Newfound Memorial Middle School
Feb 4, 2014
Ø Friends of NMMS PTO-
o The Friends of NMMS PTO organization has been very active this year. I asked their President Julaine Gelderman to provide a synopsis of their activities.
§ PTO clean-up day. Members asked for and received donations of annuals from Fran Parkhurst. We planted pots, weeded flower beds, decorated display cases, and made a welcome back banner.
§ Supplied baked goods for the annual Open House.
§ Voted to fund 500.00 dollars toward the NMMS ski program to offset the cost of transportation and keep prices affordable. Received donations to cover this expenditure from Hiltz Construction, J&M Plumbing, and Newfound Grocery.
§ Donated 250.00 to a cyber-bullying conference which was attended by the 7th and 8th grades.
§ Supplied water and cereal bars for NECAPS. Received donations for 400 cereal bars from Bristol Shop and Save. Members-at-large donated bottled water, and the remainder of cereal bars was provided from the PTO budget.
§ Provided desserts for teachers during fall conference days.
§ Ran a NMMS apparel sale.
§ Provided baked goods for the Drama department’s production of “Pirates”. $ 140.00 dollars was raised toward future drama club endeavors.
§ Asked teachers to provide their wish lists and approved the purchase of several of them. Mr. Dudek, 24 packs of Crayola fine tipped markers; Mr. Robert, engines and rockets for the 8th graders not attending Washington DC.; Mr. Devarney, a graphing white board for math; Mrs. Ritchie, a tub and some supplies for Destination Imagination; Mrs. Vogler, 2 sets of flour and sugar canisters
§ Provided refreshments for honor roll. We asked Smitty’s to donate gift cards (a $500.00 value) to all honor roll students and they donated them readily.
§ Decorated the display cases, lobby, and the outside of the building for the holidays.
§ Provided cheese and cracker plates for Allied Arts night.
§ Provided baked goods, fruit and veggie platters, and refreshments for the Math team meet held at NMMS on January 28th.
o We are extremely grateful to the PTO for their efforts and their generosity towards our students.
Ø Allied Arts Night/Winter Concert-
o NMMS held its annual Allied Arts Night/Winter Concert on Wednesday, January 22nd under the direction of band director Jennifer Stevens and choral director Brin Cowette. The performance included performances by the 6th grad band, 6th grade chorus, combined 7th and 8th grade bands and combined 7th and 8th grade choruses. The Jazz Band and Select Choir also performed. The evening culminated with a version of Sleigh Ride performed by the combined 7th and 8th grades band and chorus. Prior to the performance, the Allied Arts team provided refreshments and displays of student work done in their classes.
o Members of the Jazz Band:
Ø National Geography Bee-
o NMMS held its National Geography Bee competition on Tuesday, January 14th. The results are as follows:
§ 1st Place - Duncan Farmer (6th grade)
§ 2nd Place - Jacob Kneeland (6th grade)
§ 3rd Place - Audrey Carlson (7th grade - 3rd Place second year in a row)
o Duncan will now take a test to see if he will be invited to the state competition.
Ø Literacy Incentive-
o The literacy department wants to remind everyone that The New Hampshire Fisher Cats are offering free tickets as an incentive for students to read more. If you read five or more books, you can earn two free tickets to a Fisher Cats home game this spring. Order forms are due before March 14th. Mr. Ronci and Mrs. Weatherbee are facilitating the program and can provide additional details as needed.
Ø Ink Cartridge Recycling-
o Mrs. Beadle’s computer classes have been collecting and recycling ink cartridges for the past 3 years. During the past 2 years, 50 were recycled in the first year and 87 the second. As of January 31, 2014, they’ve collected and recycled a total of 64. These ink cartridges are sent to the SAU Technology Department, who in turn, cash them in at Staples. Staples issues "Staples Rewards" which gives us money to be spent at Staples. The limit is no more than $20 per month. Office supplies, such as blank cds and dvds, notepads, thumb drives, pens and pencils, etc. are purchased for the school district’s use. Even though it isn’t a lot of money, every little bit helps. If anyone has any cartridges they would like to recycle, please send them to Mrs. Beadle at the Middle School.
Ø Basketball Tournament-
o NMMS will be hosting its 13th annual Basketball tournament Feb 8th & 9th at the New Hampton Prep school. All money raised is used for all sorts programs to help purchase new uniforms, equipment, etc. Volunteers are needed to help run the concession stands, and we are looking for donations of drinks, food, or snacks as well. Please contact Mr. Tucker if you are able to help. (email@example.com).
Ø Destination Imagination-
o One of four Destination Imagination teams at NMMS, the “Tension Builds” team is working diligently on their “instant challenge” skills. Jake Beshta and Kasandra McClay created this paper tower. No tape, cutting or talking was allowed for this instant challenge. The only materials provided ...20 sheets of paper! The Tension Builds team practices instant challenges each week in order to prepare for the Destination Imagination Regional meet in March.
Ø Dodgeball Tournament-
o Project Promise will be holding a Dodgeball Tournament on Wednesday, January 19th from 3:00-5:30 in the NMMS gym. There are currently twenty teams signed up to participate (that’s 100 kids!). The competition is being facilitated by 7th grade literacy teacher Jason Hill and 8th grade science teacher Jason Robert.
Ø Newfound Football –
o A Special Meeting will be held on Monday, February 3rd, 6:00 PM at NRHS. This special meeting will occur for the purpose of electing officers and soliciting volunteers to assure that our kids have the opportunity to continue to play football in 2014. Questions, call Bryan Richardson at 744-9995.
Ø Math Meet-
o NMMS hosted a Lakes Region Math Meet on Tuesday, January 28th from 3:00 – 5:30. Eleven Lakes Region teams competed with Newfound placing 6th overall. Many staff members volunteered to help with the competition including proctoring the meet and correcting the submissions by the teams. Congratulations and thanks to Mr. Devarney for spearheading this well organized event.
Ø Dates to Remember-
o 2-8 & 2-9 Basketball Tournament, New Hampton Prep
o 2-10 – 2-14 Allied Arts Carnation Sale
o 2-11 PTO Meeting, 6:30 p.m.
o 2-14 Valentine’s Dance, NMMS Gym, 6:30-9:00
o 2-19 Dodgeball Tournament, NMMS Gym, 3:00-5:30
o 2-24 – 2-28 Winter Break
Eric W. Chase