2014 Scholastic Writing AwardsWe 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.
Emilie Hardel - memoir
Anneka Murrin - poetry
Sam Potter - short story
Lucia Bolles - poetry
Emilie Hardel- poetry
Anneka Murrin - memoir
Ellie Purgavie - memoir
Emi Ruth - memoir
Vote for HMS in the Samsung Solve for Tomorrow GrantMr. 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 WCSH 6's coverage of this project.
Please vote for our project. You can vote once per day until March 14, 2014. Click on the link below to see our video entry and vote.
You can also help us by posting on social media sites (Twitter, Facebook and Instagram) with the hashtags #SamsungSolve and #TeamFHHMS. Schools with the most social media posts will win a special award.
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
Annual 7th Grade Blood Drive
The blood drive is being rescheduled tentatively to March 12.
HMS 7th Grade Science Classes are hosting a blood drive. If you are available and would like to donate blood please visit the American Red Cross site. Click here to access.
*****Correction to location Blood Drive will be held in the Cafeteria NOT the Gym*****
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
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.