
Arts Award in Arts and Education by the New Hampshire State Council on
the Arts. They have visited Harold Martin School for many years and
has always been one of our favorite assemblies. TIGER has a number of
different productions, all centering on helping children deal with the
many social issues that exist in schools today. In my years of working
in schools, it is one of the very best assemblies I have experienced.
Today’s production dealt with the issue of bullying. For every
production, the group cleverly utilizes the acronym “TIGER” to help
students remember the important concepts. On this theme of bullying
T: Tell and adult
I: I say NO!
G: Gossip? Please don’t!
E: Exit when necessary
R: Respond with respect
Ask your child about it.
Another event will take us away from the usual schedule and that’s the
Inauguration of President Barack Obama on January 20. For the first
time, we are going to show portions of the Inauguration to students
and begin a tradition of doing this every time a new president is
sworn into office. It’s something we should have been doing through
the years but of course the advent of the Internet allows us now to
project the video on a larger screen. We are still working out
logistics. It is my belief that, regardless of our political
persuasion, it is important for our students to grow up with a healthy
respect for the office of the Presidency and the role of government in
Have you seen our new Multi Purpose Room floor? The sides are a bright
blue with a tan parquet-like basketball floor. I have taken pictures
and I hope to upload them to the web site this weekend. Look for them
the easier address of:
In addition, here are some very important announcements:
· Due to some scheduling conflicts at the high school, the
January early release day has been changed from January 27 to January
28. Sorry for any inconvenience.
· Mark your calendars for our annual Spaghetti Dinner coming up
on Thursday, January 29 in our Multi Purpose room.
· The Movie Night for January 9th has been cancelled.
· There will be a Parent Advisory Council meeting on Tuesday,
January 20th at MSS in the library from 5:30-6:30.
Have a wonderful weekend everyone.
NEXT WEEK AT
'TWEEN SCHOOL 'N HOME
CHILD CARE PROGRAM
at Harold Martin School
Week of January 12-16, , 2009
Monday: Monday Movement Madness with Mr. G. – BASKETBALL!!
Tuesday: Bind a Book
Wednesday: Sewing with Mrs. O.
Thursday: More Sewing with Mrs. O.
Friday: SPECIAL PROGRAM – Songwriting with Kathy Lowe
Tortoise and Hare Racers
If you’d like to register your child or just get more information
about TSNH, contact Linda Ottery, Executive Director at 529-2186 or tsnh at comcast.net
Yes it's that time of year again for us to start planning for the
annual Fun Fair! More details will come in the next few months but for
now we are looking for an assistant to help the Fun Fair Chairperson,
Stephanie Lesko. No experience is necessary, it just requires the
ability to have a few flexible hours a week from now until the
carnival in May. For more information, please contact Stephanie Lesko
at 746-2156 or lesko at conknet.com or Julie Morris, Director of
Volunteer Services at 746-4137 or juliemorris at tds.net
The Pace of PE
Following the school's holiday break, all grades (P-3) have begun a
gymnastics unit. Although similar principles will be taught to every
student, I have tailored the unit to suit each grade's developmental
skill level. The opening lessons will focus on balancing, transferring
weight, rolling, jumping, and landing. These static and dynamic skills
will be taught for approximately 3 weeks. After getting the students
used to their spatial awareness on a floor mat, the unit will progress
and include equipment such as a balance beam, hanging rope, parallel
bars, and a vaulting horse.
Given that this is the first time I have taught an entire gymnastics
unit myself, I am going to introduce each apparatus one at a time. I
will have multiple stations, one of which will involve an apparatus
and my direct supervision. Other stations will consist of simple
weight transfers and tumbling activities that can be done
independently within small groups. By doing this, it allows me to
experiment with how I would like each skill to be taught. However,
designing the unit in this fashion does not require parent volunteers.
Perhaps in the future, I may develop a different unit plan that
entails having additional support.
Although my approach to teaching gymnastics may be different than what
has been done in the past, the students are still learning the same
skills. Furthermore, second and third grade students will be
continuing with the theme of teamwork by setting up and taking down
their group's floor mat. Proper carrying techniques have been
discussed and will be reviewed to ensure safety is always a priority.
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.
Hopkinton Ice Skating Rink
The Hopkinton Fairgrounds Ice Rink located at the Nelson Horse Show
Ring is now open. Parking is at the first fairground lot (Yellow
Gate) after the high school.
Ice Skating Instructor
The Hopkinton Recreation Department is looking for an Ice Skating
Instructor to teach lessons. If you have experience in ice skating
and can teach, please contact Justin at 746-2915.
Community Scrapbook Sessions
Join Hopkinton Recreation as we bring you Liz Durant and her
scrapbooking expertise. This community event is for either experts or
beginners. The sessions are drop-in and are held on the following
dates January 9th and 23rd from 6:30pm-10pm at the Slusser Senior
Center. Bring your pictures and scrapbook if you have one. Other
materials and tools will be provided.
We are looking for more team players to join our existing co-ed indoor
soccer team. 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. Call 746-2915 to register and for more information.
Spots are limited.
Co-Ed Adult Volleyball
Every Sunday night from 7-9pm at the Hopkinton High School gymnasium,
come and join us for volleyball. Just show up ready for a great time!
Senior Tax Seminar
Jack Ward a representative from AARP will present a talk about taxes
for seniors on January 21 at 1pm at the Slusser Senior Center. This
is a free talk for all seniors.
On Tuesday January 13th from 8:30am – 10:00am come to the Slusser
Senior Center for a delicious home cooked breakfast. Cost is $4.00
per person. The Slusser Senior Center is located next to the library
and is for adults 50 years and older. Call 746-3800 for more
Bill Carozza | Principal
Harold Martin School
271 Main St.
Hopkinton, NH 03229
603 .746 .3473
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