[HMS News] Parent Flash 6-10-11
bcarozza at hopkintonschools.org
Fri Jun 10 22:17:11 EDT 2011
A Decade and a Half of Teaching
One of the more unique parts of the Hopkinton School District experience is that the entire student body stays together from primary years through high school. For those students who begin with us as 3 year old preschoolers, they can be with us for as many as 16 years. While complications can arise when kids are in the same school for a decade and a half, there are many advantages. Transition is so much smoother between schools as teachers can transfer what they know about your child to colleagues they know and trust. Students develop life-long relationships and grow strong roots in their community when they are together for so long.
The majority of students across this state head to regional schools at some point in their academic career. It is common for students to stay in their community elementary school through grade six or eight, but then they transfer to either a regional junior high or high school, often in a separate town, by the time they reach seventh through ninth grade. Of course, this can be a very effective model, but I guarantee (based on my children’s experience) that there are significant stressors associated with this variety of transition.
Tonight is Hopkinton High School’s graduation, 6 PM at Durgin Arena. I first knew these graduating seniors when they were in second grade at Harold Martin School. One of the reasons I love working in this school district is the culture that has been created that our faculty, administration, parents, and the entire community works together for this decade and a half to mold our youngsters. We should all feel a level of accomplishment for the success our Hopkinton students have achieved. Thank you for letting me be part of this ride for so long.
I hope to see many of you tonight.
Bill Carozza, Principal
Harold Martin School
Hopkinton School District
Thanks to the support of Arlene McGrath and Amy LIcata, our volunteer coordinators as well as the scores of awesome volunteers, we have logged 4,234 volunteer hours this year!
Harold Martin school is celebrating Flag Day on Tuesday, June 14 so we encourage all students to wear red, white, and blue that day. Thanks.
1. Please mark your calendars: the annual Friends of the Hopkinton Town Library Book Sale will be held on Saturday June 25th from 9am-4pm.
2. We are now accepting donations of used books. Please bring them to the library (but kindly do NOT put donations into the library book drop). If you have more than a few items, will you please bring them in a box? We also ask that you do not donate magazines, textbooks, Reader's Digest condensed books, or encyclopedias. Unfortunately, these items generally do not sell. The book sale might possibly be the most enjoyable way to recycle! Make room on your shelves for the books you'll come home with on the 25th.
3. The signup sheets to volunteer to sort books in the two weeks before the sale, as well as to help out on the day of the sale itself, are at the library's Circulation desk, on clipboards. It's actually quite fun to help in this effort, and we truly appreciate your support!
Any questions? E-mail us at libraryfriends at tds.net or call the library directly at 746-3663.
Happy June. (Can you believe it's here already?)
The FHTL Book Sale committee
FROM THE FOOD SERVICE DEPARTMENT
While balances in your account will roll over, all lunch accounts need to be paid and kept up to date for the remaining school days. Thank you.
The next HYSA Board meeting will be on Sunday, June 19th at 7 p.m. in the High School cafeteria.
P.E. NEWS FROM MR. GIZONE
Jump Rope for Heart
I want to say thank you to all of the families who participated in this year’s Jump Rope for Heart fundraiser. Although collecting donations is entirely voluntary, we had over 50 second and third graders who chose to take part. After just two weeks, our grand total amounted to an amazing: $3,965! This money is now sent to the American Heart Association (AHA) and will be used for research on heart disease, stroke, and helping families pay for heart transplants. Also, thanks to all of our generous donors, the AHA will be providing Harold Martin School with a gift certificate for new P.E equipment. After all, regular physical activity is the best way to lower one’s cholesterol and blood pressure which in turn lowers the risk of heart disease and stroke.
