HMS Students Studying Green Crabs on WSCH6


7th Grade Students are joining the DownEast Institute and Dr. Brian Beal to conduct experiments testing the growth and survival rate of soft shell crabs in Yarmouth's Pogey Cove. See the full story on the WCSH web site.


Young Athletes Festival


HMS held the second Young Athletes Festival on Friday, May 23rd. We partnered with Lisa Bird and Mark Capano, from Special Olympics, to host this event for children ages 2 through 8 who are too young to participate in the Special Olympics. Our 8th grade students supported our visitors with various activities designed to introduce them to Special Olympics sports through play. 


Third Annual HMS Poetry KaBaam



Yarmouth students and staff gathered in the library on April 28th for the Third Annual HMS Poetry KaBaam. This event featured five high school students who returned to declaim their “Poetry Out Loud” poems. The audience “kabaamed” these poems. “Kabaam” is a locally made up word, a variant on poetry “slam.” In a “slam” poems are awarded numerical scores, much like in the Olympics. During a “kabaam” the audience writes down the emotions the poem elicited, and holds these up. 

After the YHS students performed, HMS students spoke poetry (their own and that of others) before their supportive peers, who "kabaamed" these poems, too. We thank the parent group for providing snacks for this annual 7th and 8th grade event, held in honor of National Poetry Month.

2014 STEM Ecology Forum


HMS faculty and students, Clementine Blaschke, Olivia Feeley, Connor Senger, Grady Welsh, Morgan Cuthbert, and Mike Arsenault were asked to present by the Perloff Foundation and the University of Southern Maine at the 2014 STEM Ecology Forum.  On May 3rd, the students shared the research and information they have learned on the European Green Crab with teachers, educators and University Professors from all around New England.  The students fielded questions and were able to spread a further awareness of the devastating impact that the green crab has on our coastal environment.  The students handled themselves with maturity and a professionalism that was truly amazing.


Career Fair

HMS held its annual Career Fair on April 15th. Thank you to all of the volunteers who shared their professions with our students. Read more about the Career Fair on the HMS News Blog.



World's Fair Celebration


On Wednesday, April 9th, the sixth grade proudly hosted their World's Fair celebration. This evening event showcased the culmination of weeks worth of research. Each student learned about a world culture and wrote a report, created a map and flag, then designed a visual. It was truly amazing to see and hear all that these young researchers learned!


Letters About Literature


Congratulations to Alexandra Augur, and Ashlyn Feeley, both chosen as semi-finalists in the Letters About Literature contest! We're thrilled that their talent, creativity, and hard work are being recognized in this way. The selections were made from about 1000 Maine entries, which is an incredible achievement!


Honors District 2 Jazz Band


Congratulations to Nick Prato, Emi Ruth, Parker Rollins, and Michael Guertler for their outstanding work in the Honors District 2 Jazz Band performance! We're proud to have these talented musicians represent HMS. Thank you to Mr. C. for his continuing guidance and support.


7th Grade Blood Drive


Congratulations to the entire 7th Grade Team for their annual blood drive.


The totals are in and 75 usable units were collected; this is not bad for the inclement weather and having to reschedule the date due to the snow day.

75 usable pints affects 225 peoples lives.  Well done!

The students conducted themselves very professionally and their projects showed the wealth of knowledge they gained from the unit.  Many of the American Red Cross staff and community commented on the presentations and depth of knowledge they portrayed.



2014 Scholastic Writing Awards
We recognize and applaud all of our students who submitted pieces to Scholastic this year; we appreciate your passion for writing, and your motivation to participate in this competition!

Congratulations and best wishes to this year's award recipients, and to Mr. Simonton, Mr. Warshaw, and Ms. Agell for their work with these students!

The awards ceremony will be held on Friday, 3/14, at 6:00 pm, on the USM campus. 


Silver Key: 
Emilie Hardel - memoir
Anneka Murrin - poetry
Sam Potter - short story

Honorable Mention:
Lucia Bolles - poetry 
Emilie Hardel- poetry 
Anneka Murrin - memoir 
Ellie Purgavie - memoir 
Emi Ruth - memoir


Samsung Solve for Tomorrow Grant
Mr. Cuthbert, Mr. Arsenault, Mrs. Kellogg and a group of 7th grade students at HMS have been studying the impact of the European Green Crab on the coast of Maine. Frank H. Harrison Middle School is a national finalist in the Samsung Solve for Tomorrow Grant. 

See WGME 13's coverage of this project.
See WCSH 6's coverage of this project.
Read Article in the Forecaster About the project.





HMS ClipperBots
The HMS Clipperbots traveled to Hampden Academy on Feb 15th for the Maine State VEX Competition.



