Thanks to Rich Smith for this week’s “Together” photo! 

May 14, 2021

Dear HMS Families, 

We want to thank you, our students, and our staff for supporting our “all in” transition!! We appreciate everything our students are doing to help keep our learning community as safe as possible. We are grateful that students and staff members who are learning from home are able to stay healthy and engaged and we look forward to the time when everyone can be together again. 

We are pleased to share this message from Jess Townsend, HMS social worker, which means a lot to everyone who has seen it. It speaks to moving through this time and the shifting to what lies ahead. We thank Jess for lending her voice and expertise to this important topic! 

Please take some time to review the important, exciting updates below! 


Joan Adler and Tom McDowell,

HMS Administrative Team


Music Returns To Our School

After 441 days, the HMS Choirs are back in action, and singing INSIDE the walls of HMS!  Joy, Joy, JOY!  Please see the attached 2-minute video to see and hear our awesome choirs at work this week.

HMS Choirs May 2021.mp4

Thanks to Kimberly Grover for sharing this celebration with us! We will feature music from our band students in our next newsletter.


Ella Huckel-Bauer’s painting chosen for Portland Museum of Art's Youth Art Month show

Congratulations to Ella, 7th grade student, on this achievement! She was selected due her diligent effort in class that resulted in her outstanding work of art. Ella is pictured here with her painting and her certificate from the Portland Museum of Art honoring her for her inclusion in their show. Huge thanks to Mike Hickey, Ella’s art teacher, for his support and guidance with this project!


6th Grade Scientists Visit Mt. Apatite

Thanks to the 6th grade teachers for making this special learning opportunity happen for our students!


Eleanor Marsidi-Sedgewick, 5th grade student, has her poems published! 

We are excited to share that Eleanor Marsidi-Sedgewick's lovely poems are now live on KidSpirit Magazine in the Life and Death issue. We are thrilled that Eleanor's talent is being recognized in this way! You can read Eleanor's poems, "Butterfly" and "Dancing Sky", at  this link. Congratulations, Eleanor!


Maya Faulstich

National History Day News! 

Congratulations to Maya Faulstich - her National History Day entry will advance to the NATIONAL level! This is a testimony to Maya's hard work and creativity and is the cause for huge celebration! Thanks to Ms. Agell for her support of all students who submit projects for National History Day.


Mrs. Conley and her students

5th Grade Students debut their Kindness T-Shirts!

Our 5th grade students lit up our school with their kindness T-shirts donated by our wonderful PTO!



Thanks to Holly Allen, our yearbook editor, for sharing this information about purchasing a yearbook. As we have all adapted to change throughout this year one thing that has remained the same is the tradition of our yearbook documenting the history of our students and our school year. The 2021 HMS Yearbook reflects the changes that took place during this school year along with all that our students have accomplished! Yearbooks will be distributed in June. Since copies are limited, we ask that you please order your yearbook online ($30) as soon as possible at this link.

Scholarship News from the Yarmouth Music Boosters

Yarmouth Music Boosters is currently taking scholarship requests from students in grades 4-11 for summer music camps and lessons. The scholarship awards are for up to $200 per student. If this amount of financial support will help you access lessons or camps and you would like to apply for a scholarship, please email your request to and cc your music teachers. Submissions must be received by May 28th. Music Boosters will not fund a request if you have already received a school-based music scholarship this year. Students should include the following in their emails: Name, School (YES, HMS, or YHS), Name of custodial parent or guardian to receive the check, Parent or guardian's mailing address, Name of camp, teacher, or music school, Cost of attendance, Short description (by the student) of why they want to go (200 words or less). Yarmouth Music Boosters will fund as many requests as is financially possible, but may not be able to fund all requests. A subcommittee of Booster parents will review the applications and make the final award determinations. Music Boosters will email scholarship decisions to applicants by Monday, June 7. Don't forget to include your music teacher in the email. Thank you,YBM Board.


A Message from the Yarmouth Education Foundation:

YEF Clipper Honors is back, and we are so excited to partner with Thoroughfare this spring! Clipper Honors is a wonderful end-of-year gift for any Yarmouth School Department employee. Donate $25 or more to YEF in honor of an educator, and your special person will receive a YEF certificate of appreciation, a note from your family, and a gift card to Thoroughfare. Place your order online

( by June 4, and YEF volunteers will take care of the rest. Educators will receive their gift from your family by June 11. Clipper Honors is a nice way to honor our incredible teachers, administrators, support staff, bus drivers, and more. Thank you for your support!

It seems that everyone was excited about our students returning to “all in”! Rich Smith took this photo of an unexpected student waiting for school on Monday morning :)