Kindergarten and first grade have finished their mini health unit. A handful of lessons covered basic hygiene as well as proper nutrition. The food guide pyramid that many adults learned about growing up has been modified over the years to align with current research. To put simply, the ‘old’ pyramid did not account for physical activity or moderation within each food group. Eating a balanced diet and making room for regular exercise has never been more important. My goal is to familiarize students with this concept so that it becomes second nature as they grow into adults. For the remainder of the school year, I will be teaching the game of four square. This activity teaches so much more than how to hit a playground ball. Cooperation and compromise are the two big skills that the students will work on in the last couple of weeks.
The second and third grade classes have been involved in a lacrosse unit. Much of what I teach in my classes at HMS is centered on lifetime activities and skills but I also value team sports. Teaching children how to work within a team to achieve a common goal is vital. The sport of lacrosse provides a great opportunity to teach teamwork as well as how to effectively and safely use an implement (in this case, a stick). Although the students will not be playing official lacrosse games, activities will be designed so that basic skills will be learned. With the help of warmer weather, I look forward to teaching the skills of cradling, throwing, catching, shooting, and passing outside on the back fields.
HOPKINTON RECREATION – UPCOMING EVENTS
Take Me Out to the Ballgame!!
Tickets on Sale Now!! The Hopkinton Recreation Department wants you to join us for our last of the season outing to Fenway Park to watch your beloved Boston Red Sox. The package includes roundtrip transportation from Contoocook to Fenway on a luxury coach, driver gratuity, and a ticket to the ballgame. On Tuesday, August 16th, the bus will leave Contoocook at 4pm and the game starts at 7:10pm. Hopkinton/Contoocook residents have first priority, but if tickets remain, the general public will be able to make their purchases one month prior to the game. Ticket cost is $65 each and Augusts’ seats are in grandstand 2. Upfront payment is required to confirm your spot. Call 746-2915 with any questions.
July 4th Family Fun Day
MARK YOUR CALENDARS! Join the Hopkinton Recreation Department in our Independents Day Celebration at Houston Park! There will be a 5K Family Fun Road Race and Kid’s Parade in the morning hours followed by the Hopkinton Parade beginning at noon. After, join us at Houston Park from 12:30-3:30 for more family fun! Some events include the Tooky-Cookie Bake Off, Silent Auction/Raffle, Magic Show, Balloon Twister, Carriage Rides, 3-Legged Race, Sack Race, Pie Eating Contests, Root Beer Chugging Contest, Bubble Gum Blowing Contest, Food, and a presentation by the Concord Coachmen Chorus! More details, times, and registration information to come! VOLUNTEERS STILL NEEDED TOO! Call 746-2915 if you would like to help!
Movie (& Wiffle Ball) in the PARK!
Join us for some old-fashion fun in the park on June 25th! Starting at 7:00pm, there will be a pick-up waffle ball game and at dusk, we will be showing ‘THE SANDLOT’ as our featured film! The event will take place at Houston Park, behind the Library. Concessions will be available!
Hershey Track & Field
Hershey’s Track & Field Program was created to promote youth physical fitness and provide fun learning experiences for children 9 to 14 years old.
Hopkinton Hershey Track is a 4-week program designed to give children experience in the sport of track & field. Practice will be on the track at George’s Park, next to the high school, on Monday & Wednesday evenings from 6:00-7:30pm starting May 23rd. Children with birth years between 1997-2002 are eligible to participate in the program. The cost of the program is $20, includes the cost of the team shirt. ($35 max per family). Rookie camp birth years are between 2003-2006, cost is $10. The Hershey Track program is sponsored by the Hopkinton Recreation Department and led by volunteer George Sabol. You may contact George at 369-3733 or atridgewalkerNH at comcast.net for more information.
American Red Cross Swim Lessons
The Recreation Department will once again hold be offering Swim Lessons at Kimball Pond. The lessons continue to be complete success with most sessions filling up. The classes will be for children ages 4 years or older and will include four levels, including two beginner clasess, taught at various times. Cost is $40 per two-week session and sessions run from Monday through Thursday with Friday as a make-up day if a class is cancelled. Session I: 7/4 – 7/15, Session II: 7/18 – 7/29, Session III: 8/1 – 8/12. To obtain a registration form go to www.hopkinton-nh.gov, click on recreation. If you have any questions, please call 746-2915.