After the initial Qualification Matches the Clipperbots held onto 2nd place of all 30 Teams with a 6-1 win to loss set of matches.  This was ahead of 28 High School Teams ( 3 of them being our very own Yarmouth High School Teams) and 1 other Middle School!  This was an amazing placement.  

In the alliance rounds we won our first Quarterfinal Match, but lost in the Semifinals to Fatal Error from United Technologies Center who later won the event.  For our second year of the program ever this was an amazing finish.  We were anchored by our 8th graders Tori Moore and Reed Oestreicher.  Their leadership and calm under pressure will be missed next year. We also have Emmett Herr, Eli Anderson, Phil Bock, Jackson Rollins, Hannah Zimmerman and Sam Weinberg.  We look forward to these returning members and any others who would like to join us.  

As always we thank our parent coaches Mr. Moore and Mr. Weinberg!  

The club will go on break until the end of March.  

~Mr. Cuthbert and Mr. Harrington -HMS Clipperbot Coaches



HMS Visual Arts Winners    

AND THE WINNERS ARE...! We have two HMS 7th grade art students who have been honored for their accomplishments in Visual Art! 

    Kyaira Grondin’s beautiful painting titled “Silent Moment” (a boat at rest on the shore of a lake at sunset) was selected by the MLTI Project as a statewide winner of the MLTI Screensaver Art Contest. Her work will become a screensaver image choice for all Maine students!


    Claire Scott’s lovely painting of buildings on a canal in Venice, Italy, “Buon giorno Venezia”, was selected to represent HMS at the annual Youth Art Month Show at the Portland Museum of art. Only one work from each school may be exhibited in this show! The show will be up at the PMA throughout the month of March. Be sure to go see the show, which contains work by art students throughout Maine.



Karen Jagolinzer Will Receive the Prestigious Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching

Karen Jagolinzer

WASHINGTON, DC -- President Obama today named 102 mathematics and science teachers as recipients of the prestigious Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. This year’s awardees represent all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the Department of Defense Education Activity. The educators will receive their awards at a Washington, DC, event in the coming year.

The Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching is awarded annually to outstanding K-12 science and mathematics teachers from across the country. The winners are selected by a panel of distinguished scientists, mathematicians, and educators following an initial selection process done at the state level. Each year the award alternates between teachers teaching kindergarten through 6th grade and those teaching 7th through 12th grades. The 2012 awardees named today teach kindergarten through 6th grade.

Winners of this Presidential honor receive a $10,000 award from the National Science Foundation to be used at their discretion. They also are invited to Washington, DC, for an awards ceremony and several days of educational and 
celebratory events, including visits with members of Congress and the Administration.

“These teachers are inspiring today’s young students to become the next generation of American scientists, mathematicians, and innovators,” President Obama said. “Through their passion and dedication, and by sharing their excitement about science, technology, engineering, and math, they are helping us build a promising future for all our children.”

Excellent math and science teachers, exemplified by these awardees, are critical to getting more students engaged in the increasingly important science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields. That’s why President Obama has committed to strengthening STEM education and has called for preparing 100,000 excellent science and mathematics teachers over the next decade—a goal that inspired the creation of “100kin10,” a coalition of leading corporations, philanthropies, universities, service organizations, and others working to train and retain STEM teachers across the Nation. The President has also proposed to further strengthen the STEM teaching profession by launching a new STEM Master Teacher Corps, leveraging the expertise of some of our nation’s best and brightest teachers in science and mathematics to elevate the teaching of these subjects nationwide.

Nominations for the 2014 PAEMST are open through April 1, 2014. For more information about PAEMST, please visit www.paemst.org.


Hour of Code


Monday, December 9th began Computer Science Education Week. HMS is participated in the Hour of Code project all week during enrichment periods. Community volunteers, teachers, parents and students at HMS got involved.

7th grade student Sam Marjerison produced a video detailing the Hour of Code activities at HMS:

Photos from HMS Hour of Code:

Much thanks to the Yarmouth Education Foundation and the following businesses for their support and help with this event:  Unum, Winxnet, Cashstar, CommVault, Tyler Technologies, TD Bank, Intermed, Well Point, NNE Software LLC, and Darling Interactive Inc.


Composers Visit 7th Grade
Ben Birkbeck and creative partners Andy Happel-violin and Devon Colella- Cello of the Aeterna Trio visited the 7th Grade Language Arts Classes today to share the inspiration behind their creative process of composing music.  The messages of not being afraid, practicing and trusting others to help came out loud and clear.  Here is one clip of a piece they created "on the fly" during their time with us.  Thank you so much for your passion, inspiration and time with our kids!



Congratulations to Charlotte Agell for Winning the Friends of the Gifted Award
This award was presented to Charlotte by the Maine Educators of the Gifted and Talented during the New England Conference on 10/25/13. Charlotte as chosen for this award based on years of outstanding dedicated service to gifted students and their families.





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