Hopkinton Summer Day Camp
Summer is around the corner and so is Hopkinton’s Summer Day Camp. We are excited to welcome a new Summer Camp Director and several new camp staff! The camp is for youth ages 6 through 12 years and will include seven one-week sessions beginning June 27th and ending August 12th (no camp on July 4th). Activities will include arts and crafts, indoor and outdoor games, swimming, kayaking, weekly field trips, special events and safe fun for everyone. To obtain a registration form and more information go towww.hopkinton-nh.gov, click on recreation. Space is still available in all sessions so register soon!! If you have any questions, please call 746-2915.
Co-Ed Adult Volleyball
Volleyball is back!!! Every Sunday night from 7-9pm at the Hopkinton High School gymnasium, come and join us for volleyball. All skill levels are welcome and there is no fee. Just show up ready for a great time! Questions call 746-2915
Stained Glass Club
Come to the Slusser Senior Center every Thursday from 6 - 8pm to work on your stained glass projects or other crafts. If you are a skilled expert in glass making or just learning, do stop by. There will be a mix of levels of skills and if you are new, we can help you get started. This is a social group with no structured teaching. Some supplies are available for use, but it is best for you to have your own. Call 746-2915 for more information.
Tai Chi for Everyone – Beginner Class Added
Are you interested in learning the art of Tai Chi or are you a seasoned expert. Beginner classes are at 6pm every Thursday evening. All are invited join the Tai Chi group at The Slusser Senior Center. More advance classes are Tuesdays 7pm – 9pm and Saturdays 8:30am – 10:30am. There will be a small cost/donation for each class. Call 746-2915 for more information.
British Soccer Camp
The British Soccer coaches are back!!! Last year's camp attracted a record of 130 youngsters as the coaches from England helped every participant fine tune their soccer skills, while keeping all entertained. This year’s camp will be even better! Camp will be held July 25 through July 29 and will include full and half-day sessions with a mini-session for the young ones. The camp is for ages 4-14 years and you can register online at http://www.challengersports.com/. Call 746-2915 with any questions.
HOPKINTON RECREATION SOCCER CAMP.
FREE JERSEY DEADLINE ENDS MIDNIGHT THIS FRIDAY, JUNE 10th!!!
CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR CAMP & RECEIVE YOUR FREE JERSEY!!!
Challenger Sports :: 8263 Flint, Lenexa, KS 66214 :: 800-878-2167 www.challengersports.com
Please check the Hopkinton Recreation website for updated information. http://www.hopkinton-nh.gov (then click Recreation)
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Slusser Senior Center Activities
Slusser Senior Center phone # is 746-3800. The hours are 8:30 – 4:30, Monday – Friday. Every Wednesday come enjoy a home cooked meal for lunch at 12 noon. Each week, a volunteer group cooks up a wonderful meal and our dining room is filled with happy seniors. Suggested donation per person is $4.00. We are always looking for groups to sponsor a meal.
Beginner Line Dancing every Mon, Wed, Fri at 9am
Line dancing Club every Mon, Wed, Fri at 10am
NEW TIME - Bridge every Tuesday @ 1:15pm, all levels welcome!
Fitness every Monday & Thursdays at 3:30pm, call for information.
Strength Exercise every Tuesday and Thursday at 9am
Bingo every 1st and 3rd Friday of the month at 1pm, cash prizes
Ping Pong every Thursday at 1pm
Quilting and sewing group every Thursday 10am
HOPKINTON RECREATION DEPARTMENT
Town of Hopkinton NH
parkrec at tds.net
Bill Carozza | Principal
Harold Martin School
271 Main St.
Hopkinton, NH 03229
603 .746 .3473
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